BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a European Union digital tax would be proposed at a meeting of EU finance ministers in December at the latest.
“We are talking about it with France. But note: We are not talking about whether to tax digital companies, we are talking about how to do that,” Merkel told German online portal t-online.de in an interview published late on Tuesday.
Proposal - December
“There will be a proposal by December,” she said.
France has long been the main supporter of the tax but has grown increasingly frustrated with German hesitation over the details after Berlin agreed in principle to the idea in June.
Months - Lobbying - Government - Denmark - Sweden
After months of tough lobbying, the French government has said that only Denmark, Sweden and Ireland remain opposed.
Germany said this week it favored the proposed EU plan to tax big internet firms such as Google and Facebook on their turnover, which EU officials say unfairly pay...
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