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EU election results country by country Ballot was also informal confidence vote in governments across the bloc. But while in theory, Europeans were deciding on who gets a seat in the EU legislature, in practice the election was also an informal vote of confidence for governments and leaders across the bloc.

France, Germany spar over EU leadership Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron are at odds over the best candidate to lead the European Commission. The German chancellor backs center-right Manfred Weber, but the French president has other ideas. -DW

PODCAST OF THE WEEK Why were so many Romanians refused the chance to cast their vote in the EU elections? Plus: North Macedonia's plans to join Nato, talks of a merger between Fiat and Renault and the politics of olive crops in Italy. -The Globalist


How Ireland became Europe's data watchdog Social media giant Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp have been the subject of most data investigations in the Republic of Ireland since the European Union's new data protection regulation came into force a year ago. -BBC

How Silicon Valley gamed Europe’s privacy rules The region’s data protection overhaul was supposed to help citizens. Instead, it’s helped Big Tech.

GDPR Penalties Prove Why Compliance Isn't Enough—And Why Companies Need Clarity EU policymakers and data protection authorities should focus on clarifying the legislation, specifying the technical requirements to provide information, and take into account the costs and difficulties compliance may impose on companies in some cases. Otherwise European businesses will continue to face difficulties interpreting and complying with the GDPR. -TechDirt

Newscoop: A Facebook for news with a Wikipedia twist The Amsterdam-based startup aims to democratize news by leveraging a global network of citizen journalists. The platform is harnessing blockchain technology to verify its content and keep a check on fake news. -DW

P&O seeks £33m in damages over Brexit ferry settlement -BBC

UK by far the biggest enabler of global corporate tax dodging, groundbreaking research finds Of the top 10 countries allowing multinationals to avoid paying billions in tax on their profits, four are British overseas territories. -The Independent

Germany: Porsche offices raided in corruption probe Prosecutors have said that six people, some in "leadership" roles, could be charged with breach of trust. Secret information from the tax office was allegedly passed to a financial advisor within the company. -DW

Deripaska Says Treasury Response to Lawsuit Is Poorly Researched Deripaska is fighting back in a U.S. court against American sanctions that he said are unfairly destroying his global businesses and are based on unproven allegations about his close ties to Putin’s government. Deripaska, the founder of aluminum producer United Co. Rusal, was among the most prominent tycoons hit with sanctions by President Donald Trump’s administration, following the passage of a law to retaliate against Moscow for its meddling in 2016 U.S. elections. -Bloomberg

Why Huawei's Google woes worry Africa Google's decision to withhold its Android software from Huawei is being seen as the beginning of a technology cold war that could compel African countries - in the future - to choose between US and Chinese technology, analysts have told the BBC. -BBC


EU could slap 3 billion euro fine on Italy for excessive debt: Salvini -Reuters

Oil Rises as Supply Risks Ripple Through Mideast, Great Plains There was less enthusiasm about London-traded Brent futures, which flopped between gains and losses before ending the day unchanged near $70 a barrel. Flows on a key Russian pipeline resumed to central Europe on Monday after a contamination scare, while U.S. President Donald Trump blunted some of his rhetoric against Iran. -Bloomberg

Russia to consider extending oil output cut with OPEC: deputy PM -Reuters

Africa's CFA Franc – colonial relic or stabilizing force? Some praise the French-backed CFA franc for its stability, others denounce it as a colonial hangover. The benefits and drawbacks of Africa's CFA currencies are being more hotly disputed than ever before. -DW