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epa05992035 A handout photo made available by Chigi Palace Press Office shows President of the European Council Donald Tusk, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, attend a meeting of the Group of Seven nations leaders at the G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily island, Italy, 26 May 2017. Heads of States and of Governments of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, meet in Taormina, Italy, from 26 to 27 May 2017 for a summit titled 'Building the Foundations of Renewed Trust'.  EPA/TIBERIO BARCHIELLI / CHIGI PALACE PRESS OFFICE HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES EU leaders join Trump in Italy for G7 summit
epa05941558 Estonia Prime Minister Juri Ratas (L) is welcomed by EU commission President Jean-Claude Juncker prior to a meeting  a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 03 May 2017.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET Estonia PM visits Czech Republic to prep for EU presidency
epa05956272 A general view shows Sallustio Bandini's monument, in front of the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS or MPS) headquarters, in Piazza Salimbeni (Salinbeni Square), in Siena, Italy, 12 April 2017. The MPS bank, founded in 1472 as 'Mount of piety,' is reported to be the world's oldest surviving bank and Italy's third largest commercial and retail bank.  EPA/MATTIA SEDDA No ‘bail in’ to rescue Italy’s Veneto banks
epa05942452 David Davis, Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, speaks to reporters during a campaign event in London, Britain, 03 May 2017. Voters go to the Polls in Britain on 08 June 2017 to elect a new Government.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA UK economy slows down and EU citizens are leaving
oecd-says-europe-move-towards-growth IMG Flemish teenagers the most financially literate in Europe
epa05990051 US President Donald J. Trump arrives for the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, 25 May 2017. NATO countries' heads of states and governments gather in Brussels for a one-day meeting.  EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT Trump leaves his mark at NATO, on fighting terrorism and burden sharing
President of France Emmanuel Macron meets the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker  at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on May 25, 2017 New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis Macron meets Juncker after Trump’s premiere in Brussels
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk President of the European Council at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium, on May 25, 2017. New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis EU leaders meet Erdogan ahead of NATO Summit in Brussels
epa05988258 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, 25 May 2017. NATO member countries' heads of states and governments gather in Brussels on 25 May 2017 for a one-day meeting. The summit is occuring in the wake of a suicide bombing in Manchester, Britain that killed 22 and injured dozens. During the summit, US President Donald J. Trump is expected to ask NATO allies to commit to a larger role in military operations against the so-called Islamic State (or IS or ISIS) in Iraq and Syria.  EPA/ARMANDO BABANI NATO to join coalition against Islamic terrorism
US President Donald Trump meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk President of the European Council at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium, on May 25, 2017. New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis “Values and principles first”: Trump meets Tusk, Juncker at EU Council

EU National News

epa05808141 The flags of Turkey and Turkish Cypriot over a military guard post by the UN 'buffer zone' (Green line), that divides the Greek and Turkish occupied areas in Nicosia, Cyprus, 22 February 2017. The meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci scheduled for tomorrow is not going to take place, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has just tweeted. ?he tweet said that ``unfortunately the UN have just informed us that due to Turkish Cypriot leader`s refusal to attend, the meeting will not take place."The Turkish Cypriot leader walked out of a meeting last week, in the framework of the UN-backed negotiations on the Cyprus problem, shortly after it began, because the Cypriot Parliament took a decision to commemorate in schools, by form of a reference, the 1950 referendum, favouring ?enosis?, union with Greece. Although President Anastasiades has stressed that the decision does not in any way mean a change of policy on the solution and in spite of the fact that the National Council issued a statement reiterating this, Akinci demands withdrawal of the House decision. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed talks since May 2015 with an aim to reunify the island under a federal roof.  EPA/KATIA CHRISTODOULOU Cyprus leaders fail to reach key agreement.
epaselect epa05097367 Argentina's Lionel Messi (L)and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, two of the nominees for the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 award, attend a press conference prior to the FIFA Ballon d'Or awarding ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, 11 January 2016.  EPA/VALERIANO DI DOMENICO Stars don’t like paying for their image
epa04547375 (FILE) A file picture dated 10 May 2007 shows a Ryanair planes at Dublin airport. Ireland's low-cost airline Ryanair on 05 January 2015 announced a 20-per-cent rise in passenger numbers in December compared to a year earlier. Customer numbers rose from 5.02 million in December 2013 to 6.02 million in December 2014, a press release said.
The carrier's planes were fuller, rising from 81 per cent of seats filled on each flight to 88 per cent over the same period. Annual passenger numbers also rose to 86.4 million, an increase of 6 per cent on 2013. The company attributed the rise to lower fares, an improvement in customer service and an expanded winter schedule.  EPA/ANDY RAIN Ryanair could stop flying from the UK to the EU by Dec.2018
epa04927355 Participants hold flags and banner during an anti-immigration rally organised by an initiative called 'Stop Islamisation of Europe' and backed by the far-right 'People's Party-Our Slovakia' in Bratislava, Slovakia, 12 September 2015. Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary reject mandatory quotas for refugees.  EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK Slovak prosecutors try to ban far-right party
epa04925574 Thousands attend the gathering to support Catalonia's independence on occasion of the Diada Day (Catalonia's National Day) in Barcelona, Spain, 11 september 2015.  EPA/ALBERTO ESTEVEZ Briefing: Spain contains the threat of Catalan secession

