Posts Tagged ‘ EU ’

UK could pay EU for access to single market, ministers admit

December 2, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Britain could end up paying the European Union to retain access to the single market, David Davis and Philip Hammond have said, in a concerted attempt to signal that the government is willing to take a flexible approach to the looming Brexit negotiations. Theresa May has never made ongoing financial contributions a red line -- unlike controlling immigration -- but Davis still surprised MPs when he conceded on Thursday morning that the government may be willing to pay to retain single market access, a point Hammond then reinforced in a speech in Scotland." (12/01/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/dec/01/uk-could-pay-eu-for-access-to-single-market-ministers-admit  

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We won’t let you forget it: Why we oppose French attempts to export the right to be forgotten worldwide

November 30, 2016
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Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Kate Tummarello  

"The European Union's Court of Justice ruled in 2013 that Europeans have the right to demand that certain links be taken out of search engine results. But the French CNIL vastly expanded the effect of these requests when it said in 2015 that Google must remove links from not just search results returned within the EU, but from search results for everyone, anywhere in the world. This interpretation of the Right to be Forgotten runs contrary to policy and practice outside Europe, will harm the global Internet, and inherently undermines global rights, including those protected by the Constitution in the United States." (11/29/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/11/we-wont-let-you-forget-it-why-we-oppose-french-attempts-export-right-be-forgotten  

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Erdogan: EU not everything, Turkey may join Shanghai Five

November 21, 2016
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Hurriyet Daily News [Turkey]    

"Turkey should not be 'fixated' on the idea of joining the European Union and should look at other opportunities, such as the Russia-led Shanghai Pact, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. 'Turkey should first of all feel relaxed about the EU and not be fixated' about joining it, Erdogan told reporters on the presidential plane returning from Uzbekistan, daily Hurriyet reported. 'Some may criticize me but I express my opinion. For example, I have said 'why shouldn't Turkey be in the Shanghai 5?'' he said. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), also known as the 'Shanghai 5,' is a loose security and economic bloc led by Russia and China. The other formal members are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Erdogan said he had already discussed the idea with Russian President Vladimir Putin and with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev." (11/20/16)

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/eu-not-everything-turkey-may-join-shanghai-pact-president-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=106321&NewsCatID=338  

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Google responds in EU antitrust case: “Android hasn’t hurt competition”

November 10, 2016
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Ars Technica Ars Technica    

Google -- as expected -- has dismissed the European Commission's charge that the ad giant abused Android's dominance to block its competitors in the market. The company is accused of using Android's position as the dominant smartphone operating system in Europe to force manufacturers to pre-install Google services while locking out competitors. ... the multinational corporation defended its position and spoke of the open source nature of the Android operating system. It also compared a typical Android smartphone to rivals Apple and Microsoft. According to Google, 39 out of 39 pre-installed apps are from Apple on iPhone 7, and 39 out of 47 pre-installed apps on the Microsoft Lumia 550 are from Microsoft." (11/10/16)

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/11/google-rebuffs-eu-antitrust-charge-against-android/  

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The truth about those “Brexit lies”

September 23, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Mick Hume  

"After all the agonising over what was behind the Brexit vote, we finally have the official answer from Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission. It turns out that the majority of British voters backed Leave in the June referendum because 'something was wrong in Britain.' Apparently what was wrong was that, ever since the UK joined the forerunner of the European Union in the early 1970s, Britain's politicians have been spreading lies about the evident wonders of the EU. ... Juncker says the problem is that we have been told 'that European Union is stupid.' By implication, the bigger underlying problem is that 52 per cent of us must have been 'stupid' enough to swallow it. Indeed, Juncker appears certain that most of the British public are sufficiently stupid to accept automatically whatever nonsense they are told." (09/22/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-truth-about-those-brexit-lies-juncker-eu/  

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Hard Brexit or soft Brexit?

