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European Union and the EU Savings Tax Directive

 

  1. Introduction
  2. Update -- Headlines
  3. Background
  4. CF&P Press Releases
  5. CF&P Publications
  6. Op-eds
  7. New Clips
  8. Bush Administration Comments
  9. Congressional Opposition
  10. Treasury Graph Illustrates the EU Savings Tax Directive's Threat to the U.S.
  11. European Comments
  12. Reports, Studies and Other Material

 

Introduction: Driving a Stake Through the
Heart of Tax Harmonization

For several years CF&P has been working with many of our friends to educate and influence lawmakers and policy makers in Washington on why tax competition is beneficial for the U.S. and other free-market countries. We have been quite successful in educating Washington lawmakers and policy makers. Many news sources have credited us with bringing the importance of this issue to the attention of the Bush Administration and we think our efforts have had an enormous impact. To use a sports metaphor, we are in the closing minutes of our game and we can taste victory. CF&P pledges to continue to work hard to make sure our opponents are unable to resuscitate the EU Savings Directive. We are determined to derail the new proposed IRS regulation. And we will fight to reform America's uncompetitive international tax law – and fight to preserve the right to expatriate if politicians do not make needed reforms.

But we need your help. Speak out against these proposals and let your elected officials know where you stand.

The following is information we hope that can be useful in defeating the Europeans Unions' Savings Tax Directive

 

Headlines

Update

1) Floundering EU tax directive takes another step backwards. The Bureau of National Affairs reports that EU nations have officially acknowledged that the proposed savings tax cartel will not be implemented in January. This scheme has been emasculated, but it is still a step in the wrong direction - particularly since bureaucrats in Brussels immediately will agitate to expand its reach once it goes into effect:

    The European Union member states agreed July 19 to postpone until July 1, 2005, the implementation of a long-awaited and highly controversial cross-border tax on interest income from savings accounts. The EU law will take effect provided Switzerland ratifies a separate agreement to impose a savings tax on income earned by EU citizens with Swiss bank accounts. ...The commission also recognized that, if Switzerland does not implement the law, the EU savings tax will not take effect. "If the Swiss reject it, the whole deal will collapse," the commission official said. "But we do not think that will happen as the Swiss government and banking industry are very happy with this deal as they can maintain bank secrecy." In the Swiss banking industry, the new cross-border tax has been dubbed "the dummy tax" because they believe there are numerous loopholes that will make it easy to avoid.
    http://pubs.bna.com/ip/BNA/der.nsf/is/a0a9e2a3r7 (subscription required)

2)   European money fleeing to Hong Kong? A recent government report shows that Hong Kong investment funds have seen a surge in assets, with much of the money coming from overseas. There is considerable speculation that the EU savings tax directive already is having an effect:

    The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission reported on Tuesday that total assets managed by funds in the city surged 80% in 2003 compared to the previous year's total. According to the figures, which include asset management and advisory businesses, in addition to private banking firms, total assets rose to HK$2.947 billion in 2003 from HK$1.635 billion in 2002. Within this total, licensed corporations reported HK$2.317 billion worth of assets and accounted for 79% of the total fund management business. ...The survey found strong interest from overseas funds which amounted to HK$1.860 billion, representing 63% of the total assets in the fund management business.
    http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=16584

 

Background

  1. What is the Europeans Union Savings Tax Directive
     
  2. EU-produced description of the Savings Tax Directive

 

CF&P Press Releases on the EU Savings Tax Directive

January 27, 2003
Free Market Leaders Denounce New Savings Tax Directive: US Will Not Support EU Tax Harmonization Scheme, OECD Commitment Letters No Longer Binding

October 29, 2002
White House Reiterates Opposition to EU Savings Tax Cartel: Free-Market Leaders Hail Administration Stance

July 24, 2002
CF&P Hails Death of EU Savings Tax Directive: Bush Administration Rejects Tax Cartel

July 22, 2002
Bill Thomas Warns O'Neill of EU's Tax Cartel; Questions Wisdom of Clinton-Era IRS Reg

April 18, 2002
The OECD Lays an Egg: Low-Tax Jurisdictions Will Achieve Final Victory When EU Savings Tax Directive is Defeated

 

CF&P Publications on the EU Savings Tax Directive

  1. CF&P Strategic Memo Hails Defeat of EU Savings Tax Cartel
     
  2. CF&P Strategic Memo: The EU Savings Tax Directive -- Who will Decide for America: President Bush or IRS Bureaucrats?
     
  3. CF&P Strategic Memo: Paris has Surrendered, Onward to Brussels (March 2002)
     
  4. CF&P Strategic Memo: A Christmas present from Europe . . . The EU's infamous Savings Tax Directive is in disarray (December 2001)
     
  5. CF&P Foundation: New Study Explains Why Tax Harmonization Threatens America's Competitive Advantage In Global Economy

 

Opinion and Commentary Articles on the EU Savings Tax Directive

 

New Clips on the EU Savings Tax Directive

 

Bush Administration Comments on the EU Savings Tax Directive

  1. Treasury spokesperson reaffirms Secretary O'Neill's commitment to oppose tax harmonization…IRS tries "to sabotage President Bush's economic team"
     
  2. Treasury's Barbara Angus said that the U.S. taxation of foreign income should move toward a territorial system for taxing multinational corporations

 

Congressional Opposition to EU Savings Tax Directive

  1. Third Ranking Republican in U.S. Senate Denounces the EU's Savings Tax Directive
     
  2. US Rep. Pete Sessions asks the EU to answer a "few simple questions."
     
  3. Leading tax reform advocate, Congressman Jim DeMint from South Carolina, urges Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill to oppose the European Union's Savings Tax Directive.
     
  4. Dozens of Congressional Letters on the OECD and EU Tax Harmonization and Information Exchange Schemes
     
  5. Bush Administration Warned about the Pitfalls of the Proposed European Union Value-Added Tax on Digital Goods

 

European Comments on the EU Savings Tax Directive

  1. UK Treasury attacks EU tax plans
     
  2. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder lets the cat out of the bag (March 2002)

 

Reports, Studys and other material on the EU Savings Tax Directive

  1. Cato Paper: International Tax Competition -- A 21st-Century Restraint on Government
     
  2. Competitive Enterprise Institute: Report on Dangers of Information Exchange to U.S. Economy
     
  3. The European Union: Less Growth, Fewer Jobs, and Higher Taxes
     
  4. The Same Old Song…You Can't Spell Tax Harmonization Without EU (April 2002)
     
  5. What a Surprise! Former Clinton Official Endorses EU's Tax Harmonization Scheme (December 2001)
     
  6. Norman Barry -- Competitive Federalism: The Case of the European Union
     
  7. Marshall Langer: New EU, U.K., and U.S. Reporting Rules on Bank Deposit Interest Paid to Nonresidents
     
  8. Dr. Gilbert NMO Morris on International Financial Regulations & The Rule of Law


What is the Europeans Union Savings Tax Directive

One of the Center's main goals is the defeat of the EU's proposed Savings Tax Cartel. As explained below, blocking this misguided tax scheme will "kill two birds with one stone." Not only will victory protect American financial institutions from having to act as vassal tax collectors for Europe's welfare states, but victory also will give low-tax jurisdictions persecuted by the OECD a perfect excuse to tear up their so-called commitment letters to the Paris-based bureaucracy. In an article for the influential The International Economy magazine, Dan Mitchell of the Heritage Foundation explains why the EU Savings Tax Cartel is contrary to America's national interests. [Link to PDF article below:]
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/mitchell4.pdf

Tax Competition Primer:
http://www.heritage.org/library/backgrounder/bg1460.html

December 2001, Cato Institute, by Veronique de Rugy, European Union Tax Cartel is Bad for US Economy
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/rugy12-01/rugy12-01.shtml

Graham Mather of the European Policy Forum succinctly explains why the EU's Savings Tax Cartel is collapsing. The United Kingdom's quirky Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, certainly seems to be justifying his reputation as a lightweight. [Link to article below:]

April 24 2002, The Financial Times, by Graham Mather, A flawed tax plan: Britain's proposed replacement for the EU withholding tax is causing more problems than the original, says
http://news.ft.com/ft/gx.cgi/ftc?pagename=View&c=Article&cid=FT3EZA9JF0D

 

EU-produced description of the Savings Tax Directive.

EU Council Directive (pdf format)
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/eudirective.pdf

The European Commission's new proposal for a Directive dealing with the taxation of savings income:: frequently asked questions
http://europa.eu.int/comm/taxation_customs/publications/official_doc/IP/ip011026/me mo01266_en.pdf

July 20, 2001, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EC Presents Proposal On Non-Resident Savings Taxation
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=4553

 

Treasury Graph Illustrates the EU Savings Tax Directive's Threat to the U.S.
The linked graph below shows that there is more capital in America via the Caribbean than from all of Europe combined. This is very important. Some people claim that there is relatively little money at risk because of the IRS regulation. Some experts disagree with that contention, but admit the data is not precise. We do know, however, that implementation of the IRS regulation would provide a major boost to the EU Savings Tax Directive (the bureaucrats in Brussels are quite explicit about this). And we also know that the EU Savings Tax Directive would apply to UK Territories. And since a lot of European money comes into America via the Caribbean, this would be a threat to America's economic interests. Needless to say, this demonstrates why the EU Savings Tax Directive would be so damaging to America. [Link to graph below:]
http://www.ustreas.gov/tic/exhibita.pdf

 

CF&P Foundation: New Study Explains Why Tax Harmonization Threatens America's Competitive Advantage In Global Economy

The Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation released a comprehensive study showing why tax harmonization is a threat to America's competitive advantage. Andrew Quinlan, President of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, remarked, "This new study definitively explains why the tax harmonization and information exchange schemes of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Union, and the United Nations are a threat to America's interests."

The report, entitled "The Adverse Impact of Tax Harmonization and Information Exchange on the U.S. Economy," is written by Heritage Foundation tax expert Daniel J. Mitchell.

"The United States is a low-tax jurisdiction, the United States is a tax haven, and the United States is the world's biggest beneficiary of international tax competition," said Daniel Mitchell. "The overall tax burden in the U.S. is 29 percent of GDP, compared to 43 percent of GDP in the European Union. This enormous advantage helps explain why living standards in the U.S. are 50 percent higher than EU levels, why economic growth has been so much stronger in America over the past two decades, and why unemployment rates are so much lower in the United States."

"Hopefully, this new report will make United States policy makers understand that the interests of the United States are not the same as the interests of countries like France or Germany," added Veronique de Rugy, Cato Institute policy analyst and Center for Freedom and Prosperity Board member.

"Armed with this new information, we can expect even greater resistance from American policy makers to the anti-taxpayer proposals of the OECD, EU and UN." concluded Quinlan.

CF&P Foundation Study:
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Papers/taxharm/taxharm.shtml

CF&P Press Release on Study:
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/press/p11-27-01/p11-27-01.shtml

PDF version:
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Papers/taxharm/taxharm.pdf

NEWS CLIPS ON THE REPORT:

November 29 2001, Bureau of National Affairs, by Myrna Zelaya-Quesada, Compliance With International Tax Efforts Could Damage U.S. Economy, Center Says
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/bna11-29-01/bna11-29-01.shtml

November 28, 2001, Tax-News.com, US Group Rubbishes Tax Harmonization,
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=6470

 

News Clips on the EU

Wednesday, July 21, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Blair' spending binge.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#219

Tuesday, July 20, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Wrong reward for the wrong goal.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#201

Tuesday, July 20, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Floundering EU tax directive takes another step backwards.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#207

Sunday, July 18, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Attack on Britain is part of campaign to increase the EU's bloated budget.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#181

Friday, July 16, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Another money grab from Brussels.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#162

Friday, July 16, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Another silly idea from Europe.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#161

Thursday, July 15, 2004, The Market Center Blog, European Commission launches attack on Britain.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#155

Thursday, July 15, 2004, The Market Center Blog, French President criticizes good monetary policy.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#153

Thursday, July 15, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Russia continues to move in right direction.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#152

July 15, 2004, EU Business, Adopting the EU constitution: a wide range of approaches
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=16607

Wednesday, July 14, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Europe's dismal future.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#146

Wednesday, July 14, 2004, The Market Center Blog, More French hypocrisy.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#144

Wednesday, July 14, 2004, The Market Center Blog, New EU President caters to left.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#142

Tuesday, July 13, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Ambitious French Minister opposes tax cuts.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#131

Monday, July 12, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Economic reality forcing changes to European welfare states.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#125

Monday, July 12, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Europe is lagging, needs dramatic reform.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#124

Monday, July 12, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Europe's unimpressive track record.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#122

Monday, July 12, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Dutch want to ease ridiculous labor regulations.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#121

Thursday, July 8, 2004, The Market Center Blog, European Parliament, playground for the privileged.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#085

Thursday, July 8, 2004, The Market Center Blog, EU bureaucrats launch raid on British taxpayers.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#084

Thursday, July 8, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Will Hungary be the France of Eastern Europe?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#081

Thursday, July 8, 2004, The Market Center Blog, European money fleeing to Hong Kong?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#082

Wednesday, July 7, 2004, The Market Center Blog, No vote on EU constitution will benefit the UK.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#074

