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epa07306294 British Conservative Party Member of Parliament Anna Soubry (R) with Labour Member of Parliament Chuka Umunna (L) outside Downing Street following talks with Prime Minister Theresa May in London, Britain, 21 January 2019. British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to present her Plan B for Brexit to Parliament on 21 January.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN Pro-Brexit MPs quit UK’s Conservative party
Dz1qdFtX0AA-l0F Four Green MEPs arrested after breaking into Belgian military base to stage protest
epa07383440 British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) is welcomed by European commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) ahead to a meeting on Brexit in Brussels, Belgium, 20 February 2019. May is in Brussels to discuss Brexit and related issues.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Juncker, May enjoy ‘constructive’ talks but no breakthrough
epa07309986 Woman walks along Danske Bank branch in Tallinn, Estonia 22 January 2019.  EPA-EFE/Valda Kalnina Investigation launched by EU banking authority against Estonian and Danish regulators
epa07381178 Honda signage at a Honda dealership in London, Britain,19 February 2019. Japanese car maker Honda has confirmed plans to close down its only EU car factory in Swindon plant in 2021. The jobs of some 3,500 employees are effected by the Swindon closure which accoring to Honda is not related to Brexit but to a changing global market and customers's demands.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN Honda becomes second Japanese auto company to cut manufacturing in UK
epaselect epa05699186 Covered cars of German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) are parked in a fenced area in front of the Volkwagenwerk in Wolfsburg, Germany, 05 January 2017. Lawyers representing Volkswagen on 03 January 2017 filed the first lawsuit in Germany about the VW emissions diesel cheating scandal.  EPA/CARSTEN KOALL Brussels braces for US tariffs on car exports
P039525-871354 Commission considering cohesion policy after 2020 and cross-border medicine
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 Council of Europe releases damning report on conditions in Greece’s migrant camps
epa07350463 British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the press after a meeting with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, 07 February 2019. May is in Brussels to discuss Brexit and related issues.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ May heads to Brussels for extraordinary Brexit meeting with Juncker
epa05930386 EU commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) welcomes George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations prior to a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 27 April 2017. The meeting will mainly focus on  the situation in Hungary, including legislative measures that could force the closure of the Central European University in Budapest, media reported.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET / POOL Commission hits back at Hungarian government’s ‘fake news’ campaign

Kassandra

epa05667781 An interior view of the Europa building's atrium in Brussels, Belgium, 09 December 2016. Located at the heart of the European district, the Europa building combines a new part, a lantern-shaped structure designed by the consortium of Samyn and Partners (Belgium), Studio Valle Progettazioni (Italy) and Buro Happold (UK), and a renovated section listed Art Deco complex designed by architect Michel Polak in 1922. The building is scheduled to host it's first European head of governments summit in January 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Jean-François Bohnert takes the lead for Chief European Public Prosecutor as Kovesi stumbles in Council
romania-plans-fill-financial-void-absorbing-eu-funds IMG Why is Romania still an EU member state?
p1-h_54987523 Kovesi: Romanian EPPO favourite, under fire
p24a1-011942c32b Battle of the tyrants
Kovesi Kovesi: The Romanian EU chief prosecutor favourite caught between a rock and a hard place
p20-h_54895922 AKK gave the German position away
p24kk-h_54966762 We need to change without changing
p24-h_54887607 No mercy for the Brexiteers; on the altar of elections
Kass2 For the EU Commission, Brexit has already happened
kass3 Commission highlights Parliament hemicycle for internship glory


