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Battle over Brexit matters to the world

UK needs a voice in Europe and the bloc would benefit too

Prepare for the next recession

It is crucial to recognise that something more unconventional might have to be done

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Bring our elites closer to the people

One cause of disquiet is the sense that those at the top are corrupt, complacent and incompetent

Martin Wolf meets Greek central bank chief

Stournaras on health of economy and strain of refugee crisis

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Losers are in revolt against the elites

Nativist populists must not win. We know that story: it ends very badly indeed

Carney’s inactivity is right response

Britain is far more open to the world economy than the US and so is more exposed

Seven ways technology has changed us

The internet and mobile phones have failed to generate an upturn in the growth of productivity

James Ferguson illustration, China horse

China’s great shift needs to begin

Credit-fuelled investment must slow and household incomes and consumption accelerate

What market turbulence tells us

Another set of credit bubbles is popping — this will leave a legacy of financial shocks and bad debt

Will Abenomics work?

The country saves too much, but higher wages and taxes could help eliminate the surplus

Vote for Brexit is a leap into the abyss

It is inevitable that the referendum will ultimately be decided by fear, hope and, not least, trust

Why global economic disaster is unlikely

What matters is not whether the world will be well managed but whether calamity will be avoided

Hope and fear in endless Greek crisis

There is a slim chance that economic recovery will take hold in 2016

Paris summit is one small step forward

The accord goes further than the world could have expected a year ago but not as far as it needs to

England’s housing crisis solved

The government must slay the sacred cows — the greenbelts around cities being the holiest of all

The challenges of central bank divergence

The US is years ahead of the EU in recovery and so at a different stage of the monetary policy cycle

Understanding the new global oil economy

If US imports fall, its interest in a stable Middle East will shrink as that of China and India rises

Best books of 2015: Economics

A round-up of the titles to remember

Britain as ‘most prosperous economy’ is a fantasy

It is right to hope. But the productivity revival remains uncertain

Osborne takes gentler route to same end

Chancellor’s starting points remain unchanged and questionable


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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