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epa04011010 The temple of Parthenon Acropolis hill is pictured through the view of a Greek and a European Union flag in Athens, Greece, 07 January 2014. Greece takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union from January to June 2014.  EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU Greece and EU creditors reach agreement on fourth bailout review
epa06743702 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker waits for the start of a round table meeting at an informal European Union (EU) summit with Western Balkans countries at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17 May 2018. EU leaders will discuss a European future for the Western Balkans, and the response to President Trump's policies on trade and Iran.  EPA-EFE/DIMITAR DILKOFF / POOL EU moves to block US sanctions on Iran
epa06664964 (FILE) - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May meets staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, Britain, 10 April 2018 (reissued 12 April 2018). According to reports, British ministers have agreed, after the Emergency War Cabinet meeting on 12 April, Prime minister Theresa May should continue to work with United States and France to coordinate an international response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria.  EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL / POOL May proposes “backstop solution” if negotiations fail
epa06567859 A traffic sign with the inscription 'Luftreinhaltung' (Air pollution control) indicating a speed limit of 50 km/h to keep the air clean on the Landshuter Allee in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, 27 February 2018. The German Federal Administrative Court, or 'Bundesverwaltungsgericht', the supreme administrative court in the Federal Republic of Germany which is located in Leipzig will decide on a ban for Diesel engine powered vehicles in cities on 27 February.  EPA-EFE/LUKAS BARTH EU takes action to protect citizens from air pollution
epa06743706 Greek's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) and FYR of Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev meet on the sideline of an informal European Union (EU) summit with Western Balkans countries at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17 May 2018.  EPA-EFE/VASSIL DONEV Name Dispute negotiations: Late nights, roadmaps, and summer summits
epa06744824 (L to R) Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov, President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker speak during a joint news conference at the EU-Western Balkans Summit meeting at the National Palace of Culture, in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17 May 2018. EU leaders met for a two-days summit to discuss a European future for Western Balkans, and the response to President Trump's policies on trade and Iran.  EPA-EFE/Szilard Koszticsak HUNGARY OUT EU leaders agree on joint approach for Iran deal and possible US tariffs
epa06566323 European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, Valdis Dombrovskis gives a press conference following the Round table on cryptocurrencies at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 26 February 2018.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Italian government must respect fiscal rules, says Dombrovskis
epa06744070 EU Commissioner for Environment Karmenu Vella gives a statement on action to improve air quality in Europe at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 17 May 2018.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU Commission takes Member States to court over air quality breaches
epa06180692 Italian Lower House Deputy Speaker Luigi Di Maio, a senior member of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) attends the forum 'The Today and Tomorrow's Competitive Strategies' organized by 'The European House - Ambrosetti' at Villa d'Este in Cernobbio, Italy, 03 September 2017. The 43rd edition of the meeting takes place from 01 to 03 September 2017.  EPA-EFE/MATTEO BAZZI Leak of Italian government programme rattles financial markets
epa06360092 Khalid Al-Falih, President of the Opec conference and Saudi Arabia's energy minister is seen behind a Opec logo during news conference at the headquarters of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna, Austria, 30 November 2017.  EPA-EFE/LISI NIESNER EU, OPEC discuss recent market developments


EU National News

epa06744639 The Italian Five-Star Movement's (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio (C) uses his mobile phone as he leaves the Lower House at the end of his meeting with 'League' party leader Matteo Salvini (not pictured), in Rome, Italy, 17 May 2018. Others are not identified. Luigi Di Maio said 17 May that he was confident a deal with the League on a programme for a new government will be reached by the end of the day. 'I think that we will close the (government) contract in the evening,' Di Maio told reporters at the Lower House after meeting Salvini. When asked about the thorny issue of who will be the Premier of an eventual M5S-League executive, Di Maio replied: 'we are still reasoning, it's not closed yet.'  EPA-EFE/GIUSEPPE LAMI Italian spreads climb while M5S and Lega unveil government “contract”
epa05031495 Thousands of residents of Molenbeek of all nationalities gather to commemorate the Paris attack and also their Love for there city, in Molenbeek, Brussels, Belgium, 18 November 2015. More than 130 people were killed and hundreds injured in the terror attacks which targeted the Bataclan concert hall, the Stade de France national sports stadium, and several restaurants and bars in the French capital on 13 November. Authorities believe that three coordinated teams of terrorists armed with rifles and explosive vests carried out the attacks, which the Islamic State (IS) extremist group has claimed responsibility for.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET Brussels district of islamist reputation Molenbeek wants to sue British columnist 
epa06298437 French President Emmanuel Macron (R) addresses the press flanked by French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb (L) and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (unseen) after he signed a counterterrorism law at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 30 October 2017. Macron has formally signed a sweeping counterterrorism law that replaces a 2-year-old state of emergency and meant to give police more tools to fight violent extremism.  EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHE ENA/POOL MAXPPP OUT France foils terrorist attack
epa04101243 Jobseekers gather around an office for Sweden's national jobs agency in central Stockholm, Sweden, 26 February 2014, after 61,000 people accidentally were invited to a meeting instead of 1,400.  EPA/BERTIL ENEVAG ERICSON SWEDEN OUT Migrant unemployment declines in Sweden
epaselect epa06608463 People hold banners of re-painted portraits of Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico (C) and Interior Minister Robert Kalinak (R) as they participate in a rally called 'Let's stand for decency in Slovakia' in Bratislava, Slovakia, 16 March 2018. Mass street protests in SLovakia started after the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiance Martina Kusnirova. Protesters are asking for an independent investigation into the murders and new, trustworthy government that will not include people suspected of corruption  EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN BRUNA Slovak police confiscate phone of slain journalist’s colleague

