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EU lawmakers hail "superheroine" Vestager over Apple tax bill

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager speaks at a debate on the EU's Apple ruling in back taxes at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on September 14, 2016Members of the European parliament on Wednesday hailed EU anti-trust commissioner Margrethe Vestager as a “superheroine” for handing US tech giant Apple a 13 billion euro tax bill in Ireland. For more than one hour during a debate about her August 30 ruling, almost all of the 30 MEPs who took the floor congratulated Vestager, a Danish politician with a steely reputation who smiled, took notes with a pink pen and thanked the speakers. “When I was young in the 1970s, there was a television series, ‘the six million dollar man,'” Dutch liberal politician Cora van Nieuwenhuizen told her.

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