New measure of 32 countries' economic balance places UK and US near bottom of the pile.
Here are five political leaders from around the world who are emerging as significant talents and possible contenders for influence in 2017 and beyond.
The future of Europe hangs in the balance. Will its leaders step up?
A year of political upheavals introduced us to the new insurgent tribes.
Europe's populists are taking advantage of Trump’s victory, but the comparison only goes so far.
One Nation has built on the racism of its original anti-Asian platform by linking Australia's secular society to its Christian origins and presenting Islam as incompatible with this way of life.
There's a large field of hopefuls for the first round, but they all need to be able to take on Marine Le Pen.
He's the surprise winner of the republican nomination, but Fillon is in a strong position to attack the weaknesses of the far right.
The Front National leader is feeling confident after Brexit and Trump.
Many politicians in the West – from backers of Brexit to Donald Trump – have convinced voters that immigrants are hurting their economies. The evidence suggests otherwise.
The far right isn't afraid to admit to fear in the wake of brutal attacks like the one in Nice. More mainstream politicians would be wise to follow suit.
All across the continent, euroscepticism is offering a new outlet for old feelings.
Watch Anne Tiernan and Duncan McDonnell discuss the popularity of minor parties and independents in this election – including what the Nick Xenophon Team learnt from the Palmer United Party.
Some Gallic goals might cheer up the French, but they certainly won't save Hollande.
From the halcyon days of Louis XIV, the French global seat of power was soon pulled down by corruption, elitism and arbitrary rule. Sound familiar?
Sweeping changes to employment law are of far greater concern than allegations that the Front National has been avoiding tax.
Populist politicians are on the march, first in Latin America, then in Europe and the US. They are on both the left and right, and their policies vary, but their approach carries the same risks.
France was left reeling by the attacks of January 2015 and things only got worse as the year unfolded – so why the political inertia?
The French regional elections were far from a nationalist wipeout. But can Marine Le Pen make good on what the party has achieved?
With its share of the vote rising with each election, can the extreme-right party take power on its own? The example of the French communists during the postwar boom suggests otherwise.