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An audio version of the best of the Financial Times's Big Reads — in-depth reporting from FT correspondents around the world. Listen to longform stories that explore and explain key themes in world news, science and business. Produced by Anna Dedhar.
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Putin's pivot to Africa

12:31 | Jan 25th

As Russia’s relations with the west deteriorate Moscow is seeking fresh alliances across Africa say Henry Foy, Nastassia Astrasheuskaya and David Pilling. With Moscow often sidestepping demands for reform or protection of human rights, this is starti...Show More
Wells Fargo: repairing a damaged brand

12:15 | Jan 16th

Wells Fargo has lurched from one scandal to another but customers have stayed loyal, say Robert Armstrong and Laura Noonan. Can the bank once seen as the best managed in America recover its premium valuation? Produced by Caroline Grady
Data brokers: regulators tackle the 'privacy deathstars'

13:38 | Jan 10th

Data brokers face heightened scrutiny in Europe as public opinion shifts on questions of privacy and businesses face tougher data protection legislation, say Aliya Ram and Madhumita Murgia. Will recent operational changes at data brokers be enough to...Show More
Person of the Year 2018: George Soros

21:45 | Dec 21st, 2018

The Financial Times has chosen George Soros as its Person of the Year and here editor Lionel Barber and deputy editor Roula Khalaf explain why the billionaire philanthropist and liberal standard bearer merits the title, particularly in 2018. Presente...Show More
The university challenge

13:28 | Dec 14th, 2018

The November sentencing of British academic Matthew Hedges to life in prison for spying caused a rare public spat between the UK and UAE and although he was subsequently pardoned it has led UK and US institutions to reassess their links to oil-rich G...Show More
The end of the games console?

12:24 | Dec 5th, 2018

Nintendo, Sony’s Playstation, and Microsoft’s Xbox dominate the cut-throat computer game business. But, says Leo Lewis, these console makers look under threat in the era of streaming. Will the cloud win, or can consoles, with higher quality, more com...Show More
Who will replace Merkel as head of the CDU?

12:44 | Nov 29th, 2018

In October, Angela Merkel announced she would be stepping down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union, the party she has headed for nearly two decades. The race to succeed her is now well underway, says Guy Chazan. Three candidates have emerged ...Show More
The battle between Modi and India's central bank

14:50 | Nov 22nd, 2018

The Reserve Bank of India is embroiled in an intense political battle with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, say Simon Mundy and Henny Sender. The government has long pressured the RBI to do more to boost growth, but a possible economic slowdown has seen...Show More
Why sanctions are failing to isolate Russia

13:41 | Nov 13th, 2018

After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the west imposed sanctions to isolate the country economically. But, says Henry Foy, the reality has not matched the rhetoric. Moscow has pivoted towards China and Saudi Arabia and its energy ties with the EU rema...Show More
The threat of Chinese ‘military-civil fusion’

15:52 | Nov 8th, 2018

Western governments have a new nightmare coming from China, which has decreed that new private sector technologies, such as robotics and AI, must be shared with the military, say Kathrin Hille and Richard Waters. Washington fears Beijing is gaining a...Show More
The Irish backstop: Brexit's biggest hurdle

17:55 | Oct 31st, 2018

Since Britain voted to leave the EU, the Irish “backstop” has become the primary obstacle in the way of a Brexit deal, say Alex Barker and Arthur Beesley. The plan is the result of intense diplomacy by Dublin, but Theresa May faces implacable opposit...Show More
How Khashoggi's death threatens Saudi Arabia's economy

14:41 | Oct 25th, 2018

Under the stewardship of its young crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has sought to turn around its oil-dependent economy, say Andrew England and Simeon Kerr. Yet the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has made the task of reshaping th...Show More
Trump's divided America goes to the polls

12:32 | Oct 17th, 2018

Next month’s US midterm elections will be some of the most important in a generation, says Demetri Sevastopulo. Should the Democratic party regain a majority in the House of Representatives, they could make life very difficult for President Donald Tr...Show More
Artificial intelligence: can humans and robots work together?

16:12 | Oct 10th, 2018

The nightmare of robots controlling the human race will not come true, says Richard Waters. The future of AI will see semi-autonomous systems rely on close cooperation with people, uniting machine learning and human judgement. But there are dangers i...Show More
Unraveling Danske's €200bn 'dirty money' scandal

17:39 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Since Howard Wilkinson, Danske Bank’s then head of markets in Estonia, blew the whistle on money laundering in 2013, the enormous scale of wrongdoing has emerged, report Richard Milne and Caroline Binham. It has cost chief executive Thomas Borgen his...Show More
The scramble for business in Africa

14:39 | Sep 27th, 2018

Emerging economic powerhouses like China, India, and Turkey are jockeying for opportunities and influence in sub-Saharan Africa. While many of the continent's leaders see this as a great opportunity to boost growth, others warn of the dangers of incr...Show More
Ronaldo: Juventus bets big on the Portuguese striker

13:52 | Sep 18th, 2018

The Italian football club will pay some €340m over four seasons for Cristiano Ronaldo, gambling that he will lure fans and deals with sponsors and kitmakers, says Murad Ahmed. But it is a risky strategy. Can it pay off?
The opioid marketing machine

15:01 | Sep 12th, 2018

Purdue Pharma faces more than 1,000 lawsuits claiming it ignited and fuelled the US opioid crisis, reports David Crow. Prosecutors say the company exaggerated the benefits of its painkiller OxyContin, but through their ownership of Rhodes Pharma, Pur...Show More
Genoa bridge collapse: the battle over privatisation

13:52 | Sep 5th, 2018

On August 14, the Morandi bridge in Genoa collapsed, killing at least 43 people. Since then, many Italian politicians have blamed the tragic event on a lack of maintenance, says Hannah Roberts, and linked it to crony capitalism and policies of privat...Show More
Auditing: how to restore faith in the ‘Big Four’

17:47 | Aug 29th, 2018

PwC’s mechanical interpretation of the rules failed to produce results representative of Bank of Ireland’s dangerous position leading up to the financial crisis. This, say Jonathan Ford and Madison Marriage, raises questions about auditing judgment, ...Show More
Cobalt: the crisis facing electric vehicles

12:00 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Electric cars are the future, and so are the batteries that power them. Yet, these batteries are dependent on cobalt, which has linked the electric vehicle industry to one of the most unstable countries in the world, and to practices like child labou...Show More
The price of being a star YouTuber

13:02 | Aug 14th, 2018

YouTube video bloggers broadcast their lives on the Google-owned platform in the hope of attracting followers, fame, and money, say Hannah Kuchler and Emma Jacobs. They are overwhelmingly young and can build multimillion dollar businesses, but stars ...Show More
Post-Dieselgate: The new car emissions lab test loopholes

12:30 | Aug 7th, 2018

Three years ago Volkswagen was caught cheating with emission tests, but they were not the only carmaker manipulating the data. Brussels is introducing a more robust regime but the manufacturers are already finding ways of undermining it, says Patrick...Show More
China's debt threat: How bad is the problem?

