France hits startup funding target — but the bar has already been raised – POLITICO

President Emmanuel Macron declared his tech win on Monday as French startups hit funding goal Three years ahead of schedule. the problem? The celebration comes at a time when expectations for startups are already outpacing this progress. In September 2019, Macron set a goal of having 25 French “rhinos” – a term investors often use … Read more

EU, UK to step up Northern Ireland talks amid ‘cordial’ atmosphere – POLITICO

LONDON – The United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed to intensify talks next week on how to ease the burden that post-Brexit trade rules place on Northern Ireland businesses and individuals, amid signs of a warmer relationship between London and Brussels. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who has been in charge of Brexit … Read more

Lithuania secures extra $1B pledge from Taiwan amid China blockade – POLITICO

Taiwan on Tuesday significantly boosted its financial pledges to Lithuania through a $1 billion trust fund to support the Baltic nation’s standoff with China. The initiative came just days after Taipei announced the allocation of $200 million to an investment fund in strategic sectors in Lithuania, which is facing a complete trade embargo from Beijing. … Read more

France flexes muscles with fines against Facebook, Google over cookie banners – POLITICO

France is going after pesky online trackers known as cookies — and is showing the world that it is not afraid to flex its muscle against big tech companies. By announcing fines of €150 million on Google and €60 million on Facebook early Thursday, France’s privacy watchdog CNIL has gone much further than other EU … Read more