The Brits’ comeback

I see no Brexit. Indeed, once the bloc unanimously granted an extension for Brexit requested, both pundits and politicians feel relieved as the have perceptualised the trap that they had fallen in with the self-inflicted blunder that they committed three and half years ago. It was one of the biggest...

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Finding peace: Interview with Sheikh Bentounes

Sheikh Khaled Bentounes, the President of the International Sufi Association Alawiya, a Muslim NGO promoting interfaith dialogue and cohabitation, sat down with New Europe...

A yearning for freedom made breaching the Wall an act of self-sacrifice

At least 136 people died trying to cross the Berlin Wall between 1961 and 1989. One of the most spectacular escapes involved an Austrian...

EU launches 13 new defence cooperation projects

EU defence ministers approved on 12 November the third wave of 13 new proposals under the EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation -PESCO framework, raising the...

Romania’s Iohannis wins first-round of presidential vote

Romania’s incumbent president, Klaus Iohannis, won a clear victory in the first round of his country's elections held on November 10. Iohannis, who was backed...

Unstoppable Nord Stream-2

The Nord Stream-2 pipeline, which late last month obtained a permit to construct its planned pipeline system in the Danish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)...

Communism is dead, Communists can still be useful

Global disorder is the manifestation of an ever-changing world. The conservative pillars of societies insist that they view it as an infectious disease curable...

NEWSROOM

Kazakhstan slightly increases gas production

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Gas ​​production over 10 months of this year amounted to 46.3 billion cubic metres with an increase of 1.5% compared to...

IEA warns clean energy insufficient to meet growing demand

There is a gap between the ever-higher amounts of greenhouse gas emissions being produced and the insufficiency of stated policies to curb those emissions...

EU condemns Gaza rocket fire on Israeli civilians

The European Union condemned the blast of rocket attacks reaching deep into Israel after Israeli airstrikes assassinated senior Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata...

Luxembourg and EIB step up cooperation in climate action

The European Investment Bank and Luxembourg launched a Financial Inclusion Fund, dedicating €3.6 million to support for micro and small businesses in Africa, the...

Eurojust and Serbia strengthen cross-border cooperation

Eurojust and Serbia have signed a cooperation agreement on 12 November in Serbia's capital, Belgrade. The agreement was signed by Serbia's Minister of justice, Nela...

EU, Indonesia discuss security issues

The fourth session of the EU-Indonesia Security Dialogue was held on 12 November in Brussels. Both delegations discussed issues encompassing Common Security and Defence Policy,...

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Focus

Finding peace: Interview with Sheikh Bentounes

Sheikh Khaled Bentounes, the President of the International Sufi Association Alawiya, a Muslim NGO promoting interfaith dialogue and cohabitation, sat down with New Europe...

A yearning for freedom made breaching the Wall an act of self-sacrifice

At least 136 people died trying to cross the Berlin Wall between 1961 and 1989. One of the most spectacular escapes involved an Austrian...

EU Affairs

Police in Tuscany averts terrorist attack against Muslim community

Police in Tuscany averted a far-right extremists attack against the Muslim community in Siena on Tuesday. The Italian police detained 12 people in and around...

Clinton calls UK decision to bury Russian election-meddling report “shameful”

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the decision of the Conservative government to bury a parliamentary report on Russian meddling in UK...

Turkey begins EU Jihadi fighters repatriation

Turkey started deporting foreign IS fighters to their home countries, The Guardian first reported on Monday. The first deportation was of a US citizen. A...

France calls into question NATO’s relevance

In an interview with the Economist, the President of France Emmanuel Macron called NATO “brain dead” Asked to comment on Macron’s dismissal of NATO on...

Moody’s threatens to downgrade Britain’s sovereign debt profile

The UK's credit rating could be downgraded by rating agency Moody’s, according to a rating issued on Friday. The UK is currently rated Aa2 -...

Twitter data-leak scandal linked to Saudi journalist killing

Saudi journalist and writer Turki Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Jasser died in prison after being tortured, the New Khaleej reported last Thursday. The killing has been linked...

