HS2 was only ever about politics. And the battle will reach the heart of No 10 | Simon Jenkins

On the one side, the lobbyists; on the other, Boris Johnson’s closest advisers. This will be a major test of his mettleWill it be yes or no to HS2? Within the next fortnight the answer is due on whether Britain needs a fifth rail pathway to the north f…

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Soros gives $1bn to fund universities ‘and stop drift towards authoritarianism’

Philanthropist unveils plan for global network of institutions at Davos and attacks Trump as ‘ultimate narcissist’The philanthropist and former financier George Soros has announced that he is to donate $1bn to fund a new global network of universities …

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OECD could persuade UK to drop digital tax – and thereby avoid US threats | Nils Pratley

Joining France in delaying tax would be a manifesto U-turn by Javid, but not a screeching oneHere’s a ladder, Mr Javid, would you like to climb down? That was not, obviously, how the head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development pi…

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EU tech regulator backs UK plans for digital tax, despite Trump threats

Margrethe Vestager says EU will also tax tech firms who ‘create value but do not pay taxes’The European Union’s leading tech regulator has thrown her weight behind the British government’s plans to press ahead with a digital tax despite threats from Do…

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World financial markets rocked by China coronavirus

Oil and travel shares slide amid fears outbreak could hit growth in second largest economyChina coronavirus – live updatesFinancial markets around the world have been rattled by the coronavirus outbreak, with its centre in Wuhan, a city known as the Ch…

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