Tag Archives: Ireland

Schumpeter | The Redmond doctrine

Schumpeter | The Redmond doctrine

Lessons from Microsoft’s corporate foreign policy IS MICROSOFT A digital nation and does it have a secretary of state? The answer of Brad Smith, the software giant’s top lawyer, is, well, diplomatic. Nation states are run by governments and firms need to be accountable to them, he says. But yes, he admits, he worries a lot …

Charlemagne | Europe’s long vacation flight home

Charlemagne | Europe’s long vacation flight home

Seen from an airliner, Europe’s problems look smaller EVEN IN EUROPE, a continent of welfare states famed for their gloriously long holidays, the summer must eventually end. This week, as they trickle back from Mediterranean beaches and Alpine campgrounds, Europeans are preparing for a fateful autumn. The risk of a recession looms. Eurosceptic populists are likely …

Bagehot | The unlikely Tory rebels

Bagehot | The unlikely Tory rebels

A mild-mannered bunch of Conservatives are bent on taking no-deal off the table THE REBEL boot is on the other foot. For years the most prominent Tory troublemakers were Eurosceptics, who were willing to do anything to get Britain out of the European Union. Now the Eurosceptics have captured the government and the most prominent rebels …

Politics this week

Politics this week

Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister, resigned after Matteo Salvini, the leader of the Northern League party, withdrew his support for the coalition government. The coalition’s other party, the Five Star Movement, must now try to form a new government. If that fails, Italy may face a general election. An Italian prosecutor ordered a ship carrying around …

Politics this week

Politics this week

An indicative vote in Argentina’s presidential election suggested that the opposition, led by Alberto Fernández with the country’s previous president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (no relation), as his running-mate, would handily win the actual election in October. The Argentine peso shed a quarter of its value against the dollar and its main stockmarket fell by 37%. …