Tag: Europe

BMW and Mercedes-Benz: The Next Automakers to Buddy Up?

Cooperation is commonplace among automakers. Chrysler has worked with, or been purchased by, just about everyone at this point, but it’s far from the only manufacturer to get chummy with a rival company. Ford and Volkswagen are busy discussing their future together and Toyota tapped other brands to help it co-develop performance models like the 86 […]

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How Huawei Wooed Europe With Sponsorships, Investments and Promises

LONDON — When new employees join Huawei, they are given books about the Chinese telecommunications company’s achievements. One featured accomplishment is how the company has thrived in Europe. A chapter in one of the books describes the hard work of Huawei employees to win over European telecom providers and sell them equipment that forms the […]

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Google Is Fined $57 Million Under Europe’s Data Privacy Law

LONDON — After European policymakers adopted a sweeping new data privacy law last year, the big question has been how regulators would use their new powers against the world’s most powerful technology companies. The first major example came on Monday, when the French data protection authority announced that it had fined Google 50 million euros, […]

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Women’s Marches Around the World Reflect Worry Over Violence and Populism

ROME — Women of all ages, and some men, took to the streets in a dozen cities around the world on Saturday, the anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March that served as a strong rebuke of President Trump’s policies. The annual marches and rallies have taken on wider themes since then, such as challenging the […]

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PitchBook: European VC investment rose 4.2% in 2018, but number of deals dropped 25.9%

Europe recorded a bumper year for venture capital (VC) investment in 2018, even though the overall number of deals fell by more than a quarter. The findings were published as part of data and research company PitchBook’s annual European Venture Report, which revealed that a total of €20.5 billion ($23.3 billion) was invested across 3,384 deals […]

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The World Still Needs NATO

BERLIN — In April, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will celebrate its 70th birthday. Founded in the earliest years of the Cold War, it is just as relevant today, when many feel that the international order is shaken again. In fact, if NATO did not exist, those in favor of a free world would have […]

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France’s Great Debate

Yves here. Wowsers, does Macron not know basic French history? The last time a ruler asked la toute France for its opinion about the problems of the day, the situation developed not necessarily to his advantage. From Wikipedia: The Cahiers de doléances (or simply Cahiers as they were often known) were the lists of grievances […]

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5 Takeaways From the Ancient DNA Research Story

What can genes tell us about who we are? Millions of people around the word have begun using consumer ancestry services like 23andMe in an attempt to peer into their personal origins and understand where they came from. Meanwhile, though, in a handful of elite genetics labs around the world, scientists have begun analyzing ancient […]

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What Miley Cyrus’ birthday tweet to her hubby has to do with EU’s upcoming Copyright Reform

Welcome to my insidious trap. We all know it’s never the best or the most important articles that get clicks. It’s always ‘THE ANSWER WILL SHOCK YOU’, celebrity gossip, and cute cats that hog all of that sweet sweet traffic. I usually cover ‘boring’ (yet incredibly important) regulation stuff, like EU’s highly contested Copyright Reform […]

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Fact Check: Trump’s Tweet on Border Walls in Europe

ImageConstructing the wall on the United States-Mexico border near San Diego in December.CreditMauricio Lima for The New York Times LONDON — In an apparent effort to bolster his case for a wall along the Mexican border, President Trump pointed on Wednesday to examples of walls going up around the world, especially barriers built in Europe, […]

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The Rudderless West

In August 1990, George H.W. Bush met Margaret Thatcher in Aspen right after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. The pair resolved not to allow Iraq’s “naked aggression” to stand, and it did not. This was how the West was supposed to work — and how, sometimes, it did. Today the U.S. and Great Britain scarcely […]

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Britain Races Toward a Cliff. Time to Slow Down.

If there’s an upside to the crushing defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May’s laboriously negotiated plan for withdrawing from the European Union, it is that staring in the face of an exit without a deal 10 weeks from now may finally compel British lawmakers to accept reality. That was far from evident in the immediate […]

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Automakers Understandably Freaking Out Over ‘No Deal’ Brexit

With Britain’s parliament rejecting Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest Brexit deal, European automakers stand to face some strong headwinds in the near future. As of now, no clear path lies ahead. Many believe the European Union will continue playing hardball, punishing Britain for leaving. But, even if it doesn’t, loads of regulatory and trade issues must […]

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Brexit

ImageA broker at the stock market in Frankfurt on Wednesday, the day after Prime Minister Theresa May lost the vote on her Brexit plan.CreditMichael Probst/Associated Press What’s going to happen with Brexit? A second referendum? A disorderly hard exit? A new offer from the European Union that isn’t as offensive as the deal that just […]

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Theresa May’s Brexit Deal Failed. Here’s What You Need to Know.

The British Parliament’s long-anticipated vote on a plan to withdraw from the European Union — also known as Brexit — came to its expected conclusion on Tuesday night when lawmakers weighed in on a deal proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May. No one really thought that at the last minute Mrs. May would be able […]

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Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO, Aides Say Amid New Concerns Over Russia

WASHINGTON — There are few things that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO, the military alliance among the United States, Europe and Canada that has deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years. Last year, President Trump suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the […]

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In a Divided Poland, Pope John Paul II Is Claimed by All Sides

WADOWICE, Poland — On his knees, head bowed before bloodstained robes, a Polish man was deep in prayer. He was worshiping in a chapel at the John Paul II Center in Krakow, a sprawling complex where relics of the former pontiff are displayed, including the clothes he was wearing when nearly killed by an assassin’s […]

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Here Come Ford’s Layoffs: Automaker Outlines Its Euro Restructuring Plan

On Thursday, Ford announced preliminary details of a plan that will ultimately erase thousands of European jobs in an attempt to return the business to profitability. The decision comes after several reports indicated the automaker’s restructuring program will be particularly hard on the region. The plan now officially includes a slimmer product lineup, which is […]

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