Speaking to DN, France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire comments on the Yellow Vest protests in France, saying, “We were elected on a clear programme of reforms… and we are going to stick to that. However we need to find the right balance between our election promises and the need to listen to people.”
He also sees the French protests as a warning to Europe. Populist and nationalist movements are growing in strength in several countries.
The minister is in Stockholm to talk about reforms with Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson (S) and EU Minister Hans Dahlgren (S), including digital tax.
Sweden and a small group of countries have rejected the digital tax proposal, which was tabled at EU level. France has introduced a national version and the UK has similar plans. “The aim is to achieve a fairer and more effective taxation. The large technology companies pay at least 14 percentage points lower corporate tax than the small and medium sized companies in Europe.”
Nevertheless, Sweden’s government is sticking to its guns. Swedish criticism concerns the controversial taxing method and that the problem needs to be dealt with globally. Bruno Le Maire says, “I hope there is scope for compromise here and that Sweden’s government can join the consensus.”
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