EU National News

epa07381699 People attend nation-wide rally to protest against antisemitism after media reports noted a recent sharp rise in anti-semitic acts across the country,  on the Place de la Republique in Paris, France, 19 February 2019. Sign reads 'All united against Antisemitism, all the racisms' French residents and public officials from across the political spectrum gathered for nationwide rallies against anti-Semitism following a series of anti-Semitic acts, including the swastikas painted on about 80 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery overnight.  EPA-EFE/IAN LANGSDON France looks to push back against surge of anti-Semitism
epa07263864 Shoppers walk during the first day of winter sales in Rome, Italy, 05 January 2019. Seventy percent of the Italians are waiting to spend in the January sales, retail group Confcommercio said, mostly on clothing, footwear, and accessories.  EPA-EFE/Massimo Percossi Italy’s 2019 growth forecast ‘lowest in the EU’
epaselect epa07378583 Former British Labour party MP Luciana Berger speaking at the Independent Group Party launch and press conference in London, Britain, 18 February 2019, where seven MP's announced their resignation from the Labour Party, and the formation of a new independent group of MPs. Speaking at a press conference in London, the seven MP's attacked party chief Jeremy Corbyn for leading the party to the far left and said they would sit as an independent group in parliament.  EPA-EFE/VICKIE FLORES Anti-Brexit Labour Party MPs quit party to form independent group
epa07345652 A view of signage of the Deutsche Bank at the bank headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, 31 January 2019.  EPA-EFE/MAURITZ ANTIN China’s HNA divests from Deutsche Bank
epaselect epa05245211 A view of 'La Canopee' (The Canopy) covering the newly refurbished Les Halles shopping centre and subway connection in the heart of central Paris, seen during the official press presentation in Paris, France, 05 April 2016. After a six-year reconstruction, the Forum des Halles unveiled its new Canopy roof designed by French architects Patrick Berger and Jacques Anziutti. The redesigned forum now includes cultural centers and a classical music conservatory.  EPA/IAN LANGSDON France’s unemployment hits decade-low

World News

epa06190978 US Deputy Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette, attends the inauguration of the III Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Alliance of the Americas (ECPA) 'Energy Transition in the Americas', in Vina del Mar, Chile, 07 September 2017.  EPA-EFE/ELVIS GONZALEZ US to block Saudi Arabia’s nuclear bomb ambitions
epa05054088 A Turkish vendor prepares tomatoes and cucumbers for his customer in a local market in Istanbul, Turkey, 04 December 2015. The Russian Government has banned imports of fruit and vegetables from Turkey, following the downing of a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 bomber jet 24 November by a Turkish F-16 fighter on the border with Syria. The list of banned produce will come into force 01 January 2016.  EPA/SEDAT SUNA Turkish government subsidises groceries ahead of local elections
epa02235955 An Exxon Mobil rig stands in Mobile Bay's choppy waters today as a weather system passed through the area causing high winds and seas.  Dauphin Island, Alabama,  USA, 03 July,  2010. Estuaries, wildlife, fishing and tourism remain at risk from the Deepwater Horizon oil leak as it continues to spread along the Louisiana to Alabama coasts.  EPA/BEVIL KNAPP ExxonMobil makes two new discoveries offshore Guyana
Pannelli solari su pozzo in produzione Italy’s ENI acquires Australian solar project
epa07348424 US President Donald J. Trump (R) nominates Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass (L) to lead the World Bank in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 06 February 2019. Malpass has been a critic of the institution, saying multilateral institutions like the World Bank 'have grown larger and more intrusive.'  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO Trump sends David Malpass to the World Bank

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

The dialectic of global trade policy

By: Mohamed A. El-Erian

Faking it on climate change

By: Bjørn Lomborg

Should America ever apologise?

By: Ruti Teitel

The Sikorski Doctrine

By: Slawomir Sierakowski

Science and subterfuge in economics

By: Jayati Ghosh

The looming Taiwan crisis

By: Richard N. Haass

epa05705398 Military vehicles that left the cargo area are line up at the habour in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, 08 January 2017. More than 2,500 tanks, trucks and other vehicles of the US Army will be handled in Bremerhaven during what is the biggest troop transfer from the US to Europe since the end of the Soviet Union. The US equipment will be transported to Poland on some 900 railway waggons for the military excercise 'Atlantic Resolve'.  EPA/CARSTEN KOALL

In defence of logistics

By: Lt. Gen. (ret) Ben Hodges
Alexander Schaltuper

What will succeed GDP?

