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epa05075696 A view of the Vienna state opera in Vienna, Austria, 19 December 2015.  EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA Three European cities in the top ten of the Global Livability Report
epa05656914 Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia and leader of SMER party reacts at the Party of European Socialists Council in Prague, Czech Republic, 02 December 2016.  EPA/FILIP SINGER Fico pledges Slovakia to “core Europe” rather than V4
epa06149329 Spanish Policemen inspect a street in Cambrils (Tarragona), northeastern Spain, 18 August 2017, where at least four suspected terrorists have been killed by the police after they knocked down six people with their car at Paseo Maritimo.  EPA/DAVID GONZALEZ While Barcelona mourns, police foils second attack in Catalonia
epa06097632 A man walks among solar panels at the Quilapilun solar park in Colina, Chile, 19 July 2017. ATLAS Renewable Energy opened the solar photovoltaic plant, Quilapilun, the first large scale solar park in the metropolitan region of Santiago, with a capacity of 110 megawatts.  EPA/ELVIS GONZALEZ EBRD, Green Climate Fund back Egyptian renewable energy project
epa06053966 German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble presents the draft for the 2018 federal government budget during a press conference on the occasion of the in Berlin, Germany, 28 June 2017. The cabinet has decided on the draft for the 2018 federal government budget and the financial plan until 2021.  EPA/CLEMENS BILAN Schaeuble weighs in on the debate over ECB’s asset buying programme
epa06018206 Britain's Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn arrives to the Labour headquarters in central London in Britain, 09 June 2017. Britain's general election has ended in a hung parliament according to news reports, with the Conservative Party unable to gain a majority. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for Prime Minister Theresa May to resign.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA Corbyn’s “constructive ambiguity” on freedom of movement: “which side are you on” ?
epa05234220 A picture made available on 29 March 2016 shows an oil well on the grounds of the Luetow petroleum production site on Usedom Island, Germany, 18 March 2016. The petroleum output has declined from 4,800 tons†(2014) to 3,600 tons (2015) as the crude oil sources in Western Pomerania are beginning to dry up. The company Engie (formerly known as Gaz de France) is producing oil at the drilling locations in Luetow and Mesekenhagen.  EPA/STEFAN†SAUER EU approves joint control over FHHGL by Brookfield and Engie
Jean-Claude Juncker, Doris Leuthard EU, Switzerland to link emissions cap and trade systems
epa06137737 A general view of the Tarajal border crossing between Spain and Morocco, where some 250 migrants unsuccessfully attempted to jump the border, in Ceuta, Spanish enclave in northern Africa, 11 August 2017. Spanish authorities closed the border crossing on 09 August, after hundreds of migrants forced their way across the border enmass. The border is expected to be closed for one week.  EPA/REDUAN Migrant arrivals fall in Italy, rise in Spain
epa06124635 Migrant ship 'Iuventa' from German NGO  Jugendrette arrives at the port of Trapani, after it was seized by Italian authorities, Trapani, Sicily island, southern Italy, 04 August 2017. The ship was seized, 03 August 2017, under the orders of prosecutor of Trapani for allegedly taking several migrants onboard who were accompanied by Libyan tugboats and not in immediate danger. Media outlets report that the Italian government states that the orders are being enforced to better regulate the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean as a large proportion of refugees from Libya are now rescued by private NGOs operating in the Mediterranean Sea.  EPA/GIANFRANCO CRISCENTI Italy ‘sees light’ at end of migrant tunnel

EU National News

epa05832720 Rainer Seele, chief executive officer of Austrian gas and oil company OMV AG, attends a news conference in Vienna, Austria, 06 March 2017. OMV, Austria's state-controlled oil and gas company, announced the purchase of 24,99 per cent of the Juschno Russkoje gas field, a major upstream project in Russia.  EPA/LISI NIESNER Supported by Libya, Norway, Austria’s OMV boosts oil and gas production
V126 (v112 blades)  ÿsterild, Denmark Denmark’s Vestas sees decreased Q2 revenue
epa00599971 Anti gay wedding protesters make their point at pro gay wedding supporters  outside Belfast, City Hall, Northern Ireland, Monday, 19 December 2005. Shannon Sickles and Grainne Close became the United Kingdom's first gay couple to win legal recognition under a new British civil partnership at Belfast City Hall on Monday.  EPA/PAUL MCERLANE N. Irish Court rules that gay marriage is policy not a right
ericson-bribed-greek-policymakers IMG Ericsson to shed nearly 25% of its worldwide workforce
epa05540996 Thousand of protesters participate in a demonstration against the new labor law in Paris, France, 15 September 2016. The controversial reforms already voted into law, aims to bring down France's unemployment rate of around 10 percent by making the French labour laws more flexible.  EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT French unemployment drops to 2012 levels

