She Was Picked to be the EU’s First Female Figurehead. Her Critics at Home Ask: Why?

The European Union might be about to get its first female figurehead, if the governments of its member states get their way. Ursula von der Leyen, Germany’s defense minister, suddenly emerged Tuesday as the compromise candidate for the bloc’s top job, which is currently occupied by Jean-Claude Juncker. Now all that lies between her and […]

Broadcom Is Reeling from the Huawei Ban. Now It Faces Big Antitrust Trouble in Europe

This isn’t turning out to be a great month for Broadcom. Less than two weeks ago, the California chip giant had to knock 8% off its 2019 revenue outlook, thanks to the ban on U.S. companies supplying China’s Huawei, the world’s biggest telecoms equipment firm. That took 8% off Broadcom’s share price. Now the company […]

After Stunning Ruling, Adidas’ Iconic Logo Could Lose Some Trademark Protection in EU

Legend has it that Adidas founder Adi Dassler purchased the brand’s iconic three-stripes trademark in 1951 for a sum equivalent to 1,600 euros and two bottles of whiskey. The company has been fighting tooth and nail to protect that investment ever since. Its latest effort to protect those three stripes, however, came up short in […]

The U.K.—If You Can Believe It—May Soon Face Yet Another Referendum

The U.K., which clearly hasn’t had its fill of referendums recently, may face another one in the next couple of years–this time about Scottish independence, again. The last such referendum took place in 2014. It was fairly close–though not as close as the Brexit referendum that would follow two years later–with 55.3% of Scots voting […]

The ‘Divorce Capital of the World’ May Not Have That Title for Long

Brexit looks like the world’s worst break-up. But for cross-channel couples currently on the skids, the U.K.’s separation from the European Union may just be the harbinger of another messy split to come: their own. As the British Parliament grapples with unknowns over when and how its extraction from the EU will happen, divorce lawyers […]

Europe Thinks Ethics Is the Key to Winning the A.I. Race. Not Everyone Is Convinced

Can ethics be a competitive advantage in the booming artificial intelligence industry? Europe’s executive body hopes so, but some industry voices are skeptical. The European Commission on Monday announced a pilot of ethical A.I. guidelines proposed by a group of independent experts that includes representatives of companies such as Google, IBM and SAP, along with […]

A No-Deal Brexit—With Its Catastrophic Consequences—Is Coming Into Clearer View

The risk of a no-deal Brexit is increasing every day, the European Union’s top negotiator warned after the British Parliament yet again failed to achieve consensus about an alternative way forward. On Monday night, U.K. lawmakers voted in a second round of so-called indicative votes, which are votes on possible alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa […]

Speed Limiters and Built-In Breathalyzers May Soon Be Mandatory in All EU Cars

New safety features for cars, including speed-limiting technology, are likely to be mandated in Europe after lawmakers and European Union countries reached a deal Tuesday. So-called intelligent speed assistance (ISA) technology is already found in some high-end vehicles from manufacturers such as Ford and Honda, but the plan is to ensure it’s rolled out more […]

Google Once Cited EU’s Copyright Reforms as a Business Risk. Now They’re a Reality

Google fought the European Union’s new Copyright Directive for years, as it went through the legislative process. So now that EU lawmakers passed the law on Tuesday, what does that mean for Google and its users? Two parts of the new legislation are particularly relevant here. Article 17 (widely known under its original name, Article […]

U.S. Companies Are Going After EU Bond Market Investors

Corporate bonds in the U.S. have seen slow times. Companies have been issuing less debt, with investment-grade bond issuance off by 18% year over year, according to Barron’s. High-yield bond offerings are down 25%. Blame a number of factors: rising interest rates that have driven down prices as investors look for better deals, and also […]