Outspoken: neoliberalism “turns out to be a dead end”, says Paul Mason. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty

Paul Mason sits in his two-up, two-down terraced house in south London while a newly arrived wheaten terrier, Lottie, still getting used to visitors, (...)

UnionPay: its days of domination may be under threat after a complaint in 2012 by the United States to the World Trade Organisation

The Chinese payment system UnionPay, operated by the People’s Bank of China and owned by the about 85 domestic banks, which dominates the credit card (...)

The global tech industry sees the deal as a badly needed update to the rules governing the trade in everything from video game consoles to semiconductors.

The US, China and the EU are expected to sign up this week to what would be the biggest tariff agreement struck at the World Trade Organisation in al(...)

Jerry O’Callaghan: “Brazil has been dealt a really bad hand of cards in terms of how it has been perceived globally.” Photograph: Rui Nagae

To the Irish Farmers’ Association, Jerry O’Callaghan might as well be one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. This third son of a small farm west (...)

Kenyan men work at a road construction site near Isiolo town, 320km north of Nairobi, in July 2008. The road was being built by China Wuyi, a Chinese state company, and funded by African Development Bank and the Kenyan government. Since then the scale of Chinese aid to Africa has increased dramatically. Photograph: Antony Njuguna/Reuters

Chinese aid to Africa is creating pariah states rather than just supporting them, claim the findings of a study that reviews the relationship between (...)

The biggest share price gains for Visa and MasterCard over the past year have come in response to Chinese government policies that open the local payment card market to foreign players.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Global bank card operators including Visa and MasterCard can seek licences to clear domestic Chinese payments starting today, following a long-running(...)

Economist Joseph Stiglitz: ‘Trade did lead to more inequality.’ Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The battle to stop the proposed European Union-United States trade agreement is the first step to halt growing inequality in major western countrie(...)

Peter Sutherland is to retire as chairman of Goldman Sachs International, after 20 years in the role. Photo: Aidan Crawley

Peter Sutherland is to retire as chairman of Goldman Sachs International, after 20 years in the role.The former attorney general is due to retire at t(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he Government needs to look at the ‘consequences of any such decision’ by the UK to exit the European Union. Photograph: Inpho

The exit by the United Kingdom from the European Union would be a matter of “very serious concern” for Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Speakin(...)