Simon Harris’s first EU summit turns into bunfight over tax, subsidies and sovereignty

A barney over tax and supervision overtook a summit that should have been short and sweet

Taoiseach Simon Harris: ‘I don’t wish to have a barney with anybody.’ Picture: Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto

When Simon Harris arrived in Brussels for his first EU summit as Taoiseach, he wasn’t expecting a a row with France and Germany over corporation tax and capital markets supervision.

His overarching priorities were the crises in Gaza and Ukraine and to rally support for recognising Palestinian statehood.

While those issues didn’t quite get railroaded — Ukraine took up a fair amount of time during the foreign affairs section of the summit on Wednesday, over ...