US queries Serbia about Russian arms purchases amid EU/NATO turmoil

On October 31, senior State Department official Thomas Zarzecki landed in Belgrade to meet Serbian officials over the announced purchase of sophisticated anti-aircraft missile...

Mitsotakis’ first real crash test

What could possibly be wrong with a government that is ahead of the main opposition party by 18 percentage points in the polls and...

Brussels casts Zaev a thin lifeline

Brussels cast a thin Italian-flavoured political lifeline to North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev over the last ten days, something sorely needed after Zaev...

Cyprus revokes 26 Investor Passports

Cyprus is to revoke 26 so-called “Golden passports,” obtained by investing in real estate; these include nine Russians, eight Cambodians, five Chinese, two Kenyans,...

US charges two former Twitter employees with espionage on behalf of Saudi Arabia

US authorities charged two former Twitter employees and a former Saudi royal family employee on Wednesday with espionage charges. This is the first time the...

Leaders' Perspectives

Basil A. Coronakis

Founder of New Europe

Communism is dead, Communists can still be useful

Global disorder is the manifestation of an ever-changing world. The conservative pillars of societies insist that they view it as an infectious disease curable with… Read More »

Kálmán Mizsei

Former EU Special Representative for Moldova from 2007-2011, Assistant Secretary General of the UN in 2001-2006, and Head of the EU Advisory Mission to Ukraine in Kyiv from 2014-2015.

The transformation of Eastern Europe has been a success

In 1986, when I was watching Mikhail Gorbachev declaring the need for ‘radical reform’ I got goose bumps out of euphoria but my second reaction… Read More »

KASSANDRA

Communism is dead, Communists can still be useful

Global disorder is the manifestation of an ever-changing world. The conservative pillars of societies insist that they view it as an infectious disease curable...

Brexit, EU unity, and non-negotiable democracy

Every time we think this whole Brexit madness is going to finally come to an end, it just doesn’t. Always one step forward, two...

Enlargement dezinformatsia

France is taking the lead in filling the vacuum as a result of Brexit and several EU political leaders made a series of false...

Let’s get one thing straight: Reforms are, first and foremost, for national benefit

We can all argue about whether enlargement of the European Union is a good thing or not, but let us not try to sell...

Enlargement Kaput

As New Europe wisely predicted in recent weeks, neither Albania nor North Macedonia received a date at the EU Summit to launch negotiations for...

Enlargement yes, but why…

Western Balkan countries are anxious to get a date to start entry negotiations and this is good because most of the countries of the...

France unmoved on EU Enlargement

Recent diplomatic exchanges cited by Reuters indicate France has not backed off of its opposition to the immediate launch of EU accession talks with...

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

EU reports slow progress in bridging the gender pay gap

Every year the European Commission marks the European Equal Pay Day to reach out to Member States on the link between pay, earnings and...

Juncker’s surgery will delay Luxembourg trial

Jean-Claude Juncker's plan to undergo surgery has forced the Luxembourg court to delay next hearing for the intelligence scandal that made him resign from...

EU strives to improve waste management

Waste is an issue that affects the whole European Union. According to the European Commission, altogether, the EU produces up to 3 billion tonnes...

EU says Russian gas transit talks through Ukraine hit skids

The European Union, Russia and Ukraine concluded on 28 October the fourth round of trilateral talks at political level on the long-term transit of...

Nord Stream-2 gets go-ahead for Denmark build

The fact that Nord Stream-2 could be operational in early 2020 puts additional pressure to reach a successful conclusion of EU-Ukraine-Russia gas talks, Oxford...

Zaev fumbles after EU Enlargement let-down

North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev fumbled badly this week when discussing the relationship between his country’s now-frozen EU accession bid and the standing...

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

MEPs express concern over climate change

The European Parliament in Brussels voted on 10 October for an increase of climate action spending in the next EU budget, calling for a...

Vestager is ready to reign in Big Tech

The question of Europe's digital transformation has been a key topic for many of last the Commission confirmation hearings. By the end of the...

Sassoli: UK’s Brexit proposals are not immediately operable, long way from something European Parliament could agree to

The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, met today with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, and discussed the facets of...