World News

epa05238715 (FILE) An undated handout file photograph made available on 04 March 2016 by the North Korean news agency KCNA shows the test-firing of new-type large-caliber multiple launch rocket system by the North Korean military. On 01 April 2016, according to media reports in South Korea, North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into the sea off its east coast. Tensions between North Korea and the west have intensified due to the west's implimentation of economic sanctions in response to North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons and test firing of delivery systems.  EPA/KCNA/HANDOUT SOUTH KOREA OUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY N. Korea emerges as technologically self-reliant on ICBM production
epa06144815 Residents view damage caused by a mudslide in the suburb of Regent behind Guma reservoir, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 14 August 2017. According to news reports citing Sierra Leone's Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh, hundreds are feared dead with thousands displaced after a mudslide in heavy rains occured near Freetown.  EPA/ERNEST HENRY Freetown drowns in failed urban planning
epa06144547 US President Donald J. Trump makes a statement on the violence this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, at The White House in Washington, DC, USA, 14 August 2017. President Trump condemned white supremacists groups and announced that the US Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the incident where a car hit a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville on 12 August, killing one person and injuring 19.  EPA/Chris Kleponis / POOL Trump insists there are two sides to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia
epa06125845 Afghan families who were displaced from Khakrez district of Kandahar due to ongoing conflicts between Taliban and Govt. security forces, receive food ration distributed by the authorities, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 05 August 2017.  The government now controls less than 60 percent of Afghan territory amid gains for the Taliban, who governed the country for several years prior to the US invasion in October 2001.  EPA/MUHAMMAD SADIQ Taliban write to Trump about policy wrongs
epa06145286 Iranian lawmakers attend session of presenting the new government in Tehran, Iran, 15 August 2017.  Media reports state Rouhani on 15 August warned of the possibility that the Islamic Republic could pull out of a nuclear deal signed with the world's major powers within hours if the United States keeps on imposing new sanctions.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH Rouhani says Iran could restart nuke programme in hours, talks with Putin

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


Trump is considering arming Ukraine with lethal weapons epa04858659 US soldiers in action as they attend joint military exercises in Yavoriv training ground, near the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, Ukraine, 24 July 2015. The Saber Guardian/Rapid Trident - 2015 drill kicked off at the Yavoriv military base in western Ukraine, close to the border with Poland. Some 2,000 soldiers from 18 countries including USA, Poland, United Kingdom and others will take part in the training. The training program is part of a long-term strategy improving of Ukrainian defense potential and increasing of the professionalism of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Saber Guardian/Rapid Trident - 2015 started on 20 July and will be until 31 July 2015.  EPA/MYKOLA TYS

The Trump administration has reopened consideration of long-rejected plans to give Ukraine lethal weapons, even if that would plunge the

