BERLIN (Reuters) – The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) took aim at U.S. technology firms Apple (NASDAQ:), Facebook (NASDAQ:) and Google (NASDAQ:) on Thursday, saying a strong Europe was needed to make sure they stick to the rules.
Martin Schulz, who hopes to persuade his party to approve talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on forming a new coalition, told a congress of his SPD party that Ireland was complicit in allowing companies like Apple to avoid billions of euros in tax.
He also called for the creation of a European finance minister, who should fight tax evasion by reining in the race to the bottom in tax policy among member states.
“Only a strong Europe can force platform giants like Facebook and Google to respect our rules and basic rights,” he said.
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