Protesters, many against the so-called fast track trade authority of the TTP trade agreement, rally outside a hotel where US President Barack Obama held a meeting in Portland, Oregon last week. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Should proposed US plurilateral trade agreements be welcomed? This is a big question, not least for those who consider the liberalisation of world tra(...)

Greek myths: A sixth myth is that if Greece defaults, it would have to create a new currency and so leave the eurozone.

The Greek epic continues. It will not end well if the people involved do not recognise they are clinging on to myths. Here are six, each of which pose(...)

Thousands attend an anti-austerity protest at Merrion Square in Dublin: fading memories of the crisis will make it politically difficult to sustain fiscal discipline to cut national debt. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Fiscal Council can hardly have expected garlands for dishing out smelling salts over the budget – the body was not set up to court popularity. And(...)

The United States and the European Union, after nearly two years of preparation, start talks today aimed at securing a free-trade agreement.

The United States and the European Union, after nearly two years of preparation, start talks today aimed at securing a free-trade agreement to squeeze(...)