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epa06557549 EU commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk during informal European Heads of States or Governments summit on the Sahel  in Brussels, Belgium, 23 February 2018,   during European Heads of States or Governments  at 27 to discuss on the new composition of the European Parliament after the so-called 'Brexit' and a post-2020 EU budget for several years.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET EU institutions resist collision on Spitzenkandidat process, agree to shift EU budget priorities
epa04091106 The Facebook and WhatsApp app icons are displayed on an iPhone in New York, New York 20 February 2014. Facebook announced that it acquired the globally popular messaging system WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars. Facebook paid 12 billion dollars in shares and 4 billion dollars in cash, it was explained in a conference call. The deal includes an additional 3 billion dollars in Facebook stock for WhatsApp founders and employees. The deal should close later in 2014 and is still subject to regulatory approval, according to Facebook founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who said in the conference call that he did not expect any issues. Additionally, WhatsApp co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Jan Koum will join the Facebook Board of Directors.  EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT The UK follows the EU lead and moves to tax digital behemoths
epa03010742 epa03010733 An aerial view from a helicopter of the Homer Ferrington rig operated by Noble Energy in the east Mediterranean, drilling in an offshore block on concession from the Cypriot government, 21 November 2011. Houston-based Noble started drilling for gas off Cyprus in September, in the island's first attempt to tap speculated offshore hydrocarbons deposits. Cypriot President Demetris Christofias visited the rig, which started drilling for gas on 21 November.  EPA/STR  EPA/STR Cyprus brings up Turkey’s ‘gunboat diplomacy’ to EU
IvanovAnkara5a8d8c3618c77519942a154e Foreign actors increasingly making their opinions known about the Greece-Macedonia/FYROM Name Talks
epa06549186 New head of Cabinet of the President of the European commission, Clara Martinez Alberola (L) and her deputy Polish Richard Szostak, attend as EU commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gives a press conference to announce major change in staffing of the European commission in Brussels, Belgium, 21 February 2018. After over 32 years at the service of the European Commission, the current Secretary-General Alexander Italianer, has decided to retire from the European Commission. As a result, and on the proposal of President Jean-Claude Juncker, the College has decided to appoint Martin Selmayr, the current Head of Cabinet of the President, as the new Secretary-General of the Commission. This decision will take effect on 01 March. At the same time, President Juncker has decided that his current Deputy Head of Cabinet, Clara Martinez Alberola, will become his new Head of Cabinet ? the first-ever female Head of Cabinet of a Commission President. President Juncker?s current Diplomatic Adviser, Richard Szostak, will become his new Deputy Head of Cabinet.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET European Commission nearing goal of 40% women in senior positions
epa06549235 EU commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gives a press conference to announce major change in staffing of the European commission in Brussels, Belgium, 21 February 2018. After over 32 years at the service of the European Commission, the current Secretary-General Alexander Italianer has decided to retire from the European Commission. As a result, and on the proposal of President Jean-Claude Juncker, the college has decided to appoint Martin Selmayr, the current Head of Cabinet of the President, as the new Secretary-General of the Commission. This decision will take effect on 01 March. At the same time, President Juncker has decided that his current Deputy Head of Cabinet, Clara Martinez Alberola, will become his new Head of Cabinet ? the first-ever female Head of Cabinet of a Commission President. President Juncker?s current Diplomatic Adviser, Richard Szostak, will become his new Deputy Head of Cabinet.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Commission trio to visit Western Balkans
epa06534061 Fish dry in a port in Shima, Mie prefecture, Japan, 15 February 2018 (issued 17 February 2018). Japan is the largest fish eating nation in the world, with an annual consumption of fish reaching 7.5 billion tons, about ten percent of the world's total catch.  EPA-EFE/EVERETT KENNEDY BROWN Interview: Dr Charles Saint-Prot on the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement
epa05925877 The setting sun illuminates high-voltage power lines near Debrecen, 226 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, 24 April 2017.  EPA/Zsolt Czegledi HUNGARY OUT MEPs to modernise EU’s electricity market
epa04367374 An exterior view of the world's most sustainable terraced house during it's opening on the TU Delft campus in Delft, The Netherlands, 25 August 2014. TU Delft student team has won the first prize for their sustainable terraced house in the Sustainability category at the Solar Decathlon 2014 in Versailles. The main challenge was to improve existing buildings, and that is why the team opted to improve the sustainability of a terraced house dating from the 1960s. They achieved this by applying a 'second skin', including a glass structure on the side facing the sun, enabling the house to completely rely on solar energy. There are about 1.4 million terraced houses in the Netherlands alone that can make use of the invention and run on sustainable energy.  EPA/LEX VAN LIESHOUT EU takes a step closer to energy efficient buildings
epa06518967 Sinn Fein President Lou McDonald  (L) and Michelle O'Neill, Vice-President of Sinn Fein  address the media at Stormont,  Belfast,  Northern Ireland, Britain, 12 February 2018.  Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar are to visit Belfast later for talks with the Stormont parties. The Prime Ministers left without a deal to restore devolved government.  EPA-EFE/PAUL McERLANE Sinn Fein says UK government has no plan for Northern Ireland