World News

epa04411795 Iranian Revolutionary Guards march during the annual military parade marking the Iraqi invasion in 1980, which led to a eight-year-long war (1980-1988) in Tehran, Iran, 22 September 2014. The Iranian President said that Iran would not get back even one step of its right about a peaceful nuclear programm.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH Iran says it built third underground ballistic missile factory
epa05684156 Indonesian anti-terror policemen stand guard  during an anti-terrorism raid operation in Tangerang, Indonesia, 21 December 2016. Indonesian police reportedly killed three suspects and found several bombs during a raid in Tangerang, on the outskirt of Jakarta.  EPA/ADI WEDA Police investigate Jakarta attacks linked to Islamic State
epa03492331 (FILE) A file picture dated 13 July 2011 shows the Moody's logo outside the offices of Moody's Corporation in New York, New York, USA. The ratings agency Moody's announced late 30 November 2012 in Frankfurt that it had downgraded the European Stability Mechanism, the eurozone's newly minted permanent bailout fund, from the top rating of Aaa to Aa1.  EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT Moody’s downgrades Chinese credit profile
epa05421838 US Speaker of the House Republican Paul Ryan (C) holds a pamphlet while discussing 'A Better Way', a House Republican agenda on poverty, national security, the economy, health care and tax reform; beside House Republicans during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 12 July 2016. The painting in the background of the picture is a portrait of George Washington.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS Trump unveils a decade-of-austerity budget proposal
epaselect epa05977222 Newly re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks past a picture of Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on arriving to deliver a televised speech on his presidential election victory, in Tehran, Iran, 20 May 2017. Rouhani has won the Islamic republic's presidential election and will serve for a second term.  EPA/STRINGER Rouhani takes on Trump

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France to extend state of emergency epa05986821 French president Emmanuel Macron (C) with Secretary General of the Elysee Palace Alexis Kohler (L) and Admiral Bernard Rogel (R)  attend a defense meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 24 May 2017. The council meeting is after 22 May 2017 attack that occured at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, where at least 22 people were killed and around 59 others were injured.  EPA/STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / POOL MAXPPP OUT

France’s newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron, wants a sixth extension of the country’s state of emergency, which expires on July

