Once renewable energy becomes an obvious success anti-environmentalism will start to lose its political grip

So what’s really at stake in this year’s US election? Well, among other things, the fate of the planet. Last year was the hottest on record, by a wid(...)

If we could start from scratch perhaps most health economists would recommend single-payer, a Medicare-type programme covering everyone

Health reform is the signature achievement of the Obama presidency. It was the biggest expansion of the social safety net since Medicare was establish(...)

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hugs supporters after her introduction at a ‘town hall meeting’ at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Hillary Clinton’s campaign workers at the Orpheum Theatre busily sign up supporters to commit their vote to the Democrat in the first nominating conte(...)

The US Federal Reserve building in Washington DC. The real profile in courage was the Fed’s behaviour in 2010-11 when it stood fast in the face of demands that it tighten policy.  Photograph: AFP Photo

According to economist Kevin O’Rourke, who has been doing a running comparison between the Great Depression that began in 1929 and the Great Recession(...)

For those of us who remember the 1970s, New York in 2015 is so safe it’s surreal. Photograph: Getty Images

New York, New York, a helluva town. The rents are up, but the crime rate is down. The food is better than ever, and the cultural scene is vib(...)

A banner of Alexis Tsipras hangs over Syriza’s pre-election kiosk in Athens. The banner reads: ‘We are winning tomorrow’. Photograph: Reuters

Speculation on the outcome of the September 20th election focuses on whether Alexis Tsipras will be able to form a coalition government. Polls show N(...)

Criminal charges could  be brought against the former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, following revelations of his secret plan to establish an alternative currency. Photograph: Getty

The scene has been set for possible criminal charges to be brought against the former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, following revelations (...)

A euro exit will be essential to write down much of Greece’s debt. Photograph: Reuters

There’s a bit of a lull in the news from Europe, but the underlying situation is as terrible as ever. Greece is experiencing a slump worse than the G(...)

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras “has become an enigma: a childlike man, bewildered by a situation he has mistakenly created”. Photograph: Aris Messinis /AFP/Getty Images

The English aristocrat, historian and gothic novelist Horace Walpole wrote: “No country was ever saved by good men.” After six months of Syriza’s prin(...)

The hashtag appeared to originate on Sunday evening from Sandro Maccarrone, who describes himself as a physics teacher from Barcelona. He tweeted: “The Eurogroup proposal is a covert coup d’etat against the Greek people. #ThisIsACoup.”

A list of demands handed to the Greek government in order to secure a European bailout inspired a social media backlash against Germany and its hawki(...)