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epaselect epa07165559 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 gives a press briefing at EU commission in Brussels, Belgium, 14 November 2018. The British cabinet has backed the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Barnier outlines Brexit Withdrawal Agreement’s main points after May announces her backing to deal
epaselect epa05208889 A photograph made available on 13 March 2016 showing a Euro symbol projected onto the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany 12 March 2016. The European Central Bank (ECB) is participating in Luminale, a light show that takes place every two years in Frankfurt. Both the ECB?s main building by the river Main and the Eurotower in the city centre will be illuminated by a ?symphony? of light consisting of bars, lines and circles ? primarily in blue and yellow, the colours of the European Union. It will be based on Ludwig van Beethoven?s Prelude to the Ode to Joy, the European anthem. The euro symbol will be projected onto the south facade of the main building and will be visible to passenger planes on approach to land at Frankfurt airport. The light show takes place every day from 20:00 CET to midnight from 13 to 18 March 2016.  EPA/BORIS ROESSLER ECB will not back Italy at all costs
epa06760180 (L-R) Pierre Moscovici, the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, and German Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz chat prior to the start of an Eurogroup Finance Ministers' meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, 24 May 2018.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Germany optimistic about budget compromise with Italy
epa04191819 A picture made available on 05 May 2014 shows a woman walking up to the passport control point for citizens of the European Union at Duesseldorf Airport which uses the new automatic easy-pass control system in Duesseldorf, Germany, 02 May 2014. Passengers place their passports on a reader which compares a camera photo with the photo in the passport. If the biometric data matches and the passenger is not on a wanted list, the border gate opens.  EPA/FEDERICO GAMBARINI EU Commission says UK citizens will not need a visa post-Brexit
epa06376221 British and European flags in front the  European Commission headquarters during a meeting of British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Jean-Claude Juncker on Brexit Negotiations in Brussels, Belgium, 08 December 2017. Reports state that Theresa May is in Brussels after talks on the issue of the Irish border where she will meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU negotiator Michel Barnier.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET EU-UK appear to agree on Brexit deal
epa07148424 A general view of wind turbines on a hill near the village of Ardales in Andalusia, southern province of Spain, 21 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/MAURITZ ANTIN IEA: Wind will become the EU’s largest power source in 2027
epa07115811 Members of Parliament vote on a new law to ban the sale of single-use plastic products and the EU Budget 2019 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 24 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER MEPs set new ambitious targets on renewables and energy efficiency
epaselect epa04537193 Men dressed up as German (C) and British (L) soldiers re-enact the no-man's land football match between British and German soldiers, during a re-enactment of the WWI's so-called Christmas Truce in Warneton, Belgium, 21 December 2014. The Christmas Truce was a brief unofficial cease-fire in World War I that took place around Christmas time 1914 between German and British troops.

The year 2014 sees the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, or the Great War, which according to official statistics cost more than 37 million military and civilian casualties between 1914 and 1918.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Far-right party reacts to Germany’s World War I commemorations
A pedestrian passes an office of UniCredit Bulbank in Sofia, Bulgaria 09 October 2008. UniCredit Bulbank is the biggest bank in Bulgaria. After a financial and currency crisis 1996-97, the banking system in Bulgaria was privatised and currently 87 percent of the banks in Bulgaria are owned by foreign banks. Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishew assured Bulgarians that the  banking system in the country is stable. The government was to announce Thursday in Sofia measures to prevent the international financial crisis to affect the citizens.  EPA-EFE/VASSIL DONEV ECB to test Bulgaria’s systemic lenders prior to Eurozone membership
epa05662600 Exterior view of the Google Groningen logo for the office during the opening of the new Google data center in Eemshaven, The Netherlands, 06 December 2016.  EPA/VINCENT JANNINK Netherlands to close tax avoidance loophole

