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epaselect epa05515155 Danish EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager speaks at a news conference on a case of illegal tax benefits for US company Apple at the European Commission, in Brussels, Belgium, 30 August 2016. Ireland gave illegal tax benefits to Apple worth up to 13 billion euros, Vestager said explaining the results of European Commission investigations examining whether decisions by tax authorities in Ireland, with regard to the corporate income tax to be paid by Apple comply with the EU rules on state aid. The Commission has been investigating under EU state aid rules certain tax practices in several member states following media reports alleging that some companies have received significant tax reductions by way of 'tax rulings' issued by national tax authorities.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Ireland and Apple reach €13bn tax agreement
epa05012340 Old exhaust pipes lie in a junk yard in Peine,†Germany, 05 November 2015.  German prosecutors, who are already conducting a full-scale inquiry into the Volkswagen Dieselgate case, say they are studying whether the German carmaker's admission that carbon dioxide data is false also merits an inquiry. A preliminary study was under way to establish if Volkswagen's actions could have broken German law. That is the first step in German justice procedures before a full-scale inquiry is launched. The Dieselgate scandal widened this week when the group also admitted to CO2 emissions irregularities affecting up to 800,000 VW cars, which could cost Europe's biggest carmaker another 2 billion euros.  EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE EU Parliament gives green light to tighten rules for cleaner cars
epa06688695 European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen gives a press conference on the launch of the EU-wide 'Managing Dangerous Substances at the Workplace' campaign at the EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 24 April 2018.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU launches new awareness campaign on dangerous substances at work
epa03010612 People from Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece lift their flags while assembling in front of the euro sculpture at the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, 21 November 2011. They take part in a Monopoly game under the motto 'Grosses Zocken bei der EZB' ('Great gambling at the ECB').  EPA/FRANK RUMPENHORST UBS warns growth in S. Europe could hit major snag
shazambrand Commission launches probe on Apple’s takeover of Shazam
epa05983248 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte of The People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) talks to the press about the apparent attack in Manchester, Britain while in the Hague, South Holland, The Netherlands, 23 May 2017.  EPA/BART MAAT Rutte forced to admit plans scrapping dividend tax
epa03257749 People dancing during a picnic in the center of Brussels, Belgium, Sunday 10 June 2012. Belgians asked for a 'picnic in the streets' every weekend to protest against Brussel's mobility problems caused by cars.  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND Romanians are the least happy in the EU according to Eurobarometer
epa06688151 US President Donald J. Trump (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) wave to the news media after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 23 April 2018. President Macron will be in Washington DC for three days for a state visit at the White House and an address to a joint session of Congress on 25 April.  EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW Disagreements over Iran expected at Macron-Trump meeting
epa05931299 Passengers embark on an Alitalia plane at Linate airport in Milan, Italy, 27 April 2017. Workers' rejection of an Alitalia rescue plan will have 'no impact' in the short or longer term on the former national flag carrier's flight capability, the beleaguered airline said Thursday. The company has called for a shareholder meeting on 27 April following company workers rejecting the latest rescue deal.  EPA/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO EU Commission opens investigation into Alitalia loan
epa06686928 European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom gives a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, 23 April 2018. The EU and Mexico reached an agreement on trade on 21 April 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET EU-Mexico trade agreement a signal for the rest of the world, says Malmström


