European Institutions

  • ECJ Permits Lithuania to Make TV Station Pay-per-View

    July 17, 2019

    The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has upheld a decision by Lithuanian authorities to require broadcasters to charge customers a fee to watch a Russian-language television station due to that station’s broadcast of material that constitutes “incitement to hostility to and hatred of the Baltic States on grounds of nationality.”

  • EU Falters in Effort to Counter Disinformation

    July 17, 2019

    The New York Times reports that critics of the EU’s “Rapid Alert System,” established to deter Russian propaganda and alert Europeans about online disinformation campaigns, has become powerless due to concerns of political backlash and threats to free speech.

  • MEPs Criticize Process of Selecting New EU Leaders

    July 10, 2019

    Euractiv reports that Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have criticized European Commission and Council leaders for what they deemed to be a non-transparent process through which they chose the next leaders of EU institutions following the recent European parliamentary elections.

  • UK Party Backs Remaining in EU over Conservative Brexit Deal

    July 10, 2019

    The Guardian reports that the leadership of the main opposition party in the UK Parliament, the Labour Party, has signaled the party will seek to hold a second referendum to decide on the adoption of a Brexit deal struck by the Conservative Party and that it would campaign to remain in the EU in such a referendum.

  • National Leaders Call for More Flexible EU Competition Rules

    July 10, 2019

    Bloomberg reports that the French, German, and Polish governments published a joint paper calling on the European Commission (EC) to introduce a more flexible policy in evaluating whether to approve corporate mergers and consider global competition, especially from China, in the process.

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