Kassandra

epaselect epa07014134 President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (C) delivers the annual State of The European Union speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 12 September 2018. Juncker's fourth State of the Union Address in the European Parliament comes ahead of the 2019 European elections and in the context of the ongoing debate about the future of the European Union at 27.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER Europe’s liberals: home  is where the heart is
date-european-parliament-elections-may-change IMG Clean the EU before the European elections
Klaus-Welle ACRE fires warning shot
p1-new A Pandora’s box of corruption
p24-Kass Romania’s clean-up crew sets eyes on Bulgaria, Moldova
epa07106849 Greek Prime Minister and new Foreign Minister Alexis Tsipras attends a handover ceremony at the Foreign Ministry in Athens, Greece, 20 October 2018. Tsipras took up the position after the resignation of former Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias following a disagreement with Defense Minister Panos Kammenos over the handling of a deal of Greece with FYROM.  EPA-EFE/SIMELA PANTZARTZI Spitzenkandidat: Are Tsipras’ eyes on PES, Greens, or European Left?
p3a It’s Turtles all the Way Down!*
Kass Christmas may come early for Steve Bannon’s European dream
corruption It’s Corruption all the Way Down!
DptyP9cXcAAjiAi The EPP’s Spitzenkandidat race may already be over: Kassandra runs the numbers


EU National News

epa07164711 Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, 14 November 2018. British cabinet will hold a meeting later at the day to discuss the draft text of the Brexit agreement. According to reports, British and European Union officials have agreed on the draft deal after months of negotiations.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN UK cabinet endorses Brexit deal
epa06601191 A self driving concept car is on display during a press event at the Volkswagen Annual Presser at Volkswagen Group Forum, in Berlin, Germany, 13 March 2018. Volkswagen said the company would massively invest into electric mobility, and start the production of electric vehicles at 16 locations around the globe by the end of 2022. Additional nine more locations will be modified for the same reason already within the next two years. Volkswagen Group sold a total of 10,7 million vehicles in 2017, with sales increasing to 230,7 billion euro. Operational profit doubled to almost 13,8 billion euro, a record.  EPA-EFE/Omer Messinger Germany enters car battery technology race
A pedestrian passes an office of UniCredit Bulbank in Sofia, Bulgaria 09 October 2008. UniCredit Bulbank is the biggest bank in Bulgaria. After a financial and currency crisis 1996-97, the banking system in Bulgaria was privatised and currently 87 percent of the banks in Bulgaria are owned by foreign banks. Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishew assured Bulgarians that the  banking system in the country is stable. The government was to announce Thursday in Sofia measures to prevent the international financial crisis to affect the citizens.  EPA-EFE/VASSIL DONEV ECB to test Bulgaria’s systemic lenders prior to Eurozone membership
epa07152731 (FILE) - The badge of the Austrian Armed Forces pictured during the celebrations on Austrian National Day (Nationalfeiertag) on Heldenplatz square in Vienna, Austria, 26 October 2016 (reissued 09 November 2018). Austrian authorities disclosed a spying case at the Oesterreichisches Bundesheer (Austrian Armed Forces) by suspected Russian military intelligence services. A 70 year-old retired Austrian colonel is accused of having delivered classified information about the Austrian Air Force, artillery and migration situation to Russia since the 1990s.  EPA-EFE/LISI NIESNER Diplomatic fallout from espionage row shakes Austria’s relations with Russia
epa07128721 Catalan local police officers stand on guard in a street in Barcelona, Spain, 29 October 2018 during an operation against the so-called 'daffodils', drug trafficker-occupied flats. About 40 flats were registered in a police unit to dismantle illegally occupied flats in the city used by drug traffickers.  EPA-EFE/QUIQUE GARCIA Spanish police arrest man for alleged assassination plot