EU National News

epa06687423 Lower House Speaker Roberto Fico (R) meets Italian President Sergio Mattarella (L) to recevive an exploratory mandate to explore the possibility of a government-formation deal between his anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the centre-left democratic Party (PD), Rome, Italy, 23 April 2018.  EPA-EFE/PAOLO GIANDOTTI Italy weighs M5S-center-left government
epa06679368 Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (L), Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Glinski (C) and metropolitan of Warsaw, cardinal Kazimierz Nycz (R) during the official ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw, Poland, 19 April 2018. The 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was the largest single revolt by the Jews against the Nazis during World War II.  EPA-EFE/RADEK PIETRUSZKA POLAND OUT Polish prime minister under fire for Holocaust remarks
epa06686608 Lawyer Sven Mary, representing Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, on the last day of the trial against terror suspects Salah Abdeslam and Sofiane Ayari, also known as Amine Choukri, in Brussels, Belgium, 23 February 2018. The two defendants are charged with attempted murder over a shootout at the Rue du Dries with Brussels police in March 2016 before they were arrested following the 2015 November terror attacks in Paris, in which 130 people were killed.  EPA-EFE/FREDERIC SIERAKOWOSKI / POOL Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam gets 20 years in Belgium for attempted murder
epa06685346 Andrea Nahles gives a speech before she was elected chairwoman of the party during an extraordinary Social Democrats (SPD) party convention in Wiesbaden, Germany, 22 April 2018. The SPD delegates gather in Wiesbaden to vote for their next party leader electing Nahles as the first woman into this party office.  EPA-EFE/HAYOUNG JEON SPD’s new leader faces old divisions
epa06587914 A man holds a picture of Spanish late prisoner Xabier Rey who was found dead on 06 March after allegedly committing suicide at the Puerto III penitentiary center in Cadiz, during a protest in his honor in Pamplona, Navarra, northern Spain, 07 March 2018. Rey was sentenced to 26 years on 2008 for being involved in Basque terrorist group ETA.  EPA-EFE/JDIGES ETA apologises to its victims

World News

09BFEEFF-F7D7-4D5B-909D-FA7758557657_w974_n_s Google, Amazon services partially blocked in Russia
epa06686671 Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic appears in a courtroom before the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (MICT), which is handling outstanding war crimes cases for the Balkans and Rwanda, in The Hague, Netherlands, 23 April 2018.  Former Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic appeals against his conviction for genocide and a 40-year prison sentence. Karadzic was convicted in 2016 for war crimes committed, including the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.  EPA-EFE/Yves Herman / POOL Former Bosinian Serb leader Karadzic appeals war crimes sentence
epa06681081 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gestures during a joint news conference with his Austrian counterpart Karin Kneissl (not pictured) following their meeting in Moscow, Russia, 20 April 2018. Kneissl is in Moscow to discuss bilateral ties.  EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Syria to get Russian S-300 missiles, says Lavrov ahead of meeting with UN envoy
epa06057317 Chairman of Gazprom management Committee Alexei Miller attends an annual Gazprom shareholders meeting in Moscow, Russia, 30 June 2017. Russian energy giant Gazprom reported annual achievements for its shareholders.  EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Gazprom, Saudi Aramco to boost cooperation
epa06636097 UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov enter a hall before their news conference in Moscow, Russia, 29 March 2018.  EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV UN Syria envoy to meet Lavrov in Moscow on Friday

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

Why innovation is the answer to guaranteeing food security in Africa

By: Zuneid Yousuf

Facebook and the Future of Online Privacy

By: Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Globalization Backlash Paradox

By: Arvind Subramanian

Missile strikes are not a Syria strategy

By: Richard N. Haass

Fifty Shades of Trump

By: Elizabeth Drew

The Trade Leadership Deficit

By: Larry Hatheway

BEREC’s net neutrality process is a black box

By: John Strand

Don’t worry – the rest of the world still believes in free trade

By: Leonardo González Dellán

Distorted energy efficiency

By: Adam Gierek

Trump, Syria, and the Threat of Region-Wide War

By: Fawaz A. Gerges

What’s Been Stopping the Left?

