Monsanto: farmers say glyphosate, the basis for the company’s topselling weedkiller Roundup, is vital for robust yields of crops. Photograph: Juliette Michel/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union risks a legal showdown with agrichemical group Monsanto and farming unions after leading member states yesterday refused to extend (...)

Apple’s logo outside its Irish campus. The company’s tax arrangementsin Ireland are the subject of an EU investigation. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Until a few months ago, the medieval town of Athenry in County Galway owed its fame mainly to a song. Irish rugby and football fans often burst into (...)