EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Wednesday she was reviewing Facebook’s response to charges the U.S. social network provided misleading information during its bid for messaging service WhatsApp which may result in a hefty fine for the company. The European Commission in December last year said Facebook’s statements during the regulator’s scrutiny of the $22 billion deal in 2014 were incorrect when it said that it was unable reliably to match the two companies’...
(SAO PAULO/BEIJING) -- China and the European Union curtailed meat imports from Brazil on Monday after police, in an anti-corruption probe criticized by the government as alarmist, accused inspectors in the world’s biggest exporter of beef and poultry of taking bribes to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats. As the scandal deepened, Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said the government had suspended exports from 21 meat processing units. But he also criticized ...
(ATHENS, Greece) — Police in Greece have discovered and neutralized eight parcel bombs, addressed to European Union finance officials and businesses in various European countries, at a postal sorting office near Athens. The discovery Monday came after letter bombs were sent last week to the German Finance Ministry and the Paris office of the International Monetary Fund, where a small explosion injured a member of staff. The Greek militant group, Conspiracy Cells of Fire, claimed responsib...
The EU is worried about a protectionist U.S. White House that appears to see trade as a game that some countries win and others lose. Cecilia Malmström, a Swedish politician who is the European Commissioner for Trade, told a meeting at the University of Toronto on Monday that trade agreements create benefits by lowering consumer prices and creating more jobs. “Some tend to see trade as a game — I win, you lose,” Malmstrom said. “We don’t see it like that. We see a...
LONDON (AP) — Britain will begin divorce proceedings from the European Union on March 29, starting the clock on two years of intense political and economic negotiations that will fundamentally change both the nation and its European neighbors. Britain’s ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow, informed European Council President Donald Tusk of the exact start date on Monday morning. “We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation,̶...
People who apply for a loan from a bank or credit card company, and are turned down, are owed an explanation of why that happened. It's a good idea -- because it can help teach people how to repair their damaged credit -- and it's a federal law, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. Getting an answer wasn't much of a problem in years past, when humans made those decisions. But today, as artificial intelligence systems increasingly assist or replace people making credit decisions, getting those expla...
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned in a newspaper interview that a trade war between the United States and Europe would not be good for either. Asked by Bild am Sonntag newspaper whether Europe could withstand a trade war with the United States, Juncker said: “A trade war would neither be in Europe’s nor the USA’s interests.” He said it was necessary to take protectionist comments being made by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration serio...
AT&T has won approval from the European Commission for its planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier said on Wednesday. The merger, which still requires approval from the U.S. Department of Justice, is expected to close by the end of the year, AT&T t said. During his election campaign, U.S. President Donald Trump had said that he opposes the merger, and in January a transition official told Reuters that Trump...
(THE HAGUE, Netherlands) — Amid unprecedented international attention, the Dutch go to the polls Wednesday in a parliamentary election that is seen as a bellwether for the future of populism in a year of crucial votes in Europe. With the anti-Islam, far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders running just behind two-term right-wing Prime Minister Mark Rutte in polls, the Dutch vote could give an indication of whether the tide of populism that swept Britain toward the European Union exit door and Do...
Companies in the European Union can ban “the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign” as it does “not constitute direct discrimination,” the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled. Europe’s highest court’s ruling was sparked by Samira Achbita, a Muslim woman working for the security company G4S, who was told that her wearing of a headscarf would not be tolerated because “the visible wearing of political, philosophical or re...
(LONDON) — Britain lurched closer to leaving the European Union Monday when Parliament stopped resisting and gave Prime Minister Theresa May the power to file for divorce from the bloc. But in a blow to May’s government, the prospect of Scotland’s exit from the United Kingdom suddenly appeared nearer, too. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called for a referendum on independence within two years to stop Scotland being dragged out of the E.U. against its will. In an anno...
(ANKARA, Turkey) — Turkey announced a series of political sanctions against the Netherlands on Monday over its refusal to allow two Turkish ministers to campaign there, including halting high-level political discussions between the two countries and closing Turkish air space to Dutch diplomats. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, briefing journalists after the weekly council of ministers meeting, said the sanctions would apply until the Netherlands takes steps “to redress”...
Turkey told the Netherlands on Sunday that it would retaliate in the “harshest ways” after Turkish ministers were barred from speaking in Rotterdam, as a row over Ankara’s political campaigning among Turkish immigrants escalated. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Netherlands was the “capital of fascism” as it joined other European countries in stopping Turkish politicians holding rallies due to fears that tensions in Turkey might spill over into their commu...
(BRUSSELS) – The leaders of the European Union delivered a withering snub to Poland’s right-wing government on Thursday by steamrolling its objections and reappointing former Polish premier Donald Tusk to chair their summits. Tusk’s successor as prime minister Beata Szydlo, acting on orders from her party boss and long-time Tusk adversary Jaroslaw Kaczynski, had vowed to stop him securing a second 30-month term. But the other 27 leaders wasted no time in moving to a cold-bloo...
Open Internet Project, whose members include Axel Springer and Getty Images, on Tuesday accused Alphabet unit Google goog of imposing anti-competitive curbs on Android smartphone makers, its second complaint against the U.S. tech giant. The group, which lodged a complaint about Google’s comparison shopping service with the European Commission about three years ago, urged the EU competition authority to take action. “Google once again, in breach...
British Prime Minister Theresa May is unlikely to bow to political expedience in Brexit negotiations but will make up her own mind about what she believes is best and refuse to give ground--that’s if past form is anything to go by. May, who backed the campaign to stay in the European Union in last June’s referendum, will have to carry or quell the eurosceptics in her ruling Conservative Party as she formulates her negotiating priorities and strategy. The 60-year-old--often described ...
1. Don’t buy your kids internet-connected toys. By Mike Murphy in Quartz 2. While the laws on leaking secrets haven’t changed, the moral calculus around them has. By Gabriel Schoenfeld in USA Today 3. Populism might be surging around the world, but don’t write off the European Union. By Judy Dempsey at Carnegie Europe 4. On the edge of drought-stricken desert, this technology pulls drinking water from fog. By Eillie Anzilotti in Fast Co.Exist 5. It’s been 45 years since ...
President Donald Trump wants the U.S. nuclear arsenal to stand “at the top of the pack,” and called an arms limitation pact with Russia a “one-sided deal.” He made the comments in an interview with Reuters, during which he also talked about defense of U.S. allies in Northeast Asia and called the European Union “wonderful.” “It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re go...
A collaboration between Google’s research unit and a Dutch institute on Thursday cracked a widely used cryptographic technology that has been one of the key building blocks of Internet security. The algorithm, known as Secure Hash Algorithm 1 or SHA-1, is currently used to verify the integrity of digital files and signatures that secure credit card transactions as well as Git open-source software repositories. Researchers were able to demonstrate a “collision attack” using two ...
Microsoft's announced changes to Windows 10 privacy policies around enough for the European Union (EU), which has let the company know that it's not doing enough to inform users of what data is collected, and why. The post EU still unhappy with Windows 10 data collection, despite changes appeared first on Digital Trends.