A move to purchase government bonds has been seen as somewhat unlikely because Germany has always been opposed to the measure. 16:47, UK, Friday 21 November 2014.
Insurance group Aviva has revealed late-stage takeover talks with smaller rival Friends Life that would create a company worth about �20bn if a deal succeeds.
U.S. stocks rose in midday trading Friday, on pace to extend their record highs from a day earlier. News of an interest rate cut in China and the possibility that Europe's central bank will do more to stimulate economic growth drove the rally.
A flag flies above the head office of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in St Andrew Square in Edinburgh, Scotland September 11, 2014.
MPs this week voted to allow pub tenants to buy beer on the open market, in a move billed as a victory for the small local landlord against the large pub companies.