• Commission approves Microsoft-GitHub deal

      Commission approves Microsoft-GitHub deal

      Under the EU Merger Regulation, the Commission approved on Friday the proposed acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft. The EU executive concluded that effective competition in the relevant markets would continue and Microsoft would have no incentive to undermine the open nature of GitHub's platform. Microsoft and GitHub both supply tools that organisations and individuals use when developing and releasing software, so called “DevOps tools”.

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    • ASEM Sustainable Connectivity Portal launched

      ASEM Sustainable Connectivity Portal launched

      ASEM Sustainable Connectivity Portal, which is an online tool offering a wealth of data on the political, economic and social relationship between Europe and Asia,  was presented on Friday by the Commission as deliverable of the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Brussels. The summit took place on 18-19 October and brought together 51 countries, as well as EU and Asian institutions.

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    • Push for stepping up EMU reform

      Push for stepping up EMU reform

      At the Euro summit held in Brussels on 18 October, with the participation of the Eurogroup President Mario Centeno and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, leaders of EU27 focused on the state of play of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) reform. It is well know that this track is not advancing with satisfactory pace and this sitting aimed to prepare the next Euro summit in December when important commitments are expected.

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    • Brussels invests €9bn in AI and cyber security

      Brussels invests €9bn in AI and cyber security

      The European Union will propose a new "Digital Europe" programme with a budget of €9bn, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel announced in her opening speech at the InnoWave Summit, one of the largest digital conferences in Southeastern Europe, held in Varna this Friday and Saturday.

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    • EU fetes Asian leaders in message to Trump

      EU fetes Asian leaders in message to Trump

      The European Union will seek Asian support for free trade, the Iran nuclear deal and combating global warming at a regional summit on Thursday that includes China, Japan and Russia as a counterbalance to a more protectionist United States. Leaders from the European Union, Switzerland and Norway will welcome 21 Asian counterparts including China’s Premier Li Keqiang after an EU summit dominated by negotiations over Britain’s departure from the world’s biggest trading bloc. The 51 gathered leaders are set to show “strong support” for the World Trade Organisation that US President Donald Trump had threatened to quit, and express “profound alarm” about climate change, according to a draft communique seen by Reuters.

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    • Germany should push Weidmann as ECB chief

      Germany should push Weidmann as ECB chief

      Germany should push Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann as a successor to European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and the government is making a grave mistake in not pushing harder, ECB policymaker Ewald Nowotny said on Thursday. Draghi’s job will become available at the end of next October. By that time Nowotny - the head of the Austrian National Bank and a moderate policy hawk who has often sided with Weidmann - will have left his post too. “I would have welcomed a candidacy of Weidmann very much,” Nowotny told the Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten newspaper.” I personally believe it is a grave political mistake by (German Chancellor) Angela Merkel that she is no longer pursuing Weidmann’s candidacy further.”

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    • Fighting disinformation online

      Fighting disinformation online

      A set of specific moves for the upcoming European elections along with concrete steps to implement the Code of Practice to fight online disinformation, agreed three weeks ago, are contained in the individual roadmaps that representatives of online platforms and the advertising industry handed over to Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel on 16 October. In fact, this kicked off the implementation of the Code.

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    • EU summit starts with debate on Brexit

      EU summit starts with debate on Brexit

      Today evening in Brussels, the European Council meeting will start its work with the debate on Brexit. In the beginning of the session British Prime Minister Theresa May will address the EU27, giving the UK Government's assessment of the negotiations. Later the EU 27 leaders will decide on how to take the negotiations forward taking in account the recommendation  made by Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator. Observers do not expect the impasse created by the Irish border issue, to be broken.

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