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epa06679852 The Airbus logo is pictured next to the fin of a plane at the Airbus factory in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, northern Germany, 19 April 2018. Hamburg is one of the biggest Airbus plants with about 12,500 employees in 2017.  EPA-EFE/FOCKE STRANGMANN Airbus threatens to leave UK in case of no-deal Brexit
epa06828023 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (R) and Slovakian Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini attend the handover of the V4 presidency following the summit of the V4 (Visegrad Group) countries and Austria in Varkert Bazaar in Budapest, Hungary, 21 June 2018. Slovakia will preside the V4 alliance from 01 July 2018 for a one-year term. According to reports, Hungarian Prime Minister Orban announced that none of Visegrad Group countries Prime Ministers will attend the informal meeting on migration and asylum issues in Brussels on 24 June.  EPA-EFE/SZILARD KOSZTICSAK HUNGARY OUT Visegrad Four to boycott migration summit
epa06805591 Protestors wave flags and shout slogans during an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament building in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), 13 June 2018. Demonstrators protested the government's politics as well as against a compromise solution in Macedonia's dispute with Greece over the country's name.  EPA-EFE/NAKE BATEV Name Dispute: Rough sailing for ratification procedures despite quick work in Skopje
epa05396624 British Secretary for Business Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid speaks at a press conference at the Ministry in London, Britain, 28 June 2016. Javid the same day chaired the first post-EU referendum meeting with business leaders.  EPA/SEAN DEMPSEY 3.5 million EU citizens to pay €75 fee to remain in the UK
epa06824254 Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (R) welcomes European Council President Donald Tusk (L) at Palazzo Chigi, Rome, Italy, 20 June 2018. Tusk is on an official visit to Rome.  EPA-EFE/Riccardo Antimiani Italy draws red line on readmissions ahead of migration summit
epa06827440 IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde arrives for a meeting of the Eurogroup in Luxembourg, 21 June 2018. The Eurogroup will assess the progress achieved by Greece in implementing the prior actions required under the fourth (and the final) review of its programme.  EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND IMF to lower Eurozone growth projections
epa06827534 (L-R) Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos,  European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Pierre Moscovici and The President of the Eurogroup, Portuguese Finance Minister Mario Centeno during a meeting of the Eurogroup in Luxembourg, 21 June 2018. The Eurogroup will assess the progress achieved by Greece in implementing the prior actions required under the fourth (and the final) review of its programme.  EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND Greece’s creditors reach deal on debt relief measures
Maros Sefcovic  (C) Vice President of the European Commission for Energy Union, talks Leo Botti (L) ABB to during his visit at the INTERSOLAR in Munich, Germany on June 21 2018. EU-made batteries crucial for integration of renewables in Europe
Margrethe Vestager EU probes Qatar Petroleum gas flow restrictions in Europe
epa06826552 EU Commissioner for migration and home affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos arrives to give a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, 21 June  2018.  Dimitris Avramopoulos spoke to the press ahead to the informal working heads of states meeting on migration and asylum issues in Brussels on 25 June 2018, in order to work with a group of Heads of State or Government of Member States interested in finding European solutions ahead of the upcoming European Council.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Avramopoulos says EU refuses to consider ‘a Guantanamo for migrants’


EU National News

epa06425007 The signage and survelillance camera at the headquarters of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC in Vienna, Austria, 27 December 2017.  EPA-EFE/MAURITZ ANTIN Russia, Saudi push for OPEC oil supply increase while demand is strong
epa04296483 Electricity pylons of Public Power Corporation (PPC) are seen in an electric power station in central Athens, Greece, 03 July 2014. Workers at Greece's state-controlled power utility PPC are staging a series of strikes as of 02 July, to protest against government plans to privatise the company.  EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU Greece establishes energy exchange with EU help
epa06739039 Liviu Dragnea (C) the president of the Romanian Parliament's Deputy Chamber and the leader of the main ruling party PSD (Social Democracy Party) prepares to enter his car as he leaves the High Court of Cassation and Justice of Romania (ICCJ) headquarters, after the last hearing, in Bucharest, Romania, 15 May 2018. DNA (National Anti-graft Directorate) prosecutors have demanded seven and a half years in prison for Dragnea in the file called 'DGASPC', in which the President of Chamber of Deputies, Liviu Dragnea, was accused of instigating to abuse of public function and of incitement to intellectual forgery. The verdict for this case was postponed to 29 May.  EPA-EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT Romania’s most powerful politician condemned to jail
epa06744388 A refugee is seen detained in the Identification Center for Refugees in Fylakio, a village near the Evros River at the Turkish border, northern Greece, 11 May 2018 (issued 17 May 2018). Refugees remain detained in the camp until their identification is completed, approximately 20 days, and then they are going to be transferred to hot spots all over Greece.  As opposed to April when migrant inflows were too high (3,627), May shows a decrease of migrants (808) arriving in Greek mainland crossing the river Evros.  EPA-EFE/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU Belgium to start sending migrants back to Greece
BRU22 - 20000616 - BRUSSELS, BELGIUM : English soccer fans with their hands cuffed sit on the ground and are guarded by Belgian riot police after being arrested following clashes with Turkish supporters in Brussels on Friday evening, 16 June 2000. (ELECRONIC IMAGE) EPA PHOTO EPA/MICHELE LIMINA/ML/kr More Britons are are asking for Belgian citizenship before Brexit

