Phil Hogan  faces tough questioning from Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy and Independent Luke “Ming” Flanagan this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Hogan pledges to simplify Common Agricultural Policy and farmer direct payments

The most damning part of the European Commission’s 21-page letter sent to the Government in June is a section detailing an interchange between an Irish Revenue official and a tax adviser for Apple in 1990 that illustrates how the tech giant’s taxable profits were calculated. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Europe Letter: investigation by European Commission may be just tip of iceberg

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan. A letter outlining the US Chamber of Commerce’s objections to the European Commission on the Government’s plans to introduce plain packaging on tobacco products was handed to the Minister’s private secretary at a chamber-hosted business breakfast in Washington on Tuesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Chamber of Commerce lodges objection with European Commission over plan to introduce plain packaging

Jens Stoltenberg: the new Nato secretary general  gives his first press conference at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Stoltenberg calls for closer co-operation with EU

Former Fine Gael minister Phil Hogan is expected to face tough questioning from MEPs when he appears before the European Parliament’s agriculture committee tomorrow morning for a three-hour hearing on his nomination as Ireland’s next European commissioner.   Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Hogan’s response to questions on his political past will be key to performance, say MEPs

Ireland’s commissioner-designate Phil Hogan will be questioned for three hours by members of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland’s commissioner-designate will be questioned for three hours by MEPs

Apple has rejected
 accusations that it profited from selective tax treatment from Ireland. Photograph: Reuters

Republic broke state aid rules in two deals with Apple, says European Commission

A customer holds a new iPhone in Madrid. The Department of Finance is said to broadly favour a pre-emptive move to unwind the tax scheme known as the “double Irish”. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty

Separate ‘double Irish’ tax regime under scrutiny by Cabinet ahead of budget

“We believe that we do not need to make adjustments of a further €2bn. In fact we believe it would hinder as opposed to assist growth into the future,” he said.

Implementation of cuts would delay return to work of 10,000 people, says Ibec economist

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