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Michael Butler had been at the forefront of Britain's international relations longer than the Queen when he neatly tied up the details of the nation's budget rebate from the European Union with a word to the German finance ministry. His quiet tête à tête with the future head of the German central bank, Professor Hans Tietmeyer – then finance ministry deputy secretary-general – without telling the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, was against the rules and could have lost him his job as Britain's Permanent Representative to the European Commission, but his intrigue worked.

From the bargain basement to high Five: Richard Desmond stands to make £600m from sale of television channel

Within days of buying Channel 5 for £103m, Richard Desmond sacked seven of the nine members of the board, axed 80 of the 250 staff and disposed of the broadcaster’s well-appointed, modern headquarters in London’s Covent Garden.

Controversy as Vodafone books £18bn credit from tax losses

Phone giant denies dodging tax as Luxembourg structure comes under fire again
Northern Ireland's Michael O'Neill is determined to make a fresh start by addressing the talent drain to the Republic of Ireland

Michael O'Neill agrees two-year extension as Northern Ireland manager

O'Neill has been in charge since December 2011

Chris Brunt tries to make progress during Northern Ireland's defeat

Azerbaijan 2 Northern Ireland 0: Further Irish shame with loss in Baku

Azerbaijan had only won one World Cup qualifier in the last dozen years

Cigarette companies accused of supplying black market in Britain

MPs says Treasury is being cheated by firms that deliberately flood European markets

22 May 2013: Lawyers carry a coffin during a mock funeral procession at a protest against proposed cuts to legal aid outside the Houses of Parliament

The Government's case for legal aid cuts does not stand up to cross examination

Our legal system is still - just about - the envy of the world. Not for long

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James Moore: Tax-avoiding firms sell developing world short

Outlook That's not to excuse businesses from paying the low levels of corporation tax levied in the UK. The problem is too many treat it as an optional charge payable only by those who don't have accountants smart enough to avoid it.

Farid Mammadov of Azerbaijan came second in this year's Eurovision

Eurovision tightens voting rules to combat bribery after Azerbaijan allegations

The Eurovision Song Contest has introduced new rules to combat bribery after supporters of Azerbaijan’s entry were accused of buying votes at this year’s event.

Now Amazon embroiled in EU tax probe

Amazon is under threat of being subjected to a fresh tax inquiry, it has been reported. The online retail giant has been dogged by controversy over its UK tax affairs and is now said to be in the sights of European regulators.

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Shaun Maloney lifted Scotland off the bottom of their group when he grabbed a late winner against Macedonia in Skopje but it was Ikechi Anya who impressed most, the Watford winger inspiring Gordon Strachan's side to victory.

Martin Paterson celebrates for Northern Ireland after scoring against Russia

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Colao eyes windfall from $130bn Vodafone deal with Verizon Wireless

Vodafone’s chief executive Vittorio Colao could be in line for a £5.5m personal windfall from the sale of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless to America’s Verizon Communications.

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