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Martin Sandbu’s Free Lunch is the FT’s weekly newsletter on the global economic policy debate. Free for premium subscribers, it is sent out every Thursday lunchtime in Europe, and offers a spirited opinion on the latest commentary and stories.
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The bloc’s recovery fund presents risks and opportunities
The country faces its best — and maybe last — chance to shake off secular decline
Year-on-year metrics are a poor guide to fast-shifting trends
Fed chair’s Jackson Hole speech is an opportunity to give direction amid mounting uncertainty
FT readers share their examples of cross-country differences
How holiday hassles can offer lessons about different forms of capitalism
Support is growing for using the power of the market to decarbonise the economy
Some questions for advocates to ponder to avoid counterproductive results
If it does return, it will be more attractive than ever
Central banks are coming off the fence to take the battle to Big Tech
If we manage to reach net zero by 2050, how would the world have changed to get us there?
A lack of workers would be a nice problem for us to have — but we don’t
The EU has more sticks and carrots to bring to bear
The US administration is giving supply-side policy a radical makeover
‘Building back better’ reveals a striking rebalancing of priorities
Competitiveness depends on the welfare state more than the other way round
A conversation with Adam Posen on globalisation wrongly being blamed for west’s economic ills
The post-pandemic recovery is an opportunity to address longstanding sources of poor growth
Pandemic leap in technology is an opportunity to tackle longstanding economic faultlines
Sooner or later, monetary loosening will be needed. Delivering it with sub-zero rate cuts looks increasingly sensible
A very small step has been made in the right direction
How freedom lovers should think about pandemic policy
‘Assertiveness’ can meet approval on all sides
Popular opinion increasingly favours transformative policy
Genuine pro-Europeanism must be true to its universalist principles