Ben Chu

Ben Chu is The Independent's Economics Editor. Previously he was the newspaper's chief leader writer.

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Emmanuel Macron said Europe should deploy some €50bn from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) to invest in a host of productivity-enhancing capital investment projects, which would help lift the eurozone out of its present economic stupor

France challenges Germany over eurozone stimulus

Emmanuel Macron urges Berlin to allow European bailout pot to be use to fund European investment

Weak growth keeps the pressure on eurozone

The eurozone economy remains at serious risk of lapsing back into recession, despite eking out some growth in the third quarter of the year, analysts warned yesterday.

Cyclists pass through thick pollution from a factory in Yutian, 100km east of Beijing in China's northwest Hebei province

Chinese Rules by Tim Clissold, book review: Words of wisdom on business in Beijing

There’s a good deal of practical wisdom here, but the book falls down when Clissold starts talking about China more broadly

Helping savers will not help the recovery

Would higher interest rates actually boost consumer spending and support the recovery?

Interest rate rises could harm growth, says Bank of England

Putting up interest rates is liable to depress consumer spending and hold back the recovery, according to new research from the Bank of England.

Mark Carney to write first ever official low inflation letter

Cost of living to dip below 1 per cent over next  six months, warns Bank of England

Widening trade deficit stokes rebalancing fears

The trade deficit deteriorated once again in September, inflaming concerns over the lack of balance in the UK’s recovery.

ECB jumps closer to the trillion euro QE attack

Mario Draghi revealed that the ECB has instructed its staff to prepare 'further measures' to combat low inflation

John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett performing their famous sketch on the class system

Computer revolution has rebooted the job market

People tend to support the principle of social mobility because they assume they will be moving up the ladder of social status; yet few imagine their fate will be to descend.

IMF got it wrong on austerity says watchdog

Fund was premature in pushing for budget cuts in rich countries in 2010

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