Radical plan for post-crisis Labour party

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

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China risks an economic discontinuity

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

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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

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Grexit will leave the euro fragile

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

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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

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A moonshot to save a warming planet

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

Illustration by Ingram Pinn

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

Tories wrong to buy votes with housing

It is not the job of the government to fulfil people’s aspirations

Why finance is too much of a good thing

It is very costly to police markets riddled with conflicts of interest and asymmetric information

The wary retreat of the bond bulls

Long fall and recent collapses in nominal and real yields on safe securities should be at an end

Death, taxes and compulsory saving

Forced saving is like paying tax, particularly if the state contributes for the poorest

The embattled future of global trade policy

Trade deals must not become an alternative to the WTO

Economics is the loser in this party contest

The time has come to shift the focus from fiscal deficits and debt


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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