Posts Tagged ‘ EU ’

Supreme Court and European Union expose Google’s massive privacy liabilities

August 3, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Scott Cleland  

"Contrary to tech-driven conventional wisdom, privacy is not dead. It’s being resurrected by SCOTUS in the U.S. and by various European authorities in the EU. This post-Snowden change is real and profound. The next twenty years will be different than the last when it comes to privacy." (08/05/14)

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EU readies possible capital, tech sanctions on Russia

July 22, 2014
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Yahoo! News    

"The European Union threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine that could inflict wider damage on its economy following the downing of a Malaysian airliner, but it delayed action for a few days. Efforts to forge a united front were hampered by a French announcement that the planned delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead despite U.S. and British pleas to halt it. At a meeting in Brussels, EU foreign ministers for the first time raised the possibility of restricting Russian access to European capital markets, defence and energy technology, asking the executive European Commission to draft proposals this week." (07/22/14)

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Microsoft offers European Bing users the “right to be forgotten”

July 17, 2014
posted by

Computer World    

"Microsoft has started accepting requests from users in Europe who want to remove search links from Bing under a recent 'right-to-be-forgotten' ruling by Europe's top court. ... The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in May that people who want search engines to remove search results referring to their names can file a request directly with the search engine operator, which must evaluate the request. A refusal by the operator can be appealed in a court." (07/17/14)

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Obama, Merkel to coordinate possible new sanctions against Russia

July 16, 2014
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Cihan [Turkey]    

"US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced late Tuesday they are ready to coordinate possible new sanctions against Russia, according to the White House statement issued on the results of the phone conversation between the two leaders. ... The two leaders stated that Moscow should call on independence supporters in [Donetsk People's Republic] to lay down arms and release all hostages. Obama and Merkel once again accused Russia of supplying self-defense militia with arms and fighters, although President Vladimir Putin had repeatedly denied the allegations ..." (07/16/14)

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UK: Cameron braces to go down fighting as EU chooses new leader

June 26, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"British Prime Minister David Cameron is bracing for a humiliating defeat that has isolated Britain as a European Union summit kicks off today in the Belgian town of Ypres. His relentless opposition to the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission has cost him almost all his European allies. That could look like a win for the center-right of Europe, from whose party Mr. Juncker hails, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has publicly backed Juncker." (06/26/14)

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Is obesity a disability?

June 18, 2014
posted by

Reason Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown  

"The case comes to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) from Denmark, where 350-pound child caretaker Karsten Kaltoft says he was fired from his position for being too fat. Kaltoft's employer, Billund Kommune, said his dismissal had nothing to do with his weight and was the result of an overall decrease in childcare enrollments. But the case could reverberate far beyond the particular fates of Kaltoft and Billund. If the ECJ decides to label obesity a disability, it would be be binding throughout the European Union." (06/17/14)

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Russia cuts gas to Ukraine, warns EU of disruption

June 17, 2014
posted by

USA Today    

"ussia on Monday cut gas supplies to Ukraine as a payment deadline passed and negotiators failed to reach a deal on gas prices and unpaid bills amid continued fighting in eastern Ukraine. The decision does not immediately affect the gas flow to Europe, but could disrupt the long-term energy supply to the region if the issue remains unresolved, analysts said. Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said that since Ukraine had failed to pay anything for the gas by Monday, from now on the company would demand advance payment for any future deliveries." (06/16/14)

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Ukraine: Regime rejects Russian gas offer as talks end without deal

June 12, 2014
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Business Week    

"Ukraine rejected a Russian proposal for the price of future natural-gas deliveries as European Union-brokered talks in Brussels ended without an agreement. Russia offered to supply gas for about 20 percent below the current price, a level Ukraine said was still more than it’s willing to pay, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said at a press conference after the three-way meeting. Russia’s energy minister said the country also wants $1.95 billion for past fuel supplies before June 16 or it may cut shipments." (06/11/14)

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Court rejects Intel’s appeal against European Commission’s billion-euro bribe demand

June 12, 2014
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NDTV [India]    

"A top EU court rejected Thursday an appeal by US computer chip giant Intel against the bloc's biggest ever single company fine of 1.06 billion euros for abusing its dominant market position. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, fined Intel in 2009 after it said the company had offered clients price rebates to use its x86 computer chips in preference to rival AMD." (06/12/14)