By: Dani Rodrik

Italian Politics and Europe’s Future

By: Jeffrey D. Sachs


Former Bosinian Serb leader Karadzic appeals war crimes sentence epa06686671 Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic appears in a courtroom before the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (MICT), which is handling outstanding war crimes cases for the Balkans and Rwanda, in The Hague, Netherlands, 23 April 2018.  Former Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic appeals against his conviction for genocide and a 40-year prison sentence. Karadzic was convicted in 2016 for war crimes committed, including the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.  EPA-EFE/Yves Herman / POOL

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on April 23 began the appeals process to overturn his conviction and 40-year jail sentence

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

Energy

epa05012340 Old exhaust pipes lie in a junk yard in Peine,†Germany, 05 November 2015.  German prosecutors, who are already conducting a full-scale inquiry into the Volkswagen Dieselgate case, say they are studying whether the German carmaker's admission that carbon dioxide data is false also merits an inquiry. A preliminary study was under way to establish if Volkswagen's actions could have broken German law. That is the first step in German justice procedures before a full-scale inquiry is launched. The Dieselgate scandal widened this week when the group also admitted to CO2 emissions irregularities affecting up to 800,000 VW cars, which could cost Europe's biggest carmaker another 2 billion euros.  EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE EU Parliament gives green light to tighten rules for cleaner cars
epa06688151 US President Donald J. Trump (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) wave to the news media after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 23 April 2018. President Macron will be in Washington DC for three days for a state visit at the White House and an address to a joint session of Congress on 25 April.  EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW Disagreements over Iran expected at Macron-Trump meeting
epaselect epa06086843 French President Emmanuel Macron (L) talks to US President Donald J. Trump (R)  while attending the traditional military parade as part of the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, France, 14 July 2017. The Bastille Day, the French National Day, is held annually on 14 July to commemorate the storming of the Bastille fortress in 1789.  EPA/IAN LANGSDON Macron to US to meet Trump on Iran, trade, Russia
epa04168159 (FILE) A file photo dated 07 January 2009 showing a worker at the gas pipeline in Hermanowice Gas Distribution and Measurement Station in Hermanowice, south-east Poland. German RWE company announced on 15 April 2014, that as first company in the European Union, they will deliver gas to the Ukraine, which has been facing hefty price hikes for Russian gas. The gas is being pumped to the Ukrainian state-owned Naftogaz company via pipelines in Poland.  EPA/DARIUSZ DELMANOWICZ MEPs to start negotiations with Council on safe gas supply for EU
epa04779622 French energy group Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 26th World Gas Conference (WGC) in Paris, France, 02 June 2015. The WGC runs from 01 to 05 June and gathers the world gas market leaders.  EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT Total agrees to buy Direct Energie
epa06057317 Chairman of Gazprom management Committee Alexei Miller attends an annual Gazprom shareholders meeting in Moscow, Russia, 30 June 2017. Russian energy giant Gazprom reported annual achievements for its shareholders.  EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Gazprom, Saudi Aramco to boost cooperation
Maros Sefcovic, Commission Vice-President for Energy sits on the green sofa symbol of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Meeting in Federal German Foreign Office (Auswaertiges Amt) , in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday, March 17, 2018. Šefčovič: Blockchain to empower energy consumers
epa06600430 Some of the 46 wind turbines are pictured at the Gouda wind farm some 150km from Cape Town, Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa, 13 March 2018.  The 138MW  wind-farm cost R2.7 billion (199 million US dollars) and was brought online in early September 2015 and is capable of powering 200,000 households per year or 400 gigawatt hours of electricity. The Gouda Wind Farm will avoid the emission of 406 million metric tons of CO2 per year of equivalent power produced from a coal fired power plant.  EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK IRENA calls for six-fold increase of global renewable energy adoption
epa03754096 An image dated 14 March 2013 and made available 21 June 2013 showing the facilities of the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA) on the island of Revithousa, Greece. SOCAR, the Azeri state energy company, said it has reached an agreement with Greek authorities to buy 66 per cent in DESFA, Azeri News Agency said on 21 June 2013.  EPA/ALEXANDROS VLACHOS Snam-Enagas-Fluxys consortium submits higher bid for Greece’s DESFA
epa06674677 A general view shows the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 17 April 2018. French President Emmanuel Macron delivered on the dayt a speech about the future of the European Union with the Members of Parliament.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER MEPs want smarter, more energy-efficient buildings by 2050

