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Google spent €31m to influence EU copyright law

Google has spent over €31m on lobbying against article 13 of a new EU copyright law to be voted in the European parliament on Thursday. It also lobbied MEPs through membership of 24 other organisations, according UK Music, defending the collective interests of British music industry. "MEPs should ignore the big money lobbying from big tech and back fair rewards for creators," said UK Music head Michael Dugher.

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PiS & Fidesz claim credit for von der Leyen victory

Warsaw and Budapest are boasting about their support for von der Leyen after the german is confirmed only by a small margin of MEPs, but the illiberals should not expect the softening of rule of law scrutiny.

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Von der Leyen faces gender battle for commission posts

The first-ever female president of the European Commission wants half of her team of commissioners to consist of women. But most of the commissioners put forward so far by EU member states so far have been male.

EU proposes yearly rule-of-law 'reviews'

EU states ought to undergo a yearly "Rule of Law Review Cycle" to help stop countries such as Hungary, Poland, and Romania from backsliding on EU norms, the European Commission has said.

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What did we learn from the von der Leyen vote?

The vote on von der Leyen showed the fundamental change in EU politics. The rise of the European Parliament, the power of political parties, and the fragmentation of politics, are new realities to be taken into account.

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