Chart of the week: two neighbours grow apart

GDP of Ukraine & PolandSince the collapse of the Soviet Union, Poland’s GDP per head has more than tripled to over $20,000. Ukraine’s has crept up from $5,000 to around $8,000.

It shows how solid governance and economic integration makes countries richer.

Poland’s transition to democracy and the free market was relatively smooth and trade ties were cemented by EU entry in 2004.

Ukraine is still a corrupt oligarchy reliant on foreign aid, and is years away from joining Europe.

Paul Hodges: house prices could fall 50% in 'Great Unwinding'

Merryn Somerset Webb interviews Paul Hodges about deflation, the global economy's 'Great Unwinding', and how Britain's house prices could halve.


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27 January 1969: Students set up the LSE-in-exile

Students at the London School of Economics occupied the University of London Union building on this day in 1969, in protest at the erection of new security gates.