Germany, EU deny report on European solidarity tax
BERLIN/BRUSSELS/LIMA (Reuters) – German and EU officials on Saturday denied a media report that Berlin and Brussels were in informal talks about a type of European solidarity tax to help cover the costs of stemming a record-breaking influx of asylum seekers. “The fact remains: we don’t want tax increases in Germany or to introduce an EU tax,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement. A spokesman for the European Commission also dismissed the report.
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