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Today: Thursday 28th October

David Cameron is pressing other EU leaders to limit the European budget to the lowest possible level. And some councils in England have been criticised for not letting enough people take control of spending on their social care.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Professor Simon Hix analyses the euro's structural problems. Google's Matt Brittin, discusses why the UK's internet economy is so strong. Ragu Rajan, former chief economist to the IMF, talks about winning the FT Goldman Sachs Business book of the Year.

European leaders will meet today to discuss their budget for 2011. The BBCs Europe editor, Gavin Hewitt, previews what may prove to be a fractious meeting.

Business news with Adam Shaw

President Barack Obama has appeared on the satirical US television programme, The Daily Show. Our Washington correspondent, Paul Adams, was in the audience.

A new report indicates great variations in the number of people taking control of their care provision. Andy McKeon, managing director of health at the Audit Commission, outlines why people are not signing up to the scheme.

It is the official launch of the poppy appeal today. Critics suggest that if people wear poppies for a long length of time, it may detract from the importance of the poppy day itself. The Royal British Legion's Stuart Gendall outlines the etiquette of poppy-wearing.

Sports news with Alison Mitchell

At the European Council today in Brussels, Prime Minister David Cameron will argue for a smaller EU budget. BBC's Nick Robinson and David Lidington, minister for Europe, analyse the effect of Mr Cameron's proposal.

The paper review

The British Library is about to unveil a new exhibition looking at how English has evolved. Our Arts Correspondent, David Sillito, reports. And John Wells, professor of phonetics, listens to the Today team's voices for any new pronunciations.

Business news with Adam Shaw

Prime Minister David Cameron said in the Commons yesterday that "we are sticking to our policies", with regards to the government's plans to cap housing benefit. London Mayor candidate Ken Livingstone and Grant Shapps, housing minister examine the PM's proposal.

Regional Development Agencies, whose job it was to promote growth in the regions of England, are being abolished. Nick Clegg and Vince Cable will announce the regional growth white paper today. James Ramsbotham, Chief Exec of the North East Chamber of Commerce and Lord Heseltine, chairman of the panel which will oversee bids for funding, evaluate the government's new plans.

The Today Programme team are assisting in a project to monitor shifts in pronunciation. Professor John Wells listened to the last 40 minutes of the programme and discusses his analysis.

The head of MI6, the UK's external spy agency, is set to give his first televised speech. John Sawers will break with tradition by making a public statement to a group of invited guests. Dr Philip Davies, author of MI6 and the Machinery of Spying, analyses the reasons behind this seemingly revolutionary move.

Sports news with Alison Mitchell.

The 1000 Genomes Project this week publishes the most comprehensive map of genetic differences to date, estimated to contain approximately 95 per cent of the genetic variation of any person on Earth. Our science reporter Tom Feilden has more details. Also on the programme, Richard Durbin, co-chair of the consortium, outlines what they are publishing today.

The government is planning to transform the way care is commissioned in the NHS. James Gubb, report author of Civitas and GP Dr Shane Gordon debate the pros and cons of transforming the NHS into smaller units and how it would affect patients.

The actress Julianne Moore is in the UK this week promoting her new movie The Kids are Alright, a comedy-drama centres on a lesbian couple who each gave birth to a child using the same anonymous sperm donor. Evan Davis asked her whether she thought the film normalises the concept of lesbian mothers. This is an extended version of the broadcast interview.

Bee colonies have doubled in six months due to amateur beekeepers harvesting honey. Martin Smith, president of the British Beekeepers' Association, discusses whether this marks the beginning of the end of the bee crisis.

Is there a literature of which one can say "that is typical of the New Labour years? " Blake Morrison is an author and academic and John O'Farrell is a comedy scriptwriter who charted the misery of being a Labour supporter during the Thatcher years in his book Things Can Only Get Better.


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