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Valentina Romei

More than half of the US population is very concerned with cyber-attacks on governments, banks or corporations, more than the population of any of the 40 countries surveyed by Pew Research, in China the number is only one in ten.

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Valentina Romei

The IMF this week updated its outlook for growth in 2015; world output has been revised down by 0.7 % points, with Russia, Brazil and the Middle East seeing the largest downward revisions from last years forecast. Spain is now expected to grow by 3.1 per cent, more than double the rate that was predicted previously.

Valentina Romei

The Greek debt ratio has exploded since the crisis to reach 177 per cent of GDP in 2014, up from 126 per cent of GDP in 2009 or 102 per cent of GDP in 2007. But a rise in the ratio of debt to GDP is caused by two components, namely the trend of nominal debt and the trend of nominal GDP. In the case of latest Greek debt ratio rise, it was not due to a rapid rise in debt levels but the sharp decline in GDP.

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Keith Fray

George Osborne, the chancellor, presents his second Budget of the year today. Post-election Budgets since 1992 have all included taxes rises. Only in 2009, after the financial crisis, have taxes risen substantially in the middle, rather than at the beginning, of a parliament.

People in the EU hold a more upbeat view of robots than they did three years ago, with 70 per cent of those polled seeing them as positive, up from 64 per cent. Men, managers and the better educated were also more likely to have a positive view.

Keith Fray

Analysts now expect another recession in Greece. Earlier this year analysts were forecasting a recovery in 2015, after a 26 per cent contraction in gross domestic product in the six years from 2008-2013

British strawberry production is set to hit a record this year. Industry body British Summer Fruits expects output from its members to hit 76,000 tonnes, up 19 per cent from a record harvest of 64,000 tonnes in 2014.

Bank chief executives’ pay has rarely been out of the news in the six years that Equilar and the Financial Times have been publishing this annual analysis. While the pay of almost all the bank bosses in the study increased in 2014, it remains well below pre-crisis levels and is likely to remain so.

European banks’ share of investment banking fees is at an all time low. Advisers have earned 29 per cent o the total global fee pool so far this year, down from 32 per cent in 2014, marking the lowest fee share since records began in 2000.

Valentina Romei

Expected years in retirement have been rising in advanced countries. Men who retired in 2012 should have 18 years, slightly up from 2000. People have been retiring later, but life expectancy has risen as well

Valentina Romei

More than half of asylum applications in the EU were in Germany and Hungary in the first quarter this year. The number rose nearly 30 per cent compared with the previous quarter with Kosovans being the main nationality in both countries.

Valentina Romei

On the 21st of June, the UK Department of Health announced that from September 2015 babies aged over 2 months will be offered the MenB vaccine, which protects against meningococcal B disease. The MenB programme means that England is the first country in the world to begin national and publicly funded Men B immunisation.

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Valentina Romei

A surprisingly high number of people in the large eurozone economies would like to revert to their own currency, although this proportion has been decreasing. In Italy over a third want to return to the lira

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Keith Fray and Valentina Romei

During the six years from 2007 to 2013 the annual output of the Greek economy fell by more than 26 per cent. On the FT’s statistics desk we wanted to know how that fall ranked compared with sustained periods of economic retrenchment and dislocation in other countries. Read more

Valentina Romei

The number of hours worked per person in employment has fallen in most advanced countries since the financial crisis. The UK is among the few countries where the shift toward shorter-hours employment has been reversed. Read more

Valentina Romei

In the last week, much of the discussion around Greece’s travails has been around the need for further modernisation and progress made since the crisis. On one side the economist Francesco Giavazzi emphasised the continued need for structural reforms, while Karl Whelan stressed the huge improvements made by the Greek government in terms of reforms, public spending and fiscal consolidation.

Measuring a country’s level of “modernity” is not easy, but the following charts attempt to show how Greece compares and what has changed since the financial crisis. Read more

Valentina Romei

Leo and his mother walk past a primary school in South-East London, just around the corner from their house. The 4 year-old asks why he is not attending that school, as they still have to walk another five minutes to the bus station, spend 40 minutes on the bus and then walk another five minutes to reach the school he actually attends.

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Valentina Romei

Connections with family and friends are the most popular route to a job in Spain, with close to half of Spaniards and two-thirds of foreigners using this method. Only a small proportion used job agencies.