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epa06847162 Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during a signing ceremony at the European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium, 28 June 2018. The signature ceremony is for the political roadmap on the synchronisation of the Baltic States' electricity networks with the continental European network (CEN) via Poland.  EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND Commission asks European Court of Justice to temporarily suspend Poland’s new Supreme Court law
turkish-government-may-hold-referendum-gezi-park IMG Turkish secular youth is immigrating to Europe
epa05206795 A message reading 'Let's take back control' is projected by Vote Leave campaigners onto a cliff near Dover, Britain, 11 March 2016. 
A referendum to leave or stay in the European Union (EU) will be held on 23 June 2016.  EPA/GERRY PENNY UK cabinet announces post-Brexit immigration rules for EU nationals
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 EU and Iran create trade vehicle
September 24, 2018 New York, NY  Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has a bilateral meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the Millennium Hilton in Manhattan. ( photo: Andrea Renault/ EU/ AFP ) Mogherini meets Zarif in NY ahead of Iran nuclear deal signatories meeting
epa07042387 President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (L) greets United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (R) before the start of their meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 23 September 2018.  EPA-EFE/JASON SZENES Juncker says ‘multilateralism must have a chance’ at UN General Assembly
epa07039829 Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speaks at the 'Atreju 18' political meeting, the Youth Festival of the right-wing Brothers of Italy (Fdl, Fratelli d'Italia) party in Rome, Italy, 22 September 2018. The US alt-right figurehead media strategist Steve Bannon is in Europe on a mission to unify European populist parties.  EPA-EFE/MASSIMO PERCOSSI EP President Tajani tells Bannon to ‘go home’
epa07041217 Campaigners take part in a 'People's Vote' March in central Liverpool, Britian, 23 September 2018. The protest and march was to call for members of the public to be given a vote on the final negotiations of the UK's exit from the European Union and coincides with the annual Labour Party Conference.  EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER Labour endorses call for second Brexit referendum
epa05592212 A pharmacist stands next to a cabinet filled with prescription-free and prescription-only medicine at a pharmacy in Hanover, Germany, 19 October 2016. A leading judgement of the European Court of Justice stirs the German pharmacy market. The price fixing for prescription drugs supposedly limits the cross-border movement of goods and thus is against EU-law, the court in Luxemburg judged.  EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE EU-Russia boost consultations on drugs
epa07026627 FYR of Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev (L) and US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (R) inspect honor guards in front of the Government building in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia (FYROM), 17 September 2018. Secretary Mattis is a one-day visit to FYROM.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: Parade of stars to Skopje continues as referendum approaches

Kassandra

life LIFE at Gunpoint
kass-1260 Zahradil, Henkel face off to become ACRE’s Spitzenkandidat
eastern-europe’s-recovery-shows-how-copyright-harmful IMG Copyright reform: Money vs more money
epa06865402 (FILE) -  A general view shows members of Parliament voting on a resolution on the integrity of the Commission?s appointment of its Secretary General at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 18 April 2018 (reissued 05 July 2018). Members of the European Parliament on 05 July 2018 oted to reject a copyright law which has to go back to tripartite disucssions.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER The State of our European Institutions
epa05708832 Manfred Weber, the chairman of the European People's Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament, speaks at a news conference ahead of the upcoming election of the next European Parliament President in Strasbourg, at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 10 January 2017. Weber held the news conference to present the EPP Group's position.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Weber’s road to glory
epa06390760 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives on the second day of the European Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 15 December 2017. EU leaders gather to discuss the most compelling matters in terms of migration, defense foreign affairs, education, culture, social issues and 'Brexit' negotiations.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EPP: Hangry, hungry, or Hungary?
epa05941943 Flag of France and Germany wave at the Quartier Leclerc in Illkirch, France, 03 May 2017. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is to visit the Illkirch barracks following reports Nazi memorabilia and symbols such as swastikas were found in the premises during investigation to an alleged far-right terror cell in German defense forces. Media reports state German lieutenant Franco A. who was stationed at the Illkirch barracks was arrested on terror allegations in Hammelburg, Germany, last week as part of ongoing investigations. German investigators allege up to five persons may have been involved in the cell.  EPA/RONALD WITTEK Battle of the Germans (i)
2000px-ACRE_logo.svg The Germans are coming (ii)
epa05708834 Manfred Weber, the chairman of the European People's Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament, speaks at a news conference ahead of the upcoming election of the next European Parliament President in Strasbourg, at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 10 January 2017. Weber held the news conference to present the EPP Group's position.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ The more the merrier?
Schinas Schinas: Next Commission president needs “physical resistance”; May an “honest politician”, Erdogan is a difficult neighbour, Trump “not strong”, and more


