Tuesday

21st Nov 2017

Ticker

Lithuania's president ahead in re-election bid

Lithuania's president Dalia Grybauskaite won 46% of the vote over the weekend with her closet rival Zigmantas Balcytis obtaining 14% of the vote in presidential elections. Grybauskaite needed at least 50% of the votes to avoid a run-off. A second round of voting is now set for 25 May.

Focus

EU bans 'geo-blocking' - but not (yet) for audiovisual

Online retailers will no longer be able to discriminate against potential customers based on their location in the EU, but the phrase 'this video is unavailable in your region' will remain a common sight in Europe.

EU monitoring of Libyan coastguard done by Libyans

The EU trains the Libyan coastguard and set up monitoring mechanism to ensure they respect the human rights of migrants. But the mechanism only requires Libyans to file reports about themselves.

Opinion

EU must confront Poland and Hungary

Curtailing NGOs and threatening judicial independence are the hallmarks of developing-world dictators and authoritarian strongmen, not a free and pluralistic European Union.

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