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Will EU copyright overhaul 'break' the internet?

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The most contested aspect of the bill, Article 13, will require content sharing sites to deploy tools that harshly filter out copyrighted material from user posts

EU. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union speech at the European Parliament on September 12, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP


EU parliament approves copyright law in blow to big tech

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) Members of European Parliament (MEPs) meeting in the French city of Strasbourg voted 438 in favor of the measure, 226 against, with 39 abstentions

EU copyright war 'a shame,' says big tech lobby

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:38 PM

Taxing content indexing services by Google may have a negative net effect on the diversity of content and perspectives shown on the platform, says tech lobbyist

PUSHBACK. Siada el-Ramly, Director General of The European Digital Media Association (EDiMA), a lobby group for the tech sector, gives an interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Brussels on September 10, 2018. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP


EU ministers 'battle' over French-backed digital tax

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:51 PM

Paris says the proposed tax will ensure that global tech platforms pay their fair share. However, some EU members argue the tax would also punish European companies and stifle innovation.

Europe's news agencies blast Google, Facebook for 'plundering' content

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Critics, however, say that the new proposed copyright law in Europe may restrict the usage of memes and remixes by everyday internet users who often use content without securing the rights


EU vows P9.2 million for flood victims in PH

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The European Union is extending this aid even as President Rodrigo Duterte lambasts them for supposedly interfering in his bloody anti-drug campaign

FLOODED. Residents brave knee-high flood along Antero Soriano Highway in General Trias, Cavite, due to Tropical Depression Josie and the southwest monsoon on July 22, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

U.S. reimposes tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am Tuesday, August 7, targeting Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries, including cars and carpets

Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Britain likely to leave EU without deal – minister

Aug 05, 2018 - 6:59 PM

'I think the intransigence of the commission is pushing us towards no deal,' International Trade Secretary Liam Fox says

NO GO? A minister says Great Britain will have to wait for a deal. File photo from AFP

Trump, EU's Juncker agree to ease trade tensions

Jul 26, 2018 - 7:58 AM

(UPDATED) The leaders agree to 'launch a new phase' in the relationship and 'to work together towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods'

TRADE. US President Donald Trump meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 25, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

UK to refuse payment of Brexit bill without trade deal

Jul 22, 2018 - 1:29 PM

UK earlier promised to pay £35 to £39 billion that ministers said depended on agreed trade ties with the EU

TRADE DEAL WANTED. New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab wants a trade deal before the UK pays for the divorce bill

What Android users should know about Google’s fight with the EU

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The European Union's $5 billion anti-trust fine challenges the core of Google's Android licensing model, possibly leading to more expensive Android devices

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British PM wins cabinet backing for UK-EU free trade area

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:17 AM

Less than 9 months before Britain leaves the EU, May's government is finally setting out exactly what it wants following public splits about how aligned it will remain with the regional bloc

CABINET MEETING. In this handout image taken and released on July 6, 2018, by the Prime Minister's Press Office, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to members of her cabinet at the Prime Minister's rural country residence, Chequers, west of London. Photo by Crown Copyright (Joel Rouse)/AFP

Wikipedia down in several countries in EU law protest

Jul 05, 2018 - 2:50 PM

In Spain, Italy and Poland, an explanatory protest statement about the upcoming vote comes up when the online encyclopedia is consulted

WIKIPEDIA. The Wikipedia logo is seen on a tablet screen on December 4, 2012 in Paris. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

EU leaders seal hard-fought migration deal

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:14 AM

Italy's new hardline Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has vetoed joint conclusions for the entire agenda of the summit in Brussels until his demands are met

EU SUMMIT. France's President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (2ndL) as European Council President Donald Tusk (2ndR) speaks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel during a European Union leaders' summit focused on migration, Brexit and eurozone reforms on June 28, 2018 at the Europa building in Brussels. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

EU split on migration at 'mother of all summits'

Jun 28, 2018 - 12:11 PM

EU President Donald Tusk warns on the eve of the summit that time is running out for leaders to reassure their citizens that they can control migration before authoritarian politicians win the 'high-stakes' debate

EUROPEAN UNION. European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014. File photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

Poland sees end to EU differences

Jun 27, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'I think we have satisfied the EU's curiosity over the judicial reforms in Poland,' says Polish secretary of state for EU affairs Konrad Szymanski

PROTESTS. In this file photo, protesters hold Polish and European Union flags as they take part in a demonstration in front of the Polish Supreme Court on July 21, 2017 in protest against new bill changing the judiciary system. Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Malta to accept stranded migrant ship if EU states help

Jun 26, 2018 - 11:41 PM

The vessel Lifeline had rescued the 234 migrants, including children and pregnant women, but Malta and Italy initially refused to take it in

