The European Commission has signalled it will try to impose rules on virtual currencies such as bitcoin. Photo: Reuters

The European Commission has signalled it will try to impose rules on virtual currencies such as bitcoin after the bloc’s banking regulator ordered le(...)

Michael Barnier, commissioner of internal markets at the European Commission. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg

Thirty-two civil society organisations who take an interest in multinational tax avoidance have written to the European Commission asking it to think (...)

Enda Kenny “is a courageous European statesman for his country and Europe”, says European commissioner Michel Barnier. Photograph:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

European commissioner Michel Barnier has praised Taoiseach Enda Kenny as “a courageous European statesman” but said Jean-Claude Juncker has the “legi(...)

Glass ceiling: companies with one or more women on the board have delivered higher average returns on equity and better average growth

The US Federal Glass Ceiling Commission defined a “glass ceiling” as a political term to describe the unseen, yet unbreachable barrier, that keeps min(...)

Finnish vice-president of the European Commission Olli Rehn is one of six commissioners standing down from their duties early to contest the European elections. Photograph: Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva/Reuters

MEPs gathered in Strasbourg this week for the final plenary session of the current term of the European Parliament before hurrying back to thei(...)

EU internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier said the new rules will establish a “safer, more transparent and more responsible financial system” and help restore investor confidence. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

The European Parliament yesterday approved new rules on the trading of financial instruments that aim to curb speculative trading and offer bet(...)

European Union internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier has spearheaded a raft of measures since 2009, much to the annoyance of some in the financial services and banking industry. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Almost three years since the European Commission published its plan for revisions to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Mifid) fol(...)

Dell is no longer a public company and any shares you hold in it are no longer trading.  Photograph: Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg

My husband and I have 300 Dell shares.We just got tax statement our gross income is $135...$20 tax withh(...)

In “Flash Boys”, Michael Lewis argues that the US market is rigged in favour of high-frequency traders.

European legislators are poised to approve some of the toughest restrictions in the world on high-frequency trading, the first crackdown in th(...)

Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek and German chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of the EU heads of state summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Germany has dampened expectations of imminent bank recapitalisations for Irish banks from the European Stability Mechanism bailout fund after y(...)