Corporate tax rates in Ireland are especially advantageous to multinational firms. That's why Apple, Google, and Facebook all have their European headquarters on the Emerald Isle.
France has been desperately trying to save a plan to get tech companies to pay more tax. Some nations are pinning their hopes on a global solution to the problem, while others are pushing national schemes.
The UK's finance minister has unveiled a new "digital services tax" targeting tech giants such as Google and Facebook. The minister also promised an end to public sector spending cuts.
Six months ahead of the European elections, Germany's Green Party has formally adopted its manifesto. It plans to demand a unified European asylum law and campaign for taxes on tech giants and Europe's worst polluters.
Tim Cook has warned that internet users' personal data is being "weaponized" by internet giants. His solution is a US data protection law that imitates many of the EU's stringent rules.
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