20:31 | Aug 2nd, 2018

The country saw a huge surge in investment after the global financial crisis but this has brought huge domestic debt and slower growth. Tom O'Sullivan, the FT's deputy analysis editor, asks Shanghai bureau chief Gabriel Wildau and global China editor...Show More
Searching for a solution to digital addiction

11:43 | Jul 26th, 2018

Digital distraction lurks everywhere. Google and Apple have taken steps to address smartphone addiction, but critics say the big tech groups have not regulated enough to cure hardcore addicts, say Tim Bradshaw and Hannah Kuchler. What's the solution ...Show More
India could be Netflix's untapped market

12:51 | Jul 21st, 2018

India has a quickly growing gross domestic product and emerging middle class that is reaping rewards on foreign companies. Netflix entered India in a blaze of promotion and with a bag full of cash. The streaming service thinks the country is an untap...Show More
Figuring out America's policy on Russia

09:30 | Jul 13th, 2018

Donald Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin has prompted scrutiny and caused controversy, as have US sanctions against Moscow and a Forbes list of Russian oligarchs republished by the US Treasury. However, the US president’s policies on Russia ma...Show More
America's anxiety over Chinese tech investment

12:20 | Jul 5th, 2018

Beijing's ‘Made in China 2025’ industrial initiative has made government officials in America worried. The underlying motivation of the Trump administration’s protectionist mood and trade war with China is American anxiety about China’s rapidly growi...Show More
Figuring out Theresa May's Brexit plan

14:55 | Jun 28th, 2018

Theresa May’s moment of truth is coming. In the two years since the Brexit vote, the British cabinet is still negotiating with itself and the EU. With the impending release of a white paper and an important cabinet summit at Chequers, the prime minis...Show More
Erdogan's precarious push for power

11:48 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears simultaneously powerful and vulnerable ahead of the upcoming June 24 snap elections. The long-time leader of Turkey has used a mixture of both hope and fear to energise voters at a time of great economic uncertainty and a...Show More
López Obrador’s mission: to transform Mexico

12:14 | Jun 14th, 2018

The former mayor of Mexico is set to win the country's presidential election on July 1. The politician is pledging to eradicate corruption. But while his supporters think he is a man of integrity and honour, his critics fear he is a danger to the cou...Show More
Corbyn’s challenge: to win back bedrock voters

14:36 | Jun 6th, 2018

The mines have closed, the jobs have gone and Mansfield in Britain’s East Midlands has turned Conservative. But to have a chance of power Labour’s leader needs the backing of the party’s traditional supporters, says Joshua Chaffin
World Cup: Morocco's challenge to the US

12:36 | May 30th, 2018

Fifa will decide in June who will host the 2026 football tournament, with a US-led bid the favourite to win. But resentment against Donald Trump is helping Morocco gain support, says Murad Ahmed
Who owns Antarctica?

11:05 | May 25th, 2018

Antarctica contains vast untapped natural resources. But it is governed only by a treaty system that faces growing geopolitical challenges, say Leslie Hook and Benedict Mander. Many interested parties would like to exploit its riches. How can the con...Show More
Qatar struggles on despite embargo

11:51 | May 18th, 2018

Almost a year after four Arab states imposed a blockade on Qatar, the Gulf nation is spending hundreds of billions on infrastructure to boost its economy. From Doha, the FT’s Simeon Kerr reports on Qatar’s economic struggles and whether the US is mak...Show More
Can Modicare cure India's healthcare woes?

13:56 | May 11th, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a plan to extend national health insurance to roughly half a billion of his country's poorest citizens. But critics say the plan will overwhelm the healthcare system and drive costs out of control. The FT's Amy Kazmin...Show More
China and the US fight for AI supremacy

16:36 | May 4th, 2018

In the race to develop artificial intelligence technology, American engineers have long had an edge but access to vast amounts of data may prove to be China's secret weapon. Louise Lucas and Richard Waters report on the contest for supremacy in one o...Show More
What's next for South Africa?

11:49 | Apr 27th, 2018

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's new president, faces a slew of challenges from corruption to education and the economy. The FT's David Pilling and Alec Russell are joined by Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Africa's leading opposition party, to discuss...Show More
Venezuela's mounting refugee crisis

13:48 | Apr 20th, 2018

Thousands of Venezuelans are fleeing disease, violence and economic collapse — creating the worst refugee crisis in recent Latin American history. The FT's Gideon Long and Andres Schipani report from Colombia and Brazil, where communities and humanit...Show More
Top lawyers reap rewards

13:21 | Apr 13th, 2018

Superstar partners are drawing salaries akin to those of top bankers and sports stars, as upstart firms challenge the traditional seniority-based compensation system. James Fontanella-Khan, Sujeet Indap, and Barney Thompson report. Produced by Joshua...Show More
The other Facebook scandal

14:12 | Apr 6th, 2018

South-east Asia is one of Facebook's fastest growing markets, but the social media company is under fire over the spread of false news and incitements to violence in the region. The FT's John Reed and Hannah Kuchler report.
Lagos: Nigeria's economic success story

14:27 | Mar 29th, 2018

A major centre for the oil industry, the west-African city is on track to become the world's third largest metropolis within decades. The FT's David Pilling reports on what the rest of Nigeria might learn from Lagos' economic success. Produced by Jos...Show More
Cyber insurance: risks and rewards

12:15 | Mar 23rd, 2018

With cyber attacks against businesses on the rise, Oliver Ralph reports on how wary insurance firms are approaching a field that could be a billion dollar growth opportunity or a hundred billion dollar liability. Produced by Joshua Oliver
Daimler deal riles Germans over Chinese investment

12:22 | Mar 16th, 2018

Geely's acquisition of close to 10 per cent of one of Germany's best-known firms has provoked a fierce backlash. Berlin bureau chief Guy Chazan and former Beijing bureau chief James Kynge join Big Read's editor Geoff Dyer to discuss the growing anxie...Show More
A second Arab Spring?

14:30 | Mar 9th, 2018

Middle East observers say that the region's social and economic tensions are creating the conditions for another wave of popular uprisings. Andrew England and Heba Saleh report on governments struggling to retain control in the face of falling oil re...Show More
Black power smashes the box office

12:40 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Black Panther's success has demonstrated the commercial potential for movies with more diverse casts and stories. With Sunday's Oscars putting the focus on Hollywood, Shannon Bond and Matthew Garrahan report on a film that has shattered box office re...Show More
Battle of the billionaires

13:02 | Feb 23rd, 2018

The dispute between Europe's media barons Silvio Berlusconi and Vincent Bolloré sees their groups Mediaset and Vivendi battle it out in court next week just days before Italy's crucial election. Rachel Sanderson and Harriet Agnew trace the story of h...Show More
Seoul's gamble on Olympic unity

09:24 | Feb 8th, 2018

President Moon Jae-in's move to promote reconciliation with the North has angered young South Koreans and risks creating a rift with the US over how to deal with Pyongyang. Bryan Harris reports from Seoul
The resurrection of 'Saint' Silvio

13:02 | Feb 1st, 2018

The former premier has returned from political oblivion to recast himself as both an elder statesman and an alternative to the populist Five Star Movement. He is likely to play a crucial role after next month’s elections, but for how long? 
China bulls beat the short sellers — for now

11:38 | Jan 26th, 2018

Hedge funds who placed big bets on the collapse of the country’s indebted economy have largely failed in their strategy. Did the investors misread the signs or were they just too early?
Brazil's complex relationship with illegal deforestation

15:02 | Jan 25th, 2018

As Brazil's economy becomes increasingly reliant on food production for export, rural politicians gain outsize influence and illegal Amazon deforestation worsens. Joe Leahy reports
Why is the crisis in Yemen getting worse?

11:44 | Jan 11th, 2018

As the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran rages on in Yemen, a man-made crisis has left millions starving. Famine and uncontrolled outbreaks of disease like cholera due to strangled health services have left surviving residents wondering what th...Show More
Made in Japan: The Unfolding Crisis in Japanese Manufacturing

12:27 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Public admissions of wrongdoing by some of the country's greatest companies reveal deep problems in Japanese corporate culture.
The West takes a hard line on Chinese soft power

12:07 | Dec 20th, 2017

As Chinese efforts to socialize democracies to their authoritarian regime become more apparent, the debate in the west about how to stop China’s soft power takes a harder edge. Jamie Smyth and Jamal Anderlini report.
Populists are losing elections but changing Europe

23:13 | Dec 14th, 2017

FT Paris bureau chief Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Berlin bureau chief Guy Chazan speak with Big Read editor Geoff Dyer about the rising waves of populism across Europe, and the bulwarks that are being built to try and stop them.
The harsh history lessons of Brexit

14:18 | Dec 7th, 2017

Brussels Bureau chief, Alex Barker, reports on how the history of the British accession to the EU explains the painful Brexit negotiations. As once minister put it, "There, the ghost of failure hung over the talks as it does today."
The difficult path to a cure for Alzheimer's

16:29 | Nov 29th, 2017

Science editor Clive Cookson explores the long and difficult journey of scientists attempting to unlock the causes of dementia, and to find a cure for the only leading cause of death that becomes more prevalent each year. Join the FT in our seasonal ...Show More
Modi's holy cows disrupt Indian industry

12:15 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Hindu nationalist ruler Narendra Modi's legal protections for cows extend beyond religious law, disrupting Indian dairy markets and threatening agriculture.
Italian far right gains momentum in local politics

15:54 | Nov 16th, 2017

A historically tolerant, left-wing town in Tuscany elected a fire brand populist mayor. James Politi reports from Italy on the rapid rise of populism driven by a slowing economy and the arrival of refugees from the Middle East and Africa.
Is your petrol car greener than a Tesla?

