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(...)

A lawyer throws a civil code book as justice officials demonstrate to protest against the new ‘loi Macron’ in Paris. The economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, has made proposals that aim to free up France’s notoriously inflexible labour rules and regulations. Photograph: AP Photo/Francois Mori

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron’s “Law on Growth and Activity,” which was presented in cabinet on December 10th, deals with so many elements o(...)

MEPs from the European United Left group protest in the European Parliament over tax avoidance.

The European Commission has pledged to intensify its fight against tax avoidance and increase tax harmonisation at an EU level, as it responded this m(...)

French finance minister Michel Sapin. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

As he outlined the fiscal landscape in France, finance minister Michel Sapin’s tone was markedly more subdued than that of President François Hollan(...)

President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government expects growth of just 0.4 per cent this year

France’s economy is on course to grow 0.1 per cent in the final quarter of the year, led by modest gains in industrial and services activity, the cent(...)

Chinese finance minister Lou Jiwei toasts with guests at the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing.  Photograph: Takaki Yajima/Getty

Another sign of growing regional closeness came late last month with the launch of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-driven institutio(...)

Gimpo, South Korea: The government plans to  increase spending to spur job creation by 7.6 per cent. photograph: seong joon-cho/bloomberg

As South Korea’s economy continues to stutter, finance minister Choi Kyung-hwan is anxious that the country could end up in a similar situation to Jap(...)

 An armed memer of the Afghan security mans a check point in Kabul, Afghanistan today  as part of intensified measures in the capital as president-elect Ashraf Ghani is sworn in. Photograph: EPA

Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade today, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as the (...)

Germany’s main business lobby today called for the government to give so-called “patent box” tax breaks on profits generated from patented research to(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne greets China’s vice premier Ma Kai  outside 11 Downing Street in London. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Britain said on Friday that it was about to sign commercial deals with China worth more than £2.4 billion, as finance minister George Osborne prepared(...)