21st Feb 2024


Apple's bill to Ireland could rise to €1.6bn

Ireland could recover another €1.6 billion in lost interest, in addition to the €13 billion of unpaid taxes Apple will have to pay after a European Commission ruling, according to an evaluation by the Bloomberg Intelligence analysis centre. The Bloomberg press agency reports the bill could have increased further had interests rates not "luckily" dropped off. Both Apple and Ireland have appealed the EU commission's verdict.

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EU-Israel trade agreement must be on table to stop Rafah attack

The EU-Israel association trade agreement enabled €46.8bn of trade last year. Exports rose for both parties by around 20 percent in 2022. As the bloc's foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said: "Yes, we have the capacity to influence [Israel]."

'Nightmare' 2024 sees Orbán struggle ahead of EU elections

Viktor Orbán admits that 2024 "could not have started any worse" for his government. The sex-abuse scandal that led to the resignation of the president provides an opportunity for Hungary's opposition — but their fragmentation could be a major obstacle.

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