EU National News

epa02997435 The DAX index curve shows considerable losses in the trading room of the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, 09 November 2011. Trepidation over rapid debt reduction in Italy as well as concerns over new references to the Iranian nuclear weapon program have pushed the DAX stock index markedly into the minus, dropping almost three percent. The political uncertainty gripping cash-strapped Italy and Greece triggered renewed investor anxiety on 09 November, with Italian borrowing costs soaring as shares, along with the euro, fell sharply. While shares in Paris fell by 2.42 per cent, stocks in Frankfurt dropped 1.93 per cent. Stocks in London, which is Europe's leading share market, fell 1.11 per cent.  EPA/ARNE DEDERT Italian spreads surge as elections come with political risk
epa00691053 Picture taken 12 April 2006 showing the road sign at the entrance of Sicilian legendary town of Corleone, in which hilly environment, in the farmhouse "Montagna dei cavalli" (Mountain of horses), Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano was arrested on 11 April, after 43 years on the run. Corleone's Municipal Council, in an extraordinary session, decided to dedicate a road to the date of 11 April, which will be celebrated every year as a holiday of freedom and rebirth, mayor Nicolo' Nicolosi announced on Thursday 13 April 2006.  EPA/MIKE PALAZZOTTO Italy faces the prospect of Mafia involvement in the forthcoming elections
epa06447573 A group of migrants play games at the shelter reception of the organisation Tous Migrants (All Migrants) in the town of Briancon, southeastern France, 16 January 2018 (issued 17 January 2018). Migrants from Italy still attempt to cross the Alps into France, despite extreme and dangerous weather conditions. An association of locals named 'tous migrants' aims to help the migrants, organizing maraudes to save them from the very low temperatures spotting them along the roads and offering them a shelter to stay for a few nights.  EPA-EFE/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO ATTENTION ED ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET Macron wants to crack down on immigration to France
epa05925261 A masked demonstrator tucks fake Euro notes in his pocket during a protest action against money laundering in front of the Parliament offices in Berlin, Germany, 24 April 2017. Various associations call for an improvement in the law as they demonstrate before the finance committee debates on the implementation of the European guidelines on money laundery. According to them the German Federal law is lax on tax evasion and corruption.  EPA/FELIPE TRUEBA Transparency International sees no progress in fighting global corruption as situation in some EU countries worsens
epa06543002 Party principles Sandra Khadhouri (L), James Clarke (C) and James Torrence (R) speak at the launch of the Renew political party in London, Britain, 19 February 2017. Reports state that Renew is a new anti-Brexit political party set up by independent candidates. It's main election campaign is to keep Britain in the European Union.  EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL New UK party inspired by Macron’s radical centrists seeks to overturn Brexit

World News

WEB Gazprom tries to reduce gas losses
epa01766366 Two narcotic agents present cocaine in a laboratory for Statual Criminal Police Office of Rhineland Palatinate in Mainz, Germany, 19 June 2009. Staff of a fabric processing company in the Westerwald region had coincidentally discovered eight travelling bags with 200 kg of cocaine in a container from Antwerp, Belgium. The discovered amount is the largest found in Germany in recent years, it is yet unclear for who the cocaine was destined.  EPA/BORIS ROESSLER The “tango connection”: more arrests made in Argentina and Russia in cocaine through diplomatic luggage sting
epa06555679 White helmet volunteer carries an injured boy to an ambulance after bombing, in the rebel-held Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Syria, 22 February 2018. More than 42 people got killed in Douma after several airstrikes and shelling by forces allegedly loyal to the Syrian Government. At least 80 people got killed in Eastern Ghouta on the same day, according to local sources.  EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED BADRA Russia tries to block UN Security Council resolution on Syria ceasefire
p15ca Egypt inks $15 billion gas supply deal with Israeli company
epa06553633 Russian Foreign Sergei Lavrov (C-L), Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic (C-R), President of the Republika Srpska, entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik (L) and Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej (R) attend the official ceremony of displaying the mosaics of the central dome of the Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade, Serbia 22, February 2018.  Works on the internal decoration on one of the largest Christian orthodox churches in the world are going on 83 after the construction began.  EPA-EFE/KOCA SULEJMANOVIC Russia tries to take over Serbia-Kosovo negotiations

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

Understanding Populism in Eastern Europe

By: Slawomir Sierakowski

Upskilling Adults: Mending Broken Talents

By: Joachim James Calleja

Trump’s Battered Presidency

By: Elizabeth Drew

“What’s happening in US on net neutrality and internet freedom?”