Internet & ICT

09BFEEFF-F7D7-4D5B-909D-FA7758557657_w974_n_s Google, Amazon services partially blocked in Russia
epa06688151 US President Donald J. Trump (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) wave to the news media after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 23 April 2018. President Macron will be in Washington DC for three days for a state visit at the White House and an address to a joint session of Congress on 25 April.  EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW Disagreements over Iran expected at Macron-Trump meeting
epa06565548 Affected children receive treatment after a gas attack on al-Shifunieh village, in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, 25 February 2018 (issued 26 February 2018). According to activists working in the area, more than 18 people were affected by poisenous gas, and one child was killed, during an attack on the village of al-Shifunieh. Government forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are currently conducting an air and ground offensive in Eastern Ghouta. The offensive was initiated soon after the United Nations passed a resolution calling for a 30-day cessation of hostilities in Syria.  EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED BADRA Three Belgian companies in court over chemical exports to Syria
epa03478086 Dianthuses are laid in remembrance by the roadside at the scene of an accident on the A5 Autobahn near Offenburg, Germany, 19 November 2012. Six people died on 18 November 2012 after a head-on high-speed crash between a minivan and a car that was driving the wrong way along a fog-shrouded highway.  EPA/PATRICK SEEGER Don’t floor it: European-wide speed check operation on Wednesday
How-Hackers-Find-Your-Ecommerce-Website US and UK issue warning about Russia cyberattacks
p4 Europe’s privacy culture
epa02125140 A member of the crisis committee of the German air traffic control shows a map with the flight movements over Germany in Langen, Germany, 20 April 2010. The committee decides about the ban on flying in the German air space and about visual flight rules flights after the volcanic eruption on Iceland. The air traffic control confers with experts of the German Transport Ministry, the German Weather Service, the Federal supervision department for flight security and Eurocontrol.  EPA/MARIUS BECKER / POOL Eurocontrol warns airlines of risks due to possible missile strikes into Syria
epa06658898 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) give a joint press conference following their meeting in Berlin, Germany, 10 March 2018. The bilateral talks focus on the situation in eastern Ukraine, the status of the Minsk agreements, economic and other bilateral issues.  EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER Merkel: Nord Stream 2 not possible without clarity for Ukraine
epa06658931 (L-R) European Commissioner in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen, EU Commissioner in charge of Internal Market, Industry, Elzbieta Bienkowska, EU Commissioner responsible for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and  Pier Luigi Gilbert, the CEO of the European Investment Fund (EIF), attend a media conference on the launch of VentureEU, a Pan-European Venture Capital Funds-of-Funds programme, in Brussels, Belgium, 10 April 2018. The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have launched the VentureEU programme to boost investment in innovative start-up and scale-up companies across Europe. The funds are aiming to raise up to 2.1 billion euros of public and private investment.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET EU Commission and EIF create venture capital fund to support innovative companies
epa06399734 (FILE) - An Uber app on a mobile telephone in central London, Britain, 22 September 2017 (reissued 20 December 2017). The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 20 December 2017 ruled that member states of the European Union (EU) can regulate the ride-sharing application Uber as a taxi service.  EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER Uber loses against France in EU Court of Justice

From the NE Knowledge Network



Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam gets 20 years in Belgium for attempted murder epa06686608 Lawyer Sven Mary, representing Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, on the last day of the trial against terror suspects Salah Abdeslam and Sofiane Ayari, also known as Amine Choukri, in Brussels, Belgium, 23 February 2018. The two defendants are charged with attempted murder over a shootout at the Rue du Dries with Brussels police in March 2016 before they were arrested following the 2015 November terror attacks in Paris, in which 130 people were killed.  EPA-EFE/FREDERIC SIERAKOWOSKI / POOL

The only surviving suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his involvement in

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

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