World News

epa06617336 Cambridge Analytica's sign at their offices in London, Britain, 21 March 2018. Britain's Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has applied for a warrant to search the offices of 'Cambridge Analytica', which is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook members for its own campaigns during the US presidential elections in 2016 and Brexit referendum.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy in New York
epa03373570 Close up of fuel nozzles at a gasoline station in Nice, France, 29 August 2012. The French government announced a temporary cut in petrol prices to ease the cost of living, fulfilling a campaign promise by President Francois Hollande. Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said on 28 August that an agreement had been reached with oil companies to reduce gasoline and diesel oil prices in up to 6 cents of euro  a liter for a three months period. This will cost the French state 300 million euros. The reduction will be funded in halves by the state and the oil companies.  EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER Crude oil price spike eases on supply concerns
p22c Japan, Ukraine to boost nuclear cooperation
epa06698543 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L), Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R), and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (not pictured) leave after a photo prior their trilateral on the Syrian crisis in Moscow, Russia, 28 April 2018. Russia hosts a trilateral with Turkey and Iran to discuss current developments in Syria including an alleged chemical attack in Douma.  EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Iran FM to meet Lavrov on Syria
epa05149813 A Syrian refugee child cries as they wait for back to Syria near Oncupinar Border gate in Kilis, Turkey, 08 February 2016. Turkey said on 07 February that it does not yet see a need to open its border to the refugees. The situation is 'desperate' at Syria's Bab al-Salameh border crossing where thousands of fleeing civilians are seeking to enter Turkey, medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors without Borders) said on 08 February.  EPA/SEDAT SUNA Turkey needs greater burden-sharing in managing Syrian refugee crisis

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

From Brexit to Itexit

By: Basil A. Coronakis

Reducing the cash economy in Latin America is key for its growth

By: Leonardo González Dellán

Conservatives have the solution to protect our environment

By: Debbie Dooley

The Long Road to Nuclear Disarmament

By: Ramesh Thakur

Chocolate’s Sustainability Challenge

By: Jeff King

China and the Future of Democracy

By: Barry Eichengreen

Human Rights and the Fate of the Liberal Order

By: Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

Iraq’s new democracy and moving towards the future

By: Hasan Ismaik

We can still make it!

By: Basil A. Coronakis

The EU Must Stop Funding Illiberalism

By: Guy Verhofstadt

Decisions on Cohesion Policy post 2020 go beyond budget decisions

By: Michael Schneider

Waiting for Germany

By: Joschka Fischer


May fails to lead her government in EU negotiations epa06037319 British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) welcomes Irish new Taoiseach Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (R) to 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 19 June 2017. Taoiseach Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on a first foreign visit meets with British PM May to discuss Brexit negotiations which started today.  EPA/ANDY RAIN

Theresa May is failing to broker an agreement within her cabinet as to what the British negotiating position on trade relations

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Energy

epa06567859 A traffic sign with the inscription 'Luftreinhaltung' (Air pollution control) indicating a speed limit of 50 km/h to keep the air clean on the Landshuter Allee in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, 27 February 2018. The German Federal Administrative Court, or 'Bundesverwaltungsgericht', the supreme administrative court in the Federal Republic of Germany which is located in Leipzig will decide on a ban for Diesel engine powered vehicles in cities on 27 February.  EPA-EFE/LUKAS BARTH EU takes action to protect citizens from air pollution
epa03373570 Close up of fuel nozzles at a gasoline station in Nice, France, 29 August 2012. The French government announced a temporary cut in petrol prices to ease the cost of living, fulfilling a campaign promise by President Francois Hollande. Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said on 28 August that an agreement had been reached with oil companies to reduce gasoline and diesel oil prices in up to 6 cents of euro  a liter for a three months period. This will cost the French state 300 million euros. The reduction will be funded in halves by the state and the oil companies.  EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER Crude oil price spike eases on supply concerns
epa06360092 Khalid Al-Falih, President of the Opec conference and Saudi Arabia's energy minister is seen behind a Opec logo during news conference at the headquarters of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna, Austria, 30 November 2017.  EPA-EFE/LISI NIESNER EU, OPEC discuss recent market developments
IMG_7955 From Russia: Reactor will drive Finnish nuclear power plant
p15c Schwarzenegger, Šefčovič lead R20 efforts to implement Paris Agreement
epa06738538 European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini reacts to Question on Iran Nuclear deal, during a news conference in Brussels, Belgium, 15 May 2018. This evening, High Representative is convening a meeting with the E3 Foreign Ministers (Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of Germany, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister of France and Boris Johnson, Foreign Minister of the United Kingdom), followed by a meeting of the four with the Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Brussels looks to protect EU companies after Trump quits Iran deal
epa06737730 Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) the Foreign Minister of Iran during a meeting with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels, Belgium, 15 May 2018.  Media reports state that Javad Zarif is in Brussels asking for the EU's support for 2015 nuclear between Tehran and six world powers folowing the USA withdrawal from the agreement.  EPA-EFE/THIERRY MONASSE / POOL Iranian FM Zarif calls talks with Mogherini on nuclear deal ‘highly constructive’
epa06658053 Newly appointed National Security Advisor John Bolton listens to US President Donald J. Trump speak to the media before a meeting with his military leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington DC, USA, 09 April 2018.  Trump said he will decide in the next few days whether the US will respond militarily for the reported chemical weapons attack in Syria. Trump also spoke about the FBI raid of his personal attorney Michael Cohen's office.  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO EU moves to safeguard interests in Iran after threat of US sanctions
epa05844549 A general view of the Kharg oil terminal at the Kharg Island, in Persian Gulf, southern Iran, 12 March 2017. According to estimates, Kharg oil terminal handles 98 per cent of Iran's crude exports.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH Strange bedfellows: Iran sanctions, EU posturing and volatile oil markets
epa06720052 US President Donald J. Trump signs a presidential memorandum on Iran in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 08 May 2018. Trump announced plans to pull out of Iran nuclear deal. Trump announced that he will reimpose sanctions that had been waived under the Iran nuclear deal. Five nations including the United States worked out a deal with Iran in 2015 that withdrew sanctions.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS What now for Iran?

