Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy (left) meets Russian president  Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in St Petersburg yesterday. Leaders of the G20 nations made progress on tightening up on multinational company tax avoidance. Photograph: Iliya Pitalev/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images

Leaders of the world’s largest economies ratcheted up the pressure on tax avoidance by backing “an ambitious and comprehensive” plan to crack down on (...)

Stranded commuters ride on a truck as they move through floodwaters  in Las Pinas city, south of Manila. Photograph: Reuters

Vulnerable coastal cities could suffer a nine-fold increase in losses from flooding over the next 40 years due to a combination of climate change, rap(...)

Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schauble, Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne, Russia’s finance minister Anton Siluanov, Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and France’s finance minister Pierre Moscovici attend a news conference as part of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors’ meeting in Moscow. Photograph: Grigory Dukor/Reuters

The world’s economic crisis response team grappled today with the prospect of more market volatility resulting from the United States, China and Japan(...)

In the survey, the Irish showed top ratings in the sub-categories of helpfulness and strength of social networks.  Photograph: PA

Despite ongoing economic hardship, a new study indicates that social cohesion in Ireland remains stronger than in Britain, Germany or France. The surv(...)

France has failed to secure backing for tough international tax rules specifically targeting digital companies, such as Google and Amazon, after oppos(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron (right) talks to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Cyprus’s president Nicos Anastasiades during last week’s EU  summit in Brussels, at which agreement was reached on  new steps to fight youth unemployment. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/Reuters

Social researchers already know British youth in search of work by an acronym: the precariat. It is a social class “formed by people suffering from pr(...)

The proportion of public expenditure on education fell by more than 40 per cent in the decade between 2000 and 2010, according to statistics published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Photograph: David Sleator

The proportion of public expenditure on education fell fell from 13.7 per cent to 9.7 per cent in the decade between 2000 and 2010 according to stati(...)

Members from the IF campaign wear masks representing world leaders dressed as chefs, outside the City Hall, Belfast on Saturday. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The amount of money the world’s richest countries give to developing nations fell by $2.9 billion between 2011 and 2012. The G8 countries reduced thei(...)

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  • June 17, 2013, 01:00

The omens for dramatic advances for David Cameron at the Group of Eight (G8), are not propitious. The British Prime Minister, hosting the summit in Lo(...)

The issues the IPA highlighted two years ago as being most urgently in need of reform are being addressed “to varying degrees”.

Progress on reforming the public sector has been patchy but not without successes, according to a report published today by the Institute of Public Ad(...)

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