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EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan said during his visit to the US the EU has "no objection in principle" on cooperation with the Chinese telecom giant Huawei to set up its 5G network in Europe, the Guardian reports. He also said the UK can "call Donald Trump's bluff" on threats to withdraw US cooperation with the UK on intelligence and security over Huawei, referring to the American president.
EU states should consider banning facial-recognition technology from public places for the next five years to give governments a chance to assess risks of abuse, the European Commission said in a proposal, Reuters reports. The ban would exempt security services and research projects. EU states should also create special authorities to monitor rules on new technology, including artificial intelligence, the commission suggested in its consultation paper.
European businesses have urged EU institutions and states to press China to play fair on market access. "The EU must reconsider its modus operandi towards China and put more emphasis on reciprocity and conditionality," BusinessEurope, a Europe-wide lobby group said in a report on Thursday. Barriers to investment, curbs on joint ventures, a closed procurement market, and state subsidies for Chinese firms left EU firms struggling to compete, it said.
The EU's trade commissioner Phil Hogan said Thursday that the bloc would check to see if a major trade deal struck by the US and China is compliant with global rules. "The devil is in the detail," he said in Washington where he is meeting US officials. "We will have to assess whether it is WTO-compliant," he said after the US and China scaled back their 18-month trade row.
The US threatened to impose 25 percent tariffs on cars to push Europeans to initiate proceedings against Iran for violating the nuclear deal, the German defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said. "This threat exists," she told a press conference in London. The Washington Post reported that US president Donald Trump had secretly warned France, Germany and the UK that the US would impose tariffs on European cars over Iran nuclear policy.
"Playing brinkmanship will not work" for British prime minister Boris Johnson when the UK and EU start negotiating their future trade deal, EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan warned Thursday. Johnson has been "unwise" to set an end-2020 deadline to seal a trade deal with the EU, the Irish commissioner said. Johnson has said he does not want to extend the transition period, which is due to end this year.
French leader of the far-right National Rally party, Marine Le Pen, announced on Thursday that she plans to run for the French presidential elections in 2022. Le Pen made it to the second round of French elections in 2017 with 34 percent of the votes, but lost against to Emmanuel Macron. Her party received 23 percent support at last year's European elections.
In a resolution adopted by 446 votes to 178, with 41 abstentions, MEPs called for EU states to act on Poland and Hungary for breaking EU rules and values under the Article 7 procedure. MEPs said the situation in both countries has deteriorated since triggering the sanctions procedure. A large majority of centre-right EPP lawmakers supported the resolutions, despite Hungary's ruling Fidesz party being a suspended member of EPP.
The EU Parliament's leadership designated Thursday an MEP from each three largest party groups, centre-right EPP, Socialists & Democrats and liberal Renew Europe, to run the operational body of the Future of Europe conference. The Executive Coordination Board would be responsible for the daily management, according to the parliament's proposal. One representative for the commission and the council would join. Renew will have Guy Verhofstadt, the EPP Manfred Weber.
The CEO of Danish shipping firm Maersk, Soren Skou, has said EU competition law could see China and the US outdo European firms by holding back "the creation of a European global champion". "Competition policy should not be just about protecting consumers ... if it doesn't allow us to build the right European companies that can compete globally, it could become a huge problem," he told Danish business newspaper Finans.

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