Posts Tagged ‘ EU ’

EU gang wants quota of European films on providers like Netflix

May 25, 2016
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"On-demand video providers like Netflix, iTunes and Amazon will be required to have a fifth of their films and TV shows on offer in the European Union be Europe-made, under new proposals issued Wednesday. The quota would match one that already exists for TV networks in European countries and aims to protect the film industry, culture and national languages of the EU's 28 states in an increasingly globalized world dominated by programs in English and from the U.S. The system, however, is not popular in the industry and was immediately criticized by some." (05/25/16)

http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/top-news/european-union-seeks-to-make-life-easier-for-onlin/nrStP/  

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France: Google appeals order to apply “right to be forgotten” globally

May 19, 2016
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CNet News CNet News    

"Google has appealed an order from France compelling it to scrap certain search results not just by country but across the world. In May 2014, Google started complying with a European Union ruling that requires it to honor requests from a European citizen to remove search results that may no longer be relevant or may infringe upon that person's privacy. Initially, the company limited those take-down requests to just the countries from which they originated. A year later, France's Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) ordered Google to remove search results upon request from all its global domains, including those in the US." (05/19/16)

http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/google-appeals-france-order-on-right-to-be-forgotten-globally/  

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The Human Rights Act is no friend of freedom

May 10, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Luke Gittos  

"Those opposed to the Human Rights Act paint it as a devastatingly effective way for criminals to evade justice. Its supporters describe it as the legacy of the Enlightenment and a vital protection against the excesses of executive power. Both of these positions demonstrate rampant intellectual dishonesty. The Human Rights Act should be repealed, not because it makes our courts 'slaves' to foreign powers, but because it has done nothing to stop clamp downs on democratic freedoms over recent decades." (05/10/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-human-rights-act-is-no-friend-of-freedom/18335  

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France threatens “no” to US-EU trade zone, amid new tensions

May 3, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"France is threatening to reject a huge free trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union, saying it's too friendly to U.S. business and probably doomed. Signs of trouble are dogging the creation of a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a U.S.-EU free trade zone encompassing half the world economy. President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that France 'will never accept' challenges to its farming and culture in exchange for better access to U.S. markets. ... European officials appear to be toughening their rhetoric after Greenpeace leaked large amounts of confidential negotiating documents that suggest the EU is coming under U.S. pressure to weaken consumer protections in key sectors." (05/03/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/france-us-eu-trade-deal-blocked-probably-doomed/2016/05/03/18c5d736-1111-11e6-a9b5-bf703a5a7191_story.html  

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How Brexit could help all of Europe

May 2, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ferghane Azihari  

"The United Kingdom (UK) is about to hold a referendum on June 23rd on whether it should leave or remain within the European Union (EU). Once unthinkable, the 'Brexit' is becoming more and more plausible. It is seen by the mainstream media as a factor of uncertainty in Europe. For its critics, Brexit would lead to increasing nationalism and protectionism. Nevertheless, those same critics forget the European Union is not a free-trade area. On the contrary, Brexit could open new perspectives for the old continent, not by bringing more protectionism but by bringing more competition between governments." (05/02/16)

https://mises.org/blog/how-brexit-could-help-all-europe  

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The EU — a CIA covert operation

May 2, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The upcoming British referendum on whether to stay in the European Union (EU) represents the culmination of a long term project by the United States to destroy the concept of national sovereignty in the Old World and replace it with a supranational entity with ironclad links to Washington. Whether that longstanding ambition has succeeded will be decided on June 23 -- which is why President Barack Obama made a special trip to the Mother Country to give them a little lecture on the alleged evils of nationalism and the goodness of the EU." (05/02/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/05/01/eu-cia-covert-operation/  

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Obama vs. Britain’s “isolationists”

