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BreakingViews: Apple is easier target than reform

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The European Commission has come out swinging in the global tax fight. It said on Tuesday that Ireland should recoup up to $14.5 billion that Apple saved on an allegedly illegal sweetheart deal with Irish authorities. The U.S. Treasury objects to the ruling. Apple and Ireland, too, want their original arrangement to stick. The hostilities underscore the dangers of a worldwide tax grab.