By: Diane Coyle

Reflections on achieving global education goals

By: Amina J. Mohammed

How can we tax footloose multinationals?

By: Joseph E. Stiglitz

Google, fake news, and the crisis of truth

By: Bernard-Henri Lévy

Europe, please wake up

By: George Soros

THE ENLARGEMENT MONITOR

epa07366602 A man passes between Greece's border stone and the new country name North Macedonia sign board, at the border crossing Bogorodica between North Macedonia and Greece on 13 February 2019. FYR of Macedonia Government is due change the name of country after ratification of the Protocol of the North Atlantic Treaty for the Accession of Republic of North Macedonia whereby Greece will approve the accession of its northern neighbor to NATO under its new name, as provided by the Prespes Agreement signed by Athens and Skopje.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: North Macedonia’s name change takes hold
epa07344778 Members of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) honor guard line up during the welcoming ceremony for the Croatian Minister of Defence Damir Krsticevic (not pictured) in front of the Ministry of Defense in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 05 February 2019. FYROM will sign an accession protocol with NATO on 06 February in Brussels under the new name North Macedonia, after the parliaments of FYROM and Greece voted for the Prespa agreement and ratified a name change deal.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Athens clears path for North Macedonia’s NATO admission
ppp Trans-European Transport Networks to breathe new life into Balkans
epa07316503 Protesters hold the Greece national flags during a demonstration against the Prespes Agreement between Athens and Skopje regarding the name 'Northern Macedonia' for the Balkan country, outside the Greek Parliament in Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece, 24 January 2019 The discussion on the Prespes Agreement and processing of the draft law ratifying the name issue agreement signed by Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) began on 23 January and will continue on 25 January, when voting will take place. According to Parliament President Nikos Voutsis, the number of speakers, including the party leaders, will be approximately 230 in total.  EPA-EFE/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU Political landscape reshaped after blistering Prespes Agreement ratification battle
epa07049635 Macedonians hold banners reading 'Yes for European Macedonia' during a rally supporting the upcoming referendum to endorse a name deal to end a long running dispute between Macedonia and Greece, in city of Prilep, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 26 September 2018. The referendum is scheduled for 30 September 2018.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Welcome North Macedonia!
epa07316767 Protesters clash with police during a demonstration against the Prespes Agreement between Athens and Skopje regarding the name 'Northern Macedonia' for the Balkan country, outside the Greek Parliament in Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece, 24 January 2019. The discussion on the Prespes Agreement and processing of the draft law ratifying the name issue agreement signed by Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) began on 23 January and will continue on 25 January, when voting will take place. According to Parliament President Nikos Voutsis, the number of speakers, including the party leaders, will be approximately 230 in total.  EPA-EFE/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU Deeply polarised Greece ratifies Prespes Agreement
epa07381713 People attend nation-wide rally to protest against antisemitism after media reports noted a recent sharp rise in anti-semitic acts across the country,  on the Place de la Republique in Paris, France, 19 February 2019. Sign reads 'no to the mainstreaming of hatred' French residents and public officials from across the political spectrum gathered for nationwide rallies against anti-Semitism following a series of anti-Semitic acts, including the swastikas painted on about 80 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery overnight.  EPA-EFE/IAN LANGSDON Europe’s Jews believe anti-Semitism is on the rise
bitter China under fire for arresting reporters who document religious persecution
epa05667781 An interior view of the Europa building's atrium in Brussels, Belgium, 09 December 2016. Located at the heart of the European district, the Europa building combines a new part, a lantern-shaped structure designed by the consortium of Samyn and Partners (Belgium), Studio Valle Progettazioni (Italy) and Buro Happold (UK), and a renovated section listed Art Deco complex designed by architect Michel Polak in 1922. The building is scheduled to host it's first European head of governments summit in January 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Jean-François Bohnert takes the lead for Chief European Public Prosecutor as Kovesi stumbles in Council
20151103PHT01062_original OLAF confirms MEP Kefalogiannis still under investigation as New Democracy confirms him as European Parliament candidate

