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epa05029739 Migrant children from Syria rest while waiting to be registered in the registration camp in the town of Presevo, South Serbia, 17 November 2015. Countries on the Balkan migration route agreed to carry out joint measures aiming to stem the flow of refugees across their soil and step up supervision and security. A conference of interior ministry officials from Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia agreed to enhance identification, supervision and data sharing in order to improve accommodation planning and security. Beginning from the Turkish coast, migrants take boats to the Greek islands and mainland, before heading to Macedonia and then Serbia. Some then travelled through Hungary and on to Austria, but after Hungary sealed its border, the path of choice became Croatia, Slovenia and then Austria.  EPA/DJORDJE SAVIC Human trafficking remains big business in Europe
epa06278209 European Council President Donald Tusk (L) and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) leave after addressing a press briefing on the second day of the European Council Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 20 October 2017. European leaders met in Brussels on 19 and 20 October 2017 to discuss most pressing issues, including migration, defence, foreign affairs and digitalisation and to review the latest developments in the negotiations following the United Kingdom's notification of its intention to leave the EU.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU Council: Tusk says Brexit deadlock ‘exaggerated’, Juncker disagrees
epa05343509 Polish deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski speaks during a panel 'The Future of Europe: Democracy and Society under Pressure' during the Wroclaw Global Forum 2016 in Wroclaw, Poland, 03 June 2016. The Wroclaw Global Forum is an annual transatlantic conference on economic cooperation and political relations between the European Union and the United States. This year the main themes are the July NATO summit in Warsaw, Polish-US ties, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement between the EU and US and the migration crisis.  EPA/MACIEJ KULCZYNSKI POLAND OUT Poland warns of ‘imbalances of interests’ in EU
epa06234090 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (C) arrives for the Tallinn Digital Summit in Tallinn, Estonia, 29 September 2017. The Tallinn Digital Summit is a platform to launch high-level discussions on further plans for digital innovation with the aim of keeping Europe ahead of the technological curve while becoming a digital leader, globally, in the years to come. The summit brings together EU heads of state or government on 29 September 2017.  EPA-EFE/VALDA KALNINA ALDE schools Hungary’s Orban on academic freedom
epa06227489 The logo of the messaging application WhatsApp (C) is pictured on a smartphone screen in Taipei, Taiwan, 26 September 2017. WhatsApp, the only app from Facebook that has not been blocked in China, has been experiencing disruptions as China tightens its online censorship as a security measure ahead of the Communist Party's national congress, according to media reports.  EPA-EFE/RITCHIE B. TONGO MEPs vote to strengthen online privacy rules
Europa-on-a-Bull-2 At the origin of Europe: a union against nature
epaselect epa06159204 A policeman intervenes to comfort a crying woman as about a hundred migrants protest at Indipendenza square after the evacuation, on 19 August, of an occupied building in Rome, Italy, 24 August 2017. The building was mainly occupied by asylum seekers and refugees from Eritrea and Ethiopia.  EPA-EFE/ANGELO CARCONI MEPs approve Dublin regulation overhaul
epa06276096 Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat arrives on the first day of the European Council Meeting in Brussels, 19 October 2017. European leaders meet in Brussels on 19 and 20 October 2017 to discuss most pressing issues, including migration, defence, foreign affairs and digitalisation and to review the latest developments in the negotiations following the United Kingdom's notification of its intention to leave the EU.  EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND Media freedom in Malta under the microscope
epa06081127 (L-R) German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, German MEP chairman of Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA),  Werner Langen, Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan and Irish Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe  arriving late, during a hearing by the 'Panama Papers' Committee of the European parliament, in Brussels, Belgium, 11 July 2017. Woman (R) is not identified.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET ‘Panama Papers investigation shows maladministration and breach of EU law’
epa05948174 Italian Partito Democratico (Democratic Party), or PD, chairman-designated Matteo Renzi gestures while speaking during the PD National Assembly at a hotel in Rome, Italy, 07 May 2017. The PD's national assembly with 700 delegates confirmed the former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as their chairman during the meeting.  EPA/RICCARDO ANTIMIANI Renzi reiterates challenge to the fiscal compact