Tuesday, July 6, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Is Berlusconi serious about tax reform?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#062

Monday, July 5, 2004, The Market Center Blog, A misplaced parallel.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#055

July 5, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Overall EU Tax Burden Declined In 2002, Eurostat Reveals
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=16542

Saturday, July 3, 2004, The Market Center Blog, EU hypocrites don't comply with Kyoto Protocol.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#032

Friday, July 2, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Ireland leads, Sweden lags, in contest for best EU tax system.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-07/2004-07.shtml#024

Wednesday, June 30, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Preparing for the collapse of the EU.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#303

June 30, 2004, The Washington Times, By Marian L. Tupy, An uncoupled Europe ahead?
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20040629-090641-3054r.htm

Tuesday, June 29, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The putative new President of the European Commission may not be so bad after all.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#295

Tuesday, June 29, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Irish lawmakers defend low tax rates.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#293

Monday, June 28, 2004, The Market Center Blog, If Europeans are so worried about unemployment, they should stop voting for socialists.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#284

June 28, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Savings Tax Directive Delay 'Not Switzerland's Fault', Say Bankers
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=16466

Friday, June 25, 2004, The Market Center Blog, British politician issues hollow threat to voters.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#253

Friday, June 25, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The Economist urges voters to reject draft constitution.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#252

Thursday, June 24, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Even a watered-down, un-implemented savings tax directive is causing capital flight from Europe.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#244

Thursday, June 24, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Will Swiss voters save Europe from self-imposed folly?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#241

Wednesday, June 23, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Bad news for the EU savings tax cartel, good news for economic liberalization.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#234

June 23, 2004, SwissInfo, Government rejects mandatory Schengen vote
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=5029529

June 22, 2004, EUBusiness, EU says Switzerland to miss deadline for savings tax deal
http://www.eubusiness.com/afp/040622120728.8ndpcfon

June 21, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Let's all shed a tear for Jacques.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#215

June 21, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Blair wants British to surrender their freedoms to Brussels.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#212

June 19, 2004, Reuters, Triumph Over EU Constitution Gives Way to Gloom
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5462252

June 19, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Apathy toward EU is logical.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#192

June 18, 2004, Isle of Man OniLine, 'Island is Sleepwalking Into Being a Dependent Territory of the EU': THE man behind television celebrity Robert Kilroy-Silk's European election success says those opposed to the EU now have a voice.
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http://www.iomonline.co.im/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=872&ArticleID=808908

June 17, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Will UK Tories ever find their way out of the wilderness?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#174

June 17, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Blair says UK will scuttle EU constitution to block tax harmonization.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#173

June 17, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Is there a Ronald Reagan who can save Germany?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#172

June 16, 2004, BBC News, By Paul Reynolds, EU constitution: The endgame?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3809385.stm

June 16, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The EU's statist constitution.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#163

June 16, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Big government in Brussels suffers a setback.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#162

June 16, 2004, The Market Center Blog, EU constitution to retain tax competition.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#161

June 14, 2004, BBC News, EU poll blow for ruling parties: Latest results from elections to the EU parliament show gains for opposition parties across Europe.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3803453.stm

June 14, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Bad news for advocates of a Brussels super-state.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#142

June 13, 2004, The Washington Post, By Robert Barr, Europeans Vote for EU Parliament: Parties of German Chancellor Schroeder and French President Chirac Lose Popularity
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A38238-2004Jun13.html

June 10, 2004, The Market Center Blog, EU nations fare poorly when compared to US states.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#101

June 10, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Savings tax directive update: Bad news for EU welfare states.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#106

June 9, 2004, Swissinfo, Swiss-EU savings tax deal faces delay
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=4992026

June 7, 2004, The Market Center Blog, EU Constitution could be the new savings tax directive.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#071

June 4, 2004, The Market Center Blog, More problems for EU savings tax cartel.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#042

June 4, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Agreement Of 'Equivalent Measures' Gives EU Savings Tax The Green Light
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=16228

June 4, 2004, The Market Center Blog, France proposes global tax scheme.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#043

June 3, 2004, The Market Center Blog, More bad news for the EU and good news for the world economy.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#033

June 3, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Tax competition may save Europe.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#032

June 3, 2004, International Herald Tribune, by Paul Geitner, As EU nears deal on tax dodgers, a real solution is elusive
http://www.iht.com/articles/523085.html

June 3, 2004, The Guardian, by Ian Black, EU agrees deal to clamp down on tax dodgers
http://www.guardian.co.uk/eu/story/0,7369,1230126,00.html

June 3, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Savings tax directive won't raise any revenue, but statist politicians already envisioning future expansion.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#034

June 3, 2004, The Market Center Blog, EU Directive stalls again, Luxembourg banks ready to exploit loopholes.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#031

June 2, 2004, EU Business, EU puts off decision savings account taxes
http://www.eubusiness.com/afp/040602123804.iws1djdc

June 2, 2004, The Market Center Blog, EU directive continues to falter.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#024

June 2, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Misguided EU business leader wants EU political union.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#023

May 31, 2004, The Market Center Blog, EU savings directive is a "tax only for dummies."
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#313

May 28, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Savings tax cartel facing new obstacles.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#283

May 28, 2004, The Market Center Blog, More evidence of European uncompetitiveness.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#281

May 28, 2004, The Market Center Blog, More evidence of European uncompetitiveness.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#281

May 27, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Europe's excessive benefits subsidize unemployment.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#273

May 27, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The Mouse that Roared.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#274

May 26, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Even the business community in Europe is brain-dead.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#263

May 26, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The hyper-sensitive French whine about a few jokes.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#261

May 25, 2004, EU Observer, By Richard Carter, Prodi: 'radical change' needed for EU to catch US
http://euobserver.com/?aid=16257&rk=1

May 25, 2004, Financial Times Article
http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=Stor yFT &cid=1084907760939 (subscription required)

May 25, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Schroeder's economic illiteracy.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#255

May 25, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Schroeder's economic illiteracy.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#255

May 25, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Has Russia surrendered to EU extortion?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#253

May 24, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The EU's corrupt Parliament.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#244

May 20, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Bureaucratic Hell in Belgium.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#208

May 20, 2004, The Market Center Blog, French politicians thinks Europe needs more government.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#202

May 20, 2004, Bureau of National Affairs, EU, Switzerland Finalize Agreements, Including Cross-Border Savings Tax Pact
http://pubs.bna.com/ip/BNA/der.nsf/is/a0a8t4d9m2   (subscription required)

May 20, 2004, The Market Center Blog, More bad news for the EU savings tax cartel.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#205

May 20, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Ahern Rejects Franco-German Call For EU Tax Harmonisation
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=16064

May 20, 2004, LawAndTax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Swiss Government Faces Domestic Opposition Over Bilateral Treaties
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=16068

May 19, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Three EU Countries Lift Objection To Swiss Savings Tax Deal
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=16051

May 19, 2004, Bloomberg, Switzerland to Miss Jan. 1 Deadline for EU Tax Plan
http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=afenIiQZiijc&refer=europe

May 19, 2004, The Market Center Blog, A useful role for the European Commission.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#193

May 19, 2004, The Market Center Blog, More lunacy from the French.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#191

May 17, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The coming collapse of the EU.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#176

May 17, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Savings tax directive is a farce.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#175

May 17, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Bolkestein should look in the mirror when assigning blame.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#177

May 17, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Why EU waste is sometimes a good thing.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#173

May 17, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The future German Finance Minister?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#171

May 16, 2004, The Market Center Blog, More details on the Franco-Prussian tax axis.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#161

May 14, 2004, Bureau of National Affairs, By Bengt Ljung, EU Agrees to Allow Luxembourg to Retain Bank Secrecy as Long as Switzerland Does
http://pubs.bna.com/ip/BNA/der.nsf/is/a0a8r8z0d4

May 14, 2004, EU Observer, by Lisbeth Kirk, Breakthrough in talks with Switzerland
http://euobserver.com/?aid=16040&rk=1

May 14, 2004, Offshoreon.com, Swiss Agreement Clears Way for EU Tax Savings Directive
http://www.offshoreon.com/articles/5524.asp?docid=5524

May 14, 2004, International Herald Tribune, by Paul Meller, Luxembourg signals support for EU tax law
http://www.iht.com/articles/519854.html

May 14, 2004, EU Observer, By Lisbeth Kirk, Breakthrough in talks with Switzerland
http://euobserver.com/?aid=16040&rk=1

May 14, 2004, Offshoreon.com, Full Text European Union Council Directive on Taxation of Savings Income in The Form of Interest Payments
http://www.offshoreon.com/othertext/European%20Union/200348EC.pdf

Friday, May 14, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Victory - and defeat - on the EU savings tax cartel.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#145

May 13, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The savings tax cartel death watch, ad nauseum.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#135

May 13, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Wall Street Journal comments on European stagnation, compliments OECD for finally realizing that lower tax rates are good.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#134

May 12, 2004, The Market Center Blog, More good news on the savings tax cartel.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#126

May 12, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Will the EU move in the right direction?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#122

May 11, 2004, The Market Center Blog, EU savings tax directive death watch.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#115

May 11, 2004, The Market Center Blog, French intransigence threatens trade liberalization.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#114

May 11, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The EU wants to treat the symptom rather than the disease.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#113

May 11, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The US isn't always right and the EU isn't always wrong.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#112

May 11, 2004, The Market Center Blog, More economic stupidity from Germany.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#111

May 10, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The continuing slow death of the EU savings tax directive.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#104

May 10, 2004, EU Business, EU eyes summit deal in long-fought Swiss tax row
http://www.eubusiness.com/afp/040510151112.jfuyn4mu

May 10, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Tony Blair does the right thing, though perhaps for the wrong reason.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#103

May 9, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Europe's tradition: Feudalism/socialism.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#091

Friday, May 7, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Low tax rates boost European growth, not EU transfers.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#074

Friday, May 7, 2004, The Market Center Blog, European elites content with stagnation.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#073

May 6, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Do you believe in miracles?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#067

May 6, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Swedish government resists democracy.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#064

May 5, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Bureaucrats in Brussels undermine EU's original mission.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#052

May 4, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Deficits are a symptom, spending is the disease.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#045

May 4, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Swiss wisely reject joining EU's socialist super-state.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#042

May 4, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Germans want to ignore democratic process.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#041

May 3, 2004, The Market Center Blog, More saber-rattling against democracy in Europe.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#033

May 2, 2004, Swissinfo, Switzerland faces ambiguous role in enlarged EU
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=111&sid=4901117

May 2, 2004 , Europe's slow death.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-05/2004-05.shtml#023

April 30, 2004, The Economist, A May Day milestone: After years of often tortuous preparations, the European Union is expanding from 15 countries to 25. The new entrants should catch up with its founder members eventually. But they might not want to emulate them too closely
http://www.economist.com/agenda/displayStory.cfm?story_id=2628203

Friday, April 30, 2004, The Market Center Blog, A journey of a million miles begins with a small first step.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#304

April 28, 2004, EUbusiness.com, Economic summit warns of public fear of EU enlargement
http://www.eubusiness.com/afp/040428155940.wdj87231

April 27, 2004, The Market Center Blog, President of Czech Republic blasts EU.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#275

April 27, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Even biased studies confirm that Europe is falling farther behind the United States.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#273

April 27, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Vote for the EU Constitution....or else!
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#272

April 26, 2004, The Market Center Blog, More evidence of Sweden's collapse.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#263

April 26, 2004, The Market Center Blog, German Chancellor seeks EU "lebensraum."
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#262

April 25, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Politicians uber alles in Germany.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#252

April 24, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Why not copy Ireland?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#241

Friday, April 23, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Treasury officials have difficult task - teaching Europeans that lower tax rates are good for growth.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#237

Friday, April 23, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The EU needs less government, not another "high-level group."
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#235

Friday, April 23, 2004, The Market Center Blog, French politicians backtrack on referendum promise.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#233

Friday, April 23, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The Economist slams European constitution.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#231

April 23, 2004, The Taipei Times, Swiss starting to feel that Europe is ignoring them: As the European Union expands, many in Switzerland are reconsidering their country's lengthy, self-imposed isolation
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/edit/archives/2004/04/23/2003137777

April 22, 2004, The Market Center Blog, German politicians have no clue.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#22-10

April 22, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Will Europeans voluntarily become serfs?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#228

April 22, 2004, The Market Center Blog, EU Commissioner calls for cost-benefit regulatory analysis.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#226

April 22, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Europe's protectionism robs from the poor to subsidize the rich.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#224

April 21, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, European Commission Orders Germany To Scrap 'Exit Tax' Rules
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=15759

April 21, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The slow death of the EU savings tax directive.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#215

April 21, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Blair poses false choice on EU constitution.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#214

April 21, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The Brussels power-grab.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#213

April 20, 2004, EUpolitix.com, Swiss still stalling on EU tax law
http://www.eupolitix.com/EN/News/200404/0ebdebf8-935c-4137-9191-7c5a36d1032a.htm

April 20, 2004, LawAndTax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Gerhard Schroeder Reiterates Tax Warning For New EU Member States
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=15751

