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Europe Politics

Labeled a model for the EU, Ireland goes to the polls

The next Irish general election will probably see the current leader re-elected. But the potential for intense coalition negotiations is here and Ireland is set to move slightly away from

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

South African Minister presents budget. Fed delivers speech. Ireland holds general election. Iran holds parliamentary elections. Dems vote in South Carolina, the GOP in Nevada. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook. South African

Europe Finance

EU plans to battle corporate tax avoidance unlikely to succeed

The EU crackdown on tax avoidance is a step in the right direction. But it is unlikely to prove effective and its implementation will be made difficult by the lack

Europe Technology and infrastructure

ECJ data protection rulings drive up compliance costs for EU businesses

Two of the ECJ’s recent rulings drive up compliance costs for businesses operating across the European Union. As American technology firms adapt, it marks a win for citizens and holds

Economics Europe

Ireland has limited lessons for Greece’s recovery

Despite being the poster child of post-crisis reform, Ireland’s economic policy only has limited usefulness in solving the Greece’s economic crisis.  In response to Greece’s more combative approach to its bailout

Europe Politics

Rise of radical parties challenges eurozone efficiency

In recent years, the new radical right’s political discourse has attracted voters across Europe and experienced a substantial increase in electoral support. Unlike radical right parties throughout history, the ‘new’ radical

Europe Finance

Will Draghi’s QE work?

The ECB finally launched a larger-than-expected QE programme last week, despite German opposition and Greek elections. President Mario Draghi hopes that it will revive the eurozone and rebut deflation. Several

Economics North America

Will Schultz’s proposed tax solutions benefit the US?

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor George P. Schultz offers some common sense solutions to economic problems that beset the U.S. While most of the ideas lean toward conservative ideals, there are few

Economics Europe

Mixed prospects loom for Ireland’s economy

Ireland was the EU and IMF’s poster boy during the Euro crisis bailouts, but five years on, the Emerald Isle has not been rewarded for good economic behavior. When I moved to

Economics Europe

Would a ‘Yes Vote’ deny Scotland EU membership?

EU member states with their own separatist movements may balk at allowing an independent Scotland to join the EU, which would have major implications for trade and universities. EU Commission