Angela Merkel: “I am no judge or criminal investigator, I can only rule out that the federal government has ever made laws that insinuate that anything like that can be done.” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that her government has never acted in a way that would encourage tax optimisation by companies operating in Germany(...)

British prime minister David Cameron’s suggestion earlier this year that a cap on migrants from the EU could be considered provoked a hostile response from senior EU figures, including German chancellor Angela Merkel (above), who argued that EU free movement rules are sacrosanct. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty Images

The European Union’s highest court has ruled today that a Romanian woman seeking social welfare in Germany was not entitled to full social security be(...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott. Australia’s highest court gave the United Nations permission today to give evidence in a groundbreaking legal challenge to the country’s power to intercept asylum seekers’ boats outside its territorial waters. Photograph: Reuters

Australia’s highest court gave the United Nations permission today to give evidence in a groundbreaking legal challenge to the country’s power to in(...)

Jody May-Chang greets a friend as couples gather at the Ada County Courthouse in Idaho to apply for same-sex marriage licences, moments before the ruling. Photograph: Patrick Sweeney/Reuters

The US supreme court has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling on same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada that would have allowed gay couple(...)

MasterCard lost its decade-long battle against a European Union ban on cross-border card fees as Europe’s highest court today supported a broader regu(...)

Bosnian women of the Srebrenica Mothers’ Association listen to the announcement that the Dutch state was responsible for the deaths of more than 300 Srebrenica victims in a court ruling in The Hague yesterday. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

It is difficult to believe, but 19 years after the Srebrenica massacre, newly identified bodies are still being laid to rest almost daily. Senad Began(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: Under French law, he can be detained for 48 hours. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday became the first former president in the history of France to be detained for questioning, in an investigation into alleged (...)

Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner ruled out complying with a US court order to pay holders of defaulted bonds in full. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner ruled out complying with a US court order to pay holders of defaulted bonds in full, leaving the (...)

Data victory for citizens
  • World
  • April 14, 2014, 01:00

In a far-reaching move, the European Court of Justice has struck down the European Data Retention Directive, a dramatic decision that is a vict(...)

Jerome Kerviel, former trader of French bank Societe Generale, has had his three year prison sentence upheld. He is currently walking back to France from Italy having met the pope in Rome. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

France’s highest court has upheld a prison sentence for one-time rogue trader Jerome Kerviel but it overturned a ruling that he must pay back €(...)