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Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond. Photograph; Jeff Overs/BBC Handout via Reuters

Tax experts have urged UK chancellor Philip Hammond to “rethink” plans to cut corporation tax to 17 per cent by the end of the decade in order to free(...)

Former British prime ministers Gordon Brown and  Tony Blair. Brown’s memoirs 'remind us that no living prime minister thinks Brexit is a good idea'. File photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

It is the bit where Gordon Brown professes a distaste for spin that makes you close his new memoirs, exhale and pinch the bridge of your nose between (...)

Beijing Guoan: Workers’ Stadium, the club’s ground. Photograph: Sino/Getty

In the elegant Chao Hotel on the hippest side of Beijing’s Sanlitun district, decorated with the bleached woods and downlighting of a contemporary art(...)

The scene of the  Enniskillen bombing in 1987.  Photograph: Chris Bacon/PA

Out of horror can come extraordinary humanity and grace. The Enniskillen bombing is remembered as much for the IRA’s murder of 11 people as the forgiv(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Monday the OECD process is the best way to tackle international tax avoidance. Photograph: Reuters

The Government has sought to keep the focus firmly on the OCED as the way of combating international tax avoidance in the wake of the Paradise Papers (...)

Trumpism: Given US hostility to any kind of welfare state it is unsurprising that nativism, populism and all the other isms are so evident. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

What’s to be done about populism? Explaining the rise of Donald Trump, Brexit, various European demagogues and neofascists, and Jeremy Corbyn has beco(...)

“It was all so different before June’s election, when Jeremy  Corbyn was greeted with cheers from the Conservatives and a dark, mutinous hush from the benches behind him.” File photograph: PA Wire

Theresa May has had a bruising few weeks at prime minister’s questions (PMQs), as Jeremy Corbyn has hit relentlessly at her government’s weakest point(...)

Glanbia managing director Siobhán Talbot, IAG chief executive Willie Walsh and Ardagh Group chairman Paul Coulson at the launch of Boston College’s Ireland Business Council. Photograph: Bryan Brophy

One advantage of being a nation of emigrants is that Ireland has a ready-made, extensive business diaspora, a network in every developed nation on Ea(...)

 Richard Thaler: Ireland’s Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has established a Behavioural Economics Unit to implement some of his  ideas. Photograph: University of Chicago/Anne Ryan/Reuters

Most winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics get the award for work so abstruse that few people understand it and it rarely has any effect on public p(...)

Football fans hold Catalan flags  before FC Barcelona’s match with Girona at the Estadi Montilivi. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

On the pitch, good – nine wins in nine league and Champions League games this season – off it, troubling for FC Barcelona. It is entering uncharted wa(...)

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