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epa03427764 Visitors look at at a selection of fruit at the Harvest Festival Show in London, Britain 10 October 2012. Growers from across the UK come together Horticultural Halls in Westminster to exhibit their seasonable produce in the annual fruit and vegetable competition.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA No more EU fruit pickers for the UK
I15 - 20011218 - ROME, ITALY : The back side of the Italian version of Euro coins displayed on Tuesday, 18 December 2001, in Rome, showing: (Top, L-R) the Castel del Monte in Andria (Bari) (1 cent), the Mole Antonelliana in Turin (2 cents), the Colosseum in Rome (5 cents), the Venus by Sandro Botticelli (10 cents), (Bottom, L-R) the "man in movement" by Umberto Boccioni (20 cent), the Marco Aurelio statue at Campidoglio square in Rome (50 cents), the "uomo vitruviano" by Leonardo da Vinci, (1 euro), and Dante Alighieri's portrait (2 euro). EPA PHOTO ANSA/STF/TO/mr Italians want to keep the Euro, leave the EU
epa000516078 Heiner Flassbeck, Officer-in-Charge, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) speaks about the Launch of the Trade and Development Report 2005, at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, 01 September 1, 2005.  EPA/MARTIAL TREZZINI Europe must borrow more
epa07087875 European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Guenther Oettinger speaks at a press briefing on the EU budget for the future, on the side of a international conference in Brussels, Belgium, 12 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET The European Commission to reject Italian budget
epa07099803 (FILE) - Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias looks on before the meeting with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic (not pictured)  in Belgrade, Serbia, 11 April 2018 (reissued 17 October 2018). According to reports, Kotzias has resigned from his post as Greek Foreign Minister.  EPA-EFE/ANDREJ CUKIC Greek Foreign Minister Kotzias resigns after tussle with Defence Minister
Jean-Claude Juncker, Bill Gates, Carlos Moedas EU and Bill Gates launch clean energy fund to tackle climate change
epa07083051 British Prime Minister, Theresa May leaves Downing street, to attend Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in the Houses of Parliament, central  London, Britain, 10 October 2018. Media reports state that Theresa May will face British Members of Parliament for the first time since returning from Salzburg where the EU rejected her Brexit plans.  EPA-EFE/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA EU leaders continue to pressure on UK deal amid rumours of earlier Brexit summit
epa06835956 Euroepan Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) welcomes Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte (R) for an informal meeting on migration and asylum issues in Brussels, Belgium, 24 June 2018. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hosts the gathering ahead of a full summit of all 28 European Union leaders to overhaul the EU asylum system on June 28.  EPA-EFE/YVES HERMAN / POOL Juncker strikes conciliatory tone amid budget tensions with Italy
twins-45-chose-euthanasia-over-going-blind IMG Netherlands and Spain reflect on euthanasia
epa05882306 (FILE) - A file photograph showing the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, 10 July 2004. The Government of Gibraltar stated on 01 April 2017 that Gibraltar notes the reference to Gibraltar in the draft Guidelines published by the European Council 0n 31 March 2017. The exit negotiations clearly include Gibraltar despite Spain?s attempts to also have Gibraltar excluded from them. Gibraltar has shamefully been singled out, however, for unfavourable treatment by the Council, at the behest of Spain, in these draft guidelines in respect of the second agreement on the future between the UK and the EU.  EPA/ANDRES CARRASCO RAGEL Gibraltar does not stand on the way of a Brexit deal

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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


