Tag: EU

EU may probe Apple Pay over iPhone NFC lock-in — if anyone complains

(Reuters) — EU regulators looked into Apple’s mobile payment service and found it was not market dominant but they could review it again if they receive formal complaints, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Monday. In an interview with Reuters, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager also signaled that Google and Amazon […]

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Paris Picks Up the Pieces After Protests

PARIS (AP) – Paris monuments are reopening, cleanup workers are out on the streets and shop owners are trying to put the city on its feet again, after new protests and rioting injured 71 people in the French capital and caused widespread damage. President Emmanuel Macron broke his silence to tweet appreciation for the police, […]

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In Pictures: Yellow Vest ‘Act IV’ Protest Violence Spreads Across Macron’s France

For the fourth straight week, the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement has protested across France, with violence and vandalism erupting once again in Paris and spreading to cities across the country. French police mobilised their entire force Saturday to quell the expected violence, deploying armoured vehicles on the streets of the French capital. A Gendarmerie […]

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Mounted Police and APCs Deployed as ‘Act IV’ of Yellow Vest Protests Unfolds

A total of 615 Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) have been arrested in Paris so far, with 508 of them remaining in custody as French police attempt to lock down the streets of Paris and make preventative arrests to quell potential violence. This story is receiving regular updates as events unfold UPDATE: 10:38 am EST The number […]

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Improvised Explosives, Molotovs Found by French Police On Eve of Yellow Vest Protests

French police in Montauban say they have discovered three improvised explosive devices along with 28 Molotov cocktails in possession of Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) protestors as the French government spokesman warns of people wanting to “overthrow power”. Investigators say they discovered the explosives and the 28 Molotov cocktails hidden in the back of a van on the […]

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Macron’s France: Hundreds Detained as ‘Yellow Jackets’ March on Presidential Palace

PARIS (AP) – Crowds of yellow-vested protesters angry at President Emmanuel Macron and France’s high taxes tried to march on the presidential palace Saturday, surrounded by exceptional numbers of police bracing for outbreaks of violence after the worst rioting in Paris in decades. Rows of helmeted, thickly protected riot police blocked the demonstrators’ passage down […]

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Macron’s France: Shock Video Shows Cops Line High Schoolers Against Wall

(AFP) — Images of dozens of high-school pupils kneeling with their hands behind their heads during mass round-ups sparked an outcry Friday as France braces for more violence at “yellow vest” protests this weekend. Left-wing politicians in France have expressed outrage at the videos, which have gone viral on social media, showing the teenagers kneeling […]

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Macron Considers State of Emergency After France Experiences Worst Civil Unrest Since 1968

French President Emmanuel Macron is considering imposing a state of emergency in France after violent protests in Paris saw the Arc de Triomphe vandalised and hundreds of arrests. President Macron was met with jeers and calls for his resignation by bystanders as he toured the damage along the Champs-Élysée on Sunday morning after his return from […]

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Paris in Flames: Violence, ‘Insurrection’ in Third Week of Yellow Jacket Protests

In the third straight week of protests by the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Jackets) movement, hundreds of protestors were arrested as violence and arson took place across the country with smoke blanketing the Paris skyline in what has been called an “insurrection”. While protests took place across France, much of the violence and arson took place […]

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Macron on the Brink: Water Cannon, Tear Gas, and Stun Grenades as ‘Yellow Jackets’ Storm Security Cordons

Riot police have deployed water cannon, tear gas, and stun grenades against protesters on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, as the “Yellow Jackets” stage their third major rally against President Emmanuel Macron’s “green” tax hikes on fuel. This story is receiving regular updates below the opening passages. The clashes on the famous avenue leading to Napoleon […]

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Thousands of Police Deployed as France Braces for Fresh Wave of ‘Yellow Jackets’ Protests

PARIS (AP) – French authorities have deployed thousands of police on Paris’ Champs-Elysees avenue to try to contain protests by people angry over rising taxes and President Emmanuel Macron’s government. The so-called yellow jackets have called for new demonstrations and road blockades Saturday across France, including the capital, where a demonstration last weekend turned violent. […]

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Google could face additional legal action in Europe over activity and location tracking

It’s been a tough year for Google in Europe, and it doesn’t look to be getting any better. The Mountain View company was slapped with a record $5 billion antitrust fine by the EU Commission this summer, and now it could be in hot water once again due to its location and online activity tracking […]

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Fishermen Betrayed: Macron Gloats UK Will Be Forced Into ‘Backstop’ Unless British Waters are Surrendered

EU leaders have wasted little time in gloating over “the worst deal in history” negotiated by Theresa May, with French president Emmanuel Macron gloating he can blackmail Britain into surrendering its fishing waters or force it into the humiliating “backstop”. The European Union controls its member-states territorial fishing waters centrally, sharing them out via a […]

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Theresa May Writes ‘Letter to the Nation’ Begging Support for ‘Worst Deal in History’

Theresa May has written a “letter to the nation” begging the public to support her Brexit deal, which has been signed off by EU leaders but could be voted down in Parliament by Tory Brexiteers and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). The Prime Minister has agreed to pay a £39 billion+ divorce settlement to […]

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Brexit: May’s ‘Worst Deal in History’ with EU Officially Signed

BRUSSELS (AP) – European Council President Donald Tusk says the European Union has approved a Brexit deal with Britain. Tusk tweeted that 27 EU leaders meeting in Brussels “endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations.” The deal sets out the terms of Britain’s departure on March 29 and sets a framework […]

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Brussels Unveils EU Army Plans for Spy School, Missile Development

The European Union has agreed to a series of armament and military projects including a spy school and medium-range missile development as part of its proto-EU army force PESCO. Late Monday, foreign and defence ministers from 25 countries agreed at the Council of the European Union on the 17 projects under the Permanent Structured Cooperation […]

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Google News might shut down in Europe over prospective EU ‘link tax’

Europe’s new digital copyright legislation has raised no shortage of concerns from business and consumer rights advocates alike. The severe new regulations include what critics have dubbed a “link tax” that would require most medium to large online platforms to pay copyright holders for reproducing even small snippets of text (though a few “individual words” […]

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Trade War Watch: Were the Auto Tariffs Ever Supposed to Be More Than a Threat?

The U.S. Commerce Department has submitted draft recommendations to the White House on its investigation into whether it’s prudent to impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported automobiles and parts, based on the premise that they’re a threat to national security. The possibility has the industry in a […]

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Europe’s collision course with copyright censorship: where we stand today

I’ve just published a comprehensive explainer on Medium about the EU’s new Copyright Directive, which was sabotaged at the last minute, when MEP Axel Voss snuck in the long-discredited ideas of automatically censoring anything a bot thinks infringes copyright and banning unpaid links to news articles. After a million Europeans signed a petition […]

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The EU’s new Link Tax bans the use of Creative Commons and open access for news

One of the most controversial elements of the EU’s new Copyright Directive is Article 11, the “link tax,” which requires paid licenses for links to news stories that contain “excerpts” (more than a single word from the story or its headline, depending on which draft you’re reading). But link taxes go even farther […]

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