“There are at least three ways in which small countries offer a valuable perspective on what is to come.” Photograph: Getty Images

Some will argue that Ireland’s recent aloof attitude to Greece has been misplaced in that it squanders an opportunity for a stronger, collective push (...)

 Policemen resting at the end of the first day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central, in Hong Kong. Photograph: EPA

Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the centre of the global financial hub today, one (...)

Central Bank deputy governor Matthew Elderfield reportedly poised to take post in Lloyds. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Lloyds Banking Group, Britain's biggest mortgage lender, is in talks to hire Central Bank deputy governor Matthew Elderfield, according to a re(...)