Bruno Le Maire

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“This decision is not only illegal, it’s an error on several counts,” – French President Emmanuel Macron responds to decision by US administration to impose tariffs on EU steel and aluminium imports to US. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer / EPA

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he “deplores” US President Donald Trump’s “illegal” decision to impose tariffs on European steel and alumini(...)

Giuseppe Conte, a civil lawyer and academic, who has been proposed by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League as Italy’s new prime minister.

Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League have proposed Giuseppe Conte, a civil lawyer and academic, as the country’s new(...)

Mr Le Maire was speaking on a French radio programme. Photograph: Getty

France will take legal action against Google and Apple for “abusive commercial practices”, finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Wednesday, accusing(...)

Spanish minister of economic affairs  Luis de Guindos  Photograph: Getty Images

The European Central Bank’s second-highest post is Spain’s to lose, a survey of euro-area governments indicates. Portugal, Malta, Slovakia and Latvia(...)

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire believes tax payments from tech giants  should be financing roads and schools. Photograph: Getty

The European Union must lead the way on taxing global technology companies by adopting legislation early next year that would ensure they pay billions(...)

Swiss minister for the economy Johann Schneider-Ammann  and Estonian finance minister Toomas Tõniste at an EU finance ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Yves Herman/ Reuters

The publication of the Paradise Papers will give an important impetus to EU plans to blacklist and act against states which persist in acting as tax h(...)

State opera in Vienna: Austria assumes presidency of the European Council in the second half of 2018.  Photograph: Ronald Zak/AP

Austria has said that pushing forward European and international measures to prevent profit shifting and international tax fraud will be a top priorit(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble at the   euro-zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels. Germany object to  debt restructuring for Greece, while also insisting  the IMF  join the programme to lend credibility to the bailout. Photograph: Reuters

Euro-zone finance ministers gathering in Brussels on Monday failed to break an impasse on debt relief for Greece, delaying the completion of the count(...)

France’s prime minister Edouard Philippe looks set to achieve his aim of securing a majority of seats in the National Assembly for new president Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République En Marche. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

The campaign for next month’s legislative elections in France officially opened on Monday, two weeks and a day after the centrist Emmanuel Macron won (...)

French centrist politician Francois Bayrou arriving at the Élysée Palace on Sunday. Bayrou has been named justice minister, the  fourth-ranking position in the French government. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

President Emmanuel Macron met most of the criteria he set for his French government, which was announced on Wednesday. It is small, with 22 ministers (...)

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