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Earthquake Europe

June 3, 2014
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Iain Murray  

"Until the elections last week, there had been little opposition in the Parliament to the European Union’s central organizing principle of 'ever closer union.' This principle had transformed a relatively benign free trade zone binding Europe in commerce in to an intrusive superstate that increasingly asserts its power in a host of policy areas -- from food labeling to TV manufacturing to the composition of corporate boards -- where national parliaments have been reduced to mere rubber stamps. But isn’t the EU at least democratic, with representatives elected? No. The EU is unique in that the executive branch, an unelected body known as the European Commission, initiates all legislation, on which the Parliament then votes." (06/03/14)

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Privacy 2014: Is there a “right to be forgotten?”

June 3, 2014
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"Everyone seems to like privacy -- so much so that we often expand the term into the social concept of 'privacy rights,' indicating that privacy isn't just a good thing but something to which we are all entitled. This leaves unanswered an important question: 'To what degree and in what respects?' Last month the European Court of Justice offered up an interesting answer to that question, positing a 'right to be forgotten.'" (06/02/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/27870  

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EU: Google inundated with “right to be forgotten” claims

June 2, 2014
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"Google is being flooded with so-called 'right to be forgotten' requests shortly after allowing European users to file claims. In just the first 24 hours claims could be filed, RT reports Google received 12,000 requests from people who wanted certain information removed from the search engine. At this point, Google says Germans have filed the most requests. It comes after the EU's highest court ruled search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo must allow people to have the 'right to be forgotten.'" (06/01/14)

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UKIP and the European elections

May 30, 2014
posted by

Sean Gabb Libertarian Alliance
by Dr. Sean Gabb  

"These are the facts. What of their meaning? The most obvious answer is that UKIP must now be regarded as one of the big parties. Its policies are to leave the European Union, to end mass-immigration, and to strip political correctness out of law and administration. For at least the past generation, the British political and media classes have treated dissent on these issues with contempt -- where they have not simply ignored it. For the past year, UKIP has been treated to something like full spectrum denigration. Every untoward utterance or possibly improper action by its people has been given full and hostile coverage. The universal cry has gone up that UKIP is a party of racists, sexists and homophobes." (05/29/14)

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Eurosceptic election surge gives EU a headache

May 27, 2014
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Gulf News [United Arab Emirates]    

"Stunning victories in European Parliament elections by nationalist, Eurosceptic parties from France and Britain left the European Union licking its wounds on Monday and facing a giant policy dilemma. Across the continent, anti-establishment parties of the far right and hard left more than doubled their representation amid voter apathy, harnessing a mood of anger with Brussels over austerity, mass unemployment and immigration." (05/26/14)

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Greece: Top court allows far-right party to contest EU vote

May 12, 2014
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Reuters    

"Greece's Supreme Court on Sunday allowed the far-right Golden Dawn party to run in European elections this month, despite calls to ban it as its leader waits in jail to be tried for membership of a criminal organization. The court routinely permits parties to take part in elections but a private citizen had asked it to exclude Golden Dawn this time because its leadership is under investigation over a string of attacks against immigrants and opponents." (05/11/14)

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Ukraine, the EU and the IMF

May 8, 2014
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mark Weisbrot  

"When Euromaidan protesters took to the streets in Kiev beginning last year, many were hoping to become part of Europe. The Europe they looked up to was one of material comforts and living standards far beyond the reach of most Ukrainians, whose average income is currently about the level of El Salvador. A Europe with a social market economy, advanced technology and public transportation, universal health care, adequate pensions and paid vacations that average five weeks. Or at least something like that, somewhere down the road. If they are fortunate enough to avoid a civil war, Ukrainians may be in for an unpleasant surprise as their current and even soon-to-be elected leaders negotiate their economic future with their new, unelected European deciders." (05/08/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/08/ukraine-the-eu-and-the-imf/  

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EU: Egypt junta’s mass death sentences in breach of international law

April 29, 2014
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The Star [Malaysia]    

"The European Union's foreign policy chief said on Tuesday Egypt's sentencing of 683 people to death breached international law and urged Cairo authorities to ensure defendants' rights to a fair and timely trial. An Egyptian court sentenced the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and 682 supporters to death on Monday, intensifying a crackdown on the movement that could trigger protests and political violence before an election next month." (04/30/14)