World News

epa06894690 German Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier (L) and European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic (R) hold a joint news conference after a meeting concerning the Ukraine-gas-transit with representatives of the European Commission, Germany, Ukraine and Russia, in Berlin, Germany, 17 July 2018. German Economy and Energy Minister Altmaier, European Commission Vice-President Sefcovic, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin and Russian Energy Minister Novak met in the German capital to discuss issues concerning the natural gas transmission system of Ukraine and the distribution of it to Germany. The talks come on the background of controversial pipeline Nord Stream 2 which is not endorsed by the EU, and Ukraine's concerns that Russia would be able to easily cut Ukraine off from the gas.  EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER Gazprom boosts gas supplies to Germany, pushes Nord Stream-2
p23ah_54316170 Armenia wants price cut for Russian gas
epa07141677 US President Donald Trump talks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, 04 November 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVER CONTRERAS / POOL Trump threatens anti-trust laws for digital behemoths
p23-h_54733954 Georgia set for second round of presidential elections
epa07130836 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (C), and his Azeri counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov (L) during a press conference after their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, 30 October 2018. Foreign Ministers of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Iran met in Istanbul for talks on latest developments in the region.  EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA Turkey and Azerbaijan say they are ready to defy US’ Iran sanctions

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

Enhanced communication leads to a better Europe

By: Spyros Kapralos

Clean the EU before the European elections

By: Jens-Peter Bonde

A roadmap for Central and Eastern Europe

By: Nolan Theisen

Europe should stop feeding the dragon of Ukrainian corruption

By: Oleg Sukhov

Is Trump duping Putin?

By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

Angela Merkel’s tragedy

By: Ashoka Mody

Toxic political culture unleashes realities of US’ unsavoury past

By: Joseph Dana

The Brexitisation of European politics

By: Guy Verhofstadt

Europe’s coming year of reckoning

By: Joschka Fischer

The Saudi predicament

By: Stella Athanassoulia

The Italian budget saga: Let’s focus on facts

By: Antonio Zennaro

Why Italy is the latest to question policy orthodoxy

By: Mohamed A. El-Erian

THE ENLARGEMENT MONITOR

epa07135624 Passengers walk out from Greek Aegean Airlines plane at the Skopje International Airport in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 01 November 2018. Because of the long dispute with the name of the country (FYROM) and the airport's name (old: Alexander the Great) as well, there hasn't been a direct flight between Skopje and Athens in the past 12 years. After the 'Prespa Agreement' and the stabilizing relations of the two neighbor countries, Greek Aegean Airlines and TAV made an agreement for establishing year-round flights between the two capitals. With this agreement there will be flights on route Athens-Skopje twice a week.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: Work progresses on Prespes Agreement implementation
epa07105806 Members of the parliament vote for the start changing the state's constitution as big part of opposition VMRO DPMNE stay from the side on the parliamentary session in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), 19 October 2018. Two thirds (80 members of the parliament) of Macedonian parliament voted to start changing the state's constitution and constitutional changes to change the name of the country in North Macedonia according to the deal with Greece.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: Athens takes a breather
epa07105860 Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev addresses to the media after the members of parliament voted for the start changing the state's constitution on the parliamentary session in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), 19 October 2018. Two thirds (80 members of the parliament) of Macedonian parliament voted to start changing the state's constitution and constitutional changes to change the name of the country in North Macedonia according to the deal with Greece.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: Zaev scores stunning victory from failed referendum
epa07097423 Greek National Defense Minister Panos Kammenos attends a meeting with Greek cabinet ministers at the parliament in Athens, Greece, 16 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/SIMELA PANTZARTZI Name Dispute: Greece’s odd couple stays the course
epa06680458 Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (R) talk with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (L) after press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, 19 April 2018. Mogherini arrived in Belgrade in one day visit.  EPA-EFE/KOCA SULEJMANOVIC Getting to an Agreement between Serbia and Kosovo
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
epa04191819 A picture made available on 05 May 2014 shows a woman walking up to the passport control point for citizens of the European Union at Duesseldorf Airport which uses the new automatic easy-pass control system in Duesseldorf, Germany, 02 May 2014. Passengers place their passports on a reader which compares a camera photo with the photo in the passport. If the biometric data matches and the passenger is not on a wanted list, the border gate opens.  EPA/FEDERICO GAMBARINI EU Commission says UK citizens will not need a visa post-Brexit
epa06376221 British and European flags in front the  European Commission headquarters during a meeting of British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Jean-Claude Juncker on Brexit Negotiations in Brussels, Belgium, 08 December 2017. Reports state that Theresa May is in Brussels after talks on the issue of the Irish border where she will meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU negotiator Michel Barnier.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET EU-UK appear to agree on Brexit deal
epa05842463 Lebanese women carry placards calling for granting women their rights during a march from Achrafieh area and across the streets of Beirut, Lebanon, 11 March 2017. Women from different women's associations marched across Beirut calling on the government to grant women the right to give the Lebanese nationality to their children and to participate in the government, parliament and leadership positions in the state.  EPA/NABIL MOUNZER Gender and the Arab city
epa07148424 A general view of wind turbines on a hill near the village of Ardales in Andalusia, southern province of Spain, 21 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/MAURITZ ANTIN IEA: Wind will become the EU’s largest power source in 2027

