The Brits’ comeback

I see no Brexit. Indeed, once the bloc unanimously granted an extension for Brexit requested, both pundits and politicians feel relieved as the have perceptualised the trap that they had fallen in with the self-inflicted blunder that they committed three and half years ago. It was one of the biggest...

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Focus

An academic’s view of the coronavirus

Two months after the coronavirus outbreak began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the deadly pathogen has gone on to claim the lives of...

Iranian Vice President infected with Coronavirus

Iran's Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar is the latest Iranian official infected with Coronavirus, according to the state-run IRNA. Ebtekar, also...

Amidst crises, Greece finds time for renewed Balkan diplomacy

Despite the multiple crises Greece is currently facing – a continuing refugee deluge and massive public reaction on some islands, the spreading coronavirus threat,...

China warns US over Pompeo’s threat to expel Chinese reporters

China's foreign ministry said it had summoned a US embassy representative to complain to US secretary of state Mike Pompeo over his condemnation of...

Spanish Holocaust-themed carnival celebration triggers outrage

A Spanish Carnival troupe performing a Holocaust-themed parade has canceled its shows after it triggered widespread outcry. The parade in the central Spanish region of...

NEWSROOM

IMF finds decrease in Ukraine’s purchasing power

According to figures released by the International Monetary Fund, in 2019, Ukrainians had significantly less purchasing power than Russians, Belarussians, and Poles. Purchasing power...

Tech platforms free to censor content under US constitution

A US court ruled Wednesday that tech giants are free to censor content as they wish. The claims of the news outlet PragerU, that Google-owned...

Russia to hold nationwide vote on Putin’s proposed constitutional changes

A working group chaired by Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has set a date for a nationwide vote on the proposed amendments to the country’s...

Haftar sued in US for torture and killings in Libya

Two Libyan families have filed a US civil lawsuit against commander Khalifa Haftar and his sons for torturing and killing their relatives. The lawsuit relies...

Free trade and lasting peace are interdependent, says Asimakopoulou

As new global challenges arise and put Europe’s trade policy at risk, the only way for the bloc to strengthen its global leadership in...

Iranian Vice President infected with Coronavirus

Iran's Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar is the latest Iranian official infected with Coronavirus, according to the state-run IRNA. Ebtekar, also...

Print Edition

Focus

An academic’s view of the coronavirus

Two months after the coronavirus outbreak began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the deadly pathogen has gone on to claim the lives of...

A rising star of the Italian left: Interview with Italy’s Elly Schlein

January’s elections in the wealthy Northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna saw former MEP Elly Schlein secure 22.098 votes, making her the top vote-getter in...

EU Affairs

Amidst crises, Greece finds time for renewed Balkan diplomacy

Despite the multiple crises Greece is currently facing – a continuing refugee deluge and massive public reaction on some islands, the spreading coronavirus threat,...

Germany at start of coronavirus epidemic

Germany’s health minister said Wednesday that the country was “at the beginning of an epidemic”, just a few days after the number of people...

A new chapter in EU-Africa partnership

Europe is seeking to open a new chapter in EU - Africa partnership, by fostering relations with its "sister continent" as Ursula von der...

WHO calls on EU for Coronavirus pandemic preparedness

The World Health Organisation's (WHO) regional Director in Europe, Hans Kluge has called on European countries to be in a "phase of preparedness" for...

Brazil reports first case of Coronavirus in South America

The Brazilian Ministry of Health confirmed the country’s first case of COVID-19 (popularly known as coronavirus) during a press conference on Wednesday, February 26. The...

Slovak parliament rejects women’s rights treaty

Slovakia’s parliament has rejected an international treaty on women’s rights, known as the Istanbul Convention, that was first adopted in 2011 by the Council...

EU’s trade chief sees opportunity for “mini-deal” with the US

The European Union's Trade Chief Phil Hogan has said he is optimistic about coming to an agreement with the US on a “mini deal”...

France reports first coronavirus death, as epidemic spreads in Europe

The French Health Ministry reported that a 60-year-old man died of a COVID-19 (popularly known as coronavirus) infection overnight on Wednesday, February 26 in...

Opera star Domingo apologizes after found guilty of sexual misconduct

The Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo apologized to the women who accused him of sexual harassment. In a statement sent to Spanish media, Domingo,...

