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Malta Leaks: Playing the Shell Game in the Mediterranean

Malta Leaks: Playing the Shell Game in the Mediterranean

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2017

Malta poses as a model member of the European Union, but it makes its living off of large European companies seeking to avoid higher tax rates back home. DER SPIEGEL went to the island nation to investigate, and found a lot of empty offices and empty words. more... Comment ]

Dodgy Gaming Business: Malta Plays Fast and Loose with Online Gambling Firms

Dodgy Gaming Business: Malta Plays Fast and Loose with Online Gambling Firms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2017

When it comes to online gaming, Malta is a true paradise. The country's supervisory controls are loose and officials often look the other way, opening the door for possible money laundering and tax evasion, a whistleblower claims. By Christoph Pauly more...


Internal EU Documents: How the Benelux Blocked Anti-Tax Haven Laws

Internal EU Documents: How the Benelux Blocked Anti-Tax Haven Laws

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2015

Internal European Union documents seen by SPIEGEL clearly show how Luxembourg's government, under the leadership of Jean-Claude Juncker, sought to use tax breaks to attract companies to the country. European parliamentarians want to know more. By Markus Becker, Peter Müller and Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

Berlusconi Power Play: Daughter Marina Waits in the Wings

Berlusconi Power Play: Daughter Marina Waits in the Wings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 05, 2013

Silvio Berlusconi's party has threatened to back out of the governing coalition if its leader isn't pardoned for tax evasion. Barring that, Italy's former prime minister seems to have decided on a successor: his daughter Marina. By Hans-Jürgen Schlamp in Rome more... Comment ]


Facing Trial: Bayern Munich President Charged With Tax Evasion

Facing Trial: Bayern Munich President Charged With Tax Evasion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 30, 2013

German prosecutors have filed tax evasion charges against Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness, one of the most prominent figures in German football, after he reported himself to authorities earlier this year over a previously undeclared Swiss bank account. more... Comment ]

(Sm)art Investing: Rich Move Assets from Banks to Warehouses

(Sm)art Investing: Rich Move Assets from Banks to Warehouses

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2013

To avoid paying taxes, the rich are emptying their bank accounts in Switzerland and investing in art. This has spawned a new business of storing such works tax- and duty-free in warehouses across the world. By Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]


Swiss Bank Leaker: 'Money Is Easy to Hide'

Swiss Bank Leaker: 'Money Is Easy to Hide'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 16, 2013

It was the most spectacular bank data leak of recent years: In 2008, former HSBC employee Hervé Falciani disappeared with the information of some 130,000 customers. He tells SPIEGEL he wants to help Europe hunt down its tax dodgers and expose a broken system. more... Comment ]

Latvia and the Euro: Meet the EU's Newest Tax Haven

Latvia and the Euro: Meet the EU's Newest Tax Haven

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 11, 2013

Latvia will become the common currency area's newest member in January 2014 -- the same time that new tax laws go into effect allowing the country to compete with the likes of Cyprus and Malta. This could further destabilize the European economy. By Stefan Schultz in Riga, Latvia more... Comment ]


Corporate Tricks: EU Faces Tough Battle to Close Tax Loopholes

Corporate Tricks: EU Faces Tough Battle to Close Tax Loopholes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 21, 2013

Wealthy businesspeople shift millions of euros abroad while profitable companies use accounting tricks to minimize their taxable earnings and assets. The EU finally wants to create effective policies to curb these practices, but faces strong opposition from member states. By Christoph Pauly and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Georg Baselitz: Tax Officials Search Home of Famous German Artist

Georg Baselitz: Tax Officials Search Home of Famous German Artist

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2013

After North Rhine-Westphalia bought a CD last summer with data on secret bank accounts, tax authorities have another high-profile case in their cross-hairs. They searched the Bavarian home of artist Georg Baselitz, whose work fetches millions on the international market, in a tax investigation. more...