The DUP: no longer Ulster’s abominable ‘No’ men

The DUP: no longer Ulster’s abominable ‘No’ men

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), founded by Ian Paisley, has long been portrayed on the mainland as bigoted and “thran”, an Ulster expression meaning cussed or stubborn. Even Lord Mandelson, one of the more Unionist-friendly secretaries of state for...
Euro-zone cyclical recovery masks structural flaws

Euro-zone cyclical recovery masks structural flaws

The European Central Bank (ECB) last Thursday announced that it would continue its asset purchase programme, buying €60bn a month of bonds to support the Eurozone economy. Most analysts expect the rate of purchases to slow and ultimately end some time next year. The...
America cedes ground in the environmental and diplomatic race

America cedes ground in the environmental and diplomatic race

The leader of the free world’s decision to exit the Paris climate treaty crystallizes one thing – in Donald Trump’s eyes, America’s needs supersede the rest of the world’s. But as the dust settled on Trump’s historic announcement, it is hard not to envision gleeful...
Why it’s all about the policy

Why it’s all about the policy

The biggest shock to capitalism since the Great Depression in the 1930s was the Great Recession that followed the credit crunch and banking crisis that started in 2007. The important questions are: whether the crisis could have been expected; the extent to which...