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

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that her government has never acted in a way that would encourage tax optimisation by companies operating in Germany(...)

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

The surprise announcement by the European Commission that it is to extend its request for information on tax rulings to all European Union member stat(...)

Factories on the Rhine. For years now people in its Rhine-Ruhr region have become used to temperamental trains on rail bottlenecks or biblical tailbacks on an ageing Autobahn network

No amount of aspirin can cure the headaches doing the rounds at its inventor, Bayer. The German healthcare giant is the biggest name in a vast industr(...)

 Lightning  illuminates the sky near high voltage power lines in Sehnde, near Hanover, northern Germany, early today. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/EPA

At least five people were killed in violent storms that swept Germany’s most populous state late yesterday, felling trees, disrupting public transport(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore should make it clear interference in Ireland’s corporation tax regime  would be ‘unacceptable’.

The German Social Democratic (SPD) party will continue to push the issue of corporate taxation across Europe when government coalition talks with Ange(...)

Angela Merkel dismissed talk of greater flexibility on euro reform

Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her “gratitude” for Ireland’s reform progress but vowed “no change” in her third-term strategy for overcoming t(...)

Bavarian state premier and leader of the Christian Social Union Horst Seehofer gestures as he addresses his party members in Munich yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Michael Dalder

Allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel have admitted that Germany’s federal election is on a “knife-edge” after their Free Democrat (FDP) coalition partne(...)