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Second day of the European Union leaders summit at the European Council on Dec. 15, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.
New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis EU set to achieve migration breakthrough vote by June
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras along with EU COmmission president Jean-Claude Juncker, European COuncil president Donald Tusk and the Luxembourgish prime minister Xavier Bettel head to the European Council meeting's family photo in Brussels, Belgium, 14 December 2017.
New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis EU’s Brexit unity at risk amid Migration dispute
epaselect epa06390000 French President Emmanuel Macron (2-L) German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (4-L) during a family picture of 24 heads of state  members of Defense Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) on the side of  during  European Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 14 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/OLIVIER HOSLET EU leaders extend Russia sanctions for six more months, congratulate May on Brexit progress
epa06388658 A woman stands in the rain near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, 11 December 2017 (issued 14 December 2017). More than 646,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh, following the Myanmar army's August crackdown on Rohingya rebels in the state of Rakhine.  EPA-EFE/TRACEY NEARMY  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT EU parliament against persecution of Rohingya
epa05642684 Iraqi soldiers display confiscated weapons and ammunition and truck bomb that were confiscated from Islamic state group, southeast of Mosul, Iraq, 22 November 2016. The Iraqi forces took full control over the neighborhoods of Intisar, Jadidat mufti, Salam, Younis Sabawi, and Palestine, while they continue clearing roads and buildings in those areas from bombs, an Iraqi officer said. At least 62 thousands people were forced to flee from Mosul, after tens of thousands of Iraqi forces launched a huge offensive on Mosul on 17 October to recapture the city from the control of Islamic state group that occupied it since July 2014.  EPA/AHMED JALIL Islamic State’s guns made in EU
epaselect epa06341345 A child hugs a stuffed toy during a demonstration organized by the Aldeas Infantiles SOS Colombia against child sexual assault, in Bolivar Square in Bogota, Colombia, 20 November 2017.  EPA-EFE/MAURICIO OSORIO MEPs call for more cooperation to fight child abuse
epa05879071 Joseph Daul, EPP President speaks during the EPP Summit, in Saint Julians, Malta, 30 March 2017. The Maltese Nationalist Party (PN) is hosting the center-right pro-European political party European People's Party (EPP) congress and summit in Malta from 29 to 30 March. The congress and summit will discuss topics such as migration, terrorism, war and unrest in the Middle East, the relations with Russia and the general impact on economy and societies arising from the globalization.  EPA/DOMENIC AQUILINA EPP Summit: UK must deliver on its commitments
epa00550721 (FILES) A file photograph showing View on a so-called toll bridge at the autoahn A9 near Bad Klosterlausnitz, Germany, 07 January 2005. The Ministers of Transport of the Federal States deal with the toll for trucks in Rostock-Warnemuende, Germany, Wednesday 12 October 2005. Allegedly they discuss a toll for trucks on federal roads as well as an extension of the tolling on all cars including private cars.  EPA/JANS PETER KASPER Dutch join fight against German road tolls
SAR04-19970205-SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA   German and French soldiers from the Franco-German brigade of the NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR) talk together 05 February 1997 at the Rajlovac barracks, near Sarajevo.   
EPA-PHOTO/EPA/FHIM DEMIR/fd/ao/ow EU leaders to set the basis for a European army
epa06213976 A girl plays among copper figures as part of the refugee ship artwork called 'Arrive well with guaranty' by Danish artist Jens Galschiot on display near the river Elbe in Dresden, Germany, 19 September 2017. In the former refugee boat 'Al-hadj Djumaa' 80 copper sculptures representing refugees draw a parallel to the Mediterranean's refugees reminding of human responsibility.  EPA-EFE/FILIP SINGER EU survey reports appalling living conditions for migrants

EU National News

epa05703853 A girl carries a snowman at the Moria refugees camp on the island of Lesbos, after snowfalls, on 07 January 2017. A cold wave across Greece causing temperatures to drop drastically brought snow fall to many cities of Greece.  EPA/STRATIS BALASKAS HRW calls on Greece to defend women refugees, denounces “dire conditions” 
epa04874352 Bank of England Governor Mark Carney speaks to the press during a press conference at the Bank of England in London, Britain, 06 August 2015. Carney delivered the banks Inflation report on 06 August.  EPA/ANDY RAIN Bank of England challenges monetary orthodoxy
epa05882943 Jayda Fransen (C), deputy leader of 'Britain First', during a demonstration held by the group in central London, Britain, 01 April 2017. The group were joined by a separate demonstration from the 'English Defence League' group during a march to Westminster following the recent terror attack on Westminster Bridge and Parliament.  EPA/WILL OLIVER Far-right Britain First leadership arrested in Belfast
Energean web Greece’s Energean gets 5 offshore exploration licences near Israel
epa06124467 (FILE) - A worker poses on request of press photographers next to a turbine at the Siemens Gas Turbine Plant in Berlin, Germany, 02 March 2017 (reissued 04 August 2017). The European Union (EU on 04 August 2017 imposed sanctions on Russian nationals and companies for diverting gas turbines bought from Siemens to the Crimea region. According to the EU, this move woiuld support Crimea's seperation from Ukraine.  EPA/CLEMENS BILAN Siemens loses in Russian court its claim to Crimea turbines

World News

epa06383340 Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi (back, R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (back, L) look on as Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker (R), and Director General of Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, Alexey Likhachev (L), sign an agreement on Egypt's nuclear power plant, in Cairo, Egypt, 11 December 2017. Putin arrived in Cairo to discuss with his Egyptian counterpart regional and bilateral issues, including the construction of a nuclear power plant and the resumption of Russian flights to Egypt  EPA-EFE/KHALED ELFIQI Putin, Sisi ink deal to proceed with El Dabaa NPP construction
скс-3 с дрона copy Kazakhstan to export 2-2.5 bcm of Kazakh gas to China this winter
epa06170774 A visitor holds a Bitcoin (virtual currency) souvenir coin, during a webinar by Russian businessman, Orthodox activist and founder the Crypto exchange CryptoSterlingClub Alisa, German Sterligov at the main office of CryptoSterlingClub Alisa in Moscow, Russia, 29 August 2017. According to media reports, Russian Finance Ministry stated that cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are a high risky 'financial pyramid' and trading should be limited to only 'qualified investors'. The CryptoSterlingClub Alisa was opened on 24 August 2017.  EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV Cryptocurrencies: Litecoin price skyrockets, Ethereum follows after Bitcoin futures premiere
epa03511451 Saudi Arabia film director Haifaa Al-Mansour (R) receives from Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the award of best film at Muhr Arab feature for her movie 'Wadjda' during the award ceremony at the closing night of the 9th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 2012 in Gulf emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 16 December 2012.  EPA/ALI HAIDER Saudi Arabia opens cinemas following a 35-year ban
Kazatomprom-Cameco-WEB Kazatomprom increases its share in the Inkai Joint Venture

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

A dark year in the fight against corruption

By: Marin Mrcela

Understanding the North Korea threat

By: Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

The populist tail wagging the German dog

By: Slawomir Sierakowski

Europe’s crisis starts at home

By: Mark Leonard

Maltese finch-trappers under attack

By: Juan Bautista Torregrosa Soler

European businesses should champion rule of law in Turkey

By: Philippe Dam

The global economy in 2018

By: Michael Spence

A new Grand Coalition for Germany – and Europe

By: Jeffrey D. Sachs

The segregation of Hungarian Roma children must end

By: Nadir Redzepi

Preparing for the Trump trade wars

By: Bill Emmott

Inconvenient truths about migration

By: Robert Skidelsky

A silver lining for a hard Brexit

By: Jacek Rostowski


EU leaders to set the basis for a European army SAR04-19970205-SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA   German and French soldiers from the Franco-German brigade of the NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR) talk together 05 February 1997 at the Rajlovac barracks, near Sarajevo.   
EPA-PHOTO/EPA/FHIM DEMIR/fd/ao/ow

European Union leaders will today set the basis for a European army, by signing a pact between 25 EU governments

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

Energy

Gazprom Potential European market rivals, Russia’s Gazprom, Iran’s NIOC sign gas cooperation deals
epa06383340 Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi (back, R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (back, L) look on as Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker (R), and Director General of Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, Alexey Likhachev (L), sign an agreement on Egypt's nuclear power plant, in Cairo, Egypt, 11 December 2017. Putin arrived in Cairo to discuss with his Egyptian counterpart regional and bilateral issues, including the construction of a nuclear power plant and the resumption of Russian flights to Egypt  EPA-EFE/KHALED ELFIQI Putin, Sisi ink deal to proceed with El Dabaa NPP construction
скс-3 с дрона copy Kazakhstan to export 2-2.5 bcm of Kazakh gas to China this winter
Energean web Greece’s Energean gets 5 offshore exploration licences near Israel
epa06232911 (FILE) - A general view on nuclear power plant of Tricastin, in Pierrelatte, France, 18 March 2011. Media reports on 28 September 2017 state that the French safety watchdog ASN has ordered a temporarily shut down of the four 915Mega Watt reactors at the Tricastin power plant in France. The move came after the French safety watchdog assessment that the State owned electricity  utilty EDF could not eliminate safety risks in the unlikely case of an earthquake and resultant flooding causing potential nuclear fuel meltdown.  EPA-EFE/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO Nuclear power challenges in Europe
epa06087163 The first in five years coal-loaded barge prepare to sail from the Port of Gliwice, south Poland, 14 July 2017. The barge will carry coal to the power plant in Wroclaw. A pilot transport of coal by water from Gliwice to Wroclaw is organized by the OT Logistics group. The company intends to transport two thousand tons of carbon. Each barge can carry about 330 tons of coal.  EPA/ANDRZEJ GRYGIEL POLAND OUT EU approves Polish support scheme for renewable energy
Carlos Moedas EU pushes researchers, innovators to turn sunlight into sustainable fuel
epa06384431 European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic delivers a speech during the 'Accelerating Local and Regional Climate Action' panel at the Seine Musicale during the One Planet Summit on the Ile Sequin near Paris, France, 12 December 2017.  EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT At One Planet Summit, EU unveils modern, clean economy initiatives
epa06384225 French President Emmanuel Macron (R) welcomes Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (L) prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 12 December 2017. More than 50 world leaders gather in Paris for the One Planet Summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite US President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord.  EPA-EFE/PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL MAXPPP OUT One Planet Summit to boost climate action
epa06016480 European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic, speaks at EU booth showing the achievements of EU cooperation funded by Horizon 2020 at Clean Energy Technology Exhibition in Beijing, China, 08 June 2017. Four EU energy projects are presented at the EU booth including Esprit, Nobelgrid, Powerkite and Waveroller, also the model of the Solar Impulse plane on shown at booth.  EPA/WU HONG EU launches platform for coal regions in transition