11:42 | Nov 9th, 2017

Researchers are now investigating how efficient electric cars are over their entire life cycle. Their surprising results are a wake up call to regulators.
Are synthetic diamonds a girl's new best friend?

11:58 | Nov 1st, 2017

Lab-grown stones are set to disrupt the big miners. Henry Sanderson reports.
How Beijing wields its soft power

22:27 | Oct 25th, 2017

This week on the Financial Times Big Read podcast, we look at China's global ambitions. China's 19th party congress ended this week with the confirmation of President Xi Jinping's position. Reporters Tom O'Sullivan, James Kynge, and Jamil Anderlini d...Show More
Facebook's struggles over Russian abuse

12:10 | Oct 10th, 2017

Russia's use of the social network to interfere in the US election has raised serious questions over Facebook's model, say Hannah Kuchler and Barney Jopson. Action to try to control fake news and political ads has done little to ease pressure on the ...Show More
Uber: The view from the driving seat

09:56 | Oct 9th, 2017

The ride-sharing group has lurched from one management crisis to another this year. But now it faces its biggest challenge: keeping its drivers, says Leslie Hook
Catalonian referendum: a test of Spanish unity

12:40 | Sep 29th, 2017

The referendum has provoked a constitutional crisis — and forging a new deal will be difficult. Michael Stothard reports from Barcelona
German election: testing the welcome

12:15 | Sep 19th, 2017

Angela Merkel's asylum policy allowed more than 1m refugees into the country but trying to absorb so many has caused friction and immigration has been a big issue in the poll campaign, says Guy Chazan. Image: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images
Digital coin mania

15:35 | Sep 15th, 2017

More than $1.8bn has been raised this year by initial coin offerings by developers who want to create a generation of internet platforms that give power to the users not the tech giants, says Richard Waters. But regulators are eyeing the cryptocurren...Show More
Japan's stem-cell race

12:42 | Sep 5th, 2017

The country believes it is leading the world in the field, but scientists feel constrained by regulation and fear government interference, say Leo Lewis and Clive Cookson. Does Japan risk being overtaken by the US or another rival? Image by Dreamsti...Show More
Robots and morality

13:03 | Aug 31st, 2017

Now our mechanical creations can act independently, what happens when AI goes wrong? Where does moral, ethical and legal responsibility for robots lie — with the manufacturers, the programmers, the users or the robots themselves, asks John Thornhill....Show More
Isis: Waging a campaign for cash

12:34 | Aug 24th, 2017

The jihadis may be in retreat in Syria and Iraq but there is another front in their war: the battle to make as many US dollars as fast as they can, say Erika Solomon and Ahmad Mhidi. And imposing their own currency helps them transfer the funds
Markets: Bubble territory

11:16 | Aug 17th, 2017

By many measures, stock markets today are overvalued. But calling the peak of the equities bull run is fraught with peril, says Ben McCrum
Russia: Alexei Navalny, Putin's challenger

13:44 | Aug 8th, 2017

The anti-corruption campaigner has built up a surprisingly large popular movement ahead of presidential elections next March, says Kathrin Hille. But he is short on policies and numbers and can appear out of his depth. Does he offer a genuine alterna...Show More
Biotechnology: The US, China and gene data security

14:13 | Aug 2nd, 2017

America is building up a genetic database but there are concerns about the risk of the information leaving the country, says David J Lynch. Genomics is one of the most exciting fields of medical research but it is also the latest area where Chinese i...Show More
Technology: Elon Musk's bet on Tesla's Model 3

13:10 | Jul 26th, 2017

The Californian company's CEO is hoping the car being launched this week will be the world's first mass market electric vehicle and stem the marque's losses, says Richard Waters. But there will soon be stiff competition
China: Brakes on railway diplomacy

15:24 | Jul 18th, 2017

Beijing hopes that sharing its high speed rail technology will win allies and open markets as it pushes forward with the One Belt, One Road project. But cancelled schemes and poorer countries' struggles with the debt they can bring are hindering Chin...Show More
US healthcare: Crunch time for Republicans' Obamacare reform

13:13 | Jul 12th, 2017

Millions of Americans could lose insurance cover if the bill passes but if it fails the uncertainty will undermine the system, says Edward Luce. Even Donald Trump doesn't want to lend his brand to the new measure
Brexit: Theresa May's struggle

12:25 | Jul 5th, 2017

The UK prime minister's grip on power is fragile, says George Parker. Weakened by the election, vulnerable to rebellion at home and diminished in Europe, can she survive long enough to negotiate the withdrawal from the EU?
Hong Kong: Identity crisis

14:20 | Jun 30th, 2017

Twenty years on the former British colony is deeply divided over its relations with China
Corporate leadership: The war for talent

11:40 | Jun 23rd, 2017

To buy or build the next boss? The changes of regime at General Electric and Uber highlight the shifts we are seeing in how companies choose their senior executives, says Andrew Hill. GE has always meticulously groomed its leaders in house and had J...Show More
Medical science: Cancer challenge

13:31 | Jun 13th, 2017

Can remarkable science be turned into mass-market products, asks David Crow. Cell therapies to treat blood cancers offer hope to patients who have exhausted all other possibilities and are likely to get regulatory approval this year. But they are ex...Show More
Real estate: The global luxury condo glut

13:10 | Jun 8th, 2017

Has the party ended for high-end housing developers, asks Judith Evans. After a five-year boom, they are feeling the chill as apartments in their gleaming towers stand empty, with many failing to sell despite offered discounts and gifts
Is China heading for a Japanese-style bubble?

14:43 | May 31st, 2017

Rising house prices and stock market values are fuelling fears of an implosion like the one that dogged Tokyo for decades and President Xi Jinping has urged China's leadership to safeguard their country's financial security, say Leo Lewis, Tom Mitche...Show More
Brazil: The poison of corruption

15:24 | May 26th, 2017

President Michel Temer has been caught up in the latest bribery probe, centred on JBS, one of the country's biggest multinationals. A series of investigations since 2014 has exposed a system of patronage that is entrenched among the business and poli...Show More
Iranian presidential election: The blame game

14:48 | May 16th, 2017

The run-up to Friday's polls has resounded with arguments over inequality and corruption in the deeply divided Islamic Republic, says Najmeh Bozorgmehr. And there is more at stake than who is to be president. The incumbent Hassan Rouhani or his hardl...Show More
Europe: a welcome reprieve from populism

10:49 | May 12th, 2017

The solace that the European establishment is drawing from the election of Emmanuel Macron as French president should not disguise the fact that the political extremes are still gaining ground in Europe - and the centre is still fragmenting. But Gide...Show More
China trade: Wielding the boycott weapon

10:32 | May 4th, 2017

Companies and countries that displease Beijing can find state-backed consumer campaigns marshalled against them. James Kynge, the FT's emerging markets editor, asks south China correspondent Ben Bland how effective such sanctions are. You can read th...Show More
Sport: Cricket eyes Olympic wicket

11:58 | Apr 28th, 2017

The sport has only once been played in the summer Games but some now believe the wider exposure inclusion would give it is necessary for its survival, says Murad Ahmed. First, though, cricket modernisers must convince sceptics in India
Market risk: Gambling on volatility