April 20, 2004, The Market Center Blog, More take-it-or-leave-it brinksmanship on the EU constitution.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#207

April 20, 2004, The Market Center Blog, EU sides against German exit tax.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#205

April 19, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Will the English save Europe?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#191

April 18, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The looney left wants Ireland to return to its dismal high-tax past.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#181

April 17, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Democracy in Britain?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#171

April 16, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Will Swiss politicians sell their people into EU slavery?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#168

April 16, 2004, The Market Center Blog, British Labor Party rebels against European super-state.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#162

April 16, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Will bloated government turn Europe into a tourist attraction?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#161

April 15, 2004, Swissinfo, by Jonathan Summerton, Bigger EU prompts second thoughts in Switzerland
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=111&sid=4845398

April 15, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Classical liberals ponder dangers of the EU and tax harmonization.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#156

April 14, 2004, The Market Center Blog, French socialist whines that "shadow of sovereignty" is undermining Europe.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#143

April 13, 2004, International Herald Tribune, by Mark Landler, A 'Detroit' for Europe takes shape in Slovakia
http://www.iht.com/articles/514413.html

April 13, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Pro-market policies help Slovakia overcome legacy of communism and corruption.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#134

April 12, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Liechtenstein leader warns that savings tax cartel will cause capital flight from Europe.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#124

April 12, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Wasteful spending in Brussels.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#123

April 12, 2004, The Market Center Blog, EU bureaucrats continue their assault on Gibraltar.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#121

April 10, 2004, The Market Center Blog, French and German politicians: United in stupidity.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#104

April 10, 2004, Washington Post, By Glenn Frankel, No Permit, No Work: A Price of Joining EU: East Europeans Face New Restrictions
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A248-2004Apr9.html

April 9, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Will Blair allow a vote on staying in the EU?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#093

April 7, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Free market tax policies are verboten!
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#072

April 6, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Swiss Insist Banking Confidentiality Is Non-Negotiable
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=15615

April 6, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Is the EU savings tax cartel dead?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#065

April 6, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Greedy EU bureaucrats lobby for bigger budget.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#063

April 6, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Swiss resist EU duplicity.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#062

April 5, 2004, The Market Center Blog, EU's attack on Microsoft symptomatic of broader problem.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#051

April 3, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Is Europe dying?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#032

April 3, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Switzerland continues to resist EU bullying.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#031

April 1, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Berlusconi pushes Italy in the right direction.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#016

April 1, 2004, The Market Center Blog, EU draft Constitution is a minefield of government intervention.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-04/2004-04.shtml#015

March 31, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, Cayman Financial Association Supports Information Exchange With EU
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=15558

March 31, 2004, Swissinfo, by Katrin Holenstein, Cabinet sets out stall for EU negotiations
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=4835984

Mar 31, 2004, Moneylaundering.com, European Commission proposes new EU information-sharing and other measures on terrorism
http://www.moneylaundering.com/NewsBriefDisplay.aspx?id=476

March 31, 2004, Bureau of National Affairs, By Arthur Rogers, EU Parliament Calls on Commission to Take Tough Line With Switzerland Over Savings Tax
http://pubs.bna.com/ip/BNA/der.nsf/is/a0a8h0h2z3

March 31, 2004, The Market Center Blog, European attack on Switzerland uses more Orwellian double-speak.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#314

March 31, 2004, Associated Press, By Paul Geitner, European Parliament Says EU-US Agreement on Sharing Airline Passenger Data Violates Privacy Law
http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAQJ70RHSD.html

March 31, 2004, CF&P's The Market Center Blog, European Commission launches Orwellian attack on Gibraltar tax system.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#315

March 29, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Economist magazine says proposed EU constitution is a terrible mess.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#292

March 29, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Is Germany finally coming to its senses?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#294

March 29, 2004, Swissinfo, by Jean-Didier Revoin, Swiss economy challenged by EU enlargement
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=4822570

March 27, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The EU tramples freedom of the press in an effort to stifle dissent.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#271

March 26, 2004, The Market Center Blog, A better idea for the EU Constitution.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#263

March 25, 2004, The Market Center Blog, European bureaucrats want to impose an indirect tax on American shareholders.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#251

March 24, 2004, LawAndTax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Swiss Government Seeks To Overturn German Decision On Banking Sector
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=15481

March 23, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Low taxes help the US out-perform Europe.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#235

March 23, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Former Congressman condemns German tactics, defends Swiss privacy protections.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#233

March 23, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Bolkestein continues his fight against competition and liberalization.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#231

March 22, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Germany reverts to form in bullying campaign against Switzerland.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#222

March 22, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Bolkestein Speaks On Tax Progress In EU
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=15442

March 21, 2004, The Sunday Times (London), Luxembourg and the EU
http://www.timesofmalta.com/core2/article.php?id=149729

March 18, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Will socialists kill the Spanish Miracle?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#185

March 18, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Good and bad news from Europe.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#181

March 17, 2004, Swissinfo, Swiss indignant over German clampdown on banks
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=4796781

March 16, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Spanish election could reinvigorate drive for EU constitution.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#167

March 16, 2004, Statement by Frits Bolkestein Member of the European Commission, Progress on Financial Services Action Plan and Taxation
http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=SPEECH/04/136| 0|RAP ID&lg=EN&display=

March 11, 2004, Savings tax directive death watch continues... Switzerland is refusing to become an EU colony.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#116

March 10, 2004, San Marino and Liechtenstein join Swiss in resisting savings tax cartel.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#101

Europeans don't understand causes of economic growth.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#95

March 9, 2004, The EU savings tax directive death watch continues.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#94

March 5, 2004, Bad news for Europe's tax-aholics: Swiss people support privacy for law-abiding investors.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#5-11

March 5, 2004, European stagnation shows that big government is a failure.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#57

March 4, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Majority Of Swiss Supportive Of The Nation's Banking Industry
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=15265

March 3, 2004, European effort to boost entrepreneurship ignores problem of bloated government.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#33

March 2, 2004,Singapore cuts tax rates, prepares for windfall if EU savings tax cartel is approved.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#22

March 1, 2004, Will EU expansion promote statism or liberalization?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-03/2004-03.shtml#15

February 27, 2004, The EU fantasy land.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-02/2004-02.shtml#271

February 25, 2004, Bloomberg, Swiss Favor Money Laundering Crackdown, Bank Secrecy
http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=a9Bxd5Kx6Idk&refer=europe

February 25, 2004, Swissinfo, Banks hit back at "capital flight" claims
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=4743808

February 25, 2004, Reuters, Swiss banks say secrecy is here to stay
http://www.forbes.com/home_europe/newswire/2004/02/25/rtr1275098.html

February 24, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Bolkestein Proposes Harmonisation Of EU Corporate Tax Base
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=15173

February 24, 2004, Swissinfo, EU grants Switzerland breathing space
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=4743084

February 21, 2004, Is a smaller EU better than a large one?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-02/2004-02.shtml#212

February 20, 2004, The EU wants to subsidize corruption and economic decline in poor nations
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-02/2004-02.shtml#203

February 20, 2004, EU tries more blackmail against Switzerland
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-02/2004-02.shtml#206

February 20, 2004, No wonder the left hates Berlusconi
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-02/2004-02.shtml#207

February 20, 2004, Swissinfo, Swiss demand freeze on EU tax plans
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=4734055

February 18, 2004, Two cheers for Switzerland and one cheer for stubborn EU politicians
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-02/2004-02.shtml#184

February 18, 2004, SwissInfo, EU hits Switzerland with new tax
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=4728896

February 14, 2004, EU: Taxes Yes, Accountability No
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-02/2004-02.shtml#142

February 13, 2004, Will the Swiss save Europe?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-02/2004-02.shtml#132

February 13, 2004, EUpolitix.com, by Anna McLauchlin, EU delays Swiss Schengen talks
http://www.eupolitix.com/EN/News/200402/823b34ff-516d-4257-8b7e-8d201a6fe740.htm

February 12, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Switzerland Holds Out Against EU Pressure Over Savings Tax Directive
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=15056

February 11, 2004, Caribbean Net News, Conflicting reports over Cayman Islands commitment to EU Tax Directive
http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/2004/02/11/directive.htm

February 11, 2004, More good news on the EU savings tax cartel
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-02/2004-02.shtml#112

February 11, 2004, More bad news for the EU savings tax directive
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-02/2004-02.shtml#111

February 10, 2004, Financial Times, By Daniel Dombey And George Parker, Savings tax plans likely to cause EU quarrel
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft02-10-04/ft02-10-04.shtml

February 10, 2004, EUpolitix.com, by Anna McLauchlin, Tax talks trouble finance ministers
http://www.eupolitix.com/EN/News/200402/1a9c7c8b-f67b-4fe8-ac67-7311d7bcc676.htm

February 10, 2004, EUbusiness, EU presses Switzerland as tax standoff heats up
http://www.eubusiness.com/afp/040210164023.p9fi20ny

February 10, 2004, SwissInfo, Switzerland rejects EU tax demand
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=111&sid=4711480

February 10, 2004, EU Savings Tax Directive Death Watch
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-02/2004-02.shtml#102

February 9, 2004, Caribbean Net News, Cayman Islands reported to have signed on to EU Tax Directive
http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/2004/02/09/directive.htm

February 9, 2004, EUpolitix.com, by Anna McLauchlin, Savings tax teeters
http://www.eupolitix.com/EN/News/200402/875c969a-1812-46b6-a4f8-176cd498d3cf.htm

February 9, 2004, Financial Times, By Raphael Minder and Andrew Parker, Impasse in EU talks with tax havens
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft02-09-04/ft02-09-04.shtml

February 6, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, House Of Lords Debates Tax Evasion And Avoidance
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=14989

February 5, 2004, European Foundation Intelligence Digest, Berlin rejects euro tax
http://www.e-f.org.uk/pubs/id/Issue%20No%20185.pdf

February 4, 2004, LawAndTax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Germany Expresses Opposition To EU Tax Plans
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=14960

February 4, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, Cayman Optimistic Over EU Tax Deal
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=14966

February 3, 2004, Financial Times, By Andrew Parker, Caymans in move on EU tax crackdown
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft02-03-04/ft02-03-04.shtml

February 2, 2004, SwissInfo, Swiss fail to break deadlock over EU bilaterals
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=4687065

January 22, 2004, The Economist, One Europe, united in fiscal misrule
http://www.economist.com/agenda/displayStory.cfm?story_id=2367033

January 22, 2004, United Press International, By Gareth Harding, Analysis: Eurosclerosis grips EU economy
http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040122-010934-4904r

January 21, 2004, United Press International, By Gareth Harding, Analysis: Eurosclerosis grips EU economy
http://www.upi.com/print.cfm?StoryID=20040122-010934-4904r

January 21, 2004, Associated Press, By Robert Wielaard, EU says Europe falling behind on economy
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/printer/ap.asp?category=1310&slug=EU%20Economy

January 20, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, Gibraltar Bankers' Report Cites EU Savings Tax Directive As Major Concern
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=14796

January 20, 2004, French Parliamentary Report Suggests Worldwide Taxes to Counter Globalization
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/update/u02-23-04/u02-23-04.shtml#17

January 15, 2004, New York Law Journal, by Mark Hamblett, Foreign Tax Claims in U.S. Are Dismissed
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1073944813132

January 14, 2004, LawAndTax-News.com, by Glen Shapiro, EU Seeks WTO Permission To Impose Sanctions On US
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=14737

2004 Index of Economic Freedom: Chapter 2, by Daniel J. Mitchell, The Economics of Tax Competition: Harmonization vs. Liberalization
http://www.heritage.org/research/features/index/ChapterPDFs/chapter2.HTML

January 14, 2004, EUpolitix.com, EU battles fraud image
http://www.eupolitix.com/EN/News/200401/355275db-3592-4348-ade1-d6729791d727.htm

January 8, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Slovakia's Tax Reforms Now Being Put To The Test
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=14678

January 8, 2004, LawAndTax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, French President Outlines Tax Plans
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=14675

January 7, 2004, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, Cayman Islands Given Until End Of January To Submit Plan For Adoption Of EU Savings Directive
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=14662

January 6, 2004, DW-World.de, Slovakia to Become European Tax Haven
http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1431_A_1079247_1_A,00.html

December 28, 2003, The Washington Times, By Martin Walker, Wealth gap worries EU states
http://washingtontimes.com/world/20031227-085037-6600r.htm

December 23, 2003, LawAndTax-News.com, by Robin Pilgrim, UN To Launch International Tax Organisation
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=14534

December 16, 2003, The Economist, A constitution in tatters
http://www.economist.com/agenda/displayStory.cfm?story_id=2295754

December 16, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, EU Savings Tax Directive Aimed At 'Unfair' Tax Competition Says CATO Analyst
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=14442

December 12, 2003, Bermuda Sun, By Robin Holder, Bermuda competition too 'strong' for the E.U.
http://www.bermudasun.bm/archives/2003-12-12/03Business04/

December 11. 2003, The Royal Gazette, By Mairi Mallon, Stand up to US, Bermuda told
http://www.theroyalgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20031211/BUSINESS/112110 07 4

December 11, 2003, SwissInfo, Blocher election complicates EU relations
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=111&sid=4538866

