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epa06198634 A handout photo made available by Catalan National Assembly (ANC) shows thousands of people carrying giant Catalan Flag and a banner reading 'Referendum is Democracy' as they gather during the National Day of Catalonia (Diada) celebrations in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 11 September 2017. Large crowds are expected to hold rallies on Diada Day, related to a disputed regional independence referendum to be held in Catalonia in October.  EPA-EFE/ROSER VILALLONGA / CATALAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY / HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES EU on the wait on Catalonia: ‘We are respecting the Spanish constitutional order’
Interview Klimkin WEB Ukraine sees EU role in Russian gas transit, Donbass peacekeepers
epa03398134 A vendor covers shelves filled with hard alocohol at a shop in Prague, Czech Republic, 14 September 2012. The Czech government on 14 September banned the sale of hard alcohol in the wake of a series of deaths linked to such drinks. Health Minister Leos Heger made the announcement in a television broadcast. The ban would apply for the foreseeable future to all liquor with an alcohol content of more than 20 per cent. The announcement comes after at least 19 deaths linked to people who drank vodka or rum drinks spiked with methanol, which can cause illness in small quantities and blindness or death in larger doses.  EPA/FILIP SINGER EU health concerns threaten Czech rum
Commissioner for Regional and Urban Policy Corina Crețuarrive for the meeting with the Latvian Minister of Finance Dana Reizniece-Ozola in Riga, Latvia, September 21, 2017. EU fund invests in a gas pipeline in Poland
epa06215416 A handout image provided by Sinn Fein Press of the European Parliament's Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt (C) meeting Michelle O'Neill MLA and Senator Niall O Donnghaile at Stormont Parliament Buildings in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 20 September 2017.  EPA-EFE/anphoblacht  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES Why Ireland should not pay the price for Brexit
epa06108289 European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Pierre Moscovici speaks during a press conference in Athens, Greece, 25 July 2017. Moscovici, who came to Greece on a one-day-visit, sees a reasonable interest rate for the 5-year bond issued by the Greek government. The Commissioner focused on a series of positive developments such the conclusion of the programme review, the IMF decision which is a sign of confidence in Greece, and the European Commission's proposal to end the excessive deficit procedure for Greece.  EPA/SIMELA PANTZARTZI EU paves path towards fair taxation of the digital economy
epa05929539 British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) welcomes European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) to 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 26 April 2017. The two leaders held talks on Brexit.  EPA/ANDY RAIN The UK offers €20bn in exchange for “bespoke” transition and trade agreement
epa05586445 A man wearing a a 'Guy Fawkes' mask joins a demonstration against the CETA and TTIP trade agreements, in Warsaw, Poland, 15 October 2016. A coalition of organisations wants to stop the both controversial Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between USA and the EU.  EPA/JACEK TURCZYK POLAND OUT CETA comes into effect with Brexiteers attentively observing
DSC00264 Central Asia prepares for water-related conflicts
epa06001520 (FILE) - Smokes billow out of chimneys at a chemical plant in north China's Tianjin municipality, 23 December 2008 (reissued 31 May 2017). US media report on 31 May 2017 that US President Trump is set to withdraw the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement, citing senior officials.  EPA/RYAN TONG EU, China to cooperate on water policy, climate change

EU National News

epaselect epa06224431 German Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) smiles at the CDU election event in Berlin, Germany, 24 September 2017. According to federal election commissioner more than 61 million people were eligible to vote in the elections for a new federal parliament, the Bundestag, in Germany.  EPA-EFE/OLIVER LANG Merkel wins but Germany moves further to the right
epa06218108 Protesters attend a demonstration held at the Justice Palace in Barcelona against the police operation against the referendum for independence in Barcelona, Spain, 21 September 2017. Up to 14 people were detained and approximately 10 million ballot papers were seized during police search the previous day in order to avoid the celebration of the referendum for independence planned by the Catalonian regional Government for 01 October, that was declared illegal and unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court of Spain.  EPA-EFE/ANDREU DALMAU Catalan independence bid undermined by Spanish crackdown
epa05067285 French Front-National (FN) far right party vice-president top candidate for the December regional elections in the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region, Florian Philippot, steps out of a polling booth after voting during the second round of the regional election in the Nord-Est region, in Forbach, eastern France, 13 December 2015.  EPA/MATHIEU CUGNOT Florian Philippot: Front National gets rid of Mr. Policy
epa05674090 Renovation works on cranes in Szczecin, Poland, 13 December 2016. Three vintage cranes that have worked in the port of Szczecin for seven decades will regain its former luster and color. The renovation, which should be completed early next year, is to restore the former glory of cranes. The Mega company will dismantle moving parts of the cranes, purify them and give under maintenance. Rotary elements will be cleaned manually and all the structures will be protected and painted. The cranes are going to be painted with similar colors to the oldest layers of paint.  EPA/Marcin Bielecki POLAND OUT Why Polish firms brace for profit losses
epa05902824 A poor man is waiting in a row for the soup kitchen to open at a Franciscan Order in Berlin, Germany, 11 April 2017.  EPA/CLEMENS BILAN Why child rights should be included in Germany’s constitution

