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Stress Test Across the Atlantic

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Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, takes on the European Union.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Over the entire postwar period up to reunification, Germany had no partner more reliable than the United States, writes the author.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • The European Commission this week demanded that Apple pay €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in back taxes to Ireland.
    • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier recently advised against electing Donald Trump, the protectionist Republican presidential nominee.
    • Both Mr. Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton have said they oppose the free trade TTIP treaty.
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The alienation between Europe and the United States is palpable – hardly a day passes without massive disagreements in politics or business.

The European Commission this week demanded that Apple pay €13 billion in back taxes to Ireland. Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook and the U.S. Justice Department reacted angrily.

U.S. e-commerce giant Amazon and Seattle-based Starbucks have similar tax-savings models that are running into trouble in Europe.

And Brussels is no longer loath to impose limits on powerful U.S. companies like Google when it comes to copyrights.

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