Internet giants fight spread of coronavirus disinformation

Internet companies are stepping up their fight against the spread of disinformation about the coronavirus, after new cases and fatalities outside China have seen...

Mallinckrodt reaches $1.6b opioid settlement

Drugmaker Mallinckrodt announced it has a tentative $1.6 billion deal to settle lawsuits over its role in the United States’ opioid crisis. The deal aims...

Leaders' Perspectives

Basil A. Coronakis

Founder of New Europe

China, strange attractor and victim

When neither science nor religion can give replies, the matter becomes philosophical. When the economy cannot give solutions, the matter becomes political. The China issue… Read More »

Richard Giragosian

Founding Director of the Regional Studies Center

A missed opportunity in Munich

Looking back at over a decade of European engagement beyond its eastern periphery, one fundamental challenge of the Eastern Partnership programme has been dealing with… Read More »

KASSANDRA

Scripta Manent at EASME

**Edit: After publication, EASME issued a statement in response. The statement reads: ”The recruitment procedure took place two years ago, in compliance with EASME recruitment...

The New Sheriff(s) in Research

** Correction: The article previously pictured a woman mistakenly identified as Anna Panagopoulou. We apologise for the error.** Kassandra has spent many column inches on...

Opaque EU agencies and the black box of EASME

The European Commission is a dense and complex structure, and only the very knowledgeable insiders are able to grasp the network of interconnections that...

China, strange attractor and victim

When neither science nor religion can give replies, the matter becomes philosophical. When the economy cannot give solutions, the matter becomes political. The China...

All roads lead to Rome, which in this case is the containment of China

After the acquittal of President Donald Trump by the Senate in the impeachment trial, as was expected, the road for his re-election in November...

Von der Leyen’s deSelmayrisation of the European Commission

Cut off the head of the snake, and the body will die, the old adage goes. In the European Commission, the process is a...

The idiocy of regulating mobile phone chargers

Yes, the European Parliament is pushing for a standardized connector for all smartphones. For any phone that comes into the market today there's essentially...

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Amidst crises, Greece finds time for renewed Balkan diplomacy

Despite the multiple crises Greece is currently facing – a continuing refugee deluge and massive public reaction on some islands, the spreading coronavirus threat,...

A new chapter in EU-Africa partnership

Europe is seeking to open a new chapter in EU - Africa partnership, by fostering relations with its "sister continent" as Ursula von der...

EU’s trade chief sees opportunity for “mini-deal” with the US

The European Union's Trade Chief Phil Hogan has said he is optimistic about coming to an agreement with the US on a “mini deal”...

Commissioner Johansson sees new ways of managing migration

"I want to restart the EU's migration debate from the scratch," said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson during her short visit to...

COVID-19: EU advances efforts to tackle outbreak, pledges €232 million aid

EU's Health Chief, Stella Kyriakides and Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič announced on Monday that €232 million will be allocated by the European...

EU invests more than €100 mln in new LIFE Programme for green projects

The European Union will invest €101.2 million for the latest projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action, the European Commission...

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

EPP secretary-general demands that Brussels takes more steps to combat anti-Semitism

"Hate speech and all types of violence against Jews are incompatible with EU values," according to Antonio López-Istúriz, the Secretary-General of the European People’s...

Hungary’s Orbán questions EPP ideology and leader

Viktor Orbán, Hungary's Prime Minister, in a memorandum sent to European People's Party (EPP) leadership called for an internal debate on the future mission...

Lewandowski to EU governments: No take-it-or-leave-it Budget proposal for Parliament

STRASBOURG – Following a debate on EU’s key Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 in Strasbourg on 12 February and ahead of a special...

Expansion of renewables, storage, interconnectors key to deliver EU’s Green Deal

BRUSSELS – Europe is not building enough new wind farms to deliver the EU’s Green Deal goal, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson told New Europe...

Michel’s budget proposal for 1.074% of EU’s GNI “disappointing” says Chair of EP’s Budget committee

With EU leaders expected to gather in Brussels for an emergency meeting on 20 February aiming at resolving EU's 2021-2027 budget stalemate, debate around...

