Technology

Germany unveils plan to curb Chinese takeovers of strategic technologies

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Germany is reviewing the country's foreign trade regulation to limit outside access to its strategic technology by launching security probes prior to the takeover of German firms by non-European entities, particularly those from China, to...

US-Greece strategic dialogue inaugurated

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In an atmosphere of already close bilateral relations, the US and Greece inaugurated their “Strategic Dialogue” in Washington on December 13.  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios...

Tech companies warn of turbulence ahead as EU-US work on trade deal

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The internet as we know it may still end. That is the stark warning delivered by a consortium of major technology companies - Facebook, Google, Amazon, and others - to the US Trade Representative...

Germany secures strategic access to Bolivian lithium production

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German manufacturing company ACI Systems has signed a deal to partners with Bolivia's state-owned YLB mining company for the exploitation of lithium, according to a statement posted on ACI's official website. The deal is a gamechanger...

Europe worries about Huawei

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The European Union should be “worried” about Huawei and other Chinese tech companies because of the dangers they pose to its industry and security, says European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip. “Do...

Why “data is the new oil” and what happens when energy meets Industry 4.0

It is clear that in today’s world, information is the new precious commodity. In the era known as the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, companies are looking to take advantage of robotics, artificial intelligence, big data...

Germany enters car battery technology race

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Germany's Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier committed to investing €1 billion to the German car manufacturing industry as part of an initiative to develop innovative car battery technology Despite the strategic significance of car manufacturing for Germany, the...

Art & science: Drivers of an innovative future

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Between the 7th and the 9th of November, Huawei gathered industry and public policy leaders and experts for two complimentary events at the Rome Convention Centre La Nuvola (aptly meaning “the could”), to celebrate...

Trump threatens anti-trust laws for digital behemoths

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US President Donald J. Trump said he is considering the introduction of new anti-trust laws targeting US tech giants for reasons that remain unclear, but include his unsubstantiated assertion that Amazon's package deliveries via the US...

Cyber security and fake news

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LIMASSOL, Cyprus – With only several days to the US midterm elections and European Parliament elections in May 2019, cyber security threats, misinformation, and influencing public opinion is a major concern, an Internet security...

The Netherlands clears the way for agricultural genetic modification

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The Netherlands' Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten says she is open to the possibility of using genetically modified seeds in some cases for agricultural purposes, Dutch daily Volkskrant reported. Schouten wants to encourage both technical and laboratory experimentation...

UK moves on introducing digital tax ahead of EU

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The United Kingdom is moving ahead of the EU as it will introduce a new digital levy that has been dubbed the “Google tax”, which was part of Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond's presentation of Britain's...

EU’s Buttarelli says personal data protection is “a pillar of democracy”

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Europe's Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli warned that the Cambridge Analytica scandal of earlier this year was a warning to the public that the use of personal data was no longer a simple question of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for comprehensive US privacy law while warning of ‘data...

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Months after the international uproar over the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook scandal which shed light on how the former clandestinely harvested the personal data of millions of Facebook user's profiles and used the information for political...

Future of privacy forum and Israel Tech Policy Institute

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Political and economic developments over the past few years have strained the transatlantic alliance.   The Trump Administration and EU leaders continue to clash over issues that were once common core values, including the...

The future of the ethical engineer

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Once a year I co-teach a post-graduate course on cyber-security, ethics and public policy. On the last day, we hold a discussion about how students might implement what they’ve learnt. The first time we...

Name Dispute: Taking stock in Skopje after the disappointing referendum

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Shockwaves continue from the low turnout in the referendum in Macedonia/FYROM, which had been hoped to approve June’s Prespes Agreement settling the Name Dispute between Athens and Skopje. The 37% turnout for the September...

Zero hour for Name Dispute

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In the run-up to Macedonia/FYROM’s referendum on settling its three-decade-old Name Dispute with neighbouring Greece, the rival parties involved in the vote made impassioned pitches to their respective constituencies to take whatever actions they...

How will Central and Eastern Europe respond to a far more impactful (mobility) transition?

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The transition to low emission mobility is key to achieving Europe’s energy and climate objectives and easily the most difficult. Whereas decarbonisation of sectors like agriculture and buildings are relatively straightforward with established financial...

