French president Emmanuel Macron  and his wife Brigitte Macron: he has never favoured the spitzenkandidat system. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson

On Monday night, over a hastily convened dinner in Paris, the French and Spanish leaders, Emmanuel Macron and Pedro Sánchez, plotted how they would fa(...)

 Jamie Oliver’s restaurants  were rendered insolvent in Britain last week with the loss of 1,000 jobs. Photograph:  Paul Ellis

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver refused to write off almost €15 million in loans to his restaurant chain as part of a proposal to rescue the business, whi(...)

Manfred Weber, lead candidate of the European People’s Party in European parliamentary elections. Under the spitzenkandidat system, the candidate from the party with the largest vote is nominated as MEPs’ choice for commission president. Photograph: Andreas Gebert/Getty Images

When EU leaders gather on Tuesday for a dinner and an election postmortem, the plat du jour will be how to fill the job of successor to Jean-Claude Ju(...)

Almost two years after Commission officials raided Insurance Ireland’s office in Dublin, the outgoing EU competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, announced on Tuesday that she has initiated a formal investigation into whether the organisation is operating a cartel by restricting access to a claims data base it manages. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Motorists, households and businesses that have endured large increases in insurance costs in recent years may be forgiven for cheering the fact that E(...)

Insurance Ireland chief executive Kevin Thompson, who told The Irish Times that access to Insurance Link was not exclusively available through or dependent upon membership of the industry body. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Competition and Consumer Protection Committee (CCPC) is in the “latter stages” of an investigation launched almost three years ago into whether mo(...)

Motor insurance premiums soared more than 70 per cent over three years before they peaked in 2016, a period when the industry was largely loss-making in the Republic. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The European Commission opened a formal investigation into whether Insurance Ireland is operating a cartel by restricting access to a claims database,(...)

Margrethe Vestager, competition commissioner of the European Commission announced the investigation was under way. File photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced on Tuesday that the European Commission has opened an anti-cartel investigation into th(...)

The commission stressed it was not against data pooling arrangements, which it said, can contribute to effective competition

The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Insurance Ireland to assess whether it is operating a cartel. Commissioner M(...)

European  competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager in Brussels in July 2018. Photograph:  Getty Images

 “Force tech giants to share data rather than break them up (” stated the headline on a Reuters story this month, immediat(...)

Google’s offices on Barrow Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said it is up to the European Commission to comment on any investigations it may be considering, as he declin(...)

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