European app makers urge regulators to think outside of the bubble

European app makers urge regulators to think outside of the bubble

As app makers, we may not immediately come to mind when discussing the perils of platform regulation. After all, the new competition rules will only directly apply to large companies acting as ‘gatekeepers’. This opinion is the result of a collaboration between the following members of the ACT: Francesco Ronchi, Synesthesia (IT), Vincent Keunen, Andaman7 (BE), Peter Deckers, SyndoHealth (BE), Sveatoslav Vizitiu, Wello (RO), Kim Baden-Kristensen, Brain+ (DK), László Grad-Gyenge, Creo (HU), Fernando Guerrero, Lucient & Nouss (ES), James Hanson, Layers Studio (UK), Philip Tudor, Multispectral Limited (UK). Speaking about…

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Brexit: UK will not change anything, says David Frost

Brexit: UK will not change anything, says David Frost

The United Kingdom must retain control of its laws, trade and water after its withdrawal from the European Union and will not budge on these issues, London’s Chief Negotiator, David Frost, warned on Sunday ahead of a new cycle of talks in Brussels on the future relationship with the EU. “We are working to get a deal, but the only one that’s possible is one that is compatible with our sovereignty and takes back control of our laws, our trade and our waters,” Frost said in a message on Twitter….

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Belgians need a vaccine

Belgians need a vaccine

Approximately 1 in 6 Belgians do not want to be vaccinated against coronavirus, according to a survey carried out by Ipsos on behalf of Het Nieuwsblad. Of the nearly 1700 people questioned, only 36% want to get the vaccine as soon as possible, 47% not immediately and 17% never. The survey also reveals striking differences between the desire for immediate vaccination across the regions: Flanders, 42% want to be vaccinated immediately, Brussels 36%, Wallonia 25% Belgium has also displayed a strong regional divide towards potential vaccination, with 1 in 10…

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An unequal market: Brexit, coronavirus, and the economic crash buffet Britain’s housing market

An unequal market: Brexit, coronavirus, and the economic crash buffet Britain’s housing market

Even as the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier stressed the bloc’s willingness to compromise to reach a deal with London, Boris Johnson’s earlier insistence on letting his country crash out of the EU still seems like the most probable option. If Johnson sticks to his words, the decision will sow chaos through the delicate supply chains that stretch across Britain, the EU and beyond, just as the economic hit from the COVID-19 pandemic worsens. With the end of the year quickly approaching, the British government has shown little interest…

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Belgium fined €2 million over taxation of rental income

Belgium fined €2 million over taxation of rental income

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ordered the Belgian state to pay a fine of €2 million for ignoring a 2018 judgement on the taxation of rental income. The original case dealt with the way Belgium taxes income from property rental differently depending on whether the property is situated in Belgium or in another member state of the EU. Belgium is the only member state of the union that does not tax rental income on the basis of the amount of money received, but rather on the cadastral income…

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Spain to require negative Covid-19 test for Belgian travellers

Spain to require negative Covid-19 test for Belgian travellers

A negative coronavirus test will soon be mandatory for travellers heading into Spain from Belgium after the latter was listed as one of several high-risk destinations by Madrid. From 23 November, access to Spain through an airport or a port will be granted only to passengers who obtain a negative result on a coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of arrival in the country. The Spanish Ministry of Health announced the new measure on Wednesday and said that it will apply to all high-risk countries on the basis of the…

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Mummified corpse found in Antwerp apartment

Mummified corpse found in Antwerp apartment

Authorities in Antwerp have opened an investigation after a mummified body has been found inside an apartment closet. The mummified corpse was identified as a that of a woman in her sixties named Monique V.P., whose body officials believe remained inside the closet for up to three years, according to reports on Thursday. The woman’s death was announced in 2017 by her Rita V.H.,62, who has been identified as her partner by Flemish media and shared a flat with her in Kommekensstraat, in central Antwerp. While V.H. had said ta…

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Yet another fugitive banker from Mukhtar Ablyazov’s circle bit the dust of homeland

Yet another fugitive banker from Mukhtar Ablyazov’s circle bit the dust of homeland

Mukhtar Ablyazov is the kind of honorary guest you have to keep the eye on. Or else you may loose some silver forks. One of the fugitive ex-top managers of BTA Bank, Asylmurat Ramazanov, is deported from Georgia to Kazakhstan. French authorities have met him in Georgian detention center and will continue to supervise his case in Kazakhstan. Asylmurat Ramazanov case, if properly investigated may shed some light on Mukhtar Ablyazov case in France. Mukhtar Ablyazov, the former owner of the largest bank in Kazakhstan, fled to the West. He…

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The Fall of the Golden Dawn: Victory for Democracy and the Rule of Law

The Fall of the Golden Dawn: Victory for Democracy and the Rule of Law

Since the high point of the 2014 European Parliament, the far-right Golden Dawn has collapsed. Its demise is a victory for democracy and rule of law, writes professor Aristides Hatzis. Aristides Hatzis is a professor of philosophy of law and theory of institutions at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, director of research of the Centre for Liberal Studies (KEFiM)-Athens, and a Fellow at the Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal Issues-Paris. He is also a member of the European Liberal Forum (ELF). This was so because Golden…

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EU must learn from misadventures abroad

EU must learn from misadventures abroad

Europe, the last herbivore in a world full of carnivores? From governments officials to European diplomats, we have heard this expression being rehashed as a bleak assessment of the EU’s foreign policy, and recent events are doing little to contradict this, writes Emile Fabre. Emile Fabre is a political strategist at Volt Europa, a European federalist political movement. The EU has repeatedly struggled to have an impact on even its neighbouring countries. This month again, it has struggled to affirm its voice against Turkey. And while the European Parliament called…

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