World News

epa06218147 Sigmar Gabriel, Vice-Chancellor of Germany, speaks during the General Debate of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 21 September 2017. The annual gathering of world leaders formally opened on 19 September 2017, with the theme, 'Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.'  EPA-EFE/ANDREW GOMBERT Germany will strive to save Iran nuclear deal
epa05395359 (FILE) A file pihotograph dated 28 April 2010 shows a view of the offices of Standard & Poor's in New York, USA. Reports on 28 June 2016 state Standard & Poor's cut the British AAA credit rating following the country's EU referendum vote. The rating agency downgraded the country' rating by two, from AAA to AA.  EPA/JUSTIN LANE S&P downgrades China
epa06213982 Iraqi Kurds take part in a rally to support independence referendum in Kirkuk city, northern Iraq, 19 September 2017. The Kurdistan Region has scheduled an independence referendum for 25 September to allow people in the region to determine their future, either remain as part of Iraq or declare independence. Kurdish-led provincial council of Kirkuk recently voted to include it in the planned referendum despite the fact it lies outside the official boundaries of the Kurdistan region. However, the Iraqi supreme court on 18 September ordered the suspension of the referendum.  EPA-EFE/STR Turkey warns of global conflict if Iraq or Syria break up
epa05001595 (FILE) A file photo dated 21 May 2015 showing the reflection of the Deutsche Bank logo contorted in a glass facade in Frankfurt, Germany. Deutsche Bank, Germany's largest bank, said 29 October 2015 that it will cut about 9,000 jobs, four days after it announced a restructuring. The reorganization of the bank's leadership was announced Sunday by chief executive John Cryan, who said the aim was 'to create a bank that's better-controlled, more cost-efficient and more strongly focused.' The bank has been dogged by a host of problems in recent months, ranging from shake-ups in management to major anticipated losses. It also was fined 2.5 billion dollars in April for its role in manipulating the benchmark Libor interest rate, which banks charge one another for loans. Deutsche Bank is also preparing to sell its Postbank subsidiary, which will mean a loss of a further 15,000 positions.  EPA/FRANK RUMPENHORST Deutsche Bank’s CEO refuses to comment on the Trump investigation
epa06209627 (FILE) - A Hamas security guards is silhouetted while standing guard near the border between Egypt and Gaza Strip in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 17 August 2017 (reissued 17 September 2017). Palestinian Islamist Hamas group said on 17 September 2017 it has dissolved its administration that runs Gaza and agrees to hold general elections in order to end a long-running feud with President Mahmoud Abbas?s Fatah movement.  EPA-EFE/HASSAN ALI Hamas ready to hand Gaza to a Palestinian unity government

Leaders' Perspectives




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epa05961787 A man uses his laptop computer in Taipei, Taiwan, 13 May 2017. According to news reports, a 'Ransomware' cyber attack has hit computers in 99 countries with the attacker demanding 300 US dollars in Bitcoin to decrypt the files. This is the second such attack to hit Taiwan since February but the largest ever worldwide. When it hit Taiwan and a few other countries in February, computer security experts called it Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.  EPA/DAVID CHANG

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New measures to scale up EU cybersecurity epa06213412 European Commissioner for Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip give a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, 19 September 2017. The EU Commission unveiled a package of responses to cyber-attacks and proposals for a framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the EU, following the 13 September's State of the Union speech by Commission President Juncker.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET

A new set of wide-ranging measures to build strong cybersecurity in the European Union is on the table. The European

