New York Times sues EU over Von der Leyen’s Pfizer Texts
February 15, 2023
The New York Times is suing the European Commission over their failure to release text messages between its president Ursula von der Leyen and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla arguing that there is a legal obligation to release the messages that potentially contain information on the bloc’s deals to purchase billions of euros worth of COVID-19 vaccines.
Financial Firms in UK and the EU Under Pressure to Comply with Diverging ESG Rules
February 13, 2023
Despite global standard-setters' best efforts to create universal ESG standards, firms will likely need to adapt to an increasingly different set of requirements in the UK versus Europe.
France Is Protecting Children From the Dangers of Pornography
February 13, 2023
The French government is taking action to protect minors from online pornography access by requiring any adults who want to watch porn to « install an application for government-licensed digital certification on their mobile phones to prove that they are at least 18 years old, », banning any pornography sites that do not comply
The European Commission Proposes Exit of 27 Member States from ECT
February 08, 2023
The European Commission has proposed a the exit of all 27 member states from the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), which covers the main aspects of trade in energy goods, investment, transit and efficiency, arguing that an « unmodernised ECT » is not in line with the EU’s policy on investment protection or the European Green Deal.
Germany Drops Mask Mandate
February 06, 2023
As one of the last European countries to hold onto the mask mandate in some areas of public life, the German federal government has dropped the mask mandate on long-distance trains after a number of federal regions dropped the mask mandate on local and regional trains over the last few months, taking a step towards leaving the pandemic era behind.