illustration of Li Hejun
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Li Hejun, a solar billionaire feels heat

A market plunge of less than an hour dethroned mainland China’s richest man, writes Lucy Hornby

From the blogs on

As Ramadi in Iraq falls to Isis, Afghanistan goes through worst political and military crisis since 2001
– The Exchange: Ahmed Rashid
‘For most people in Scotland the SNP is a normal party that they like, hate or are indifferent to’
– Off message:John McDermott
Corporate misinformation is one of the reasons for poor economic performance
– Andrew Smithers

Steve Hilton: out of step Tory guru

‘Hiltonism’ fed off the man’s inability to grasp a system he longed to control, writes Giles Wilkes

Jonathan McHugh illustration
©Jonathan McHugh

Passion will make case for Europe’s union

The Scottish independence campaign showed facts alone do not win argument, writes Jim Murphy

The case that dragged bankers into the Snapchat generation

Traders have inadvertently made wrongdoing easy to detect, writes Daniel Davies

Waco revives the rules of the OK Corral

The country would be in better shape if gun promoters were made to watch westerns

Why ‘pedigree’ students get the best jobs

‘Academic qualifications alone are not the key to an elite job. Companies want the “polish” of extra-curricular activities’

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How politics will seal the fate of Greece

Can Europe really allow Athens to fall into the arms of Moscow?

A bonus signals a change in elite living

Rich New York husbands often pay their wives for performance, writes John McDermott

Jacob Jensen

Jacob Jensen, product designer, 1926-2015

Products such as the iPhone are hard to imagine without Jensen’s vision of smoothness

A cautionary tale from Chinese business

When polluters go unpunished, we must be willing to live in a toxic environment, writes Joe Zhang

Credit derivatives deserve a revival

Investors will need all the help — or instruments — they can find to hedge risks in the next year

A leg-up on to the UK property ladder

Anything that allows more equity and less debt must improve financial stability, says Neil Record

Europe has made tragedy a political crisis

Europeans should help; not so long ago, they were the ones desperately asking, says Peter Sutherland

Politicians seek credible backstories

These phoney concepts are the preserve of an increasingly phoney class

Brazil and China reheat old news

While synergies between the two countries are self-evident, realising them has not been easy

The challenge from digital concierges

Applying a little human-powered care to ecommerce

Periphery holds while centre falls apart

QE has induced volatility in German bonds and relative calm elsewhere

Silicon Valley has become a dream factory

Investors eager to throw money at start-ups that look as if they can create a brave new world

Rohingya people are the Jews of Asia

In the past few weeks, at least 6,000 refugees have been cut adrift in the ocean

US must reopen channels to Russia

If solutions are to be found the two sides must sit down and talk seriously, writes Fiona Hill



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