German chancellor Angela Merkel (left) who has ruled out a haircut for Greece’s €320 billion debt. The new Syriza-led coalition in Greece - headed by Alexis Tsipras (right) has rejected any further dealings with the troika. Photographs: AFP

German chancellor Angela Merkel and her finance minister have ruled out a debt haircut for Greece, rejecting the new Greek government’s demand to wri(...)

Jeroen Dijsselbloem has said the question of extending the Greek bailout would be under consideration at today’s euro group meeting, which will be attended by Irish finance minister Michael Noonan and his 18 euro zone counterparts.  Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg.

The eurogroup is willing to work with the new Greek government, but there is little support for any writedown in the nominal value of debt, the head o(...)

Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem: said that while there was ‘room to manoeuvre’ with Greece, any new left-wing government must honour existing agreements with the EU-IMF. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Euro zone finance ministers gather in Brussels tomorrow for a scheduled Eurogroup meeting that will be dominated by the outcome of the Greek elections(...)

European Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici: doing his best to keep out of the limelight. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

There was no shortage of conversation-starters in Davos yesterday – “quantitative easing” was the magic phrase on everyone’s lips as they awaited news(...)

There has been speculation in Brussels that the outcome of the European Commission inquiry could stop short of a full indictment of Ireland’s tax rulings with Apple. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

The European Commission has said it will publish the result of its investigation into the Government’s tax arrangements with Apple by the spring. (...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: he made it very clear in July he is dedicated to step up efforts to combat tax evasion and tax fraud. Photograph:  Reuters/Christian Hartmann

Last year was the year the world discovered there is no whiskey in a double Irish and no cheese in a Dutch sandwich. Discussions about fair taxation a(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker warned Europe that “it is time now for silence – not yet for action.” Photograph: Reuters

The European Union moved to condemn the terrorist attacks in Paris, but European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker warned Europe that “it is ti(...)

The leader of the main opposition leftist party Syriza, Alexis Tsipras, addresses supporters during a pre-election rally in Athens, at the weekend Greece. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

At such a stressful time for Greece, with the country facing an election that might bring a decisive change in its politics, it is disturbing and inst(...)

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(...)

The summit  of EU leaders will be  the first under new European Council president Donald Tusk.  Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Ireland’s corporate tax regime is expected to face fresh scrutiny today at a summit of EU leaders in Brussels, as Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets EU leader(...)