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Greek debt and a default of statesmanship

Creating the eurozone is its members’ second-worst monetary idea, a break-up the worst

The importance of trade imbalances

In an animation, the FT’s chief economics commentator discusses surpluses and deficits

Draghi’s promise to do whatever it takes

Nobody knows whether ECB’s QE will work but it is a start at least

Chronic economic and political ills defy easy cure

Secular stagnation and weak financial systems persist

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Bolder steps from Europe’s banks

The ECB’s QE programme must now happen — the eurozone economy is at stake

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How to share world with true believers

First, accept that we are playing the long game of containment

UK’s self-perpetuating property racket

Change will come only once people recognise how unjust this situation has become

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An economist’s advice to astrologers

The world economy shows growth prospects for the year

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Enjoy the greatest human escape of all

More prosperity is not necessary nor sufficient for improved health. It just makes it easier

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Make policy for real, not ideal, humans

Many believe dysfunctional behaviour in finance is due solely to distorted incentives

The battle over the public finances will define Britain

The case for achieving an overall fiscal surplus in the next parliament is not overwhelming

Europe’s lonely and reluctant hegemon

Berlin must broaden its outlook and applaud domestic demand

A political chancellor’s delusional plan

The economic priority for the UK was never fiscal austerity; it was securing growth

Two cheers for sharp falls in oil prices

Abundant supply threatens to make economies more carbon intensive and less energy efficient

Best books of 2014: Economics

A round-up of the titles to remember

UK should not leave EU over immigration

Hard-working, ambitious people speaking a multitude of languages should surely be welcome

Radical cures for unusual economic ills

The crisis left a grim legacy, and the answers are likely to be unorthodox

The curse of weak global demand

Feeble economic performance has occurred despite the most aggressive monetary policies

Prepare for the worst on productivity

The poor performance poses challenges to politicians, policy makers and business

An unethical bet in the climate casino

Election result may bury what little hope remains of getting to grips with risks of climate change


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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