EU-UK appear to agree on Brexit deal epa06376221 British and European flags in front the  European Commission headquarters during a meeting of British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Jean-Claude Juncker on Brexit Negotiations in Brussels, Belgium, 08 December 2017. Reports state that Theresa May is in Brussels after talks on the issue of the Irish border where she will meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU negotiator Michel Barnier.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET

After months of often fraught, and sometimes quite contentious negotiations, the two teams charged with reaching an agreement the UK’s

By Irene Kostaki Journalist, New Europe

Energy

epa07162758 A Gulf visitors walks in front of a big poster for Total company at Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 13 November 2018. ADIPEC, a meeting place of the international oil and gas community, runs between 12 and 15 November 2018.  EPA-EFE/ALI HAIDER Why “data is the new oil” and what happens when energy meets Industry 4.0
epa07148424 A general view of wind turbines on a hill near the village of Ardales in Andalusia, southern province of Spain, 21 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/MAURITZ ANTIN IEA: Wind will become the EU’s largest power source in 2027
epa07115811 Members of Parliament vote on a new law to ban the sale of single-use plastic products and the EU Budget 2019 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 24 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER MEPs set new ambitious targets on renewables and energy efficiency
epa06894690 German Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier (L) and European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic (R) hold a joint news conference after a meeting concerning the Ukraine-gas-transit with representatives of the European Commission, Germany, Ukraine and Russia, in Berlin, Germany, 17 July 2018. German Economy and Energy Minister Altmaier, European Commission Vice-President Sefcovic, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin and Russian Energy Minister Novak met in the German capital to discuss issues concerning the natural gas transmission system of Ukraine and the distribution of it to Germany. The talks come on the background of controversial pipeline Nord Stream 2 which is not endorsed by the EU, and Ukraine's concerns that Russia would be able to easily cut Ukraine off from the gas.  EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER Gazprom boosts gas supplies to Germany, pushes Nord Stream-2
epa05530868 Workers unload pipes for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), in Spitalle, Albania, 08 September 2016. TAP is a natural gas pipeline project which will start in Greece and cross Albania and the Adriatic Sea to end in southern Italy bringing gas from the Caspian region to European markets.  EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EU approves state support plans for Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector
Christos Stylianides attends at the televised session (Euronews) EU Commissioner calls for more prevention to deal with climate change
epa05551673 Wind turbines stand in the Baltic Sea at the offshore wind farm 'DanTysk' of the Swedish energy company Vattenfall and the municipal works of Munich (SWM) around 43 sea miles (70 kilometres) West of the island of Sylt, Germany, 21 September 2016. Around 50 technicians and engineers, who are responsible for the maintenance of the nearby wind farms 'Dan Tysk' and 'Sandbank', have lived on the residential platform in the wind farm for two months.  EPA/CHRISTIAN CHARISIUS Poland commits to develop 8 GW of offshore wind
epa04627046 (FILE) A file photo dated 07 January 2009 showing the facilities of European Gas Hub (CEGH) where Russian gas usually arrives in Baumgarten, Austria. Austria-based oil and gas company OMV said 19 February 2015 that its net loss quadrupled to 308 million euros (351 million dollars) in the fourth quarter last year as oil prices plummeted. In addition to the price decline, write-offs at OMV's partly owned subsidiary Petrol Ofisi in Turkey and at its gas power plant in Romania had cost the major Central and Eastern European energy group 700 million euros. OMV had made a loss of 78 million euros in the last three months of 2013. The average price at which OMV was able to sell its crude oil dropped 30 per cent to below 70 dollars per barrel in the fourth quarter of 2014, in line with global oil markets. Revenues fell by a quarter to 7.7 billion euros, while the operating loss widened from 99 million to 404 million euros.  EPA/ROBERT JAEGER Russia to boost gas supplies to Austria
epa05932513 Cars drive past election posters of Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi in front of his campaign office, in the city of Karaj, Albroz province, Iran, 28 April 2017. Media reports state six candidates, including current President Hassan Rouhani, are standing for the upcoming elections scheduled for 19 May.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH EU to defend Iran deal despite sanctions exemptions to certain member states
epa06278346 Tourists walk through the port in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 20 October 2017. More than 8,700 tourists, most of them from Germany, arrived to Tenerife together with some 2,800 crew members on board the cruise ships Ventura, TUI Discovery 2 and Mein Schiff 4.  EPA-EFE/Cristobal Garcia EU supports clean energy transition in island communities

