This tweet was not good news for tax justice campaigners:
— EU Court of Justice (@EUCourtPress) July 15, 2020
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.