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EU Commission vs Ireland Apple tax case judgment

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  • Registered Users Posts: 437 ✭✭Robert McGrath


    So the EU Commission has opted to appeal the General Court's verdict at the last moment.

    The appeal hearing will take years and the cynic in me suspects that this is merely a face saving, kick the can down the road gambit by Von Der Leyden and Vestager.

    I get the impression from tax commentators on twitter that this is indeed the case. There’s been such huge political investment in this case by the Commission that they can’t just give up now, even if the chances of a successful appeal are slim


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 873 ✭✭✭StackSteevens


    I get the impression from tax commentators on twitter that this is indeed the case. There’s been such huge political investment in this case by the Commission that they can’t just give up now, even if the chances of a successful appeal are slim

    That's about it. Hell hath no fury like a female Commissioner scorned - even though she's moved on from her old job.

    The shallowness of the Commission's stance is well set out in this article:-

    https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/arid-40055570.html

    It's such a shame that Phil Hogan wasn't still around to argue/fight Ireland's corner.

    For all her talents, the New Girl wasn't really in a position to take on the Commission Heavyweights - especially given that Vestager's good pal, Von Der Leyden, had selected her as Commissioner only a couple of weeks ago!


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 19,689 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sam Russell


    That's about it. Hell hath no fury like a female Commissioner scorned - even though she's moved on from her old job.

    The shallowness of the Commission's stance is well set out in this article:-

    https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/arid-40055570.html

    It's such a shame that Phil Hogan wasn't still around to argue/fight Ireland's corner.

    For all her talents, the New Girl wasn't really in a position to take on the Commission Heavyweights - especially given that Vestager's good pal, Von Der Leyden, had selected her as Commissioner only a couple of weeks ago!

    Especially as she is not yet Commissioner, so there is not much she can do at the moment. I think Von der Leyden has a high opinion of McGuinness as well.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 873 ✭✭✭StackSteevens


    Especially as she is not yet Commissioner, so there is not much she can do at the moment. I think Von der Leyden has a high opinion of McGuinness as well.

    As have I.

    My point is/was that it's a pity we hadn't someone of Hogan's standing to kick Vesthager around when she acted the diva.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 19,689 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sam Russell


    As have I.

    My point is/was that it's a pity we hadn't someone of Hogan's standing to kick Vesthager around when she acted the diva.

    Didn't work first time around, did it?

    It is cases like this that give the EU commission a bad reputation, and allows the likes of malevolent journalist to make up fake stories. Now who would do that?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 873 ✭✭✭StackSteevens


    Didn't work first time around, did it?

    It is cases like this that give the EU commission a bad reputation, and allows the likes of malevolent journalist to make up fake stories. Now who would do that?

    No one springs immediately to mind.

    Although the Daily Telegraph used to have a young, very ambitious, blond journalist - ex-Etonian I think - who might have! ;)


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 19,689 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sam Russell


    No one springs immediately to mind.

    Although the Daily Telegraph used to have a young, very ambitious, blond journalist - ex-Etonian I think - who might have! ;)

    If it is the guy I am thinking of, I think he still writes for them - the same mixture of half truths, non-truths, and lies. Some things never change.


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