Apple Inc. and Ireland agree on an interim deal to put EUR13 billion in an escrow fund for the repayment of back taxes, starting early 2018. Still, both parties refute that the alleged " sweetheart" corporate tax deals were illegal. In 2016, the European Commission found that an unfair advantage of EUR13 billion is to be reimbursed.
To keep EU regulators happy, Apple will begin paying unpaid taxes to Ireland, which will be saved into an escrow account.
The European Commission denies accusations that it broke Ireland's laws against using taxpayers' money on referendum spending after an EU office in Dublin paid EUR150,000 to insert a guide to the Treaty of Lisbon into all Sunday newspapers as the country's second referendum approaches. 2009-09-29 (Context: European Commission, Irish)
The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, mentions four counts of maladministration by the European Commission in the fast-track nomination of Martin Selmayr as its Secretary-General in February. 2018-09-4 (Context: European Commission)
Facebook removes several "InfoWars"-related pages from its platform, for what it describes as glorification of violence and dehumanizing language. YouTube deletes Alex Jones's main account for repeated Terms of Service violations. Apple and Spotify pull Jones's podcasts. Editor Paul Joseph Watson calls Facebook's move "political censorship" on Twitter. 2018-08-6 (Context: Apple)
The European Commission is proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn after a survey found most Europeans opposed it. The Commission proposal requires support from the 28 national governments and MEPs to become law. 2018-08-31 (Context: European Commission)
Apple Inc. becomes the first public company to be worth US$1 trillion. 2018-08-2 (Context: Apple)