President Donald Trump during a “Make America Great Again” rally in Florida, July 31st, 2018. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Thirty years have passed since a free-market Republican won a US presidential election. Even he, George H W Bush, signed tax rises into law and embroi(...)

US president Donald Trump. “Trump’s trade war – and his other antics – run many more risks than a mere dent to global economic growth.” Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Liberal values are under attack everywhere. It is deeply unfashionable to admit any affection for old-fashioned liberalism. Somehow, the ideas of the (...)

All changed, changed utterly: many companies no longer want to invest in expensive long-term employees with pensions and workers’ rights

Robots! The robots are coming Automation will, according to a recent World Economic Forum report, destroy five million jobs across 15 developed nati(...)

Winning ways: Emmanuel Macron at his victory rally in Paris after being elected president, in May 2017. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty

President Emmanuel Macron likes to convince people. In manner and method, he is unlike his predecessors. Nicolas Sarkozy cajoled and bullied. François(...)

“As artificial intelligence outperforms humans in more and more tasks, it will replace humans in more and more jobs.”

Like all good economists, John Maynard Keynes was better at predicting the past than the future. Writing in Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildr(...)

Silicon Valley is aware of the speed of the rise of artificial intelligence and robotics. They also know this is not the Industrial Revolution Part 2, where new forms of work will arise to replace the ones that industry made redundant.

There are few things as aggravating as when people begin to advocate for a good idea for entirely the wrong reason. That good idea is a universal basi(...)

To raise taxes, or not to raise taxes, that is the question our chancellor faces as he/she make crucial choices. A power plant? A road? A new hotel? Photograph: AP Photo

In what will, I am sure, come as a surprise to those who have encountered your humble Brussels correspondent, I can now let it be known that I have ac(...)

Gold bars are presented at the German Central Bank in Frankfurt.  Photograph: Getty Images

When Carl-Ludwig Thiele was 11, his aunt gave him a 21-carat gold coin as a gift. “It was an incredible feeling to own it. I still have it now and can(...)

JP Morgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon said he would sack anyone who traded bitcoin, saying it was best left to drug dealers and murderers. File photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Warren Buffett doesn’t like it. Fellow value investor Howard Marks thinks it’s a speculative bubble, as does hedge fund icon Ray Dalio. Allianz’s Moha(...)

Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, which has suffered as a result of State planning policy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As Brexit approaches, the development of Ireland’s regions will come into even sharper focus. Exporting sectors, such as agri-food, tourism and tradit(...)

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