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epa05989912 Alexander Novak, Russia's Energy Minister (L) and President of the Opec Conference and Saudi Arabian Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid Al-Falih (R) laugh as they attend a news conference at the Opec headquarters  in Vienna, Austria, 25 May 2017. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries hold their 172nd ordinary meeting and the 2nd Opec and non-Opec producing countries ministerial meeting in Vienna.  EPA/LISI NIESNER OPEC, non-OPEC extend oil cut as cooperation with Russia improves
Υπογραφή σύμβασης Αιτωλοακαρνανία Energean inks lease agreement for onshore block in Western Greece
epa05085981 (FILE) A file photo dated 21 February 2007 showing a general view of Yuganskneftegaz pumping station in Priobskoe oilfield some 200 km from Nefteyugansk, Russia. Russian oil production increased to an average of 10.73 million barrels per day in 2015, the highest level since the fall of the former Soviet Union in 1991, the Interfax news agency cited the Energy Ministry in Moscow as saying 02 January 2016. This compares to the 10.58 million barrels per day the ministry reported in 2014. Along with the United States and Saudi Arabia, Russia is one of the world's largest producers of oil. More than a third of the 2015 total was produced by the state oil company Rosneft. Russia's oil industry is more than 50-per-cent state-owned. Exports of raw materials are a major source of national income.  EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV Russia’s Rosneft to modernise its German refineries
p21 WEB Gazprom’s gas exports to Europe reach 103.6 bcm in October-March
epa01593481 (FILE) An image of the installations at Latvijas Gaze?s vast storage facility Incukalns in Murjani, Latvia, 05 October 2007. While Ukraine and Russia remain at loggerheads 08 January 2009 over gas supplies and many European states feel the chill as a result, the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been able to watch from the sidelines in relative comfort despite sub-zero temperatures with their own gas supplies unaffected. Despite being former Soviet states like Ukraine, the Baltics receive their gas via different routes, enabling them to avoid the
disrupted supplies encountered elsewhere.  Latvijas Gaze?s vast Incukalns storage facility, located half an hour?s drive from the capital, Riga, also supplies gas to Lithuania, Estonia and even parts of Russia itself.  EPA/VALDA KALNINA EU Commission clears support to energy-intensive users in Latvia
P034337002901-767911 Šefčovič to discuss energy links in Lithuania
epa04855527 A general view of the Sheringham Shoal wind farm installations, located between 17 to 23 kilometres off the coast of Norfolk in Britain, 12 June 2015. The wind farm is jointly owned by Statoil and Statkraft through their joint venture company Scira Offshore Energy Limited. According to Statoil, the wind farm covers an area of about 35 square kilometers. Every of the 88 wind turbines has a capacity of 3.6 MW. The wind farm generates a total of 1.1 Twh of electricity, which is enough to power 220,000 homes in Britain.  EPA/MAURITZ ANTIN EU clears acquisition of 9 UK wind farms by Macquarie, USSL
epa05873384 EU Commissioner for Competition, Danish, Margrethe Vestager addresses a press conference on mergers between Dow and DuPont in Brussels, Belgium, 27 March 2017. The European Commission has approved the proposed merger between US-based chemical companies Dow and DuPont under the EU Merger Regulation. The approval is conditional on the divestiture of major parts of DuPont's global pesticide business.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET EU approves energy surcharges cuts for companies in Germany, Italy
epa05698264 A sunset view of a wind turbine farm in Villeveyrac, next to Montpellier, Southern France, 04 January 2017. France has the second largest wind potential in Europe due to its large land area and extensive agricultural landscape.  EPA/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO EP to increase the EU’s share of renewable energy
epa01647607 (FILE) A file photograph dated 26 February 2006 shows a general view of  the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, south Iran. According to reports on 25 February 2009, Iranian and Russian nuclear officials have begun a test run of the Russian-built plant, the first of its kind in Iran.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH *** Local Caption *** 00000401625178 Kazakh uranium supplies to Iran depend on the decision of the Big Six

Internet & ICT

epa05984107 German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble attends a plenary session on the Europe in the New World, strategy to thrive during an European Business summit, in Brussels, Belgium, 23 May 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ European Business Summit gathers business and political leaders in Brussels
Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium on May 18, 2017 EU ministers agree to raise ‘Netflix quota’ to 30%
epa05617667 Two traditional Christmas little sculptures called 'caganers' (lit. defecators) picturing characters of Game of Thrones TV series Daenerys Targaryen (L), John Snow (C) and Tyrion Lannister (R) are launched by the brand in the town of Torroella de Montgri, Catalonia, northeastern Spain, 04 November 2016. The 'caganer' is a traditional figure in Catalonian nativity scenes.  EPA/ROBIN TOWNSEND Watching online TV while abroad: EU Parliament helps you take Game of Thrones with you
epa04090102 The two logos of Facebook (L) and Whatsapp pictured on the screen of a smartphone in Sieversdorf, Germany, 19 February 2014. Facebook announced on 19 February that it acquired the globally popular messaging system WhatsApp for 19 billion US dollar. Facebook paid 12 billion US dollar in shares and four billion US dollar in cash. The deal includes an additional three billion US dollar in Facebook stock for WhatsApp founders and employees. The deal should close later in 2014 and is still subject to regulatory approval, according to Facebook founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who said in the conference call that he did not expect any issues. Additionally, WhatsApp co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Jan Koum will join the Facebook Board of Directors.  EPA/PATRICK PLEUL EU Commission fines Facebook 110 million euros for cheating over WhatsApp deal
epa04899166 An Airbus A350 performs at the Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2015 in the city of Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, 25 August 2015. The International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS 2015 take place from 25 to 30 August.  EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV EU’s struggle to stop U.S. in-flight laptop ban
Opening of the Conference ' Strengthening Europe's external borders ' Mariya Gabriel takes over Digital Economy and Society portfolio
epa04214165 Presdient of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Hans-Georg Maassen, speaks at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in potsdam, Germany, 19 May 2014. A conference on national cyber security takes place in Potsdam.  EPA/RALF HIRSCHBERGER EU Commission: No EU institutions hit by cyber attacks
Products7664-1200x800-189476 Belgium wants to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia
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website-hackers Manhunt for hackers, as experts foresee new global cyber attacks

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