Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on stage as the party conference closes in Brighton
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Corbyn’s challenges to economic convention

Labour’s policy to cut the deficit by raising taxes on business and the rich needs work, but has merit

©David Sparshott

Benefits of migration are questionable

Cosmopolitanism is incompatible with our organisation into territorial jurisdictions

Illustration by David Sparshott
©David Sparshott

A refugee crisis that Europe cannot escape

Particular responsibility rests with the nations that helped destabilise the Middle East

Corbyn leadership may shake more than UK

Labour politician’s victory is an indication of the troubling disaffection so rife in many countries

©David Sparshott

A new Chinese export — recession risk

Beijing will let its currency go rather than use reserves

©David Sparshott

The case for keeping interest rates low

After nearly seven years of zero interest rates, the inflation of which critics warned is invisible

Radical plan for post-crisis Labour party

Land-use planning, housing, local government finance and tax structures all cry out for reform

James Ferguson illustration
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China risks an economic discontinuity

Many believe the economy is already growing far more slowly than the government admits

James Ferguson illustration

Why worries about China make sense

The question is over a shift to a consumption-dominated economy

Chancellor George Osborne

Osborne’s leaden-footed jobs policy

The chancellor has opened up future decisions on the minimum wage to all sorts of mischief

Disraeli’s heir dishes the Labour party

The chancellor is indeed a true follower of the founder of one nation Toryism

Grexit will leave the euro fragile

If Greece left it would guarantee default and generate permanent instability for the eurozone

How I would vote if I were Greek

In making my decision, I would bemoan Syriza’s idiotic leftism and the eurozone’s self-righteousness

Essential banks need sturdy ringfence

Complaints often come from people linked to the industry

A moonshot to save a warming planet

Improved technology might end our dependence on the burning of fossil fuels

Divorce in haste, repent at leisure

Neither Greeks nor their partners should imagine a clean break if they leave the euro

Osborne’s Victorian fiscal policy trap

Public borrowing is not always an evil. It is quite appropriate to borrow to invest

Climate uncertainty justifies action

Environmental challenge is a problem of insuring against the chance of catastrophe

Rates, exits and China dominate economic scene

Martin Wolf considers the challenges facing global growth with Gavyn Davies and Willem Buiter

Greece needs a deal before midnight

It is hard to exaggerate the impact for the euro project of an exit — even of a state as small and annoying as Greece


Martin Wolf Martin Wolf is chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, an honorary fellow of the Oxford Institute for Economic Policy (Oxonia) and an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham.

He has been a forum fellow at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos since 1999 and a member of its International Media Council since 2006. He was made a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Nottingham University in July 2006. He was made a Doctor of Science (Economics) of London University, honoris causa, by the London School of Economics in December 2006. He was a member of the UK government's Independent Commission on Banking in 2010-2011. Martin's most recent publications are Why Globalization Works and Fixing Global Finance.

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