Apple beats the EU – for now – and the EU begins to fight back

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This tweet was not good news for tax justice campaigners:

Ireland has won the right not to tax Apple.

The EU's attempt to beat tax abuse using competition law has failed, at least for now (an appeal is possible, I think).

But the EU has not given up. As the FT noted a few days ago, it is now planning to use a Treaty route (article 116 for the geeks) to overcome the objections of small member states (like Ireland) to the imposition of tax reforms necessary to create a level playing field in the internal market. The critical point is that this does not require unanimous support: qualified majorities will be enough.

I am not pretending this morning is good news. But if a better solution is found maybe that's no bad thing.