12:49 | Apr 19th, 2017

The Vix index is known as Wall Street's 'fear gauge' and was once just a measure of market movements. But volatility has itself become a tradable asset and financial engineers have used the index to create high-risk products and strategies that can a...Show More
Switzerland: A new mould for chocolate

13:03 | Apr 13th, 2017

Chocolate has been a Swiss national industry for almost 200 years but aggressive pricing and a shift to healthier snacks are forcing confectioners like Lindt and Nestlé to adapt, says Ralph Atkins. Focusing on premium brands and fighting the increasi...Show More
Agnelli dynasty: Grandson of Gianni bets on family fortune

13:10 | Apr 7th, 2017

Since John Elkann inherited the Exor business six years ago he has changed its strategy, diversifying away from the car industry and from its Italian homeland, say Sarah Gordon and Rachel Sanderson. But the relocation of the group's HQ to the Netherl...Show More
Squid catch: the search to replace vanishing fish

12:29 | Mar 29th, 2017

Supplies of traditionally popular species have become so depleted through overfishing that commercial fleets — especially the Chinese — are trawling further from home, deeper and wider in the oceans, says Lucy Hornby. This has led to clashes as they ...Show More
Mexico: Optimism breaks through uncertainty

12:03 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric, tax plans and threatened wall have battered the peso but hopes for an economic bounceback have grown as Mexicans adjust to the volatility, says Jude Webber. Confidence is rising south of the border despite the s...Show More
European Union: The integration project

14:10 | Mar 16th, 2017

Marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome while Britain tussles with its exit highlights the fractures in unity on the Continent, says Philip Stephens. The global environment is very different now from that of 1957 — but national solutions a...Show More
Vatican: The Pope and the populists

12:28 | Mar 8th, 2017

The reformist Argentine Francis is encountering opposition from those who claim his zeal threatens Catholic Church unity, says James Politi. The Pope enjoys very high popularity, but his critics are becoming bolder
Turkey: Erdogan's second revolution

11:56 | Mar 3rd, 2017

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken the opportunity provided by the failed coup in 2016 to further his societal engineering. And the forthcoming referendum in April could give him power beyond the scope of even the country's founder Ataturk, say...Show More
Beating the billionaires: How Unilever fought off Warren Buffett, 3G and Kraft Heinz

12:38 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Warren Buffett and 3G were taken aback by the harsh rejection of the takeover offer they had backed but people close to the Anglo-Dutch group say the deal made no financial or strategic sense for them. Arash Massoudi and James Fontanella-Khan tell a ...Show More
Executive pay: Outsize rewards

19:42 | Feb 16th, 2017

The scale of remuneration for CEOs has caused anger and triggered debate about the effectiveness of how it's structured and whether it's time to rein in their huge increases, says Patrick Jenkins in his Big Read report for the FT's Runaway Pay series...Show More
Fighting cancer: Rocky path for immunotherapy

13:56 | Feb 10th, 2017

High hopes that new immunotherapy drugs would prove to have benefits over toxic chemotherapy were dashed by large-scale trials, says David Crow. Pharmaceutical groups are now working on combinations of the immunotherapies and using them with chemo, b...Show More
Nafta: Trade deal in Trump's sights

11:19 | Jan 31st, 2017

The $580bn relationship between Mexico and the US is vulnerable as the new American president picks his targets, say Jude Webber, Shawn Donnan and John Paul Rathbone. But Enrique Peña Nieto does have some negotiating leverage
Indonesia: A trial of tolerance

13:24 | Jan 26th, 2017

The blasphemy case against Jakarta's governor and ally of President Widodo could land Basuki Tjahaja Purnama in jail, says Ben Bland. Religious and ethnic tensions are rising in the Muslim-majority country and critics say the backlash against the Chi...Show More
Toshiba: Falling star

13:16 | Jan 19th, 2017

The former leader in Japan's global corporate expansion and technological innovation has faced humiliation after humiliation from soured investments, nuclear disaster and scandal. And after sell-offs, writedowns and a boardroom clear-out Toshiba's tr...Show More
Wall Street: The path ahead under President Trump

14:50 | Jan 13th, 2017

Donald Trump's promise to lighten financial services regulation has boosted the big banks' spirits. But Ben McLannahan and Barney Jopson's Big Read report 'What Wall Street wants from Trump' asked how realistic their hopes are. Here, Ben, Brooke Mast...Show More
Martin Wolf: The west's global order unravels

15:43 | Jan 5th, 2017

We are at the end of both an economic era and a geopolitical one, says Martin Wolf. What lies ahead? Will the post-world-war period led by the US descend into deglobalisation and conflict, or will a new order emerge with non-western powers such as Ch...Show More
Egypt: Sisi's security state

15:46 | Dec 20th, 2016

Since the Tahrir Square popular revolt of 2011 control has only tightened over civil society and the social and economic problems have worsened, says FT deputy editor Roula Khalaf. But President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi believes he can save his country f...Show More
Japan and Russia braced for an island challenge

08:00 | Dec 15th, 2016

Abe and Putin seek to end the 70-year-old territorial dispute over the Kuril archipelago, report Robin Harding and Kathrin Hille
Breitbart News: from populist fringe to the White House and beyond

08:36 | Dec 9th, 2016

Matthew Garrahan, the FT's Global Media Editor, looks at how the US presidential election has catapulted the conservative website from the fringes and how it now plans to tap into the wave of populism sweeping European politics
MSF and the FT’s 2016 Seasonal Appeal: ‘The hospital is sacred’

11:32 | Dec 1st, 2016

Médecins Sans Frontières, which the Financial Times has chosen as its partner for this year's Seasonal Appeal, is one of the few aid groups to continue working in war zones despite deadly attacks on its facilities. Erika Solomon discovers how the gro...Show More
Thomas Mair: The making of a neo-Nazi killer

18:14 | Nov 25th, 2016

Tom Burgis looks at the case of Thomas Mair, a white supremacist who on November 23 was given a whole life sentence for the murder of his local Labour MP Jo Cox. What drove the loner from Birstall in West Yorkshire to strike just days before the EU r...Show More
Russia: Return of the nuclear threat

12:22 | Nov 16th, 2016

Moscow's willingness to use its nuclear capability to put pressure on the west is raising the spectre of nuclear war 25 years after the world thought the end of the cold war had removed it for good, say Neil Buckley, Sam Jones and Kathrin Hille. Nato...Show More
Migration: Turning round Africa's exodus

12:36 | Nov 8th, 2016

Some sub-Saharan nations and aid agencies are sceptical of the EU's push to tackle the causes that send so many thousands on the dangerous passage across Libya and the Mediterranean to enter Europe via Italy, say Maggie Fick, James Politi and Duncan ...Show More
US election: What next for Brand Trump?

12:42 | Nov 4th, 2016

The Republican candidate Donald Trump has a capacity for reinvention after business setbacks, says Gary Silverman. And, whether he gets to the White House or not, he will need his magic after the election to extricate himself from multiple cases of c...Show More
Iran: Battle for succession

15:42 | Oct 24th, 2016

The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has led the Islamic Republic since 1989. But after the nuclear deal with the US, questions have been raised over whether it is necessary to have a senior cleric in charge, says Najmeh Bozorgmehr. Now reformis...Show More
Social media: Talking down the jihadis

12:15 | Oct 21st, 2016

Tech groups and digital media stars are taking the initiative in challenging terrorist propaganda from groups like Isis, say Madhumita Murgia and Hannah Kuchler. They are using 'counter speech' to fight extremists' propaganda with their own chosen to...Show More
Germany: Berlin's battle with gentrification

11:53 | Oct 11th, 2016

A property boom and an influx of new residents have put pressure on the city's affordable rental market, says Guy Chazan. The big fear of officials is that the German capital will see a housing crisis like London's
Gig economy: Corporate consultants break free

12:02 | Oct 7th, 2016

A growing number of business advisers are seeking the flexibility and creativity of working for themselves independent of the big brands, says Andrew Hill, the FT's management editor. But the disruptive edge where McKinsey meets Uber has perils as ...Show More
UK politics: Can Theresa May pull it off?

12:06 | Sep 30th, 2016

Post-Brexit vote, the UK's new prime minister faces the challenge of negotiating the country's exit from the EU while navigating its biggest political upheaval in a generation, say George Parker, Alex Barker and Kate Allen. With her speeches at the C...Show More
Trump vs Clinton: Fighting over Florida

11:26 | Sep 21st, 2016

The sunshine state is a key battleground, and it is one that Donald Trump must win to clinch the US presidential election, says Sam Fleming. Victory in the biggest swing state hinges on whether older white voters or the rapidly growing Hispanic popul...Show More
France: Islam vs secularism

14:02 | Sep 16th, 2016

The burkini bans are not the first time the country has been divided over religious dress, says Anne-Sylvaine Chassany. In 1908 the Catholic soutane was at the centre of a clash as the hijab and niqab are today, highlighting the tension between hardl...Show More
Banks: Too dull to fail?

10:20 | Sep 9th, 2016

Regulators have pushed the banking sector to behave more like the most humdrum utilities in a bid to end the 'too big to fail' culture. Now with valuations and profit levels converging, Patrick Jenkins assesses what the shift means for the sector
Motor industry: Auto charge

11:21 | Aug 31st, 2016

The number of electric cars topped 1 million last year, boosted by government subsidies, and they could make up a quarter of the world’s automobiles by 2040. How will this shift in the auto industry affect oil demand — and price, ask Pilita Clark and...Show More
Pensions: The dark future

13:31 | Aug 23rd, 2016

A dramatic decline in bond yields has added to the pressures of longer lifespans and falling birth rates to create a looming social and political pensions crisis, say John Authers and Robin Wigglesworth. In this report they examine the outlook for r...Show More
Goldman Sachs: Turning to Main Street

10:29 | Aug 18th, 2016

After years of flat revenues, executives are hunting for new income streams, says Ben McLannahan. Can the Wall Street bank be a friend to the consumer and small businesses?
Chinese M&A: Beijing's Berlin spree

12:09 | Aug 9th, 2016

Midea's €4.5bn purchase of robot maker Kuka was the largest ever Chinese takeover of a German company, and the latest in a string of deals that have made Germany the top target in Europe as Chinese investors seek innovative engineering and technology...Show More
US economy: Where have all the entrepreneurs gone?

11:55 | Aug 5th, 2016

There is a dearth of new business start-ups across much of America, famously the home of capitalist mojo, says Sam Fleming. Domineering incumbents, too much red tape and an unwillingness to risk failing are all blamed for a worrying trend that is hur...Show More
Xi Jinping’s China: Power play

18:07 | Jul 25th, 2016

Xi Jinping, China’s leader since 2012, came from humble beginnings. How has he grown to have such power in such a short time and what does he want to do with it? James Kynge, the FT’s Emerging Markets Editor, talks to Kerry Brown, Professor of Chines...Show More
Digital advertising: Battling the bots

11:28 | Jul 20th, 2016

Online fraud from software masquerading as genuine consumers is forecast to cost marketers up to $7bn this year — but the industry is finding such crime very hard to combat and even to detect, says Robert Cookson
Italian banks: Rome and Brussels on collision course

16:57 | Jul 12th, 2016

The Brexit shock not only sent Italian bank shares sliding and raised doubts over reform of the industry. It also sharpened the conflict between Rome and the EU over state aid rules and put the political survival of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at ri...Show More
Corruption: Moving money out of purgatory

11:01 | Jul 8th, 2016

The likes of the US, UK and Switzerland are extending their reach as global policemen to track, recover and return stolen assets. Some groups estimate that as much as $1tn a year is stolen from developing nations. But in the crackdown on kleptocracy,...Show More
Brexit and the City

11:29 | Jun 30th, 2016

What will Brexit mean for the City of London? Whatever terms Britain manages to negotiate with the other 27 member states, countries across the EU are eager for a bigger bite of the financial services sector that the City enjoys the lion's share of t...Show More
Volvo: Geely's gamble

13:41 | Jun 21st, 2016

Six years after the deal that is still seen as a test case for Beijing's industrial ambitions, the Swedish carmaker is back in profit, say Richard Milne and Christian Shepherd. But there are still challenges for the marque and its Chinese owner as Vo...Show More
Beam Suntory: A volatile blend

11:49 | Jun 17th, 2016

Suntory's $16bn takeover of US spirits maker Beam in 2014 catapulted the Japanese group to number 3 in the global spirits markets. The tie-up was not without its problems, and Kana Inagaki explains how Beam is trying to overcome the differences in th...Show More
Finance: McKinsey's rich network

10:47 | Jun 9th, 2016

Three decades ago the management consultancy set up a private hedge fund for its partners and alumni in a bid to keep staff tempted by the financial rewards of banking and private equity. But some experts warn of possible conflicts of interest, say H...Show More
Germany: Feeling the Draghi effect

11:10 | Jun 2nd, 2016

As bank profits feel the pressure, savers suffer pain and populism is on the rise, criticism of the ECB's loose monetary policy is increasing, say James Shotter and Stefan Wagstyl. With parliamentary elections due next year, the argument over ultra-...Show More
Universal basic income: Levelling the playing field

11:36 | May 27th, 2016

As inequality grows, welfare costs soar and technological disruption escalates, many people are growing warmer to the idea of a guaranteed basic income for everyone, say John Thornhill and Ralph Atkins. Switzerland, which votes on the UBI in June, is...Show More
US presidential bid: Trump's gamble

11:57 | May 20th, 2016

Donald Trump went on the attack when faced with the prospect of competition to his gaming centres from Native American casinos. Regulators found he went too far, says Gary Silverman, but his campaign rhetoric now owes much to his tactics then
Audit industry: Sharpening up the rivalry

11:28 | May 12th, 2016

The professional services sector is at a tipping point as tougher regulation forces firms to bid for business and invest big sums in technology, says Harriet Agnew​
Japan: Saga of the salaryman

11:34 | May 5th, 2016

The once-heroic globally recognised embodiment of Japan's economic growth has become a hindrance to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reforms of the country's labour force, says Leo Lewis. The culture is so entrenched that some critics say it is a 'nationa...Show More
Media: Dark days for The Guardian

14:42 | Apr 29th, 2016

Alan Rusbridger was a crusading editor of the newspaper, says John Gapper. But since he retired, questions over the cost of his tenure have grown and they are intensified by his return as the head of the trust that owns the liberal beacon
VW: The dirt under the bonnet

11:01 | Apr 22nd, 2016

With a €404bn turnover and 792,500 employees last year, the car industry is crucial to Germany and there is a revolving door between government and the industry. But did this lead Angela Merkel's administration to lobby for favourable legislation and...Show More
China e-commerce: Renminbi to burn

09:44 | Apr 15th, 2016

China’s online services sector is red-hot as customers turn to their smartphones to order services such as taxis, massages and food deliveries. But with an estimated Rmb50BN being spent a year on subsidies as competitors race to win market share, som...Show More
The Russian economy: Feeling the pinch

13:43 | Apr 8th, 2016

Growth and prosperity had come to be seen as the hallmark of President Vladimir Putin's reign. But after two years of recession, Kathrin Hille says the social wellbeing that replaced the hardships of the post-Soviet Union era is wearing thin. Sanctio...Show More
China: Global ambitions for football

11:38 | Mar 30th, 2016

It is more than a game to the Chinese. President Xi Jinping's plan to create a 'great sports nation' is spurring a tide of investment in foreign star players and stakes in overseas clubs, say Ben Bland and Charles Clover. There are worries, though, o...Show More
Energy: From borrowing binge to debt fears

11:54 | Mar 22nd, 2016

The $3tn debt mountain built up when the global oil and gas industry believed high prices were here to stay threatens further destabilisation, says Ed Crooks
Japan Inc: Back in action