Council of Europe releases damning report on conditions in Greece’s migrant camps 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

Europe’s top human rights organisation issued a scathing criticism of Greece over the “unsuitable” living conditions in the country’s overcrowded

By Irene Kostaki Journalist

Energy

epa06443976 A detail view of  solar modules in Dresden, Germany, 16 January 2018.  EPA-EFE/FILIP SINGER Germany leads EU solar market growth in 2018
epa07100817 A worker walks past solar cells at a solar cell plant under construction at the industrial site of the Hungarian Oil and Gas Company Mol in Tiszaujvaros, 174 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, 17 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/ZSOLT CZEGLEDI HUNGARY OUT IRENA, EU advance renewable energy integration
epa07378294 (L-R) Spanish Foreign Affairs minister Josep Borrel, Foreign Minister of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian chat during an European Foreign Affairs Council meeting, in Brussels, Belgium, 18 February 2019. The Foreign Ministers are expected to discuss international issues such as the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria and the Horn of Africa, but also European matters such as the situation in Ukraine or the Prespa agreement on the name change of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET EU Foreign Ministers call for strengthened climate fight
epa06190978 US Deputy Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette, attends the inauguration of the III Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Alliance of the Americas (ECPA) 'Energy Transition in the Americas', in Vina del Mar, Chile, 07 September 2017.  EPA-EFE/ELVIS GONZALEZ US to block Saudi Arabia’s nuclear bomb ambitions
Page16 With an eye on Nord Stream-2, EU Parliament, Council agree on new pipeline rules
epa07164753 German politician and Member of the European Parliament Elmar Brok  (L) speaks with Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament Manfred Weber (R) at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 14 November 2018.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER German MEPs Brok and Keller reiterate opposition to Nord Stream-2
epa05042399 A screen shows the details of the stock market in Madrid, Spain, on 26 November 2015. Spanish Energy group Abengo started with a 9.52 per cent loss until it dropped a 29 per cent at midday after the company announced a bankruptcy meeting of creditors after Gestamp denied it would be buying Abengoa.  EPA/J.J. Guillen EU looks into replacing dollar for energy transactions
epa02235955 An Exxon Mobil rig stands in Mobile Bay's choppy waters today as a weather system passed through the area causing high winds and seas.  Dauphin Island, Alabama,  USA, 03 July,  2010. Estuaries, wildlife, fishing and tourism remain at risk from the Deepwater Horizon oil leak as it continues to spread along the Louisiana to Alabama coasts.  EPA/BEVIL KNAPP ExxonMobil makes two new discoveries offshore Guyana
Pannelli solari su pozzo in produzione Italy’s ENI acquires Australian solar project
epa04855527 A general view of the Sheringham Shoal wind farm installations, located between 17 to 23 kilometres off the coast of Norfolk in Britain, 12 June 2015. The wind farm is jointly owned by Statoil and Statkraft through their joint venture company Scira Offshore Energy Limited. According to Statoil, the wind farm covers an area of about 35 square kilometers. Every of the 88 wind turbines has a capacity of 3.6 MW. The wind farm generates a total of 1.1 Twh of electricity, which is enough to power 220,000 homes in Britain.  EPA/MAURITZ ANTIN Europe boosts offshore wind capacity by 18% in 2018