EU National News

epa01475638 The picture shows the logo of Telekom Slovenija, a state-controlled Slovenian telecommunications firm, that has agreed to buy a cable TV operator in the Serb-dominated part of Bosnian-Herzegovina for 1.3 million euros (1.9 million dollars), the company said on 02 September 2008.  EPA/ANTONIO BAT EBRD calls on Slovenia to step up privatisation
epa06112177 Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven during a press conference at the Rosenbad, the Swedish government headquarters, in Stockholm, Sweden, 27 July 2017. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced removal of two goverment ministers, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman and Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson, in response to no-confidence motion by the opposition Alliance coalition.  EPA/ERIK SIMANDER / TT SWEDEN OUT Sweden moves towards German style left-right coalition
epa07068499 Portugal's Defense Minister Jose Alberto de Azeredo Lopes speaks to the media on the second day of the Nato Defense Ministers Council meeting at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 04 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Portuguese defence minister resigns over weapons theft scandal
epa07093970 German Minister of Interior, Construction and Homeland and Christian Social Union (CSU) party chairman, Horst Seehofer (R) arrives for a CSU board meeting on the day after the Bavaria state elections, in Munich, Germany, 15 October 2018. The CSU lost significant in the 14 October regional elections in Bavaria and gained - according to the provisional official result - a 37,2 percent of the votes but remains the strongest faction in the new Bavarian parliament.  EPA-EFE/PHILIPP GUELLAND Bavarian elections change the German political landscape
epa07084949 Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez (L), shakes hands with the leader of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, during the signing ceremony of an agreement for the 2019 Budget Law at the Palace of la Moncloa in Madrid, Spain, 11 October 2018. Sanchez's Government needs the support of Podemos, the Catalan pro-independence parties and the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) in order to succeed in the approval of the 2019 General Budget in the Parliament, a needed step to avoid a political blockade that could force the Government to call for early elections.  EPA-EFE/Zipi Spanish minority government to introduce the biggest minimum wage rise in 40 years

World News

Figure 1 Sustainable portfolio steering
epa07099375 Journalists work in front of the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul, Turkey, 17 October 2018. According to local media reports, al-Otaibi has left Turkey on 16 October. A Turkish prosecutor on 15 October has entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to investigate the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an inspection that was being carried out jointly with a Saudi team. Khashoggi went missing on 02 October when he entered the Saudi consulate to pick up paperwork.  EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN US, Saudi tension over Khashoggi disappearance makes oil market nervous
epa06995602 Delegates attend the 2018 Beijing Summit of The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation - Round Table Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 04 September 2018.  EPA-EFE/LINTAO ZHANG / POOL Trump establishes US International Development Finance Corporation
компрессорная станция в степи Kazakhstan’s KazTransGas doubles gas exports to China
epa07087347 US pastor Andrew Brunson (C) enters the Aliaga Prison Court in a police car in Izmir, Turkey, 12 October 2018. Brunson's trial is held at Aliaga Prison Court on 12 October after he has been in custody for two years under terror and espionage charges. The US has announced on 01 August 2018 that it will impose sanctions on Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit and Turkish Minister of the Interior Suleyman Soylu over the arrest and detention of US pastor Andrew Brunson.  EPA-EFE/TAYLAN YILDIRIM Turkey releases Andrew Brunson from custody

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

What would an ideal school look like? A lesson from Azerbaijan

By: Graeme Pollock

Behind the Curtain

By: Dr. Mohammad Zahoor

Is Pensioner Populism Here to Stay?

