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EU Confidential #197: Germany’s candidates — Super League shambles — Data breach battles

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The candidates vying to be Germany’s next chancellor, Europe’s Super League football flop and battles over people’s personal data all feature in this week’s episode.

A resurgent Green party in Germany chose Annalena Baerbock as their candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor. POLITICO’s Matthew Karnitschnig has everything you need to know about her, and the conservative coalition’s decision to finally pick CDU leader Armin Laschet as its standard-bearer, after more than a week of bitter public feuding.

On the not-so-Super League, POLITICO’s Andrew Gray, Rym Momtaz, Ali Walker and Simon Van Dorpe discuss the fierce popular and political backlash against the project, which soon fell apart. They look at some of the big questions about sports, power and politics raised by the controversy.

And finally, recent data leaks from social media platforms Facebook, LinkedIn and Clubhouse collectively revealed the information of around a billion users. But the platforms have played down the revelations. Here’s Facebook’s response, insisting its systems were not hacked. Data regulators around Europe, however, are not so sure everything is shipshape and have launched investigations.

What does the controversy say about Europe’s efforts to protect its citizens’ personal information and the EU’s flagship General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? POLITICO’s Vincent Manancourt explains.
 
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