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epa00973295 The flag of the European Union hangs on the building of the new European Union embassy in Bern, Switzerland, Sunday, April 1, 2007. It will be opened  Tuesday, April 3, 2007.  EPA/PETER SCHNEIDER Mogherini names 24 new EU Ambassadors
epa06900378 The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gives a press conference at the end of a General Affairs Council meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, 20 July 2018. Barnier earlier informed the Council, meeting in an EU 27 format, about the status of the Brexit talks with the UK. The EU27 ministers were meeting to discuss the state of the Brexit talks including the white paper from the British government on the future EU-UK relations.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Barnier raises question over the UK’s White Paper
Handshake between Oliver Spasovski, on the left, and Dimitris Avramopoulos EU border guards to begin operations in Macedonia/FYROM soon
epa06898484 New British Government Brexit secretary Dominic Raab (L) is welcomed by EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R), hold a joint press conference at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 19 July 2018. New British Government Brexit secretary Dominic Raab  has his first meeting in Brussels with EU's chief Brexit negociator Michel Barnier since taking office after the resignation of the former Brexit Secretary David Davis.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ UK’s new Brexit Secretary has first round of meetings in Brussels
Valdis Dombrovskis and Pierre Moscovici EU renews financial support for windfarms in Greece
epa06574393 Rolled steel after being treated on the pickle line waiting to go on the hot-dip Galvanizing line at Severstal North America plant in Dearborn, Michigan, USA, 21 June 2012 (re-issued 02 March 2018). Media reports on 02 March 2018 state the European Union would plan to retaliate should USA go ahead with their plans to impose national tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from around the globe, as announced by US President Donald Trump on 01 March 2018. The announcement sent stocks around the globe lower, amid fears of a possible trade war between USA, China and the EU. Other nations that may be affected are  Australia, Mexico, Brazil and South Korea.  EPA-EFE/JEFF KOWALSKY The EU moves to introduce steel import quotas
epa06376220 British and European flags in front the  European Commission headquarters during a meeting of British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Jean-Claude Juncker on Brexit Negotiations in Brussels, Belgium, 08 December 2017. Reports state that Theresa May is in Brussels after talks on the issue of the Irish border where she will meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU negotiator Michel Barnier.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET The pound slides as Brussels, EU member states and London brace for hard Brexit
epa06824689 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (C-R) and one of his deputies, Zsolt Semjen (C-L) sit in the session hall after a vote on a package of amendments of laws called Stop Soros concerning migration during the session of the Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, 20 June 2018. Lawmakers have passed the package making the organizing of illegal immigration, the assisting of illegal immigrants to receive asylum or any activities helping illegal immigrants to receive residence permit in Hungary punishable.  EPA-EFE/Szilard Koszticsak HUNGARY OUT EU Commission starts procedures against Hungary over ‘Stop Soros’ law
epa06896641 Anti Brexit campaigners fly EU flags outside the British Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, 18 July 2018. Reports state that British Prime Minister Theresa May said that Brexit 'must be workable' during a meeting with the Liason Committee. The Prime Minister is under pressure from both her Tory Party members and Labour Party MP's over Brexit.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN EU Commission asks member states to prepare themselves for all Brexit negotiation outcomes
epa06896202 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Investment Bank (EIB) President Werner Hoyer (not pictured)  give a press conference at the end of a meeting to announce that the Juncker plan exceeds its initial target of 315 billion euros of investment at the European commission in Brussels, Belgium, 18 July 2018.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Juncker investment plan expected to reach €350bn by 2020