September 20, 2016
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Sam Bowman Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman  

"Europe shouldn't dominate the next decade of politics. It's tempting to see hard Brexit as drawing a line under the question of what our relationship is with Europe. I suspect the opposite is the case -- the greater the change, the more the next ten years of British politics is polarised between triumphant Outers and bitter Inners. I'm with Dan Hannan in thinking that a compromise can avoid that. Similarly, for Scotland's sake, we should try to avoid a conclusion that pushes undecided Scottish voters towards independence." (09/20/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/hard-brexit-or-soft-brexit  

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Juncker proposes EU military headquarters

September 15, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The European Union needs a military headquarters to work towards a common military force, the Commission president has told MEPs in Strasbourg. Jean-Claude Juncker said the lack of a 'permanent structure' resulted in money being wasted on missions. ... Mr Juncker said a common military force 'should be in complement to Nato.' 'More defence in Europe doesn't mean less transatlantic solidarity.' A European Defence Fund would stimulate military research and development, he said." (09/14/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37359196  

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Apple’s principled defense

September 1, 2016
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Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"A point is worth stressing: a multinational company knows well that any state where it operates can challenge the way it is filing for taxes. But this is not the case in Apple's instance. Here the European Union is challenging both Apple and the Irish government. The tax collector and the tax payer agree that the latter has paid the right amount; employees of a supranational institution think differently. It's like your lawyer coming to your house and telling you and your wife that you must divorce because yours is not a happy marriage, when both of you are quite content staying together. Apple's Tim Cook has provided a principled defence of Apple's behaviour: that rare thing in the world of business." (09/01/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/09/apples_principl.html  

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EC: Taking a bite out of Apple

August 31, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Rob Lyons  

"Yesterday, the European Commission unveiled a ruling that could mean tech giant Apple is forced to pay as much as $13 billion in back taxes to the Irish government. That is just slightly more than the annual cost of Ireland's health service. If the ruling sticks, the money could be used to make a significant dent in Ireland's massive national debt. Sounds like a wonderful windfall for Ireland. So why does the Irish government want the ruling overturned?" (08/31/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/european-commission-taking-a-bite-out-of-apple/  

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UK: May calls cabinet meeting to plan for Brexit

August 29, 2016
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Evening Standard [UK]    

"Theresa May has ordered her Cabinet ministers to Chequers on Wednesday to discuss her plans for Brexit. The Prime Minister has charged her top team with setting out the opportunities that leaving the European Union will create in each of their portfolios. The Cabinet will meet at the Prime Minister's country retreat to discuss the next steps in the process. The move comes amid speculation that Mrs May will implement Article 50 -- triggering the two-year period leading to Brexit -- without seeking the backing of Parliament." (08/28/16)

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-may-calls-cabinet-meeting-to-plan-for-brexit-a3331436.html  

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Gabriel: EU-US trade talks have failed

August 28, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Free trade talks between the European Union and the United States have failed, Germany's economy minister said Sunday, citing a lack of progress on any of the major sections of the long-running negotiations. Both Washington and Brussels have pushed for a deal by the end of the year, despite strong misgivings among some EU member states over the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. Sigmar Gabriel, who is also Germany's Vice Chancellor, compared the TTIP negotiations unfavorably with a free trade deal forged between the 28-nation EU and Canada, which he said was fairer for both sides." (08/28/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/german-economy-minister-eu-us-trade-talks-failed-41699000  

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Cutting the Gordian knot

August 24, 2016
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Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray and Rory Broomfield  

"On June 23, 2016, the people of Great Britain decided to leave the European Union (EU). While the result of the vote plunged the United Kingdom into uncharted waters, it is accepted that there is no turning back and that the UK's government must navigate a course out of the EU. It will need to devise a concrete plan to conclude the Brexit process. This will require three main legal actions." (08/24/16)

https://cei.org/content/cutting-gordian-knot  

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UK: May warned plans to curb EU migration will be opposed by Eastern European nations

July 28, 2016
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Theresa May has been warned that her plans to curb the migration of EU nationals is likely to be opposed by Eastern European nations during a visit to Slovakia. Robert Fico, the Slovakian Prime Minister, said the 'perception British voters have' of EU migration was 'slightly different to how we perceive migration on the continent.' Earlier this month Mrs May faced a backlash from her own MPs over her refusal to guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote." (07/28/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/28/theresa-may-warned-plans-to-curb-eu-migration-is-likely-to-be-op/  

