Archive | November, 2014

“German energy policy” What the FT should have said today

The editorial in today’s Financial Times on German energy policy made depressing reading, primarily because so much of it was wrong! It seems to me that it sums up that a lack of understanding of the challenges we face in Europe and globally on climate change and energy. So what was wrong? Well the primary […]

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Luxembourg tax rulings and the EC Commissioner

The coverage of Mr Juncker’s suitability for a lead role in the BEPS project has been fascinating during the G20 summit in Brisbane. In my blog of 30 June, I ended it by saying: “This isn’t a poacher turned gamekeeper, it looks more like the poacher in charge of the gamekeepers.” A number of politicians […]

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Stock Markets, Pension funds, PE ratios and tax avoidance

“The pension fund community has been surprisingly quiet about aggressive tax avoidance engaged in by the companies they invest in, but there are signs that their attitude towards corporate tax is changing.” So reports the FT. The lack of interest in corporate tax by pension funds has long surprised me, given the long term focus […]

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EU freedom of movement – the balance of taxation and social spending

A major issue within the UK at present is the Freedom of Movement within the EU and the fact that a lot of the current movement is into the UK (at present about 200,000 per annum). The policy principle has been reaffirmed in Brussels and more recently by Chancellor Merkel. UKIP seizes on these statements and the […]

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