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Christine Lagarde’s conviction could play into the hands of the National Front

19 December 2016 18:54

When Christine Lagarde stood before the Court of Justice of the Republic last week to defend herself against charges of…

The pound has fallen 13pc. Might the IMF have been right to say it was 13pc overvalued?

27 November 2016 11:21

When the pound plunged a few weeks ago, Andrew Marr opened his Sunday show by saying that this might be…

Wetherspoon’s boss is right to mock doomster economists over Brexit

9 September 2016 17:32

In the referendum run-up, we were inundated with warnings and messages of doom and gloom about the untold damage Brexit…

If Brexit solves the housing crisis, bring it on

23 May 2016 22:30

It is, at times, unclear that George Osborne is aware that the under-30s are voting in this EU referendum. When…

The IMF serves up more Project Fear – and it’s working

13 May 2016 13:18

Another day, another warning about the economic bombshell which would follow Brexit. This time it’s the turn of the IMF.…

Could the IMF’s Brexit warning swing it for Remain?

12 April 2016 15:42

The IMF has published one of the starkest warnings so far against Brexit from an organisation based outside of Britain.…

In memory of Denis Healey, saviour of the British economy

3 October 2015 18:20

Denis Healey, who has died at the age of 98, never led the Labour Party – but it still owes as…

An independent Scotland could easily have been the next Greece

14 July 2015 10:54

I wonder how many Scots who voted ‘Yes’ in last year’s referendum are watching events unfold in Greece and having…

The IMF doesn’t need to be run by a European

5 July 2015 8:30

How much longer should the IMF be run by a European? The job of the fund is to assist any…

The sooner Greece leaves the euro, the better

1 July 2015 11:24

Ten years ago, the Greek minister Yainnos Papantoniou came to London to give a talk at the London School of…

Greece: The devil will be in the detail

22 June 2015 17:04

The Greek economy minister Giorgos Stathakis has told Robert Peston in an interview that the deadlock between Athens and its…

The French know what Dominique Strauss-Kahn gets up to in bed — and they’d still vote for him

19 June 2015 9:49

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, widely known as DSK, formerly France’s minister of the economy and finance, ex-director-general of the International Monetary Fund,…

Campaign kick-off: 21 days to go

16 April 2015 10:00

Now that all the manifestos are in the public domain, we are back onto more conventional campaign territory. The big…

David Cameron’s transatlantic election campaigning

16 January 2015 8:42

This trip to Washington couldn’t have gone much better for David Cameron. Not only has he had serious meaty talks…

The European market hangover – bad news is bad news again

17 October 2014 14:04

In the latest Spectator, Liam Halligan takes a sobering look at European markets bearing the brunt of sanctions against Russia.…

George Osborne has won over the IMF to austerity. Now can he win over Eric Pickles to planning reform?

6 June 2014 14:56

Fresh from celebrating the Tories’ victory in Newark, George Osborne is continuing a very joyful day by celebrating the International…

Osborne banks the recovery – and whacks his critics

11 April 2014 8:49

A few months ago, colleagues of George Osborne were worried the Chancellor risked ‘banking the recovery’ too early. If they’re…

IMF upgrades UK growth forecast to 2.4% from 1.9%

21 January 2014 14:36

The good thing about economic forecasting is that it’s only right when it’s good news for your party. Today the…

Tory ‘stick with us’ message boosted by IMF

8 October 2013 18:49

Poor old Ed Balls. He’s been making predictions of doom that now appear to have gone too far and too…

Wot, no bad news? The bigger problem for Labour

9 July 2013 15:42

Journalists in the Westminster bubble like to point out on Big Speech Days like this that the public couldn’t care…

The chancellor survived the IMF report, but there’s another challenge ahead

22 May 2013 16:12

George Osborne has got through the IMF’s report on the UK economy. It is far from a ringing endorsement of…

Will George Osborne feel quite so warm about Christine Lagarde when the IMF delivers its assessment of the UK economy? Picture: Getty

George Osborne braces himself for economic Ofsted inspection

8 May 2013 11:30

It is probably unfair to say that the Queen’s Speech will have nothing to do with the economy: we are,…

IMF: Anatomy of a downgrade

9 October 2012 16:09

Growth forecast downgrades should come as no surprise these days, but when they come from the IMF they naturally command…

The poverty of economics

9 October 2012 13:36

The IMF’s growth downgrades will make tomorrow’s newspaper headlines but the more striking point is its decision to massively rewrite…

The IMF’s ‘too far, too fast’ warning

25 August 2012 11:15

There is great excitement in some circles at a paper from the International Monetary Fund which has emerged in the…