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Ireland Aid From EU Won’t Require Tax Increase, Sarkozy Says

Ireland won’t be required to raise its corporate tax rate as part of a European Union bailout, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said, addressing an issue that looms as a stumbling block to an aid agreement.

“When you have to tackle a deficit, you have two levers, spending and taxes,” Sarkozy said yesterday in Lisbon at a summit of NATO leaders. “I can’t believe that our Irish friends, in full sovereignty, won’t look at both since they have more room for maneuver given that their tax rates are lower. But that’s not a demand or a condition, just an opinion.”