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Press conference by Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis and European Commission member in charge of Brexit negotiations with Britain, Michel Barnier at the European Commission in Brussels on Jul. 20, 2017
New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis Brexit: Barnier will consider May’s request for a transition period
Maros Sefcovic EU Commission pushes Energy Union in Belgium
epa04346797 A picture dated 06 August 2014 shows tourists passing by The Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Mary Major or the Lisbon Cathedral as they take a ride in a Tuk Tuk, in Lisbon, Portugal. The city had received many tourism awards recently. Those visiting Lisbon have many possibilities to discover the Portuguese capital.  EPA/MARIO CRUZ For sale: Portugal’s golden visas
epa05650925 A picture made available on 28 November 2016 shows a view of the harbour in Pafos, Cyprus, 15 February 2009. From January 2017, the city of Pafos will be hosting the title of the European Capital of Culture 2017. It shares the title with Aarhus in Denmark.  EPA/CONSTANTINOS LARKOS Cyprus sells citizenship to super-rich
epa04135460 Hackers try to break the security oriented challenges during an ethical hacking contest at the 7th edition of 'Insomni'hack - Swiss security conference and ethical hacking contest', in Geneva, Switzerland, 21 March 2014. Around 300 participants are taking part in the contest that runs from 18:00 until 04:00 the next morning.  EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI Cyber-terrorism, fake news in focus at Bulgaria conference
epa06049913 Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni (L) with Italian Economy Minister, Pier Carlo Padoan (R), attend a press conference after the Council of Ministers meeting at the Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, 25 June 2017. A measure, on the crisis of the Venetian banks, to creates the regulatory framework for the administrative liquidation of Veneto Banca and Popolare Vicenza was approved at the meeting.  EPA/CLAUDIO PERI Italy boosts growth forecasts
epa05966662 A handout photo made available by the German Federal Government shows Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and new French President Emmanuel Macron talking on the terrace during their meeting at the German Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 15 May 2017. The French President is on his inaugural foreign visit to Germany.  EPA/GUIDO BERGMANN / GERMAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT / HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES The Eurozone’s political integration is now less likely
epa06219891 British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers her speech on Brexit in Florence, Italy, 22 September 2017. Theresa May proposed a two-year transitional deal before a permanent trade deal comes into force, after UK leaves the European Union.  EPA-EFE/MAURIZIO DEGL'INNOCENTI / POOL Theresa May did not speak on behalf of her entire cabinet in Florence
epa06219279 The leader of the ruling Polish Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski (L), welcomes Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban (R) before their meeting in Warsaw, Poland, 22 September 2017. Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Viktor Orban will discuss the current situation in Europe and worldwide as well and Polish-Hungarian ties.  EPA-EFE/Pawel Supernak POLAND OUT Hungary takes EU to task, defends Poland
epa06086318 Migrants disembark from the humanitarian 'Vos Prudence' ship of Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF) at Molo Manfredi quay, in Salerno's main harbour, Campania Region, southern Italy, 14 July 2017. The ship docked in the port of Salerno carrying 935 migrants - 793 men, 125 women, seven of whom are pregnant and 16 children, including two infants - media reported.  EPA/CESARE ABBATE Poland to pay for refugee integration abroad

EU National News

image1 S&P Global Platts: Russia’s Gazprom topples US’ ExxonMobil for 1st place
epa06218286 The representatives of the main German political parties and the moderators (L-R) Alexander Gauland of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), Joachim Herrmann of Christian Social Union (CSU), Christian Lindner of Free Democratic Party (FDP), Ursula von der Leyen of Christian Democratic Union  (CDU), moderators Tina Hassel and Bettina Schausten, Manuela Schwesig of German Socialist Party (SPD), Katrin Goering-Eckardt of Alliance90/The Greens and Sahra Wagenknecht of The Left (Die Linke) pose for a picture at the beginning of the tv duel 'Elections 2017 - The Final Round' in the ZDF main studios in Berlin, Germany, 21 September 2017. German federal elections are scheduled for 24 September 2017.  EPA-EFE/FELIPE TRUEBA How German companies secretly donate to political parties
epa02336118 (FILE) A file picture dated 01 August 2010 shows Burqa-clad women arrive at a relief camp after they fled their villages, in flooded aras in Mianwali, in southern Punjab, Pakistan. According to media reports on 14 September, the French parliament passed a law prohibiting wearing a full-face veil in public, meaning a ban will come into force in six months' time if it is not overturned by constitutional judges.  EPA/RAHAT DAR Austria bans burqa
epa05153157 A London black cab taxis during a protest in central London, Britain, 10 February 2016. Black cab taxi drivers are protesting against TFL decision to grant Uber taxis a private hire licence. Uber has taken a large percentage of black taxis business over the last few years.  EPA/ANDY RAIN Uber tries to hold on to London by mobilizing public opinion
epaselect epa06224431 German Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) smiles at the CDU election event in Berlin, Germany, 24 September 2017. According to federal election commissioner more than 61 million people were eligible to vote in the elections for a new federal parliament, the Bundestag, in Germany.  EPA-EFE/OLIVER LANG Merkel wins but Germany moves further to the right

