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€13B tax fight against Apple gets boost from EU top court adviser

€13B tax fight against Apple gets boost from EU top court adviser

A European Union top court adviser gave some hope to regulators’ battles against Big Tech tax deals when he said that judges should reconsider scrapping Apple’s massive back-tax order. Advocate General Giovanni Giovanni Pitruzzella recommended the Court of Justice should tell a lower tribunal that it made errors when it struck down the European Commission’s...

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Europe lost to China on solar — now it’s about to do the same with wind

Europe lost to China on solar — now it’s about to do the same with wind

Ann Mettler is vice-president, Europe, at Breakthrough Energy and a former director-general of the European Commission. She writes here in a personal capacity. While the loss of Europe’s solar industry to China is routinely bemoaned in the power circles of the European Union, there appears to be blissful ignorance regarding the fact that the wind...

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Taiwan-Germany chips plan risks China’s rage

Taiwan-Germany chips plan risks China’s rage

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BRUSSELS — Taiwan’s TSMC is poised to decide as soon as Tuesday whether to confirm a multibillion-euro chips factory in Germany, boosting the country’s automotive sector and giving Europe an advantage in its ongoing trade war with China. The EU aims to increase its...

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Margrethe Vestager on failed US hire: ‘Shit happens’

Margrethe Vestager on failed US hire: ‘Shit happens’

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BRUSSELS — The European Union’s antitrust chief was trying to do the right thing in picking a renowned U.S. professor as a top EU competition economist. “I just wanted to find the right person and do it in the right fashion and then, shit happens,”...

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The top US economist under fire for taking an EU job

The top US economist under fire for taking an EU job

She’s described as one of the “best economists in the world” for her area with “excellent credentials” as an academic and a record of public service. Yet Fiona Scott Morton’s appointment as the European Commission’s chief competition economist has unleashed a wave of protest, largely from French politicians. The Commission’s decision to pluck Scott Morton...

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How will Europe bring back solar manufacturing?

How will Europe bring back solar manufacturing?

Industry policy is the new kid in school. Looking at Brussels’ jumbled debate around the EU Net Zero Industry Act (NZIA), it’s clear there’s a learning curve. Some confuse industrial policy with decarbonization of industries, others see a rerun of the EU sustainability taxonomy, many want to invoke the EU’s famous ‘technology-neutrality’ — diluting the...

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Bulgaria’s miners face dark future with millions of EU funds in jeopardy

Bulgaria’s miners face dark future with millions of EU funds in jeopardy

STARA ZAGORA, Bulgaria — Anger is mounting in Bulgaria as the government faces the prospect of losing millions in EU cash to help workers in its struggling coal sector find new jobs. As part of the EU’s Green Deal climate package, which aims to make the bloc carbon neutral by mid-century, Brussels earmarked €55 billion...

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The US wants Europe to buy American weapons; the EU has other ideas

The US wants Europe to buy American weapons; the EU has other ideas

This article is part of the Europe’s strategic impotence Special Report. At NATO summit after NATO summit, European leaders get a clear public message from Washington — increase spending on defense. In private, there’s another message that’s just as clear — make sure a lot of that extra spending goes on U.S. weapons. European leaders...

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A top EU official helps run a luxury hotel in Bali — and never had to tell Brussels

A top EU official helps run a luxury hotel in Bali — and never had to tell Brussels

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BRUSSELS — The European Union’s executive body requires all employees to submit their “outside activities” for scrutiny — an attempt to catch possible conflicts of interest before they become a problem. But buying a hotel in Bali? That apparently doesn’t count.  In 2009, Gert Jan...

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The EU wants to build tomorrow’s technologies. Will countries pay for it?

The EU wants to build tomorrow’s technologies. Will countries pay for it?

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. EU officials are vowing to craft a fund that will ensure the technologies of tomorrow are made in Europe. They just don’t know where the money will come from. The latest battle is playing out over the so-called “EU sovereignty fund,” a proposal European...

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Macron announces ‘Buy European’ car measures by year-end

Macron announces ‘Buy European’ car measures by year-end

PARIS — France will next week propose financial support to incentivize citizens to buy European-made electric cars by year’s end, President Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday, signaling his first concrete step toward rebutting Washington’s own “Buy American” subsidies. “We will be the first European country to reform the criteria for the allocation of the car bonus,”...