World News

epa06502154 Protester with masks of Taner Kilic stand in a line during a protest of Amnesty International for the immediate release of Taner Kilic, the president of the Turkish section of Amnesty International, outside the Turkish embassy in Berlin, Germany, 07 February 2018. A court in Turkey ordered to release Taner Kilic who is charged to be a member of the Guelen movement, but 24h later the court rescinded the decision.  EPA-EFE/MARKUS HEINE HRW denounces start of trial of Turkey Amnesty chair and of ten other activists
epa06076557 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responds to a question at the closing press conference of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, 08 July 2017. The G20 Summit (or G-20 or Group of Twenty) is an international forum for governments from 20 major economies. The summit is taking place in Hamburg 07 to 08 July 2017.  EPA/CLEMENS BILAN Erdogan threatens Central Bank independence
epa06739189 Nikki Haley, the United StatesÕ Permanent Representative to the United Nations, speaks during an United Nations Security Council meeting in response to the violence at the border between Gaza and Israel at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 15 May 2018.  EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANE United States withdraws from UN Human Rights Council
epa05673102 An US pilot taxis one of two F-35 Adir stealth jet fighters as they land at the Nevatim Air Force Base in the Negev desert, south of Beersheba, Israel, 12 December 2016. Two F-35 jets, nicknamed Adir or 'Mighty' are part of Israel's plans to acquire 50 planes by 2022.  EPA/JIM HOLLANDER US Senate prohibits sale of F-35s to Turkey
Minister Israeli former minister arrested for espionage for Iran

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

The Populists’ Euro

By: Barry Eichengreen

The Divine Right of Donald

By: Elizabeth Drew

Can the Euro Be Saved?

By: Joseph E. Stiglitz

North Korea Summit Yields Trump Political Victory But Not Binding Commitments

By: Sandeep Gopalan

EU Should Push to Protect Rights in Diamond Trade

By: Juliane Kippenberg

Europe must be proactive in addressing emerging cyber threats

By: Antonio López-Istúriz White

Qatar remains resilient despite blockade

By: Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Khulaifi

Local Solutions for Global Problems

By: Sébastien Turbot

A Trade War that China Would Win

By: Keyu Jin

The Italian Economy’s Moment of Truth

By: Michael Spence

Why Loving Our Animals Is Not Enough

By: Peter Singer and Agata Sagan

Zuckerberg’s Dodge Reveals Facebook’s Inadequacies on Extremist Content

By: David Ibsen


Romania’s most powerful politician condemned to jail epa06739039 Liviu Dragnea (C) the president of the Romanian Parliament's Deputy Chamber and the leader of the main ruling party PSD (Social Democracy Party) prepares to enter his car as he leaves the High Court of Cassation and Justice of Romania (ICCJ) headquarters, after the last hearing, in Bucharest, Romania, 15 May 2018. DNA (National Anti-graft Directorate) prosecutors have demanded seven and a half years in prison for Dragnea in the file called 'DGASPC', in which the President of Chamber of Deputies, Liviu Dragnea, was accused of instigating to abuse of public function and of incitement to intellectual forgery. The verdict for this case was postponed to 29 May.  EPA-EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT

The head of the Romanian Socialist-Democrat ruling party (PSD) and speaker of the lower house of the parliament, Liviu Dragnea,

