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Special European Council (Art. 50) at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium on Apr. 29, 2017. The special European Council (Article 50), in an EU27 format,adop t the guidelines for the Brexit negotiations. New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis Tusk warns over political crisis, asks for meeting with Polish President
Press conference by Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis and European Commission member in charge of Brexit negotiations with Britain, Michel Barnier at the European Commission in Brussels on Jul. 20, 2017 New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis Barnier – Davis ‘fundamental divergence’ on Brexit talks revealed
Google France battles for global enforcement of the “right to be forgotten” at the ECJ
epa05699416 Georgian pensioners perform during a talent show at the charity house 'Katharsis' in Tbilisi, Georgia, 05 January 2017. The contest takes place every year before Orthodox Christmas and gives a chance to elderly actors but also opera and pop singer to show off their talents.  EPA/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE Global Retirement Index: safe, safer and unsafe countries to retire in Europe
epa04637624 (FILE) A file photo dated 20 January 2011 shows a sign at the Morgan Stanley office in New York, New York, USA. The financial company Morgan Stanley on 25 February 2015 agreed to pay 2.6 US billion dollar to settle an investigation into its role in the 2008 financial crisis, becoming the latest firm to reach such a deal with the government. Over the past two years, Bank of America has agreed to a record settlement of 16.65 billion US dollar; Citigroup has made a seven-billion US dollar settlement; and JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay 13 billion US dollar.  EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT Morgan Stanley picks Frankfurt as temporary Brexit relocation solution
epa05997502 Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) and Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board, attends a hearing of the European Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) in Brussels, Belgium, 29 May 2017. Daghi attends the hearing to present and discuss the ECB's perspective on economic and monetary developments.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ All eyes on Mario Draghi as pressure mounts for paradigm shift in ECB policy
epaselect epa06076452 Migrants ride a boat after they were rescued by Libyan coastguard in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast, in Guarabouli, east Tripoli, Libya, 08 July 2017. According to local reports, Libyan coastguards with the help of fishermen have rescued 85 immigrants, including 20 women, who were attempting to reach Europe. A rescued migrant have reported some 20 others went missing in the sea during their failed attempt.  EPA/STRINGER  EPA/STRINGER Parliament checks Italy/EU-NATO cooperation, while HRW warns against new draft code for sea rescues
epa06096306 (FILE) - An exterior view of the Turkish embassy in Berlin, Germany, 02 January 2017. Media reports on 19 July 2017 state German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has interrupted his holidays following reports of Turkey arresting six human rights activists on 18 July 2017, including Idil Eser, the Amnesty International director for Turkey. German government at the same time has called Turkey's ambassador in for consultations on the issue.  EPA/CLEMENS BILAN Berlin mounts pressure on Turkey to release six human rights activists
5G declaration signing by Estonian minister Urve Palo in Tallinn, Estonia, 18 July 2017 5G network development on rails after EU-28 Tallinn declaration
epa06096955 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the Hungary-Israel Business Forum at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Budapest, Hungary, 19 July 2017. Netanyahu  is on a four-day official visit to Hungary in which he is also taking part in the Visegrad Group (V4) meeting.  EPA/Balazs Mohai HUNGARY OUT EU security: Netanyahu, Visegrad Group voice their concerns