EU National News

epa07044772 Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven (R) looks on as he was ousted on the day in a no-confidence vote in the Swedish Parliament Riksdagen in Stockholm, Sweden, 25 September 2018. A total of 204 of Sweden's 349 members of parliament voted no to Lofven as prime minister.  EPA-EFE/ANDERS WIKLUND  SWEDEN OUT Swedish PM Löfven loses confidence vote
epa04602123 (FILE) A file picture dated 28 October 2009 showing the logo of oil company BP at the company's German headquarters in Bochum, Germany. BP's quarterly profits fell by 20 per cent to 2.2 billion dollars in the last three months of 2014 due to plunging oil prices, the energy giant said 03 February 2015. The fourth quarter fall took BP's annual profits to 12.1 billion dollars, 10 per cent below the 2013 figure. It reported a replacement-cost loss of 969 million dollars for the quarter. The company said it plans to reduce spending on oil and gas exploration this year and postpone or curtail 'marginal projects.'  EPA/BERND THISSEN BP: Global LNG supplies more than doubling by 2040
epa07037513 (L-R) Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference following the summit on living in the Chancellery, Berlin, Germany, 21 September 2018. The meeting aims to provide helping alternatives to tenants with little resources.  EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER Bavarian CSU puts its weight behind German spymaster
epa03010734 An aerial view from a helicopter of the Homer Ferrington rig operated by Noble Energy in the east Mediterranean, drilling in an offshore block on concession from the Cypriot government, 21 November 2011. Houston-based Noble started drilling for gas off Cyprus in September, in the island's first attempt to tap speculated offshore hydrocarbons deposits. Cypriot President Demetris Christofias visited the rig, which started drilling for gas on 21 November.  EPA/STR Cyprus-Egypt pipeline deal may facilitate LNG gas exports to EU
epa03680858 A picture made available on 29 April 2013 shows a Lloyd's TSB bank branch in London, Britain, 29 April 2013. Lloyds Banking Group announced 29 April it is to sell its Spanish retail banking business to Banco Sabadell.  EPA/ANDY RAIN Lloyds to open second EU subsidiary in Luxembourg

World News

epa06947394 A woman passes by a restaurant with a poster depicting US President Donald J. Trump, stating that all US costumers will be charged 25 percent more than other customers starting from the day president Trump started the trade war with China, in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, 13 August 2018. US President J. Trump announced on 10 July that US is preparing to impose 10 percent tariffs worth 200 billion US dollars on imported goods from China. These tariffs would affected mainly consumer goods.  EPA-EFE/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI China withdraws from trade talks with Washington
epa06913285 Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan attends the BRICS summit meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 July 2018. The summit is held over three days and ends on 27 July.  EPA-EFE/MIKE HUTCHINGS / POOL Erdogan tightens his political grip on the Turkish economy
epa07028003 US President Donald J. Trump participates in the inaugural meeting of the President?s National Council for the American Worker in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Washington, DC, USA,  17 September  2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVER CONTRERAS/ POOL US ratchets up trade war against China with new $200bn tariffs
WEB Russia’s Gazprom, Japan’s Mitsui ink MoU for Baltic LNG project
epa06949260 People walking in front of the The Turkish central bank in Ankara, Turkey, 14 August 2018. The Turkish central bank on 13 August 2018 said it was closely monitoring the lira's performance and seek counter-measures. The Turkish lira hit a new record low against the US dollar within the scope of an escalating feud with the USA.  EPA-EFE/STR Turkish Central Bank shows signs of independence

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

Gender equality requires education – of fathers, as much as daughters

By: Shanu Hinduja

The Trump-China Syndrome… and Europe

By: Basil A. Coronakis

Myanmar vs Maldives EU interference

By: Amjad Bashir

Regulating cash transfers at the EU’s external borders to prevent crime

By: Juan Fernando López Aguilar

Armenia’s “Watergate” – Time for the West to act

By: Michael Burrell

East should be the new West

By: Laurenţiu Rebega

On John McCain’s Legacy

By: Jan Zahradil

The infrastructure of the future relies on copper

By: Zuneid Yousuf

Why climate change summits are a modern-day example for international problem-solving

By: Leonardo González Dellán

May’s woeful Chequers deal is the worst of all worlds

By: John Caudwell

Qatari hostage payment is terrorist financing

By: Sir Ivor Roberts

How Western Europe’s football dominance could be undone

By: Tale Heydarov




What is Qatar up to at the UNGA? epa06197976 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, right, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Qatar speaks during the opening of the 36th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations, UN, in Geneva, Switzerland, 11 September 2017.  EPA-EFE/LAURENT GILLIERON

New York is gearing up for this year’s edition of the United Nations General Assembly, which will take centre stage on Tuesday, September 25. One feature

