22nd Mar 2023


EU court rules against Airbnb on tax transparency

The European Court of Justice has said regional authorities in Brussels had the right to ask Airbnb, the US-based accommodation-rental giant, for tax information on tourist transactions in 2017, in a precedent that could harm its business model in Europe. Airbnb Ireland, its European subidiary, had brought the case, saying the Belgian request contravened its freedom to provide services. Brussels imposes a tourist tax on short-stay accommodation.

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How much can we trust Russian opinion polls on the war?

The lack of Russian opposition to the Russo-Ukrainian War is puzzling. The war is going nowhere, Russian casualties are staggering, the economy is in trouble, and living standards are declining, and yet polls indicate that most Russians support the war.

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