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German SPD leader takes aim at U.S. tech giants

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(Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) took aim at U.S. technology firms Apple, and Google on Thursday, saying a strong was needed to make sure they stick to the rules.

Martin Schulz, who hopes to persuade his party to approve talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on forming a new coalition, told a congress of his SPD party that Ireland was complicit in allowing companies like Apple to avoid billions of euros in

He also called for the creation of a European finance minister, who should fight evasion by reining in the race to the bottom in policy among member states.

"Only a strong can force platform giants like and Google to respect our rules and basic rights," he said.

(Reporting by Thomas Escritt, writing by Emma Thomasson, editing by Michelle Martin)

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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 17:11 IST