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  • Department of State Nov 27, 2019

    US Criticizes China for Abuses Against Minorities Revealed by Leaked Cables

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that a cache of leaked documents proves that Chinese authorities are engaged in massive and systemic repression of Muslims and other minorities in western China, as a number of foreign governments expressed serious concern about the scale of the campaign. Pompeo said the documents underscored “an overwhelming and growing body of evidence” that...

  • PRESIDENT Oct 28, 2019

    EU Delays Brexit to Jan. 31; Johnson Election Bid Fails

    Britain got Brexit breathing space but no clarity on Monday when the European Union granted a three-month delay to the U.K.’s departure from the bloc. British politicians immediately began using the extra time to do what they have done for more than three years — bicker about Brexit.

  • PRESIDENT Oct 17, 2019

    UK, EU Reach Brexit Deal, With Parliament as Next Hurdle

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s career of disdain for the European Union was a thing of the past on Thursday as he and the bloc’s leaders celebrated their tentative Brexit deal. He now faces an opponent closer to home: his own Parliament. With the ink barely dry on the proposal and Johnson still happily backslapping EU leaders at a summit...

  • European Union Jul 10, 2019

    EU Fines Hello Kitty Owner $7 Million in Antitrust Ruling

    European Union authorities on Tuesday fined the Japanese company behind Hello Kitty for restricting cross-border online sales of toys, mugs, bags and other products featuring the cartoon cat girl. The EU’s antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said that Sanrio Co. was fined 6.2 million euros ($7 million) because the company violated the bloc’s competition rules with licensing agreements that banned traders...

  • America Jun 9, 2019

    Google Is Tech’s Top Spender on Lobbying — Facebook and Amazon Are Also at Record Levels

    As the biggest U.S. technology companies face increasing scrutiny from regulators related to privacy practices and market control, they’re spending a lot more money to try and influence lawmakers. No company in America is pouring more money into those efforts than Google. Last year, the company spent $21.7 million on lobbying, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. For two...

  • CEO May 7, 2019

    BMW Profit Hit by Anti-Trust Case, Spending on Technology

    BMW lost money making cars in the first quarter as its automotive division was hit by a 1.4 billion-euro ($1.6 billion) set-aside for an anti-trust fine from the European Commission and by higher up-front costs for new technology and factories. The fine and investment spending, along with weaker pricing in some markets, led to an operating loss for the company’s...

  • PRESIDENT Mar 20, 2019

    UK’s May Asks a Wary EU to Delay Brexit Until June 30

    Exactly 1,000 days after Britain voted to leave the European Union, and nine days before it is scheduled to walk out the door, Prime Minister Theresa May hit the pause button Wednesday, asking the bloc to postpone the U.K.’s departure until June 30. EU leaders, who are exasperated by Britain’s Brexit melodrama, will only grant the extension if May can...

  • Europe Jan 30, 2019

    EU Won’t Budge on Brexit Deal as May Seeks Cross-Party Unity

    European Union leaders offered a united chorus of “No” on Wednesday to Britain’s belated bid to negotiate changes to the Brexit divorce deal, with one official calling on British lawmakers to stop bickering and work out a cross-party approach. In London, Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledged that her government hasn’t decided exactly how it will try to change the deal...

  • Commissioner Dec 19, 2018

    European Officials Agree on Ban of Some Single-Use Plastics

    Plastic knives just won’t cut it any longer, if the European Union has its way. The 28-nation bloc moved closer to banning single-use straws, plates, cutlery and cotton swabs, after officials from EU member states and the European Parliament on Wednesday backed recommendations by its executive branch designed to reduce marine pollution. Environmental campaigners have been calling for curbs on...

  • European Union Nov 22, 2018

    UK and EU Agree on Future Relations After Brexit

    The European Union and Britain have agreed on a draft declaration on the future of their political relations after Brexit, European Council President Donald Tusk said Thursday, paving the way for an EU summit this weekend to rubber-stamp the deal. The draft declaration was agreed upon at a technical level by negotiators and endorsed Thursday by the European Commission, the...

  • Facebook Jul 15, 2018

    Italy: France, Malta Offer to Take Quarter of 450 Migrants

    Italy said Saturday that Malta and France had agreed to take 100 of the 450 migrants who were rescued from a fishing boat in the Mediterranean, claiming victory in the latest standoff but demanding even greater European solidarity. Premier Giuseppe Conte said that Malta and France had come forward in response to his request to all 27 other members of...

  • Donald Trump Jun 6, 2018

    EU to Impose Retaliatory Tariffs on US Imports From July

    The European Union on Wednesday announced it will start imposing duties from July on a list of U.S. products in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe. “The new duties start applying in July,” European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic told reporters. “It is a measured and proportionate response to the unilateral...

  • Donald Trump Feb 19, 2018

    Israel Hits Militant Site in Gaza After Renewed Rocket Fire

    The Israeli military on Monday said it struck an underground militant infrastructure site in Gaza in response to rocket fire toward Israel. The airstrikes came amid days of renewed tensions and violence along the Gaza border. The military has struck various targets in Gaza in recent days and killed two Palestinians who tried to infiltrate Israel after a militant bomb...

  • European Union Dec 8, 2017

    UK, EU Claim Brexit Breakthrough; Eye Talks on Future Ties

    Britain and the European Union hammered out a deal early Friday that allows Brexit talks to finally move on to the all-important issues of trade and the future relationship between the two. But some of the details appeared contradictory and leave some of the toughest issues unresolved. The last stumbling block had involved the border between Ireland — an EU...

  • United States Nov 7, 2017

    Apple Revamped Overseas Ops to Find New Tax Havens: Report

    Apple revamped its overseas subsidiaries to take advantage of tax loopholes on the European island of Jersey after a crackdown on Ireland’s loose rules began in 2013, according to The New York Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists . The news outlet and the nonprofit investigative organization cited confidential records that were obtained by the German newspaper Suddeutsche...

  • official Oct 4, 2017

    Amazon Must Pay $295 Million in Back Taxes, EU Says

    Amazon has to pay $295 million in back taxes to Luxembourg, the European Union ordered Wednesday, in its latest attempt to tighten the screws on multinationals it says are avoiding taxes through sweetheart deals with individual EU states. Margrethe Vestager, the EU official in charge of antitrust issues, also took Ireland to court for failing to collect a massive 13...

  • Donald Trump Jul 24, 2017

    Europe Concerned at Impact of US Energy Sanctions on Russia

    European Union officials are “activating all diplomatic channels” to press home their concerns that looming U.S. energy sanctions against Russia could impact Europe’s energy supplies. U.S. lawmakers are scheduled to consider the sanctions package as early as Tuesday, and the bill could be sent to President Donald Trump before Congress breaks for the August recess. The measures are aimed at...

  • California Jun 27, 2017

    EU Slaps Record $2.7B Fine on Google Over Shopping Service

    The European Union’s competition watchdog has slapped a record $2.72 billion fine on internet giant Google for breaching antitrust rules with its online shopping service. European regulators said Tuesday that “Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.”

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Jun 27, 2017

    European Commission Hits Google With $2.7B Fine

    European regulators have issued a $2.7 billion fine against Google.

  • United States May 18, 2017

    Facebook Fined $122 million by EU for Giving ‘Misleading Information’ on Whatsapp Takeover

    Facebook has been fined 110 million euros ($122 million) by European regulators for providing “misleading information” about its acquisition of instant messaging service WhatsApp. The social media giant bought WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion. The European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, said that Facebook told it that there was no possibility to establish “reliable automated matching between Facebook...

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