The UK mentality of "It's not fair" is pressuring Starbucks,Google and Facebook to pay more UK corporate tax. The French under idiot President Hollande have begun tax investigations of multinationals, with arbitrary,potentially huge penalties on those companies. The Italians are treating normal technical tax compliance disputes as criminal matters,given the loose cannon laws available to prosecutors for crushing Mafia activities,not to mention politically motivated attacks on lecherous Berlusconi. This tax crusade pleases the publics in all three countries as shown in boycotts of UK Starbucks.But the UK government will likely ease up on multinationals soon on which it depends for huge foreign direct investment,FDI.
The reality is that EU countries won't surrender enough sovereignty over taxes to make multinationals pay a reasonably high tax rate. This allows countries like Ireland and Eastern European countries with very low tax rates to attract disproportionately large FDI. After recent stunts by tax authorities in France and Italy,tax planners will be advising multinationals to switch a lot more FDI to Ireland which is considered an extremely stable FDI tax jurisdiction.Ever since the 1950s depression that wrecked the economy and caused mass emigration,the Irish shrewdly realised that multinational tax breaks attract huge amounts of job creating foreign investment. Despite all the political changes in the 50 years since then,that attitude hasn't changed,even among many left wing politicians.