By: Edoardo Campanella

How EU Amazon Antitrust Probe Spotlights Amazon as an Unlevel Playing Field

By: Scott Cleland

Rule of law in Romania- a Dialogue in the Void

By: Laurenţiu Rebega

Brexit and the European Order

By: Joschka Fischer

Drain the EU Swamp

By: Guy Verhofstadt

Ride hailing apps make a push for dominance in Latin America

By: Leonardo González Dellán

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

THE ENLARGEMENT MONITOR

epa06680458 Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (R) talk with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (L) after press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, 19 April 2018. Mogherini arrived in Belgrade in one day visit.  EPA-EFE/KOCA SULEJMANOVIC Getting to an Agreement between Serbia and Kosovo
epa07081543 US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (R) meets with Greek Minister of Defense Panagiotis 'Panos' Kammenos (L) at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 09 October 2018. The pair were expected to discusses continued military cooperation between Greece and the United States.  EPA-EFE/ERIK S. LESSER Name Dispute: Questions raised over Greek commitment to Prespes Agreement
epa06875747 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko (L) with European Union Council President Donald Tusk (C) and European commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) during a news conference at the end of  EU Ukraine Summit in Brussels, Belgium, 09 July 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Will Europe be fooled by Ukrainian government once again?
epa05908244 Albanian special police forces patrol in front of the Saint Paul Cathedral in Tirana, Albania, 14 April 2017. High security measures are taken after terroristic threat in Catholic and Orthodox churches prior to the Eastern day.  EPA/MALTON DIBRA EU signs border management agreement with Albania
epa07060358 Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev holds a press conference after the results in the Macedonian referendum to solve the name issue with Greece following the Prespa agreement, in Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 30 September 2018. The latest information from the State Election Commission suggests that about 36 percent from almost two million citizens of Macedonia came out to vote, and more than 500.000 citizens (91.2%) voted 'for' while over 30.000 (5.8%) citizens voted 'against', which prompted Zaev to declare it a success despite the low turnout of voters.  EPA-EFE/NAKE BATEV Name Dispute: Taking stock in Skopje after the disappointing referendum
epa07059851 The opponents of the referendum celebrate the small response of the voters on the referendum on the country's name change in front of the Parliament building in Skopje , The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 30 September 2018. The latest information from the State Election Commission suggests that about 35 percent (623,000) from Almost two million citizens of Macedonia came out to vote, while a successful referendum required 50 percent of votes plus one.  EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ Name Dispute: Referendum results wound two Balkan leaders
epa000516078 Heiner Flassbeck, Officer-in-Charge, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) speaks about the Launch of the Trade and Development Report 2005, at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, 01 September 1, 2005.  EPA/MARTIAL TREZZINI Europe must borrow more
epa07087875 European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Guenther Oettinger speaks at a press briefing on the EU budget for the future, on the side of a international conference in Brussels, Belgium, 12 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET The European Commission to reject Italian budget
epa07099803 (FILE) - Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias looks on before the meeting with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic (not pictured)  in Belgrade, Serbia, 11 April 2018 (reissued 17 October 2018). According to reports, Kotzias has resigned from his post as Greek Foreign Minister.  EPA-EFE/ANDREJ CUKIC Greek Foreign Minister Kotzias resigns after tussle with Defence Minister
epa07092518 Ukrainians pray on a square near the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, 14 October 2018. Ukrainians gathered to participate in massive thanksgiving prayer for granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church. The Ecumenical Patriarchate continues the procedure of granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, as stated in the decision made at the meeting of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on 11 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/STEPAN FRANKO Ukraine is Europe

Greek Foreign Minister Kotzias resigns after tussle with Defence Minister epa07099803 (FILE) - Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias looks on before the meeting with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic (not pictured)  in Belgrade, Serbia, 11 April 2018 (reissued 17 October 2018). According to reports, Kotzias has resigned from his post as Greek Foreign Minister.  EPA-EFE/ANDREJ CUKIC

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias submitted his resignation which was accepted Wednesday by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after several days

