21st Mar 2018


Denmark, France and Belgium have highest income taxes

In 2016, the highest income taxes were recorded in Denmark (45.9%), France (45.3%) and Belgium (44.2%), according to a new OECD report. Among EU states, Ireland claimed the lowest income taxes (23.0%), Latvia (30.2%) and Slovakia (32.7%). Greece ranked first in tax hikes, rising income taxes 2.2% in just one year (from 36.4% in 2015 to 38.6% in 2016). Taxes on companies remained flat at around 8.9% of revenues.

Whistleblower fears for life as US arrest Malta bank chair

US authorities have arrested the chair of the Maltese-registered Pilatus Bank for tax evasion. The bank facilitated political corruption in Malta but its whistleblower is now facing jail in Malta and fears for her life.

US yet to push on Nord Stream 2 sanctions

Washington would still like to block a planned gas pipeline between Russia and Germany but is not yet considering hitting companies involved in the project.

EU mulls coercion to get refugee kids' fingerprints

EU policy and law makers are ironing out final details of a legislative reform on collecting the fingerprints of asylum seekers and refugees, known as Eurodac. The latest plan includes possibly using coercion against minors, which one MEP calls "violence".

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