Schultz calls for a stronger Europe that can match the power of US tech behemoths

PATRICK SEEGER

Martin Schulz, former President of the European Parliament, reacts during the European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg, France, 17 January 2017.

Schultz calls for a stronger Europe that can match the power of US tech behemoths


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Martin Schultz made the case for a stronger Europe that can match the power of US-tech behemoths. on Thursday.

The former President of the European Parliament and the leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) argued on Thursday that the SPD must negotiate with Chancellor Angela Merkel in order to promote the project of deeper European integration.

Schultz noted that the cumulative power of companies like Facebook and Apple require a consolidated response, accusing Ireland of conniving with the US tech firms. “Only a strong Europe can force platform giants like Facebook and Google to respect our rules and basic rights,” Schultz said.

On September 24, SPD got one of its worst electoral results in half a century. According to local analysts, one of the reasons is the inability of SPD to present a clear alternative to Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats. The argument now put forward is that pushing forward with political and economic integration can bolster social cohesion.  

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