Internet & ICT

epa07331062 A general view of the Sydney headquarters of Chinese tech company Huawei at Chatswood in Sydney, Australia, 30 January 2019.  EPA-EFE/DAN HIMBRECHTS  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT British intel says Huawei risk for developing 5G networks may be ‘manageable’
epa07329098  EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel gives a press conference on the code of practice signed by online platforms to fight disinformation with the European Commissioner for Security Union, (not pictured) at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 29 January 2019. Online platforms, social networks, advertisers and advertising industry in September 2018 agreed on a self-regulatory Code of Practice to address the spread of online disinformation and fake news  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU puts pressure on Internet giants ahead of European elections
epa07274788 Social networking site Facebook is displayed on an electronic device at a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam, 11 January 2019. Vietnam has accused Facebook of breaking a cybersecurity law by allowing users to post anti-government comments, according to state media.  EPA-EFE/LUONG THAI LINH Facebook to bolster its capabilities against disinformation
p8-h_54807548 Are smart cities the solution to urban problems?
epa03548550 (FILE) A file photo dated 06 March 2012 shows the company logo of the Chinese IT company and service provider Huawei at the CeBit trade fair in Hanover, Germany. Huawei said 21 January 2013 it expects its 2012 global sales revenues to reach CNY 220.2 billion, an 8 per cent year-on-year increase, with a net profit of CNY 15.4 billion, a 33 per cent increase from the previous year. 66 per cent of Huawei's overall revenue came from outside China. Among the overseas revenue, the Asia-Pacific region saw revenue of CNY 37.4 billion, while Europe, Middle East and Africa recorded CNY 77.4 billion and the Americas contributed CNY 31.8 billion. The domestic market China recorded CNY 73.6 billion.  EPA/MAURITZ ANTIN EU looks to follow US lead in shielding 5G networks from Chinese companies over intelligence concerns
epa06819029 (FILE) - Visitors are reflected in a mirror with the Huawei company logo during the official launch event for the Huawei Mate 10 smartphone series in Munich, southern Germany, 16 October 2017 (reissued 18 June 2018). Chinese Telecommunications Company Huawei published an open letter addressed to Australian lawmakers on 18 June 2018, where it refused Australian government allegations that it poses security concerns, calling the comments 'ill-informed and not based on facts.' The Australian government is expected to ban the Chinese tech firm from bidding in the construction of the country's 5G networks over national security concerns, media reported. The concerns claim Huawei to be linked to the Chinese government, media added.  EPA-EFE/PHILIPP GUELLAND UK defence secretary concerned about Huawei’s role in 5G networks upgrade
epa06615288 Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen on a screen delivering a speech during the closing of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 20 March 2018. The NPC has over 3,000 delegates and is the world's largest parliament or legislative assembly though its function is largely as a formal seal of approval for the policies fixed by the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party. The NPC runs alongside the annual plenary meetings of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), together known as 'Lianghui' or 'Two Meetings'.  EPA-EFE/ROMAN PILIPEY China amends law on forced technology transfers for foreign investors
epa07192531 The Vice-Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Liu He (L), meets the First Mayor and President of Senate of Hamburg, Peter Tschentscher (R), at the City Hall of  Hamburg, northern Germany, 27 November 2018. Liu He attends the Hamburg Summit 'China meets Europe' at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. The conference concentrates on the political and economic relationship between China and the European countries.  EPA-EFE/FOCKE STRANGMANN Germany unveils plan to curb Chinese takeovers of strategic technologies
epa01460851 An image made available 21 August 2008 showing the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) as it transits Souda Harbor headed to the Republic of Georgia, 20 August 2008. McFaul is carrying nearly 55 tons of supplies as part of the humanitarian assistance for the Republic of Georgia following the conflict between Russian and Georgian forces. The assistance will aid in alleviating human suffering in the Republic of Georgia.  EPA/PAUL FARLEY/HO  EDITORIAL USE ONLY US-Greece strategic dialogue inaugurated
epa07207870 (FILE) - Visitors use their mobile phones on a free wifi point during the 'Re:publica' digital conference in Berlin, Germany, 09 May 2017 (reissued 04 December 2018). Germany ranked 25th in a 2017 list of countries by internet connection speeds, despite various failed attempts of Merkel cabinets on broadband strategies. A successor to Angela Merkel as chairwoman of her CDU party will be elected on 07 December 2018. Merkel said she will not run for re-election as CDU chairwoman nor for Chancellor nor for any other political office.  EPA-EFE/FELIPE TRUEBA  ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET Tech companies warn of turbulence ahead as EU-US work on trade deal