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Interview Klimkin WEB Ukraine sees EU role in Russian gas transit, Donbass peacekeepers
Commissioner for Regional and Urban Policy Corina Crețuarrive for the meeting with the Latvian Minister of Finance Dana Reizniece-Ozola in Riga, Latvia, September 21, 2017. EU fund invests in a gas pipeline in Poland
DSC00264 Central Asia prepares for water-related conflicts
epa06001520 (FILE) - Smokes billow out of chimneys at a chemical plant in north China's Tianjin municipality, 23 December 2008 (reissued 31 May 2017). US media report on 31 May 2017 that US President Trump is set to withdraw the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement, citing senior officials.  EPA/RYAN TONG EU, China to cooperate on water policy, climate change
epa06215184 A handout photo made available by the EU2017EE Estonian Presidency during family photo at Informal meeting of Energy and Transport Ministers in Tallinn, Estonia, 20 September 2017.  EPA-EFE/ANNIKA HAAS / ESTONIA PRESIDENCY / HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES In Tallinn, EU energy, transport ministers discuss climate goals
epa04310875 (FILE) A file picture dated 19 June 2014, shows Bay Hassan oil refinery near Biji city, northern Iraq. Kurdish security forces have taken control of an oilfield in a disputed region of northern Iraq, the state-run company that operates the field reported on 11 July 2014. The grab would signal another increase in tensions between the autonomous Kurdish region and the central government, which is already struggling to hold control of its territory amid gains by an Islamist militant group in the east. Forces from the Peshmerga, Kurdistan's official troops, overran the Bay Hassan oilfield in the disputed town of Kirkuk, seizing all its facilities, sources at the state-run Northern Oil Company said.  EPA/STR Russia’s Rosneft develops projects in Iraqi Kurdistan
epa01368809 Some trees surround buildings down town Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 03 June 2008. World Environment Day organized by United Nations will be held tomorrow 05 June all over the world and has as slogan ''Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy' and tries to make aware mankind on caring natural resources. The UN is asking countries, companies and communities to focus on greenhouse gas emissions and how to reduce them. The World Environment Day will highlight resources and initiatives that promote low carbon economies and life-styles, such as improved energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, forest conservation and eco-friendly consumption.  EPA/SEBASTIAO MOREIRA EU facilitates investments in energy efficiency for public buildings
epa06001510 European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc speaks during during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 31 May 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU Commission promotes sustainable urban mobility
epa06159287 A view of the Kronospan Lampertswalde plant in Quersa, Saxony, Germany 18 August 2017. Kronospan manufactures distributes wood-based panels manufacturer of wood-based panels around the world.  EPA-EFE/FILIP SINGER EU presents smart, innovative, sustainable industry strategy
epa05793403 A view of gas pipes at the Dashava gas storage near western Ukrainian town of Stryi, 14 February 2017. The Board of Directors of Russian Gazprom company on 09 February approved the acquisition of additional shares in Nord Stream 2 worth EUR 1.425 billion, according to the company report. Nord Stream 2 AG is a company established for the planning, construction and further use of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline running from the Russian coast to Germany via the Baltic Sea bypassing Ukraine.  EPA/PAVLO PALAMARCHUK In Kiev, Šefcovic to push for Ukraine’s energy reforms

Internet & ICT

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
03_Panopticon Privacy International: 21 EU member states violate the e-privacy directive
epa06187840 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (C) speaks to troops during a visit to Estonian Defence Forces 1st Infantry Brigade and NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group located in Tapa, Estonia, 06 September 2017. Stoltenberg met with Rataas for a visit to troops contributing to NATO's enhanced Forward Presence before he continues his trip the next day to participate at the informal meeting of the EU Defense Ministers.  EPA-EFE/Valda Kalnina NATO chief says all states must apply sanctions to North Korea 
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 Finland reviews medical records protocols to ensure compliance with EU privacy laws
epa06123124 President of the the European Council Donald Tusk speaks to journalists on leaving the National Public Prosecutor's Office after having been questioned for eight hours over the 2010 presidential plane crash near Smolensk, in Warsaw, Poland, 03 August 2017.  EPA/TOMASZ GZELL POLAND OUT Tusk says EU ready to increase sanctions against North Korea
epa05923430 Journalist during a press tour in front of the stand of the Kuka company at the Hannover Messe 2017 industrial trade fair in Hanover, northern Germany, 23 April 2017. The Hannover Messe (Hanover Fair) is the world's biggest industrial fair. The exhibition runs from 24 to 28 April 2017.  EPA/CARSTEN KOALL Germany, France, and Italy want national veto over Chinese corporate takeovers
epa03676550 (FILE) A file picture dated 02 March 2007 showing the factories of German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer in Leverkusen, Germany.  Shares in German healthcare and pharmaceuticals group Bayer slumped on 25 April 2013, despite confirming its business outlook for the year. Bayer, which is based in the city of Leverkusen, said first-quarter net profit rose 12 per cent to 1.16 billion euros (1.52 billion dollars) on the back of a 2.1-per-cent gain in sales. First-quarter adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) edged 0.4 percent higher to 2.45 billion euros. The results fell short of analysts' expectations. Bayer shares were down 0.9 per cent at 79.90 euros in morning trading in Frankfurt.  EPA/OLIVER BERG European Commission freezes Bayer’s merger with Monsanto
epa03824697 'Robo Sally' (C), a robot developed by the Applied Physics Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University with funding from the US Department of Defense, is operated by Robotics and Controls Engineer Mike Kutzer (back L), during the Unmanned Systems 2013 exhibition and symposium held by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, USA, 14 August 2013. The exhibition features state of the art unmanned vehicles, including aerial vehicles for civil and military use.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS Elon Musk leads campaign against robotic arms race

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Qatar seeks to dominate UN General Assembly epa05422294 A general view shows the General Assembly Hall as candidates for the post of United Nations Secretary-General (back) attend a Global town hall meeting at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 12 July 2016. The event, entitled 'Leading the United Nations: A Global Townhall with UN Secretary-General Candidates,' saw UN secretary-general candidates debating and explaining their vision of the future of the organization.  EPA/PETER FOLEY

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