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Austrian Student's Complaint Leads to Huge US-EU Decision

EU's Court of Justice nullifies pact allowing digital data transfers overseas

(Newser) - In 2011, a 24-year-old Austrian law student filed a complaint against Facebook alleging nearly two dozen violations of European laws that protected his data. Now, Max Schrems' case has morphed into a class-action lawsuit against the social media giant and led to a judgment Tuesday by the EU's highest... More »

EU Could Force Reluctant Nations to Take Migrants

Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania vote against plan

(Newser) - The European Union may force four countries—the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia—to take in migrants from the Middle East and Africa against their will. EU ministers voted today to approve a plan to reapportion 120,000 migrants among member countries based on population and wealth, the New ... More »

A Migrant Crisis Solution: Quota System?

President of the European Commission thinks so

(Newser) - The president of the European Commission floated a simple question today to the EU's member nations. "We are fighting against Islamic State, why are we not ready to accept those who are fleeing Islamic State?" asked Jean-Claude Juncker, per Al Jazeera America . After the scolding, Juncker called on... More »

In One Day, 3% of Icelanders Offer to House Refugees

Hungary shuts main train station amid chaotic scenes

(Newser) - Amid scenes of chaos in Europe and fresh attempts to seal borders, the people of Iceland have asked if they can do more to help. Some 10,000 people out of a population of 330,000 have as of Monday joined a campaign to urge the government to accept more... More »

EU Goes After 6 Hollywood Studios

Disney, Paramount, 4 other studios accused of blocking Sky in antitrust filing

(Newser) - The European Union has launched an antitrust case against six major US movie studios, including Disney and Warner Bros, and British satellite broadcaster Sky UK for restricting access across the 28-country bloc. In a statement today, the executive Commission, which assesses antitrust matters for the EU, said it has sent... More »

Greek Leader Under 'Intense Pressure' as Deadline Looms

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faces prospect of 'Grexit'

(Newser) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faced intense pressure today to back an onerous package of austerity measures demanded by European creditors in return for a financial rescue that would prevent the collapse of the country's banks and its potential exit from the euro. If not, then some of Greece'... More »

Fed-Up EU Gives Greece an Ultimatum

Plans for Greek exit are now in place, leaders warn

(Newser) - There have been plenty of meetings and plenty of deadlines over the years of the Greek debt crisis, but European Union leaders have never sounded so serious—and fed up—as last night, when Greece was ordered to deliver a workable plan for reforms in return for loans by the... More »

A 'Greek Tragedy' Unfolds: What You Need to Know

EU could be 'more fragile than its leaders like to think'

(Newser) - A Greek drama will unfold this week, and some commentators are already calling it a Greek tragedy. The country's current bailout expires tomorrow—the same day Greece is due to make a $1.8 billion payment it probably won't have the funds for. And on Sunday, voters will... More »

As Refugee Crisis Expands, Europe Plans National Quotas

Some 1.8K migrants have died this year in journey across Mediterranean

(Newser) - The Mediterranean region has been grappling with a huge influx of migrants traveling from the Libyan coast to Europe, and the effects have been devastating : So far, some 60,000 people have attempted the crossing this year, per the UN, and more than 1,800 have died, the BBC reports.... More »

It's On: EU Goes After Google

Statement of objections issued today

(Newser) - As expected , the EU today made it official: It is going after Google, which was today hit with the first formal antitrust charges it's ever faced, the Wall Street Journal reports. EU regulators also opened a probe into its Android mobile system. Regulators allege that since 2008, Google has... More »

Europe Is Going After Google

EU to begin antitrust case, say reports

(Newser) - Google is about to have a very big and very expensive fight on its hands. The Wall Street Journal reports that Europe's antitrust regulator has decided to file formal charges, which could "theoretically" result in penalties of up to $6 billion. The EU's antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager,... More »

EU Parliament's Buildings So Confusing They Make People Cry

Politicians complain they're often late to meetings due to disorienting layouts

(Newser) - Hidden elevators, spiral staircases that twist into each other, and clocks throughout the building that are usually a few minutes off: It sounds like some nightmarish MC Escher-Lewis Carroll architectural collaboration, but for members of the European Parliament, it's just a hellish day at work. EU politicians are complaining... More »

EU Parliament Says It's Time to Break Up Google

Nonbinding move calls for search to be separated from other services

(Newser) - Europe's parliament has made a statement with a nonbinding vote: Google, the body says, needs to be divided. The European Parliament doesn't actually have power over antitrust matters, the New York Times reports, but the vote says that the EU's competition commissioner should "consider proposals aimed... More »

Musician: By Law, Bad Review Must Be Pulled

Pianist Dejan Lazic asks Washington Post to remove article

(Newser) - Ah, the life of a high-flying soloist: Tour the world, wine and dine with musical greats ... and get an occasional bad review. Croatian pianist Dejan Lazic doesn't much like the last part, so he's asked the Washington Post to remove an online review under the European Union's... More »

Ukrainian Lawmaker Thrown in Dumpster Before Big Vote

Ratified deal a hard-won first step toward EU membership, Poroshenko says

(Newser) - It was a big day for Ukraine yesterday, and one that Ukrainian lawmaker Vitaly Zhuravsky likely won't soon forget. Parliament ratified a measure deepening its economic and political ties with Europe—the measure that was the issue that sparked the crisis last fall, when then-President Viktor Yanukovych's decision... More »

New EU Sanctions Hit Maker of AK-47

EU freezes assets of 24 more politicians, rebel leaders

(Newser) - The European Union today moved to further punish Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine—in the form of a new set of sanctions . The EU announced it will ban the export of technology for military use to Russian arms-maker Kalashnikov (maker of the AK-47) along with eight other companies, restrict... More »

Google Holds Debates on 'Right to Be Forgotten'

EU rule calls for removal of some links from search engines

(Newser) - Google is touring Europe to discuss a controversial new rule in the region: the "right to be forgotten," which allows individuals to seek the removal of unwanted search-engine links about them. While those on one side of the argument see a victory for privacy, others see censorship, the... More »

As Ukraine Truce Hangs on, EU Rolls Out New Russia Sanctions

Ceasefire between rebels, Ukraine barely hanging on amid reported casualties

(Newser) - A ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels is hanging on by a thread after a weekend of reported shelling and casualties, but the EU warns that sanctions against Russia will be put in place as early as tomorrow, reports the BBC . The Kremlin said the proposed sanctions—which may include... More »

UK Citizens Hoarding Vacuums

EU ban on high-wattage models causes clean freaks to stockpile

(Newser) - You can ban their e-cigs , you can ban their plastic bags —but do not, under any circumstances, take away the people's high-powered vacuum cleaners. Brits stocked up on supersuction devices before a EU ban went into effect yesterday, with retail sales of models 1,600 watts or higher... More »

Russia Mad at Putin's 'I Could Take Kiev in 2 Weeks' Leak

Because it leaked, not because he didn't say it

(Newser) - Vladmir Putin supposedly told the head of the European Commission in a private phone call that "if I wanted to, I could take Kiev in two weeks," reports La Repubblica via the New York Times . The Kremlin hit back today, saying that even if Putin did say that,... More »

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