December 10, 2003, SwissInfo, Blocher victory overturns old order
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=111&sid=4534173

December 9, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, UK Will Not Impose Direct Rule On Caymans Over EU Tax Directive
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=14361

December 3, 2003, SwissInfo, Parliament mounts defence of banking secrecy
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=4250670

December 3, 2003, International Herald Tribune, By David Howell, Big countries vs. small in Europe: A two-speed EU?
http://www.iht.com/ihtsearch.php?id=119931&owner=(IHT)&date=20031202171229

December 2, 2003, BBC News Online, By Stephen Mulvey, The euro and Europe's blurring borders
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3254764.stm

December 1, 2003, Financial Times, By Christopher Adams, Caymans defiant in dispute over tax status
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft12-01-03/ft12-01-03.shtml

November 30 2003, Financial Times, By Andrew Parker, Global crackdown on tax evasion begins to stall
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft11-30-03/ft11-30-03.shtml

November 30 2003, Financial Times, By Andrew Parker and John Burton, Caymans faces UK ultimatum over EU directive
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft11-30-03b/ft11-30-03b.shtml

November 30 2003, Financial Times, By Andrew Parker, Global crackdown on tax evasion begins to stall
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft11-30-03/ft11-30-03.shtml

November 26, 2003, The Times (London), By Carl Mortishead, Messy European tax laws provoke the Cayman people
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,630-908182,00.html

November 26, 2003, The Wall Street Journa l - Europe, Bursting the Constitutional Bubble
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsj11-26-03/wsj11-26-03.shtml

November 26, 2003, The Wall Street Journa l - Europe, By Guy Verhofstadt, Europe Emancipates Itself
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsje11-26-03/wsje11-26-03.shtml

November 25, 2003, Financial Times, By Lydia Adetunji, OECD predicts EU growth will be half that of US
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft11-25-03/ft11-25-03.shtml

November 25, 2003, The New York Times, By Kenneth N. Gilpin, Economy Grew Even Faster Than First Thought in 3rd Quarter
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/25/business/25CND-ECON.html

November 25, 2003, The Telegraph (London), By Anton La Guardia and George Jones, Britain threatens veto on EU
ttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/11/25/nsum25.xml&sSheet=/ ne ws/2003/11/25/ixnewstop.html&secureRefresh=true&_requestid=64153

November 24, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, Primarolo Repeats UK Threat To Cayman Islands Over EU Tax Directive
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=14167

November 19, 2003, Tech Central Station, By Tomasz Teluk, Constitutional Crisis
http://www.techcentralstation.com/111903F.html

November 18, 2003, LawAndTax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Bolkestein To Launch New Push For Corporate Tax Harmonisation
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=14103

November 17, 2003, Business Week, By John Rossant, How Europe Could Grow Again: The European experiment was supposed to deliver prosperity. It hasn't. But with less reform than you might think, a healthy new economy could emerge.
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/03_46/b3858014.htm

November 6, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, Brown Reiterates Opposition To European Tax Harmonisation
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=13959

November 5, 2003, Truth News, by Scott Stearns, EU Warns of Multi-Billion Dollar Sanctions Against US
http://www.truthnews.net/daily/2003110037.htm

October 29, 2003, Citizens for a Sound Economy, by Max Pappas, Europe's Global Tax: Europe is forcing American companies to collect taxes for it.
http://www.cse.org/informed/issues_template.php/1609.htm

October 27, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, Ireland Remains Europe's Lowest-Taxed State
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=13820

October 27, 2003, Guernsey Press And Star, by Mark Oliphant, Guernsey Defends Savings Tax Directive Stance
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=13814

October 26, 2003, Neue Zürcher Zeitung AG, by Jacob Greber, Cantons compete for the golden taxpayer: The German tennis ace Boris Becker is just one in a long list of well-heeled individuals attracted to Switzerland by low tax rates in some cantons
http://nzz.ch/2003/10/26/english/page-synd4339798.html

October 23, 2003, SwissInfo, Rightwing success threatens bilateral agreements
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=4368244

October 22, 2003, SwissInfo, Swiss rightwing pales alongside European extremes
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=111&sid=4363559

October 21, 2003, SwissInfo, Rightwing power bid gathers momentum
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=4361651

October 21, 2003, The Daily Telegraph, By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Liberty groups attack plan for EU health ID card
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/10/21/wid21.xml&sSheet=/ news/2003/10/21/ixworld.html

October 17, 2003, Out-Law.com, Data retention plan in Europe unlawful?
http://www.out-law.com/php/page.php?page_id=dataretentionplan1066391630&area=ne ws

October 17, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Brown Urges Europe To Reject Moves Towards Tax Harmonisation
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=13728

October 2, 2003, DW-World.de. German Celebrities Head to Tax Oasis Switzerland
http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1433_A_984595_1_A,00.html

September 29, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, Jersey Denies FT Story On EU Savings Tax Directive 'Loophole'
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=13483

September 26, 2003, Cato Institute, by Veronique de Rugy, European Politicians Want to Tax U.S Companies
http://www.cato.org/tech/tk/030926-tk.html

September 24, 2003, Times Online, By Carl Mortished, Banquo's Ghost of tax hovers at EU ministers' table
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,630-828425,00.html

September 18, 2003, Business World (Ireland), EU pushes to gain control of tax policy
http://www.businessworld.ie/livenews.htm?a=762907;s=rollingnews.htm

September 18, 2003, SwissInfo, Bankers attack EU and OECD over tax
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=161&sid=4250670

September 16, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, UK Plans New Law To Force EU Directive On Cayman Islands
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=13332

September 15, 2003, Financial Times, By George Parker, Brown's tax law threat to Cayman Islands
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft09-15-03/ft09-15-03.shtml

September 11, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EU Commission To Expand Info Sharing Rules On Direct Tax
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=13286

September 9, 2003, European Commission, Direct taxation: Commission proposes strengthening co-operation to combat fraud
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http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=IP/03/1226|0|R API D&lg=EN&display=

September 2, 2003, The New York Times, By Mark Landler, Just East of the West, Unity Has Its Costs
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30A12F83E5C0C718CDDA00894DB4044 82

September 2003, EU Business.com, EU members opposed to new constitution stage talks in Prague
http://www.eubusiness.com/afp/030901150252.gnh2pijm

July 28, 2003, LawAndTax-News.com, by Robin Pilgrim, Former Guernsey Politician Slams Lack Of Level Playing Field
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=12758

July 23, 2003, LawAndTax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EC Finds 'Harmful' Tax Practices In New EU Entrants
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=12717

July 22, 2003, LawAndTax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Ireland Will Fight To Keep National Tax Veto
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=12698

July 17, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, EU Savings Tax Directive Just The Start Warns Academic
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=12646

July 10, 2003, LawAndTax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Italy To Push For EU Treaty On Taxation
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=12567

July 1, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, Gibraltar Considers Legal Action Over Savings Tax Directive
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=12453

June 30, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Tax Cuts Key To Hungarian Competitiveness Says Finance Minister
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=12437

June 27. 2003, The Royal Gazette, By Roger Crombie, Bermuda's EU tax exemption may not last long - expert
http://www.theroyalgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030627/BUSINESS/106270 05 1

June 27, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, Minister Reiterates Ireland's Hostility to Tax Harmonisation
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=12420

June 26, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Mike Godfrey, EU Tax On Internet Could Hurt US Tech Firms Says Lobby Group
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=12400

June 26, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Germany Heading For Clash With EU Over Tax
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=12398

June 25, 2003, The New York Times, By Richard Bernstein, Aging Europe Finds Its Pension Is Running Out
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/29/international/europe/29AGIN.html?pagewanted=1&e i =5062&en=cdd13bb8ca30c8ed&ex=1057464000&partner=GOOGLE

June 13, 2003, Eubusiness, by Jitendra Joshi, European Union draft constitution unveiled
http://www.eubusiness.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=112309&d=101&h=240&f=56&dateforma t =%25o%20%25B%20%25Y

June 12, 2003, LawAndTax-News.com, by Robin Pilgrim, Jersey And IoM Plump For Withholding Tax
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=12221

June 9, 2003, LawAndTax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, Guernsey Confirms Plan To Introduce Retention Tax Legislation
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=12168

June 6, 2003, Taxpayers Association of Europe (TAE), TAE Rejects Own European Union Tax
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/eu/TAE-EUSTD.pdf

June 5, 2003, The Royal Gazette, By Mairi Mallon, Island [Bermuda] exempt from EU tax agreement
http://www.theroyalgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030605/BUSINESS/106050 052

June 4, 2003, Financial Times, by Francesco Guerrera, EUROPE: EU agrees savings tax deal to start in 2005
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft06-04-03/ft06-04-03.shtml

June 4, 2003, DW-World.De, EU Agrees on Taxing Foreign-Earned Interest
http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1431_A_885626_1_A,00.html

June 4, 2003, SwissInfo, EU tax deal gives Swiss room to bargain
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=3902995

June 4, 2003, Financial Times, by Francesco Guerrera, EUROPE: EU agrees savings tax deal to start in 2005
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft06-04-03/ft06-04-03.shtml

June 3, 2003, Europa, Taxation: Commission welcomes adoption of package to curb harmful tax competition
http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=IP/03/787|0|RAP ID&lg=EN

June 3, 2003, Europa, Results of Council of Economics and Finance Ministers, Luxembourg, 3rd June 2003 taxation and financial services
http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=MEMO/03/123| 0|RAPID&lg=EN

May 24-May 25, 2003, The Weekend Australian Financial Review, Is the Greenback in Peril? New kid on the currency block rises as a challenger
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/eu/dwyer05-25-03.pdf

May 20, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, Jersey Banks Face Huge Costs Over EU Savings Tax Directive
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11954

May 15, 2003, The Times (London), By David Charter, Thatcher's back and gunning for the French
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-681123,00.html

May 12, 2003, Nzoom.com, EU choir sings for tax harmony
http://onebusiness.nzoom.com/onebusiness_detail/0,1245,188033-3-169,00.html

May 6, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EU Constitutional Convention Moving Towards Harmonised Tax Regime
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11783

May 6, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, Jersey Considers Options On EU Savings Tax
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11772

April 24, 2003, Tech Central Station Europe, by Hans Labohm, Sick Man Is Europe
http://www.techcentralstation.be/2051/wrapper.jsp?PID=2051-100&CID=2051-042403M

April 8, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EU Convention Remains Split Over Direct EU Taxation
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11467

April 7, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, Guernsey To Adopt Withholding Tax Under EU Directive
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11451

April 04. 2003, The Royal Gazette, By Roger Crombie, Island [Bermuda] may escape savings tax directive
http://www.theroyalgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Site=RG&Date=20030404&Categor y=BUSINESS&ArtNo=104040051&Ref=AR

April 3, 2003, SwissInfo, by Jacob Greber, Money laundering "not impossible" in Switzerland
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=1738765

April 2, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, Partial Success For Cayman Islands At ECJ
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11397

March 28, 2003, Cayman Island Press Release on Court Decision
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/cayman1.pdf

March 27, 2003, Law and Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, ITIO Warns Over Erosion Of Level Playing Field
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11311

March 27, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EU/Swiss Savings Tax Agreement Hangs In The Balance
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11320

March 24, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, European Commission Mulls EU Tax Reform
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11256

March 22, 2003, The New York Times, By Paul Meller, European Union Economic Meeting Reports Limited Progress
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30B1FF635550C718EDDAA0894DB404 482

March 21, 2003, LawAndTax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Confusion Continues Over EU Tax Packages
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11238

March 21, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, Cayman Delegation Challenges EU in Court
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11244

March 21, 2003, Maritime Press, OECD moves to lift corporate veil
http://www.maritimepress.co.kr/english/asp/mis/search/view.asp?num=37701.4496990741 0

March 21, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, Guernsey Bank Deposits Fall 6.8% in 2002
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11245

March 20, 2003, The Nassau Guardian, By Lindsay Thompson, 'BISX must not die!'
http://www.thenassauguardian.com/business/281672116091696.php

March 20, 2003. Expatica.com, EU split on cross-border tax evasion
http://www.expatica.com/germany.asp?pad=190,205,&item_id=29809

March 17, 2003, Reuters, By Lisa Jucca, Italian demands may block EU tax plans - officials
http://www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=usFundsNews&storyID=239365 0

March 17, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, Cayman Takes EU To Court Over Savings Tax Directive
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11175

March 11, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Italy Scuppers EU Savings Tax Deal
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11108

March 10, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, ECOFIN Met On Friday To Finalise The EU Tax Package
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11090

March 10, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EU Seeks To Firm Up Tax Co-operation Plans With Switzerland
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11079

March 9, 2003, Reuters, By Jim Loney, Blacklists Hurt Caribbean Financial Sector
http://reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=2350245

March 6, 2003, EU Business, by Jitendra Joshi, EU grapples with new obstacles to savings tax deal
http://www.eubusiness.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=104919&d=101&h=240&f=56&dateforma t =%25o%20%25B%20%25Y

March 5, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, Report Warns Over Impact Of Savings Tax Directive On Offshore Centres
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=11033

