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The publication of Europe’s 130-page decision makes clear that Brussels is in no mood to indulge special tax deals any longer

23rd December, 2016
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In the mid-1980s, an ambitious Irish lawyer named Peter Sutherland was appointed as European competition commissioner by Jacques Delors. It was not considered a glamorous post – but all that was about to change.

Under Sutherland, the remit and powers of the Directorate General for Competition expanded. The Irishman conducted dawn raids and ramped up the threats – and imposition – of punishments on governments. The European Union scholar John Gillingham wrote that he...

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