April 25, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"American interventionism isn't just sending in the Marines -- more often it's sending in the President. The 'bully pulpit' has worldwide resonance, and President Obama recently used it to urge the British to reject 'isolationism' and stay in the EU. As usual with the White House -- and not just this one -- the little lecture was accompanied by a threat: if the Brits abjured his advice, and that of British Prime Minister David Cameron, they would be put 'at the back of the queue' when it comes to signing trade deals with the US. This is nonsense, as London mayor Boris Johnson pointed out: the European Union's routinely protectionist stance would actually made it harder rather than easier to negotiate any kind of trade deal. But Obama, undeterred by the furious reaction to his intervention in the debate, continued his assault on British 'isolationism' the next day ..." (04/25/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/04/24/obama-vs-britains-isolationists/  

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EU set to slap Google with frivolous antitrust charges over Android

April 19, 2016
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MarketWatch MarketWatch    

"The European Union is set to slap Alphabet Inc.’s Google with formal antitrust charges over the U.S. tech company’s conduct with its Android mobile-operating system, according to two people briefed on the investigation. ... EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday that the commission was focusing on Google's demand that smartphone makers and mobile carriers using Android load Google apps on their devices if they offer any of the company's services -- including search -- on their phones." (04/;19/16)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/eu-set-to-slap-google-with-antitrust-charges-over-android-2016-04-19  

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EU: MEPs approve plan to collect and share air passenger data

April 14, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Security services will have easier access to information about people flying into and out of Europe, after MEPs voted in favour of a mass data collection plan aimed at combating terrorists and organised criminals. The European parliament voted by 461 to 179 to share passenger name records (PNR), a measure that has been five years in the making and the subject of a rancorous debate on how to balance security against privacy. Only nine MEPs abstained, in a sign of the sharp polarisation over the plans." (04/14/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/14/meps-approve-plan-collect-share-air-passenger-data-pnr  

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Netherlands: Voters reject EU-Ukraine deal in referendum

April 7, 2016
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Leesville Daily Leader    

"A clear majority of people who voted Wednesday in a Dutch referendum rejected a far-reaching European Union free trade deal with Ukraine, and with all votes counted it was clear that the threshold of 30 percent voter turnout would be met and the result would be valid. The turnout was at 32.2 percent, broadcasters NOS and RTL reported after all votes were counted and reported by municipalities to national news agency ANP's election service. While it was long in doubt if the result would be valid, the sentiment among those in the nation of 17 million who voted was crystal clear: According to the ANP count, 61.1 percent rejected the EU-Ukraine pact and 38.1 percent voted for it. The remaining votes were blank or spoiled." (04/06/16)

http://www.leesvilledailyleader.com/news/20160406/reports-dutch-reject-eu-ukraine-deal-in-referendum  

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Greece: Regime halts migrant deportations while it processes rush of asylum applications

April 6, 2016
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National Post [Canada]    

"The expulsion of migrants from Greece to Turkey was suspended Tuesday after authorities admitted it could take months to process thousands of asylum seekers stranded on the Aegean Islands. A group of 202 mostly Pakistani and Afghan migrants was sent by boat from the islands of Lesbos and Chios on Monday, as the EU’s plan to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis got under way, but none followed them Tuesday." (04/05/16)

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/migrants-day-two-and-greece-stops-sending-back-the-migrants  

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EU outlines options for change to asylum system

April 6, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"The European Union executive made proposals on Wednesday to reform EU asylum rules in response to the chaotic arrival of over a million migrants and refugees last year that has strained the bloc's cohesion. Reflecting divisions among member states, the European Commission offered options for amending what is known as the Dublin rules, under which people claim asylum in the first EU state they enter. That system has left Greece and Italy unable and unwilling to offer asylum to all arrivals and seen many trekking north, prompting border closures that threaten the EU's hallmark Schengen system of passport free travel within Europe." (04/06/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-eu-idUSKCN0X31B9  

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Migrants sent back from Greece arrive in Turkey under EU deal