ACCEPTED. This handout picture taken and released June 25, 2018 by German NGO 'Mission Lifeline' off the coast of Malta shows migrants resting on board the Lifeline ship. Photo by Felix Weiss/Mission Lifeline e. V./AFP

EU leaders tackle political flare-up over migrants

Jun 24, 2018 - 7:47 PM

The talks involving 16 of the 28 European Union leaders aim to mend rifts over the migrant crisis

EU slaps tariffs on U.S. as trade war erupts

Jun 22, 2018 - 2:13 PM

The tariffs will further fuel jitters on world stock markets that are already alarmed by trade tensions between the United States and China

File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

EU tensions flare over migrants as Macron blasts Italy

Jun 13, 2018 - 1:24 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron accuses Italy's leaders of "cynicism and irresponsibility" and said they had broken international maritime law by refusing the boat the right to dock.

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron blasts Italy on Tuesday, June 12, for 'irresponsibility' after it turned away a rescue boat carrying African migrants. File photo by AFP

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Jun 07, 2018 - 1:53 PM

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EU joins global battle against Trump tariff onslaught

Jun 02, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Brussels and Ottawa filed legal challenges at the WTO against Washington's decision. The EU, Canada and Mexico also threatened stiff retaliatory tariffs as they pushed back against Trump's moves.

TRADE WAR. Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on March 15, 2018 in Portage, Indiana. Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images North America / AFP

World on brink of trade war as U.S. slaps tariffs on allies

Jun 01, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Washington angers its major allies by slapping duties of 25 percent and 10 percent on imports of aluminium and steel

TIT FOR TAT. Levi's clothes are seen on the day President Donald Trump placed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and European Union responded by warning that it would target iconic American brands such as Levi's. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

EU proposes ban on straws, other single-use plastics

May 28, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The proposals call for banning banning plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers and balloon sticks

BAN THE STRAW. A picture taken on May 24, 2018 in Sieversdorf, eastern Germany shows a woman drinking with a plastic straw. Photo by Patrick Pleul / dpa / AFP

Iran wary as EU presents measures to save nuclear deal

May 19, 2018 - 6:29 PM

'The ball is in the court of the EU. They have presented different proposals, we will see if they materialize,' Iran's atomic organization head says

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

EU leaders agree 'united approach' on Iran deal, trade

May 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

This comes after EU president Donald Tusk lashed out at Donald Trump, saying that 'looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, someone could even think with friends like that who needs enemies'

EU SUMMIT. A child plays by the Palace of Culture, where the summit beetwen the European Union - Balkan States will take place tomorrow, on May 16, 2018, in Sofia. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Duterte on Edgardo Angara: 'Tagapagtanggol sa bunganga ko'

May 15, 2018 - 10:44 AM

(UPDATED) 'Pang-diplomat talaga, which I can never be one, ever,' says President Rodrigo Duterte of the late Edgardo Angara, his former special envoy to the EU

ANGARA'S WAKE. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the wake of his late special envoy to the EU, Edgardo Angara, past midnight on May 15, 2018. Malacañang photo

Britain backs French plan for European defense force – minister

May 05, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The force, known as the European Intervention Initiative, would be separate from other EU defense cooperation, meaning there would be no obstacle to Britain taking part after it leaves the bloc

DEFENSE UNION. A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

EU, U.S. police cripple Islamic State media mouthpieces

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:26 PM

'With this ground-breaking operation we have punched a big hole in the capability of IS to spread propaganda online and radicalize young people in Europe,' says Europol head Rob Wainwright

EUROPOL. Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, speaks during the launch of the European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands, on February 22, 2016. File photo by Jerry Lampen/ANP/AFP

WhatsApp bans European under-16s from using app

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:00 PM

In an update to its terms of service, WhatsApp says the minimum age for users outside the EU is still 13 years

Robredo hits Tiglao for 'fake news' about Germany trip

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) Days after calling out Rigoberto Tiglao, Vice President Leni Robredo reveals that the 'Manila Times' columnist sent her office an e-mail 'threatening to print more fake news'

FAKE NEWS. Vice President Leni Robredo hits former journalist Rigoberto Tiglao for his latest Manila Times column. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

Malacañang tells EU Parliament to be prudent in issuing resolutions

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:55 PM

'Na saan na po 'yung mga bangkay?' asks Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque as he disputes the 12,000 figure used by the European Parliament in its resolution calling for an end to extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announces during a press conference at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on January 4, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has decided to terminate the services of Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Marcial Quirico Amaro III upon verifying complaints that the administrator has made excessive trips overseas. Amaro's termination from the service is part of the President's commitment to eliminate graft and corruption in government. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang: PH has right to deny entry of EU party official

Apr 16, 2018 - 1:50 PM

(UPDATED) Giacomo Filibeck, who belongs to a socialist European party, was 'determined as a person we don't want to be in our territory,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque holds a press briefing for the Malacañang Press Corps at the New Executive Building in Malacañang on February 19, 2018 where he said that Special Assistant for the President Christopher Lawrence Go did not intervene on the Frigate Acquisition Project. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

EU political party official barred from entering PH

Apr 15, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Giacomo Filibeck of the Party of European Socialists is one of the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody anti-drug campaign. He was supposed to join an Akbayan event in Cebu City.