EU National News

epa06023161 Former French presidential candidate for the far-left party 'La France Insoumise' (France Unbowed), Jean-Luc Melenchon getures during his speech after the first round of the French legislative elections in the 4th district of Marseille, France, 11 June 2017. First projections showed French President Macron's party 'Le Republique En Marche' (The Republic on the Move, LREM) emerging as the big winner as France holds the first round of parliamentary elections on 11 June 2017, just under two months after Macron took office as French President.  EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER French far-left leader Mélenchon under investigation for misuse of EU money
epa02074972 (FILE) A file handout photograph dated 13 October 2009 of first Airbus A380 of the French airline Air France in Toulouse, France. French airline Air France said 11 March 2010 it has filed a complaint with the European Commission against Ryanair over subsidies its Irish low-cost rival is allegedly receiving from French regional and local airports. According to the daily Le Figaro, Air France has calculated that Ryanair receives some 660 million euros (900 million dollars) in such subsidies in Europe each year, 35 million euros in France alone.  EPA/H GOUSSE / AIRBUS HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES *** Local Caption *** 00000401915245 Air France prepares for a low-cost Boost this autumn
03_British pensioners Britain rises age of retirement to 68
epa06095819 (FILE) - French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and Chief of the Defence Staff, French Army General Pierre de Villiers (R) arrive for the traditional military parade as part of the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, France, 14 July 2017 (reissued 19 July 2017).  Defense Staff French Army General Pierre de Villiers gave in his resignation to French President Emmanuel Macron on 19 July 2017.  EPA/JULIEN DE ROSA French armed forces chief quits after dispute with Macron
epa06093969 (FILE) -  Spanish UEFA President Angel Maria Villar attends the UEFA Best Player in Europe 2015/2016 award ceremony at Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 25 August 2016. Media reports state that Spanish Civil Guard officers arrested Angel Maria Villar in Madrid, Spain, 18 July 2017, as part of an anti-corruption operation ordered by Spanish Audiencia Nacional Court, according to investigation sources. Federation's Financial Deputy President, Juan Padron, and Villar's son Gorka Villar were arrested too. They are accused of misappropriation of funds and corruption.  EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER The head of Spanish Football for 29 years detained on corruption charges

World News

epa06073163 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) officially welcomes World Bank President Jim Yong Kim (L) to the opening day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, 07 July 2017. The G20 Summit (or G-20 or Group of Twenty) is an international forum for governments from 20 major economies. The summit is taking place in Hamburg from 07 to 08 July 2017.  EPA/IAN LANGSDON World Bank increases financing in 2017
epa04617691 Protestors wearing Guy Fawkes masks take part in a protest against the Turkish government's education policies, in Istanbul, Turkey, 13 February 2015. Hundreds of teachers and students boycotted schools in Turkey over policies relating to the Turkish education system.  EPA/SEDAT SUNA Critics say Turkey’s new school curriculum fails students
epa00671780 Feluccas (Egyptian Nile sailboats) manoeuvre between islands in the Nile River in the Upper Egypt city of Aswan in this file picture taken in April 2005. The Nile River is the longest river in the world and flows for 6,695 kilometers (4,160 miles) from Central Africa to the Mediterranean Sea. World Water Day (WWD) 2006 on 22 March will be guided by the theme 'Water and Culture' under the leadership of UNESCO.  EPA/MIKE NELSON WORLD WATER DAY PICTURE PACKAGE 82/88 Egypt faces water insecurity
epa06056597 US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin takes a question from a member of the news media after announcing actions by the US Treasury Secretary to punish a Chinese bank, a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese individuals in an attempt to obstruct efforts by North Korea to gain access to the international financial system, during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 29 June 2017.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS Washington imposes new sanctions on Iran
epa06094417 (FILE) - A file picture showing Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) holding a joint press conference with Igor Plotnitsky (not pictured), leader of self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic in Donetsk, Ukraine, 02 February 2015 (reissued 18 July 2017). Alexander Zakharchenko announced 18 July 2018, the creation of a new separatist entity entitled 'The state of Malorossiya'. According to Zakharchenko, the city of Kyiv should remain a historical and cultural center and the city of Donetsk should become the capital of 'Malorossiya'. More than 10,000 people died in fighting after Russian-backed rebels took control of parts of Ukraine in April 2014. A ceasefire deal was made in 2015, but the agreement was never fully implemented.  EPA/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO Controversial plan proposed by pro-Russian rebel leader in east Ukraine

Leaders' Perspectives




Values-based approaches are the gateway to legacies

By: Shanu Hinduja

The G20’s harmony without Trump

By: Jeffrey D. Sachs

Asia’s unhappy anniversary

By: Barry Eichengreen

Beware the ideas of May

By: Andy Carling

Permission-less innovation? Not in Europe!