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French politician appointed EU’s Brexit chief

July 27, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Michel Barnier, a French politician viewed with wariness by British leaders, was appointed by the European Union on Wednesday to lead talks on Britain's exit from the EU. ... Barnier, 65, is a former French cabinet minister and leader in the center-right Les Republicains Party. As an EU official, he was commissioner of internal markets and services from 2010 to 2014, clashing frequently with British government and banking officials over the tightening of banking regulations. His appointment can be seen as an indication Britain will not easily unwind itself from the EU and may still maintain trade and banking advantages." (07/27/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/07/27/French-politician-appointed-EUs-Brexit-chief/5281469632279/  

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Decisive Brexit referendum: What happens next? Part 4

July 24, 2016
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Kevin Dowd  

"The Brexit vote was never just about whether the Brits would reject rule from Brussels. The real issues were much broader and felt across the whole EU -- an arrogant and undemocratic elite, its disastrous economic policies and an increasing gap between haves and have-nots, the first being the cause of the second and the second the cause of the third. To paraphrase what one disillusioned British voter told The Guardian: if you've got money, you vote in; if you ain't got no money, you vote out. In this context, I would like to quote two poignant open letters from European friends that were sent out just before the UK referendum." (07/23/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/23/decisive-brexit-referendum-what-happens-next-part-4-the-eu-enters-its-endgame/  

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Ireland: Get ready for unification poll, Kenny tells EU leaders

July 19, 2016
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Belfast Telegraph [occupied Ireland]    

"Taoiseach Enda Kenny has for the first time opened the door to a future referendum on Irish unity. In a significant move, Mr Kenny called on the European Union to prepare for the prospect of Northern Ireland seeking to join the Republic. The Fine Gael leader said a future border poll was now possible in light of the decision by Britain to leave the EU." (07/19/16)

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/get-ready-for-united-ireland-poll-taoiseach-enda-kenny-tells-eu-leaders-34894210.html  

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Scotland: SNP pushes again for independence vote after Trident result

July 19, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Another vote on Scottish independence is fast approaching after Westminster voted to renew Trident against the wishes of nearly every MP in Scotland, the [Scottish National Party] has warned. In a vote in the House of Commons, 58 of Scotland's 59 MPs voted against Trident renewal, with Scotland's only Tory MP, David Mundell, being the sole supporter. SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said the vote exacerbates the democratic deficit in Scotland, coming just weeks after Scottish voters overwhelmingly backed membership of the European Union but were outvoted by those in England and Wales." (07/19/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jul/19/snp-push-again-for-scottish-independence-vote-after-trident-result  

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Breaking the spirit of Brexit

July 18, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Tom Slater  

"It's more than three weeks since the Brexit vote, and the strangest thing has happened. Article 50 has not been invoked. The two-year starting gun on Britain's exit negotiations has not been fired. And we're none the wiser as to when it might happen. The new PM, Theresa May, who previously said she would wait at least until the end of this year, is now even vaguer on the subject. After meeting with Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon over the weekend, and set to meet Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones today, May is now saying she'll hold off until she's established a 'UK-wide approach' on Brexit negotiations. Whatever that means ..." (07/18/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/breaking-the-spirit-of-brexit-theresa-may-david-davis-sturgeon/18565  

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Germany: Revived death penalty in Turkey would end EU talks

July 18, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Germany warned Turkey that reinstating the death penalty after the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would end his country's bid to join the European Union. 'A country that has the death penalty cannot be a member of the European Union -- and the introduction of the death penalty in Turkey would mean the end of accession talks,' Steffen Seibert, Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief spokesman, told reporters in Berlin on Monday. Erdogan's supporters revived calls to reintroduce capital punishment as the president pledges to reshape Turkey after thwarting the uprising by elements of the army." (07/18/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-18/revived-death-penalty-in-turkey-would-end-eu-talks-germany-says  

