Ben Chu

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

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron

Just how regressive have the Coalition's fiscal policies been?

Which groups have been penalised most by the Coalition's austerity measures?

Blame for the return to recession has fallen on Shinzo Abe’s decision to hike sales tax

A tax disaster hits Abenomics gamble

Shinzo Abe spoke of ‘three arrows’ of reform but, as Ben Chu reports, his plan to slash the deficit nosedived, with a shock return to recession

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

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