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(...)

 Barack Obama: it goes without saying the president’s fiscal proposals will be attacked by Republicans. Photograph: John Gress/Reuters

By the time you read this President Barack Obama will have called for a significant increase in spending, reversing the harsh cuts of the past few yea(...)

Incoming Greek prime minister  Alexis Tsipras is being far more realistic about austerity and growth than European officials who want the beatings to continue until morale improves. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/EPA

Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza coalition, has become prime minister of Greece. He is the first European leader elected on an explicit(...)

President Barack Obama. ‘Now that he’s presiding over unexpected economic strength [his critics] can’t just turn around and assert his irrelevance.’ Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Suddenly, or so it seems, the US economy is looking better. Things have been looking up for a while, but at this point the signs of improvement – j(...)