Obama tests power of sanctions to limits

Economic penalties punish, but there is little evidence they change behaviour, writes Ian Bremmer

Illustration of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage

Luddites are wrong about high-tech sector

If new technologies really cut jobs, we would all be out of work by now, writes Walter Isaacson

Unnerving history of the head transplant

Moral concerns are as great a barrier as surgical problems, writes Anjana Ahuja

Europe has run out of ideas

Joylessness in business and wage stagnation is due to a productivity slowdown, says Edmund Phelps

What Mugabe’s birthday bash celebrates

Lavish party for Zimbabwe president belies poor state of economy, writes Petina Gappah

Nemtsov was casualty of a wider war

The EU must develop a strategy of integrating the former USSR, writes Grigory Yavlinsky

Britain takes dangerous risk with defence

UK’s credibility with Washington rests on a knife-edge, writes Michael Graydon

Kremlin and Nemtsov death

Politician’s killers have burnt the regime’s last bridges with its opponents, writes Sergei Guriev

We expect too much of the new masters of the universe

By acting as instruments of government policy, central banks are straying from their own dominion into political territory, writes Andrew Sentance

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London’s green spaces need protection

The Royal Parks are under threat from tawdry commercialism and we should protest, writes Jane Owen

A better way to react at bonus time

That’s, Not and Enough are the only words you need, writes Daniel Davies

US workers need more than $10 an hour

Short-notice rotas and low pay are key to protests across America, writes Linda Tirado

Germany learns to look beyond its borders

European integration is a source of power and leverage for Berlin, writes Constanze Stelzenmüller

Propagandists prime Russians for fight

Kremlin tells people what to think then cites their views to justify acts, writes Andrei Ostalski

Energy companies need not fear eclipse

Light levels will drop, but no more than during cloud cover or sunset, writes Anjana Ahuja

Clothes make the man, and Indian nation

While Bollywood sets the trends, politicians are expected to look modest, writes Avantika Chilkoti

Nigeria’s voters’ suffer from amnesia

The forgiving disposition of the electorate is well known to political elite, writes Elnathan John

A ‘big bang’ to expand Europe’s economy

A capital markets union is needed, write Michael Sherwood and Richard Gnodde

A box-ticking exercise in checking racism

Barriers to success in France exist even for the qualified, writes Anne-Sylvaine Chassany

The consequences of irresponsible banking

Legislation allows for regime that holds senior bankers accountable for their decisions, writes Andrew Bailey


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