Germany: Dutch FM discusses tax country’s tax laws at briefing with Gabriel

Germany: Dutch FM promises to crack down on German tax evaders German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel spoke to the press from the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, on Thursday, alongside his Dutch counterpart Halbe Zijlstra. Zijilstra responded to the recent release of the so-called “Paradise Papers”, which revealed companies using Dutch tax law to avoid paying tax in Germany. He acknowledged, “We... Еще have different positions on tax issues but, as you could have seen, in the new coalition agreement of the new government, we have actually taken measures to lower the amount of tax affording within The Netherlands, which try to avoid tax in a country like Germany, for example.» According to Gabriel, the pair discussed Russia and the conflict in Ukraine during their meeting. Gabriel said of this, «The first step should be a real ceasefire in the East of Ukraine, and then we can discuss further steps. As well as lowering parts of the sanctions. But as long as they’re shooting each other, and there is no progress in that case, we totally agree that in that case we also cannot move.» On Thursday, Gabriel also met with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil, where they discussed the recent resignation of Lebanese PM Saad Hariri, which he announced on television from Saudi Arabia.

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