What have you always wondered about the economy? Tell Us

British Parliament investigating London's financial center

Jul 6, 2012
The British Parliament has started investigating the ethics of London's financial center. This follows that big scandal involving the British bank Barclays, which was fined a half billion dollars for rigging a key interest rate called LIBOR.

The Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper, opens today

Jul 5, 2012
Europe's tallest skyscraper is opening today on the south bank of the Thames River. It's called the Shard -- as in a shard of glass -- and it's more than a thousand feet tall. But the real challenge wasn't just building it; they also need to find a way to fill it up.

The curse of the skyscraper strikes again

Jul 4, 2012
Tomorrow, The Shard will officially open in London. It's the tallest building in Europe at over a thousand feet high. Meanwhile, Britain's economy isn't looking so good.

Barclays CEO Bob Diamond steps down

Jul 3, 2012
The CEO of Barclays bank is out. Bob Diamond is leaving amid a scandal over banks colluding to fix the price of one of the most important interest rates in the world.

In 'Capital,' remembering what we really have

Jun 25, 2012
Author John Lanchester's new novel explores the lives of a group of people living in London on the eve of the 2008 financial crisis. He discusses themes from the book: the London property bubble and capital's role in our lives.

As London readies for Olympics, some fear chaos

May 8, 2012
British authorities are checking their level of preparedness for the Summer Olympics in London in July. Some Brits say they aren’t ready.

James Murdoch faces questions at media ethics hearing

Apr 24, 2012
In London, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and his son James are facing tough questions at a government hearing into news media ethics. When they appeared together before parliament last year, the Murdochs did not get an easy ride. One lawmaker accused them of running their media empire like the mafia.

Help us do the numbers.

Donations from you are the most important part of Marketplace's budget. Chip in today.

Mayor pulls anti-gay ads from London buses

Apr 13, 2012
In Britain's capital today, the mayor blocked an anti-gay group from putting ads on London buses.

British government plans for minimum price on alcohol

Mar 23, 2012
The British government has announced today that it wants to set a minimum price on beer, wine, and spirits. It hopes the move will help prevent alcohol-related crimes and deaths in the country.

U.K. Starbucks locations start playing the name game

Mar 14, 2012
In the U.K. today, where Starbucks has just started writing customers' names on their coffee cups for the first time.