World News

epa06218147 Sigmar Gabriel, Vice-Chancellor of Germany, speaks during the General Debate of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 21 September 2017. The annual gathering of world leaders formally opened on 19 September 2017, with the theme, 'Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.'  EPA-EFE/ANDREW GOMBERT Germany will strive to save Iran nuclear deal
epa05395359 (FILE) A file pihotograph dated 28 April 2010 shows a view of the offices of Standard & Poor's in New York, USA. Reports on 28 June 2016 state Standard & Poor's cut the British AAA credit rating following the country's EU referendum vote. The rating agency downgraded the country' rating by two, from AAA to AA.  EPA/JUSTIN LANE S&P downgrades China
epa06213982 Iraqi Kurds take part in a rally to support independence referendum in Kirkuk city, northern Iraq, 19 September 2017. The Kurdistan Region has scheduled an independence referendum for 25 September to allow people in the region to determine their future, either remain as part of Iraq or declare independence. Kurdish-led provincial council of Kirkuk recently voted to include it in the planned referendum despite the fact it lies outside the official boundaries of the Kurdistan region. However, the Iraqi supreme court on 18 September ordered the suspension of the referendum.  EPA-EFE/STR Turkey warns of global conflict if Iraq or Syria break up
epa05001595 (FILE) A file photo dated 21 May 2015 showing the reflection of the Deutsche Bank logo contorted in a glass facade in Frankfurt, Germany. Deutsche Bank, Germany's largest bank, said 29 October 2015 that it will cut about 9,000 jobs, four days after it announced a restructuring. The reorganization of the bank's leadership was announced Sunday by chief executive John Cryan, who said the aim was 'to create a bank that's better-controlled, more cost-efficient and more strongly focused.' The bank has been dogged by a host of problems in recent months, ranging from shake-ups in management to major anticipated losses. It also was fined 2.5 billion dollars in April for its role in manipulating the benchmark Libor interest rate, which banks charge one another for loans. Deutsche Bank is also preparing to sell its Postbank subsidiary, which will mean a loss of a further 15,000 positions.  EPA/FRANK RUMPENHORST Deutsche Bank’s CEO refuses to comment on the Trump investigation
epa06209627 (FILE) - A Hamas security guards is silhouetted while standing guard near the border between Egypt and Gaza Strip in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 17 August 2017 (reissued 17 September 2017). Palestinian Islamist Hamas group said on 17 September 2017 it has dissolved its administration that runs Gaza and agrees to hold general elections in order to end a long-running feud with President Mahmoud Abbas?s Fatah movement.  EPA-EFE/HASSAN ALI Hamas ready to hand Gaza to a Palestinian unity government

Leaders' Perspectives




A New Trump?

By: Elizabeth Drew

The Euro’s Narrow Path

By: Barry Eichengreen

The Anatomy of Illiberal Capitalism

By: Jacek Rostowski

The Education Choice

By: Francisco Jaime Quesado

epa05961787 A man uses his laptop computer in Taipei, Taiwan, 13 May 2017. According to news reports, a 'Ransomware' cyber attack has hit computers in 99 countries with the attacker demanding 300 US dollars in Bitcoin to decrypt the files. This is the second such attack to hit Taiwan since February but the largest ever worldwide. When it hit Taiwan and a few other countries in February, computer security experts called it Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.  EPA/DAVID CHANG

Time to govern our governments’ actions online

By: Tinatin Khidasheli
Daniel Mitov
Miodrag Vlahovic

Values-based approaches are the gateway to legacies

By: Shanu Hinduja

The G20’s harmony without Trump

By: Jeffrey D. Sachs

Asia’s unhappy anniversary

By: Barry Eichengreen

Beware the ideas of May

By: Andy Carling

Permission-less innovation? Not in Europe!

