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Sunrise saga underlines broader problems in the EU’s #telecoms sector

Sunrise saga underlines broader problems in the EU’s #telecoms sector

| September 13, 2019

The escalating dispute between a Swiss telecommunications firm and its leading shareholder might seem like a domestic matter, without many knock-on effects for the European bloc. But the storm brewing between Sunrise, Switzerland’s second most prominent telecom operator, and German shareholder Freenet— which is trying to block Sunrise from acquiring cable firm UPC—is a bellwether […]

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#Huawei confident UK government will resist “politically motivated” pressure

#Huawei confident UK government will resist “politically motivated” pressure

| August 16, 2019

Tech titan Huawei is “confident” the UK government will resist “politically motivated” pressure to drop the Chinese company from its 5G plans. America has been pressing for Britain to stop Huawei supplying infrastructure for the future mobile network. Washington has warned signing a post Brexit trade deal could hinge on the UK’s decision to work […]

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Spanish judiciary’s abuse of #HumanRights to come under scrutiny before UN and #ECtHR

Spanish judiciary’s abuse of #HumanRights to come under scrutiny before UN and #ECtHR

| July 31, 2019

According to several submissions to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review, the Spanish legal system allows for violation of human rights, either by directly ignoring EU standards, or through loopholes in existing laws, writes Human Rights Without Frontiers Director Willy Fautré. An emblematic case in point is the abuse suffered by the Kokorev family (Vladimir Kokorev, […]

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#Georgia and #SouthOssetia – EU should support International Peace Project

#Georgia and #SouthOssetia – EU should support International Peace Project

| July 19, 2019

The EU has applauded the efforts of a pioneering project which aims to reconcile people in Georgia and South Ossetia, a so-called frozen conflict zone. A source of tension since the break-up of the Soviet Union, South Ossetia hosted a brief war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. Moscow subsequently recognised South Ossetia as an […]

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#ECForecast – ‘Growth clouded by external factors’ Summer 2019 Economic Forecast

#ECForecast – ‘Growth clouded by external factors’ Summer 2019 Economic Forecast

| July 10, 2019

The European economy continues to be clouded by external factors including global trade tensions and geopolitical uncertainty. The manufacturing sector, which is the most exposed to international trade, is projected to weaken over the year. The GDP forecast for the EU remains unchanged at 1.4% in 2019 and 1.6% in 2020.   Always eager to be upbeat […]

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Are Juncker’s Commission staff headed for #BrusselsLobbyShops?

Are Juncker’s Commission staff headed for #BrusselsLobbyShops?

| July 2, 2019

While European heads of state are fighting over which Spitzenkandidat will succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president, lobbying and consulting shops in Brussels are rubbing their hands at the prospect of recruiting new high-profile employees. It’s no secret many outgoing officials exchange their offices in the EU institutions for cushy jobs in the private […]

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A quiet revolution in #Prague

A quiet revolution in #Prague

| June 20, 2019

On 4 June, protesters took to the streets of Prague in their thousands. Unfurling banners emblazoned with the words “Enough” and “Resign”, and chanting “Shame! Shame!” at  their Prime Minister Andrej Babus they flooded into the capital’s Wenceslas Square, writes Colin Stevens. The ram-packed half-mile-long square could not have been a more fitting stage for […]

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