Google agrees on $1 billion to end a tax settlement dispute with France

Google agrees on $1 billion to end a tax settlement dispute with France

US internet giant Google has agreed a settlement totalling $1 billion to end a tax dispute in France under an agreement announced in court on Thursday (12 September). The company will pay a €500 million fine for tax evasion, as well as a further €465 million to settle claims with French tax authorities. In a statement, Google confirmed the settlement and hailed the fact it had put an end to fiscal differences that it had had with France for numerous years. The settlement follows similar out-of-court agreements reached in Italy…

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Prague will remove the monument to the Soviet Marshal of World War II

Prague will remove the monument to the Soviet Marshal of World War II

A district assembly in Prague voted on Thursday (12 September) to remove a statue of a Soviet World War Two marshal and replace it with a more general memorial following a row that has drawn in the Czech president and Russian authorities. The statue of Marshal Ivan Konev, who led the Red Army forces that liberated most of Czechoslovakia and entered Prague on May 9, 1945, was erected in 1980. It has been the subject of controversy since the 1989 fall of communism because of Konev’s later endeavours, which included…

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