The largest US banks have banded together to deposit $30bn into First Republic Bank in an attempt to bolster its finances, the European Central Bank has raised interest rates by half a percentage point, Emmanuel Macron failed a critical parliamentary test and chose to override lawmakers to pass his unpopular plan to raise France’s retirement age, and the FT’s Stephen Morris explains why HSBC took a chance on Silicon Valley Bank UK.

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Wall Street banks to deposit $30bn into First Republic

ECB increases rates by 0.5 percentage points

Macron to pass pension reform by decree as protests sweep France

Why HSBC swooped on SVB UK

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