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epa06341499 (L-R) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras jointly shake hands inside the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, 21 November 2017. Nicosia hosts the 5th Trilateral Summit between Cyprus, Greece and Egypt which is expected to cover a variety of topics but mainly the energy sector and the geopolitical developments in the region.  EPA-EFE/YIANNIS KOURTOGLOU / POOL Cyprus, Greece, Egypt strive to export East Med gas to Europe, but at what price?
epa06347428 German acting Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the EU Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit in Brussels, Belgium, 24 November 2017. The summit brings together EU heads of states or government with six former Soviet states Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.  EPA-EFE/Virginia Mayo / POOL A school in Tbilisi and tensions over Karabakh: the Eastern partnership summit in Brussels
epa06345453 EU commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management Christos Stylianides gives a press briefing on the on 'rescEU' initiative, in Brussels, Belgium, 23 Novemberl 2017. The 'rescEU' is a new European system to tackle natural disasters. A key part of the proposal is the creation of rescEU, a reserve at European level of civil protection capabilities such as aerial forest fighting planes, special water pumps, urban search and rescue and field hospitals and emergency medical teams.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET A new European system to tackle natural disasters
epa06227839 EU Commissioner in charge of Health and Food safety, Lithuanian Vytenis Andriukaitis gives a press briefing at the end of a special meeting following Fipronil crisis organized by European commission, in Brussels, Belgium, 26 September 2017. According to reports, there were European eggs coming from Netherlands and Belgium in August 2017 contained toxic levels of the pesticide Fipronil. The chemical is classed as a 'moderately hazardous pesticide' by the World Health Organisation. The contaminated eggs were being destroyed on poultry farms in The Netherlands on the order of the Dutch Food and Welfare Authority (NVWA).  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Commission diagnoses the state of health in the EU
epa06243864 (FILE) - Workers at the Amazon e-trader's new logistics center in Sady, near Poznan, Poland, 24 October 2014 (reissued 04 October 2017). The Euroepan Commission on 04 October 2017 order e-commerce giant Amazon to repay 250 million euro in back taxes as it amazon was givent an unfair tax deal in Luxembourg.  EPA-EFE/Jakub Kaczmarczyk POLAND OUT Amazon employees on strike in Italy and Germany on Black Friday
epa06254597 President of Eurogroup and Dutch Finance Minister, Jeroen Dijsselbloem arrives for the Eurogroup meeting in Luxembourg, 09 October 2017. The Eurogroup will exchange views on the possible future roles and tasks of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) in the context of the ongoing broader debate on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union.  EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND Eurogroup considers list of Dijsselbloem’s apirant successors
epa06344158 Polish Minister of the Environment Jan Szyszko (C) meets with employees of the Polish State Forests, foresters and hunters in front of the Polish Sejm building in Warsaw, Poland, 22 November 2017. Employees took part in a demonstration to show support for the policy of the Minister of the Environment Jan Szyszko. The European Court of Justice in its 20 November ruling ordered Poland to halt loggings in its eastern Bialowieza Forest. The court said Poland may be fined EUR 100,000 daily if it failed to comply. In the ruling, the court said it must uphold an earlier EC motion for a temporary ban on the loggings pending the resolution of ongoing proceedings in the matter. The court also ordained Poland to notify the EC about steps undertaken to comply with the ruling within 15 days of its receipt.  EPA-EFE/TOMASZ GZELL POLAND OUT Poland faces hefty fine for logging in Białowieża
h_53909077 Gianni Pittella warns of ‘barbarism gripping Libya’
epa03696032 People take part in a protest outside La Milagrosa clinic demanding to re-open the baby-snatching cases in Madrid, Spain, 11 May 2013. Thousands of babies were allegedly stolen at birth in Spanish hospitals between 1960 and 1989 by nuns, doctors and other officials who sold them for profit.  EPA/VICTOR LERENA MEPs urge Spain to solve all alleged cases of stolen babies
p3-uber Uber kept data leak affecting 57 million customers under wraps for over a year

EU National News

epa06227535 A general view of the higher regional court (Oberlandesgericht, OLG) before the start of the trial against a susepcted IS leader and four accomplices in Celle, Germany, 25 September 2017. The defendants are accused of encouraging the departure of different persons into the domination area of ??the so-called Islamic State (IS).  EPA-EFE/DANIEL KOPATSCH Bringing back children of German Islamic State fighters
epa04923340 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel talk in the parliament building in Berlin, Germany, 10 September 2015. The German parliament continues to discuss the budget for 2016.  EPA/KAY NIETFELD German Social Democrats rethink a grand coalition
unipol-regulation-saves-silvio-berlusconi-new-judgment IMG Berlusconi to challenge ban from public office in Strasbourg
epa05926590 French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party, Marine Le Pen attends a ceremony for slain police officer Xavier Jugele, at the Paris police headquarters in Paris, France, 25 April 2017. Jugele was killed by a gunman during the 20 April Champs Elysees terror attack shooting.  EPA/IAN LANGSDON Le Pen accuses banks of issuing a credit “fetwa” against Front National
epa06340394 The leader of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), Christian Lindner, speaks during a news conference on the failed exploratory talks, at the party headquarters in Berlin, Germany, 20 November 2017. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Greens and the FDP have held talks to form the next government after the general elections in September but the negotiations failed with the FDP pulling out of the meeting overnight 20 November. As a result German Chancellor Angela Merkel the same day reported to the German President who may take further steps to decide on either accepting a minority government or to initiate new elections.  EPA-EFE/H. JEON FDP leader’s take on Germany’s ‘Jamaica’ coalition

