Tinker, tailor, soldier, taxman

Tinker, tailor, soldier, taxman

The EU’s mooted equalisation levy would signal a return to the protectionist Europe of the past

If you’re looking for some background to the tax problems that were tackled at the meeting of EU finance ministers known as Ecofin last week, you could do a lot worse than reading a John le Carré novel. If you do, go for one of the earlier ones set in Europe of the 1960s and early 1970s. I’ve yet to find a writer as good as le Carré at capturing the closed-in protectionist spirit of the European continent at that time.

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