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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
epa07030379 Michel Barnier (R), the European Chief Negotiator of the Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 chats with Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney (R) during a Special European general affairs council on Brexit in Brussels, Belgium, 18 September 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Ireland demands the UK honours backstop commitment
epa07005272 Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini delivers a speech at the Ambrosetti Economical Forum in Cernobbio, Italy, 08 September 2018. Others are not identified. The 44th edition of the forum with its title 'Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy' is held from 07 to 09 September and gathers heads of state and government, top representatives of European institutions, ministers, Nobel prize winners, businessmen, managers and experts from around the world to discuss global political and economical topics.  EPA-EFE/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO Italy not bound by fiscal rules other EU member states ignore, Salvini says
epa05770775 The Swiss flag flies at the Mont Blanc bridge which crosses the Lake Geneva with the famous fountain 'Jet d'Eau' seen in the background on the bank of the lake of Geneva, during a strong wind, in Geneva, Switzerland, 04 February 2017.  EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI EU-Swiss framework agreement talks could fail over mid-Oct deadline
epa06836696 Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (R) is welcomed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) 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 Rome-Brussels standoff culminates as Italy delivers budget
epa06986758 British Government Brexit secretary Dominic Raab (L) and EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier give a press conference at the end of a round of talks in Brexit negotiations at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 31 August 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Brexit negotiations leave key issues open ahead of Brussels Summit deadline
p2-h_54687629 Brexit ahead: October’s Summit to seal a deal or lead to a breakdown
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 Oettinger expects gloom for global economy, proposes mechanism for access to EU funds
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
Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs and Taxation, gives a press conference in Brussels. Moscovici has said that if Italy's overall deficit is 2.4%, the country's structural deficit will not be within the bounds of the EU's stability and growth pact.
EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET European Fiscal Board calls for an end to deficit ceiling

Kassandra

p24-h_54694679 Tales of the bureau
p24cc Funny thing, the GDPR
stjz Spitzen bitchin’ – Zahradil vs Stubb
p24a Is the European Parliament money machine cracking down on Salvini?
NE24 Sharp budget increase for European political parties raises questions
life LIFE at Gunpoint
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

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
epaselect epa04344153 This over-sized barbed wire is part of an installation in front of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt Main, Germany, 07 August 2014. The European Central Bank left interest rates on hold despite the threat posed to the eurozone by falling inflation and the escalating crisis surrounding Ukraine. The ECB kept its benchmark refinancing rate at a record low of 0.15 per cent and its deposit rate below zero as it sized up the impact to the 18-member currency bloc of the slew of measures it announced in June aimed at heading off the threat of deflation and spurring bank lending.  EPA/BORIS ROESSLER German government sees growth decelerating

World News

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
epa07081609 US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (L) greets Greek Minister of Defense Panagiotis 'Panos' Kammenos (R) at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 09 October 2018. The pair were expected to discuss continued military cooperation between Greece and the United States.  EPA-EFE/ERIK S. LESSER Greek Defence Minister proposes new Balkan alliance and US base offers
p16ca copy NCOC consortium to focus on developing other offshore fields
epa06600891 US citizen, pastor Andrew Craig Brunson pictured in Izmir, Coastal city of Turkey, 20 May 2017 (issued 13 March 2018). Brunson was arrested in October 2016, accused of being a member of a terror organisation after a failed coup attemp in July 2016 in Turkey and his trial will begin soon. US President Donald J. Trump ask Erdogan to release Brunson in their meeting in 2017 in the US, according to media.  EPA-EFE/DEPO PHOTOS TURKEY OUT Brunson appeals arrest in Turkey

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

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

Armenia’s “Watergate” – Time for the West to act

By: Michael Burrell

THE ENLARGEMENT MONITOR

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
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
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 EU continues to prepare for ‘no-deal’ on Brexit
epa05770775 The Swiss flag flies at the Mont Blanc bridge which crosses the Lake Geneva with the famous fountain 'Jet d'Eau' seen in the background on the bank of the lake of Geneva, during a strong wind, in Geneva, Switzerland, 04 February 2017.  EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI EU-Swiss framework agreement talks could fail over mid-Oct deadline
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

Oettinger expects gloom for global economy, proposes mechanism for access to EU funds 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

While Germany tries to calm the markets, Europe’s Commissioner for Budget, Günther Oettinger, has predicted that darker times lay ahead

By Irene Kostaki Journalist, New Europe

Energy

collage Kazakh assets in Georgia sold to offshore company
компрессорная станция в степи Kazakhstan’s KazTransGas doubles gas exports to China
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
Rick Perry, Maros Šefčovič and Miguel Arias Cañete, from left to right. UN and EU urge world to limit global warming to 1.5°C
Event on Interregional Partnership on Batteries EU regions scale-up joint projects in advanced materials for batteries
p15 In Greece, EU sees transition to sustainability, energy security
p15c SGRE electric thermal energy storage gives coal plants a green future
SCK_3703 Kazakhstan, KPO consortium settle Karachaganak dispute

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
fvndfvvmd (1) If Trump Ruled Venice
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



Behind the Curtain epa06273443 Ukrainians hold a National flag during their protest near of Ukrainian Parliament building in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 18 October 2017. The rally started at morning 17 October 2017 outside the Ukrainian Parliament building. Protesters demand the lifting of parliamentary immunity, modification of the electoral legislation, as well as the establishment of an Anti-Corruption Court. Protestor?s tents which were set up yesterday evening are blocking the traffic around Parliament.  EPA-EFE/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

My name is Dr Mohammad Zahoor. I am a British citizen and for almost ten years, I was the benefactor

By Dr. Mohammad Zahoor Ukraine-based, British businessman of Pakistani origin. He is the founder and owner of the ISTIL Group, the former owner and publisher of the Kyiv Post, the co-founder of the Ukrainian Music Awards YUNA and a philanthropist

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