The US Government positions itself as an ally of Ireland regarding the EU Commission’s tax ruling (Apple)

Digesting the Apple tax ruling* Commissioner Vestager’s edict on Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland [1] sent forceful ripples through both sides of the Atlantic on August 30th, 2016. The European Commission is no stranger to ruffling corporate and sovereign feathers, most famously by blocking the GE/Honeywell merger in 2001. [2] However, the Apple ruling has the makings of a more divisive decision than any that came before. Beggar-Thy-Neighbor Policies and the Ultimate European Public Good At the forefront of the ongoing controversy stands the Irish Government. Even as the emerald isle stands to reap a windfall of €13 billion, the government hastened to denounce the ruling. Calling the ruling a crass encroachment on sovereign tax policies, [3] Minister of Finance Michael Noonan has

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Alexander Puutio, The US Government positions itself as an ally of Ireland regarding the EU Commission’s tax ruling (Apple), 30 August 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin August 2016, Art. N° 82321

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