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GeneralRe: Apple/Ireland update: make that $14.5 billion worth of $henanigans Pin
Vark11130-Aug-16 5:04
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W Balboos, GHB30-Aug-16 5:13
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Vark11130-Aug-16 5:29
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W Balboos, GHB30-Aug-16 5:50
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Eddy Vluggen30-Aug-16 6:41
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wout de zeeuw30-Aug-16 12:17
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W Balboos, GHB30-Aug-16 13:39
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wout de zeeuw30-Aug-16 22:43
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W∴ Balboos wrote:
Well, as near as I can tell, that's the problem and responsibility of those who put them there.

Except that people didn't vote for this. This kind of bullshit deals is done in back rooms by individuals whilst having some champagne, and people only find out about these deals years later.

W∴ Balboos wrote:
Oh - by the way - did the Irish complain about this? Ooooops (again)?

The Irish did not and still do not have a great position, they are afraid that without these deals the companies won't stay. And this is the problem. These mobster companies are hawking for countries that are desperate for jobs, and that are willing to sign away their lives for it. The EU is doing the right thing in stopping these maffia companies from exploiting the weak point in its armor.

W∴ Balboos wrote:
The line they drew is clear - they can do whatever they want to do whenever we want to do it - because they sit getting fat in Brussels and hem and haw - and only think of the short term.

Quite the opposite. The Irish government was doing whatever it wanted, and the EU is saying: no you can't do whatever you want, you can't give one company a big advantage compared to another company. It's not arbitrary, Apple should pay taxes that is in line that what other companies are paying.

W∴ Balboos wrote:
There's a big world out there looking desperately for investment.
The EU's playing with fire - I hope the burn leaves a nice deep scar.

Not worried about that. Surely the world needs investment, and paying taxes is part of that. Apple makes great products (but not indispensible). It does not, and should not need unfair advantages to be able to compete. If they need money laundering deals with fantasy constructs like non-existing head quarters[^], let them exploit some other little country. If companies will leave Ireland, that might give some short term transitional issues, but the EU will help them out with this.
Wout

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W Balboos, GHB31-Aug-16 0:35
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