Concern over the gap between rich and poor isn’t new. But ever since French economist Thomas Piketty became compulsory reading for world leaders, t(...)

Report by economic think-tank Tasc is likely to pose fresh questions over definition of “squeezed middle”. Photograph: Getty

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Tasc research indicates State  now the most unequal country in the EU when it comes to how the economy distributes income. Photograph: Getty Images

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French economist Thomas Piketty (R) listens to the translation of his speech during his press conference at Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on Sunday. Japanese language version of Piketty’s book, ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century,’ started selling in Japan from December 2014, becoming the best-selling book in Japan. (Photograph: AFP/Getty Images)

Thomas Piketty, the French economist whose 2013 book on wealth inequality became an international best- seller, said Europe should learn from Japan th(...)

French president François  Hollande:    invited Alexis Tsipras to visit Paris soon and promised “that France will be beside Greece in this important period for its future”.  Ian Langsdon/Reuters

The victory of the far-left Syriza in Greece is seen in France as an opportunity for President François Hollande to play a more important role in Euro(...)

In his book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” Thomas Piketty examined centuries of data on countries including the US, Sweden, France and the UK to show that returns on capital in excess of economic growth lead to widening disparities in wealth. (Photograph: Bart Matt/EPA)

Thomas Piketty, the French economist whose best-selling book has added tinder to the debate on income inequality, counts the world’s richest person am(...)

Economist Thomas Piketty: President François Hollande’s government “would do better to focus on reviving growth in France and Europe”. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

France’s star economist Thomas Piketty, who shot to fame and topped best- seller lists last year with his controversial book on wealth and inequality,(...)

 A file photograph of French economist Thomas Piketty who has said  he will not accept the Legion d’honneur - his country’s highest award. Photograph: Pontus Lundahl/EPA.

France’s star economist Thomas Piketty has declined the country’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur, local media said on Thursday.Mr Piketty (43) (...)