US president Barack Obama: why have the human consequences of economic troubles been muted? The main answer is that Puerto Rico is part of the US fiscal union. Photograph: Uri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images

On Friday the government of Puerto Rico announced it was about to miss a bond payment. It claimed that, for technical legal reasons, this wouldn’t be (...)

Angela Merkel: her Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union, said the proposals contained little different previous proposals. Photograph:  Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

The German government has adopted a characteristically cautious response to new Greek reform proposals, warning that it won’t ask for a Bundestag man(...)

San Juan, Puerto Rico -    Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla addresses the island’s residents last week    about the       $73 billion debt crisis. He insisted that  the people on the island will have to sacrifice and share in the responsibilities for pulling the island out of debt. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Nobel economics laureate Paul Krugman, in the New York Times, urges the Greeks to vote “No” in the referendum tomorrow. So does fellow laureate Joseph(...)

 Puerto Rico govenor Alejandro Garcia Padilla

Puerto Rico needs to restructure its debts and should make reforms including cutting the number of teachers and raising property taxes, a report by f(...)

A young woman hikes along a hanging bridge near Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica.

My husband is really interested in the tropical forest and wildlife. What destination would you recommend which would give him some experience of t(...)

 Paddy Barnes fights Zou Shiming in the light flyweight semi-final at the London Olympics in 2012. The 28-year-old is set to compete at the record-breaking third Olympics. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Paddy Barnes tells the story of how the kids in Belfast began calling him Paddy Bronze after London 2012. They may set high standards in the Ardoyne,(...)

A recent study has found that as many as 100 million planets in our galaxy have the potential to harbour complex life.

A recent study has found that as many as 100 million planets in our galaxy have the potential to harbour complex life.The report, compiled by a group (...)

Bob Gordon (left) and Bob Butler paint crosses they placed in front of 16 American flags as they build a memorial in front of Central Christian Disciples of Christ church for the victims of the shooting at Fort Hood on April 3rd, 2014 in Killeen, Texas. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The soldier who killed three people and wounded 16 at the Fort Hood military post in Texas on Wednesday before turning the gun on himself had visit(...)

Karl Wall: “It’s greed – that’s what usually causes this stuff.”

Karl Wall must be a glutton for punishment. The Dubliner is leaving his role on the board of Nasdaq-quoted reinsurance and run-off specialist, (...)

Doonbeg Golf Course,  Co Clare.

In the golfing world, Donald Trump is a serious player. Not, admittedly, when it comes to winning green jackets or claret jugs or such l(...)