By: Žiga Turk

Ban Heavy Fuel Oil in the Arctic

By: Ranulph Fiennes

The Macron Doctrine?

By: Zaki Laïdi

Death or democracy in Venezuela

By: Enrique ter Horst

East – West battle over workers’ pay

By: Martina Dlabajová

The ten commandments of Brexit negotiations

By: Mikuláš Dzurinda

Together we can further inspire young people to believe in their own innate creativity

By: Jeff Archambault

EU and BEREC celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution with increasing “nationalization” of the telecom industry.

By: John Strand

EU takes Poland to court over logging epa06065679 People take part in a demonstration organized by 'I love Bialowieza Forest' organization under the slogan 'UNESCO! Stop the cut of the Bialowieza Forest!' in front of the ICE Krakow Congress Centre, in Krakow, Poland, 04 July 2017, where the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee takes place. The protesters want to draw attention on the increased timber harvesting in the forest. The Bialowieza Forest is the only natural heritage site in Poland listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. At the next meeting of the UNESCO Committee in 2018, the Bialowieza Forest may be added on the list of World Heritage in Danger.  EPA/Stanislaw Rozpedzik POLAND OUT

To stop Poland from logging in one of Europe’s last remaining ancient forests, the European Commission will take the country

By Beata Stur


epa05669527 (FILE) A file picture dated 15 June 2012 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), Krasnodar region Governor Alexander Tkachev (C) and ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson (L) attend a ceremony of signing an agreement between Rosneft and ExxonMobil on joint development of hard-to-access reserves in western Siberia at the Tuapse Refinery in Tuapse, Krasnodar region, Russia. According to reports from 10 December 2016, Tillerson is tipped the top candidate for US Secretary of State as US President-elect Donald Trump continues to fill in key positions in his new administration.  EPA/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV / RIA NOVOSTI MANDATORY CREDIT Exxon says US Treasury fine for violating Russian sanctions ‘unfair’
epa05654689 (FILE) A file photograph showing pumps drawing oil from oil wells near Taft, California, USA, 18 May 2008. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided at it's 171st meeting in Vienna, Austria on 30 November 2016 that it will cut supplies for the first time in eght years. The cut of 1.2 million barrels a day will start from January 2017. the Conference decided to implement a new OPEC-14 production target of 32.5 million barrels a day, in order to accelerate the ongoing drawdown of the stock overhang and bring the oil market rebalancing forward.  EPA/SEAN MASTERSON Oil prices rise as EIA data show a drop in crude inventories
epa06028269 Turkish soldiers take part in a military search and rescue exercise with helicopters and ships near Magosa, Cyprus, 14 June 2017. The military exercise is part of a joint simulated search and rescue exercise operation by the Turkish Armed Forces and Turkish Cypriot Security Forces, called 'The Martyr Lieutenant Caner Gonyeli search and rescue exercise'.  EPA/TUMAY BERKIN With Turkey fuming, French Frigate patrols off Cyprus, energy drilling begins
epa06052548 German Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Barbara Hendricks attends a press conference in Berlin, Germany, 27 June 2017. Reports state that Party members spoke about the government work of the SPD, the balance sheet and outlook.  EPA/CARSTEN KOALL Why a conventional car ban would be bad for Germany
BP EU clears acquisition of Forties Pipeline System by INEOS
epa05832863 Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (L) is welcomed by European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini (R) ahead of a meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, 06 March 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU-Egypt strengthen cooperation on energy, transport, climate
epa04724978 A picture made available on 29 April 2015 shows the converter station 'SylWin alpha' of the Dutch electricity provider Tennet and wind turbines protrude from the North Sea in the offshore wind farm 'DanTysk' operated jointly by the Swedish energy company Vattenfall and the city of Munich, Germany, power utility, some 70 km West of the island of Sylt, Germany, 27 April 2015. On 30 April 2015 the wind farm at the German-Danish border will be officially brought into service.  EPA/CHRISTIAN†CHARISIUS EU concludes Dutch state guarantees on energy loans involve no aid
VP Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ,  and João Pedro Fernandes, Minister of Environment, , during visit to EFACEC Electric Mobility Oporto, 17 July 2017 In Portugal, Šefčovič pushes renewables, interconnections
epa05666393 The logo of the 'Rosneft' petroleum company on a petrol-station in Moscow, Russia, 08 December 2016. Media reports on 07 December 2016 citing sources from the Kremlin state that Russia has completed the privatization of 19,5 per cent of Rosneft.  EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY Rosneft wins the auction for Russia’s Erginskoye license area
epa05065502 Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Italian energy company 'Eni' attends the conference 'Focus On Infrastructure and Tecnology: Special Dialogue' within the 'Med Rome 2015 - Mediterranean Dialogues' conference in Rome, Italy, 11 December 2015. The two day conference is focusing issues facing the Mediterranean region.  EPA/ANGELO CARCONI New offshore well in Mexico boosts ENI’s resources

