Peer Steinbrueck: both he and his Social Democratic Party have been particularly vocal critics of Ireland’s tax laws. Photograph:  Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

German politician Peer Steinbrück – one of the fiercest critics of Ireland’s tax regime – used Irish letter box companies when finance minister to (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel said Margaret Thatcher would be remembered not as a “female politician” but as someone who blazed a trail for women in politics. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute yesterday to Margaret Thatcher as an “extraordinary leader in the global politics of her time”. (...)