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Luxembourg is right about tax ruling court cases

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Luxembourg is right about tax ruling court cases

The European Commission is cracking down on tax advantages of individual member states. This will undermine the competitiveness of the entire continent. Margrethe Vestager will be confirmed in her place as Commissioner for Competition of the European Union. In the last five years, the Danish politician has put forward a legal theory, suggesting that tax benefits granted to companies constitute…

EU elites use more private jets as they tax flying for others

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
EU elites use more private jets as they tax flying for others

"Climate action" politicians are collapsing under the weight of their own hypocrisy.   The European moraliser   Think Paris Climate Accord, renewable energy, hybrid cars, Greta Thunberg. All either a product of or very popular in Europe. Environmentalists in the United States are looking up to the courage of European politicians to solve climate change, be it by…

Pay transparency is unaffordable for businesses and employees

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Pay transparency is unaffordable for businesses and employees

The new EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has promised to move closer to closing the gender pay gap. The new instrument she intends on using is pay transparency. Big mistake. The European Commission works on creating pay transparency in the European Union. In an effort to fight the gender pay gap (which exist if you do statistics wrong on purpose), it wants to lay open the salaries…

The German hate speech saga

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
The German hate speech saga

A federal court in Berlin decided that it was a legitimate expression of an opinion to call a politician a "slut", "piece of shit", and "brainless" on Facebook. The politician (who had indeed sued the user) and her supporters are outraged that the court would allow this "hate speech" to exist online. After having been insulted on social media, senior Green…

A European “no-fly list” violates civil rights

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
A European “no-fly list” violates civil rights

Imitating the United States’ surveillance state methods will not make Europeans safer. The European Union is going through the process of creating a counter-terorrism database that will compile information from EU countries regarding ongoing investigations, prosecutions and convictions of militants, including returning foreign fighters who joined terrorist groups abroad. The measure,…

Bashing big bosses: the favourite discipline of the French press

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Bashing big bosses: the favourite discipline of the French press

It is an antiphon, declared over and over again in public opinion. From high-level intellectuals like Noam Chomsky to the average citizen, everyone agrees: control by the big bosses over the media protects the former from being targeted by the latter. Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber was already warning of the danger of journalists losing control of their media to big business almost 60 years ago.…

Political violence is unacceptable

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Political violence is unacceptable

In the wake of the ratification of the CETA agreement, environmentalists and anti-free trade zealots are ganging up on politicians who voted for it. This can't become the new normal.   Incidents in France   The French National Assembly recently approved CETA, a free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada. The left-wing media outlet Mediapart consequently published…

Americans: Your Euro trip will show that big government sucks

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Americans: Your Euro trip will show that big government sucks

Let a Euro trip be your lesson: big government on the old continent is way worse than some politicians would have you believe. During the summer months, many young Americans make a trip across the pond to visit the old continent. They have good reason to do so. Europe is a gorgeous continent of stunning beauty and amazing cultural heritage. Americans are very welcome tourists, notably because…

EU websites are not your platform

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
EU websites are not your platform

EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis likened British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to former Russian President Boris Yeltsin in a blog post published on the website of the Commission. The point of contention is not so much about the comparison itself as it is that Andriukaitis is abusing his bureaucratic office for political purposes.   A political Commission?   The question…

What's the new triumvirate worth?

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What's the new triumvirate worth?

On Tuesday, Ursula von der Leyen was confirmed by the European Parliament as the new President of the European Commission. According to the latest plan, current Dutch Commissioner Frans Timmermans and Danish Commissioner Magrethe Vestager would become Vice-Presidents on equal footing.   The deal   The Renew Europe (RE) group leader Dacian Cioloș made one point and one point only in…

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