News / UK and world by Press Association July 19, 2018, 6:54 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The European Commission is warning the 27 remaining EU states to get ready for a possible no-deal Brexit. A document expected to be released as Dominic Raab makes his first visit to Brussels as Brexit Secretary warns of the possibility of long queues at borders and ports, disruption to planes and new restrictions on data transfers. Meanwhile, it was reported that Mr Raab is planning to flood businesses and households with advice on how to cope if the UK leaves the EU in March next year without a withdrawal agreement. The Financial Times reported that the Department for Exiting the EU is set to publish 70 documents explaining how a disorderly Brexit would affect a range of sectors, in an effort to show Brussels that the UK is serious about the option of walking away without a deal. A draft copy of the 15-page European Commission … [Read more...] about European Commission to warn member states to prepare for no-deal Brexit
The European Commission [official website] fined Google €4.34 billion (USD $5.1 billion) on Wednesday for violating EU antitrust regulations. In a press release [text], the Commission alleged that Google illegally required smartphone manufacturers to pre-install the Google search engine and Google Chrome as a requirement to license Google’s app store, Google Play, as well as illegally paid smartphone manufacturers to exclusively pre-install the Google Search Engine. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager was quoted in the press release: Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine. These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits. They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. The commission said Google’s conduct violates Article 54 of the European Economic Area … [Read more...] about European Commission fines Google $5.1bn for privacy violations
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will host the head of the European Commission at the White House later this month to discuss trade and other economic issues, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a joint news conference with Russia's President Vladimir Putin after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Trump and the commission President Jean-Claude Juncker “will discuss a wide range of priorities, including foreign and security policy, counterterrorism, energy security, and economic growth” at the July 25 meeting, according to the statement. Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama … [Read more...] about Trump to host European Commission chief on July 25
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will meet with the president of the European Commission next week at the White House, days after labeling the European Union a "foe" of the United States. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says President Jean-Claude Juncker will meet with Trump at the White House on July 25. She says security, counterterrorism, and energy will be on the agenda, as well as trade. The commission is an institution of the European Union. Trump said in a recent CBS interview, "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now you wouldn't think of the European Union but they're a foe." Trump has alienated some allies over his protectionist trade policies, including tariffs on EU aluminum and steel exports to the U.S. … [Read more...] about Trump to host European Commission president amid trade spat
JEAN Claude Juncker is the current President of the European Commission. But how did he get the job, who is he, and what has he said about Brexit? Here's our lowdown... Who is Jean Claude Juncker? Jean Claude Juncker is a Luxembourgish politician and current President of the European Commission. He was born in Redange, Luxembourg, and grew up in Belvaux. He is fluent in Luxembourgish, French, German, and English. He was the 23rd Prime Minsiter of Luxembourg, and served as the country's Minister for Finances from 1989 to 2009. When did he become President of the European Commission? Jean Claude Juncker was appointed President of the European Commission in 2014. Prior to that he served as Prime Minister of Luxembourg from 1995 to 2013. In May 2017, Mr Juncker faced awkward questions after it was claimed he was drunk during a United Nation's peace summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomatic sources told The Sun at the time the EU Commission chief was "very visibly" drunk. 'GETTING ON WITH … [Read more...] about How old is Jean-Claude Juncker, when did he become President of the European Commission and what has he said about Brexit?