Top EU lawmaker says Zuckerberg 'must' face European Parliament

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:14 AM

'He must not underestimate the capacity of the European Parliament to do actions against Facebook and against him as CEO of Facebook,' says the head of the parliament's leading political group

EU CALL. The European parliamentary calls for Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify in Europe. The CEO will be appearing before US lawmakers on April 10 and 11. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand


Hungarians vote in keenly-watched poll

Apr 08, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has clashed with European Union institutions, is seeking a 3rd straight term

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (L) and his wife Aniko Levai(R) vote at a polling station located ina school in Budapest on April 8, 2018. Hungary votes in parliamentary elections on Sunday that will decide whether nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban wins an expected third consecutive term. / AFP PHOTO / Attila KISBENEDEK

Russia expels diplomats from 23 countries as spy crisis escalates

Mar 30, 2018 - 8:40 PM

(UPDATED) The moves by Russia come after a coordinated campaign by the United Kingdom and its allies over a nerve agent attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter

Russia's President Vladimir Putin is pictured at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7. Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kay Nietfeld

Cyber libel complaint vs Rappler, Kim meets Xi, Zuckerberg on Cambridge Analytica | Midday wRap

Mar 28, 2018 - 12:16 PM

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Turkey and EU fail to reach 'concrete solutions' after talks

Mar 27, 2018 - 2:55 PM

European Union President Donald Tusk says improved relations would depend on progress on issues, including the rule of law and press freedom as well as Syria

U.S. expels 60 Russians as allies back Britain in spy row

Mar 26, 2018 - 10:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Canada, Ukraine, Albania, Australia, and most European Union states match the United States' move with smaller-scale expulsions, after Britain urged allies to respond to the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal

Europe steps up pressure on Russia over spy attack

Mar 24, 2018 - 5:55 PM

A number of member states are considering following Britain's lead and expelling Russian intelligence agents posing as diplomats, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying further coordinated actions were "necessary"

Trump to EU: We'll drop our tariffs if you drop yours

Mar 11, 2018 - 9:02 AM

The EU's top trade official says the US failed to provide full clarity on how Europe and Japan could be spared set to continue next week

TIT-FOR-TAT. US trades tariff threats with the EU. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Malacañang thanks EU for drug rehab aid

Mar 05, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The European Union will modify the standard text of its future financial deals with the Philippines to avoid reiterating the condition on respect for human rights, which has angered Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and European Council President Donald Tusk join the traditional Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) handshake prior to the start of the ASEAN-European Union (EU) 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Supreme Court flag ceremony, High inflation rate expected, EU fund for PH drug rehab program | Midday wRap

Mar 05, 2018 - 1:57 PM

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EU to give P242M for DOH drug rehab program

Mar 03, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Stefano Manservisi, director-general for international cooperation at the EU Commission, says the amount would be released in the 'next days'

Photo from Camille Elemia/Rappler

After Duterte tirades, EU won't repeat human rights clause in PH deals

Mar 02, 2018 - 6:14 PM

A European Union Commission official says there is no need to reiterate the condition on respect for human rights, as the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the two parties already states that

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Landmark PH, EU agreement enters into force

Mar 01, 2018 - 7:00 PM

A top EU official, Director-General Stefano Manservisi, also visits the Philippines for a series of meetings this week

TOP OFFICIALS. EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen (center) looks on as Director-General Stefano Manservisi engages in a discussion with Special Envoy Edgardo Angara. Photo courtesy of EU Delegation

'Painful': Citizens count Brexit's personal cost

Feb 18, 2018 - 11:13 AM

Future relations between Britain and the EU is far from certain and the British government is deeply divided over how to proceed

BREXIT. A European flag is flown in front of The Elizabeth Tower which houses the "Big Ben" bell in the Palace of Westminster, as thousands of protesters gather in Parliament Square to take part in a March for Europe, through the center of London on July 2, 2016, to protest against Britain's vote to leave the EU, which has plunged the government into political turmoil and left the country deeply polarised. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Duterte not keen on accepting EU invitation to Brussels

Feb 06, 2018 - 7:40 PM

'What am I supposed to do there? Ask me a question, insultuhin 'nyo ako, eh putahin ko kayo lahat doon,' says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and European Council President Donald Tusk join the traditional Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) handshake prior to the start of the ASEAN-European Union (EU) 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO