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The oil market in the aftermath of the price slump

By Rabah Arezki

Rabah Arezki, Chief of Commodities in the IMF Research Department on the dramatic and largely unexpected collapse in oil prices sparking debate over the causes and consequences.


Ireland and Brexit

By Patrick Honohan, John FitzGerald

As the Irish economy is deeply integrated with the UK’s economy, Brexit poses especially severe challenges for Ireland. A UK withdrawal from the Single Market would raise questions relating ...

Burhan Sönmez’s “Istanbul Istanbul”

By Bobbie Letterman

Review of a recently translated novel by celebrated Turkish author Burhan Sönmez. While unmistakeably political in nature, the individual stories eventually merge into a love poem to the city of ...

IMF confesses it immolated Greece on behalf of the Eurogroup

By Yanis Varoufakis

The former Greek finance minister on the IMF.

Beat Box

By MC Ledbetter

Updated for August 2016. Every month we recommend a few classic music CDs that rarely see the light of day. This month sees: Ebo Taylor, Clifton Chenier, Marc Ribot y ...

Arts & Culture

“Memories from Moscow to the Black Sea” by Teffi

By Lev Myshkin

The writer and satirist "Teffi" was a literary sensation in Russia until war and revolution forced her to leave Russia for ever.

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art



Travel Writing

Istanbul: The City of Four Seasons

"Istanbul is a city defined by water because its parts are separated by water. But the Bosporus is not merely ...

Travel Writing

Sailing the Southern Hemisphere

Following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, our expedition took us from the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) to the spectacular land ...

Political Tours

Political Tours