Saturday 29 April 2017

Taxing times ahead, thanks to Europe's new Iron Lady

IRON LADY: European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager speaks during an interview with Reuters at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium
IRON LADY: European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager speaks during an interview with Reuters at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium

Shane Ross

An Iron Lady is on the warpath.

Last week a new Iron Lady appeared on Ireland's radar. This one sounds even more scarey than the Lady who thwarted Irish ambitions for a United Ireland back in the Eighties. Both, coincidentally, carry the much-maligned name of Margaret. While Margaret Thatcher of Britain eventually conceded the Anglo-Irish Agreement, Margrethe Vestager of Denmark looks to be made of sterner stuff.

Margrethe Vestager is the European Competition Commissioner. She is threatening to put manners on Ireland's most powerful visitors, the multinationals. And on Ireland's government to boot. This Lady means business.

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