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Tech giant Apple decries a ruling by the EU's competition commissioner ordering it to repay Ireland billions in taxes, claiming that the bloc is interfering in the company's business in Europe.

"The European Commission has launched an effort to rewrite Apple’s history in Europe, ignore Ireland’s tax laws and upend the international tax system in the process," a statement from Apple says.

The company will appeal the decision, which is says "will have a profound and harmful effect on investment and job creation in Europe."

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