MEPs won’t approve budget cuts

STRASBOURG, France – During a debate of the EU’s key Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027, MEPs underlined that Parliament will only give its...

EUROPEAN COUNCIL

Emergency EU summit called off with no budget deal

European leaders failed to reach an agreement on the bloc's Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027, after more than 24 hours of negotiations and dozens...

EU budget talks remain in a deadlock

Budget talks had to continue on Friday as EU leaders failed to overcome their differences and agree on the bloc's long term budget, during...

Lewandowski to EU governments: No take-it-or-leave-it Budget proposal for Parliament

STRASBOURG – Following a debate on EU’s key Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 in Strasbourg on 12 February and ahead of a special...

Michel: Europe’s looking at Africa with fresh eyes

The next generation of leaders in Europe seeks a renewed EU-Africa partnership, Charles Michel, EU Council President told African leaders on Sunday during a state...

Croatian PM Plenković tells Michel he wants MFF negotiations concluded during the country’s Presidency

Negotiations on the bloc's long-term budget should be concluded within 2020's first half, said Andrej Plenković, the Prime Minister of Croatia during a meeting with Charles...

European Council President meets with Bulgaria’s PM Borissov

Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria's Prime Minister met with EU Council President Charles Michel, at the institution's headquarters in Brussels on Thursday. EU funds from the Multiannual...

EU National News

IMF finds decrease in Ukraine’s purchasing power

According to figures released by the International Monetary Fund, in 2019, Ukrainians had significantly less purchasing power than Russians, Belarussians, and Poles. Purchasing power...

Russia to hold nationwide vote on Putin’s proposed constitutional changes

A working group chaired by Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has set a date for a nationwide vote on the proposed amendments to the country’s...

EU urged to launch own OS, web browser

Finnish finance minister Katri Kulmuni  on Wednesday urged the European Union to develop its own computer operating system and internet browser, and to reduce...

Amidst crises, Greece finds time for renewed Balkan diplomacy

Despite the multiple crises Greece is currently facing – a continuing refugee deluge and massive public reaction on some islands, the spreading coronavirus threat,...

Germany at start of coronavirus epidemic

Germany’s health minister said Wednesday that the country was “at the beginning of an epidemic”, just a few days after the number of people...

China warns US over Pompeo’s threat to expel Chinese reporters

China's foreign ministry said it had summoned a US embassy representative to complain to US secretary of state Mike Pompeo over his condemnation of...

Spanish Holocaust-themed carnival celebration triggers outrage

A Spanish Carnival troupe performing a Holocaust-themed parade has canceled its shows after it triggered widespread outcry. The parade in the central Spanish region of...

WHO calls on EU for Coronavirus pandemic preparedness

The World Health Organisation's (WHO) regional Director in Europe, Hans Kluge has called on European countries to be in a "phase of preparedness" for...

Romania’s president appoints finance minister to head government

Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis has nominated finance minister Florin Citu to serve as PM in the new government. He now has 10 days to...

Countries sending arms to Libya to face consequences, Germany warns

German foreign minister Heiko Maas threatened the countries that continue delivering weapons and sending troops and mercenaries to Libya, despite the arms embargo. Ahead...

World News

Iranian Vice President infected with Coronavirus

Iran's Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar is the latest Iranian official infected with Coronavirus, according to the state-run IRNA. Ebtekar, also...

A new chapter in EU-Africa partnership

Europe is seeking to open a new chapter in EU - Africa partnership, by fostering relations with its "sister continent" as Ursula von der...

Brazil reports first case of Coronavirus in South America

The Brazilian Ministry of Health confirmed the country’s first case of COVID-19 (popularly known as coronavirus) during a press conference on Wednesday, February 26. The...

Togo president wins fourth term as opposition urges resistance

Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe on Monday hailed a widely expected election victory that gave him a fourth term in office. The election commission said that...

Coronavirus fears lead to volatility, economic slowdown, oil price drop

Investor fears that the spread of the coronavirus in countries outside China, including Iran, Italy and South Korea, may slow world demand led to...

EU to present its priorities at the 43rd Human Rights Council session

Freedom of religion or belief, children rights and the human rights situation in Myanmar and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will top EU's...

At least 29 injured in bombing at rally for Ethiopian PM

Nearly 30 people were injured in a “bomb attack” at a rally in support of the party of Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed, police...