Faith and Religious Freedom

epa07381713 People attend nation-wide rally to protest against antisemitism after media reports noted a recent sharp rise in anti-semitic acts across the country,  on the Place de la Republique in Paris, France, 19 February 2019. Sign reads 'no to the mainstreaming of hatred' French residents and public officials from across the political spectrum gathered for nationwide rallies against anti-Semitism following a series of anti-Semitic acts, including the swastikas painted on about 80 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery overnight.  EPA-EFE/IAN LANGSDON Europe’s Jews believe anti-Semitism is on the rise
bitter China under fire for arresting reporters who document religious persecution
epa07381699 People attend nation-wide rally to protest against antisemitism after media reports noted a recent sharp rise in anti-semitic acts across the country,  on the Place de la Republique in Paris, France, 19 February 2019. Sign reads 'All united against Antisemitism, all the racisms' French residents and public officials from across the political spectrum gathered for nationwide rallies against anti-Semitism following a series of anti-Semitic acts, including the swastikas painted on about 80 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery overnight.  EPA-EFE/IAN LANGSDON France looks to push back against surge of anti-Semitism
epa07144881 Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland speaks during a joint press conference with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas (unseen) in Berlin, Germany, 06 November 2018. The cooperation of the Member States in the organization is the topic of the discussion.  EPA-EFE/HAYOUNG JEON Council of Europe condemns ‘disgusting acts of desecration of Jewish cemetery’ in Alsace
epa07184980 General view of Saint Basil's Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, 23 November 2018. The Russian Historical Museum presented the renovated interiors of the little church of St. John the Blissful that is part of St Basil's Cathedral which is officially named the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat. The monument is also known as the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed or the Pokrovsky Cathedral and consists of nine individual churches. The cathedral was built by Russian architects from 1555 to 1561 and became a landmark of Moscow.  It was closed over the years of the Soviet Empire and now experts of the State Historical Meseum are opening step by step different parts of the church complex. The side altar of the St. John the Blissful church is one of these parts. The church will be open for believers and religious services will be held there.  EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Jailing of Jehovah’s Witnesses ushers in return of religious persecution in Putin’s Russia
epaselect epa07264632 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (C) kisses the hand of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (R) during the handing ceremony of the Tomos decree of autocephaly for Ukrainian church at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Turkey, 06 January 2019. The Metropolitan Epifaniy and top Ukrainian officials arrived in Turkey for the ceremony of the Tomos of autocephaly for newly elected the head of Ukraine Orthodox Church in Istanbul.  EPA-EFE/TOLGA BOZOGLU Opinion: Poroshenko’s church politics steers Ukraine further away from Europe
epa03769649 Representatives of Orthodox Jewish community demonstrate in front of the European Union Commission's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 01 July 2013. Jews from around the European Union protested against Israeli prosecution against Orthodox Jews, as tensions between the State of Israel and the Orthodox Jewish community over new draft policy reached a climax.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET Belgian ban on religious animal slaughter angers Jewish and Muslim communities
all faith NGOs coalition calls on EU politicians to pledge for freedom of religion or belief
epa06696629 A mother with her son dives on a motorcycle  in front of Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) flags on the island of Langkawi, Malaysia, 27 April 2018. Former Malaysian prime minister  Mahathir Mohamad will be contesting for 'Pakatan Harapan' (The Alliance of Hope) against Nawawi Ahmad from 'Barisan Nasional' (National Front Coalition) in Langkawi in the 09 May general election.  EPA-EFE/FAZRY ISMAIL Malaysia arrests four Finns for alleged missionary work
epa06762790 The Irish Flag flies outside a polling station in Dublin, Ireland, 25 May 2018. Irish voters go to the polls to decide if abortion will be legalised in the country, removing the protection of the unborn from the constitution. Irish voters want to abolish blasphemy laws
Supported by the Faith and Freedom Summit Coalition



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