‘The Scottish referendum campaign on independence hardened public support for all powers of taxation and spending to be held there, with only foreign affairs and defence exercised through Westminster.’ Photograph: Mike Wilkinson/Bloomberg News

The United Kingdom faces a dual sovereignty problem over the next decade as its government and peoples choose how to deliver on the promise to give de(...)

‘Most of the two to four million irregular migrants in Europe have lost their documented status because of exploitation, administrative delays or misinformation rather than because they have broken any law.’ Above, migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued approximately  40km off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter the Dinteldijk. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

It matters what we call the millions of migrants struggling to enter or stay in Europe out of despair over conflicts and persecutions in their homelan(...)

‘Other voices in this debate are more optimistic about the corporate, market and technological means of change even if equally convinced there is only 15-20 years to execute it.’ The rally against climate change in Times Square, New York, last weekend. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding action against climate change who marched in New York last Sunday were joined by smaller groups in a(...)

‘The main question at issue in next Thursday’s referendum  is whether voters decide that statehood is a necessary step towards that condition or whether it can be achieved by radically reconfiguring the UK after a No vote.’ Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scotland is on a journey towards post-sovereign interdependence with the United Kingdom, Ireland and the European Union. The main question at issue in(...)

“Do more with less. Not just now but permanently”. This message from David Cameron was delivered in his speech to the Lord Mayor’s banquet in the City of London last November. It articulates a common theme among conservative leaders throughout Europe.   Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

‘Do more with less. Not just now but permanently.” This message from David Cameron was delivered in his speech to the lord mayor’s banquet in the City(...)

Supporters of outgoing Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki carry his pictures during a demonstration in central Baghdad, this week. Photograph: Ali Abbas/EPA

It was highly significant that this week Iran joined the United States and Saudi Arabia in backing Haidar al-Abadi as the designated new prime ministe(...)

‘Anyone attending  a conference– and many do as part of their professional careers – must select ruthlessly what to attend based on their specialisms, interests and curiosities, as well as finding time to network and explore wherever they are held. Presenter

Innovators, radicals and progressives are frequently portrayed by their conservative opponents as indulging in “wishful thinking” about change. Albert(...)

Under the Obama administration, US policy has rebalanced or pivoted towards Asia.

This week’s failure by the European Council to appoint a new high representative for the European Union’s foreign and security policies was partly cau(...)

Thirty-nine per of  Irish people would choose other  European countries in which to start a new life. Photographer: Dara MacDonaill

Asked in an autumn 2012 opinion survey: “If you could start a new life, in which country of the world would you start it?” only 19 per cent of Irish p(...)

‘In Turkey, prime minister Erdogan has increasingly antagonised opponents by his growing authoritarianism and intolerance, where his Islamist party once seemed able to court such alliances.’ Above,  a protest against the visit of  Erdogan in Vienna this week. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

“That’s the end of Iraq,” my Turkish journalist friend told me this week in Tunis. “It can’t survive after this and will be divided at least three way(...)