Tunisia names new coalition government in bid to avoid early election

Tunisia's prime minister-designate Elyes Fakhfakh has announced the formation of a new coalition government after coming to an agreement with Ennahda, the biggest party...

South Sudan’s rival leaders to form coalition government

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar agreed to form a unity government, paving the way towards ending more than six...

Global demand for LNG grows by 12.5% in 2019

Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) grew by 12.5% to 359 million tonnes in 2019, according to Shell’s latest annual LNG Outlook published...

THE ENLARGEMENT MONITOR

Amidst crises, Greece finds time for renewed Balkan diplomacy

Despite the multiple crises Greece is currently facing – a continuing refugee deluge and massive public reaction on some islands, the spreading coronavirus threat,...

US envoy to Serbia-Kosovo talks to become Acting Director of National Intelligence

President Donald Trump has named Richard Grenell, the US Ambassador to Germany and concurrently Special Envoy to Serbia and Kosovo, to become the acting...

Munich Bacchanalian surprises

At the Munich Security Conference 2020, two reality-altering messages were sent back to Southeastern Europe, which incidentally was not the core focus of this...

North Macedonia takes a small step forward and one backwards this week

Since being installed in early January in preparation for the country’s April 6 elections, Caretaker Government Labour Minister Rashela Mizrahi, from the ultranationalist VMRO-DPMNE...

France scores victory on Enlargement rules

The EU Commission released new proposed rules on February 5 which substantially modify the current Enlargement process but also allow EU member states to...

Despite Brexit, Western Balkans get some attention

Despite all the noise surrounding Brexit, Libya’s civil war and the Iran mini-crisis, Brussels’ attention to the Western Balkans is increasing substantially as important...

US diplomatic engagement helps reopen Kosovo-Serbia flights

Representatives of Serbia, Kosovo, the US, and Lufthansa Group signed a milestone agreement on January 20 to establish an air link between Serbia and...

Internet & ICT

Tech platforms free to censor content under US constitution

A US court ruled Wednesday that tech giants are free to censor content as they wish. The claims of the news outlet PragerU, that Google-owned...

EU urged to launch own OS, web browser

Finnish finance minister Katri Kulmuni  on Wednesday urged the European Union to develop its own computer operating system and internet browser, and to reduce...

Internet giants fight spread of coronavirus disinformation

Internet companies are stepping up their fight against the spread of disinformation about the coronavirus, after new cases and fatalities outside China have seen...

US military adopts new ethical guidelines for using AI in war

The US military announced Monday it has adopted new ethical principles for the use of artificial intelligence in warfare. The move comes after 15 months...

New Mexico sues Google for collecting children’s personal data

New Mexico’s attorney general Hector Balderas announced on Thursday that it sues Google. The lawsuit was filed in US District Court in Albuquerque. It...

Boeing says it found debris in fuel tanks on grounded 737 Max jets

Boeing announced it has ordered inspections of its grounded 737 Max series jets, after it found foreign objects in the fuel tanks of some...

Airbus announces 2,300 job cuts in defense and space division

European planemaker Airbus announced that it plans to cut 2,362 jobs across several countries by the end of next year. Its Germany-based subsidiary, Defence and...

Energy

Amidst crises, Greece finds time for renewed Balkan diplomacy

Despite the multiple crises Greece is currently facing – a continuing refugee deluge and massive public reaction on some islands, the spreading coronavirus threat,...

Slovakia and Kazakhstan intensify bilateral cooperation

Slovakia’s President Zuzana Čaputová accepted credentials from the first Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Bratislava Roman Vassilenko, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said. Čaputová, noting the positive...

Kazakhstan plans to increase green energy production by 25%

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan intends to generate about three billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy from renewable sources of energy in 2020, the Minister of...

Coronavirus fears lead to volatility, economic slowdown, oil price drop

Investor fears that the spread of the coronavirus in countries outside China, including Iran, Italy and South Korea, may slow world demand led to...

EU invests more than €100 mln in new LIFE Programme for green projects

The European Union will invest €101.2 million for the latest projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action, the European Commission...

Naftogaz seeks nearly $8 bln for assets expropriated by Russia in Crimea

Ukraine’s joint stock oil and gas company Naftogaz said on 17 February the group seeks nearly $8 billion of compensation for its assets expropriated...