By: John Strand

EU Risks falling into turbulent waters if EU court invalidates EU-Morocco fisheries deal

By: Eli Hadzhieva

The World Bank Needs to Return to Its Mission

By: Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Lessons of Black Monday

By: Barry Eichengreen

The Double Threat to Liberal Democracy

By: Dani Rodrik

Mexico’s Corbyn is beginning to look more like Maduro

By: Sir Richard Ottaway

A Maltese Trapper Reflection…

By: Raymond Cordina

India’s path from crony socialism to stigmatised capitalism

By: Arvind Subramanian

Donald Trump and the Decline of US Soft Power

By: Joseph S. Nye, Jr.


Russia harasses Navalny, bans Khodorkovsky’s website as presidential election draws near epa06481767 A supporter of opposition leader Alexei Navalny poses for photographers in front of riot police officers during an opposition non-sanctioned rally in the centre of St. Petersburg, Russia, 28 January 2018. In the absence of their candidate Alexei Navalny opposition calls to boycott president elections. Reports on 28 January 2018 state Navalny was arrested by Russian police during a opposition rally in Moscow.  EPA-EFE/ANATOLY MALTSEV

The Kremlin is stepping up its effort to guarantee favourable results at the polls on March 18 having arrested Russian opposition

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

Energy

WEB Gazprom tries to reduce gas losses
epa03010742 epa03010733 An aerial view from a helicopter of the Homer Ferrington rig operated by Noble Energy in the east Mediterranean, drilling in an offshore block on concession from the Cypriot government, 21 November 2011. Houston-based Noble started drilling for gas off Cyprus in September, in the island's first attempt to tap speculated offshore hydrocarbons deposits. Cypriot President Demetris Christofias visited the rig, which started drilling for gas on 21 November.  EPA/STR  EPA/STR Cyprus brings up Turkey’s ‘gunboat diplomacy’ to EU
p15ca Egypt inks $15 billion gas supply deal with Israeli company
epa05925877 The setting sun illuminates high-voltage power lines near Debrecen, 226 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, 24 April 2017.  EPA/Zsolt Czegledi HUNGARY OUT MEPs to modernise EU’s electricity market
epa04367374 An exterior view of the world's most sustainable terraced house during it's opening on the TU Delft campus in Delft, The Netherlands, 25 August 2014. TU Delft student team has won the first prize for their sustainable terraced house in the Sustainability category at the Solar Decathlon 2014 in Versailles. The main challenge was to improve existing buildings, and that is why the team opted to improve the sustainability of a terraced house dating from the 1960s. They achieved this by applying a 'second skin', including a glass structure on the side facing the sun, enabling the house to completely rely on solar energy. There are about 1.4 million terraced houses in the Netherlands alone that can make use of the invention and run on sustainable energy.  EPA/LEX VAN LIESHOUT EU takes a step closer to energy efficient buildings
epa03185104 View of the 'Repsol' company headquarters in Madrid, Spain, 16 April 2012. Argentina will take control of the Spanish-controlled oil company YPF, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner announced during a news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 16 April 2012. The government will send a draft law to parliament allowing Argentina to expropriate 51 per cent of YPF shares, Fernandez said. The Spanish oil and gas giant Repsol currently holds a 57 per cent stake in YPF. Tension had mounted for days between Madrid and Buenos Aires over YPF, with Spain threatening that 'hostile gestures' against Spanish business interests would 'have consequences.' The European Commission has also 'expressed its concerns' over the move, siding with Spain.  EPA/JuanJo Martin EU green lights acquisition of car-sharing JV by Repsol, KIA
epa06340563 A wind turbine of Vesta at the Outokumpu steel mill's production site, Tornio, Finland, 20 November 2017. During 2016 at total of 182 new wind power units were built in Finland, with a combined capacity of 570 MW. At the end of 2016, Finland's total wind power capacity stood at 1553 MW, produced by 552 wind enery units. The wind energy capacity has seen a rapid growth in Finland, but still lags behind international development in the sector according to the Wind Power Association of Finland.  EPA-EFE/JOEL KARPPANEN Reducing emissions, EU to double renewables by 2030
epa04666296 A handout picture provided by Turkish Presidental Press Office of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev (L-R), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) and Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili (R) during an launch ceremony for Trans Anatolia natural pipeline project (TANAP) in Kars, Turkey, 17 March 2015. TANAP is aimed to connect pipeline in Georgia and Greece as well as boost Azerbaijan's gas exports to Europe.  EPA/TURKISH PRESIDENTAL PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT Reducing dependence on Russia, Turkey speeds up TANAP pipeline to EU
epa06539389 Adel Bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, speaks during the 54th Munich Security Conference (MSC), in Munich, Germany, 18 February 2018. In their annual meeting, politicians and various experts and guests from around the world discuss issues surrounding global security from February 16 to 18.  EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK Saudi Arabia mulls nuclear power to lessen dependence on oil
saudi-aramco-restores-network-after-attack IMG Russian investment in Aramco underpins broader strategic cooperation

