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Creepy, Remarkable Reveal: Facebook Watches You Even If You Are Not A Member

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Facebook claims they found one that they're fixing for you. This particular bug enabled Facebook to track the online movements of non-users. Yes, you, Facebook friend or foe, user or boycotter, you were under the watchful eye of Facebook, whether you knew it or not.

Priorities for Romania: Strengthening the Rule of Law and Advancing Economic Freedom

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

In order to increase economic freedom for its citizens and enable them to achieve higher standards of living, Romania needs to continue its efforts to eradicate corruption and establish an independent and efficient judicial system.

Are the European Authorities Destroying the Greek Economy in Order to 'Save' It?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

There is a tense standoff right now between the Greek government and the European authorities -- sometimes known as the Troika because it includes the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Google's Remarkable Monopoly on Data Intrigues Europeans

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Mark Weinstein

In Monopoly the game, you buy properties, pay fines, and try to stay out of jail. In monopoly, the real-life big business version, you use all your leverage to dominate markets, manipulate industries, avoid fines, and hire lawyers to keep you out of jail. And most of the time you do win.

Google Antitrust Case: Can European Institutions Do Anything Other Than Investigate U.S. Tech Companies?

Andrea Stroppa | Posted 04.04.2015 | Technology
Andrea Stroppa

As a true believer in a unified Europe, I dream a continent willing to invest in future generations and ready to support all viewpoints -- a diversity that reinforces a common vision and builds fair opportunities for all European citizens.

Europe's Remarkable New War on Facebook

Mark Weinstein | Posted 03.31.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Remember the name Max Schrems. He's a European David firing his slingshot at the modern-day Goliath you know as Facebook.

Protesters, Police Clash Near ECB In Frankfurt

Reuters | John O'Donnell and Paul Carrel | Posted 03.18.2015 | World

By John O'Donnell and Frank Siebelt FRANKFURT, March 18 (Reuters) - Anti-capitalist protesters clashed with riot police near the ne...

Four Years of the Syria Crisis and a Tougher Year Ahead

Caroline Gluck | Posted 03.15.2015 | World
Caroline Gluck

The Syrian conflict, which this month enters its fifth year, shows no sign of easing. Since the start of the crisis in 2011, more than eleven million -- half of the population -- have been forced to flee the fighting and are now displaced inside the country.

Threats and Delights of the Apple Watch

Andrea Stroppa | Posted 03.12.2015 | Technology
Andrea Stroppa

Beside such shining features and opportunities, however, Apple Watch is also stirring up new privacy and security issues.

Grexit for the Good of the Eurozone

Russell Green | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Russell Green

If the Greeks leave the Eurozone, it would be awful. Both Greece and the remainder of the euro area would experience damaging volatility and uncertainty. But "Grexit" does not have to be all bad.

13 Questions: About Greece, Europe, Austerity -- And Us

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Every day brings more headlines in the European debt drama: "Greece elects anti-austerity government." "Greek Finance Minister says he won't negotiate with the 'Troika.'" "Anti-austerity movements gain ground across Europe." What's behind these stories? What does the future hold? Are there any implications for the U.S.? Here's an overview of the situation as it currently stands.

Austerity for the Other Guy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The people of Greece rebelled last week against the perverse notion that they should continue to endure biting austerity in a vain attempt to cure a condition that they are not solely responsible for creating. Sounds familiar, right?

Don't Count on the ECB to Stimulate the European Economies

Georges Ugeux | Posted 03.26.2015 | Business
Georges Ugeux

For all the media frenzy, the complacency of economists, the trumpets announcing a new era, Europe does not want to understand the basic situation it is in. Finance cannot bail Europe out. Only a profound transformation of a regime it cannot sustain will rescue it. Will we need Italy to collapse or another major banking crisis to wake Brussels up?

Europe Declares War on Google!

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.24.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Word leaked out on Friday in Brussels that The European Parliament is going to call for the break-up of Google. That must be a tough pill to swallow for Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Syrian Refugees and Millions of Iraqis Displaced by Conflict: A Common Struggle to Find Work, Housing & the Daily Basics

Caroline Gluck | Posted 12.30.2014 | World
Caroline Gluck

Thousands of families are on the move inside Iraq, seeking safety. The struggle to find safer areas, shelter, basic services, food and work is getting harder every day.

Apple Faces Damning Charges

AP | By JUERGEN BAETZ | Posted 11.30.2014 | Business

BRUSSELS (AP) — Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars after the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesd...

Science Advice? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Science Advice!

David Ropeik | Posted 10.14.2014 | Green
David Ropeik

In 2011, in response to a growing number of controversial risk issues that required scientific expertise beyond the abilities of most government officials, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and the European Commission took a daring chance.

Officials: EU Adopts Tough New Sanctions Against Russia

AP | JULIE PACE and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG | Posted 09.28.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tu...

Germany Has the Most Unequal Distribution of Wealth in the Eurozone

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 09.27.2014 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

Germany has the most unequal distribution of wealth in the eurozone. In this sense, Germany faces the same challenge as China: a high-export and saving economy which needs to rebalance through policies that create a greater flow of wealth to households, thus spurring greater consumption. This, in turn, can create demand for imports from Germany's European neighbors.

Mapping a Bolder Plan for the Brain

Rep. Chaka Fattah | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Rep. Chaka Fattah

When it comes to neuroscience, bold must be the norm -- not the exception. The Human Brain Project is large and ambitious, and as a result has the potential to be a disruptive force in a field that for far too long has been narrowly focused on an incremental approach.

Why Digital Skills Are Crucial For European Job-Seekers

Alexander Riedl | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Alexander Riedl

Nearly 6 million people under age 25 are currently out of work in Europe. At the same time, there could be up to 900,000 unfilled positions in information and communication technology (ICT) by 2020 if we don't take action.

EU Elects New Chief Despite British Opposition

Posted 06.27.2014 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top official says European Union leaders have chosen former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker to become the 28-nation ...

Horse-trading Is Not the Way to Select Europe's Next Leader

András Simonyi | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
András Simonyi

A Union of 450 million can certainly do better than the process it is currently entangled in, which is shameful and harmful. The sooner it is over, the better.

Europe Is Turning an Ear to the Southern Mediterranean Countries

Elizabeth Filippouli | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Filippouli

The initiative announced by the Commissioner in Brussels is expected to boost social dialogue in the countries of the southern Mediterranean, i.e. Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Morocco. And it is much anticipated.

Europe's New Google Rule Has Many Americans Angry And Confused

AP | By MARTHA MENDOZA and TOBY STERLING | Posted 07.25.2014 | Technology

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Europe's moves to rein in Google — including a court ruling this month ordering the search giant to give people a say...