Luxembourg Times: EU dispute over vaccines continues, now in the background

Luxembourg Times: EU dispute over vaccines continues, now in the background. “When EU leaders met last Thursday, it wasn’t the European Commission’s decision to toughen up the mechanism to block vaccine exports that heated up discussions. It was Austria’s demands for how to divide the doses available to the countries most affected by AstraZeneca’s shortages. One might argue that trying to convince 26 other heads of state and government that your people’s lives are more important than theirs was neither a very smart move nor an easy task. Yet Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz seemed pretty confident he would succeed.”

Coronavirus: EU says AstraZeneca must ‘catch up’ on vaccine deliveries (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: EU says AstraZeneca must ‘catch up’ on vaccine deliveries. “The vaccine producer AstraZeneca must “catch up” on its promised deliveries to the EU before exporting doses elsewhere, the bloc’s chief has said. ‘The company… has to honour the contract it has with member states,’ European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday evening. She spoke after EU leaders held a summit to discuss vaccine supplies.”

Coronavirus: Third wave will ‘wash up on our shores’, warns Johnson (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Third wave will ‘wash up on our shores’, warns Johnson. “Boris Johnson has warned the effects of a third wave of coronavirus will ‘wash up on our shores’ from Europe. The PM said the UK should be ‘under no illusion’ we will ‘feel effects’ of growing cases on the continent. His comments come amid a row over Covid vaccine supplies, after the president of the European Commission warning the EU could ‘forbid’ doses made in the bloc from being exported to the UK.”

Google withdrawal threats could result in antitrust backlash: Vestager (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg: Google withdrawal threats could result in antitrust backlash: Vestager. “European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager warned of potential antitrust action against Google or other US technology giants if they threaten to pull out of markets. Vestager told the European Parliament’s economy committee on Tuesday that there could be scope for ‘investigating if it’s actually legal for a dominant provider to stop supplying’ services, adding that the EU ‘would have a number of tools to use.’”

Reuters: EU tells Google, Facebook and Twitter to extend fake news watch, COVID-19 in focus

Reuters: EU tells Google, Facebook and Twitter to extend fake news watch, COVID-19 in focus. “The European Commission has told Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft to continue monthly reports on their efforts to tackle fake news, especially on COVID-19, for another six months. Social media and online platforms have come under fire globally over the spread of fake news, leading to calls for regulators to force them to do more or face cumbersome rules.”

BNN Bloomberg: Macron Tells Google and Microsoft to Get On Board With EU Rules

BNN Bloomberg: Macron Tells Google and Microsoft to Get On Board With EU Rules. “French President Emmanuel Macron warned some of the tech industry’s biggest players they need to get on board with European Union efforts to moderate online content and constrain their market power. During a call with Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai of Alphabet Inc. on Monday, Macron told the executives any unfair practices will be seen as an attack on European democracy, according to an account of the conversation from one of the president’s aides.”

TechCrunch: Google inks agreement in France on paying publishers for news reuse

TechCrunch: Google inks agreement in France on paying publishers for news reuse. “Google has reached an agreement with an association of French publishers over how it will be pay for reuse of snippets of their content. This is a result of application of a ‘neighbouring right’ for news which was transposed into national law following a pan-EU copyright reform agreed back in 2019. The tech giant had sought to evade paying French publishers for reuse of snippets of content in its news aggregation and search products by no longer displaying them in the country.”