❖ Two points of light? “Chile’s Recent Lead Negotiator on Trans-Pacific Partnership Warns It Could Be a ‘Threat to Our Countries’”. There’s also concern in Japan.
❖ Ireland’s a wee bit uncomfortable with Apple’s disclosure of its Irish tax breaks. Ireland’s Finance Minister pointed to the 150,000 Irish jobs generated by the Apple tax arrangement. Prime Minister Enda Kenny called for a “new international consensus on tax regimes for multinationals” as he headed out the door to a EU meeting.
❖ The West, TX fertilizer plant explosion last month “highlights the failing of a U.S. federal law intended to save lives during chemical accidents”