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

Energy

epa06425007 The signage and survelillance camera at the headquarters of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC in Vienna, Austria, 27 December 2017.  EPA-EFE/MAURITZ ANTIN Russia, Saudi push for OPEC oil supply increase while demand is strong
Maros Sefcovic  (C) Vice President of the European Commission for Energy Union, talks Leo Botti (L) ABB to during his visit at the INTERSOLAR in Munich, Germany on June 21 2018. EU-made batteries crucial for integration of renewables in Europe
epa04296483 Electricity pylons of Public Power Corporation (PPC) are seen in an electric power station in central Athens, Greece, 03 July 2014. Workers at Greece's state-controlled power utility PPC are staging a series of strikes as of 02 July, to protest against government plans to privatise the company.  EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU Greece establishes energy exchange with EU help
Margrethe Vestager EU probes Qatar Petroleum gas flow restrictions in Europe
Xie Zhenhua, Miguel Arias Canete, Catherine McKenna, Laurent Fabius EU, Canada and China join forces against climate change
epa06756602 Wind turbines during sunny evening on a field near Neubrandenburg, Northern Germany, 23 May 2018. Meteorologist predict the cloudy weather with temperatures around 24 degrees Celsius in the next days in Northern Germany.  EPA-EFE/FILIP SINGER EU agrees on new rules for improving Energy Union governance
epa05949199 People participate in the Flower Parade Festival in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal, 07 May 2017. Thousands of people, including tourists and locals participated in the great Flower parade festival on the main streets of Funchal.  EPA/HOMEM DE GOUVEIA EU invests in greener and more secure electricity in Madeira
p14c EU approves the acquisition of Uniper by Fortum
epa06598147 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a joint press conference with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (not pictured) in Kiev, Ukraine, 12 March 2018. Federica Mogherini arrived to Kiev for meeting with top Ukrainian officials.  EPA-EFE/SERGEY DOLZHENKO Ukraine creating EU-based consortium to stop Nord Stream-2
epa04182130 View of the General Electric and Alstom sites in Belfort, France, 27 April 2014. German group Siemens said it was available to discuss an alliance with French rival Alstom, upping the ante for US multinational General Electric, which is reportedly in talks on buying the French train and power plant builder.  EPA/CHRISTOPHE KARABA France to fine General Electric for failure to create jobs

Internet & ICT

epa06679852 The Airbus logo is pictured next to the fin of a plane at the Airbus factory in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, northern Germany, 19 April 2018. Hamburg is one of the biggest Airbus plants with about 12,500 employees in 2017.  EPA-EFE/FOCKE STRANGMANN Airbus threatens to leave UK in case of no-deal Brexit
epa05673102 An US pilot taxis one of two F-35 Adir stealth jet fighters as they land at the Nevatim Air Force Base in the Negev desert, south of Beersheba, Israel, 12 December 2016. Two F-35 jets, nicknamed Adir or 'Mighty' are part of Israel's plans to acquire 50 planes by 2022.  EPA/JIM HOLLANDER US Senate prohibits sale of F-35s to Turkey
error-1024x533 European Commission cancels first WiFi4EU call, carries budget forward
epa06744893 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai prepares to testify before a Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2019 for the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, USA 17 May 2018. On 16 May Senate Democrats won a vote to repeal changes to Obama-era net neutrality rules.  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO Are claims that the FCC killed net neutrality true?
20180530_131205 Desire for change drives Eastern European business toward success
p1-new-h_54359009-(1) Facebook: 99 percent attitude, 1 percent show
epa01246837 An illustration picture of the plenary session of the  European committee of the Regions in Brussels, Belgium, 06 February 2008. The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is the political assembly that provides local and regional authorities with a voice at the heart of the European Union. Established in 1994, the CoR was set up to address two main issues. Firstly, about three quarters of EU legislation is implemented at local or regional level, so it makes sense for local and regional representatives to have a say in the development of new EU laws. Secondly, there were concerns that the public was being left behind as the EU steamed ahead. Involving the elected level of government closest to the citizens was one way of closing the gap.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET Local and regional conservative politicians call for structured post-Brexit cooperation
epa06777267 China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy hold a joint press conference at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 01 June 2018.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Trade and Iran nuclear deal highlight EU-China strategic dialogue
NATO briefing NATO, EU to tackle cyber threats
c;scscsdc'`ccs` Blue-Green Summit Profile with the Tea Party’s Debbie Dooley

From the NE Knowledge Network



Clock ticking for Eurogroup’s Greek debt sustainability measures Arrival and doorstep by Mario CENTENO, Chair of the ESM Board of Governors and Eurogroup President, and Klaus REGLING, Managing Director of the ESM, at the annual ESM Board of Governors meeting, taking place on 21 June 2018, in Luxembourg.

With the 19 Eurozone members’ finance ministers meeting in Luxembourg to discuss the group’s debt relief package for Greece and

By Irene Kostaki Journalist, New Europe

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