February 28, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, Allan Bell Agrees Savings Tax Directive 'A Fudge'
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10985

February 27, 2003, Edinburgh Evening News, EU clampdown 'to cost tax evaders millions
http://www.edinburghnews.com/business.cfm?id=245402003

February 24, 2003, The Lawyer Group, by Brendan Malkin, Channel Islands demand EU fair play
http://www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews/article.asp?id=43825

February 24, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, Jersey Urged To Consider Wider Context Of Savings Tax Discussions
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10925

February 19, 2003, Datamonitor, Opportunities in onshore/offshore asset shifts
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http://www.datamonitor.com/~718eefb784274fcfa67d03dce02aae8f~/all/reports/product _s ummary.asp?pid=BFFS0199

February 11, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, BVI Banker Expresses Concern Over Impact Of EU Savings Tax Initiative
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10795

February 10, 2003, Tax-News.com, Panama Tells OECD There Is No Level Playing Field
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10784

February 5, 2003, Swissinfo, by Robert Brookes, Bankers Association warns EU over banking secrecy
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=1609832

February 5, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, EU Threatens Corporation Tax, Says London Lawyer
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10739

February 4, 2003, Tax-News.com, US Institute Advises Bahamas To Resist EU/OECD Pressure
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10724

January 30, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Liechtenstein Expresses Concern Over EU Savings Tax Agreement
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10682

January 29, 2003, Tax-News.com, Antigua Tells OECD: 'All Bets Are Off'
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10660

January 25, 2003, International Herald Tribune, by Thomas Crampton, EU tax deal shouldn't flood Asia with cash
http://www.iht.com/articles/84573.html

January 24, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, Low-Tax Jurisdictions Puzzle Over Response To EU Savings Tax Deal
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10627

January 24, 2003, CayPolitics News, Cayman Highly Critical of EU Savings Initiative; Questions Legitimacy
http://www.caypolitics.com/index2.vep?FORUM=politics&FUNCTION=read&SORT=dna 2&MODE=&_COMPAND=Expand&_Message_ID=13102&username=anonymous&po p3host=caymail.com&ses

January 23, 2003, The Wall Street Journal (Europe), Still Secret
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsje01-23-03/wsje01- 23-03.shtml

January 23, 2003, International Herald Tribune, by Thomas Fuller and Eric Pfanner, Crackdown on tax cheats could backfire on the EU
http://www.iht.com/articles/84316.html

January 22, 2003, WorldNetDaily.com, The Power To Destroy: EU cracks down on tax evaders; New agreement spells end of money shelters
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=30620

January 22, 2003, The Guardian, by Charlotte Denny and Andrew Osborn, EU deal on tax dodging leaves loopholes
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,3604,879581,00.html

January 21, 2003, Reuters, By Lisa Jucca, EU optimistic on tax compromise
http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=2077529

January 21, 2003, BBC News, By Patrick Bartlett, EU tackles tax evasion
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/2679349.stm

January 21, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Europe's Low-Tax Territories Watch And Wait . . .
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10586

January 20, 2003, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Luxembourg, Austria, And Belgium Offered New Concessions Over Savings Tax
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10568

January 19, 2003, Scotland on Sunday, by Bill Jamieson, Ugly return of the unwanted savings tax
http://www.scotlandonsunday.com/comment.cfm?id=68472003

January 18, 2003, The Guardian, by Paul Lashmar, MI6 role in Cayman investigation exposed as Austin Powers farce
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,877133,00.html

January 17, 2003, Reuters, By Lisa Jucca, Watered-down EU proposal may solve savings tax row
http://www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=governmentFilingsNews&storyI D=2063452

January 2, 2003, The Cato Institute Project on Social Security Choice, by William G. Shipman, Retirement Finance Reform Issues: Facing the European Union
http://www.socialsecurity.org/pubs/ssps/ssp-28es.html

December 17, 2002, Investors Offshore.com, by Philip Morton, Liechtenstein Expresses Support For Swiss Withholding Tax Proposal
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10318

December 13, 2002, Investors Offshore.com (via Tax-News.com ), by Philip Morton, Liechtenstein Expresses Support For Swiss Withholding Tax Proposal
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10318

December 13, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Savings Tax Deadline Postponed At ECOFIN Meeting
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10285

December 12, 2002, SwissInfo.com, Swiss stand firm on EU tax offer
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=161&sid=1513702

December 12, 2002, EurActiv.com, No deal on savings tax by end of 2002
http://www.euractiv.com/cgi-bin/cgint.exe/?targ=1&204&OIDN=1504414&-home=home

December 12, 2002, SwissInfo.com, Swiss insist on tax offer
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=161&sid=1513702

December 12, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Luxembourg Rejects Savings Tax Compromise
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10270

December 11, 2002, Bloomberg.co.uk, By Emma Vandore and Catherine Hickley, EU Tax Bid Fails as Luxembourg Defends Bank Secrecy (Update1)
http://quote.bloomberg.com/fgcgi2.cgi?mnu=news&ptitle=Top%20Stories%20Europe& tp=ad_uknews&T=news_storypage99.ht&ad=euro&s=APfet_RTLRVUgVGF4

December 10, 2003, The Republic of Panama, Panama Reiterates to the OECD the Need for Equitable And Non-Discriminatory Treatment
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Papers/rop12-10-02/rop12-10-02.shtml

December 9, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EU Tax Deals Unlikely This Year, Says Upcoming Greek Presidency
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10226

December 6, 2002, The Republic of Panama, Letter to the OECD
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/ltr/latorraca/latorraca.shtml

December 5, 2002, AFX News, EU officials, Switzerland's Villiger keep quiet after savings tax talks
http://www.ananova.com/business/story/sm_722427.html?menu=

December 6, 2002, Investors Offshore.com, by Carla Johnson, SBA Chief Condemns EU Over Savings Tax Controversy
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10218

December 1, 2002, The New York Times, By George Parker in Brussels, France and Germany call for EU tax accord
http://www.nytimes.com/financialtimes/international/FT1037872455975.html

November 29, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, Cayman Leader Promises To Challenge UK Over Savings Tax Directive
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10133

November 29, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EC Prepared To Compromise With Swiss Over Banking Secrecy
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10129

November 29, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, New Study Calls For Direct EU Taxation
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10130

November 26, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Mike Godfrey, Cayman and US Should Stand Together Over EU Savings Tax Directive
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10105

November 22, 2002, The Wall Street Journal Europe, by Paul Hofheinz in Brussels and Glenn Simpson in Washington, Tax Havens Revolt: U.K.'s Caribbean Colonies Ignore Government Order To Disclose Account Data
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsje11-22-02/wsje11-22-02.shtml

November 22, 2002, The Wall Street Journal Europe, by Paul Hofheinz in Brussels and Glenn Simpson in Washington, Tax Havens Revolt: U.K.'s Caribbean Colonies Ignore Government Order To Disclose Account Data

November 19, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, Cayman To Stand Firm Over EU Savings Tax Directive
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=10033

November 15, 2002, OffshoreOn.com: Swiss and EU Negotiate Savings Tax Proposal
http://www.offshoreon.com/articles/3760.asp?docid=3760

November 11, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, Pierre Horsfall Says Tax Talks With UK Now 'Cordial'
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9948

November 11, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Giscard Threatens Tax Harmonisation In New EU Constitution
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9956

November 10, 2002, Financial Times, By Daniel Dombey and George Parker,Giscard says tax harmonisation on EU agenda
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft11-10-02/ft11-10-02.shtml

November 10, 2002, Financial Times, By Daniel Dombey and George Parker, Giscard says tax harmonisation on EU agenda
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft11-10-02/ft11-10-02.shtml

November 8, 2002, International Money Marketing, EU threatens Swiss again over information exchange
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/imm11-08-02/imm11-08-02.shtml

November 8, 2002, Washington Post, By Keith B. Richburg, The EU and the Power of the People: Czech and Other Leaders Are Eager to Join, but Their Citizens Aren't So Sure
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A2 5582-2002Nov7&notFound=true

November 6, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EU Proposes Tax Amnesty To Force Switzerland Into Savings Tax Plan
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9912

November 5, 2002, Telegraph (London), By Selina Mills, Switzerland barricades against sharing banking information
http://money.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml;$sessionid$1CNJVYBWJHBFVQFIQMF CFFWAVCBQYIV0?xml=/money/2002/11/05/cnswis05.xml&sSheet=/money/2002/11/05/i xcity.htm

November 5, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EU To Face Imminent Collapse Of Information Sharing Plans
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9898

November 5, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Ireland And UK Blocking EU Tax Harmonisation Plans
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9888

November 5, 2002, Ananova (AFX News), ECOFIN Savings tax deal at risk if automatic information swap sought - Grasser
http://www.ananova.com/business/story/sm_703501.html?menu=

November 4, 2002, Swissinfo, by Claudia Spahr, Swiss and British lock horns over banking secrecy
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=111&sid=1436793

November 4, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EU To Undertake Coordinated Tax Evasion Clampdown
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9874

October 31, 2002, OpinionJournal.com, By Dan Lewis, Channel 'Tea Party' Forces British Tax Retreat
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/oj10-31-02/oj10-31-02.shtml

October 30, 2002, United Press International, UPI's Capital Comment: U.S. to Europe: Butt out of our bank accounts
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/update/u11-01-02/u11-01-02.shtml#3

October 30, 2002, Tax-News.com, US Administration Reiterates Opposition To EU Information-Sharing Plans
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9843

October 25, 2002, No-euro.com, Prodi calls for "single economic government
http://www.no-euro.co.uk/general/bulletin163.pdf]

October 2002, No-euro.com, European Draft Constitution endorses tax harmonization: Is anyone surprised?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/update/u11-01-02/u11-01-02.shtml#12

October 18, 2002, Offshoreon.com, Switzerland Continues Battle with EU on Savings Tax Directive
http://www.offshoreon.com/articles/3666.asp?docid=3666

October 12, 2002, DW-World.de, by Andreas Hartmann, EU Challenges Switzerland Over Bank Secrecy
http://dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1431_A_654673_1_A,00.html

October 11, 2002, EUbusiness, Swiss and EU remain at loggerheads on bilateral deals
http://www.eubusiness.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=93171&d=101&h=240&f=56&dateform at=%25o%20%25B%20%25Y

October 11, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Mike Godfrey, US Think-Tanks Criticise Bolkestein Over Savings Tax Dispute
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9653

October 10, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Jason Gorringe, Departing HM Procureur Warns Guernsey Over EU And Tax
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9643

October 8, 2002, SwissInfo, EU wields sanctions threat against Swiss
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=1384246

October 9, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Luxembourg And Germany Clash Over EU Savings Tax
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9625

October 8, 2002, Reuters, EU Sees Sanctions Vs Swiss in Tax Row Only in 2010
http://www.reuters.com/news_article.jhtml?type=worldnews&StoryID=1550838

October 8, 2002, Telegragh (London), By Selina Mills, Swiss fury as commissioner attacks 'lack of help on tax'
http://money.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml;$sessionid$WWVWZCUZNKSHZQFI QMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/money/2002/10/08/cnswiss08.xml&sSheet=/money/2002/ 10/08/ixcity.html

October 9, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Switzerland Angered By Bolkestein's Comments
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9623

October 9, 2002, Bloomberg, By Marc Wolfensberger, Switzerland Won't Comply With EU Tax Demands Unless U.S. Does
http://quote.bloomberg.com/fgcgi2.cgi?T=uspolitics_news.ht&s=APaISXxUiU3dpdHpl

October 7, 2002, SwissInfo, EU turns up heat on Swiss banking secrecy
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=111&sid=1381708

October 7, 2002, The Financial Times, By Frits Bolkestein, COMMENT & ANALYSIS: I cannot stand Switzerland cheating on tax
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft10-07-02/ft10-07-02.shtml

October 6, 2002, The Financial Times, By George Parker and Francesco Guerrera and Ed Crooks, Some EU states 'trying to prevent tax deal'
http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=St oryFT&cid=1033848735522

October 6, 2002, This is LONDON, by Dan Atkinson, Brown steps up fight on tax-dodgers
http://www.thisislondon.com/news/business/articles/timid53982

October 3, 2002, The Economist Intelligence Unit , Stand-off with EU
http://www.viewswire.com/index.asp?layout=display_article&doc_id=212384

October 2, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EU Warns Switzerland That Bilateral Negotiations May Stall Over Savings Tax Issue
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9553

September 28, 2002, Reuters, By Ashley Seager , Savings tax proposal runs into trouble
http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=N2IECQT0GPWBSCRBAELCFF A?type=businessNews&storyID=1508736

September 28, 2002, Reuters, Swiss banks welcome U.S. opposition to EU tax plan
http://money.iwon.com/jsp/nw/nwdt_rt.jsp?section=news&news_id=reu-l26256664&fe ed=reu&date=20020926&cat=INDUSTRY

September 26, 2002, The Financial Times, By Edward Alden, US Opposes Sharing Information on Savings Taxation: White House Advisers Come out Against European Request For Data On Foreign-Held Accounts: http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft09-26-02/ft09-26-02.shtml

September 26, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Mike Godfrey, White House Again Opposes EU Information-Sharing Proposals
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9507