EU National News

p12c Consortium signs sale agreement for Greece’s DESFA
epa04871792 Lorries at a secure zone in Dover, south east of London, Britain, 04 August 2015. The British and French governments vowed to tighten security around the French port of Calais following the ninth death of a migrant in the past five weeks as hundreds continue to storm the Channel Tunnel.  EPA/ANDY RAIN Brexit for driving permits
epa06758205 Designated Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (L) leaves a press conference after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy, 23 May 2018. Conte has been given the mandate to become prime minister by President Mattarella, to head the coalition of the two populist parties 5-Star Movement (M5S) and League (Lega).  EPA-EFE/ETTORE FERRARI Italy promises a “progressive” flat tax
epa06882942 (FILE) - Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont arrives for a meeting with Catalan regional president Quim Torra (not pictured) in the HolidayInn in Berlin, Germany, 21 June 2018 (reissued 12 July 2018). The public proscutor of German federal state Schleswig-Holstein on 12 July 2018 announced it will authorize an extradition of Puigdemont to Spain. Puigdemont is sought by Spain who issued an European arrest warrant against the former leader.  EPA-EFE/MARKUS HEINE German court rules on extradition of Catalan separatist Puigdemont to Spain
epa06662253 CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on 'Facebook: Transparency and Use of Consumer Data' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 11 April 2018. Zuckerberg is testifying before the second of two Congressional hearings this week regarding Facebook allowing third-party applications to collect the data of its users without their permission and for the company's response to Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.  EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW Facebook’s troubles over Cambridge Analytica data breach continue

World News

epa03995171 Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani (2-L) and The Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (L) attend the military parade to mark Qatar's National Day celebration, in Doha, Qatar, 18 December 2013. Qatar National Day marks Qatar's unification and independence in 1878 when Shaikh Jasim, the founder of the State, succeeded his father, Shaikh Muhammad Bin Thani, as the ruler and led the country towards unity.  EPA/STR Qatar’s $1 billion ransom for release of royals under question
epa06894085 US President Donald J. Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) arrive on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 16 July 2018, after seven-day trip to Europe.  EPA-EFE/OLIVER CONTRERAS / POOL After Helsinki, Trump boasts of reinforcing NATO
epa06892804 Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with US President Donald J. Trump  (L) during their one-to-one meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, 16 July 2018.  EPA-EFE/ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT Trump: Getting along with Russia is good thing, not a bad thing
epa05151280 A Syrian refugee woman carries food while refugees sit near Oncupinar Border gate in Kilis, Turkey, 09 February 2016. The Turkish government has so far kept the border closed to the more than 30,000 people stranded in northern Aleppo province after government forces cut off routes to Aleppo city and central Syria. Turkey did changes its policies 09 February and began to allow injured refugees to enter via the Bab al-Salameh crossing, a spokesman for the aid organization IHH said. However, it remains closed to all others.  EPA/SEDAT SUNA Turkey stops accepting Syrian asylum seekers
epa01508608 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan introduces the new Turkish liras during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey,  03 October 2008. According to local media sources, Erdogan announced on 03 October that the Turkish economy is trong enough to face the international financial crisis.  EPA/ ATES TUMER Turkish Lira continues to tumble as Erdogan dictates monetary policy

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

Fuelling the ships of the future

By: Tariq Osman

Global brands are driving revolutionary approaches to mining

By: Zuneid Yousuf

Is Cyber the Perfect Weapon?

By: Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

How to Resolve Europe’s Political Crisis Over Migration

By: Guy Verhofstadt

The Declaration of Independence in the Age of Trump

By: Sandeep Gopalan

US Supreme Court’s Cellphone Privacy Ruling is a Call to Action

By: Sandeep Gopalan

A Crisis of Ethical Leadership

By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

Putin Family Values

By: Robert Skidelsky

Merkel’s House Divided

By: Slawomir Sierakowski

Latin American states have failed to make their own EU, but they should keep trying

By: Leonardo González Dellán

EU’s soft power to improve human rights in Morocco

By: Willy Fautré

Economic and environmental aspects of security to take center stage in Berlin

By: Sofio Katsarava




EU Commission: Volkswagen yet to convince on car emissions epa06854306 Classic and custom-built Volkswagen cars in Sri Lanka since the early 1950s gather in celebration of the World Volkswagen Day at Hotel Galle Face in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 01 July 2018. A Sri Lankan VW Beetle owners? club organized the rally. The Volkswagen Beetle has been a popular car in the island since the early 1950s and even now there are many which have been single owned or passed down to the second generation.  EPA-EFE/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA

