Analysis > February 2016

The German who likes Irish Corporation Tax

The head of the German equivalent of Ibec, the BDI, was in Dublin on Friday. With lots to say about the migration crisis, the euro zone debt/banking crisis and Brexit. But Markus Kerber also had an interesting take on the BEPS tax avoidance clampdown.  In short he thinks Germany will be a loser. His reasoning is based on what has happened to German industry over the past two decades.  It has shifted a lot of production out of Germany – …

Gravitational waves discovery vindicates investment in big science

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent Something remarkable happened yesterday. Something scientists will talk about for centuries to come. Something our children’s children will likely read about in science text books as a defining moment in our understanding of physics, astronomy and the very origins of the universe. The first ever discovery of gravitational waves by scientists at the Advanced LIGO collaboration is a momentous achievement, and among the biggest scientific developments in recent decades. Up there with the …