Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: his call for Dáil to think about political reform ahead of any sorting out of who gets what isn’t entirely selfess, but that doesn’t make it a bad idea. Photograph: Alan Betson

Well this is awkward. Elections are supposed to solve problems, not create them. But this one has made things really complicated. Forming a governme(...)

A Union Jack flag is raised next to European Union flags ahead of a visit from Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels this week. REUTERS/Yves Herman

The concessions being sought by David Cameron to win the coming vote on British membership of the EU could make Europe even more complicated than it a(...)

Mesut Özil scores Arsenal’s  first goal during the Premier League game against Bournemouth at  Vitality Stadium. Photograph:  Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters

Bournemouth 0 Arsenal 2 Sadly for Bournemouth, they had not seen the last of Mesut Özil this season. After scoring in and orchestrating Arsenal’s 2-0(...)

The rise of “Trumpism” would be a potential cause of geopolitical upheaval and conflict. Photograph: Reuters/Brian Snyder

There is a great deal of ruin in a nation. Thus did the wise Adam Smith rebuke a correspondent’s worry that ruin was bound to follow reversals in the (...)

Harry Kane scored Tottenham’s opener as they beat Southampton 2-0 at St Mary’s. Photograph: Afp

Southampton 0 Tottenham Hostpur 2 Harry Kane’s superb solo goal helped Tottenham climb into the Barclays Premier League top four for the first time(...)

Bournemouth striker Joshua King celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the  Premier League  match against  Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium. Photograph: Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images

Bournemouth 2 Manchester United 1 Louis van Gaal has challenged Manchester United to win their next three matches to sustain their Premier League tit(...)

Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring the second goal for West Ham Reuters / Graham Stuart

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham Dick Advocaat could only look on in horror as Sunderland squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with West Ham amid spec(...)

With ‘The Hidden Wealth of Nations’, Gabriel Zucman, is positioning himself as this year’s Thomas Piketty  (pictured). (Photograph:  Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Look out, Thomas Piketty. Here comes Gabriel Zucman. With a slim new book that has the feel of Piketty’s bestselling “Capital in the 21st Centu(...)

The word ‘entrepreneur’ grew during the 1990s especially in the tech sector

Have we reached peak entrepreneur? Not entrepreneur in the sense of hugely successful people with business acumen and creativity and – oh, alright, I’(...)

Max Joseph’s ‘We Are Your Friends’ stars Zac Efron as a young DJ perfecting his art in the contemporary San Fernando Valley

Here’s a funny thing. It is more than 30 years since the first incarnations of house music emerged in and around Chicago. We are now as distant(...)