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Flailing at China

Flailing at China

Despite years of denial, there can no longer be any doubt that the US is pursuing a bipartisan containment strategy vis-à-vis China. Whether justified or not, the real problem with this strategy is less the merits of the allegations levelled by US politicians than the incoherence of the Trump administration’s policies to address them

MPs focus on legislation to block no-deal Brexit

MPs focus on legislation to block no-deal Brexit

Leaders of opposition parties seeking to block a no-deal split held a closed-doors meeting, convened by Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, to discuss what they will do when parliament returns next week

Anger-driven Trump flailing at China

Anger-driven Trump flailing at China

The US administration has embraced a China-centric bilateral fix for a multilateral problem just when America’s own lack of fiscal discipline virtually assures a widening trade deficit with the world at large

With the clock ticking on Brexit, our only option is to delay catastrophe

With the clock ticking on Brexit, our only option is to delay catastrophe

If we can’t drop the backstop, our best bet is to kick the problem five years down the road

Wiliness of EU leaders gives Johnson room to manoeuvre

Wiliness of EU leaders gives Johnson room to manoeuvre

Boris Johnson’s claim that regulatory checks at the Irish Sea would undermine the Good Friday Agreement is bogus – just ask Northern voters

Foster is too divisive to end the North’s impasse

Foster is too divisive to end the North’s impasse

The DUP leader’s brusque manner and provocative behaviour towards nationalists are undermining any hopes of reconciliation

Johnson’s EU grand tour leads nowhere

Johnson’s EU grand tour leads nowhere

Despite the smiles and bonhomie on Boris Johnson’s trip to Europe last week, it was clear that the European leaders were not for turning

Government rejects new Tory blueprint to avoid hard border

Government rejects new Tory blueprint to avoid hard border

A report by Conservative politicians raises the possibility of creating special economic zones around Derry-Donegal and Dundalk-Newry and advanced trusted trader systems for businesses

Is Britain becoming a failed state?

Is Britain becoming a failed state?

As Brexit looms ever closer, Britain’s institutions, economic prospects, constitution, and future are all at risk

Italian government 'terminates here', says PM

Italian government 'terminates here', says PM

In a speech to the Senate, Giuseppe Conte lashed out at League leader Matteo Salvini, saying it is not in Italy’s interests to hold elections every year

Donohoe’s dilemmas: 10 big decisions for Budget 2020

Donohoe’s dilemmas: 10 big decisions for Budget 2020

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is set to play the ‘Brexit card’ when his colleagues come looking for more money. In some contentious areas, though, the pressure to spend may prove impossible to resist

Clarion call for conservatives?

Clarion call for conservatives?

There are fears that a new right-wing website will start an Irish version of the culture wars being waged in the US, but its proponents argue that conservatives could be driven into the arms of extremists if they can’t find a platform that reflects their views

Tariff war with China a real threat to the 'Trump boom'

Tariff war with China a real threat to the 'Trump boom'

Donald Trump’s mad scheme to buy Greenland is a distraction: the real show will be the US economy tanking, which is a real possibility

The West’s response to China’s tyranny is ‘amoral’

The West’s response to China’s tyranny is ‘amoral’

We cannot keep cosying up to the superpower in the interests of trade while ignoring China’s increasing human rights abuses in Hong Kong and elsewhere

Chaos reigns as Johnson aims for the hara-kiri Brexit

Chaos reigns as Johnson aims for the hara-kiri Brexit

As Boris Johnson prepares to drive Britain straight off a no-deal cliff, all around him are in a state of outrage and confusion - just the way he  likes it