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The EU is not totally unelected at all.  It's a mix of directly elected (Parliament), ministerially representative (Council of), head of state representative (Council) and appointed/approved by elected representative (Commission). The Court of Justice is technically unelected, but made up of justices from the constituent nations, so no more unelected than the justices of the member nations. The idea that the EU is unelected or undemocratic is a blatant untruth.
 Apart from you being unequivocally wrong. And, in answer to your post, only until it's not.
 Tesla has patented loads of stuff.  Hence the big furore over them open sourcing/licesning their patents.
 I somehow doubt Apple's yearly budget is based on revenue percentages.  How would the heads of R&D deal with the sudden influx of money in a blockbuster year?  Would they just fritter it away on whatever they arbitrarily felt like until revenues went back to normality? No, Apple is smarter than that, they spend on R&D when it is warranted by product development and/or when they have particular strategic plans.
Given how much Ireland owes the EU, I think it'll be taken as an automatic repayment.
There is no way that Ireland is going in any direction but down if it leaves the EU.  No way that will happen.
The government wasn't allowed to offer that deal and therefore Apple is the beneficiary of an illegal arrangement.  No credible jurisdiction in the world allows that; if you receive stolen property then you have to return it, if you benefit from a fraudulent contract, then you are liable for that fraud. Pretty simple.  Ignorance, even in good faith, is not an excuse for law breaking.
 Corporations pay tax where the corporations are headquartered.  That is the international standard, give or take a few outliers.  If you want to argue for unitary taxation and country-by-country reporting, hey, I'm all in favour of that, and that appears to be where we're heading, but almost anything else is just inviting dodgy deals and international chicanery from multinationals. The US corporation tax has not been "jacked up".  It's at a relatively low rate compared to...
And tax competition doesn't always work out well for such tax havens. Look into the shithole Jersey is in right now, for example. The "carrot" is infrastructure, a skilled workforce, and stability. All things rare in low tax regimes.
Ireland, low tax though it may be, is not a tax haven. It does not trade in secrecy and it has a clear rate of corporation tax. It intends for corporations to pay corporation tax. It does not intend for corporations to use a gap in the rules to slip in between Ireland and the USA and be tax resident nowhere. To suggest such is patently absurd and grasping. Apple knows this.
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