The chaos that is the office of Hans Eichel, Germany's beleaguered Finance Minister has now resulted in him demanding more money from the UK.
A long stream of dire financial results has caused him to dust of demands for harmonised European corporate taxation.
In an interview wit the Handelsblatt yesterday he spelt this out pretty clearly, as he criticised successful Germans for putting their savings in low taxation EFTA countries such as Liechtenstein and Switzerland. "we should not accept that the rich take their money bags to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, with only ordinary wage earners paying taxes".
What he seems to be saying is that ´because of the structural incompetence of his, and his predecessors economic policies in Germany, the EU must take control of the corporate taxation policy of not merely the EU 25, but also non EU countries.
I am trying to think of some polite words that would be a short but sufficient response to his demands - but this is a family blog.