UK chancellor Jeremy Hunt is considering slashing public spending to fund pre-election tax cuts, Germany is looking to boost its defence spending at a crucial time for Europe, and Citigroup has started tracking how many calls its private bankers are making to clients. Plus, the FT’s Madison Marriage talks about her new podcast on the dangers of meditation retreats.

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Jeremy Hunt faced with slashing UK public spending to fund tax cuts

Will Germany deliver on its grand military ambitions?

Citi starts tracking how often private bankers call clients

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