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Britain’s dream of an EU exit is slowly turning into a nightmarish reality

April 7, 2014
posted by

Reason Reason
by Alex Stevenson  

"The British wish to leave the European Union for good has never been clearer after Wednesday's televised debate, the second between pro-European Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and arch-euroskeptic Nigel Farage. Such a breakaway might seem like a good idea for libertarian Brits -- but whether it would really be such a smart move is far from clear." (04/05/14)

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Greece: Regime bans protests at EU ministers’ meetings

March 31, 2014
posted by

Washington Post    

"Greek authorities have banned demonstrations in much of central Athens to forestall planned anti-austerity protests at this week’s meetings of European Union finance ministers. Labor unions and leftwing groups have called for three separate rallies Tuesday outside the prohibited area, but it was unclear whether demonstrators would challenge police cordons and try to reach Parliament, the customary focal point for protests." (03/31/14)

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Ukraine and the all-or-nothing EU

February 28, 2014
posted by

Eamonn Butler Adam Smith Institute
by Dr. Eamonn Butler  

"Ukraine would undoubtedly gain from closer trading links with the EU, but the all-or-nothing nature of the deal would mean that the country's links to Russia and other non-EU countries would suffer, just as the UK's Commonwealth links did. And that, of course, is seen as a threat by Ukraine's large Russian-speaking population. And -- never mind the political and defence implications, given the EU's close links with NATO -- Russia does not want to see its trade with Ukraine cut back, any more than New Zealand did ours. So they see the future direction of Ukraine as a high-stakes game. As a logical matter, that does not have to be." (02/27/14)

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What consequences for the Swiss referendum?

February 14, 2014
posted by

Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"Switzerland is a small country with a comparatively high percentage of immigrants (27% of population vs 13% in the United Kingdom, for example). But people react there as they typically do to the immigration issue: they tend to consider wealth as a pie, and fear it might be sliced in smaller pieces. In a way, I think Switzerland in Europe today is in a unique position to attract highly skilled human capital from distressed economies. In this respect, quotas won't help. However, I suspect the most interesting consequences of the Swiss referendum will be the unintended ones." (02/13/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/02/what_consequenc.html  

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EU urges new government, elections in Ukraine

February 11, 2014
posted by

Baton Rouge Advocate    

"In a sharp rebuke to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, the European Union on Monday called for the formation of a new, inclusive government and constitutional reforms that would pave the way to 'free and fair presidential elections.' The bloc's 28 foreign ministers said in a joint statement they were 'alarmed by the human rights situation, including violence, cases of missing persons, torture and intimidation' as part of the authorities' crackdown against the ongoing protests, reflecting an 'atmosphere of impunity.'" (02/10/14)

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Google, EU “settle” extortion threat, “agree” to rival links

February 5, 2014
posted by

Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"The European Union and Google have agreed on how to settle complaints the tech giant is squeezing competitors in Europe's search market, avoiding legal action and billions in [bribes and extortion payments]. 'I believe that the new proposal obtained from Google after long and difficult talks can now [satisfy the politically connected competitors we represent],' EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said. The European Commission, which has been investigating Google since 2010, said the company 'has now accepted to guarantee' that when it displays its own specialised search services, it will also display those of three rivals in the same way to users." (02/05/14)

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EU antitrustocrats hector Google for bribe

May 21, 2012
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International Business Times    

"The European Union's antitrust chief on Monday ratcheted up the pressure on Google, giving it a matter of weeks to settle an investigation into allegations of anti-competitive behavior and avoid formal charges and a possible fine. ... EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said regulators were as keen as Google to avoid lengthy proceedings due to rapid developments in the technology industry and that if [a sufficiently large bribe was] offered by Google within the coming weeks, the antitrust investigation could be brought to a close." (05/21/12)

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EU anti-piracy force strikes Somali targets

May 15, 2012
posted by

Telegraph [UK]    

"European anti-piracy troops carried out their first ever air attack against Somali pirates’ equipment on land, strafing a series of skiffs with small arms fire during an early morning helicopter raid. ... The attack involved troops from several of the European navies currently patrolling off Somalia, from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Portugal. " (05/15/12)

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