Digital Single Market: New EU rules for online subscription services

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market, participates at the Startup Europe Week Launch Event in Brussels. © European Union , 2017   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Jennifer Jacquemart.

EU Regulators have found last week an agreement on new rules concerning online content portability, allowing EU citizens to access online subscription services with no restrictions while travelling within the Union. The new rules will practically end the so-called “geo-blocking tactics”, and will enable European consumers to access services such as Netflix, Sky’s Now and Spotify […]

The impact of refugees on the European healthcare system

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This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Stavroula Papaeleftheriou. The writer is a fifth year medical student at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Gr. T. Popa, in Iasi, Romania. She is also affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

EU’s tougher privacy rules: WhatsApp and Facebook set to be soon aligned with telcos

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market, and Vĕra Jourová, Member of the EC in charge of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, gave a joint press conference on Digital Single Market. Date: 10/01/2017   Reference: P-033391/00-11   Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union , 2017   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: François Walschaerts.

With an official statement, the European Commission last week published its proposal to reform the existing European online privacy rules. Companies such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Google will face tougher rules on the tracking of users under a wider update of the e-privacy directive, which will also impact cookies regulation. The EU says the new […]

US prosecutors now target Volkswagen’s top management, upsetting Germany

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Last Monday, the US prosecutors held Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, charging him with plotting to deceive the United States, over VW diesel emission scandal. He is to appear today in the U.S. District Court in Miami in a hearing before a U.S. Magistrate Judge. The VW employee was shown shackled and wearing a jail outfit. […]

How did Facebook fool the Commission that easily during the WhatsApp acquisition?

Press conference by Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC, on a cartel case
Date: 07/12/2016. Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union, 2016.  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service. Photo: Mauro Bottaro

The European Commission announced yesterday that a Statement of Objections was sent to Facebook accusing the company of providing incorrect or misleading information during the investigation under Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. The aforementioned information was that Facebook had initially reassured the EC that it was not possible to match the user accounts of Facebook and WhatsApp. However, […]

TTIP: why it is worth not to pull the covers over your head?

Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner responsible for Trade. Date: 09/11/2016   Reference: P-032907/00-14   Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Georges Boulougouris.

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Mona Herter, Secretary General of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE). The article is published in view of the famous Generations Club of JADE, which is taking place today in Brussels. JADE is a cordial partner of The European Sting. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and […]

Apple’s tax avoidance scheme remains as creative as their new iPhone

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This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Mrs Rachel Everly. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. The annual report released by Apple is hinting very strongly that they are continuing to earn good profits, which are unfortunately being funneled offshore to avoid […]

How populist and xenophobic movements in the EU tear apart European businesses and startups

Participation of Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Member of the EC, in the NATO-Industry Forum 2016. Date: 09/11/2016   Reference: P-032867/00-05   Location: Brussels - Palais d'Egmont, © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Lukasz Kobus.

Exclusively written for the Sting by Mr João Malhadeiro, a young entrepreneur affiliated to the European Confederation of Junior Entreprises (JADE). The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. Europe’s values and ideologies are under serious threat. Everyday, they are being challenged by the rise of intolerance, racism, xenophobia and […]

Competing with Apple and leading innovation: Google’s world replies to EU on android charges

From Google's corporate blog.

It was not a surprise or an unexpected twiddle, when last week Google like a fine-tuned clockwork delivered its formal reply to the European Commission, regarding the Android antitrust case. With a blog post on Thursday, the US tech giant has officially dismissed the third set of formal charges by the European Commission, saying that […]

Google strongly rejects EU antitrust charges and now gets ready for the worst to come

Visit by Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC in charge of Competition, traveled to Paris where she gave a press conference at the EC representation about how competition serves citizens.
Date: 15/09/2016   Reference: P-032353/00-16   Location: Paris - EC/Representation. © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Silvère Gérard.

Last Thursday Google officially responded to the antitrust charges by the European Union relating to its shopping search and AdSense. Having been given an extra week to formally respond to allegations by the Commission, Google produced the strongest reply of its give-and-take history with European Regulators. The US technology giant this time is hitting back […]