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EU Open Internet Rules Could Create Tiered Internet

Posted 07.02.2015 | Technology

A draft agreement released by the European Commission has many net neutrality advocates concerned that a loophole will destroy net neutrality in Europ...

PHOTOS: Greeks Prepare For Crucial Referendum

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 07.02.2015 | World

Greece was on edge on Thursday, days ahead of a controversial referendum on the country's economic future. Scheduled for Sunday, the referendum wi...

Why Does Europe Hate Silicon Valley?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

American ingenuity is alive and well. We've changed the rules of the game, invented new playing fields, and blazed new paths. Europeans would admit this reality as much as we do ourselves. The divide therefore comes when Europe thinks these services don't protect the individual.

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

EU Opens Antitrust Probe Of Amazon's E-Book Business

Reuters | By Julia Fioretti | Posted 06.11.2015 | Technology

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission opened a formal antitrust investigation into Amazon's e-book business on Thursday, opening yet another f...

Is Europe Undermining Its Insurance Companies?

Georges Ugeux | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Georges Ugeux

As well intended as it could be, the regulator seems to ignore that none of the European insurance companies needed any rescue during the financial crisis and they even contributed to the haircut of Greek debt.

Germany Wins the Title of 'Bordello of Europe': Why Doesn't Angela Merkel Care?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

In 2002, Germany decriminalized prostitution, reportedly due to pressure by the sex trade lobby and a few brothel managers who petitioned the government. This law effectively rendered the prostitution industry a legitimate business. Today, this experiment is failing.

How the EU Can Save You Energy Without Wasting Your Resources

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Gary Shapiro

At a time when companies are investing billions of euros to develop new and improved display technologies, imposing mandatory limits on energy use will harm progress in these vital economic and consumer interests.

Keeping Europe's Digital Single Market Strategy Single, Innovative

Edward J. Black | Posted 05.08.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

The European Commission has released its much awaited strategy to create a single market throughout Europe for digital goods and services. In their announcement last Wednesday, European Commissioners stressed the goal to remove unnecessary national rules and grow Europe's economy.

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

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.13.2015 | 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 06.12.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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 06.07.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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 05.29.2015 | 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 05.17.2015 | 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 05.15.2015 | 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 05.12.2015 | 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...