Yeah, that's exactly the problem within europe imho. On another note, if anything then VAT and all other taxes should be all the same within the EU, but as no country want to give up their sovereignity all the countries within the EU will continue to fail with their economy within the next 10 years. The little recovery in the UK and the good recovery in germany are bought with the money of the other EU-countries actually. Germany exports some 60% of their goods into EU-countries for example. The northern countries of the EU are playing an economical game against the southern countries and we see where this is heading, do we? Portugal and Spain are the next ones we've to pay for with the money we made by destroying their economy to save ours.