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Slovak environmental activist Zuzana Caputova took a step closer to becoming her country's first female president after winning the first round of nationwide elections, signaling a potential sea change for a country that has fallen victim to rampant corruption since it was established in 1993.

Slovakia’s Zuzana Caputova wins first round of presidential race

Slovak environmental activist Zuzana Caputova took a step closer to becoming her country's first female president after winning the first round of nationwide elections, signaling a potential sea change for a country that has fallen victim to rampant corruption since it was established in 1993.

Spotify files complaint against Apple in Europe over ‘unfair’ fees and restrictions

Spotify has announced that it’s filing a complaint against Apple with the European Commission (EC), citing anti-competition practices and a business model that gives Apple an “unfair advantage”.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 25, 2018 EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives at a special meeting of the European Council to endorse the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement and to approve the draft political declaration on future EU-UK relations in Brussels. – As a EU Brexit negociator, Barnier gained prestige in the European Union, AFP reported on March 10, 2019. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)

Michel Barnier: Brexit talks now in hands of Britain

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told AFP on Monday that negotiations to break a deadlock on a deal to leave the bloc are now between British Prime Minister Theresa May and members of her parliament.
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France unveils new tax for Google, Facebook, others

France on Wednesday introduced a bill to tax internet and technology giants such as Google and Facebook on their digital sales, putting it among a vanguard of countries seeking to force the companies to pay more in the markets where they operate.
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Germany emerges country with world’s largest current account surplus in 2018

Germany’s current account surplus shrank but remained by far the world’s largest in 2018 due to strong exports, according to data from the Ifo Institute on Tuesday that is likely to renew criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fiscal policies.
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EU adds Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, 21 others to dirty-money blacklist

The European Commission added Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Panama and other jurisdictions to a blacklist of nations that pose a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive disclosed on Wednesday.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May gives a statement outside 10 Downing Street in London on November 14, 2018, after holding a cabinet meeting where ministers were expected to either back the draft bexit deal or quit. - British Prime Minister Theresa May defended her anguished draft divorce deal with the European Union on Wednesday before rowdy lawmakers and a splintered cabinet that threatens to fall apart. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Theresa May seeks more time from MPs for Brexit talks

The British government sought to win more time Sunday to secure EU concessions that could pass parliament and avert a chaotic split from the bloc on March 29.
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Mystery buyer props up euro as bond yields fall

The euro held at a two-week low on Friday as traders nursed losses in a week of bad data that indicated an economic slowdown in Europe was spreading as trade tensions between United States and China remain high.

Oil prices slip on economy fears

Oil markets fell on Friday, pulled down by worries over a global economic slowdown, although Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)-led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions against Venezuela provided crude with some support.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge European Union leaders to work with her to change the Brexit deal and help her win the backing of the United Kingdom's parliament, despite the EU's repeated insistence that it is not open to renegotiation.

Theresa May heads back to Brussels to seek changes to Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge European Union leaders to work with her to change the Brexit deal and help her win the backing of the United Kingdom's parliament, despite the EU's repeated insistence that it is not open to renegotiation.
People walk past an Apple store in Beijing on December 11, 2018. – Apple stores in China continued with business as usual on December 11, despite a Chinese court-ordered ban on iPhone sales that could hurt the US tech firm in one of its most crucial markets. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Apple agrees to pay €500 million as tax settlement in France

Apple said on Tuesday it had reached an agreement with French authorities to settle 10 years of back taxes, becoming the latest US company to reach a deal with France which has led a European push for higher taxes on tech giants.
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EU urges internet firms to intensify fake news fight

The EU on Tuesday urged advertising trade associations and US internet giants to intensify the fight against disinformation campaigns from suspects such as Russia, ahead of European elections in May.

Justice Onnoghen: BVN reveals more accounts

A Bank Verification Number (BVN) search may have exposed more accounts linked to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The European Parliament has voted on changes to the Copyright Directive, a piece of legislation intended to update copyright for the internet age.

Flood of complaints to EU countries since data law adopted

More than 95,000 complaints have been filed with EU countries since the bloc’s flagship data protection laws took effect eight months ago, the executive European Commission said Friday.

Two Bulgarian players charged with match-fixing

Bulgarian prosecutors have charged two second division players with match-fixing as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in Bulgarian football, the domestic football association (BFU) said.
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EU to stop issuance of ‘golden passports’ for big investors

The European Commission has urged a crackdown on member states handing out “golden passports” and visas to non-EU nationals in exchange for large investments.
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Zimbabwe blocks social media as crackdown intensifies

Zimbabwe on Friday blocked most social media as international criticism mounted of a ruthless security crackdown after anti-government protests.
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Spain, UK agree to allow citizens vote in post-Brexit local elections

Spain on Friday said it had reached a deal with Britain allowing citizens living in both countries to keep voting in local elections as the prospect of no-deal Brexit looms.

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