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The Aliso Canyon gas storage facility, the site of a major gas leak in 2015, above the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles.  Photograph: Coley Brown/The New York Times

In Southern California in 2015, a giant natural gas leak not only caused one of the worst environmental disasters in US history, it also knocked out a(...)

José Manuel Barroso  has strongly defended his decision to take the post. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

These are challenging times for the European Commission. With the Brexit vote still fresh and Eurosceptic parties expected to poll well in national el(...)

Neelie Kroes was shown to be a director of  Mint Holdings, a company she had not declared when she became the EU’s commissioner for competition in 2004. Photograph: AFP/Getty

The European Commission has been accused of failing to properly check the business interests of its top officials after leaked documents showed its fo(...)

Neelie Kroes pictured  in Dublin Castle in 2013. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

For years, Neelie Kroes traveled Europe as one of the continent’s senior officials, warning big corporations that they couldn’t “run away” from the E(...)

President of AS Monaco Dmitri Rybolovlev and his daughter Ekaterina Rybolovlev. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Christopher Williams had been waiting 90 minutes inside the office of a helicopter tour company on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, keeping a careful ey(...)

 Enron Corp headquarters in Houston in 2002. Photograph: Pat Sullivan/AP Photo

In one hand, Andrew Fastow, the man who devised some of the most clever off-balance sheet instruments at Enron that led to the biggest collapse in US (...)

Greenpeace activists demonstrate at the entrance to the Volkswagen  plant in Wolfsburg, central Germany, in November. Photograph: Peter Steffen/AFP/Getty Images

When the world’s second biggest car maker suffers, as it admits itself, the worst tribulations of its 78-year history, then you know that something bi(...)

Michael Pearson, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals: His methods  proved he didn’t have much patience for research and development. Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Reuters

Valeant Pharmaceuticals is a sleazy company. Although it existed before 2010, it did a deal that year that put it on the map. The deal was with Biovai(...)

It has only been a week since the stunning revelation that the Volkswagen group equipped millions of diesel-powered cars with software designed to fool anybody testing their emissions, and just days since the company’s chief executive, Martin Winterkorn, resigned. (Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters)

It has only been a week since the stunning revelation that the Volkswagen group equipped millions of diesel-powered cars with software designed to fo(...)

An anti-EU protester burns an EU flag in front of the European Comission offices in Athens on July 2. Photograph: AFP PHOTO / Louisa Gouliamaki

Chinese investors have long believed their government would not allow a bear market, only to discover Beijing’s powers are more limited than they thou(...)

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