EU National News

Antonio Fischetti
DR Humour does not know taboos: Interview with Antonio Fischetti, journalist at Charlie Hebdo
epa05885689 Protesters stand outside the house of the Gupta family as they protest against the Gupta businesses and South African President Jacob Zuma, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 03 April 2017. The protest follows country wide protests after President Zuma had re-shuffled the country's cabinet late last week. Many observers claim the move is aimed at 'state capture'. President Zuma's decisions is widely critisized of being influenced by the Gupta family.  EPA/KIM LUDBROOK HSBC and Standard Chartered embroiled in S. African money-laundering scandal
epaselect epa06274126 President of the Catalonian regional Government Carles Puigdemont (L) attends the extraordinary meeting of the PDeCAT party, in downtown Barcelona, Spain, 18 October 2017, following the imprisonment of leaders of pro-independence organizations Catalonian National Assembly, Jordi Sanchez, and Omnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart. National Court magistrate Carmen Lamela sent to prison to Sanchez and Cuixart for a sedition offense, on 16 October 2017.  EPA-EFE/Toni Albir Barcelona to trigger secession if Madrid suspends autonomy
p17cb Greece’s Energean announces first results offshore Montenegro
epa06270698 Malta Police officers stand by the scene where a prominent blogger in Malta, Daphne Caruana Galizia, died in a car bomb attack IN Bidnija, Malta, 17 October 2017. Caruana Galizia, 53, was reportedly killed when the car she was driving exploded shortly after she left her home in Bidnija, near Mosta, Malta on 16 October 2017. Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat, whom Caruana Galizia accused of wrongdoing earlier this year, condemned such 'barbaric attack'.  EPA-EFE/DOMENIC AQUILINA Corruption, crooks and imbeciles in Malta

World News

epa06270119 Iraqi army tank flying a religious Shiite flag on a road in central of Kirkuk city, northern Iraq, 16 October 2017. Media reports state that, the Iraqi military troops took over large areas from Kurdish Peshmerga militants without fighting, while an Iraqi military source announced that the Iraqi forces took several positions south of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces, including the North Gas Company station, a nearby processing plant and the industrial district south of the city. Thousends of Kurds families left the city due the fighting between Shiite militias and groups of Kurdish gunmen in southern the city, a local official said.  EPA-EFE/AFAN ABDULKHALEQ Iraqi-Kurdish battles send oil prices gushing, retreating
epa05625841 US President Barack Obama (R) and President-elect Donald Trump (L) meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 10 November 2016. President-elect Donald Trump and future First Lady Melania Trump are meeting with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House and are expected to discuss efforts toward a smooth transition of power.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS Obama back on the campaign trail
p22web Gazprom board adopts cost reduction programme for 2017
epa06272855 A large emblem of Chinese Communist Party is seen during the opening ceremony of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at the Great Hall of the People (GHOP) in Beijing, China, 18 October 2017. China holds the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China, the country's most important political event where the party's leadership is chosen and plans are made for the next five years. Xi Jinping is expected to remain as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China for another five-year term.  EPA-EFE/WU HONG Xi Jinping on ‘national rejuvenation’
epa06205604 Pedestrians walk under a large-scale monitor displaying North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on a TV news broadcast in Tokyo, Japan, 15 September 2017. Earlier in the day, North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan that reportedly crashed in the Pacific Ocean, more than 2,000km east of the Japanese northern island of Hokkaido. There are no immediate reports of damage. According to reports quoting the South Korean and Japanese governments, the missile was purportedly fired from the North's capital Pyongyang. At the request of the USA and Japan, the United Nations (UN) Security Council will meet on 15 September.  EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA ‘Nuclear war may break out at any moment’

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

‘The Tinder Gap’

By: Alexander Anghelou

The disunited states of American gun control

By: Jeffrey D. Sachs

Republicans’ responsibility for gun violence

By: Yasheng Huang

The time has come to stop the biannual clock change

By: Pavel Svoboda

A Spanish disquisition

By: Victor Lapuente Giné

A world without exhaust pipes

By: Monica Araya

Are Internet companies complicit in promoting hateful and harmful content?

By: Hany Farid

Let the Stars Shine: untold stories

By: Lambert van Nistelrooij

The Chimera of Franco-German Reform

By: Hans-Helmut Kotz

Brexit hysteria on both sides of the political divide is unnecessary; it is time to negotiate a deal that works for everyone

By: John Caudwell

Europe is like the latest Airbus without the proper landing gear

By: Lambert van Nistelrooij

Welcome to Batumi, centerpiece of Georgia’s fight against a post-Soviet legacy

By: Tinatin Khidasheli


Confidence in EU and European Parliament grows epa06248104 President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani attends the lectio magistralis (lecture) at the Italian Banking Association headquarters, in Rome, Italy, 06 October 2017. According to media reports Tajani called to soften European Central Bank (ECB) requirements for european banks, announced on 04 October 2017, to set aside additional capital to cover billions of euros in bad loans.  EPA-EFE/GIUSEPPE LAMI

A clear majority of European Union citizens believe that their country has benefitted from EU membership. According to the European