Internet & ICT

Google France battles for global enforcement of the “right to be forgotten” at the ECJ
5G declaration signing by Estonian minister Urve Palo in Tallinn, Estonia, 18 July 2017 5G network development on rails after EU-28 Tallinn declaration
epa04372343 Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, speaks to the media during a press conference about the marking the NETmundial Initiative launch, at the World Economic Forum headquarters in Cologny near Geneva, Switzerland, 28 August 2013. The "NETmundial Initiative for Internet Governance Cooperation and Development" aims to contribute to the broader international effort to advance multistakeholder Internet governance on the basis of the NETmundial principles articulated by an unprecedented multistakeholder conference.  EPA/MARTIAL TREZZINI (InCiSE) Index: UK and Estonia have the best civil service in Europe
9CC02B5C-74E3-4D6E-BD6D-FF459D5E100A_w974_n_s Three years on, damning report on Russia’s involvement in downing of MH17
h_53537289 Cybercriminals startle international community
jaeurope Tech and Eco Friendly companies dominate JA Europe ‘Company of the Year’ Competition
GI04 - 20001002 - LA JUNQUERA, CATALUNA, SPAIN : A truck driver walks near tens of trucks that blocked the Spanish side of the border with France in La Junquera, north-eastern Spain, Monday, 02 October 2000 during the first day of a three-day national strike with truck drivers demanding lower diesel fuel prices. EPA PHOTO EFE/ROBIN TOWNSEND France to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040
sddefault Presidency Gateway: Estonia’s digital gift to the EU
epa05624153 A protester carries a scythe during an european steel workers protest against China's dumping price in Brussels, Belgium, 09 November 2016. The demonstration of European Steel Association (EUROFER) and workers of steel industry has been organized following a severe downturn in the price of steel caused by a flood of imports into Europe from China.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Parliament approves anti-dumping new robust rules 
JA's challenge winners of 2017, the INTACT team Smart motorcycle helmet wins JA’s Start-up competition

From the NE Knowledge Network

EU urges Ukraine to step up fight against corruption epaselect epa06084579 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (C) is flanked by the European Council President Donald Tusk (L) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) during their joint press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, 13 July 2017. Tusk and Juncker are in Kiev to take part in the 19th EU-Ukraine summit from 12 to 13 July, focussing on the Ukraine EU association agreement, the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the reform process, the European Council said in its Meeting Calendar.  EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Corruption is undermining all efforts to rebuild Ukraine in line with European Union norms, according to European Commission President Jean-Claude

By Beata Stur

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