Dan O’Brien: Merkel’s successor may face existential challenges to the EU
Whatever the outcome of today’s election in Germany, it will matter a lot for Ireland’s spending and tax plans and could reopen the gap between between the ‘frugal’ northern countries and
When Angela Merkel became chancellor in November 2005, she took over a country that was very different from the Germany of today. Then, the country at the continent’s core was still referred to as the sick man of Europe.
Germans had endured a dismal decade of sluggish economic growth and high unemployment following the post-unification boom in the early 1990s. Though hard even to conceive now, the German economic motor was at that time...
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Aidan Regan: A tale of one city and a two-tier economy operating beneath it
If you exclude Luxembourg, Dublin is ranked as the most expensive city in the EU to live in but scores poorly for quality of life, especially if you are in the bottom 70 per cent of earners, rent and have children
Ian Guider: Budget does too little to meet the enormous challenges we face
Budget 2022 doled out a small amount of money to everyone and everything, and not enough to those most in need of it
Dan O’Brien: Politicians on populist spending sprees are a worry for the financial grown-ups
The risk-blindness and complacency of the bad old days seem to be back with the political class acting as though the spending of borrowed money will solve every ill
Future of many thousands of jobs uncertain, warns Central Bank
About 320,000 jobs are still being supported by the pandemic employment wage subsidy scheme – which means uncertainty for those workers when scheme winds down