Internet & ICT

epa07162758 A Gulf visitors walks in front of a big poster for Total company at Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 13 November 2018. ADIPEC, a meeting place of the international oil and gas community, runs between 12 and 15 November 2018.  EPA-EFE/ALI HAIDER Why “data is the new oil” and what happens when energy meets Industry 4.0
epa06601191 A self driving concept car is on display during a press event at the Volkswagen Annual Presser at Volkswagen Group Forum, in Berlin, Germany, 13 March 2018. Volkswagen said the company would massively invest into electric mobility, and start the production of electric vehicles at 16 locations around the globe by the end of 2022. Additional nine more locations will be modified for the same reason already within the next two years. Volkswagen Group sold a total of 10,7 million vehicles in 2017, with sales increasing to 230,7 billion euro. Operational profit doubled to almost 13,8 billion euro, a record.  EPA-EFE/Omer Messinger Germany enters car battery technology race
Huawei_1 Art & science: Drivers of an innovative future
epa07141677 US President Donald Trump talks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, 04 November 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVER CONTRERAS / POOL Trump threatens anti-trust laws for digital behemoths
p1h_53840326 Cyber security and fake news
epa05348790 Crates of fruit and vegetables are ready for export at transport company ABC Logistics in Poeldijk, The Netherlands, 06 June 2016. The Dutch agricultural exports last year rose to a record level of 81.3 billion euros.  EPA/ROBIN VAN LONKUISEN The Netherlands clears the way for agricultural genetic modification
epa06052507 The Google logo is seen on its office building in St Pancras in London, Britain, 27 June 2017. The European Commission on 27 June 2017 would fine the Google with 2.4 billion euros for abusing its dominance as a search engine. The company has 90 days to stop its illegal activities or face fines.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA UK moves on introducing digital tax ahead of EU
Buttarelli2 24 oct EU’s Buttarelli says personal data protection is “a pillar of democracy”
epa07115546 Chief Executive Officer of Apple Tim Cook gives a speech during the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 24 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for comprehensive US privacy law while warning of ‘data industrial complex’
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

From the NE Knowledge Network



Far-right party reacts to Germany’s World War I commemorations epaselect epa04537193 Men dressed up as German (C) and British (L) soldiers re-enact the no-man's land football match between British and German soldiers, during a re-enactment of the WWI's so-called Christmas Truce in Warneton, Belgium, 21 December 2014. The Christmas Truce was a brief unofficial cease-fire in World War I that took place around Christmas time 1914 between German and British troops.

The year 2014 sees the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, or the Great War, which according to official statistics cost more than 37 million military and civilian casualties between 1914 and 1918.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Alexander Gauland, the leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party lashed out at Chancellor Angela Merkel for taking part

By NEOnline | IR Ilia Roubanis

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