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epa06154642 Spanish Minister of Interior, Juan Ignacio Zoido, shows a picture of alleged terrorist Younes Abouyaaqoub, identified as the driver of the van in the Barcelona massacre who is still missing, during a press conference after chairing the anti jihaddist pact meeting held in Madrid, Spain, 21 August 2017, after the terrorist attacks in Catalonia. At least 15 people were killed and some 130 others injured after cars crashed into pedestrians on the La Rambla boulevard in Barcelona and on a promenade in the coastal city of Cambrils on 17 August. Spanish police have stated that the attacks in Barcelona and in Cambrils were linked. The so-called 'Islamic State' (IS) in the meantime has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. Spanish police are still hunting for the driver of a van who perpetrated the deadly attack in Barcelona.  EPA/J.J. GUILLEN The van driver of Las Ramblas has been killed
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Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium on May 17, 2017. The Berlaymont is an office building in Brussels, Belgium, that houses the headquarters of the European Commission, which is the executive of the European Union. New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis EU strongly condemns attacks in Spain and Finland
epa06046194 (L-R) Alexander Pechtold of Democrats 66 (D66), Sybrand Buma of the Dutch Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), informer Herman Tjeenk Willink, Gert-Jan Segers of the Christian Union party (ChristenUnie) and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte sit at the table for talks in The Hague, The Netherlands, 23 June 2017. Willink is appointed as the second informer by the Dutch House of Representatives, after informer Schippers was not able to find coalition parties willing to form a new cabinet.  EPA/JERRY LAMPEN Netherlands negotiates its liberal national brand to form a cabinet
epa06153949 An image of the mosque of the Islamic Community Annour in Ripoll where police have searched to find clues of the imam Abdelbaki Es Satty, in Ripoll, Catalonia, 20 August 2017.  EPA/Robin Townsend The Catalan terrorist cell and its link to IS
epa06152958 Police officers stand guard next to a road block barriers studded with nails are placed in the Fo utca to prevent a possible car attack in downtown Budapest, Hungary, 20 August 2017. Hungary celebrates its National Holiday of the Foundation of the Hungarian State and King Saint Stephen, the State Founder.  EPA/BALAZS MOHAI HUNGARY OUT Some EU members spend more on public order, safety
epa06122536 Italian authorities during an operation to seize a ship from the German non-governmental organization (NGO) Jugendrette, at the port of Lampedusa, in Sicily, Italy, 03 August 2017. The ship was seized 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/Elio Desiderio It’s tougher for migrants to reach Europe
epa06151321 (FILE) - Turkish-born German publisher Dogan Akhanli (C with glasses) wears handcuffs as he is escorted to the court building prior to his trial at the Besiktas court in Istanbul, Turkey, 08 December 2010 (reissued 19 August 2017). According to reports, German writer Dogan Akhanli was arrested on early 19 August 2017 during his vacation in Granada, Spain. His arrest came under the request of Turkish authorities who had Interpol issue a 'red notice' for the German citizen of Turkish decent.  EPA/TOLGA BOZOGLU Spain releases Erdogan critic
epa05440181 Traffic at check-in terminal at Dover port in Dover, Britain, 25 July 2016. According to news reports British border officials have been drafted in to work along side French border staff at Dover to ease a huge back log of queues of holidaymakers, which saw thousands of people stranded in vehicles for many hours. Delays were expected to last into 25 July, police said but has now eased significantly.  EPA/ANDY RAIN The UK’s diplomatic hard ball to force Brussels to talk trade immediately
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

