Starbucks, Fiat, Apple and Amazon may be the tip of the iceberg after revelations of widespread use of sweetheart tax deals hit the headlines last year

Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler must each pay as much as €30 million in back taxes after the European Union said they were handed illegal fiscal deals by (...)

A child  dressed as “Zwarte Piet” or “Black Pete”watches a parade after St Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, arrived by boat in Amsterdam last year. Photograph: AP

To attempt any neat summary of a nation’s habits probably constitutes a class of soft racism. Germans are often funny. Italians are often subdued. The(...)