World News

p22c Gazprom approves investment programme, budget for 2018
brazilian-scientists-find-morphine-protein-coffee IMG Coffee consumption emerges as beneficial for public health
epa04089915 (FILE) A file picture dated 28 November 2013 shows a man using the social networking site Facebook on his phone in a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. Facebook announced on 19 February 2014 that it will buy messaging service WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars.  EPA/LUONG THAI LINH Facebook to warn users in the US whether pages liked are linked to “foreign agencies”
epa05276865 (FILE) A file picture dated 22 July 2015 of customers being silhouetted inside of an Apple store in Sydney, Australia.  Apple will release their financial year 2016 2nd quarter results on 26 April 2016.  EPA/PAUL MILLER AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT Apple uses illegal student labour for its iPhone X
epa06336817 A street seller selling Turkish flag and picture of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk while people protest against NATO in Istanbul, Turkey, 18 November 2017. Turkey withdrew 40 soldiers from the drills at a Nato's joint warfare centre in Norway as a protest because Mustafa Kemal Ataturk' founder of modern Turkey and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were featured as an 'enemy' during the drills.  EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA Erdogan Aide denies Turkey would review its NATO membership over Atatürk desecration

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

The paradox of banning glyphosate and battling climate change

By: Pedro Vigneau

Economic prosperity requires innovation in education

By: Yerkin Tatishev

Toward a people-centered ASEAN community

By: Moon Jae-in

Failure of ideas and not failure of political Establishment

By: Harilla Goga

Victims of judicial failures, wrong arrests

By: Fulvio Martusciello

How to combat populist demagogues

By: Dani Rodrik

How Americans became vulnerable to Russian disinformation

By: Kent Harrington

The Real Risk to the Global Economy

By: Christopher Smart

The Paradox of Xi’s Power

By: Minxin Pei

The Dark Pools of MiFID II

By: Daniel Schlaepfer

Google’s counter-narrative experiment cannot overcome years of neglect

By: Joshua Fisher-Birch

The changing geopolitics of energy

By: Joseph S. Nye, Jr.


Eurogroup considers list of Dijsselbloem’s apirant successors epa06254597 President of Eurogroup and Dutch Finance Minister, Jeroen Dijsselbloem arrives for the Eurogroup meeting in Luxembourg, 09 October 2017. The Eurogroup will exchange views on the possible future roles and tasks of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) in the context of the ongoing broader debate on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union.  EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND

The Euro Group is seeking the successor for Jeroen Dijsselbloem and a list of names has been parading in view of a discussion

By NEOnline | IR

Energy

epa06341499 (L-R) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras jointly shake hands inside the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, 21 November 2017. Nicosia hosts the 5th Trilateral Summit between Cyprus, Greece and Egypt which is expected to cover a variety of topics but mainly the energy sector and the geopolitical developments in the region.  EPA-EFE/YIANNIS KOURTOGLOU / POOL Cyprus, Greece, Egypt strive to export East Med gas to Europe, but at what price?
p22c Gazprom approves investment programme, budget for 2018
epa06297369 Steam rises from the brown coal-fired power plant Niederaussem operated by RWE in Bergheim, Germany, 29 October 2017. The UN Climate Change Conference COP23 will take place in Bonn from 06 to 17 November 2017, only a few kilometers away from Europe's largest carbon dioxide source, the Rhenish Brown Coal Field.  EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH EU ambassadors endorse ETS reform deal with European Parliament
epa06240023 A solar installation with red brick photovoltaic modules on the roof of the farmhouse of Alexandre Galley is presented to the media in Ecuvillens, Switzerland, 02 October 2017. The new technology was developed by Swiss CSEM (Centre suisse d?electronique et de microtechnique) and ISSOL.  EPA-EFE/PETER KLAUNZER EU approves German support scheme for solar panels on apartment buildings
p16c KMG International to increase its presence in the Balkans
epa06331611 Miguel Arias Canete, EU Commissioner for Climate Protection and Energy, during the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany, 15 November 2017. The 23rd session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference COP23 will take place from 06 to 17 November in Bonn, the seat of the Climate Change Secretariat, under the presidency of Fiji.  EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH COP23 climate talks accelerate Paris Agreement implementation
p01 MEPs reach out to Eastern partners
epa05793402 A worker checks equipment 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 EU Energy Community extends to Ukraine, Moldova, Western Balkans
Terminator Governator Schwarzenegger, Commissionator Šefčovič promote Clean Mobility
Violeta Bulc EU pushes inland waterways as low-carbon transport

Internet & ICT

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
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

From the NE Knowledge Network



Poland faces hefty fine for logging in Białowieża epa06344158 Polish Minister of the Environment Jan Szyszko (C) meets with employees of the Polish State Forests, foresters and hunters in front of the Polish Sejm building in Warsaw, Poland, 22 November 2017. Employees took part in a demonstration to show support for the policy of the Minister of the Environment Jan Szyszko. The European Court of Justice in its 20 November ruling ordered Poland to halt loggings in its eastern Bialowieza Forest. The court said Poland may be fined EUR 100,000 daily if it failed to comply. In the ruling, the court said it must uphold an earlier EC motion for a temporary ban on the loggings pending the resolution of ongoing proceedings in the matter. The court also ordained Poland to notify the EC about steps undertaken to comply with the ruling within 15 days of its receipt.  EPA-EFE/TOMASZ GZELL POLAND OUT

If Poland does not comply with a ban on logging in the primaeval Białowieża forest, a European Union top court

By Beata Stur

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