April 4, 2016
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"The first migrants deported from Greek islands under a disputed EU-Turkey deal were shipped back to Turkey on Monday in a drive to shut down the main route used by more than a million people fleeing war and poverty to reach Europe in the last year. Under a pact criticised by refugee agencies and human rights campaigners, Ankara will take back all migrants and refugees who cross the Aegean Sea to enter Greece illegally, including Syrians. In return, the European Union will take in thousands of Syrian refugees directly from Turkey and reward it with more money, early visa-free travel and progress in its EU membership negotiations." (04/04/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3522272/Greece-begins-ferrying-migrants-Turkey-landmark-EU-deal.html  

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Even pro-EU people don’t like the EU

March 30, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Rob Lyons  

"The EU referendum debate has, so far, consisted of arguments over immigration, security and tit-for-tat lists among business leaders for and against. But the fundamental issue in the referendum is not about one particular policy or another, or how good a trade deal the UK would get in the event of a vote to leave. The fundamental issue is about democracy and the lack of accountability of EU decision-makers to the people who are affected by the laws the EU makes. And on this issue, even those calling for Britain to stay are very aware of just how awful the EU really is." (03/30/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/even-pro-eu-people-dont-like-the-eu/  

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Greece: Regime sets up detention camps as refugee deal hits delays

March 21, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Greece detained hundreds of refugees and migrants on its islands Monday, as officials in Athens and the European Union conceded a much-heralded agreement to send thousands of asylum-seekers back to Turkey is facing delays. Migrants who arrived after the deal took effect Sunday were being led to previously open refugee camps on the islands of Lesbos and Chios and held in detention, authorities on the islands said." (03/21/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkish-monitors-arrive-greek-islands-migrant-deal-37806112  

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EU antitrust parasites want more info on Apples Irish tax deal

March 17, 2016
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Jakarta Globe [Indonesia]    

"European Union antitrust regulators have asked Ireland to provide further details on the country's tax deal with Apple before deciding whether this constitutes illegal state aid to the iPhone maker. The European Commission, which has been investigating the Apple deal for more than two years, said on Wednesday (16/03) that Irish authorities had not responded fully to an earlier query. ... The EU competition enforcer in 2014 accused Ireland of swerving international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from revenue collectors in return for maintaining jobs. Apple's vice-president of its European operations, Cathy Kearney, told a European Parliament hearing on Tuesday that the company had paid every cent of its [sic] taxes in Ireland." (03/17/16)

http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/eu-regulators-want-info-apples-irish-tax-deal/  

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Article 50 is a poisoned chalice — don’t drink from it

March 4, 2016
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Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Robert Henderson  

"Those who think that British Europhile politicians will play fair if Britain votes to leave the EU in June will be horribly disappointed. The public may think that if the British people have voted to leave the EU and that is an end of it regardless of the wishes of the Government. Sadly, there is every reason to expect that Brexit will be anything but a clean break from the EU. ... Far from a vote to leave in the referendum putting Britain in the position of a sovereign nation engaging in a negotiation for a treaty with the EU [Article 50] traps Britain into an extended period of negotiation whose outcome is dependent on the agreement or non-agreement of the 27 other EU member states and the EU Parliament." (03/03/16)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/03/03/article-50-is-a-poisoned-chalice-dont-drink-from-it/  

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For Europe, against the EU

March 3, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"The Brexit camp has asked the BBC to do it one, pretty small favour in the run-up to the EU referendum: to differentiate between 'Europe' and 'the EU.' To encourage its reporters to say 'Europe' only when they are referring to the vast continent we live in, and to say 'the EU' when they are referring to the Brussels-run union of 28 member states. And the BBC has refused. Or it has at least failed to clarify when these two very different terms may be used by its staff. This means the BBC has implicitly given a nod of approval to its reporters to say 'Europe' when they really mean 'the EU.'" (03/03/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/for-europe-against-the-eu/18102  

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Understanding why the press is generally pro-Brexit

