Economist backgrounder on NI…

Someone at the Economist obviously thinks this is a good time to raid the paper’s archives for the back story on Northern Ireland. Excellent links to events ranging from the signing of the Belfast Agreement to the latest word.

  • willowfield

    From the “backgrounder”:

    The Northern Ireland peace process began with the signing of the Good Friday agreement and its approval by referendum in May 1998.

    This is surely rather poor? Did the so-called peace process not begun years earlier: if not with the “feelers” sent by (or to) republican agents to (or by) the Conservative government (can’t remember which way round), then certainly with the Provo ceasefire in 1994.

  • peteb

    It is The Economist, WF

  • George

    Economist is trying to increase its subscriber base on this island, hence the plethora of Ireland related stories.

  • Henry94

    Ireland ‘second most prosperous in EU’

    The Irish are the second most prosperous people in the European Union – and even wealthier than the Swiss, according to figures published today.

    Nothing can shift Luxembourgers from the top spot – the Grand Duchy boasts per capita wealth running at more than twice the EU average.

    But, for the third year running Ireland is ahead of rich nations such as Germany, Austria and Denmark.

    The figures from Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office, assess GDP in terms of purchasing power standards (PPS).

    Taking 100 as the EU average, Luxembourg per capita GDP is put at 215%, followed by Ireland at 133%.

    Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands, the UK and Belgium are next, at around 120%.

    At the other end of the scale, Lithuania, Poland and Latvia recorded figures last year of less than half the EU average.

    Countries still aspiring to become EU members – Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Turkey, have even lower per capita wealth – in Turkey’s case just 28% of the EU average.

    Three prosperous countries happy to stay outside the EU – Iceland, Norway and Switzerland – are doing very nicely, although all are outshone by Luxembourg and two of them by Ireland.