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Tax grilling for multinationals - EUbusiness Week newsletter 739


EUbusiness Week 739 top stories: EU leaders cautious on Turkey migrant deal; EU promises more relief for crisis-hit farmers; EU, Cuba normalise ties in 'historic step'; British business lobby says members back staying in EU; Workers rights "kneecapped" by sharing economy: unions; Fertile France leads European birth rates

Publisher's Note

Representatives of the big bad multinationals got a grilling this week at a hearing of a special European Parliament committee on tax rulings. MEPs heard their thoughts on a proposed directive against base erosion and profit shifting, as well as a proposed requirement for country-by-country reporting of profits, taxes and subsidies.

They know they are fighting a losing battle. Increasing public and political attention to their aggressive corporate tax planning practises has increased pressure for major change. And this means making the multinationals pay tax where they earn their profits.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness


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1. EU leaders cautious on Turkey migrant deal

European Union leaders warned hard work was needed at a summit on Thursday to seal a deal with Turkey to curb the migration crisis, despite signs that key hold-out Cyprus is ready to compromise.
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2. EU promises more relief for crisis-hit farmers

The EU said it was looking for support from the European Investment Bank at crisis talks in Brussels aimed at helping dairy and other farmers hit hard by plunging prices.
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3. EU, Cuba normalise ties in 'historic step'

The EU and Cuba have signed a deal to normalise relations, including an agreement on the delicate issue of human rights -- a breakthrough just ahead of US President Barack Obama's historic visit to the island.
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4. British business lobby says members back staying in EU

Britain's biggest business lobby says most of its members want the country to stay in the European Union, ahead of the key referendum to be held in three months' time.
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5. Workers rights "kneecapped" by sharing economy: unions

The explosion of the sharing economy is threatening to "kneecap" workers rights and social protection systems dating back to the 19th Century, European Labour Unions warn.
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6. Fertile France leads European birth rates

France led Europe with the highest fertility rate in 2014 with Greece and other crisis-hit countries suffering the lowest rates on the continent, the EU's latest data shows.
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Tampon tax: the European Union said Thursday it will give its 28 Member States the option of completely removing a tax on tampons which feminists had denounced as unfair.
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Commission Watch

Asylum: the Commission said Tuesday it had pushed back plans to overhaul the bloc's asylum system until next month after it has sealed the migration crisis deal with Turkey.
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Russia Syria pullout could slow EU refugee flows: Juncker
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Social democrats: French President Francois Hollande on Saturday welcomed more than a dozen Social democrat leaders from the European Union to Paris to discuss the migrant crisis and how to jump-start economic growth.
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