September 26, 2002, The Financial Times, By Edward Alden and Francesco Guerrera, US endangers Brown savings tax plan
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft09-26-02b/ft09-26-02b.shtml

September 26, 2002, AccountancyMagazine.com, by Bob Reynolds, US scuppers EU savings directive: Americans decline to support European information exchange initiative
http://www.accountancymag.co.uk/DisplayFullNewsItem.asp?ItemKey=4772&Section Key=

September 17, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, Cayman Leader Promises To Fight EU Tax Initiative
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9406

September 12, 2002, Wall Street Journal Online: Review & Outlook, Mighty Little Luxembourg
http://online.wsj.com/article_email/0,,SB1031774448239965315,00.html

September 12, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Luxembourg Opposed To EU's Sanction Plans For Switzerland
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9360

September 4, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Mike Godfrey, US Administration Battles Treasury Over Information-Exchange
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9279

August 28, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Mike Godfrey, CFP Reaction To US Information Sharing Plans Mixed
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9203

August 12, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Mike Godfrey, Taxpayers' Union Director Attacks EU Information-Sharing Regime
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=9046

August 1, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Mike Godfrey, US Treasury Warms Over Clinton-Era Bank Interest Tax Rules
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=8951

August 1, 2002, International Money Marketing, EU savings tax directive "dead", say US groups
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/imm08-01-02/imm08-01-02.shtml

July 31, 2002, The Bureau of National Affairs, Thomas Mulls Hearing on EU Savings Tax, Nonresident Alien Interest Reporting Rules
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/bna07-31-02/bna07-31-02.shtml

July 31 2002, The Financial Times, By George Parker and Francesco Guerrera, Accounting controls on EU budget 'unreliable'
http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=St oryFT&cid=1028126224771&p=1012571727085

July 30, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Mike Godfrey, US Administration Repeats Opposition To EU Savings Tax
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=8933

July 29, 2002, Swiss Info, Pressure eases on banking secrecy as EU tax plan unravels
http://www2.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=111&sid=1243673

July 26, 2002, The Independent (London), Outlook: A taxing matter the Bush Administration can ill afford to can
http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=318466

July 25, 2002, The Bureau of National Affairs, Treasury, EU Still in Contact on Savings Tax; Interest Group Asserts White House Rejection
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/bna07-25-02/bna07-25-02.shtml

July 25, 2002, The Bureau of National Affairs, Treasury, EU Still in Contact on Savings Tax; Interest Group Asserts White House Rejection
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/bna07-25-02/bna07-25-02.shtml

July 25, 2002, Tax-News.com, CFP Says EU Savings Directive Is Dead
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=8902

July 20, 2002, Financial Times, by Luis Suarez-Villa, Letters To The Editor: Wrong way to tackle EU's tax evaders
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft07-20-02/ft07-20-02.shtml

July 17, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Mike Godfrey, Mitchell Argues Against EU Savings Tax Directive, For Flat Tax
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=8812

July 15, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Savings Tax Directive Doomed Unless Swiss Cooperate, Says EU Presidency
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=8782

July 11, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Amanda Banks, Cayman Media Warns On EU Savings Tax Directive
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=8762

July 11, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Mike Godfrey, Washington Foundation Attacks EU Tax Exports
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=8754

June 27, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Mike Godfrey, EU Claims That US Supports Savings Tax Directive
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=8621

June 20, 2002, Tax-News.com, by Mike Godfrey, The US Starts To Recognize EU 'Information Exchange' Problem
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=8553

May 24, 2002, The Bureau of National Affairs, by Joe Kirwin, EU Workers 20 Percent Less Efficient Than U.S. Workers, Commission Report Says
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/bna05-24-02/bna05-24-02.shtml

Link to 2002 European Competitiveness Report
http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/enterprise_policy/competitiveness/doc/competitive ness_report_2002/cr_2002.pdf

May 13, 2002, Swiss Info , Talks on closer EU ties remain in limbo
http://www2.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=111&sid=1136865

May 13, 2002, Swiss Info, EU lashes out at Swiss over taxation
http://www2.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=111&sid=1139030

May 3, 2002, Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, Global Taxation and the United Nations: A Review of Proposals
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/CRS-RL31405.pdf

February 26, 2002, Tax-News.com , by Jason Gorringe, Ireland Rejects Tax Harmonisation Proposal
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=7427

Friday, 22 February 2002, AFX Europe, Ireland rejects idea of EU tax harmonisation
http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=020222008523

February 9, 2002, Prof Richard Vedder, Remarks to the Taxpayers Association of Europe's International Taxpayers Conference, Kiev, Ukraine, Prosperity or Stagnation?
http://www.taxpayers-europe.org/html/redeve_1.HTM

No. 1, 2002, Lithuania in the World, By R¥ta Vainien¥, The More the Better: but not Taxes! Tax and spend is hardly the recipe for economic success
http://www.freema.org/NewsLetter/tax.budget/2002.1.more.phtml

February 8, 2002, The Associated Press, White House Raps EU Internet Tax
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A46645-2002Feb8.html

January/February 2002, American Enterprise Institute -- Federalist Outlook, by Michael S. Greve, New Insights from the Old Continent
http://www.aei.org/fo/fo13673.htm

December 7, 2001, Bureau of National Affairs, by Myrna Zelaya-Quesada, Experts Praise EU Harmonization Effort But Foresee Difficulties With Transition
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/bna12-07-01/bna12-07-01.shtml

December 6, 2001, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EU Talks On Savings Tax Directive Collapse
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=6584

December 5, 2001, Bureau of National Affairs, by Joe Kirwin, Luxembourg, Austria Raise Obstacles To EU Cross-Border Savings Tax Plan
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/bna12-05-01/bna12-05-01.shtml

Tax-News.com, July 25,2001, by Ulrika Lomas, Belgium Becoming Europe's Newest Tax Haven
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=4614

July 25, 2001, Democrats Chase After Runaway Tax Slaves, by Paul Craig Roberts
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/paulcraigroberts/pcr20010725.shtml

July 19, 2001, Taxing Away Freedoms, by Paul Craig Roberts
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/paulcraigroberts/pcr20010719.shtml

April 6, 2001, Wall Street Journal, Editorial, The Next Kyoto?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsj04-06-01/wsj04-06-01.shtml

April 4, 2001, Wall Street Journal Europe, Editorial, The Next Kyoto?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsje04-04-01/wsje04-04-01.shtml

Wall Street Journal Europe: Swiss voters emphatically rejected a proposal to open negotiations for European Union membership:
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsje03-08-01/wsje03-08-01.shtml

BNA: Bond Exemption, Swiss Vote Among Factors Threatening Progress on EU Savings Tax Pact
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/bna03-08-01/bna03-08-01.shtml

April 2001, NBER Working Paper No.w8198, "Inequality and Happiness: Are Europeans and Americans Different?" by Alberto Alesina, Rafael Di Tella, Robert MacCulloch
http://papers.nber.org/papers/w8198

December 13, 2001, EUBusiness.com, EU delays savings tax decision a year after Austria, Luxembourg balk
http://www.eubusiness.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=66472

December 14, 2001, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EU Savings Directive Stumbling At Laeken
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=6710

December 2001, Cato Institute, by Veronique de Rugy, European Union Tax Cartel is Bad for US Economy
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/rugy12-01/rugy12-01.shtml

 

Op-eds and Commentary on the Europeans Union Savings Tax Directive

June 17, 2004, The Wall Street Journal, Review & Outlook: A Constitutional Farce
http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB108742688684339437,00.html?mod=opinion

June 17, 2004, The Market Center Blog, EU constitution is a farce.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#175

June 16, 2004, The Wall Street Journal, Review & Outlook: America's Poorest
http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB108733597120937923,00.html?mod=opinion

June 16, 2004, The Market Center Blog, The United States leaves the EU in the dust.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#164

June 1, 2004, The Washington Times, By Richard W. Rahn, Europe's new oppressors
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20040531-094326-7425r.htm\

June 1, 2004, The Market Center Blog, Former Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist condemns tax harmonization.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/blog/2004-06/2004-06.shtml#012

May 19, 2004, Tech Central Station, By Daniel J. Mitchell, Paris, Taxes
http://www.techcentralstation.com/051904A.html

May 17, 2004, The Wall Street Journal, By John W. Miller, As Gregor Samsa Awoke to Less Red Tape ... Belgian Lawmaker Evokes Kafka in Trying to Cut Back On Stifling Bureaucracy
http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB108474055398512664,00.html (subscription required)

May 6, 2004, Tech Central Station, By James K. Glassman, Revolutionaries Join Europe
http://www.techcentralstation.com/050604F.html

April 30, 2004, American Enterprise Institute, By Peter Chapman, Schröder tax plan dubbed 'economically illiterate'
http://www.aei.org/research/nai/news/newsID.20400,projectID.11/news_detail.asp

April 22, 2004, The Economist, The voters' charter: Why Tony Blair is right to propose a national referendum on the draft EU constitution
http://www.economist.com/opinion/displayStory.cfm?story_id=2610999

April 22, 2004, Cato Institute, by Marian L. Tupy, Mitteleuropa: German Threat Resurgent
http://www.cato.org/dailys/04-22-04.html

April 21, 2004, The Independent, By Andrew Grice, 'Let the people have the final say. Let the issue be put. Let the battle be joined': Tony Blair, The House of Commons, Yesterday
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=513639

April 14, 2004, TechCentralStation.com, By Marian L. Tupy, Mitteleuropa: German Threat Resurgent
http://www.techcentralstation.be/041404A.html

April 11, 2004, Scotsman.com, by Allister Heath, Heading for reform or oblivion
http://business.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=409012004

April 8, 2004, Tech Central Station, by Daniel J. Mitchell, The Constitution Europe Needs
http://www.techcentralstation.com/040804A.html

March 26, 2004, The Economist, Revived to die another day?
http://www.economist.com/agenda/displayStory.cfm?story_id=2550082

March 10, 2004, Tech Central Station, By Daniel J. Mitchell, Avoid This STD!
http://www.techcentralstation.be/031004A.html

March 3, 2004, The Wall Street Journal – Europe, By Daniel J. Mitchell, Europe Has Caught Tax-Cut Fever
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wjse03-03-04/wjse03-03-04.shtml

February 6, 2004, Wall Street Journal, By Mark Hunter, Something Is Rotten In the State of France
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsj02-06-04/wsj02-06-04.shtml

February 4, 2004, The Washington Post, By Robert J. Samuelson, The European Predicament
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A10 79 6-2004Feb3&notFound=true

February 4, 2004, Tech Central Station, By Marian L. Tupy, Good Unintended Consequences
http://www.techcentralstation.com/020404E.html

February 2004, Prospect, by Tim King, French favours: A decade of corruption trials has chastened the French elite. But few heads have rolled and little has changed. What are the roots of French corruption?
http://www.prospect-magazine.co.uk/start.asp?P_Article=12357

February 1, 2004, The Heartland Institute, By: John Skorburg, Slovakia Adopts Personal Retirement Accounts: Social security reform movement gains steam across the globe
http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artID=14327

January 27, 2004, Weekly Standard, by Irwin M. Stelzer, Europe's Wishful Thinking: The European Union wants to have a bigger economy than America and their welfare state, too.
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/659rsfvm.asp?pg=1

January 26, 2004, Institute of Economic Affairs, By John Blundell and Gerald Frost, Friend or Foe? What Americans should know about the European Union
http://www.iea.org.uk/files/upld-article71pdf?.pdf

January 16, 2004, National Review Online, David Frum's Diary, Communication Gap
http://www.nationalreview.com/frum/diary011604.asp

December 1, 2003, The Heartland Institute, By Veronique de Rugy, U.S. Companies Become EU Tax Collectors
http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=13768

November 29, 2003, The Washington Times, By Daniel J. Mitchell, Slovakia: Hong Kong of Eastern Europe
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20031128-080101-2672r.htm

November 25, 2003, The Washington Times, By Arnaud de Borchgrave, Czech warns Europe of 'dream world' woes
http://washingtontimes.com/world/20031124-110833-1781r.htm

November 4, 2003, Tech Central Station, By Sandy Schulz, Courting International Law
http://www.techcentralstation.com/110403A.html

November 7, 2003, The Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, by Ronald D. Utt, Have the Tax Cuts Saved America from Eurosclerosis?
http://www.heritage.org/Research/Taxes/BG1702.cfm

October 7, 2003, Wall Street Journal – Europe, By Angelo M. Petroni, Your Liberty Is at Risk: In the EU's New Constitution
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsje10-07-03/wsje10-07-03.shtml

October 6, 2003, Forbes, by Paul Johnson, Europe's Utopian Hangover
http://www.forbes.com/columnists/free_forbes/2003/1006/037.html

Spring 2003, The Independent Review, by James B. Burnham, Why Ireland Boomed
http://www.independent.org/tii/media/pdf/tir74burnham.pdf

September 16, 2003, The Weekly Standard, by Irwin M. Stelzer, European Holiday: Europeans wonder why Americans have it so good. The answer: We work hard for it while they take vacations
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/123ezraq.asp