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EU extortionists take another run at Google

July 14, 2016
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Yahoo! Tech    

"The European Union filed new anti-trust charges against Google on Thursday, piling pressure on the US tech giant over the alleged abuse of its market dominance. Brussels targeted the Silicon Valley firm's advertising business, saying it had restricted some websites from displaying ads from Google's competitors. The EU also beefed up its charge sheet in an earlier case against Google which alleges that the firm abused the dominance of its search engine for online shopping. There are now three EU cases against Google in total, with the EU having also filed charges in April against it for its Android mobile phone operating system." (07/14/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/eu-files-fresh-antitrust-charges-against-google-102130893.html  

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Brexit animosity aimed at the wrong targets

July 13, 2016
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by David Blowers  

"Britain is polarised following a referendum where the people were asked to choose between two unpleasant options. The vanilla-flavoured turd is the status quo where the nation state continues its affiliation to the European Union, a big cog in the machine of globalised neoliberalism -- a situation that would likely continue to centralise power in Brussels (as it has since the 1975 referendum) with the British public having no way of knowing if there would be another chance to vote on the matter. Alternatively, there was the strawberry-flavoured turd -- leap into an unknown and bewildering array of changes (described in apocalyptic terms by a Prime Minister who can now provide no reassurance without backtracking) -- and a possible lurch of government even further to the right." (07/13/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45674  

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A cry of rage and pain

July 6, 2016
posted by

Libertarian Alliance
by Neil Lock  

"Now some of the dust has settled after the Brexit vote, I thought it might be useful to take a look at who voted which way, and why what happened might have happened. ... [O]n the Remain side, the picture looks quite simple. The city slickers and big businessmen that benefit financially from the current set-up, and the supporters of big government and the green agenda, also support the EU. The latte-sipping, Grauniad-reading, political-correctness-loving, humanity-hating classes that think they're the only people educated enough to be allowed to have opinions on anything, are Remainers to the core. On the other side, it's much more complicated. The areas with the strongest Leave votes were mostly in a few parts of the country -- Essex, Lincolnshire and the industrial Midlands and North. But the reasons for that support seem to vary from place to place." (07/06/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/06/a-cry-of-rage-and-pain/  

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After the referendum: Sorting through the rubble

July 4, 2016
posted by

Sean Gabb Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb  

"What more to say about the past eight days? They began with a referendum vote that sent a shock across the world. They have now settled into something like business as usual. The shape of the British Constitution will be determined by the internal politics of the Conservative Party. Here, then, are some thoughts on how things might proceed between now and Christmas." (07/02/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/02/after-the-referendum-sorting-through-the-rubble/  

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Tusk: EU 27 agree “no single market a la carte” for UK

June 29, 2016
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"EU leaders agreed Wednesday that Britain cannot have access to the single market after leaving the union without accepting the bloc's rules on free movement, president Donald Tusk said. 'There will be no single market a la carte,' Tusk told a news conference in Brussels after the 27 leaders met without British Prime Minister David Cameron. 'Leaders made it crystal clear today that access to the single market requires acceptance of all four freedoms including freedom of movement,' Tusk added. The 27 EU leaders will also hold a summit -- without Britain -- in Bratislava on September 16 to discuss further the fallout from Britain's decision to leave the bloc, Tusk said." (06/29/16)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Jun-29/359663-eu-27-agree-no-single-market-a-la-carte-for-uk-tusk.ashx  

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Nevermind the Brexit, UK will emerge with a good trade deal

June 29, 2016
posted by

CNBC
by Dr. Michael Ivanovitch  

"The British never wanted to be part of a German-dominated European federal super state. The exit from the EU will allow the U.K. to reclaim parts of national authority that its political elites ceded to unelected Brussels officials free of any meaningful democratic oversight. The scare-mongering about the end of the U.K. and the unraveling EU is meaningless. My guess is that the U.K. will do better that the unwieldy 'union' of 27 countries whose leaders have yet to figure out where they are going." (06/27/16)

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/27/nevermind-the-brexit-uk-will-emerge-with-a-good-trade-deal.html  

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