And it still has the highest average real income per head of any EU country, notwithstanding the effects of the new Länder. John MorleyUniversity of Nottingham Business SchoolUK On the issue of tax competition, it would have been useful to contrast his views with those of an independent European expert more familiar with the EU single market, such as Danish economist Peter Birch Sørensen. He has more accurately described corporate tax competition as ‘essentially a zero-sum game’ and his published work demonstrates the often perverse consequences of such so-called competition.A more pertinent question that Mr Hassett might have asked of Mr Schröder is why Germany bothers so much about its competitiveness? It has a trade surplus relative to its gross domestic product (GDP) which is as large as the US deficit relative to its GDP. It accounts for 40% of all EU trade with the new member states.
Waseem Ajouhaar, AthloneI read your article about Outsurance. I’m in the same situation.An Outsurance client tried to make a u-turn right in front of me in October last year and crashed in to me. I was told that they wouldn’t cover my costs because I wasn’t alert on the road. The police also failed to arrive.