September 11, 2003, Tech Central Station, By Kevin Hassett, Europe's Good Idea
http://www.techcentralstation.com/091103I.html

September 11, 2003, Tech Central Station, By Jean-Christophe Mounicq, Swedish Sense
http://www.techcentralstation.com/092503E.html

September 4, 2003, Cato Institute, by Veronique de Rugy, European Politicians Want to Tax U.S. Companies
http://www.cato.org/dailys/09-04-03.html

September 2, 2003, Dennis Prager: Socialism kills
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/dp20030902.shtml

August 17, 2003, The Washington Times, By Alan Reynolds, Europe's dabbling hands in U.S. business affairs
http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20030816-105050-5315r.htm

August 4, 2003, Tech Central Station Europe, by William Niskanen, A More Perfect Union
http://www.techcentralstation.be/2051/wrapper.jsp?PID=2051-100&CID=2051-080403M

July 30, 2003, National Review Online, by Michael Novak, Anti-American European? Read this!
http://www.nationalreview.com/novak/novak073003.asp

July 27, 2003, The Washington Post, by George F. Will, A Botched Constitution
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48554-2003Jul25.html

July 24, 2003, National Review Online, by Michael Novak, North Atlantic Community, European Community: Part II: What is causing the recent cleavages?
http://www.nationalreview.com/novak/novak072403.asp

July 22, 2003, National Review Online, by Andrew Stuttaford, Bullying Berlusconi: Why they hate him.
http://www.nationalreview.com/stuttaford/stuttaford072203.asp

July 9, 2003, Tech Central Station Europe, by Jeremy Slater, When Efficiency Is Bad
http://www.techcentralstation.be/2051/wrapper.jsp?PID=2051-100&CID=2051-070903N

July 8, 2003, Cato Institute, by Richard Pollock, The New Europe Looks a Little Like `1984'
http://www.cato.org/dailys/07-08-03.html

July 3, 2003, The Washington Times, By Richard W. Rahn, Global greed screed
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20030702-083259-7419r.htm

July 2, 2003, Tech Central Station Europe, by Marian L. Tupy, Socialism's Farewell Note
http://www.techcentralstation.be/2051/wrapper.jsp?PID=2051-100&CID=2051-070203M

June 16, 2003, CNET News.com, By Declan McCullagh, Why Europe still doesn't get the Internet
http://news.com.com/2010-1071_3-1017333.html

June 14, 2003, The New Republic, by Andrew Sullivan, The Euro Menace: The USE Vs The USA
http://www.andrewsullivan.com/main_article.php?artnum=20030614

June 12, 2003, The Washington Times, By Richard W. Rahn, Economic murder-suicide
http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20030611-093247-4381r.htm

June 9, 2003, Tech Central Station, by Roger Bate, Paradise Lost
http://www.techcentralstation.be/2051/wrapper.jsp?PID=2051-100&CID=2051-060903N

May 8, 2003, The Wall StreetJournal (Europe), From Four Freedoms To 1,500 Rules
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsje05-08-03/wsje05-08-03.shtml

May 1, 2003, Times Online (London), by Anatole Kaletsky, Capitalism is humanity's most benign creation
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,482-664908,00.html

February 26, 2003, Daniel Mitchell, Testimony before Joint Economic Committee on the 2003 Economic Report of the President
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/jec-mitchell.pdf

February 6, 2003, The Washington Times, by Richard Rahn, The economic ruin of Europe
http://washingtontimes.com/commentary/20030206-88342696.htm

Summer 2002-03, Policy (The Centre for Independent Studies), David R. Burton, Towards a Global Tax Cartel
http://www.cis.org.au/policy/summer02-03/polsumm0203-2.htm

February 3, 2003, The Nassau Institute, by Dan Mitchell, Time to Stiff-Arm the OECD
http://www.nassauinstitute.org/news/articles.asp?m=1&c=100&p=0&cat=GUEST%20AU THORS&a=271

January 24, 2003, The Sovereign Society Offshore A-Letter, by Bob Bauman, This Mouse Will Roar
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ss01-24-03/ss01-24-0 3.shtml

January 20, 2003, The Wall Street Journal, By Brian M. Carney, Europe's Tiny Tax Havens Have Survival Skills
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsj01-20-03/wsj01-20-03.shtml

November 7, 2002, The Washington Times, by Daniel J. Mitchell, European cult of multilateralism
http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20021107-15891175.htm

October 10 2002, Financial Times, by Daniel J. Mitchell and Veronique de Rugy, Letter to the Editor: Forget the Swiss, Mr Bolkestein. Pick on someone your own size - the US
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft10-10-02/ft10-10-02.shtml

October 7, 2002, The Wall Street Journal (Europe), By Brian M. Carney, Who Is Protected By EU Privacy Rules?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsje10-07-02/wsje10-07-02.shtml

September 10, 2002, The Heritage Foundation, Edwin J. Feulner's letter to Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill on Global Tax Competition
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/ltr/feulner/feulner.shtml

July 25, 2002, WSJ-E: Mitchell & Quinlan -- The End of Europe's Savings-Tax Cartel
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsje07-25-02/wsje07-25-02.shtml

July 20, 2002, Financial Times, by Luis Suarez-Villa, Letters To The Editor: Wrong way to tackle EU's tax evaders
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ft07-20-02/ft07-20-02.shtml

July/August 2002 , Foreign Policy, by Dan Mitchell, Between the Lines: Havens Can Wait
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/between-the-lines.pdf

July 25, 2002, The Wall Street Journal - Europe , Editorial, American Unilateralism Exists
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsje07-25-02b/wsje07-25-02b.shtml

July 22, 2002, National Review Online, by Eric V. Schlecht, Bringing Us All Down
http://www.nationalreview.com/nrof_schlecht/schlecht072202.asp

July 3, 2002, The Wall Street Journal – Europe, By John Blundell, The Global Tax Cartel Cometh
http://www.iea.org.uk/record.php?type=feature&ID=16

July 2, 2002, Cato Institute, by Veronique de Rugy, Bush Should Reject European Tax Cartel
http://www.cato.org/dailys/07-02-02.html

July 1, 2002, National Review Online, By Daniel J. Mitchell, Making U.S. More Like Europe: The war on our economy.
http://www.nationalreview.com/nrof_comment/comment-mitchell070102.asp

June 7, 2002, National Review Online, By Veronique de Rugy, Repel the Cartel: EU tax collectors are assaulting American sovereignty.
http://www.nationalreview.com/nrof_comment/comment-derugy060702.asp

June 4, 2002, National Post, By Veronique de Rugy, Europe lobbies U.S. for a tax cartel: Lower tax rates and simplification are better ways to stop tax evasion
http://www.cato.org/research/articles/rugy-020604.html

May 31, 2002, Capitalism Magazine, By Daniel J. Mitchell, The European Union Wants to Tax You!
http://www.capitalismmagazine.com/2002/may/her_eu_tax.htm

Spring 2002, The International Economy, by Dan Mitchell, EU Tax Trap
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/mitchell4.pdf

April 2002, The Atlantic Monthly, by Walter Russell Mead, The Case Against Europe: The very things that Europeans think make their political judgment better than Americans' actually make it worse
http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2002/04/mead.htm

April 24 2002, The Financial Times, by Graham Mather, A flawed tax plan: Britain's proposed replacement for the EU withholding tax is causing more problems than the original, says
http://news.ft.com/ft/gx.cgi/ftc?pagename=View&c=Article&cid=FT3EZA9JF0D

April 3, 2002, National Review Online, by Dan Mitchell, The EU's Tax Attack
http://www.nationalreview.com/nrof_comment/comment-mitchell040302.asp

February 9, 2002, Prof Richard Vedder, Remarks to the Taxpayers Association of Europe's International Taxpayers Conference, Kiev, Ukraine, Prosperity or Stagnation?
http://www.taxpayers-europe.org/html/redeve_1.HTM

December 2001, Cato Institute, by Veronique de Rugy, European Union Tax Cartel is Bad for US Economy
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/rugy12-01/rugy12-01.shtml

October 2001, The Centre for the New Europe, by Norman Barry, Competitive Federalism: The Case of the European Union
http://www.cne-network.org/cne/pub/barry.pdf

October 1, 2001, Competitive Enterprise Institute, by Stephen Entin, "New Threats To Foreign Investment: The U.S. Treasury And Information-Sharing"
http://www.cei.org/MonoReader.asp?ID=1673

April 6, 2001, Wall Street Journal, Editorial, The Next Kyoto?
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsj04-06-01/wsj04-06-01.shtml

 

Third Ranking Republican in U.S. Senate Denounces the EU's Savings Tax Directive

Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who serves as Chairman of the Republican Conference, asked Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill to be "equally skeptical toward the European Union's proposed Savings Tax Directive" as O'Neill was toward the OECD's "harmful tax competition" scheme. The following are excerpts from the letter:

"Tax competition between nations is a liberalizing force in the world economy, one that forces policy-makers to be more fiscally responsible lest they drive economic activity to competing jurisdictions with lower tax burdens. . . . I urge you to be equally skeptical toward the European Union's proposed Savings Tax Directive. As a low-tax country by industrial world standards, the United States has little if anything to gain by participating in a tax cartel designed to help high-tax nations . . . . Governments, like private businesses, should be subjected to the discipline of market competition." Below is a link to the full letter:
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/ltr/santorum/santorum.shtml

 

US Rep. Pete Sessions asks the EU to answer a "few simple questions."

Congressman Pete Sessions of Texas, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives' powerful Rules Committee, has taken a leadership role in Congress on the European Union's Savings Tax Directive. Mr. Sessions sent a letter today to Mr. Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission, asking him to "answer a few simple questions[.]" The Congressman plans on sharing the President's responses with the rest of Congress because "it is difficult to understand why members of Congress should support a scheme that would undermine America's competitive advantage in the global economy."

The six questions asked:

1) Do you think sovereign nations have the right to determine how income earned inside their borders is taxed?

2) Have EU member nations considered tax rate reductions and tax reforms as an alternative way of stopping capital flight?

3) Even if the six non-EU nations participate, is the EU's Savings Tax Directive feasible? Won't savings simply gravitate to other jurisdictions (in Asia and elsewhere) outside of the proposed cartel?

4) The Savings Tax Directive assumes that there should be multiple taxation of income that is saved and invested. But if a nation reforms its tax system to eliminate double-taxation, would that nation still be expected to collect data on savings even if such information was not needed for domestic purposes?

5) Should taxpayers have due-process legal protections, such as the right to contest the release of confidential financial information?

The following is a link to the full letter:
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/ltr/sessions-eu/sessions-eu.shtml

 

Dozens of Congressional Letters on the OECD and EU Tax Harmonization and Information Exchange Schemes
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/congress/congress.shtml

 

UK Treasury attacks EU tax plans

[Excerpt from www.no-euro.com newsletter: Main events 26 April – 2 May 2002 link
http://www.no-euro.com/mediacentre/archive.asp?ID=55

4. [UK] Treasury attacks EU tax plans

* The [UK] Treasury this week attacked EU plans for a single system for calculating corporate tax across the EU. The [UK] Treasury fears that the system would be a first step to the upward harmonisation of corporate tax in Britain.

* A [UK] Treasury spokesman said, "we won't support any action at the EU level that would threaten jobs and the competitiveness of UK business" (Guardian, 1 May).

* Tax Commissioner Frits Bolkestein first made his gradual harmonisation plan explicit in February 2001, saying "taxes should be raised on a similar basis. Then we will see what happens to tax rates..." (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22 February 2001).

* The Commission's tax plan confirms the relentless drive to harmonise UK corporate tax up to Eurozone levels. Outside the euro we can block plans which would damage UK businesses. But in the euro it would be far more difficult to prevent a gradual loss of control over tax.

 

CF&P: The OECD Lays an Egg: Low-Tax Jurisdictions Will Achieve Final Victory When EU Savings Tax Directive is Defeated (April 2002)

CF&P President Andrew F. Quinlan said:

This announcement of a new "blacklist" is a non-event. The OECD agenda is a combination of imperialism (they targeted small jurisdictions) and hypocrisy (they did not apply the same rules to developed nations). Fortunately, the "commitments" made by low-tax jurisdictions are not binding unless all OECD member nations agree to the same misguided rules. This is why stopping the EU Savings Tax Directive is now a top priority.

This will not happen. Extraterritorial taxation is not in the U.S.'s best interests. The U.S. needs to take this opportunity and reform its tax system to attract more overseas capital, not scare it away. The Center for Freedom and Prosperity will work hard over the next several months to insure that all lawmakers, policy makers, opinion leaders and taxpayers are aware of the threat that tax harmonization schemes from the OECD and EU pose to America's national interests. [Link to full CF&P press release below:]
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/press/p04-18-02/p04-18-02.shtml

 

CF&P Strategic Memo: Paris has Surrendered, Onward to Brussels (March 2002)

[Excerpt from memo]
The OECD's attack against low-tax jurisdictions ended with a pathetic whimper. The February 28 deadline arrived and the Paris-based bureaucracy did not receive a single meaningful "commitment." Most low-tax jurisdictions ignored the OECD's imperialist demands. And the handful of regimes that did capitulate included the so-called "Isle of Man clause" in their commitment letter. This means that they are not obliged to acquiesce until and unless every single OECD member nation agrees to obey the same misguided practices.