By Alec Mally Director for Global Economic Affairs at IPEDIS

Energy

Figure 1 Sustainable portfolio steering
Jean-Claude Juncker, Bill Gates, Carlos Moedas EU and Bill Gates launch clean energy fund to tackle climate change
epa07099375 Journalists work in front of the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul, Turkey, 17 October 2018. According to local media reports, al-Otaibi has left Turkey on 16 October. A Turkish prosecutor on 15 October has entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to investigate the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an inspection that was being carried out jointly with a Saudi team. Khashoggi went missing on 02 October when he entered the Saudi consulate to pick up paperwork.  EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN US, Saudi tension over Khashoggi disappearance makes oil market nervous
epa06995602 Delegates attend the 2018 Beijing Summit of The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation - Round Table Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 04 September 2018.  EPA-EFE/LINTAO ZHANG / POOL Trump establishes US International Development Finance Corporation
collage Kazakh assets in Georgia sold to offshore company
компрессорная станция в степи Kazakhstan’s KazTransGas doubles gas exports to China
p20 Global Energy Interconnection
p1 EU energy at the helm
epa07083408 Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (C), Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades (R) and  Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi(L) speaks during a press conference at the 6th Greece-Cyprus-Egypt Summit, in Elounda, Crete, Greece 10 October  2018. The Summit highlights the high level of cooperation of Greece, Cyprus and Egypt and the enhanced role that their tripartite and multilateral initiatives have gained in promoting regional stability, security and development in a particularly critical period for the region.According to government sources, regional development, energy security, regional stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, economic cooperation, as well as the tripartite cooperation on economic, digital and environmental sectors will dominate the contacts of the leaders while agreements and memoranda of cooperation will be signed.  EPA-EFE/NIKOS CHALKIADAKIS Greece, Egypt and the EU support Cyprus’ right to explore for hydrocarbons
epa07080126 German State Secretary for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth (L) and Spanish Ecological Transition Minister Teresa Ribera (R) at the start of the Environment Council meeting in Luxembourg, 09 October 2018. The Environment Council will focus on CO2 emission standards, climate change and biodiversity.  EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND EU Council adopts conclusions on climate change

Internet & ICT

epa07060358 Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev holds a press conference after the results in the Macedonian referendum to solve the name issue with Greece following the Prespa agreement, in Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 30 September 2018. The latest information from the State Election Commission suggests that about 36 percent from almost two million citizens of Macedonia came out to vote, and more than 500.000 citizens (91.2%) voted 'for' while over 30.000 (5.8%) citizens voted 'against', which prompted Zaev to declare it a success despite the low turnout of voters.  EPA-EFE/NAKE BATEV Name Dispute: Taking stock in Skopje after the disappointing referendum
epa07049635 Macedonians hold banners reading 'Yes for European Macedonia' during a rally supporting the upcoming referendum to endorse a name deal to end a long running dispute between Macedonia and Greece, in city of Prilep, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 26 September 2018. The referendum is scheduled for 30 September 2018.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Zero hour for Name Dispute
epa05017729 Greenpeace activists on the gate of the  Volkswagen (VW) plant  in Wolfsburg stage a protest using the company logo as part of their slogan: 'CO 2' The problem', in Wolfsburg, Germany, 09 November 2015. Media reports state that the latest emissions scandal at Volkswagen is based on information provided by a VW engineer. The employee of the automaker's research and development department at the company headquarters in Wolfsburg reportedly informed his supervisors about the deception involving carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at the end of October.  EPA/PETER STEFFEN How will Central and Eastern Europe respond to a far more impactful (mobility) transition?
epa06427878 A DJI drone hovers while people watch on opening day at the 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 09 January 2018. The annual CES which takes place from 9-12 January is a place where industry manufacturers, advertisers and tech-minded consumers converge to get a taste of new innovations coming to the market each year.  EPA-EFE/LARRY W. SMITH DJI launches drone training hub in the Netherlands
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”

From the NE Knowledge Network



EU continues to prepare for ‘no-deal’ on Brexit epa05853857 (FILE) - A file picture dated 26 January 2016 shows a British Union flag flutters next to European Union (EU) flags ahead avisits of then British Prime Minister Cameron at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Britain is the first-ever country to leave the EU after a narrow majority voted to leave in a UK-wide referendum held on 23 June 2016. The 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome is marked on 25 March 2017. The treaty was signed on 25 March 1957 at Campidoglio Palace in Rome by Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany to form the European Economic Community (ECC). It continues to be one of the most important ones in the history of the European Union (EU).  EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE

The EU is continuing to prepare for the increasingly likely prospect that Brussels will not be able to work out

By Irene Kostaki Journalist, New Europe

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