Jean-Claude Juncker was also
in the Global Tax 50
Poor Jean-Claude Juncker! Not only has he missed out on the
top spot of this year's Global Tax 50, which he held in 2014,
but it seems that he's also been unable to escape the
controversy which put him there in the first place.
Luckily for the embattled Luxembourgish European Commission
President, he has managed to retain his position at the helm of
the EU, despite calls for his resignation peppering his
Within days of being elected in November 2014, Juncker was
immediately besieged by calls for his head as details of
Luxembourg's tax rulings were released to the press, via a PwC
Luxembourg whistleblower (now facing criminal charges) and the
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
After surviving the initial maelstrom, he remained
illuminatingly quiet during Competition Commissioner Margrethe
Vestager's state aid investigations into tax rulings granted by
several European member states – including his native
However, he was thrust back into the limelight in September
2015 when he was forced to deny involvement in 'sweetheart
deals' in his own country, which he had governed in one form or
another for almost 20 years.
"The Luxembourg tax authorities are very allergic to the
idea of political interference," Juncker told a committee of
MEPs investigating the LuxLeaks scandal. "I think you have an
exaggerated idea of the power of the prime minister in this
Luckily for Juncker, his support among the European
Parliament's two largest political blocs – the
European People's Party and the Socialists and Democrats
– ensured that the grilling he faced by the MEP
committee was barely enough to warm him up, with only the
far-left and far-right flicking flames in his direction.