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Xavier Bettel

The recently hitched Luxembourg Prime Minister.

Not just eye candy.

This morning, outside the Centre Alima I saw Tom Martin, a Luxembourgish homeless friend.
“Hey American in Luxembourg,” he says to me. “You wanna hear a story?”
“Of course,” I say.
Here’s Tom’s story, in his own words:

“This morning, I’m walking around barefoot and I see the prime minister (Xavier Bettel) and he asks me, ‘Where are your shoes, Tom?’ He knows me by name because I’m a nice guy and I don’t cause trouble out here.
“So I tell him someone stole my shoes last night and he says, ‘Come on, let’s get you some shoes.’ So we go to H & M— the prime minister and me — and he buys me these shoes! (A pair of brand-new blue sneakers that had Tom grinning from ear to ear.)

An American In Luxembourg (Facebook)

Thanks Nikkeboentje

Previously: You Are My Destenay

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Colm Keena, in the Irish Times reports:

“Irish food multinational Glanbia has put more than €1 billion into companies in Luxembourg that have no employees but serve to reduce its tax bill here. The companies are the subject of advanced tax agreements (ATAs) negotiated with the tax authorities in Luxembourg and feature in 28,000 pages of leaked documentation from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Luxembourg detailing ATAs with multinational companies around the globe.”

“The leaked documents show how Pepsi, Ikea, FedEx and 340 other companies secured tax deals from Luxembourg, allowing many of them to slash their tax bills while maintaining little presence in the tiny European Union member state.”

“The material also shows how foreign multinationals use Ireland as part of Luxembourg- based structures that reduce their corporation tax bills in the Republic and elsewhere.The documentation was made available to media organisations as part of a major investigation into Luxembourg’s role in global tax avoidance.”

Glanbia’s €1bn Luxembourg move to cut its Irish tax bill (Colm Keena, Irish Times)