By Beata Stur

Energy

epa06270119 Iraqi army tank flying a religious Shiite flag on a road in central of Kirkuk city, northern Iraq, 16 October 2017. Media reports state that, the Iraqi military troops took over large areas from Kurdish Peshmerga militants without fighting, while an Iraqi military source announced that the Iraqi forces took several positions south of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces, including the North Gas Company station, a nearby processing plant and the industrial district south of the city. Thousends of Kurds families left the city due the fighting between Shiite militias and groups of Kurdish gunmen in southern the city, a local official said.  EPA-EFE/AFAN ABDULKHALEQ Iraqi-Kurdish battles send oil prices gushing, retreating
p22web Gazprom board adopts cost reduction programme for 2017
p17cb Greece’s Energean announces first results offshore Montenegro
Fenno WEB As world turns off, icy, dark Finland turning on nuclear power
image008 EBRD financing adds well over 1GW in renewables capacity this year
IMG_20171012_171705 CPC completes pipeline capacity expansion project in Kazakhstan
epa06271771 US President Donald J. Trump (R), with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L), responds to a question from the news media during a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 17 October 2017. Prior to the press conference, President Trump and Prime Minister Tsipras discussed economic and defense cooperation between the two countries.  EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW Trump, Tsipras see Greek role in EU energy security
WireAP_e65b553aa0f24934a0deaa44df1cabae_12x5_992 Trump-Tsipras White House Meeting garners strong Greek interest, but others?
35664345772_97199c4ba0_o ENI wraps up sale of a 30% stake in Egyptian field to Rosneft
epa02333794 An undated handout picture made available on 13 September 2010 shows Paul Lester in front of a Greenergy truck in London, Britain. Petrol, diesel and biofuel supplier Greenergy announced on 13 September 2010 that Lester is to become its new Chief Executive on first October 2010.  EPA/NEWSCAST/HANDOUT  EDITORIAL USE ONLY EU clears the acquisition of Inver by Greenergy

Internet & ICT

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 British government accused of spying on millions of social media accounts
epa04505310 A woman poses with a frame of Instagram at the exhibition '175 years of photographic objects: from Daguerreotype to selfie' in Mexico City, Mexico, 26 November 2014. The exhibition displays more than 900 pictures, 150 cameras and 500 photo accessories used through history.  EPA/SASHENKA GUTIERREZ Instagram to change usage rules in Germany
p3QBA_2858 Europe mounts digital offensive
epa05308149 The cruise ship 'Harmony of the Seas' leaves the port of St. Nazaire, France, 15 May 2016. The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship built at the STX France shipyards in Saint-Nazaire is the world's largest cruise ship. It will dock in Southampton, Britain, before starting her first cruise in the coming days.  EPA/EDWARD BOONE Italy leads the birth of a European shipbuilding champion
epa03907294 Belgian activists protest against the US chemical corporation Monsanto and their role in making Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Brussels, Belgium, 12 October 2013. Belgian anti-GMO activists joined a global protest against Monsanto who make GMOs as well as many toxic chemicals including pesticides, plastics and artificial food additives.  EPA/THIERRY ROGE Monsanto excluded from lobbying access to EU Parliament
epa000438343 This is five day old cloned human embryo- the blastocyst, five days after nuclear transfer took place -  which was created at the Centre for Life in the north England city of Newcastle by scientists Dr. Miodrag Stojkovic  and Prof. Alison Murdoch and announced by them Thursday, 19 May 2005. It is the first to be created in Britain and the first to be grown in the western world.  The team in Newcastle created three human clones, the most advanced being a three day old embryo the size of a full stop. The announcement came as a south Korean team also disclosed a significant cloning milestone.  EPA/RBM ONLINE Chinese team announces the first successful DNA editing intervention
epa06228363 (FILE) - British designer and engineer James Dyson peeks through a fan without blades in Hamburg, Germany, 25 March 2010 (reissued 26 September 2017). British inventor James Dyson of household goods company Dyson announced on 26 September 2017 it was planning to invest two billion British pound (approx 2.7bn USD) in the development of an electric car. Thge company is best known for vacuum cleaners and fans.  EPA-EFE/MAURIZIO GAMBARINI  GERMANY OUT Dyson: a maker of vacuum cleaners enters the electric cars market
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

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EU ‘net’ reaches 1m refugees in Turkey epa04597317 European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides (C), visits Syrian refugee communities living in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 31 January 2015. According to local sources Stylianides heard from a number of refugees in the al-Majdal camp near Hosh Al-Harimi about their difficulties including a need for schools, while a UN press release stated an additional ?37 million, part of a new package of ?136 million to help those affected by the crisis both within and without Syria, in humanitarian aid has been offered to Lebanon to assist the country which has been flooded with refugees fleeing the civil war.  EPA/LUCIE PARSAGHIAN

The European Union funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme, which was launched in September 2016, has now reached one

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