MADRID | By The Corner | It was a tax loophole worth billions of euros. And finally the EU-28 finance ministers came to a political agreement on Friday to tighten it up. From now on, European tax rules will be tougher on those multinationals trying to avoid taxation. The compromise was possible after Malta dropped its objections to a deal on hybrid loan arrangements. “That is good news for public budgets, good news for honest businesses and good news for those who seek fair taxation in the EU,” Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta said.