By Nicholas Waller Managing Editor

Energy

IMG_1492 EU to discuss future of global wind energy in Hamburg
epa04602123 (FILE) A file picture dated 28 October 2009 showing the logo of oil company BP at the company's German headquarters in Bochum, Germany. BP's quarterly profits fell by 20 per cent to 2.2 billion dollars in the last three months of 2014 due to plunging oil prices, the energy giant said 03 February 2015. The fourth quarter fall took BP's annual profits to 12.1 billion dollars, 10 per cent below the 2013 figure. It reported a replacement-cost loss of 969 million dollars for the quarter. The company said it plans to reduce spending on oil and gas exploration this year and postpone or curtail 'marginal projects.'  EPA/BERND THISSEN BP: Global LNG supplies more than doubling by 2040
epa03010734 An aerial view from a helicopter of the Homer Ferrington rig operated by Noble Energy in the east Mediterranean, drilling in an offshore block on concession from the Cypriot government, 21 November 2011. Houston-based Noble started drilling for gas off Cyprus in September, in the island's first attempt to tap speculated offshore hydrocarbons deposits. Cypriot President Demetris Christofias visited the rig, which started drilling for gas on 21 November.  EPA/STR Cyprus-Egypt pipeline deal may facilitate LNG gas exports to EU
Ireland Dublin:Commissioner Arias Canete ,at the opening session of the 10th Citizens Energy Forum,Dublin Castle – Printworks Conference Centre, Dame Street, Dublin 2,Thursday 20th September 2018. Cañete: EU clean energy transition must remain beneficial for consumers
epa04978772 A worker walks next to the gas-compressor station in Mryn village, about 130 km of Kiev, Ukraine, 15 October 2015. Russia's state-run natural gas export monopoly, Gazprom, resumed deliveries to Ukraine after a 234-million-dollar prepayment, Gazprom's head Alexei Miller told journalists. 'Ukraine has requested the maximum supply regime of 114 million cubic metres per day,' Miller said, according to the Interfax news agency. Russia cut off its deliveries to Ukraine in July after the sides failed to agree on pricing, but a deal was clinched last month for supplies for the upcoming winter. Ukrainian state gas company Naftogaz agreed to buy the supplies for 232 dollars per thousand cubic metres between October 1 and March 31 - down from a contractual price of 251 dollars. Cash-strapped Ukraine has been heavily dependent on energy from Russia and is also a key transit country for gas to Western Europe. The European Union brokered the deal amid strains about the conflict in eastern Ukraine.  EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY Naftogaz vows to unbundle Ukraine’s transmission system operator
p15c EU energy minsters tackle hydrogen and energy storage solutions
epa07024924 The world's first hydrogen fuel cell train on its way to Bremervoerde, northern Germany, 16 September 2018. Alstom today presented the world's first hydrogen fuel cell train Coradia iLinit in Bremervoerde. The Coradia iLint, built by Alstom in Salzgitter, Germany, is equipped with fuel cells which convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, thus eliminating pollutant emissions related to propulsion. From 17 September onwards, two such trains will enter commercial service according to a fixed timetable in Lower Saxony.  EPA-EFE/DAVID HECKER Germany launches world’s first-ever hydrogen powered trains
Shell Egypt, Shell, Petronas ink exploration agreement
WEB Russia’s Gazprom, Japan’s Mitsui ink MoU for Baltic LNG project
p14ca EU clears acquisition of North Sea Midstream Partners by Kuwait Investment Authority

Internet & ICT

epa07026627 FYR of Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev (L) and US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (R) inspect honor guards in front of the Government building in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia (FYROM), 17 September 2018. Secretary Mattis is a one-day visit to FYROM.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: Parade of stars to Skopje continues as referendum approaches
epa06518486 Members of the research group of ETH Zurich University work at the building complex of the Extreme Light Infrastructure Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS) research facility in Szeged, 170km southeast of Budapest, Hungary, 12 February 2018. On the day when the first foreign users arrive at the laser center. The laser center ELI-ALPS is part of the European Union's large scientific project ELI implemented by the Czech Republic and Romania besides Hungary. The three laser research centres in Szeged, Prague (Beamline Facility), and Magurele, near Bucharest, (Photonuclear Facility), are elements of the first civilian large-scale high-power laser research project to be realized with trans-European cooperation and with the participation of the worldwide scientific community, are due to start operation in full capacity in 2019.  EPA-EFE/TIBOR ROSTA HUNGARY OUT EU grants €7.5 million to help 50 scientists bring their research to market
image001 Greece’s Thessaloniki International Fair focuses on the American factor
epaselect epa06851095 Festival-goers dance with headphones at a silent party during the opening evening of the 52nd Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, 29 June 2018 (issued 30 June). The event running from June 29 to July 14 will feature 380 concerts.  EPA-EFE/VALENTIN FLAURAUD EU Commission clears Apple’s acquisition of Shazam
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epa06877381 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attend an event to present a project on autonomous driving at former Tempelhof airport in Berlin, Germany, 10 July 2018. The two leaders, who are meeting in the context of German-Chinese government consultations in Berlin, signed an agreement the day before over cooperation in autonomous driving technology.  EPA-EFE/MICHELE TANTUSSI / POOL The German government moves to veto Chinese investment in “strategic sectors”
epa06864186 The decorated front grille of a vintage Ford Mustang as it is driven in the Avondale Estates 4th of July Parade to celebrate the US Independence Day holiday in Avondale Estates, Georgia, USA, 04 July 2018. The holiday celebrates the United States' 242nd year of independence.  EPA-EFE/ERIK S. LESSER Ford recalls tens of thousands vehicles from Europe over clutch problem
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

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