By: Žiga Turk

Ban Heavy Fuel Oil in the Arctic

By: Ranulph Fiennes

The Macron Doctrine?

By: Zaki Laïdi

EU’s Tusk, Theresa May to talk Brexit next Tuesday epa06043522 British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk (R) pose during a EU leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, 22 June 2017. European heads of states and governments gather for a two-days European Council meeting on 22 and 23 June which will mainly 'focus on the ongoing efforts to strengthen the European Union and protect its citizens through the work on counterterrorism, security and defence, external borders, illegal migration and economic development', the European Councils said in a press release.  EPA/FRANCOIS LENOIR / POOL

Donald Tusk has said he will meet with Theresa May next Tuesday to discuss Brexit. The President of the European Council posted

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe


Maros Sefcovic EU Commission pushes Energy Union in Belgium
image1 S&P Global Platts: Russia’s Gazprom topples US’ ExxonMobil for 1st place
Interview Klimkin WEB Ukraine sees EU role in Russian gas transit, Donbass peacekeepers
Commissioner for Regional and Urban Policy Corina Crețuarrive for the meeting with the Latvian Minister of Finance Dana Reizniece-Ozola in Riga, Latvia, September 21, 2017. EU fund invests in a gas pipeline in Poland
DSC00264 Central Asia prepares for water-related conflicts
epa06001520 (FILE) - Smokes billow out of chimneys at a chemical plant in north China's Tianjin municipality, 23 December 2008 (reissued 31 May 2017). US media report on 31 May 2017 that US President Trump is set to withdraw the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement, citing senior officials.  EPA/RYAN TONG EU, China to cooperate on water policy, climate change
epa06215184 A handout photo made available by the EU2017EE Estonian Presidency during family photo at Informal meeting of Energy and Transport Ministers in Tallinn, Estonia, 20 September 2017.  EPA-EFE/ANNIKA HAAS / ESTONIA PRESIDENCY / HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES In Tallinn, EU energy, transport ministers discuss climate goals
epa04310875 (FILE) A file picture dated 19 June 2014, shows Bay Hassan oil refinery near Biji city, northern Iraq. Kurdish security forces have taken control of an oilfield in a disputed region of northern Iraq, the state-run company that operates the field reported on 11 July 2014. The grab would signal another increase in tensions between the autonomous Kurdish region and the central government, which is already struggling to hold control of its territory amid gains by an Islamist militant group in the east. Forces from the Peshmerga, Kurdistan's official troops, overran the Bay Hassan oilfield in the disputed town of Kirkuk, seizing all its facilities, sources at the state-run Northern Oil Company said.  EPA/STR Russia’s Rosneft develops projects in Iraqi Kurdistan
epa01368809 Some trees surround buildings down town Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 03 June 2008. World Environment Day organized by United Nations will be held tomorrow 05 June all over the world and has as slogan ''Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy' and tries to make aware mankind on caring natural resources. The UN is asking countries, companies and communities to focus on greenhouse gas emissions and how to reduce them. The World Environment Day will highlight resources and initiatives that promote low carbon economies and life-styles, such as improved energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, forest conservation and eco-friendly consumption.  EPA/SEBASTIAO MOREIRA EU facilitates investments in energy efficiency for public buildings
epa06001510 European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc speaks during during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 31 May 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU Commission promotes sustainable urban mobility

