Tuesday

21st Nov 2017

Ticker

Switzerland tops competitiveness ranking

The World Economic Forum, a Swiss think tank, has said, for the eighth year in a row, that Switzerland is the world's most competitive economy. The Netherlands came top out of the EU in fourth place, beating Germany in fifth. The UK, based upon pre-Brexit referendum data, climbed three places to seventh. Greece did the worst, sliding five places to 86 and placing between Algeria and Ukraine.

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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