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 US Treasury secretary Jack Lew: He told Minister for Finance Michael Noonan in Washington that the European Commission was retroactively applying “a sweeping new state aid theory that is contrary to well-established legal principles”. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan discussed continuing EU state aid investigations affecting American firms during a meeting with US Treasury secre(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “As a common-law, English-speaking and business-friendly jurisdiction, we will continue to be an attractive destination for US companies.” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has travelled to the United States for a week-long visit that will include trips to Washington, DC and Silicon Va(...)

The announcement of  Trump’s victory at the US embassy in Brussels early on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Laurie Dieffembacq

In the entrance hall of the US embassy in central Brussels there is a portrait of President Barack Obama. As in every other US mission across the worl(...)

European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager: “We look at state aid from any possible angle to see if tools are being used that shouldn’t be use to give a selective advantage.” Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

There are not many European Union commissioners who can boast of high popularity ratings. But in the two years since her appointment as Europe’s compe(...)

Margrethe Vestager: continuing her clampdown against corporate tax avoidance  with Luxembourg again in her sights. Photograph:  Eric Vidal/Reuters

The European Commission may open a fresh investigation into tax rulings offered by Luxembourg as early as this week, as EU competition commissioner Ma(...)

European Commissioner for economic and financial affairs, taxation and customs, Pierre Moscovici: Asked whether the Apple decision  constituted an intervention in Irish internal affairs, he said: “Ireland is a country that benefits more than any other . . . from belonging to the EU. It is a champion of growth, and so it must approve of EU rules.” File photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Pierre Moscovici, the EU commissioner for economic and financial affairs, has said the commission is “certain” its decision to charge Apple €13 billio(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe  with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  at Government Buildings, announcing that the Cabinet had agreed to appeal the €13 billion Apple tax decision. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The drum beats from Brussels grew louder last week, as officials and ministers trailed back to the office after the holidays. A final ruling in the (...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook said it was clear the European Commission’s tax ruling was “coming from a political place”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has rejected accusations by Apple chief executive Tim Cook that the European Commission’s (...)

Leading US politicians have criticised the European Commission’s order that Apple pay billions in back taxes to Ireland. File photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The European Commission’s order that Apple pay billions in back taxes to Ireland could hurt the European economy and “undermines the spirit of economi(...)

Ireland is caught right in the middle of this long-simmering row, shortly before the EU Commission is due to give its final verdict on the Apple case.

The US Treasury has just set down a big marker in the transatlantic battle over corporate tax. The publication of a White Paper on Wednesday is a c(...)

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