The fourteen middle-aged men — half of them bald or balding — who spread themselves across a long stage in Lima Friday morning wouldn’t have troubled your average street gang. Chief financial officers of multinational corporations, on the the other hand, should cower.
Most of those men were finance ministers in the Group of 20 economic powers. While G20 officials meet often enough, rarely do they assemble for a press conference in such large numbers. (Never have I seen a bigger group of senior international officials gather to take questions from reporters in my 15 years of attending such events.) The G20 wanted to send a message: corporate tax dodgers, we’re coming for you.
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