Internet & ICT

epa06124467 (FILE) - A worker poses on request of press photographers next to a turbine at the Siemens Gas Turbine Plant in Berlin, Germany, 02 March 2017 (reissued 04 August 2017). The European Union (EU on 04 August 2017 imposed sanctions on Russian nationals and companies for diverting gas turbines bought from Siemens to the Crimea region. According to the EU, this move woiuld support Crimea's seperation from Ukraine.  EPA/CLEMENS BILAN Siemens loses in Russian court its claim to Crimea turbines
epa06170774 A visitor holds a Bitcoin (virtual currency) souvenir coin, during a webinar by Russian businessman, Orthodox activist and founder the Crypto exchange CryptoSterlingClub Alisa, German Sterligov at the main office of CryptoSterlingClub Alisa in Moscow, Russia, 29 August 2017. According to media reports, Russian Finance Ministry stated that cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are a high risky 'financial pyramid' and trading should be limited to only 'qualified investors'. The CryptoSterlingClub Alisa was opened on 24 August 2017.  EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV Cryptocurrencies: Litecoin price skyrockets, Ethereum follows after Bitcoin futures premiere
European flags flutter in the wind in front of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 5 December 2017.
New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis EU finance ministers agree on new e-commerce VAT rules
epa05397156 A security officer checks suitcases under an X-Ray scanner in the aftermath of multiple suicide bomb attacks at Ataturk international airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 29 June 2016. At least 36 people were killed and more than 140 others were wounded in three separate gun and bomb attack outside and inside the terminal of Istanbul's Ataturk international airport on 28 June, media reported quoting officials. The attacks have been linked to either the so-called Islamic State (IS or ISIS) militant group or Kurdish separatists, media added.  EPA/SEDAT SUNA OLAF pays for state-of-the-art airplane scanner at Brussels Airport
epa05146047 Several hundred people take part in a demonstration 'The last day of freedom on the Internet' against a new surveillance act at the Freedom Square in Poznan, Poland, 06 February 2016. On 04 February Polish President Andrzej Duda signed a new surveillance act adjusting surveillance laws. The law will apply to surveillance operations by the police, border guard, military police, internal security, intelligence and counterintelligence services, military intelligence, as well as anti-corruption, customs and tax agencies.  EPA/Jakub Kaczmarczyk POLAND OUT Preventing authoritarian regimes from spying on their own citizens
epa05598663 (FILE) A combo file picture made available on 23 October 2016 shows an AT&T store (top) in New York City, New York, USA, on 04 December 2008, and a view of the Time Warner Center (bottom) in New York City, New York, USA, on 13 February 2014. US telecommunications company AT&T Inc. announced on 22 October 2016, it reached an agreement to acquire multinational media and entertainment conglomerate Time Warner Inc. (TWI) for 85.4 billion US dollar (about 78.4 billion euro). AT&T will acquire Time Warner in cash and stock transactions valued at 107.50 US dollar per share, the company said. The deal, which needs to be approved by regulators, was said to be unanimously agreed by both companies' boards directors.  EPA/JUSTIN LANE/JASON SZENES CWA backs AT&T-Time Warner Merger as critical week for deal hits halfway point
3. copy Kazakhstan, Russia, UAE mull joint projects in space industry
Douleutaras.gr_Cover_Photo E-platform of professionals Douleutaras.gr secures funding of €1.8 million
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

From the NE Knowledge Network



Next phase of Brexit talks backed by EU parliament epa06386610 Michel Barnier, the European Chief Negotiator of the Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50, speaks during a plenary session on the topic of Brexit in the European parliament in Strasbourg, France, 13 December 2017.  EPA-EFE/IAN LANGSDON

The European Parliament on December 13 called on Brussels to proceed with the next phase of Brexit negotiations. The MEPs

By Beata Stur

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