Economic commissioner Olli Rehn: “Many reforms initiated under the programme were of a long-term and structural nature, and it was in fact never expected that the process would stop due to the completion of the programme.” Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Ireland has come under renewed pressure from the EU to maintain the tight budgetary consolidation imposed during its bailout. The warning came as t(...)

Ireland needs to do more to address the issue of aggressive tax planning, the EU Commissioner for Taxation Algirdas Semeta has said.

Ireland needs to do more to address the issue of aggressive tax planning, the EU Commissioner for Taxation has said.Speaking in Brussels this afternoo(...)

US President Barack Obama at the G20 summit in Russia last year. Proposals on the global tax system are due to be presented to a meeting of G20 finance ministers in September. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

After decades of relative stability, the global tax system is in a state of flux at a time when Ireland would least like it to be so.The foreign direc(...)

European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud, Algidras Semeta outlines the Commission’s proposals to  tighten key EU corporate tax legislation at the EU commission headquarters in Brussels today. Photograph: EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

The European Union today proposed rule changes that would force companies to pay taxes on cross-border hybrid loan payments, so that firms don’t use a(...)

German chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union  Angela Merkel (C) and party fellows await the start of coalition talks in Berlin today. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters.

Germany’s next government will renew a push for a financial transactions tax, chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) (...)

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Medtronics’ Gerry Kilcommins in Galway.  Photograph: Andrew Downes

EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has described the EU’s preliminary investigation into Ireland’s tax regime (...)

EU taxation commissioner Algirdas Semeta has said EU member states should “all work in the same direction” to tackle the issue of tax evasion. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

EU member states should “all work in the same direction” to tackle the issue of tax evasion, EU Commissioner for Taxation Algirdas Semeta has said, fo(...)

EU taxation commissioner Algirdas Semeta.

Europe’s plan for an expansive financial transaction tax hit a wall after the top legal adviser to finance ministers concluded it exceeded national ju(...)

The EU has proposed a broad-based tax on stocks, bonds, derivatives and other trades that could be collected worldwide by France, Germany and nine other EU nations that have so far signed up. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/ REUTERS

European Union lawyers are clashing over whether a proposed 11-nation financial-transaction tax is legal under the 28-nation bloc’s governing treaties(...)