Data Dilemma Berlin Risks Spat with Switzerland over Tax Evaders

The German government has signalled it intends to purchase a CD containing information about tax evaders with Swiss bank accounts, even though members of the ruling coalition have warned against dealing with "thieves." In its quest to crack down on tax cheats, Berlin is even prepared to risk a falling-out with Switzerland.
Paradeplatz square in Zurich: Berlin wants to crack down on Germans who use Swiss bank accounts to dodge taxes.

Paradeplatz square in Zurich: Berlin wants to crack down on Germans who use Swiss bank accounts to dodge taxes.

Foto: ARND WIEGMANN/ REUTERS
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
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