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The Apple facility in Hollyhill. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney

The Apple facility in Hollyhill. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney

The Apple facility in Hollyhill. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney

As the Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager presented the grim news of Ireland's alleged wrongdoing in the case of Apple yesterday, there was no denying that the European Commission saw this as a major PR win in the battle against multinational tax dodging.

Ms Vestager, who came into office in the Commission in 2014, has been widely revered as a no-nonsense enforcer who wouldn't back down against governments and big business. Her appointment was seen as a departure from the compromise-based approach of the previous competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, who himself left much unfinished work. More recently though, she has been seen to succumb to the bureaucratic ways of Brussels with probes into Google and Gazprom running into difficulties.


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