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2201, 2019

[Ticker] EU hits Mastercard with €570m fine

By |January 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on [Ticker] EU hits Mastercard with €570m fine

The EU Commission on Tuesday fined Mastercard €570.6m for breaching antitrust rules, by limiting retailers from benefitting from conditions offered by banks elsewhere within the EU. The fine is the latest move by EU regulators to reduce card fees for retailers. The commission said Mastercard rules forced retailers to pay a higher interchange fee between banks after a consumer used a card in a shop or online.

2201, 2019

[Ticker] Romanian minister prepares to cancel corruption cases

By |January 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on [Ticker] Romanian minister prepares to cancel corruption cases

Romania's justice minister Tudorel Toader said Monday that he has prepared an emergency decree that could invalidate hundreds of corruption cases involving the country's most senior officials, AP reported. On Tuesday he meets with prime minister Vioric...

2201, 2019

May pushes defeated Brexit deal, offers no Plan B

By |January 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on May pushes defeated Brexit deal, offers no Plan B

British prime minister Theresa May went back to parliament after the crushing defeat of her Brexit deal - but she continues to push MPs to accept the withdrawal agreement.

2201, 2019

[Ticker] Sefcovic: no gas supply problems this winter

By |January 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on [Ticker] Sefcovic: no gas supply problems this winter

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic discussed the security of gas supplies this winter with Russia and Ukraine on Monday. "The good news that everything is fine, under control, and we do not foresee any complications this winter," he said...

2201, 2019

[Ticker] Report: Commission warning on passport-sale schemes

By |January 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on [Ticker] Report: Commission warning on passport-sale schemes

The European Commission reportedly will call on EU member states to be cautious offering so-called golden visas, because of "risks of infiltration of non-EU organised crime groups in the economy, money laundering, corruption and tax evasion". Bulgaria,...

2201, 2019

[Ticker] France summons Italian ambassador over colonial remark

By |January 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on [Ticker] France summons Italian ambassador over colonial remark

The Italian ambassador to France was summoned Monday to explain comments by Italian deputy PM Luigi Di Maio. The leader of the Five Star Movement blamed French policy on colonial-era French African currencies for holding back development. "If people ar...

2201, 2019

European Parliament targets ‘fake’ political groups

By |January 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on European Parliament targets ‘fake’ political groups

In the wake of the UKIP-Five Star Movement (M5S) link up, restrictions on creating political groups in the European Parliament are being formulated.

2201, 2019

[Opinion] What is fate of non-euro EU states after Brexit?

By |January 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on [Opinion] What is fate of non-euro EU states after Brexit?

The UK's withdrawal from the EU will heighten fears of marginalisation among the eight member states - Bulgaria, Denmark, Croatia, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Czech Republic and Hungary - that have not adopted the euro.

2101, 2019

[Ticker] May U-turn on fee for EU nationals in UK

By |January 21st, 2019|Comments Off on [Ticker] May U-turn on fee for EU nationals in UK

British prime minister Theresa May announced on Monday that the proposed £65 [€74] fee for EU nationals in the UK to apply for "settled status" after Brexit would be scrapped, and previously-paid fees reimbursed. The U-turn came as May detailed to British MPs her 'Plan B' Brexit deal, following the defeat by 230 votes last week of the agreement with Brussels she had spent two years negotiating.

2101, 2019

Turkish NBA star takes on Erdogan

By |January 21st, 2019|Comments Off on Turkish NBA star takes on Erdogan

Turkish NBA basketball star, Enes Kanter, gave up joining teammates in a London match over fears of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's reach into the EU.

2101, 2019

‘Meme ban’ still on table in EU copyright bill, says MEP

By |January 21st, 2019|Comments Off on ‘Meme ban’ still on table in EU copyright bill, says MEP

Negotiations planned for Monday evening were cancelled because national governments could not support a new mandate.

2101, 2019

[Ticker] French data watchdog gives Google €50m fine

By |January 21st, 2019|Comments Off on [Ticker] French data watchdog gives Google €50m fine

The French data protection authority CNIL handed Google a €50m fine on Monday for violations of the general data protection regulation (GDPR). It said Google was not transparent about the data it collected. "The relevant information is accessible after several steps only, implying sometimes up to five or six actions," CNIL said in a statement. It also said users were not sufficiently informed when consenting to personalised advertisements.

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