Global economy

America pushes back in South China Sea

Tensions mount in the South China Sea as China pushes its claim to sovereignty over the islands.

Italy’s Aquarius refusal presages a tense summer

The row over the MV Aquarius is a sign of a split opening up between European countries.

Trump meets Kim: what was achieved?

Little of substance, say some. But Trump may be playing a longer and cannier game. Emily Hohler reports.

How to invest as Trump ushers in a new world order

US president Donald Trump is tearing up the rules and putting America first – which is just what his voters wanted him to do. John Stepek explains what that means for your money.

What Trump’s spat with Trudeau means for global trade

Donald Trump’s public falling out with Canada and the rest of the developed world means the chances of a genuinely dangerous global trade war are growing, says John Stepek.

The race to exploit the Antarctic

For almost 60 years, the southern polar regions have been protected by international treaty. But the continent’s commercial potential is putting co-operation under threat. Simon Wilson reports.

Chart of the week: emerging markets go from Brics to clicks

Investors tend to associate emerging markets with commodity producers. But technology is now the single biggest sector of the MSCI Emerging Markets index.

The top contrarian bets for your money today

Japan is set to surprise investors, Alasdair McKinnon of the Scottish Investment Trust tells Merryn Somerset Webb.

New Spanish PM may be blast of fresh air

Pedro Sánchez has become Spain’s new prime minister after pulling off the seemingly impossible.

EU moves to address populist revolts

The French want radical reform; the Germans remain cautious. Emily Hohler reports.

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