11:37 | Mar 16th, 2016

Surging mergers and Y10tn in outbound deals in 2015 are being cited as evidence that the once-mighty interventionist ministry of international trade — reborn as Meti — is reclaiming power, boosted by the Abenomics stimulus project and seeking to com...Show More
Executive perks: The corporate jet files

11:38 | Mar 9th, 2016

An FT investigation by David Crow and Robin Kwong has found that, despite post-crisis anger at expensive benefits for corporate bosses and their subsequent reining in, S&P 500 company aircraft are still being used for personal trips. Additional repor...Show More
China: The zombie economy

13:15 | Mar 2nd, 2016

The country's huge, inefficient and indebted state-owned companies are crying out for reform as growth slows. But few believe that Beijing's approach of merging them to create even bigger giants will solve the problem, says Gabriel Wildau
Brexit: Europe's fears

11:50 | Feb 25th, 2016

Could Europe's great postwar project fall apart? Peter Spiegel and Richard Milne say populist parties on the continent are watching as Euroscepticism becomes mainstream in British political dialogue. Contagion is seen as a risk if the country votes t...Show More
Angela Merkel: A leader in need of allies

15:41 | Feb 18th, 2016

The German chancellor must disarm hostility among her partners at the EU summit when she seeks agreement on a deal over the refugee crisis, says Stefan Wagstyl
Fleet Street: The next chapter

11:58 | Feb 10th, 2016

UK newspaper groups are re-evaluating their business model as they seek online revenues to replace lost print sales and new digital ways to promote content - such as Google, Facebook and Apple, says Henry Mance
US politics and media: Trump and the race for ratings

11:07 | Feb 3rd, 2016

The Donald’s campaign to win the Republican nomination for president has won support from conservative media. But for some in the GOP what is good for broadcasters is bad for the party, says Matthew Garrahan
Feud on Wall Street

10:38 | Jan 27th, 2016

A battle of the bankers has gone public and may end up in court, drawing attention to the financial industry's hiring and retention practices. Sujeet Indap and James Fontanella-Khan investigate the dispute between Joe Perella and a former colleague w...Show More
Fintech: The search for a super-algo

11:34 | Jan 21st, 2016

Will computers powered by artificial intelligence become the next Warren Buffetts? Robin Wigglesworth reports on the investment groups' race to build a machine that can think, learn, trade and adapt to changing market conditions
Markets: Clues to China's turmoil

10:40 | Jan 14th, 2016

The swings on the country's stock exchanges have given investors around the world a tough start to 2016, underlining how central the country is to global markets and bringing calls for more transparency about Beijing's strategy, report Tom Mitchell a...Show More
Artificial intelligence: Can Watson save IBM?

14:17 | Jan 5th, 2016

IBM is pinning its hopes on turning a smart machine's box of tricks into practical applications, says Richard Waters. Can it capitalise on the system's promise of bringing an AI revolution to business?
China migration: Children of the revolution

10:59 | Dec 30th, 2015

The country is only now examining the social price of children left behind by the mass movement triggered by China's transformation from agrarian backwater to digital society, says Patti Waldmeir
How to give away $1bn

14:00 | Dec 23rd, 2015

As societies debate whether to encourage philanthropy or to tax wealth for redistribution by government, gestures like Mark Zuckerberg's vow to give away 99% of his Facebook riches grab the attention. So if you have a spare $1bn, how do you go about ...Show More
Person of the Year: Angela Merkel

13:34 | Dec 14th, 2015

The German Chancellor's 'refugees welcome' message transformed her in the eyes of the world from cautious leader to a bold one with strong convictions, says Stefan Wagstyl. There may be a political price for her to pay and her gambit may fail, but A...Show More
Russia: Fighting extremism

13:07 | Dec 11th, 2015

Moscow is struggling to prevent the war in Syria from fuelling its homegrown problems of Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus and the radicalisation of young Muslims, says Kathrin Hille.
Venezuela: Descent into hoodlum state

12:52 | Dec 1st, 2015

Seventeen years after the Chávez revolution the oil-rich country that suffers 'permanent violation' of civil and human rights is preparing for elections in which the socialist government may lose its majority, says Andres Schipani. Additional repor...Show More
Fifa: The fall of the house of Blatter

12:38 | Nov 25th, 2015

The inside story of the measures being taken by Fifa to survive amid US and Swiss corruption probes. The investigations continue as the body’s revenues are hit by scandal and new partners shy away. With many of those hoping to replace Sepp Blatter as...Show More
Paris attacks: Belgium's arms bazaar

09:59 | Nov 20th, 2015

A thriving black market in firearms has made Belgium a centre for jihadi operations, with would-be terrorists able to exploit the country's fractured security services and geographical position as a transit country. Christian Oliver and Duncan Robins...Show More
Technology: Silicon Valley 'unicorns' face hard reality

11:07 | Nov 12th, 2015

The headline valuations of some private tech companies are being tested by their IPOs, raising fears of an imminent correction, reports Leslie Hook. Numbers such as Uber's $50bn, Airbnb's $24bn and Snapchat's $15bn became symbolic of the huge ambitio...Show More
Myanmar: Eyes on election prize

13:00 | Nov 6th, 2015

The country is heading for its first polls under a civilian government in over 50 years but the military still has a tight grip. Michael Peel finds enthusiasm and cynicism over the transition to democracy
UK prisons Q&A: The dilemmas presented by a greying jail population

08:12 | Oct 26th, 2015

Helen Warrell is the first journalist allowed into a UK jail for over a year due to a clampdown by the MoJ amid budget cuts and staff shortages. She talks about what she found at Rye Hill sex offenders prison where nearly one in five inmates is over ...Show More
UK prisons: Old crimes, older criminals

13:29 | Oct 26th, 2015

As a surge in historic sex abuse cases puts more elderly men behind bars, Helen Warrell reports from inside Rye Hill sex offenders prison on the strains this is putting on the penal system - both practically and ethically. Is it a penal institution o...Show More
Commodities: Gina Rinehart, queen of Australia’s desert

13:02 | Oct 22nd, 2015

The ‘iron lady’ is opening an $11bn mine amid a rout in commodity prices and a slowdown in mining investment that are hurting the Australian economy. She is also fighting her children in the courts over control of Hancock Prospecting and the legacy h...Show More
China's Silk Road: New frontier, old foes

14:14 | Oct 13th, 2015

Tom Mitchell reports from Xinjiang, a remote and resource-rich region three times the size of France that is key to President Xi Jinping’s Silk Road project. But Beijing’s policies seem only to fan the flames of ethnic unrest in the region
The human cloud: a new world of work

12:40 | Oct 8th, 2015

Employers are carving up white-collar jobs and scattering the pieces into a virtual mass of workers across the world. Will this create a global meritocracy or spark a race to the bottom, asks Sarah o'Connor
Brazil: Dilma Rousseff in the line of fire

12:30 | Oct 1st, 2015

Latin America's biggest economy is in recession, the political elite is engulfed in a huge corporate scandal and the president faces impeachment in a move that could bring the country to a standstill, reports Joe Leahy
Standard Chartered: The Iranian connection

15:19 | Sep 24th, 2015

Cynthia O'Murchu, Martin Arnold and Gina Chon investigate transactions involving Iran that could put Standard Chartered at risk of further penalties. Nine years after the UK-listed bank paid nearly $1bn to US regulators and law enforcement agencies, ...Show More
Uber: Backseat driver

10:22 | Sep 15th, 2015

For its assault on Europe, the taxi start-up Uber followed the aggressive strategy that had worked so well in the US. But, as Murad Ahmed, Jeevan Vasagar and Tim Bradshaw report, it had misjudged the power of regulators and the plan backfired
Climate change: Carbon capture - miracle or white elephant?

