Oxfam ‘deeply worried’ by rising UK inequality
Five families in the UK now own as much wealth as the poorest 12.5m Britons, a new report finds. Does increasing inequality damage only the poor, or the whole of society?
US political stalemate threatens world economy
The economic health of the world is under threat due to ‘carelessness’ and political deadlock in its most powerful nation. What are the global implications of the crisis in Washington?
Davos warning: world may be ‘fried and grilled’
The most influential people in politics warned this week that inaction on climate change will bring terrible consequences. Is this new frankness a tipping point for efforts to save the planet?
Q&A: Greek debt lifeline agreed at eleventh hour
UPDATE: In the early hours of this morning, after 14 hours of negotiation, European finance ministers agreed to fund a huge bailout package for struggling Greece. Will it be enough?
IMF chief warns of ‘1930s’ threat as growth slashed
The World Economic Forum begins in Switzerland today. Leaders face newly shrunken growth forecasts and the threat of a ‘1930s moment’, which could tear global politics apart.
Global warnings as economy enters ‘danger zone’
The heads of the World Bank, the IMF and the US Federal Reserve have all issued grim financial forecasts. Governments are running out of options and the markets are full of fear.
Rape case against top banker ‘crumbling’
Sensational new details have turned the rape case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn upside-down. He was accused of assaulting a New York chambermaid, but her story is now under fire.
Greece on the brink as rioters oppose cuts
There's violence on the streets and the Prime Minister has offered to resign. Greece faces a battle for financial survival, but do protestors help?
Arrest of IMF chief gives boost to Europe’s far-right
A prominent French politician faces trial for sex crimes. The scandal could deliver a major European nation to anti-immigration extremists.