‘Racial hatred is still a potent force in US society, as we’ve just been reminded to our horror.’ People attend an interfaith candlelit vigil in solidarity with the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston,  South Carolina, in Brooklyn, New York. Photograph: Kena Betancur/Getty Images

America is a much less racist nation than it used to be, and I’m not just talking about the still remarkable fact that an African-American occupies(...)

But a funny thing happened on the way to the techno-revolution. We did not get a sustained return to rapid economic progress. Instead it was more of a one-time spurt which sputtered out about a decade ago

Remember Douglas Adams’s 1979 novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? It began with some technology snark, dismissing Earth as a planet whose life(...)

Jeb Bush’s  foreign policy team is led by people who were directly involved in concocting a false case for war. Photograph: Alvin Baez/Reuters

Surprise! It turns out there’s something to be said for having the brother of a failed president make a run for the White House. Thanks to Jeb Bush, w(...)

Billboard in central Athens: Greece aims for a deal with creditors, but will not back down on red-line issues. photograph: reuters/alkis konstantinidis Photograph: Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis

As the Greek Easter holiday period – Easter Sunday fell a week later than in the West this year – comes to a definitive end with the reopening of scho(...)

A shopper is seen through large lantern decorations at a shopping mall in Beijing. Capital growth is falling after a huge investment boom in the 2000s, particularly in China. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

It seems at first a puzzling scenario, and you might wonder whether it is possible at all: output can be at potential but still not be sustainable.(...)

Hillary Clinton. Where will she come out on trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

So Hillary Clinton is officially running, to nobody’s surprise. And you know what’s coming: endless attempts to psychoanalyse the candidate, endless a(...)

A caricature depicts Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the traditional rosemonday carnival parade in the western German city of Duesseldorf. Photogaraph. AFP/Getty Images

I am very pleased that Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, and Greece’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, took my advice about the need for compromise.(...)

Janet Yellen, of the US Federal Reserve: playing   cards close to her chest. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The US Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee will make an interest rate decision at a critical meeting on Wednesday. While rates are expecte(...)

The United States is now adding jobs at a rate not seen since the Clinton years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Six years ago, Paul Ryan, who has since become the chairman of the US House Ways and Means Committee and the GOP’s leading voice on matters economic, (...)

‘They are the ones most affected by cutbacks in resources, or services such as guidance counselling. Yet the Government continues to deny the effects of such cutbacks.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The current debate about the Junior Cert conceals a far deeper problem. We have not had a serious public discussion about the aims of education. It us(...)