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

Energy

epa05832720 Rainer Seele, chief executive officer of Austrian gas and oil company OMV AG, attends a news conference in Vienna, Austria, 06 March 2017. OMV, Austria's state-controlled oil and gas company, announced the purchase of 24,99 per cent of the Juschno Russkoje gas field, a major upstream project in Russia.  EPA/LISI NIESNER Supported by Libya, Norway, Austria’s OMV boosts oil and gas production
epa06001274 OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo gestures as he waits to meet Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (not pictured) during their meeting at the Gorky residence outside Moscow, Russia, 31 May 2017. The meeting with the OPEC Secretary General comes a week after the alliance of the world's biggest oil-producing nations extended their agreement to cut output for an additional nine months and non-OPEC countries including Russia chipped in with a further reduction.  EPA/ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO / POOL Nigeria, OPEC review market conditions, output cut deal
V126 (v112 blades)  ÿsterild, Denmark Denmark’s Vestas sees decreased Q2 revenue
epa05145121 A Lukoil petrol station in Poznan, Poland, 05 February 2016. Russia's Lukoil oil company informed in a press release that they will sell 230 fuel stations in Poland and the Baltic states to Austria's AMIC Energy Management. The deal is expected to be finalized in the second quarter of 2016. According to the Polish Organisation for Oil Industry and Trade, Lukoil operated 116 fuel stations in Poland at the end of the third quarter of last year.  EPA/JAKUB KACZMARCZYK POLAND OUT Excluding Iraq, Russia’s LUKoil boosts hydrocarbon production
epa06097632 A man walks among solar panels at the Quilapilun solar park in Colina, Chile, 19 July 2017. ATLAS Renewable Energy opened the solar photovoltaic plant, Quilapilun, the first large scale solar park in the metropolitan region of Santiago, with a capacity of 110 megawatts.  EPA/ELVIS GONZALEZ EBRD, Green Climate Fund back Egyptian renewable energy project
epa05262989 (FILE) A file picture dated 01 June 2004 shows a general view of a petroleum processing plant in the rich oil producing region of Jubail, eastern Saudi Arabia. At least 12 people died and 11 others were injured in a fire that broke out in a petrochemical products plant on 16 April 2016, in Jubail, according to a Royal Commission spokesperson. A total of 23 people were in the factory creating a lethal bottleneck effect with workers unable to exit the building. The 11 injured have symptoms of suffocation with six of them in critical condition at hospitals near the area including the Jubail Royal Commission Hospital.  EPA/STR Oil drives Saudi H1 budget deficit lower
Vestas Mexico makes a transition towards renewables
SABIC-affliate_tcm1010-5738 Shell wraps up SADAF chemicals sale in Saudi Arabia
epa06146868 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and his Bolivian counterpart Fernando Huanacuni Mamani (L) attend for their meeting in Moscow, Russia, 16 August 2017. The meeting will be on Bolivian-Russian cooperation.  EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY Russia, Bolivia to boost joint gas, nuclear, renewables projects
epa05234220 A picture made available on 29 March 2016 shows an oil well on the grounds of the Luetow petroleum production site on Usedom Island, Germany, 18 March 2016. The petroleum output has declined from 4,800 tons†(2014) to 3,600 tons (2015) as the crude oil sources in Western Pomerania are beginning to dry up. The company Engie (formerly known as Gaz de France) is producing oil at the drilling locations in Luetow and Mesekenhagen.  EPA/STEFAN†SAUER EU approves joint control over FHHGL by Brookfield and Engie

Internet & ICT

epa06115684 (FILE) - Pedestrians walk on a street past a large TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un broadcasting news of North Korea's latest missile launch, in Tokyo, Japan, 04 July 2017 (reissued 29 July 2017). According to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile into the East Sea on 28 July 2017, from the North's Jagang Province. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hailed the latest intercontinental ballistic missile test as a success claiming he could strike the entire continental US, state media reported.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA Mogherini convenes EU ambassadors over situation in North Korea
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 Russian deputy minister blacklisted in new EU sanctions over Siemens case
epa06117659 US Vice President Mike Pence (R) signs the guest book during a meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas (L) in Tallinn, Estonia, 30 July 2017. Vice President Mike Pence is in Estonia for the first stage of a three-country visit of Eastern Europe.  EPA/VALDA KALNINA US vice president Pence wants Patriot missiles in Estonia to deter Russia
epa06064534 Members of the audience are silhouetted against a presentation slide showsing the Bitcoin logo during the Interpol World Congress 2017 in Singapore, 04 July 2017. The congress runs from 04 to 07 July and features around 200 security exhibitors.  EPA/WALLACE WOON Crypto-Apocalypse: Bitcoin Cash and Vinnik’s arrest put blockchain back in the spotlight
epa06108560 A handout photo dated October 2016, made available by BMW Group showing a Mini Cooper D 3 door automobile of the latest generation. BMW Group, the owner of the Mini, on 25 July 2017 announced that a fully electric three-door version of Mini car will go into production in 2019. The drivetrain of the new battery-electric MINI, a variant of the brand's core 3 door model, will be built at the BMW Group's e-mobility centre at Plants Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria, Germany, before being integrated into the car at Plant Oxford in Britain. The Plant Oxford is the main production location for the MINI 3 door model.  EPA/BMW GROUP HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES BMW chooses UK over Germany to build new electric car
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

From the NE Knowledge Network



Britain wants Brexit talks to move to next phase epa06037875 British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis at a press conference at the end of a meeting with Michel Barnier (not seen), the EU Chief Negotiator of the Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50, dubbed the 'Brexit' at EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 19 June 2017. The first stage of the negotiations concerned the fate of European expatriates in the UK and Britons settled in Europe, the question of the Irish border and the 'financial regulation' between the UK and Europe. Negotiators agreed on dates, organisation and on priorities to achieve best possible outcome from Brexit talks.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Britain wants talks with the European Union to move on to the next phase of Brexit, as it sets out

By Beata Stur

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