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Economist. 2016 was a dismal year for liberal internationalism.


Britain voted to leave the European Union; Donald Trump was elected as America’s president and the grip of authoritarians tightened in China, Russia and Turkey. Despite all efforts to dissuade it, North Korea continued its march towards nuclear-power status; bloody wars continued in South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It might seem obvious, then, that it was a year in which the world became less stable. But a new index of global “fragility” by the Fund for Peace (FfP), a think-tank, suggests that, overall, it did not. London Stock Exchange-Deutsche Boerse deal blocked by EU. China cuts growth target to 6.5% this year - Premier Li Keqiang. Image copyright Reuters.

China cuts growth target to 6.5% this year - Premier Li Keqiang

Economy tracker: GDP. 28 January 2014Last updated at 10:41 ET Continue reading the main story Latest news:

Economy tracker: GDP

Net migration to UK falls to 273,000. Housing market broken, ministers say ahead of White Paper. Image copyright Getty Images Ministers will admit England's housing market is "broken" as they unveil new plans to build more affordable homes.

Housing market broken, ministers say ahead of White Paper

The government says 250,000 new homes are needed each year and says it is lagging behind schedule. The new housing strategy for England includes forcing councils to plan for their local housing needs and giving them powers to pressure developers to start building on land they own. Labour accused the government of "seven years of failure" on housing. UK service sector growth 'slows' Image copyright Getty Images Growth in the UK's dominant service sector slowed last month, according to a closely watched survey, while price pressures "remained intense".

UK service sector growth 'slows'

Growth in UK house prices weakens, Nationwide says. Image copyright Getty Images Annual UK house price inflation fell to its weakest level since November 2015 in January, according to mortgage lender Nationwide.

Growth in UK house prices weakens, Nationwide says

The 0.2% rise in house prices last month was down from a 0.8% rise in December, although that left prices 4.3% higher than at this time in 2016. "The outlook for the housing market remains clouded," said Nationwide economist Robert Gardner. The average price of a house in the UK dropped slightly to £205,240. Will globalisation take away your job? Image copyright Getty Images Millions around the globe may have taken to the streets in recent years to protest against the impact of globalisation on their jobs and communities - but this backlash is only likely to grow as globalisation itself becomes more disruptive.

Will globalisation take away your job?

The stark warning comes from Richard Baldwin, president of the Centre for Economic Policy Research think-tank, who has been studying global trade for the past 30 years. Technological advances could now mean white-collar, office-based workers and professionals are at risk of losing their jobs, Prof Baldwin argues. David Smith's Austerity myths revisited Posted by David Smith at 01:00 PM Category: Thoughts and responses My piece on Friday, The Myth of Abandoned Austerity, has attracted quite a lot of interest.

David Smith's

It had a simple aim - to demonstrate that fiscal consolidation, deficit reduction, continued throughout the parliament, alongside recovery. Simon Wren-Lewis, a professor of economics at Oxford, devoted a blog post to it, here. Jonathan Portes, director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, was typically condescending, tweeting that I was "confused (& confusing)". Consumer price inflation - Office for National Statistics. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 0.5% in the year to June 2016, compared with a 0.3% rise in the year to May.

Consumer price inflation - Office for National Statistics

The June rate is a little above the position seen for most of 2016, though it is still relatively low historically. Rises in air fares, prices for motor fuels and a variety of recreational and cultural goods and services were the main contributors to the increase in the rate. These upward pressures were partially offset by falls in the price of furniture and furnishings and accommodation services. CPIH (not a National Statistic) rose by 0.8% in the year to June 2016, up from 0.7% in May. Back to table of contents. The Economist explains: How Nigeria’s economy grew by 89% overnight.

ON SATURDAY, April 5th, South Africa was Africa’s largest economy.

The Economist explains: How Nigeria’s economy grew by 89% overnight

Help to Buy loan guarantee scheme comes to an end. China's economy grows steadily at annual rate of 6.7% Image copyright AFP China's economy grew at an annual rate of 6.7% in the three months to September, government data showed, a sign that growth is stabilising. China's economy grows 6.7% in 2016. Image copyright Getty Images China's economy grew by 6.7% in 2016, compared with 6.9% a year earlier, according to official data, marking its slowest growth since 1990. The figure is in line with Beijing's growth target of between 6.5% and 7%. But the data comes days after the leader of one Chinese province admitted GDP data was faked for several years. China is a key driver of the global economy and a growth slowdown is a major concern for investors around the world. 'Deception'

Fewer beds, higher patient demand - NHS pressure mounts. Image copyright Thinkstock With many hospitals close to full in these difficult winter weeks, there has been much debate about the resources available in the health service. Patient demand is rising faster than the budget increases allocated to the NHS in England. Yet the number of hospital bed numbers has fallen steadily in recent years. 'Silk Road' freight train from China arrives in Barking. The first direct rail freight service from China to the UK has completed its 18-day trip and arrived in London. The train left the city of Yiwu, on China's east coast, this month and travelled 7,500 miles (12,000km), crossing seven countries, before arriving at a freight depot in Barking. The service delivered 34 containers of clothes and high street goods. China Railway already runs services between China and other European cities, including Madrid and Hamburg.

The service passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before entering the UK via the Channel Tunnel. 300.000 INDICATORS FROM 196 COUNTRIES. British American Tobacco takes control of Reynolds for $49bn. Image copyright Reuters British American Tobacco has agreed a $49.4bn (£40bn) deal to take control of US rival Reynolds, creating the world's largest listed tobacco firm. May rejects 'partial' EU membership in Brexit speech.

UK Manufacturing Statistics. Manufacturing contributes £6.7tr to the global economy. Everything you might want to know about the UK's trade with the EU. UK GDP: The chart that shows how much the UK contributes to global growth. UK trade - Office for National Statistics. GDP: UK economy in five charts. Problem loading page. Seven things you need to know about the UK economy. ECB keeps interest rates at record low. Image copyright Reuters The European Central Bank has kept its main interest rate on hold at zero for another month. The eurozone central bank's 25-member governing council left its benchmark borrowing rate at zero. The rate on deposits from commercial banks was also unchanged at minus 0.4%. Tax credits firm Concentrix will not have contract renewed.

Nobel prize in economics: the top contenders. The era of robots: thousands of builders to lose jobs as machines take over, says construction boss. Mastercard faces £14bn card fee claim. The pound’s fall and why it matters. Flash crash sees the pound gyrate in Asian trading. Does the UK give more aid than other countries? France's Hollande: Jungle camp to be demolished by end of year. Chinese authorities need to guard against bad debt crisis. Pound falls as Theresa May indicates Brexit date. 100 reasons why Brexit was a good thing. Liam Fox predicts free EU trade post-Brexit. Workless figures show North-South divide getting starker. UK spending grew strongly post-Brexit vote, ONS data shows.

Consumer confidence bounces back to pre-EU referendum levels. Brexit: Italian PM Matteo Renzi warns UK over EU rights. Liam Fox predicts free EU trade post-Brexit. What Next? Economics After Brexit. Economy grew faster than expected before the referendum. Pigeon lofts and tulip fever: What is going on in China’s property markets? UK growth forecast cut by BCC after Brexit. Rail season tickets cost 10% of net pay.