Kyriakides with a clear path to take over the Commission’s health portfolio

The Cypriot Commissioner-designate charged with managing the EU’s Health Portfolio, Stella Kyriakides, a trained clinical psychologist and cancer survivor, spent three hours on 1...

Wojciechowski flops during confirmation hearing, puts von der Leyen’s Eastern European vision in doubt

The Polish candidate to take over the European Commission’s Agriculture portfolio, Janusz Wojciechowski, failed to live up to his potential future boss’ expectations by...

Hungary and Romania need to send other Commissioner candidates after new European Parliament vote

In a morning vote on 30 September 2019, the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee voted that Commissioners-designate from Hungary and Romania cannot stay on....

EUROPEAN COUNCIL

Brussels casts Zaev a thin lifeline

Brussels cast a thin Italian-flavoured political lifeline to North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev over the last ten days, something sorely needed after Zaev...

EU and China to sign geographic indication agreement

The EU and China will sign in Beijing an agreement to protect geographic indications, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday in Shanghai. Geographic indications...

Zaev fumbles after EU Enlargement let-down

North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev fumbled badly this week when discussing the relationship between his country’s now-frozen EU accession bid and the standing...

Enlargement is not Eurovision, Zoran

Enlargement boosters across Europe were stunned by the third failure of the European Council to announce a decision on 18 October on a date...

Johnson asks for clear “yes” or “no” from Parliament on Brexit deal

Although UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson managed to secure a new deal with the EU on 17 October, the British Parliament had other plans...

Action needed on migration, before it’s too late

The most recent European Council meeting was all about Brexit and saw the EU and the UK come to an agreement at the 11thhour...

EU National News

IEA warns clean energy insufficient to meet growing demand

There is a gap between the ever-higher amounts of greenhouse gas emissions being produced and the insufficiency of stated policies to curb those emissions...

Police in Tuscany averts terrorist attack against Muslim community

Police in Tuscany averted a far-right extremists attack against the Muslim community in Siena on Tuesday. The Italian police detained 12 people in and around...

Delta will not increase stake in Alitalia

Despite competition from Lufthansa, Delta Airlines will not increase its proposed stake in a consortium that is to restructure Italy's national carrier, Alitalia. In...

Clinton calls UK decision to bury Russian election-meddling report “shameful”

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the decision of the Conservative government to bury a parliamentary report on Russian meddling in UK...

Spain steps towards its first coalition government

Spain’s Socialists and far-left party Unidas Podemos have reached a coalition deal, La Vanguardia first reported on Tuesday. "An agreement has been reached for a...

Turkey begins EU Jihadi fighters repatriation

Turkey started deporting foreign IS fighters to their home countries, The Guardian first reported on Monday. The first deportation was of a US citizen. A...

Farage will not campaign against Conservative MPs

In a televised conference on Monday, Brexit party leader Nigel Farage said his party will not field any candidates in 317 constituencies held by...

The leader of Spains’ liberal Ciudadanos resigns

In a televised address on Monday, the leader of Spain’s liberal Ciudadanos, Albert Rivera, resigned on Monday. One year ago, Spain had one of the...

France calls into question NATO’s relevance

In an interview with the Economist, the President of France Emmanuel Macron called NATO “brain dead” Asked to comment on Macron’s dismissal of NATO on...

Moody’s threatens to downgrade Britain’s sovereign debt profile

The UK's credit rating could be downgraded by rating agency Moody’s, according to a rating issued on Friday. The UK is currently rated Aa2 -...

World News

IEA warns clean energy insufficient to meet growing demand

There is a gap between the ever-higher amounts of greenhouse gas emissions being produced and the insufficiency of stated policies to curb those emissions...

Are randomised poverty-alleviation experiments ethical?

Last month, the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to three pioneers in using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to fight poverty in...

Brazil struggles with regulatory stagnation and haphazard politics in its audiovisual industry

Brazil’s Audiovisual Industry is undergoing a process of reintegration and increasing competitive intensity. Since the 1990s, the deployment of pay-TV, the introduction of new...

Saudi Aramco prepares IPO on Tadawul

Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest integrated oil and gas company, wholly owned by the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced on 3...

