Luxembourg PM Jean-Claude Juncker calls snap elections amid secret service scandal – risking longest held office for any EU leader

Prime Minister bows to pressure from junior coalition partner but 'very much' hopes party will back him to seek re-election

Anthony Hilton: No sign of revolt against tax avoidance just yet

Lunch on Tuesday with one of our biggest investment funds came to life when I asked when we might expect shareholders to worry enough about the damage to corporate reputations to vote against boards which pursued aggressive tax-avoidance strategies.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso

'A bad day for tax cheats': EU to crack down on those seeking to escape heavy bills

Officials have said that the bloc loses €1 trillion a year through tax dodging

Ben Chu: Let's not get bamboozled by Google in the global tax avoidance debate

Outlook Who says politics is boring? There was another entertaining session of the Public Accounts Committee today as Google's Matt Brittin received a fresh savaging from the chair Margaret Hodge over the internet giant's tax avoidance. The climax came when Ms Hodge told Mr Brittin: "I think you do do evil". The spanking followed revelations about Amazon's minuscule corporation tax bill earlier in the week. How Ms Hodge must have wished she'd been able to give Jeff Bezos a tongue lashing too.

Pass the duchy: How Amazon keeps its UK tax bill low

Amazon may employ thousands of people in the UK, but its European headquarters is in the tax haven of Luxembourg, where it employs several hundred staff.

Amazon pays only a tiny fraction of its profits in corporation tax because all sales to British customers are routed through a Luxembourg affiliate

Revealed: Amazon earns more through government grants than it pays in tax

Now Google is in spotlight as MPs are told how whistleblowers exposed tax affairs

Labour peer Lord Falconer to table assisted dying Bill that could allow adults with less than six months to live to request help to end their lives

Opponents say changing the law could put vulnerable people under pressure 'not to be a burden on others'

Bringing Amazon to book: 160,000 sign independent shops petition amid tax anger

World's largest online retailer under renewed pressure to pay corporation tax in Britain

Devon on vocals, with her husband Tito Burns on accordion

Terry Devon: Much-loved singer of the postwar years

Terry Devon was an award-winning British vocalist of the 1940s and early 1950s who was known as much for her scat singing as for more conventional performances. As part of the Keynotes she was a resident singer on the BBC comedy series Take It From Here, but she retired to raise her family and to support her husband, the showbusiness manager and agent, Tito Burns.

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Another blow for George Osborne as hopes of export-led rebound hit by poor trade figures

The Chancellor’s ambitions of rebalancing the economy were dealt another blow today by official figures showing a greater-than-expected deterioration in the UK’s trade balance in February.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague visiting a World Food Programme Center on the outskirts of Beirut earlier this year

European countries cut international aid

OECD reports budgets are down by 4 per cent but Britain sticks to foreign-spending target

Anthony Hilton: Rowland keeping it in the family bank

I rather fancy the idea of being so rich that you buy your own bank to look after your money rather than having to lie awake worrying that your high street branch is about to go bust on you.

Third-party traders on Amazon are not happy with the new seller fees

Sellers revolt as Amazon hikes fees for traders by up to 70 per cent

It overtook eBay as the preferred marketplace for traders to use to sell their goods. But online retailers may be soon returning to eBay in droves after Amazon put up its fees for traders by as much as 70 per cent.

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

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