The Swiss ballot initiative banning minarets has touched political nerves throughout the European Union -- on both sides of the issue. Most of the 27 member-state governments, along with human-rights groups, reacted officially with regret about the step. But public opinion polls showed that big majorities of the electorates – bigger than the Swiss one – in major EU nations would favor a similar ban in their countries.
The European competition authority is challenging U.S. high-tech companies’ business practices, including some already approved by the anti-trust regulators in Washington.
A leading American anti-trust attorney probes the divergences between U.S. and EU legal philosophies and explains why the EU approach seems to be gaining ground as a global model. Can the outlook for trans-atlantic convergence improve?
Some major European governments are interfering more and more with the media in their countries, according to a report by working journalists. The 2009 annual survey released by Reporters Without Borders, a non-governmental organization based in Paris, said that the downgrading included several leading members of the European Union, notably Italy.
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