Economy

What's behind the rise of populism in Europe?

“Populism” – on the left and the right – is on the march in Europe, and the establishment looks vulnerable in May’s elections to the European Parliament. What happens next?

The charts that matter: is the recessionary threat real or hype?

With worrying data from bond yields and US jobless figures, John Stepek looks at the global economy’s most important charts to gauge the threat of a recession.

The Green New Deal: a bold plan to save the planet

The Green New Deal proposed by a group of US politicians would be expensive and unworkable, says Matthew Partridge.

Tension is mounting in turbulent Thailand

Thailand has been in political turmoil for years, and the constant tension has hampered efforts to introduce structural reforms to boost efficiency.

Good news all round – but can it continue?

Wages are rising, inflation is falling, and homes are getting more affordable. John Stepek wonders how long all this good news can last.

A trade war in the US is just the most obvious of China’s problems

The US wants to completely overhaul its trade relationship with China. That will have a significant effect on China’s economy. But it’s got plenty of other problems to worry about, too, says John Stepek.

How self-driving cars could be the next genuinely useful investment bubble

There’s a huge amount of investment pouring into self-driving cars. It could turn out to be a “glorious bubble”, says John Stepek. Here’s what’s going on, and the best way to invest.

Betting on politics: the race for London mayor

It’s 15 months before the next London mayoral election, due to be held in May 2020, and already both the bookies and the betting exchanges are starting to offer some markets on the poll.

Inflation, Brexit and slowing economic growth: it’s a busy week for Britain

With another Brexit vote and inflation figures released in the UK, and US and China continuing to haggle over trade, John Stepek looks to the week ahead in the markets.

The trouble with multinational corporations

Huge multinational corporations wield far too much power, concentrate wealth in the wrong hands, and undermine governments’ sovereignty, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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