EU incoming digital policy chief Günther Oettinger. Photograph: EPA

The EU’s incoming digital policy chief has put Google on notice that it faces a potentially more hostile Brussels regime, suggesting the US group coul(...)

The new Galaxy Note Edge, shown to  media in New York yesterday. Smart-card chips are used in products such as mobile phones, bank cards, passports and pay-television cards.  Photograph: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

The European Commission has imposed a €138 million cartel fine on groups including Samsung and Philips for rigging the European market for smart card (...)

EU Commissioner Olli Rehn is expected to assume a senior role in the European Parliament when he takes his seat next month.

EU Commissioner Olli Rehn has said that tackling the issue of aggressive tax planning by multinationals will be one of the “key issues” for the Eur(...)

Responding to yesterday’s announcement by the European Commission that it is to open an investigation into tax rulings offered by Ireland to Apple, the US computer company said it had received “no selective treatment”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Apple has defended its corporate tax arrangements with Ireland, denying that it profits from any special tax deal from the Irish Government. Re(...)

The finding last year by a US Senate committee that Apple had paid corporate tax of 2 per cent or less in Ireland caused consternation in the US and abroad.  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The European Commission has announced a formal investigation into tax arrangements offered by the Irish Government to computer giant, Apple. The inves(...)

A spokesman for European Competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia (above) said the European Commission had been “information-gathering” for months from certain member states. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The European Commission has defended its right to probe the tax arrangements offered to companies by individual countries ahead of the possible ann(...)

Ruling likely to mark one of the final antitrust decisions by EU competition commissionerEuropean Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia. Photograph: Rueters

As the European Commission yesterday cleared the takeover of O2 Ireland by Hutchison Whampoa subject to a number of conditions, the way was paved fo(...)

Hutchison Whampoa has won European Union approval to buy O2 after it pledged to offer access to a smaller mobile operator. Photo: Bloomberg

Communications regulator Comreg has raised concerns about the proposed takeover of O2 Ireland by Three’s parent company Hutchison Whampoa.The Europea(...)

Joaquin Almunia, competition commissioner for the European Union (EU). Regulators have yet to decide on the next step of an ongoing investigation into suspected rigging and collusion in the trillion-dollar foreign exchange market, the world’s biggest marketplace. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

European Union antitrust regulators have charged Europe’s biggest bank HSBC, US peer JPMorgan and France’s Credit Agricole with rigging financial benc(...)

AIB is planning to bring its cost-income ratio down to about 50 per cent.

The European Commission has approved AIB’s restructuring plan subject to a number of conditions, including allowing certain rivals access to its cu(...)