European Union

Will May put country or party first?

Slowly but surely public opinion is turning against Brexit. Should we drop the whole idea or are we moving towards a second referendum on the…



EU overhauls space policies

More than 10 per cent of the European Union’s GDP is already dependent on space-related services and major investments by the EU have enabled progress…



The art of the win-win negotiation

Or as John Egan  discovers, in diplomatic parlance, it is the art of compromise. It seemed that the time for talking was running out at…


Italian storms darken European horizon

A new “anti-system” political coalition in Italy is stirring up the relative tranquillity of the Eurozone economy. Banks and businesses are fastening their seatbelts and…


How much does your neighbour earn?

John Egan takes a look at the complexities entailed in answering the question. If you would like to know how well off you are, you…


When reality bites

Is Prime Minister Theresa May resigned to Customs Union membership for the UK after Brexit? Murray Ritchie suspects the answer is ‘yes’. First it was…


Shifting sands of scientific progress

The economic, commercial and geo-political status of nations is derived from their scientific and technological prowess. A new report charts how this balance of power…


Nitrate: there’s something in the water

The United Kingdom’s four nations have the highest river nitrate concentrations in Europe. The European Environment Agency is demanding change, writes James Fitzgerald. The UK’s…