Ben Chu

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

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Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, urged governments to take urgent action to head off a “new mediocre” era of economic growth

Greece meets debt repayment prompting sovereign interest rate slide in eurozone

Yields on three-year Greek sovereign debt slipped by more than 50 bps to 20% after Athens announcement

Larry Summers believes economies will fail to grow because of a chronic shortfall in demand
Ed Miliband at an election campaign event in Bristol on Tuesday

Non-doms in charts: will Labour's plan to scrap the tax loophole actually boost the UK economy?

Ben Chu crunches the numbers behind the headline

IMF fears global economy is suffering 'secular stagnation'

The International Monetary Fund is coming around to the idea that the world is in the grip of an economic “secular stagnation”, meaning the living standards of future generations will be lower than previously expected and national debt burdens will be harder to reduce.

EDF to axe 400 jobs at Hinkley Point nuclear site

Four hundred jobs at the Hinkley Point nuclear power station construction site are to be axed, EDF announced yesterday.

Most bosses don’t want to get directly involved in commenting on party policies, not least because they may have to deal with whichever party prevails at the election

Business leaders might not be as anti-Labour as that letter would have you believe

We should be wary of assuming the views of the 103 signatories are representative of the views of the entire business community in the UK

Only 15 per cent of economists surveyed agreed that the Coalition’s policies had been responsible for helping to boost GDP and employment

Two thirds of economists say Coalition austerity harmed the economy

The Treasury’s own forecaster, the Office for Budget Responsibility, estimates that Government’s austerity was a drag on GDP growth in these years

Exports jumped by 1.4 per cent in the final quarter of 2014

Britain's economic growth revised up for 2014 by ONS as exports surge

GDP growth in the final quarter of 2014 was revised up from 0.5 per cent to 0.6 per cent.

Seen and heard: Alexis Tsipras and Angela Merkel met in Berlin last Monday

Greek prime minister vows no capitulation to creditors

Greece’s fellow eurozone member states, including Germany, must approve the release of the remaining €7.2bn (£5.25bn) in bailout funds the country is expecting.

Officials in Athens have dened reports in Bild that finance minister Yanis Varoufakis was planning to resign

Greece finally unveils reforms plan in bid to unlock eurozone bailout cash

Over the next two weeks, Greece needs to pay €2bn in pensions and salaries

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