EU National News

epaselect epa05029770 A man walks on the town square of Molenbeek, a municipality of Brussels, Belgium, 17 November 2015. Molenbeek in the west of Brussels has long been seen as a terrorist hub. After the 13 November Paris attacks, police raids are being stepped up in this densely populated municipality dominated by immigrants. More than 130 people were killed and hundreds injured in the terror attacks which targeted the Bataclan concert hall, the Stade de France national sports stadium, and several restaurants and bars in the French capital on 13 November. Authorities believe that three coordinated teams of terrorists armed with rifles and explosive vests carried out the attacks, which the Islamic State (IS) extremist group has claimed responsibility for.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Half the French Jihadi volunteers have returned from Syria and Iraq
Bibikhal Uzbek The oldest refugee in the world suffers stroke after Sweden rejects her asylum application
epa00888566 A pan full of adobo, a Filipino type of pork stew, is cooked in Manila, Philippines on Sunday 17 December 2006. Adobo is a favorite dish in Filipino households because its simple ingredients and easy cooking procedure produce a delicious light sweet-sour taste. Basic adobo is pork seasoned with garlic, black pepper, bayleaf, soy sauce and vinegar. Sugar is an optional seasoning. The mixture is boiled with water to produce a sauce and the pork is sometimes lightly fried separately before serving with rice to obtain a crunchy feel to each bite.  EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA Amsterdam housing agency cooks up controversy
epa03978231 The fishing habour in Esbjerg on the West coast of Jutland is flooded as the heavy storm 'Bodil' reached the coast in Esbjerg, Denmark, 05 December 2013.  EPA/CLAUS FISKER DENMARK OUT Fish scandal catches Danish government
epa06151120 Director of National Bureau of Investigation Robin Lardot during a press conference in Turku, Finland, 19 August 2017.  According to police reports, two people were killed and eight people injured on 18 August in a stabbing spree on two market squares in the city, that police now define as a terrorist act. Finnish police shot at and injured the stabber and has made more arrests during the night.  EPA/MARKKU OJALA The Turku attack changes perceptions of security in Finland

World News

epa06084624 Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic speaks during a press conference, after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (unseen) in Thessaloniki, Greece, 13 July 2017. Greece and Serbia signed agreements on energy, transport, networks and tourism within the framework of the 1st High-Level Cooperation Council.  EPA/NIKOS ARVANITIDIS Serbia withdraws its entire staff from FYROM Embassy
epa05200989 Nepalese young girls cheer and dance during in a concert to mark International Women's Day in Kathmandu, Nepal, 08 March 2016. International Women's Day is globally observed on 08 March, in order to highlight the struggles of women across the globe and promote women's rights.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA Nepal finally criminalises ‘chhaupadi’
epa03581010 A photograph made available 12 February 2013 shows two men suspected to be Jihadists are being  arrested in the northern Malian town of Gao by Malian military forces in Gao, Mali, 10 February 2013. The city's main market has remain closed with locals fearing some fighters could be hiding among the population. French aircraft were scrambled to the northern city of Gao a few days ago following an attack by armed islamist militants on the city.  EPA/JOSE NARANJO NOBLE Terror grips Mali again
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

Leaders' Perspectives




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East – West battle over workers’ pay

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EU and BEREC celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution with increasing “nationalization” of the telecom industry.

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Italy ‘sees light’ at end of migrant tunnel 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’s Interior Minister Marco Minniti told reporters on August 15 that the flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya

By Beata Stur


epa04837352 Chairman and co-founder of Essar Group, Shashi Ruia (L) and Rosneft President Igor Sechin (R) attend a briefing on signing a long-term contract for oil deliveries between Rosneft and Essar oil LTD in Ufa, the capital of  Bashkortostan republic, Russia, 08 July 2015, ahead of the start of a BRICS summit. Ufa is hosting BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) summits on 09 and 10 July.  EPA/BRICS / SCO PHOTOHOST / RIA NOVOSTI POOL Russia’s Rosneft expands presence in India’s fuel market
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

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

Germany sends ECB to European Court epa06064791 A general view of the 'Euro' sculpture in front of the old European Central Bank (ECB) building in Frankfurt Main, Germany, 04 July 2017. The Euro has enjoyed a consistent upwards trend for speculators in previous weeks with some media outlets attributing this to the victory of French President Emmanuel Macron in the French elections.  EPA/ARMANDO BABANI

Germany’s constitutional court is challenging the European Central Bank’s effort to revive growth in the eurozone. Specifically, the court is

By Beata Stur

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