Global demand for LNG grows by 12.5% in 2019

Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) grew by 12.5% to 359 million tonnes in 2019, according to Shell’s latest annual LNG Outlook published...

Faith and Religious Freedom

Spanish Holocaust-themed carnival celebration triggers outrage

A Spanish Carnival troupe performing a Holocaust-themed parade has canceled its shows after it triggered widespread outcry. The parade in the central Spanish region of...

US Air Force allows Sikhs and Muslims to serve with their articles of faith

The US Air Force has made changes to its dress code, which came into effect on February 7, that now reflect the religious practices...

Vatican cardinals urge European bishops to welcome refugee families

Three cardinals who have close ties with Pope Francis have called on European bishops to help facilitate the transfer of refugee families from the...

China’s UNESCO-listed buddhist grottoes reopen after COVID-19 shutdown

The Buddhist Grottoes of Luoyang, a UNESCO Wrld Heritage Site in central China's Henan Province, has reopened after being closed in January following the...

Deadly protests erupt in India over controversial citizenship law

A controversial that excludes Muslims from obtaining citizenship in India if they are from neighbouring countries that include Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh has unleashed...

Eleven dead in New Delhi protests against citizenship law

Protests in India’s capital New Delhi against a new controversial law erupted. The death toll in the protests rose to 11. One police officer...

Amazon slammed for selling anti-Semitic books

The Auschwitz Memorial said on Friday that Amazon was making a profit on "selling vicious antisemitic Nazi propaganda" by selling the books of Julius...

STAKEHOLDER VIEWS

Association of European Journalists(AEJ)
By Otmar Lahodynsky

A sad day for Europe, but a chance to reform the EU

It was a sad day for Europe on January 31. For the first time in its history, one of its 28 Member States voluntarily...
NOVA COMPETITIVIDADE
By Francisco Jaime Quesado

The digital revolution

Europe is facing a real digital revolution. Information and communication technology now permeates virtually all aspects of our lives. The digital revolution is strongly...

New Europe Columns

Monnet Matters
By Editorial

Their discontent, our problem

If we have learnt anything from the last decade of European elections, it is that with all certainty we can say two things: (a)...
ICI Washington
By Alec Mally

Amidst crises, Greece finds time for renewed Balkan diplomacy

Despite the multiple crises Greece is currently facing – a continuing refugee deluge and massive public reaction on some islands, the spreading coronavirus threat,...
Energy Insider
By Kostis Geropoulos

Expansion of renewables, storage, interconnectors key to deliver EU’s Green Deal

BRUSSELS – Europe is not building enough new wind farms to deliver the EU’s Green Deal goal, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson told New Europe...
Eurasia Watch
By Nicholas Waller

Danilyuk’s resignation is an ominous sign for Ukraine

The young pro-Western reformers who came into government with great fanfare alongside anti-establishment President Volodymyr Zelensky six months ago were dealt a serious blow...

WELLNESS

Four things you never knew massage could do

Promoting muscle regrowth after injury, helping premature babies become strong enough to leave hospital, improving sleep quality and creating social bonds. The power of...

Why everyone should try boxing

Far from being the exclusive domain of the uber-fit, boxing is a great full-body workout that’s suitable for everyone. Reney Nazim, passionate boxing fan...

5 ways to stay energised this autum

Don’t let the arrival of autumn sap you of your energy. Our expert advice will keep you firing on all cylinders! As autumn sets in...

Gym or sofa? How to make the healthy choice

Do you sometimes struggle to find the willpower to work out? The Aspria experts shares five top tips for staying motivated. You’ve told yourself you’ll...

BACK TO SCHOOL: TIPS FOR A SMOOTH TRANSITION FROM HOLIDAY MODE

The time is almost here for children to go back to school. Are you ready? Christine Cornet, Academy manager at Aspria Brussels Royal La...

Sauna in Heat

HOW A SUMMER SAUNA CAN ACTUALLY COOL YOU DOWN Sauna in the middle of the summer? It may seem like a strange idea, but in...

The perfect water workout

So, you’re heading off on holiday and you’ve decided to take a break from full-on gym workouts, but you’d still like to keep in...