DJI launches drone training hub in the Netherlands

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DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology. has launched an Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Center in the Netherlands, aiming to lead in the new growing global market. The training programme to be launched...

Name Dispute: Parade of stars to Skopje continues as referendum approaches

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A wave of important visitors before the September 30 referendum on the Prespes Agreement -- which aims to settle the Name Dispute between Greece and Macedonia/FYROM -- has made Skopje the hottest political travel...

EU grants €7.5 million to help 50 scientists bring their research to market

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The EU took another step towards being the global leader of marketable scientific research after the European Research Council, or ERC, awarded 50 of its grant holders additional funding of up to €150,000 to test the commercial and...

Greece’s Thessaloniki International Fair focuses on the American factor

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The Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) has for 83 years marked the traditional high point of the Greek economic calendar and forms the venue for each Greek prime minister to lay out the country’s economic...

EU Commission clears Apple’s acquisition of Shazam

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The European Commission approved the acquisition of music identification app Shazam by US tech giant, Apple, after Brussels reviewed a proposed takeover under the EU's Merger Regulation which concluded that the deal would not adversely...

If Trump Ruled Venice

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Marco Polo, the famous thirteenth-century Venetian merchant, was one of the first Europeans to trade with China. Now imagine that, after a while, the Venetian state became concerned that Polo was purchasing too many...

The German government moves to veto Chinese investment in “strategic sectors”

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The German government has blocked a Chinese takeover of two strategic companies, namely Berlin’s power grid (50Hertz) and the Leifeld engineering company. The block on Chinese investment echoed US rationale, making reference to “national security.”...

Ford recalls tens of thousands vehicles from Europe over clutch problem

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The US carmaker Ford is recalling thousands of cars in Belgium and Luxembourg due to problems with the vehicles’ clutch. Lately, Ford has issued a recall of 550,000 Fusion and Escape vehicles over rollaway concerns,...

A Single Europe

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The European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCP) voted in favour late last week of creating a key internet-based data and info access point that will be known as the...

EU Commission: Volkswagen yet to convince on car emissions

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The European Commission and national consumer authorities in the EU criticized Volkswagen on Tuesday for failing to guarantee that repairs after the Dieselgate scandal would not affect cars’ performance. The EU Commission published today the conclusions on the...

Google’s Redirect Program: An Anemic Response to the Plague of Terror Content

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Google’s attempts to tackle the dangers of terrorist content on its online platforms, including YouTube, have come far too late and remain disturbingly inadequate, according to findings in a new study by the Counter Extremism Project...

Facebook’s troubles over Cambridge Analytica data breach continue

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The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has declared their intent to fine Facebook £500,000 for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal that accessed personal information from up to 87 million people. By scraping...

KLM suspends Iran flights because of US sanctions, Air France continues

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Dutch airline KLM says it has decided to suspend its flights to Tehran for the time being "as a result of the negative results and financial outlook." The Dutch airline KLM said in a statement:...

EU to limit steel imports after US raised tariffs

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The European Union decided to introduce measures to curb steel imports. The Commission proposed a combination of a quota and a tariff to prevent a surge of steel imports that is threatened, notably since the...

Boeing pairs with Embraer to balance the Airbus-Bombardier alliance

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The US aviation giant Boeing is pairing with the Brazilian Embraer in a joint venture to produce smaller passenger planes. The deal gives Boeing an 80% share in Embraer’s commercial jetliner business for €3,3bn. If...

European Parliament to review copyright rules in September

The European Parliament’s plenary voted by 318 votes to 278, with 31 abstentions to reject the negotiating mandate, proposed by the Legal Affairs Committee on 20 June. As a result, Parliament’s position will now...

Six arrested in Europe for alleged bomb plot against Iranian opposition in France 

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Belgium authorities announced an Iranian diplomat was arrested, as well two other people, on suspicion of plotting a bomb attack on a meeting of exiled Iranian opposition groups in France. Amir S., 38, and Nasimeh...

15 Swedish private companies account for 8 % of Sweden’s decrease in GHG emissions since...

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15 companies in the Swedish climate business network Haga Initiative have contributed with a decrease of emissions equivalent to approximately eight percent of Sweden’s total decrease between 2010 and 2017. Nine of the member companies have...