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According to this article, Ireland doesn’t want Apple’s billions. Instead, the Irish government is appealing Europe’s tax ruling, a move that is exposing a rift in a country still feeling the aftershocks from years of harsh cutbacks.

1. What is your opinion of the politically motivated defense?
2. Would you consider Ireland to be a tax haven? Why or why not?
3. What is the unemployment rate in Ireland and what could the money be used for?

Source: Scott, M. (2016) Ireland Doesn’t Want Apple’s Back Taxes, but the Irish Aren’t So Sure. The New York Times, Sep. 11 (Retrievable online at

Kim Jong