Apple saga continues: iPhone maker accuses EU of retroactively changing rules

New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference in Brussels, Belgium on Dec. 7, 2016

According to the part of the Decision that the European Commission has made public, the amount of €13bn in nowhere to be found, but instead, the calculating methodology is published, paving the way for Apple to settle at a lower fine that could still be asked to be paid within weeks.

Apple is fighting back. Accused of taking “unilateral action” and retroactively changing the rules, “disregarding decades of Irish tax law, US tax law, as well as global consensus on tax policy, that everyone has relied on,” Apple has rejected all charges resulting from the European Commission’s investigation. Now, the EU institution has released more information on the landmark competition case.

The Berlaymont is not willing to let Apple and Ireland continue “business as usual.” It published...

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