Joseph Stiglitz (pictured) and Piketty will serve on a panel that will also include David Blanchflower, a former member of the BOE’s Monetary Policy Committee and labor-market economist who’s been vocal in his criticism of British central-bank policy and the UK’s Conservative government. (Photograph: Aidan Crawley)

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn recruited Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and wealth and inequality expert Thomas Piketty to advise his (...)

With ‘The Hidden Wealth of Nations’, Gabriel Zucman, is positioning himself as this year’s Thomas Piketty  (pictured). (Photograph:  Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Look out, Thomas Piketty. Here comes Gabriel Zucman. With a slim new book that has the feel of Piketty’s bestselling “Capital in the 21st Centu(...)

A banner of Alexis Tsipras hangs over Syriza’s pre-election kiosk in Athens. The banner reads: ‘We are winning tomorrow’. Photograph: Reuters

Speculation on the outcome of the September 20th election focuses on whether Alexis Tsipras will be able to form a coalition government. Polls show N(...)

After an interlude the idea of economic inequality is back on the agenda. A combination of events, observable trends and, more recently, the publis(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, Luxembourg’s finance minister Pierre Gramegna and eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem: forgiveness of debt has been a great boon to Germany. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

For most of human history the moral opprobrium associated with credit was attached to the lender, not the borrower. Aristotle and Plato poured scorn o(...)

  The Mark and the Void: “By the end of reading William D Cohan’s House of Cards you feel like you’ve been trapped in a lift with six Monty Burnses,” says Paul Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Most people loved Paul Murray’s novel Skippy Dies. The energy of its cast of impulsive adolescents, the exuberant detail of its school setting, the fi(...)

 Officials close to Angela Merkel in Berlin were more restrained than usual in their efforts to spin expectations ahead of the looming Brussels meetings. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Germany has insisted that it sees no future for EU assistance for Greece without the participation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Amid repo(...)

Thomas Piketty: “Euro zone finance ministers have been meeting every other week for the past four months to discuss Greece, and nobody knows what they’ve done or what they are talking about. We are just losing time.”

France’s best known economist is more worried about a Grexit than a Brexit. In a wide-ranging discussion with the Anglo-American Press Association in (...)

The late Brian Lenihan, who was Fianna Fáil minister for finance in 2009.    Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

2009 will go down as one of the darkest chapters in Irish economic history. It started with the decision to nationalise Anglo – an admission, if th(...)

A European Union (EU) flag, left, flies alongside a Greek national flag beneath the Parthenon temple on Acropolis Hill in Athens. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Thomas Piketty, the French economist whose 2013 book on wealth inequality became an international bestseller, said he sees a risk of politicians in th(...)