Might a compromise on corporate tax be the price of the backstop? Photograph:   Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The European Union’s support for Ireland and the backstop in the Brexit negotiations has been unwavering, contrary to initial forecasts that the other(...)

Joachim Lang, director general of the Federation of German Industries (BDI): we reject any sort of expiry date attached to the backstop

German business stands unwaveringly behind the backstop and will not support “any sort of expiry date” attached to it, the country’s top business lea(...)

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy. The Irish business representative group was among the most active lobbyists in the EU in 2017. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ibec, which represents more than 7,500 companies in Ireland, spent €1.3 million on lobbying activities in the European Union last year. This made it t(...)

Federation of German Industries chief executive Markus Kerber: says Greece should be given better financial deal for beefing up controls on flow of migrants into Europe. Photograph: Gary O’Neill

Greece’s debt problem could be key to resolving Europe’s refugee crisis, the head of Germany’s main business lobby has said. Markus Kerber, chief e(...)