Marshall Plan

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Would it be ’government propaganda’ if Big Bird recommended wearing your seatbelt or not running with scissors? Photograph: Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

The recent bizarre political spat concerning Big Bird’s vaccination may provide the preamble to a hundred pointy-headed treatises on what’s wrong with(...)

While productivity growth is projected to rebound in 2021, these gains are likely to be transitory without further acceleration in digital transformation,  Van Reenen said. Photograph: iStock

The global economy needs a new Marshall Plan to fight the fallout from Covid-19 and place green technology at the centre of energy, transport and food(...)

World Health Organisation (WHO) health emergencies programme director Dr Mike Ryan. File photograph: AFP via Getty Images.

An estimated 750 million, or 10 per cent of the world’s population, have been infected by Covid-19, World Health Organisation (WHO) official Dr Mike R(...)

Gen Eisenhower and Kay Summersby at the surrender of German forces in France 75 years ago today. Photograph: Ralph Morse/Life Images Collection/Getty Images

When the Americans accepted the surrender of German forces in France 75 years ago today, at a schoolhouse in Reims, there was an unusual Irish presenc(...)

A man and his son  at a deserted  La Mar Bella beach  in Barcelona. Coronavirus restrictions  threaten to wipe out the summer season of travel that accounts for a significant proportion of the economy in several countries including Spain. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

With the tourism industry in freefall across Europe due to the shutdown in travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic, ministers from across the Europe(...)

Ursula Von der Leyen: ”Some regions will bounce back, and others will have a harder time. And therefore cohesion and convergence will be more important than ever before.”  Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has called for an end to “entrenched positions” to allow a joint response to the economic devastati(...)

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a video conference call with members of the European Council to debate the coordination of EU efforts to tackle the Covid-19 epidemic. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA.

European Union leaders failed to agree on a coronavirus stimulus package, giving themselves two more weeks to work out details. Highlighting how the (...)

 US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) and incoming White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (R) outside the US Senate at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 24 March 2020. The Trump administration and Congress are continuing negotiations on a coronavirus COVID-19 stimulus package. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

US senators and Trump administration officials have reached an agreement on a massive economic stimulus bill to alleviate the economic impact of the c(...)

Fine Gael’s commitment to planting 8,000 hectares of forestry annually is vague on whether this will be biodiverse-rich native species or just more dead zones of industrial timber. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Last May, the Oireachtas declared a climate and biodiversity emergency. That was the easy bit. Since then, political inaction has spoken louder than w(...)

The latest EPA figures confirm that Ireland’s carbon emissions are rising, with no indication of how the trend will be put into reverse. Photograph: Brandon Thibodeaux/New York Times

This week it was confirmed that Ireland has – yet again – missed its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. No one was surprised. Ireland has(...)

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