The OECD, of course, is trying to downplay its stunning defeat. But no amount of "spin" can alter the facts. The "rich man's club" failed in its effort to create a fiscal cartel for the benefit of high-tax nations. But don't believe me. Go to the OECD website and read the "commitment letters" that arrived in June 2000 and compare those documents to the letters that arrived last week. They are all available at http://www.oecd.org/EN/document/0,,EN-document-22-nodirectorate-no-4-4393-22,FF.h tml (but don't be surprised if the OECD pulls down this web-page to mask its embarrassment).

While it is tempting to rest on our laurels and enjoy the OECD's humiliation, the war is far from over and attention now shifts to Brussels. Specifically, our top objective now is to derail the European Union's Savings Tax Directive. This misguided proposal would require unlimited and automatic information sharing between nations. Every EU nation would be expected to take part in this scheme, as would all EU territories and six non-EU nations (Switzerland, the United States, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Liechtenstein).

Link to full memo below:
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/memos/m03-04-02/m03-04-02.shtml

 

CF&P Strategic Memo: A Christmas present from Europe . . . The EU's infamous Savings Tax Directive is in disarray (December 2001)

"What a nice way to end the year. The European Union's infamous Savings Tax Directive is in disarray. It may not be clinically dead, but it is in a coma, kept alive only by a respirator, artificial heart, and the desperate wails of greedy politicians from high-tax nations.

"First, some background: The EU Savings Tax Directive seeks to mandate automatic and unlimited exchange of information between nations with regards to nonresident savings. That is the bad news. The good news is that EU tax harmonization schemes require unanimous support from all member nations, meaning that the handful of EU nations with some respect for financial privacy – Austria, Luxembourg, and Belgium – have veto power. Moreover, the EU's proposed cartel is contingent on the participation of six non-EU nations, including Switzerland, the U.S., Liechtenstein, and Monaco (plus U.K. territories).

"A strong and principled stand by just one nation is enough to kill this anti-growth initiative. The "veto" can be cast by an EU member nation, or it can be cast by one of the six nations that the EU has targeted. Actually, victory does not even require a strong and principled stand. It only requires that one nation do the right thing, even if it is for the wrong reason.

"In any event, the right thing is happening. The EU cannot get an agreement. The initiative has been shelved for "further study." Translated into real world English, the proposal is "road kill." There are three elements of this issue that warrant further discussion: . . ." Select link below the full complete version of the strategic memo:
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/memos/m12-21-01/m12-21-01.shtml

 

Competitive Enterprise Institute: Report on Dangers of Information Exchange to U.S. Economy

A new report says proposed IRS rules killing US foreign investor privacy could cost the US billions of dollars in foreign savings. Link below:

October 1, 2001, Competitive Enterprise Institute, by Stephen Entin, "New Threats To Foreign Investment: The U.S. Treasury And Information-Sharing"
http://www.cei.org/MonoReader.asp?ID=1673

 

The European Union: Less Growth, Fewer Jobs, and Higher Taxes

We never though we would be highlighting a publication produced by the bureaucrats in Brussels, but the EU has a new publication that concisely explains that the EU is falling further and further behind the United States. Even more amusing, the report shows that the two EU nations doing the best are Luxembourg and Ireland, both of which have low-tax policies that cause considerable dismay for the tax-aholics in Berlin and Paris.

Chapter Two from the European Competitiveness Report 2001 (PDF file linked below)
http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/enterprise_policy/competitiveness/doc/competitiv eness_report_2001/chapter_2.pdf

 

Cato Paper: International Tax Competition -- A 21st-Century Restraint on Government

[Excerpt]
As economic integration increases, individuals and businesses gain greater freedom to take advantage of foreign economic opportunities. That, in turn, increases the sensitivity of investment and location decisions to taxation. Countries feel pressure to reduce tax rates to avoid driving away their tax bases. International "tax competition" is increasing as capital and labor mobility rises.

Most industrial countries have pursued tax reforms to ensure that their economies remain attractive for investment. The average top personal income tax rate in the major industrial countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has fallen 20 percentage points since 1980. The average top corporate income tax rate has fallen 6 percentage points in just the past six years.

Rising tax competition has caused governments to also adopt defensive rules to prevent residents and businesses from enjoying lower tax rates abroad. In the United States, such tax rules are hugely complex and affect the ability of U.S. companies to compete in world markets. Other defensive responses to tax competition include proposals to harmonize taxes across countries and to restrict countries from offering tax climates that are too hospitable to foreign investment inflows.

Those defensive responses to tax competition are a dead end. They do nothing to promote economic growth or reform inefficient tax systems. A more constructive response to tax competition would be to learn from foreign reforms and adopt pro-growth tax policies at home. The United States should be a leader but has fallen behind on tax reform. For example, the United States now has one of the highest corporate tax rates among major nations. The chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, Glenn Hubbard, believes that "from an income tax perspective, the United States has become one of the least attractive industrial countries in which to locate the headquarters of a multinational corporation." [Link to full paper below:]
http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa431.pdf

 

Mitchell: The EU'S Tax Attack on High-Tech and Internet Sales

This isn't the first time Europe has tried to undermine our fiscal sovereignty. The European Union already has dragged the United States before the World Trade Organization in an attempt to compel American lawmakers to impose higher taxes on U.S. companies. The EU also wants American officials to weaken financial privacy laws, so they can reach across the Atlantic and tax the money that Europeans have deposited in our banks and invested in our stock market. This so-called "Savings Tax Directive" could drive hundreds of billions, perhaps even trillions, of dollars from the U.S. economy. [Link to full article below:]

April 3, 2002, National Review Online, The EU's Tax Attack
http://www.nationalreview.com/nrof_comment/comment-mitchell040302.asp.

Also available on the Heritage Foundation website
http://www.heritage.org/views/2002/ed032802.html

 

EU's Major Set Back. . . Savings Tax Cartel Collapses…for Now (December 2001)

Talks over a European Union plan to create a cartel for the purpose of double-taxing income that is saved and invested collapsed after Luxembourg and Austria objected to the plan. This could be a huge victory for supporters of market liberalization and fiscal competition, but it is not time to celebrate. The bureaucrats intend to meet later this week in an effort to resuscitate their dangerous initiative.

'Luxembourg's position is not open to change and will not change,' said the principality's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker. Full article linked below:

December 6, 2001, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, EU Talks On Savings Tax Directive Collapse
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=6584

December 5, 2001, Bureau of National Affairs, by Joe Kirwin, Luxembourg, Austria Raise Obstacles To EU Cross-Border Savings Tax Plan
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/bna12-05-01/bna12-05-01.shtml

 

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder lets the cat out of the bag (March 2002)

It is refreshing when a leader of one of the EU's leading countries comes out and lets the world know what the EU's real agenda for the rest of the world – harmonizing tax rates upward. The BBC news story reports in part:

[Excerpt]
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has stepped into the growing row over Britain's policy on Europe by calling for taxes to be set at an EU level.

In an interview with The Times newspaper, the German leader called for the "Europeanisation" of "everything to do with economic and financial policy".

He said the EU should determine taxation policies in member states. His comments will be seized upon by the Conservatives as further evidence of moves towards a federal European state. [link to full article below]

February 22, 2002, BBC NEWS, 'EU should decide taxes' – Schroeder
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk_politics/newsid_1835000/1835349.stm

 

The Same Old Song…You Can't Spell Tax Harmonization Without EU (April 2002)

From www.no-euro.com newsletter: Main events: 22 March - 28 March 2002 link:
http://www.no-euro.com/bulletin133.asp

[Excerpt]
3. Britain in Europe completely wrong on tax harmonisation

* In a new pamphlet, Britain in Europe (BiE) have claimed that there is no agenda in the Eurozone for tax harmonisation and that harmonisation is only proposed by an "occasional maverick supporter". In the foreword for the pamphlet, BiE's Chairman, Lord Marshall, writes that "the argument in Europe is about tax competition, not tax harmonisation."

* The claims that tax harmonisation has only an "occasional maverick supporter" is ridiculous. In his recently-published election manifesto (see below), French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin said, "the coordination of economic policies should be considerably increased, to be able to react efficiently to external shocks. I propose, in terms of corporate tax, that the tax bases should be harmonised and that a minimum rate should be fixed. This would be the first step towards a European tax ... Furthermore, I propose that, in order to be able to harmonise taxes in Europe, fiscal decisions which will affect the Internal Market should be made by QMV and not by unanimity. The same should be the case for social harmonisation" (Je m'engage, 22 March).

* Jospin's comments are just the latest in a long line by senior Eurozone politicians.

* In a joint article in the FT (8 March), Pascal Lamy, the EU Trade Commissioner said, "a natural first step would be to harmonise the tax bases and to adopt minimum tax rates but the ultimate goal should be the creation of a European corporate income tax whose proceeds would either finance the EU or be allocated to Member States." Lamy continued, "to get there, we may need qualified majority voting on tax matters relating to the single market: controversial in the UK, perhaps, but a logical development."

* In an interview with Le Monde on 7 March, French President Jacques Chirac called for "genuine fiscal harmonisation in Europe", saying that "in an open, competitive Europe with a common currency, it is damaging for the French to always be taxed more than everyone else."

* In an interview with the Times on 22 February, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called for the "Europeanisation" of "everything to do with economic and financial policy".

* The euro lobby has consistently refused to acknowledge that there is a tax harmonisation agenda in the Eurozone. They need to explain how the euro can work without any system of fiscal transfers, a large centralised budget, and further political integration.

 

What a Surprise! Former Clinton Official Endorses EU's Tax Harmonization Scheme (December 2001)

  Joseph Guttentag, former international tax counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department, endorses the European Union's Tax Harmonization agenda. This hardly comes as a surprise. We wonder if Mr. Guttentag has read CF&P Foundation's comprehensive study showing why tax harmonization is a threat to America's competitive advantage. More importantly, we wonder if it would do any good if he did read the report? Link to CFPF report below and article on Guttentag's comments:

December 7, 2001, Bureau of National Affairs, by Myrna Zelaya-Quesada, Experts Praise EU Harmonization Effort But Foresee Difficulties With Transition
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/bna12-07-01/bna12-07-01.shtml

November 2001, Prosperitas Vol. I Issue IV, by Daniel J. Mitchell, The Adverse Impact of Tax Harmonization and Information Exchange on the U.S. Economy
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/press/p11-27-01/p11-27-01.shtml

 

Norman Barry -- Competitive Federalism: The Case of the European Union

[Excerpt:]
To non-European countries anxious to establish their liberal and democratic credentials admission to the European Union looks very tempting. Believers in the free market were once entranced by its superficial attractiveness. Western Europe was saved from the ravages of socialism by its apparent commitment to capitalism and the relative peace that the continent has experienced since the end of the Second World War is often attributed to Europe's apparent internationalism: though European enthusiasts they seem to forget that the defeat of communism and the preservation of the integrity of Europe were brought about by America rather than the countries of the continent, which were largely free riders on the military strength of the US. No doubt the progenitors of the original European movement towards unity were inspired by the bitter memories of nationalism and a genuine fear of communism. Again, the fact that, through various phases, European countries gradually submitted their legal systems to an international jurisdiction must have encouraged believers in the rule of law to think that Europe's legalism was a welcome departure from that national sovereignty which had so disfigured Europe's history.

It is not so difficult to show, however, that the allure of a free Europe has less substance when it is closely examined. [Link below]

October 2001, The Centre for the New Europe, by Norman Barry, Competitive Federalism: The Case of the European Union
http://www.cne-network.org/cne/pub/barry.pdf

 

Marshall Langer: New EU, U.K., and U.S. Reporting Rules on Bank Deposit Interest Paid to Nonresidents

Marshall Langer, an international renowned tax attorney, spoke at the European-American Tax Institute's 24th Annual Congress in Barcelona in November on bank deposit interest reporting rules. Dr. Langer's remarks were published in the January 28, 2002 issue of Tax Notes International. Link to PDF of story below:
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/langer2.pdf

 

Treasury's Barbara Angus said that the U.S. taxation of foreign income should move toward a territorial system for taxing multinational corporations

Both the Bureau of National Affairs and the Worldwide Tax Daily report that Barbara Angus, the Treasury Department's international tax counsel, believes that U.S. taxation of foreign income should move toward a territorial system for taxing multinational corporations.

BNA reports: "While a pure territorial system would be very different from a system that taxes worldwide income, Angus said many countries mix the approaches, with territorial countries taxing some foreign income, and worldwide tax countries exempting some foreign income.

"Reform should address fundamental issues, Angus said: what income to tax, how to allocate expenses, and how to lessen the impact on companies and the government.

"In the meantime, Angus said, a number of steps can be taken to simplify current law: narrowing of Subpart F, providing an exception for active financial services income, rationalizing the anti-deferral regimes, and revisiting the expense allocation rules."

 

Dr. Gilbert NMO Morris on International Financial Regulations & The Rule of Law

September 2001, Paper for the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, Dr. Gilbert NMO Morris, International Financial Regulations & The Rule of Law; link below
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Papers/morris3/morris3.shtml

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