12:41 | Sep 9th, 2015

Pilita Clark reports that although $30bn has been committed or spent on carbon capture schemes to deal with CO2 emissions — the fossil fuel industry's preferred option — the sector has fallen short of expectations, while the International Energy Agen...Show More
Ukraine: The costs of conflict

10:54 | Sep 3rd, 2015

Although the deal agreed with the IMF and creditors fell short of the debt relief Ukrainians wanted, it averted default and gave the war-torn country hope for a fresh start, report Elaine Moore, Roman Olearchyk and Neil Buckley. But its worries are f...Show More
Demographics: Germany is going grey

10:52 | Aug 24th, 2015

Germany's population is ageing rapidly, making it harder for employers to find enough workers and threatening its position as Europe's largest economy. Angela Merkel's policies are not helping, Stefan Wagstyl reports
China economy: Weakened foundations

11:00 | Aug 19th, 2015

Facing an economic slowdown with its old tools to stimulate growth losing their power, Beijing finally turned to a weapon it had avoided using for more than two decades. Jamil Anderlini investigates why China’s leaders resorted to devaluation of the ...Show More
Asia: History lessons feed competing nationalisms

13:16 | Aug 11th, 2015

Tom Mitchell, Robin Harding and Simon Munday find the differing interpretations of events shown in textbooks and patriotic memorials are central to a new battle between nationalisms in China, Japan and Korea amid rising tensions in the region
Debt markets: End of the bond bull run

10:48 | Aug 6th, 2015

With the US Federal Reserve expected to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade, Robin Wigglesworth and Elaine Moore ask if the great bond party is about to end
Pharmaceuticals: Prescribing pain

12:23 | Jul 29th, 2015

As the drugs watchdog in the US declares painkiller abuse to be a national epidemic, pharma companies are seeking to develop tamper-resistant pills. David Crow finds this search has led to a surge in the recruitment of drug users to test the new opio...Show More
Pharmaceuticals: Brain power

12:46 | Jul 23rd, 2015

Alzheimer's affects tens of millions of people around the world and the goal of an effective treatment has been so elusive that it is seen as a 'black hole' for drugs spending. But now Andrew Ward and David Crow find fresh hope of a breakthrough
US government: Cyber insecurity

11:43 | Jul 15th, 2015

FT investigation: Kara Scannell and Gina Chon reveal that although the US tech sector leads the world, the American government's computers are frighteningly vulnerable to hacking attacks
Japan: Mind the gap

10:46 | Jul 8th, 2015

Women are Japan's squandered asset, says Leo Lewis. The country has one of the best-educated and most underused female populations in the world. Shinzo Abe is trumpeting legislation that aims to encourage more women into work but critics say sweeping...Show More
Deutsche Bank: Cryan's clean-up job

10:24 | Jul 2nd, 2015

A damning report from Germany's banking regulator has capped a dreadful period for the bank. Investors say the incoming CEO will need to instigate a management clear-out to restore trust. Martin Arnold, Patrick Jenkins and James Shotter report
North Korea: The secrets of Office 39

13:50:00 | Jun 25th, 2015

Tom Burgis looks at North Korea's alliance with the Queensway Group, a syndicate of Hong Kong based investors. Such ventures as a taxi fleet with the KKG brand are part of a much larger endeavour by Pyongyang to cut international business deals
Russian economy: An asset to the state

11:16 | Jun 16th, 2015

Igor Zyuzin's Mechel mining and metals group has debts of over $7bn and state-owned creditors are pursuing it, but amid Russia's economic woes the Kremlin cannot afford to let it collapse, Courtney Weaver and Jack Farchy introduce a corporate Houdini
Russia: Border tensions

11:22 | Jun 9th, 2015

Henry Foy, Kathrin Hille and Richard Milne report from the border between the eastern edge of Europe and Russia, where Nato and Moscow have ramped up military exercises in response to perceived violations and divisions over Ukraine. But how much appe...Show More
Rebirth of a brand

11:14 | Jun 3rd, 2015

Toyota is back at the top of the global auto industry five years after safety lapses savaged its reputation, sales had plunged and losses soared. Kana Inagaki goes to the Japanese carmaker's HQ to assess the reality of the rebound
Italy: Back on its feet

12:16 | May 28th, 2015

Italy is making tentative steps on the road to recovery. Europe's third largest economy reported first quarter growth of 0.3% this month, its best performance in three years. James Politi tests the mood among ordinary Italians.
Battle under the sea

11:43 | May 18th, 2015

Unesco is considering whether to put the Great Barrier Reef - the world’s largest living organism - on its ‘danger’ list, while environmentalists are pitched against Australia’s Big Coal. Jamie Smythe reports
After the strongmen

11:29 | May 13th, 2015

Jack Farchy explains why we should worry about who will succeed the presidents of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, two septuagenarian strongmen who have ruled their central Asian countries since the break-up of the Soviet Union
Taking liberties

10:46 | May 5th, 2015

Borzou Daragahi reports from an increasingly polarised Middle East where in Cairo, Ayman Ramzy's confession on a TV chat show that he did not believe in God shattered his life as a teacher, bringing him vilification in the streets and turning him in...Show More
Embracing change

11:01 | May 1st, 2015

Vincent Boland reports from Dublin as Ireland prepares for a referendum on marriage equality. Opinion polls suggest the country is poised to become the first in the world to adopt same-sex marriage through a popular vote. The ballot itself is testame...Show More
Shrink and simplify

12:23 | Apr 22nd, 2015

Martin Arnold and Patrick Jenkins examine whether HSBC's new strategy can revitalise Europe's biggest bank, a wounded giant under attack from regulators, politicians and investors and overstretched by trying to keep up with rivals
Premier Li on China’s challenges

16:20 | Apr 16th, 2015

Lionel Barber describes how Li Keqiang, China's second most powerful man, told the FT that his country had no desire to create a new world order
Art market laid bare

15:30 | Apr 8th, 2015

Cynthia O'Murchu explains how the arrest of Yves Bouvier casts a harsh light on how art is bought, stored and sold, raising questions over whether the market is vulnerable to manipulation
At the coal face

11:56 | Apr 2nd, 2015

James Crabtree looks at the reality behind the vow of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to double production at Coal India in five years amid a looming energy crisis and an industry marred by inefficiency and corruption and facing rising concern ov...Show More
A merger of egos

11:07 | Mar 26th, 2015

Sarah Gordon and Arash Massoudi reveal the clash of cultures - and personalities - that threatened the 42bn euro cement merger between Holcim and Lafarge
Craft versus Kraft

10:46 | Mar 20th, 2015

Big US food groups have missed a major shift in the nation's tastes, says Gary Silverman. Brands as famous as Campbell's Soup are now languishing on the back shelves of supermarkets while a more health-conscious millenial generation seeks fresher, mo...Show More
A job half-done

13:40:30 | Mar 13th, 2015

David Cameron, prime minister of a Britain that looks to outsiders increasingly like a 'Disunited Kingdom', tells Lionel Barber and George Parker that he deserves five more years to finish the job of confirming the country's status in the world
Syria's rebels with a lost cause

13:13 | Mar 6th, 2015

Erika Solomon looks at the mayhem in Syria,where opposition fighters who took up arms four years ago, are now struggling to navigate the war that seems to be addressing every agenda except the one that they care about - ending the Assad regime.
Spanish politics: Mass appeal of Podemos

12:17 | Feb 19th, 2015

Having started out in a Madrid theatre just over 12 months ago Podemos has ridden a wave of anti-establishment feeling in Spain to top opinion polls. But can it convert that support in to an election win?
Nigeria's election power struggle

09:29 | Feb 13th, 2015

Elections in Africa's most populous nation have never been for the faint-hearted. A poll delay raises fears of army meddling but many look to a former general for what they need.
Battle for Ukraine: How the west lost Putin

24:33 | Feb 6th, 2015

Europe and the world are watching carefully as Ukraine is pulled violently between Russia and the West. In this podcast, Neil Buckley takes a look at the battle for Ukraine, and how the west misread the Russian leader's determination.
The making of a French jihadi

