Fantastic news from Europe, via the BBC:
EU ministers have given the go ahead for 11 eurozone members, including France and Germany, to prepare a new financial transactions tax.
The approval under "enhanced co-operation" rules allows the smaller group to pioneer the tax.
Governments previously failed to agree to impose the tax across the entire 27-member EU or 17-member eurozone.
The UK and 15 other EU members will not introduce the tax, which is intended to discourage speculative trading.
Particular congratulations to David Hillman at Stamp Out Poverty: he has worked tirelessly for more than a decade on this issue.
Now it's on to the UK.