News from the front. From our TPS correspondents: 

So far, Brussels has promised just not to push Dublin on how to spend the 13 bln. (for instance, it's not required to pay down the huge debt). On the other side, Apple knows to make its allies happy. What would the U.S. want to hear? That the company brings (more) money home. And what would Ireland want to hear? That the company’s commitment is undiminished. Plus – a discrete call to the Irish dignity.

Speaking today, 1 September, to Irish RTE broadcaster, Tim Cook said that investment will continue “as per plan” and he is very confident that the government from Dublin will appeal, adding “The sovereignty of this country is at stake”
As for the U.S .audience, he has pointed out, "We paid $400m to Ireland, we paid $400 (million) to the U.S. (tax on profits in 2014) and we provisioned several billion dollars for the U.S. for payment as soon as we repatriate it and right now I forecast that repatriation to occur next year".

On the World Tax Fight, and why the fighters are still shooting at transfer pricing, please see the yesterday article