Search engines questioned over 'right to be forgotten'
EU data protection supervisors issue search engines with questionnaire about how they implement data rules.
European data protection authorities have ramped up their investigation into Google and other search engines’ implementation of a controversial European Union ruling on the ‘right to be forgotten’.
It would be rash to assume that the downing of an airliner by Russian-backed rebels will change Europe’s policy to Russia.
- Six things we learnt from the European CouncilTim King and Toby Vogel give their thoughts on the national leaders' inability to come to a decision on the EU's top jobs.
- The pleading begins for a better EUCalls from industry for measures to boost economic growth are short on specifics, says John Wyles.
EU states need to reform their bankruptcy procedures, not just their markets for labour and product, writes the director of the Centre for European Policy Studies.
- The trade delusionSlow progress in trade liberalisation is a lighter brake on growth than debt in the rich world and infrastructure and educational deficiencies in developing economies, writes the former chairman of the UK’s Financial Services Authority.
- What made the Bretton Woods system possible?Bretton Woods demonstrated that it takes a major crisis to produce a political dynamic of reform, write the professor of History at Princeton University and the director of the global economy programme at the Center for International Governance Innovation.
A bad week for...
Spanish mortgage lenders
After a Spanish couple failed to keep up with their mortgage (which, in the case of delayed payments, foresaw interest rates as high as 19%), their lender, the Spanish bank Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, moved to kick them out of their house in the Spanish province of Castellón. Spanish law does not allow for appeals against such repossessions. But last Thursday (17 July), the European Court of Justice ruled that this breached an EU ban on unfair consumer contract terms, meaning that the couple will be able to remain in their house for at least a little longer.
A good week for...
There was something to cheer for two Italian law students and lawyers. In 2011, they converted their Italian law degrees into Spanish law degrees and, hey presto, became Spanish abogados. Yet when they tried to register as lawyers with the bar in Italy, it accused them of abusing EU law. Not so, ruled 13 judges at the European Court of Justice on Thursday (17 July), who found that such conduct fell within the spirit of the single market. So the pair avoided a lengthy qualification process in Italy and, thanks to the court case, got a crash course in EU law into the bargain.
Profile of Italy's foreign minister whose bid to succeed Catherine Ashton as the EU's high representative has caused much controversy.
Even for a politician who has built a career around delivering grace under pressure, the intensity of the campaign against Federica Mogherini mounted over the past few weeks will have been unsettling. The youngest foreign minister in Italy’s republican history has been attacked for her politics (too left-wing), her views on Ukraine (too pro-Russian), her CV (too thin) and even the writing style on her blog (too naïve).
People & Places
Commission appoints a deputy director-general and seven directors at its last meeting before the summer break.
Exploring EU migration, including what the statistics reveal, how member states are reacting to migration and the need for an EU model to manage it.
- Is the EU experiencing a great migration crisis?
Europeans are unhappy with their governments’ migration policy, and many are blaming the EU.
- Is EU migration getting out of control?
- Tough immigration rules threaten economic growth
- Migration: what the polls are saying
- Finding a way to manage migration
- Why citizenship matters when it comes to migration
The figures on asylum and other forms of migration in the EU are dramatic, but are they still manageable?
Growing skill shortages and an ageing working force pose problems for growth within the European Union, while emerging economies will ramp up competition for talent and labour.
Opinion polls provide a snapshot of Europe's anti-immigration mood.
Trends and policies are converging, but no European model of management has yet emerged.
Rainer Bauböck, professor of social and political theory at the European University Institute in Florence, tells Toby Vogel why citizenship is an important factor in immigrant integration and outlines some recent changes to the concept of EU citizenship.
18 September 2014
The Crowne Plaza, Brussels, BE
Connected vehicles hold the promise of increased safety and security, better network efficiency, improved traffic management and reduced environmental impact. Car makers, mobile-network operators, insurers, IT solutions …
With: Pierre MASAI, Stefano FRATTA, Fotis Karamitsos, Klaus SCHIERHACKL, Arndt OHLER, Fabrizio CORTESI, Frans OP DE BEEK
Cyber-security in 2014
23 September 2014
Regulatory compliance, internal controls, crisis management... best practices to protect data and intellectual property
With: WIM BARTSOEN, DAVID CALLEBAUT, UDO HELMBRECHT, MATTHEW JOHNSON, Troels Oerting, JAAN PRIISALU, QUENTYN TAYLOR, Steve Wright, Simon TAYLOR