UN hails Geneva talks on Syria

The first phase of the UN-brokered face-to-face talks between the Syrian Government and opposition began at the UN Office in Geneva on 30 October,...

WarnerMedia boosts presence in Latin America while distancing itself from Brazil

WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey put flesh on the bones of his plans to seize momentum in pay-TV and streaming arenas through further expansion in...

US could follow the EU into negative interest rate territory

President Donald Trump is calling for zero or negative rates in the US, in line with EU and Japanese monetary policy. That policy shift...

Georgia must stop looking at sex education as a taboo

As a gender researcher and women’s rights activist from Georgia, every day is a struggle for a woman like me. I come from a...

Resumption of peace talks may pause Turkish drilling in Cyprus EEZ

Incoming new EU Commission may be keener on negotiations to resolve regional East Med problems LIMASSOL, Cyprus – The possible resumption of the dormant peace...

EU to host conference for Venezuelan refugees and migrants

The European Union alongside the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have organised a high-level International Solidarity Conference in...

THE ENLARGEMENT MONITOR

Brussels casts Zaev a thin lifeline

Brussels cast a thin Italian-flavoured political lifeline to North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev over the last ten days, something sorely needed after Zaev...

Zaev fumbles after EU Enlargement let-down

North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev fumbled badly this week when discussing the relationship between his country’s now-frozen EU accession bid and the standing...

The domino effect of the French veto

French President Emmanuel Macron’s veto of the start of EU accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia at the EU Summit has caused massive...

Enlargement is not Eurovision, Zoran

Enlargement boosters across Europe were stunned by the third failure of the European Council to announce a decision on 18 October on a date...

Enlargement dezinformatsia

France is taking the lead in filling the vacuum as a result of Brexit and several EU political leaders made a series of false...

France unyielding on EU Enlargement, elections triggered in North Macedonia

The scenario that emerged late last week with multiple reports that France would oppose immediate decisions on EU Enlargement has come to pass. EU European...

Enlargement Kaput

As New Europe wisely predicted in recent weeks, neither Albania nor North Macedonia received a date at the EU Summit to launch negotiations for...

Internet & ICT

Brazil struggles with regulatory stagnation and haphazard politics in its audiovisual industry

Brazil’s Audiovisual Industry is undergoing a process of reintegration and increasing competitive intensity. Since the 1990s, the deployment of pay-TV, the introduction of new...

Australia takes Google to court over geolocation practices

Australia is taking Google to court over geolocation data-collection practices. The Australian Consumer Commission (ACC) has filed a lawsuit on allegations that the electronics behemoth...

Cybercrime threats

LIMASSOL, Cyprus – Chinese hackers are launching more sophisticated attacks that are as frequent and technologically savvy as Russian cyber-units, but it’s difficult to...

Marseille uses abandoned U-boat base to become a European data-hub

A WW II German U-boat base submarine base in Marseille will become France’s second-biggest data-storage centre after Paris. The Dutch cloud services firm Interxion plans...

Microsoft’s EU contracts found to breach GDPR

The European Data Protection Supervisor has expressed serious concerns about Microsoft’s contractual agreements with the EU's institutions, saying they fail to fully comply with...

Germany defies US allowing Huawei to bid for 5G projects

German regulators released on Tuesday a set of network security guidelines allowing companies developing 5G infrastructure to engage China’s Huawei. Huawei will not be excluded...

UN-Google report shows that AI can help governments deliver public services

The way artificial intelligence can be leveraged for public services in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond is the focus of a new study of...

Energy

Kazakhstan slightly increases gas production

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Gas ​​production over 10 months of this year amounted to 46.3 billion cubic metres with an increase of 1.5% compared to...

IEA warns clean energy insufficient to meet growing demand

There is a gap between the ever-higher amounts of greenhouse gas emissions being produced and the insufficiency of stated policies to curb those emissions...

EU agrees sanctions on Turkey over Cyprus drilling

The European Union Council adopted on 11 November a framework for restrictive measures in response to Turkey's "unauthorized drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean". "The...

France, UK, Germany, EU warn Iran over nuclear breaches

The European Union, France, Germany and Britain have said on 11 November that they are "extremely concerned" by Iran's decision to re-start nuclear activities...