Internet & ICT

epa06542448 The Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres speaks during the ceremony of his honorary doctorate degree from the University of Lisbon, under a proposal from the Instituto Superior Tecnico, at Aula Magna of University of Lisbon in Lisbon, Portugal, 19 February 2018.  EPA-EFE/MANUEL DE ALMEIDA UN Secretary-General wants global regulations to combat cyberwars
epa06535418 A handout photo made available by the Munich Security Conference (MSC) on 17 February 2018 shows the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Theresa May, speaking at a discussion of the 54th Munich Security Conference (MSC), in Munich, Germany, 17 February 2018. In their annual meeting, politicians and various experts and guests from around the world discuss global security issues from 16 to 18 February  EPA-EFE/KUHLMANN / HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT: MSC / KUHLMANN HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES Theresa May wants new security treaty with EU
epa06052301 (FILE) - The Google logo during the opening of the new Google data center in Eemshaven, The Netherlands, 06 December 2016 (reissued 27 June 2017). The European Commission on 27 June 2017 said it would fine the Google with 2.4 billion euros for abusing its dominance as a search engine.  EPA/VINCENT JANNINK Social media sites’ new terms fall short of meeting EU consumer protection rules
epa05990469 Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of Facebook, makes the commencement address during the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 25 MAY 2017.  EPA/LISA HORNAK HRW criticises Germany’s new social media law as ‘dangerous precendent’
epa06274392 A horizontally mirrored wireless network (WLAN) logo is reflected in the iris of an eye in Neuss, Germany, 18 October 2017. A flaw in WPA2's cryptographic protocols could be exploited to read and steal data that would otherwise be protected. In some situations, the vulnerability even leaves room for an attacker to manipulate data on a Wi-Fi network, or inject new data in. In practice, that means hackers could steal passwords, intercept financial data, or even manipulate commands to send someones money to themselves.  EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH ILLUSTRATION Russian hackers “Fancy Bear” may have disrupted the Olympic Games
34701860427078 Moscow may block Youtube, Instagram due to latest Navalny video
epa02269843 A British Ministry of Defence handout photograph dated 01 August 2010 shows soldiers from 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment fire a Javelin missile in support of British forces during a contact with insurgent forces during Day 3 of Operation TOR SHEZADA in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The British Ministry of Defence reports that progress has been good on the operation and despite challenging conditions, the troops have cleared large areas of the key route into Sayedebad, removing numerous Inprovised Explosive Devices (IED) and ultimately increasing security in the area.  EPA/BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE/HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT/ CROWN COPYRIGHT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES US to deliver lethal weapons to Ukraine later this year
epa06052781 (FILE) - A programer shows a sample of decrypting source code in Taipei, Taiwan, 13 May 2017 (reissued 27 June 2017). According to news reports, companies around the world on 27 June 2017 are reporting they are being hit by a major cyber-attack.  EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO India could become data protection leader after Supreme Court establishes right to privacy
epa06500187 Members of the European Parlimant take part in the voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 06 February 2018.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER MEPs scrap geoblocking and adopt new rules for online retailers
epa05990927 Sberbank chief executive Herman Gref delivers a speech near a slogan reading as 'Sberbank together' during the Annual General Shareholders' Meeting of Sberbank in Moscow, Russia, 26 May 2017. The net profit of Sberbank of Russia in 2016 grew by 2.4 times compared to the previous year and amounted to 8.52 billion euros (542 billion rubles), the annual report of the Russian bank under IFRS. Sberbank is the key lender to the Russian economy and the biggest receiver of deposits in Russia? Sberbank ranked 56 in the annual Forbes' Global 2000 list, up 46 ranks from last year. Among Russian companies, Sberbank went up from third to second place in the ranking.  EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY Russia’s Sberbank plans cryptocurrency exchange in Switzerland

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Transparency International sees no progress in fighting global corruption as situation in some EU countries worsens epa05925261 A masked demonstrator tucks fake Euro notes in his pocket during a protest action against money laundering in front of the Parliament offices in Berlin, Germany, 24 April 2017. Various associations call for an improvement in the law as they demonstrate before the finance committee debates on the implementation of the European guidelines on money laundery. According to them the German Federal law is lax on tax evasion and corruption.  EPA/FELIPE TRUEBA

Governments are not doing enough in the global fight against graft, anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International said on February  21 after

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

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