March 3, 2016
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Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"Newspaper editors simply are not pondering the subject and then thinking about what they should persuade their readership of. Instead, they're trying very hard to work out what it is that their readership already believes and then pander to those beliefs. As the above notes, they got it largely right in 1975. The majority of the country was pro-EU and so was the majority of Fleet Street. Similarly The Sun does not consider the relevant manifestos before plumping for Labour or Tory. Instead, it tries to work out what the readership of that paper is likely to vote for. So it is now: the papers can see that there's rather more opposition to the EU than there used to be and are thus trying to get out in front of their own market." (03/02/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/media-culture/understanding-why-the-press-is-generally-pro-brexit/  

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Thoughts on the European referendum: A personal attempt at clarity

February 28, 2016
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Sean Gabb Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb  

"I believe that the effect on trade and investment of leaving or staying in would be minimal. We are all subject to the rules of the World Trade Organisation, and neither the British nor any European government would be interested in unpicking the current patterns of trade and investment. There would be little business lost with the European countries, and little gained elsewhere. And, if this country has become a cultural leftist police state, that has nothing to do with the European Union. There is nothing in the European treaties about feral social workers, or 'equality and diversity' rules. No European law requires British citizens to drop their voices when talking in public about certain issues, or the schools to be made into propaganda centres for the ruling class." (02/25/16)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/02/25/thoughts-on-the-european-referendum-a-personal-attempt-at-clarity/  

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European Parliament calls for Saudi arms embargo

February 26, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"The European Parliament called on the European Union to impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, saying Britain, France and other EU governments should no longer sell weapons to a country accused of targeting civilians in Yemen. EU lawmakers, who voted overwhelmingly in favor of an embargo, said Britain had licensed more than $3 billion of arms sales to Saudi Arabia since Saudi-led forces began military operations in Yemen in March last year." (02/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-saudi-arms-idUSKCN0VY1K1  

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Love democracy? Then leave the EU

February 22, 2016
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Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"The starting pistol has been fired in the debate about whether Britain should Remain in or Leave the EU. According to the Remain side there are hundreds of reasons Brits should choose to stay put. Being in the EU gives Britain global clout. It provides jobs. It makes us safer, as it allows us to work closely with our Euro-partners to tackle terror scourges like ISIS. However, there's one reason to leave which trumps all of those reasons to stay, and trumps them hard: popular sovereignty, the crucial right of a people to consent to the political system they are governed by." (02/22/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/love-democracy-then-leave-the-eu/18054  

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UK: Pound drops as Johnson backs Brexit

February 22, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Britain's pound currency plunged in value against the dollar Monday after mop-haired London Mayor Boris Johnson dramatically defected to the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union. The high-profile announcement dealt a serious blow to Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the June 23 referendum that could see Britain vote to exit the trading bloc. It was followed by a string of similar announcements by other senior ministers in Cameron's Conservative government, adding to fears that a so-called 'Brexit' is now a real risk." (02/22/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/pound-drops-london-mayor-boris-johnson-backs-brexit-eu-n523376  

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Brexit: Please Britain, don’t stop

February 18, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Aidan O'Brien  

"These are good times. Instead of Syria fragmenting, the European Union is. Seeing the convoluted suicide of Europe almost makes the bad times worth it. And for once in its long and repulsive history Britain might actually do something good: exit the EU. The hope is that this exit will trigger the break up of the UK (the Scots will rebel) and the final break down of the European Union." (02/18/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/18/brexit-please-britain-dont-stop/  

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Cameron takes “Brexit” case to EU’s center as Hollande digs in

February 16, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Prime Minister David Cameron took his case for an overhaul of the terms of Britain's membership of the European Union to Brussels Tuesday as the French government digs in its heels over aspects of his reform agenda. ... Cameron headed to the EU's political and administrative nexus as the debate over Britain's future membership in the 28-nation bloc enters a crucial phase that will determine whether the U.K. government calls an in-out referendum as soon as June." (02/16/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-16/cameron-takes-brexit-case-to-eu-s-center-as-hollande-digs-in  

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