Kazakhstan increases uranium mining by 5%

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - The volume of uranium mining in Kazakhstan during ten months of this year increased by 5% and amounted to 18.7 thousand...

Iran discovers major oil field but unlikely to be able to profit from it in near future

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on 10 November in a speech in the desert city of Yazd that his country has discovered a new...

Unstoppable Nord Stream-2

The Nord Stream-2 pipeline, which late last month obtained a permit to construct its planned pipeline system in the Danish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)...

Faith and Religious Freedom

Finding peace: Interview with Sheikh Bentounes

Sheikh Khaled Bentounes, the President of the International Sufi Association Alawiya, a Muslim NGO promoting interfaith dialogue and cohabitation, sat down with New Europe...

Hijab controversy roils France again

France's Senate on Tuesday approved an amendment that would extend a controversial 2004 law banning people from wearing overt religious symbols – including the...

Spain offers citizenship to Sephardic Jews

Over 500 years after their descendants were expelled from Spain in 1492, more than 132,000 Jews have applied for Spanish nationality under a limited-term...

US’ religious landscape is changing at a rapid pace

The proportion of US adults who describe themselves as being members of a Christian denomination has fallen to two-thirds, a drop of 12 percentage...

ODIHR releases freedom of religion policy guide

During the recent Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe in Warsaw, the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions...

Far-right gunman kills two in synagogue attack on Yom Kippur

Jewish community leaders said a synagogue in the German city of Halle was targeted by a gunman who tried to gain entry but were...

Chinese officials sanctioned for ‘campaign to erase religion’ in Xinjiang

The United States has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist Party officials accused of being involved in the mass internment of more than...

STAKEHOLDER VIEWS

Association of European Journalists(AEJ)
By Otmar Lahodynsky

A yearning for freedom made breaching the Wall an act of self-sacrifice

At least 136 people died trying to cross the Berlin Wall between 1961 and 1989. One of the most spectacular escapes involved an Austrian...
NOVA COMPETITIVIDADE
By Francisco Jaime Quesado

The MBA Reinvention

From Harvard to the Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires, or INSEAD, MBAs are increasingly becoming an effective high quality solution for the challenges in...

New Europe Columns

Monnet Matters
By Editorial

Their discontent, our problem

If we have learnt anything from the last decade of European elections, it is that with all certainty we can say two things: (a)...
ICI Washington
By Alec Mally

Brussels casts Zaev a thin lifeline

Brussels cast a thin Italian-flavoured political lifeline to North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev over the last ten days, something sorely needed after Zaev...
Energy Insider
By Kostis Geropoulos

Resumption of peace talks may pause Turkish drilling in Cyprus EEZ

Incoming new EU Commission may be keener on negotiations to resolve regional East Med problems LIMASSOL, Cyprus – The possible resumption of the dormant peace...
Eurasia Watch
By Nicholas Waller

Danilyuk’s resignation is an ominous sign for Ukraine

The young pro-Western reformers who came into government with great fanfare alongside anti-establishment President Volodymyr Zelensky six months ago were dealt a serious blow...

WELLNESS

Why everyone should try boxing

Far from being the exclusive domain of the uber-fit, boxing is a great full-body workout that’s suitable for everyone. Reney Nazim, passionate boxing fan...

5 ways to stay energised this autum

Don’t let the arrival of autumn sap you of your energy. Our expert advice will keep you firing on all cylinders! As autumn sets in...

Gym or sofa? How to make the healthy choice

Do you sometimes struggle to find the willpower to work out? The Aspria experts shares five top tips for staying motivated. You’ve told yourself you’ll...

BACK TO SCHOOL: TIPS FOR A SMOOTH TRANSITION FROM HOLIDAY MODE

The time is almost here for children to go back to school. Are you ready? Christine Cornet, Academy manager at Aspria Brussels Royal La...

Sauna in Heat

HOW A SUMMER SAUNA CAN ACTUALLY COOL YOU DOWN Sauna in the middle of the summer? It may seem like a strange idea, but in...

The perfect water workout

So, you’re heading off on holiday and you’ve decided to take a break from full-on gym workouts, but you’d still like to keep in...