The “Golden Age” for European companies in China is over, the EU Chamber said as it launched a gloomy report on the business climate in the country(...)

Director-general Roberto Azevedo gestures as he is congratulated by delegates after the closing ceremony of the ninth World Trade Organisation (WTO) conference in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Photograph: Edgar Su /Reuters

The World Trade Organisation reached its first ever trade reform deal today to the roar of approval from nearly 160 ministers who had gathered on the (...)

If Peter Sutherland isn’t already blushing about some of the comments made about him in a new book about the history of the World Trade Organisation, (...)

EU commissioner for enterprise and industry Antonio Tajani believes the EU can offer an excellent way for businesses to grow their links abroad. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

This year’s annual late spring-early summer exhibition at Brussels’s national gallery was devoted to Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. The father of a(...)

French wine on sale at a shop in Shanghai

China has formally kicked off its investigation into whether Europe is selling wine in China below cost, its broadside in the escalating trade tension(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting of the G8 on Tuesday at Lough Erne,   Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/ WPA Pool /Getty Images

Global leaders meeting in Co Fermanagh signed a 10-point plan to stamp out aggressive tax evasion and avoidance by big business. Although the leaders (...)

High security: razor wire near Lough Erne, in advance of the G8 leaders’ arrival. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA
The power of eight

Never before have so many of the world’s most powerful people gathered on this island. As G8 delegations fly into Belfast and Dublin this weekend to a(...)

Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly TD with his proposal to introduce standardised/plain packaging of tobacco products, which was approved by the Government. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times  Minister for Health Dr James Reilly pictured earlier this week announcing  his proposal to introduce new packaging for tobacco products without branding. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES.

RONAN McGREEVY Minister for Health James Reilly has recalled his brother’s death from smoking and his father, who was blind for the last 14 years of h(...)

Young heifers on a farm in  Co Kildare. Photograph: Frank Miller 23.6.05

There has been considerable media coverage of the agreement reached by the Council of Agriculture Ministers in Brussels this week and its possi(...)