Klaus Schwab

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Oxfam’s The Inequality Virus report was published to coincide with the opening day of the 51st World Economic Forum, normally held in the Swiss Alpine town of Davos, but which is taking place online this year. File photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland’s nine billionaires saw their collective fortunes rise by €3.28 billion last year despite the deepest global recession in decades, Oxfam has h(...)

US president Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday.  Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Klaus Schwab, the German engineer and economist, had a noble goal when he set up the World Economic Forum (WEF) conference in Davos 50 years ago: to c(...)

The most recent figures from the Central Statistics Office show that women were paid 14 per cent less than men in Ireland in 2014

Ireland has dropped one place to ninth position among the most advanced countries globally in narrowing the gender gap, according to a new report publ(...)

 Sinead Burke is “a little terrified” about speaking at Davos.

This week, as billionaires, business executives, politicians and intellectuals arrive in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Forum, the (...)

US President Donald Trump. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Environmental risks top the list of risks facing the world, according to a report published ahead of the global elite, including climate-change scepti(...)

A police sniper secures a roof next to the Congress Centre in Davos during the World  Economic Forum. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images

In numbers: Rogue rodents 879 Number of “attacks” on critical global infrastructure (mainly power cables) by squirrels since 2013, according to secu(...)

Image of the week: Carolyn Spray surrounded by her many, many poinsettias at the Pentland Plants garden centre in Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

In numbers: Yacht or not? £100m Reported value of the Lionheart, a yacht owned by retail billionaire Philip Green. It has been suggested that the ya(...)

The most notable change in Ireland’s ranking was in relation to its macroeconomic performance, with the country rising from 87th to 43rd place in the index

Ireland has been ranked 23rd out of 138 counties in an index of global competitiveness by the World Economic Forum. This is a rise of one place comp(...)

Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, speaks during a session on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
Onstage clash of titans at Davos

Timing is everything in politics and it sometimes is a case of knowing when to leave the stage. The scheduling of Angela Merkel’s set piece at Davos t(...)

 After the International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for next year, the opening day in Davos was dominated by discussion of the economy. Photograph: Bloomberg

The focus turned to the snowy Alpine resort of Davos this week as leading political and business figures gathered for the opening of the World Economi(...)

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