Global economy

Germany is following the British model

German chancellor Angela Merkel should look to Britain and know political turbulence is coming Germany’s way, says Matthew Lynn.

Why Putin’s legacy is the world’s cheapest stockmarket

There are good reasons for foreign investors to be nervous about Russia. But there are also reasons for cautious optimism about its future, says Frédéric Guirinec.

Moscow’s It girl takes on Putin

Moscow talk-show host Ksenia Sobchak says she wants to unite the opposition against Putin. Can she be believed?

“Sunshine politics” breaks through in Korea

Inter-Korean diplomacy has resumed at the border village of Panmunjom for the first time in two years ahead of the upcoming Winter Olympic games in the South.

Betting on politics: a profitable year

Betting expert Matthew Partridge looks at what he got right in 2017, and weighs up the odds for the year ahead.

Trump and Kim: the war of words continues

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un looks to reopen a hotline with the South, all the while continuing his slanging match with Donald Trump.

Iran’s counter-revolution gathers pace

Anti-government protests in Iran have gathered pace. Emily Hohler reports.

This is the year that central banks finally stop propping up markets

The US central bank has been cutting back on quantitative easing. But the ECB and Bank of Japan are still flooding the market with money. That could soon change.

A racket growing faster than bitcoin

The best way to allow entrepreneurs to thrive is to slash onerous regulations, says Matthew Lynn.

A stellar run for stocks everywhere

Stock markets continue their steady climb as the year draws to a close.

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