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Tax campaigners protested outside the European Commission and Council, in support of the whistleblowers who exposed the Luxleaks scandal a year ago.

Tomorrow (5 November) it is a year ago that the news broke that Luxembourg gave sweetheart tax deals to multinationals, when European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was the country’s premier, and finance minister.

The revelations were possible thanks to Antoine Deltour, a former “Big Four’’ auditor employee, who now faces possible jail in Luxembourg for his whistleblowing.

NGOs, including Oxfam and Christian Aid, joined the protest against tax dodging. Watch our interview with the European Network on Debt and Development’s tax justice coordinator below.

NGOs recently published a report that found many EU countries were still failing to tackle tax evasion and avoidance.

It also revealed that Germany’s secretive financial sector is second only to Luxembourg in its vulnerability to money laundering, and is one of the worst member states for tax dodging.

>>Read: Germany second only to Luxembourg in money laundering risk

 

Photo by James Crisp

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