Angela Merkel: “I am no judge or criminal investigator, I can only rule out that the federal government has ever made laws that insinuate that anything like that can be done.” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Country’s ostensibly strict system does not bar competition between cities and regions

Depfa Bank in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bank will continue to operate in Dublin but will not take on any new business

Former Depfa chief executive Gerhard Bruckermann  sold the bank to HRE for €5.2 billion. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The bank’s fall is a fascinating story, but the jobs of its Irish employees should be safe

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. Photo: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Move targets investment, property, exports and travel to annexed peninsula

Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel commenting on the tax debate in Brussels  said  “everybody is now in the same boat”. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Debate on multinational tax avoidance widens

German chancellor Angela Merkel told the Bundestag that Ireland was a good example of how the economic approach pushed by Berlin could bear fruit. Ireland had “followed consequentially the path of reform” and was now “growing strongly, attracting investment with unemployment dropping step by step”, she said. “This shows what decisive action can achieve.” Photograph: Reuters

Ireland’s corporate tax rate a matter of national competence, says Taoiseach

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker  with Taoiseach  Enda Kenny   at the start of the EU summit  in Brussels. Photograph: EPA

Commission president says contributions will not be counted in EU deficits

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. Describing their conversation as “a preliminary discussion”, Taoiseach Enda  Kenny said he would come back to Mr Draghi on the banking inquiry issue “in due course”. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Enda Kenny says he raised issue of ECB attending inquiry at EU summit

Sebastian Edathy, former interior spokesman for the German Social Democrat party and former member of the Bundestag, arrives to speak to the media over allegations he harboured child pornography on his computer on December 18th, 2014, in Berlin. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Sebastien Edathy says purchase over internet was wrong, but legal

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