Stephen King: A thousand years on,an updated Silk Road will bypass the West

Economic Outlook: In many parts of the emerging world the state and commerce are closely aligned

Stephen King: Things can only get better? There's always another crisis ahead

Faced with a low cost of capital, investors chased easy wins. Discipline went out of the window

Stephen King: Hard times... Prepare yourself for the worst, our debt is here to stay

Economic Outlook: High government debt does not have to threaten the fabric of economic life

Stephen King: The Seventies were just dire – let's resolve to put them firmly behind us

Economic Outlook: No one should want to return to the Seventies but we are in danger ofheading back to something strikingly similar

Stephen King: Western economies look more troubled than at the start of 2011

Economic Outlook: Despite a slight improvement recently, the main US theme through 2011 is disappointment

Stephen King: Simply making debtors suffer is not a solution to the eurozone crisis

Economic Outlook: The eurozone is fast becoming enclosed in a straitjacket that was manufactured in Germany

Stephen King: To heal the Sicks – and to punish them – they must be broken up

Economic Outlook: Perhaps it is time to bring back the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia and the Papal States

Stephen King: Ten things people thought they knew about economics

Economic Outlook: The pie has become bigger, but it has been sliced up in unexpected ways. And not everyone is a winner

Stephen King: Now opened, the door to exit eurozone can no longer be shut

Economic Outlook: In truth, the existing eurozone rules are broken by the many, not the few

Stephen King: Will sending around the begging bowl really solve the eurozone crisis?

Economic Outlook: The Chinese should be able to provide more than loose change to help the eurozone

Stephen King: Euro meltdown would pave the way for another Great Depression

Outlook: Imagine that Europe is unable to agree on a convincing solution. What sort of system would we be left with?

Stephen King: Sometimes we should never expect politicians to find the right answer

Economic outlook: Fail to deal with the budget deficit and the UK could end up with a sovereign downgrade, higher interest rates and even more pain

Stephen King: If we looked at the bigger picture, the eurozone's problems would disappear

Economic Outlook: If some countries have lower-than-average inflation, it must follow that others should have inflation that is higher than average

Stephen King: Saving the euro gets more difficult by the week

Economic Outlook: The key thing is to persuade investors the euro really does have a future and that any political inconsistencies can be resolved

Stephen King: The magicians of monetarism have very few tricks left up their sleeves

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow
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Bankers who reach the dizzy heights of partnership status at Goldman Sachs achieve legendary status in the bank’s London office
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Rocket Internet’s founder Oliver Samwer, centre, with the incubator’s chief executive and finance director when it listed in October
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Satyajit Das: Donors are free to channel funds to their chosen causes, some noble, some hubristic and some just plain odd
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