The Economist is a global weekly magazine written for those who share an uncommon interest in being well and broadly informed. Each issue explores domestic and international issues, business, finance, current affairs, science, technology and the arts.
The world this year
The new normal • The era of predictable unpredictability is not going away
Broken promises • A rebellion in Parliament is just the start of the prime minister’s difficulties
How to deter Vladimir Putin • The West must raise the costs to the Kremlin of invading Ukraine
Situation normal: all bid up • What doesn’t kill the bull market only makes it stranger
Triumphal honours • Which country improved the most in 2021?
Movers and shakers • DALLAS
The long road back • MAYFIELD, KENTUCKY
Rowing about Christmas • Knock yourself out, Fox: Americans have vied over Christmas for 400 years
Studying Ceará • FORTALEZA AND SOBRAL
Curb your extremism • As a run-off nears, candidates are moderating their radical platforms
A decade of despair • SEOUL
Rule of three • WELLINGTON
Down and to the right • Democracy declined across Asia in 2021, but there are ways that it can revive
A frigid farewell • BEIJING
Old and sad • Suicides by rural women have declined. Now the elderly are the biggest concern
On your marks, get set, now what? • BENGHAZI AND TRIPOLI
The bitter taste of sanctions • The world’s most valuable spice has been stigmatised
Back to the mountains • GASHENA
No room at the inn • COPENHAGEN
The Lolland exception • MARIBO
Here come the Harvards • SOFIA
A bittersweet Noël • The French president’s tricky Christmas present
A dose for the world • The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has attracted lots of criticism. It is still a triumph
Saving Ulster • Parties that support ties with Britain are gradually modernising
Over the hills • How to lure shoppers off their computers? With a heap of earth, apparently
Wakey wakey • Britain’s foreign secretary wants to end the age of introspection
Seeing the need for speed • The new variant advances at an incredible rate. That means action is urgent
All at sea • Long delays and high costs will not abate soon
A year in four charts
Cloud atlas • LAS VEGAS
Teamwork and the Beatles • A new documentary on the Fab Four is a must-watch for managers, too
Lords of the metaverse • Forget space. The next billionaire battle is to take people beyond reality
Spinning around • The craze for private assets has reached fever pitch. Can the party continue?
SWIFT thinking • The consequences of excluding Russia from the global payments system
Follow the money
Lurking danger • HONG KONG
Of Milton and money • Has the pandemic shown inflation to be a fiscal phenomenon?
Bees, mites and unintended consequences • Beekeepers may have accidentally assisted a parasite that plagues their charges
Real fintech • Nature does not use propellers. So why do people?
One with Nineveh and Tyre • Earth’s magnetic field illuminates biblical history
Arabian lights • AL ULA AND JEDDAH
Economic & financial indicators
If it spreads, it’s read • Covid-19 and America’s presidential transition got the most attention
Spiderman • Antony Sher, an innovative Shakespearean actor, died on December 2nd, aged 72
UNEARTHING THE TRUTH • GREAT ZIMBABWE
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL • HONG KONG
THE PLEASURES OF THE TABLE • NEW...