"Every Austrian sausage stall pays more tax in Austria than a multinational" said Austrian chancellor Christian Kern yesterday, in response to the Apple tax judgement. Don't blame us. It was the EU's crooked senior unelected official Herr Juncker who is responsible for much of it - while running Luxembourg he invented low tax deals that allowed multinationals operating in Europe to accumulate billions in untaxed profits. Ireland's 12.5% corporation tax, the 10% charged in Cyprus and Malta's zero rate likewise. It's estimated that US corporations pay only 1% tax to the EU on $100bn a year in profits.
Of course, which of the EU's three fundamental freedoms - free movement of people, goods and money - you value the most determines your attitude to business domicile, migrant workers and the trailer of cheap champagne for your daughter's wedding. But without harmonised tax laws, without harmonised external borders, without massive tax transfers from Germany to the rest of the EU, the only people being hurt by the EU are its citizens. US global corporations and economic migrants from Africa and the Middle East are doing alright, but are costing the people of Europe hundreds of billions of Euros each year just to keep the dead sham of their crooked, corrupt, weak little EU in place.
Still, so long as nations such as Austria remain members, there's no point complaining, Herr Kansler Kern.