The European Commission and national consumer authorities in the EU criticized Volkswagen on Tuesday for failing to guarantee that repairs after the

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

Energy

epa06007641 The new Russian Arctic LNG (liquefied natural gas) tanker 'Christophe de Margerie' is moored at a christianing ceremony on the sidelines of the 2017 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), in St. Petersburg, Russia, 03 June 2017. The tanker of the unique Arc7 class was built for the Yamal LNG project and would be named after Christophe de Margerie, the late CEO of French oil corporation Total S.A., who has died in an aircraft crash in Moscow on 20 October 2014.  EPA/OLGA MALTSEVA / POOL Aided by Russia, North Korea evades UN sanctions and cheats vessels supplying petroleum
p12c Consortium signs sale agreement for Greece’s DESFA
Valdis Dombrovskis and Pierre Moscovici EU renews financial support for windfarms in Greece
epa05747191 A pedestrians walks past by a giant poster of a Euro coin near Waterloo in London, Britain, 24 January 2017. The government lost its right to trigger article 50 without a parliamentary vote, after the Supreme Court announced an 8-3 verdict against the government. The Supreme Court on 24 January ruled by 8 to 3 that British Parliament must authorize the trigger of article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in order to initiate the so-called Brexit, to leave the European Union (EU). The large coin poster is a work by Danish artists' collective, Superflex. The work, called Euro (2012), shows a Euro coin with the value removed. It is located on the side of the Hayward Gallery, London until 31 March 2018.   EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA Eurozone inflation hovers over the 2% target
Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy Union shakes hands with Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy of Russia in Berlin, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. EU, Russia, Ukraine establish trilateral gas talks
epa06854306 Classic and custom-built Volkswagen cars in Sri Lanka since the early 1950s gather in celebration of the World Volkswagen Day at Hotel Galle Face in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 01 July 2018. A Sri Lankan VW Beetle owners? club organized the rally. The Volkswagen Beetle has been a popular car in the island since the early 1950s and even now there are many which have been single owned or passed down to the second generation.  EPA-EFE/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA EU Commission: Volkswagen yet to convince on car emissions
p12c EU clears acquisition of Greece’s DESFA by Italy’s Snam
Jean-Claude Juncker,, Donald Tusk, Premier Li Keqiang Eager to avoid a trade war, EU-China deepen strategic ties
epa06490456 Protesting farmers from Groningen rally at the Malieveld in The Hague, Netherlands, 01 February 2018. They protest against the handling of the earthquake damage, as the Dutch government organised a hearing about the fracking in Groningen.  EPA-EFE/SIESE VEENSTRA EU approves Dutch support for earthquake damage caused by gas drilling
epa06879663 US President Donald J. Trump (R) attends a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (unseen) ahead of a NATO Summit, at the US Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, 11 July 2018.  NATO member countries' heads of states and governments gather in Brussels on 11 and 12 July 2018 for a two days meeting.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Trump vs Nord Stream-2

