Why has the global economy continued on its path towards integration?

Protection is the dog that did not bark. Despite a huge financial crisis, the trend towards integration of the global economy has continued. This is s(...)

 Mackerel  atop monkfish and sea bass. The popular fish is now being endangered by ‘Olympic fishing’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Iceland’s ambassador to Britain and Ireland, Benedikt Jonsson, has called for “negotiations” rather than a “war of words” with the EU, following the d(...)

High security: razor wire near Lough Erne, in advance of the G8 leaders’ arrival. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA
The power of eight

Never before have so many of the world’s most powerful people gathered on this island. As G8 delegations fly into Belfast and Dublin this weekend to a(...)

A security fence surrounds The Grove hotel which is hosting the annual Bilderberg conference in Watford, England.  Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Delegates of a controversial private conference of top politicians and businesspeople arrived at a luxury country hotel today.Several cars with blacke(...)

Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly TD with his proposal to introduce standardised/plain packaging of tobacco products, which was approved by the Government. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times  Minister for Health Dr James Reilly pictured earlier this week announcing  his proposal to introduce new packaging for tobacco products without branding. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES.

RONAN McGREEVY Minister for Health James Reilly has recalled his brother’s death from smoking and his father, who was blind for the last 14 years of h(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly holds examples of plain cigarette packets yesterday following Cabinet approval of his proposals. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Health James Reilly has said he expects the tobacco industry to challenge his plans to introduce plain packaging of cigarettes in the cou(...)

EU trade ministers are closer to reaching "the common position" required to begin negotiations on a new EU-US trade agreement, according to Min(...)

Labourers walk past a banner outside a construction site in Beijing's central business district today.  China's economic recovery unexpectedly stumbled in the first three months of 2013 as the annual rate of growth eased back to 7.7 per cent from the 7.9 per cent pace set in the final quarter of last year. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

China's economic recovery unexpectedly stumbled in the first three months of 2013 with slowing factory output and investment spending forcing a(...)

Visitors try the iPhone at an Apple Store in Beijing. The company has apologised for its after-sales service after Chinese internet users and state media  criticised the smartphone-maker  over its warranty policy. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has apologised to Chinese consumers and altered iPhone warranty policies in its second largest market after more(...)

Dr Mari Pangestu: “The question for a developing country is how to achieve environmental sustainability and still have development. You can’t just say stop cutting down trees, no more fishing, no more palm oil, because then how are people to live?” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Over lunch in Dublin this week, Indonesia ’s minister of tourism and creative economy, Dr Mari Elka Pangestu, recalled a visit to her home some(...)

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