We summarise: the EU now has stricter rules against money laundering and new measures to tackle middle men such as banks, tax offices etc. that create offshore constructions. Both the commission and the EU Parliament want to finally take action, but in the big reforms against tax evasion by the rich and corporations there is still no progress. The responsibility lies quite clearly with the Council and therefore also the Austrian government. Sebastian Kurz and co. have no interest in large companies paying fair Europe-wide taxes instead of shunting their profit overseas or even in the EU. Don’t want it. Public insight and control of how much tax which corporation has paid in which EU member state? Don’t need it. That is the new style of the taciturn chancellor.
And: without the brave work of independent journalists and whistleblowers, all of these scandals would not have been uncovered. We need their work more than ever. The murders of the investigative journalists Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta and Jan Kuciak in Slovakia, as well as the convictions of the Luxleaks whistleblower Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet in Luxembourg have shown that we must protect them, so that we can continue to poke our finger into the wound at the European Parliament.


Posted by Michel Reimon