noone ever said that irelands are not hard working etc. that was not my point. neither was my point that all those tech companies came by complete coincidence to ireland. it is politics work that attracted them. we only disagree about the main reasons.
i dont quite know why you think ireland was forced to take a bailout. their banks were broken and they were just very happy about a bailout from the ECB, and as it happens i remember very clearly the news back then and statements that ireland wants a bailout because their banks were too big for the country to bail them out by themselves leading into a total collapse of the system in ireland if EU/ECB wouldnt have bailed them out. just like iceland (and iceland isnt even part of the EU but still got bailed out by the ECB and EU) and UK aswell (only difference UK has their own central bank and has his own bailouts) and neither do i understand why you think germany forced a bailout on Ireland, especially considering that its germany who was against any bailouts since the crisis but still went along by public demand of other countries.
here this is the main problem:
Apple’s Tax in Ireland – At A Glance - WSJ
the problem is not that companies chose ireland but that the irish system allows them to make profit in france germany uk spain italy and challange those profits to ireland only where they pay less then 1% tax.
so net income in germany: 890million - taxes in germany 110million
taxes in ireland: 0.8 million
result: 109 million goes to new york as a gift from the irish government. stake holders in USA are happy. tax payers in germany and companies paying tax in germany feel fooled.
and thats only in germany. take aside all EU including UK and other countries without the EURO currency aswell.
thats several billion in taxes saved.
it makes a big difference if your companies net profit is 7 billion or 18 billion annually. a increase by "only choosing the right location" by more then double. not hard working highly skilled tech people made that 14 billion profit. but a "deal".
a simple example: if there was a equivalemt to apple licated in germany. a company that is producing iphone like smartphones. their smartphones must be 10% more expensive for them to have the same profit margin as apples iphone only because they pay regular tax. so in order for them to stay competitive they MUST move to ireland and get the same dealas apple does.
thats unfair competition thats fraudulent business.
the problem is not the location itself but the problem is that its possible to channel a companies gains in 28 EU countries to one single location in which the company has a discount.
the EU did not challange irelands 12% tax but the "special deals" with US tech companies which allows them to pay less taxes then 1% (check article)
yes the site is very bugged. since a year i am able only to write with phone. cant login with computer. thats yso many spelling mistakes.