12:04 | Jan 28th, 2015

Are prisons serving as recruitment centres for radical Islamists? Tom Burgis reports from Paris.
Amazon goes to Hollywood

08:36 | Jan 21st, 2015

Matthew Garrahan and Shannon Bond discuss Amazon's ambitions in the film and television industry
French politics in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks

11:05 | Jan 16th, 2015

President François Hollande has been praised for his leadership after the terrorist attacks in Paris, but how will France's political scene be affected in the longer term? Anne-Sylvaine Chassany reports.
Aceh ten years after the Indian Ocean tsunami

12:04 | Dec 18th, 2014

Aceh in Indonesia was hit hardest by the Indian Ocean Tsunami ten years ago, which left 160,000 people dead as the entire coastal plain was devastated. Aceh was also the destination for one of the biggest reconstruction efforts ever mounted by the i...Show More
Person of the Year 2014: Tim Cook

19:29 | Dec 11th, 2014

Tim Bradshaw explains how the FT chose Apple's 54-year-old chief executive as its Person of the Year.
From Tahrir Square to Isis: the story of Ahmed al-Darawy

15:14 | Dec 2nd, 2014

Borzou Daragahi reports on an Egyptian pro-democracy activist, whose despair over the failures of the Arab Spring led him to the battlefields of Iraq.
Uncharted waters: why we're eating more farmed fish

08:28 | Nov 20th, 2014

This year, for the first time, the world will eat more fish and seafood from farms than from the wild. But is that a good thing? The FT's Emiko Terazono reports.
Battle for Iraq: the Iranian connection

14:41 | Nov 11th, 2014

As the US deploys more soldiers to Iraq, its original decision to hold off attacking Isis has led to accusations that it opened the way for Iran to cement its position in the country.
Virgin Galactic and the Richard Branson brand

10:41 | Nov 5th, 2014

The crash last week of a Virgin Galactic spaceship has renewed attention on Sir Richard Branson's companies. Sarah Gordon, the FT's business editor, takes an in-depth look at the Virgin Group business model.
Israel's expanding settlements

11:53 | Oct 30th, 2014

Israel has announced it is pushing ahead with controversial plans to expand settlements in east Jerusalem. John Reed takes an in-depth look at what this might mean for the two-state solution.
Silk Road Redux - a conversation with Tobias Buck

11:02 | Oct 17th, 2014

We talk to Tobias Buck, Madrid correspondent, about the series of FT articles that investigated the modern trail of Chinese investment, migration and ambition in Europe, and he answers a selection of readers’ questions
Why Chinese migrants are doing so well in Spain

13:15 | Oct 10th, 2014

Chinese businesses are expanding in some of the European countries hit hardest by the crisis. Tobias Buck, the FT's Madrid bureau chief, looks at a thriving community of entrepreneurs in Spain.
Under fire: the Iraqi army vs Isis

12:18 | Oct 2nd, 2014

Borzou Daragahi tells the story of the shambolic and demoralised Iraqi army, and the rush to rebuild it as it fights the jihadi group Isis.
Russia: the arrest of Vladimir Yevtushenkov

10:41 | Sep 25th, 2014

One of Russia's richest men was placed under house arrest last week on charges of money laundering. Courtney Weaver, the FT's deputy Moscow bureau chief, takes an in-depth look at the strange story behind the arrest, and what it says about Putin's br...Show More
Internet on a leash?

13:08 | Sep 17th, 2014

Openness is often seen as a cornerstone of the internet, but as governments act to control more of the online world, that freedom could be under threat. FT reporters investigate.
Catalonia: another country?

11:47 | Sep 10th, 2014

Spain could be heading for a bitter political crisis as calls for independence from one of its most dynamic and wealthiest regions - Catalonia - come to a head. Tobias Buck, FT Madrid bureau chief, reports.
China: saving the Yellow River

11:51 | Sep 1st, 2014

China's Yellow River supports one in every 12 people in the country. But as the economy booms, demand for water has grown, forcing the government to find new ways to prevent the river from running dry. Lucy Hornby, the FT's China correspondent, repor...Show More
Sweden's for-profit schools: lessons in store?

13:05 | Aug 27th, 2014

Once the model for countries across the world desperate to improve education standards, the effectiveness of Sweden’s for-profit schools are being questioned after the country plummeted down the OECD ratings. Helen Warrell reports from Sweden.
A river runs through it: Iran's water shortage

12:56 | Aug 21st, 2014

The FT's Tehran correspondent Najmeh Bozorgmehr reports from the Zayandeh Roud, an ancient river in Iran that has dried up amid a wider water crisis in the country.
US immigration: life on the line

13:51 | Jul 18th, 2014

Two FT journalists report from different sides of the US border, speaking to Hondurans fleeing poverty and violence for a better life in America, and to Texan citizens who witness illegal immigrants - often unaccompanied children - crossing the borde...Show More
Iraq divided: Borzou Daragahi on the chances of partition

14:28 | Jul 8th, 2014

As sectarian violence in Iraq spreads, many people are beginning to talk about the possibility that the country might be split into Sunni, Shia and Kurdish states. The FT's Borzou Daragahi reports from Baghdad on what that might mean for the country ...Show More
Bullets and business in Africa's frontier markets

13:26 | Jul 3rd, 2014

Investors are flocking into Africa's frontier markets. But tapping into such growth brings its own hazards, as Katrina Manson, the FT's East Africa correspondent, reports.
Jokowi: from furniture maker to Indonesian president?

13:04 | Jun 26th, 2014

Ahead of Indonesia's elections in July, Ben Bland reports on the remarkable ascent of the frontrunner, Joko Widodo, who has been propelled from the obscurity of provincial politics to the global spotlight.
World Cup Brazil 2014: pitch battle

09:44 | Jun 10th, 2014

Far from uniting Brazil, the World Cup has in some places exposed growing public antipathy. Many Brazilians are angry at spiralling costs while others blame a police crackdown in the slums for the rise of children working as drug dealers. Samantha Pe...Show More
Corruption and reform in Iran

11:29 | Jun 5th, 2014

Secret sanction-evading oil deals were only the start of corruption that thrived under Ahmadi-Nejad. Can the country clean up now President Rouhani is in charge? Najmeh Bozorgmehr, the FT's Tehran correspondent, reports.
Hillary Clinton and the permanent campaign

11:08 | May 29th, 2014

More than two and a half years before the 2016 election, the scaffolding to support a Hillary for president campaign is already substantially built. Richard McGregor reports from Washington DC.
Egypt: revolution to disillusion

13:30 | May 22nd, 2014

Young activists in Egypt helped overthrow two presidents. But now, many are so disillusioned with the country's politics that they have decided not to vote in week's presidential election. Heba Saleh, the FT's Cairo correspondent, reports.
How the euro was saved - a conversation with Peter Spiegel

18:04 | May 16th, 2014

We talk to Peter Spiegel, the FT's Brussels bureau chief, about his groundbreaking series of articles on the worst days of the eurozone crisis, and he answers a selection of reader questions.
Beyond the fringe: the story of Ukip

11:45 | May 6th, 2014

Ahead of European elections in late May, Kiran Stacey and Jim Pickard take an in-depth look at the rise of the UK Independence Party and its leader Nigel Farage.
US unemployment: a long term trap?

11:40 | Apr 30th, 2014

Long term unemployment can take a huge toll on individuals, but it also carries grave consequences for the overall economy. James Politi, US political correspondent, looks at why levels of long term joblessness remain high in the US, and whether gov...Show More
Battle for the boardroom

14:30 | Apr 23rd, 2014

Are shareholder activists fearless advocates for investors or opportunists chasing a quick buck? Stephen Foley, the FT's US investment correspondent, reports from New York.
The legacy of Rwanda's genocide

11:35 | Apr 7th, 2014

Twenty years after almost a million people died in Rwanda, Katrina Manson, the FT's East Africa correspondent, reports from Kigali on the fractures that remain in the country, the efforts of President Paul Kagame's government to rebuild, and future t...Show More