EP elections

    • First EP seat projection shows collapse of the centrist coalition

      First EP seat projection shows collapse of the centrist coalition

      The European Parliament's first seat projection confirms a collapse of the grand coalition of centre-left and centre-right, DPA reported. The projection places the centre-right European People's Party at 173 seats and the Socialist and Democrats at 147, leaving them short of forming a majority in the 751-seat parliament. The figures are based on exit polls from 11 member states and pre-election opinion surveys from the other 17 countries.

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    • Facebook closes 23 Italian pages ahead of EU vote

      Facebook closes 23 Italian pages ahead of EU vote

      Facebook announced on Monday it has closed 23 Italian pages, including many supporting the country's populist government parties, for spreading fake news and breaking other social network rules. The move, coming ahead of the European Parliament elections, was taken in response to an investigation by Avaaz, a global campaigning group, news wires reported.

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    • EU presidents call on people to vote in EP elections

      EU presidents call on people to vote in EP elections

      Heads of state from twenty one Member States, in response to Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, called on EU citizens to exercise their right to vote at the European Parliament elections on May 26, in order to reverse the downward trend and strike down nationalism. The joint statement was published on Thrusday, 9 May, which coincides with Europe Day and the 74th anniversary of the end of World War II.

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    • Mary-Jo de Leeuw: The term 'cybersecurity' needs to be redefined

      Mary-Jo de Leeuw: The term 'cybersecurity' needs to be redefined

      I do not think we would be ever able to say we are safe. There are still a lot of breaches, still a lot of vulnerabilities, and at the same time the world is getting more and more digital. For example, there are new things floating into the world, as the Internet of Things or the Internet of Toys, and they are in even worse state, when it comes to security, than websites, says Mary-Jo De Leeuw, award-winning cybersecurity expert and co-founder of the Women in Cyber Security Foundation, in an interview to Europost.

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    • Vera Jourova to discuss EU elections, 5G security in Prague

      Vera Jourova to discuss EU elections, 5G security in Prague

      Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourova, today will be in Prague, Czechia, to speak at a conference on European elections in the context of hybrid threats. She will explain what the EU does to secure free and fair elections, including fighting against disinformation, building resilience in the cybersecurity sector and stepping up the EU's counterintelligence operational capacity.

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    • EU officials attack Facebook election policy

      EU officials attack Facebook election policy

      EU officials from bloc's three main institutions have demanded Facebook make changes to its advertising policy ahead of the European Parliament election, citing "huge political and institutional consequences," a letter sent to the US tech giant on 16 April reads. Under new set of rules, which came into force this week, the social media giant has imposed much stricter requirements on the geographic limits of a given campaign.

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    • Right-wing parties join forces ahead of EP elections

      Right-wing parties join forces ahead of EP elections

      Four nationalist anti-immigration parties gathered in Milan on Monday with the aim to join forces following next month’s EP election, news wires reported. Italy's Deputy PM Matteo Salvini, the head of the anti-migrant League met with top representatives of the Danish People's Party, The Finns Party and Alternative for Germany (pictured).

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    • New rules to prevent misuse of personal data in EP elections

      New rules to prevent misuse of personal data in EP elections

      The European Council on Tuesday adopted amendments to the 2014 regulation governing the statute and funding of European political parties and foundations, which would prevent the misuse of personal data in EP elections. The new rules allow for financial sanctions to be imposed on European political parties and foundations that deliberately influence, or attempt to influence, the outcome of EP elections by taking advantage of breaches of data protection rules.

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