Internet & ICT

epa05614716 (FILE) A file picture dated 17 April 2015 shows a Facebook sign at the German Facebook headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. Social media giant Facebook on 02 November 2016 posted for its Q3 of 2016's adjusted earnings of 1.09 US dollars per share on revenue of some seven billion US dollars and an advertising revenue of 6.82 billionUS dollars, outperfoming analysts' expectations.  EPA/DANIEL REINHARDT Will the EU protect itself from Russian ad abuse on Facebook?
epa06112165 European Union (EU) Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker waits to greet Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (not seen) ahead of a meeting at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 27 July 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Juncker insists on Romania and Bulgaria entering Schengen in EU State of Union address
epa06174343 A Romanian boy plays with water at a public fountai, in front of Catholic cathedral St. Michael, Cluj Napoca city, 450 Km north-west from Bucharest, Romania, 31 August 2017. Cluj is hosting all basketball matches for group C during the FIBA 2017 EuroBasket Championships  EPA-EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania water quality improved, but more funds still needed: EU Auditors
03_Panopticon Privacy International: 21 EU member states violate the e-privacy directive
epa06187840 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (C) speaks to troops during a visit to Estonian Defence Forces 1st Infantry Brigade and NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group located in Tapa, Estonia, 06 September 2017. Stoltenberg met with Rataas for a visit to troops contributing to NATO's enhanced Forward Presence before he continues his trip the next day to participate at the informal meeting of the EU Defense Ministers.  EPA-EFE/Valda Kalnina NATO chief says all states must apply sanctions to North Korea 
epa03855218 (FILE) A file photo dated 01 July 2013 showing a person holding cables inside a server room in Hanover, Germany.   Media revelations that US and British intelligence services have cracked the encryption that protects online banking caused consternation 06 September 2013 in Europe, even though Germany's government dismissed the fears as 'groundless.' The New York Times and The Guardian had reported, based on data from US whistle-blower Edward Snowden, that a secret programme code-named Bullrun had breached a technology which is used to keep online banking, web purchases and email confidential. The new claims are much more serious than Snowden's original revelation that the NSA logs who phones and emails whom and upset many Germans, who believe bank accounts and private communications should be sacrosanct unless unlocked with a court order.  EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE Finland reviews medical records protocols to ensure compliance with EU privacy laws
epa06123124 President of the the European Council Donald Tusk speaks to journalists on leaving the National Public Prosecutor's Office after having been questioned for eight hours over the 2010 presidential plane crash near Smolensk, in Warsaw, Poland, 03 August 2017.  EPA/TOMASZ GZELL POLAND OUT Tusk says EU ready to increase sanctions against North Korea
epa05923430 Journalist during a press tour in front of the stand of the Kuka company at the Hannover Messe 2017 industrial trade fair in Hanover, northern Germany, 23 April 2017. The Hannover Messe (Hanover Fair) is the world's biggest industrial fair. The exhibition runs from 24 to 28 April 2017.  EPA/CARSTEN KOALL Germany, France, and Italy want national veto over Chinese corporate takeovers
epa03676550 (FILE) A file picture dated 02 March 2007 showing the factories of German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer in Leverkusen, Germany.  Shares in German healthcare and pharmaceuticals group Bayer slumped on 25 April 2013, despite confirming its business outlook for the year. Bayer, which is based in the city of Leverkusen, said first-quarter net profit rose 12 per cent to 1.16 billion euros (1.52 billion dollars) on the back of a 2.1-per-cent gain in sales. First-quarter adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) edged 0.4 percent higher to 2.45 billion euros. The results fell short of analysts' expectations. Bayer shares were down 0.9 per cent at 79.90 euros in morning trading in Frankfurt.  EPA/OLIVER BERG European Commission freezes Bayer’s merger with Monsanto
epa03824697 'Robo Sally' (C), a robot developed by the Applied Physics Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University with funding from the US Department of Defense, is operated by Robotics and Controls Engineer Mike Kutzer (back L), during the Unmanned Systems 2013 exhibition and symposium held by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, USA, 14 August 2013. The exhibition features state of the art unmanned vehicles, including aerial vehicles for civil and military use.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS Elon Musk leads campaign against robotic arms race

From the NE Knowledge Network

EU-Canada trade agreement enters into force epa05620895 YEARENDER 2016 OCTOBER 
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) and EU Council President Donald Tusk (L) attend a press conference at the end of an EU-Canada summit where they signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in Brussels, Belgium, 30 October 2016.  EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (widely known as CETA) between the European Union and Canada has entered into force

By Beata Stur

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