Internet & ICT

epa06662255 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 Zuckerberg will explain Cambridge Analytica scandal to EP committee
epa06658053 Newly appointed National Security Advisor John Bolton listens to US President Donald J. Trump speak to the media before a meeting with his military leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington DC, USA, 09 April 2018.  Trump said he will decide in the next few days whether the US will respond militarily for the reported chemical weapons attack in Syria. Trump also spoke about the FBI raid of his personal attorney Michael Cohen's office.  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO EU moves to safeguard interests in Iran after threat of US sanctions
epa06720052 US President Donald J. Trump signs a presidential memorandum on Iran in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 08 May 2018. Trump announced plans to pull out of Iran nuclear deal. Trump announced that he will reimpose sanctions that had been waived under the Iran nuclear deal. Five nations including the United States worked out a deal with Iran in 2015 that withdrew sanctions.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS What now for Iran?
epa06721026 (FILE) - A visitor takes pictures at the stand of Vodafone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) is taking place in Barcelona, Spain, 26 February 2018 (reissued 09 May 2018). According to media reports, Britain's Vodafone Group has confirmed on 09 May 2018 that it has agreed to a deal, valued at 19 billion euro (22.5 billion US dollar), to buy European assets by Liberty Global international cable company. The deal includes operations in Germany, Hungary, Russia and the Czech Republic, media added.  EPA-EFE/ALBERTO ESTEVEZ Vodafone agrees €18.4 bln takeover of Liberty Global assets in Germany, East Europe
epa04818487 A man uses his smartphone to instruct a driverless Volkswagen E-Golf to look for a parking spot at the MobileLifeCampus in Wolfsburg, Germany, 25 June 2015. Volkswagen introduced its research project V-Charge on 25 June and demonstrated how a car can drive, spot a parking space and park, all by itself.  EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE Belgium to allow driverless cars for testing on its roads
ftm Amnesty International says Turkey has become ‘a dungeon for journalists’
epa06053379 Neflix Vice President of Innovation, Chris Jaffe poses for a photo during a conference in Mexico City, Mexico, 27 June 2017. Netflix, by using a new complex algorithm, will offer a more personalized service in which each user will have 'his own experience.'  EPA/MARIO GUZMAN EU institutions strike preliminary 30% quota deal on Netflix-like providers
epa04351861 A woman walks in front of  Russian mobile suface to air air defense system S-400 Triumf launch vehicles during the military exhibition Oboronexpo-2014 in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia, 13 August 2014. Reports state that the key topic of this year agenda is the replacement of imported components with domestic production. Many components for Russian arms, engines all helicopter and some aircraft engines for example, were produced in Ukraine and now banned for export to Russia.  EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV Turkey undeterred by US threat of sanctions over purchase of Russian missile system
epa06693731 EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Bulgarian Mariya Gabriel (L) and  European Commissioner for Security Union British Julian King give a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, 26 April 2018, on the Commission initiatives to tackle the spread of disinformation online and to increase transparency and fairness.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Commission proposes measures to tackle fake news and disinformation online
epa06575253 A man places a candle next to a portrait of murdered Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiance Martina Kusnirova during a vigil outside the Slovak Embassy in Berlin Germany, 02 March 2018. Kuciak was found shot dead together with his fiance in Velka Maca near Bratislava. The 27-year-old reporter was working for the Slovak news website aktuality.sk and specializing on topics of tax evasion. Police suspect that the killing is linked to his investigations  EPA-EFE/FELIPE TRUEBA Hatred of journalism threatens democracies says media watchdog RSF

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