Vestager announces probe into e-commerce sector
Year-long inquiry could lead to antitrust cases and will feed into the Commission's wider overhaul of the digital sector.
Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, expects to launch a probe into the e-commerce sector in May, she announced on Thursday (26 March).
Democrats and Republicans are both mistaken about the Ukraine crisis – and there could be serious global repercussions.
- Five lessons for the European Union from Mission: ImpossibleDavid Cameron and Tom Cruise: how credible is the comparison?
- Avoiding the iceberg: Sanofi's R&D boss charts a healthy futureThe keynote speaker at the 20th anniversary celebration of the European Medicines Agency offered some challenges to conventional thinking about the next 20 years – including carefully calculated provocations of his hosts.
The value of building up the confidence of the Roma should not be underestimated.
A good week for...
The former president of France saw his centre-right UMP come out on top in the first round of local elections on Sunday (22 March), finishing just ahead of the far-right Front National. Sarkozy said that the result shows a "profound desire for change" from the French people, and ruled out forming an alliance with the FN at any level. The election was yet another blow to the Parti Socialiste of François Hollande, which finished third. A second round of voting will take place on Sunday (29 March).
A bad week for...
The prime minister of Spain has to call a national election before 20 December, but he will not be relishing the thought of doing so. The latest setback for his Partido Popular (PP) came in regional elections in Andalusia on Sunday (22 March). While Rajoy will not have expected victory - Andalusia has always leaned to the left - he suffered from 44% of the vote to just 27%. The PP also has to contend with the rising popularity of the anti-austerity Podemos (which won 15 seats in Andalusia) and the centrist Cuidadanos (nine seats). More bad news for Rajoy is that voters in 13 Spanish regions go to the polls on 24 May.
Profile of Lithuania's minister of defence.
As Russia continues to flex its muscles in the east, Juozas Olekas, Lithuania’s defence minister, is having a busy time.
- Held to account on banking reforms
- Straining at the controls
- From disaster to disaster
- The EU takes on the big banks
- Capital markets to challenge banks?
- The painful death of banking secrecy
A focus on boosting investment may signal greater flexibility on bank regulation after the tough reforms of the sector.
The collapse of a medium-sized bad bank in Austria will test the EU's new bank resolution rules.
A look at how new banking rules have – and have not – learnt from the past
A European Commission proposal to order large financial institutions to create subsidies for risky trading angered the banking industry and the political left.
Jean-Claude Juncker must involve the banking sector in his plan for integrating Europe’s capital markets to boost investment.
New legislation will oblige banks in the EU to share information about account holders with tax authorities.