Internet & ICT

A Single Europe
epa06854306 Classic and custom-built Volkswagen cars in Sri Lanka since the early 1950s gather in celebration of the World Volkswagen Day at Hotel Galle Face in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 01 July 2018. A Sri Lankan VW Beetle owners? club organized the rally. The Volkswagen Beetle has been a popular car in the island since the early 1950s and even now there are many which have been single owned or passed down to the second generation.  EPA-EFE/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA EU Commission: Volkswagen yet to convince on car emissions
epa06779588 (FILE) - A man passes by a Google logo in Frankfurt, Germany, 21 October 2004 (reissued 02 June 2018). According to media reports on 01 June 2018, Google will not renew its contract with the US Department of Defense in relation to Project Maven, a program under development to use Artificial Intelligence to analyze footage gathered from drones. The move comes after reports of Google's employees objecting to the company's participation in the project, which would presumably be used in lethal overseas operations involving military UAVs.  EPA-EFE/BORIS ROESSLER Google’s Redirect Program: An Anemic Response to the Plague of Terror Content
epa06662253 CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on 'Facebook: Transparency and Use of Consumer Data' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 11 April 2018. Zuckerberg is testifying before the second of two Congressional hearings this week regarding Facebook allowing third-party applications to collect the data of its users without their permission and for the company's response to Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.  EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW Facebook’s troubles over Cambridge Analytica data breach continue
epa06738698 The logo of Air France-KLM is displayed during company shareholders General Assembly in Paris, France, 15 May 2018.  EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT KLM suspends Iran flights because of US sanctions, Air France continues
epa00950950 (FILES) - The file picture dated 29 April 2002 shows an employee of Salzgitter AG who handles molten iron at the company's furnace B in Salzgitter, Germany. Salzgitter, the maker of rolled steel and steel tubes, is to take over German industrial conglomerate Kloeckner-Werke for an undisclosed price, it was announced Thursday, 08 March 2007. Kloeckner-Werke, through its KHS unit, is one of the world's major makers of bottling and packaging equipment for factories. The Salzgitter company, said it had entered a contract with WCM Group to acquire 78 per cent of Kloeckner stock for a confidential price.  EPA/RAINER JENSEN  EPA/RAINER JENSEN EU to limit steel imports after US raised tariffs
epa06495181 A man enters the cabin of an Embraer E190-E2 commercial jet with a tiger design painted on its nose at the static display ahead of the Singapore Airshow at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore, 04 February 2018. The Singapore Airshow will take place from 06 to 11 February 2018 and will showcase aviation and defense technologies from around the world.  EPA-EFE/WALLACE WOON Boeing pairs with Embraer to balance the Airbus-Bombardier alliance
epa06603084 Members of Parliament vote on the Guidelines on the framework of future EU-UK relations at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 14 March 2018. The MEPs have signs reading '#allforjan' on the tables. In the afternoon the MEPs debate on the safety of journalists across the EU referring to the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER European Parliament to review copyright rules in September
STO01 - 20010412 - STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: A young Iranian child shouts slogans standing in front of a portrait of Maryam Rajavi (L) and Masoud Rajavi (R), leaders of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, as some 150 Iranian activists protest Thursday, 12 April 2001 in downtown Stockholm to protest what they claim a new wave of executions and arrests in their home country Iran. They carried signs with slogans like "EU: It's time to cut ties with the mullahs" and "We call for trial of the mullah criminal leaders by an international tribunal". EPA PHOTO PRESSENS BILD/HENRIK MONTGOMERY (FILM) Six arrested in Europe for alleged bomb plot against Iranian opposition in France 
ATH01 - 19980701 - ATHENS, GREECE : A Greenpeace activist holds a paper with a graph illustrating the high air pollution levels, during a happening organised by Greenpeace outside the Ministry of the Environment in Athens 01 July. Greenpeace staged a symbolic funeral of the "civillian who died of atmospheric pollution" and with the message "take the measures (against pollution) before they take us (into the coffin)", claimed the ministry should solve the atmospheric pollution problem immediately, as the high temperature in the city increases the pollution levels. EPA PHOTO/LOUISA GOULIAMAKI 15 Swedish private companies account for 8 % of Sweden’s decrease in GHG emissions since 2010

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EU and Japan sign major trade agreement after Trump labels Brussels ‘a foe’ epa06894454 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C), European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk (R) smile after their joint press conference at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, 17 July 2018.  EPA-EFE/KOJI SASAHARA / POOL

The EU and Japan have signed the largest trade agreement to date in Tokyo which will lower tariffs barriers on the

By Irene Kostaki Journalist, New Europe

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