Originally appeared at DWN, translated by John T. Sumner exclusively for SouthFront
The US government has launched an unusually massive attack against the European Commission: The Americans accuse the EU of acting as a supranational control authority and of discriminating US corporations like Apple in this function. The US government is threatening the EU with retaliation in case the EU should stick to its course of condemning Apple to a billion-Dollar-tax payment.
A massive controversy has erupted between the US government and the EU Commission. With unusually incisive wording, the Americans are hitting out against the EU. The reason is an EU investigation against Apple due to insufficient tax payments. In a paper of the US Treasury Department the competition authority of the European Commission is accused to air as supranational fiscal authority, overstepping their competencies this way. In the view of the US government, the EU Commission is not entitled, to direct the member states regarding taxes. With their behavior, the European Commission would threaten the international agreements on tax legislation.
In the paper the EU Commission is blatantly threatened. Should the Commission maintain its position by insisting on a higher taxation of Apple, the US government would draw appropriate responses into consideration. The FT, who had revealed this paper, writes that Apple expects a penalty of up to 19 billion Dollars, in case the EU should take the view that Apple had paid lesser taxes in Ireland, although the corresponding sales figures were accumulated in other EU nations.
The US government accuses the EU to particularly disadvantage US corporations. A Commission spokeswoman said to the FT that the EU would treat all companies the same. They would be in an extended conversation with the Americans and would be available for discussions with the US government at any time.