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.