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epa05894819 Edward Scicluna, Malta's Minister of Finance during the Informal Meeting of Economic and Financial Affairs Ministers (ECOFIN) at the Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta, Malta, 07 April 2017. The informal meeting of EU Finance Ministers, taking place every six months according to the rotating Presidency of the EU Council, runs from 07 to 08 April. Malta took over the EU Presidency on 01 January 2017.  EPA/DOMENIC AQUILINA Malta fights its way out of “tax haven” reputation, as EU finance ministers achieve tax reform
Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium on May 18, 2017 EU Council raises EU content “Netflix quota” to 30%
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
epa05932803 Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's Minister of Foreign Affairs, waits for the start of the Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers (Gymnich) at the Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta, Malta, 28 April 2017. The two-days informal meeting of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs is held to discuss current international developments among themselves and will later continue when EU Foreign Ministers from candidate countries will join their EU counterparts to discuss issues of common concern, the Malta EU 2017 presidency said in a media release.  EPA/DOMENIC AQUILINA German FM calls for Greek debt relief
epa05141531 A bank employee holds 5,000 euros in 500-euro notes at a Sparkasse bank in Munich, Germany, 3 February 2016. Germany is considering imposing an upper limit on payments in cash as part of its fight against terrorism and money laundering.  EPA/MATTHIAS BALK Secret memo on forced euro adoptions
Eurogroup finance ministers meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium on Feb. 20, 2017. New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis IMF stamps with approval the Greek Programme urging creditors for specific debt relief measures
Eurogroup finance ministers meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium on May 22, 2017. New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis Eurogroup concludes without an agreement on Greece
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 KazAtomProm does not want to suspend supplies of uranium to Iran
Miguel Arias Cañete at the podium Cañete pushes sustainable development in Berlin
epa05981304 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, dubbed the 'Brexit', speaks at a news conference at the end of the EU General Affairs Council meeting on the Article 50, at the EU Council in Brussels, Belgium, 22 May 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU renews tough Brexit conditions, asks Britain to pay

EU National News

epa05587743 Supporters of the PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident) movement carry flags and placards as they gather on the Theatre Square in Dresden, Germany, 16 October 2016. Banner in center reads: 'Home country loving - Identity movement Dresden'. The far-right, anti-Islam PEGIDA movement celebrated its second anniversary with a rally of several thousands in Dresden.  EPA/OLIVER KILLIG Far-right extremism linked to eastern German mentality
epa05982901 Dutch politician of the Democrats 66 (D66) party, Alexander Pechtold (C), talks to journalists before a meeting of his party in The Hague, The Netherlands, 23 May 2017. The Dutch informer, Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers, is continuing talks with leaders of  the Dutch VVD, CDA, D66 and Christian Union (CU)  parties that could possibly form a new coalition government.  EPA/BART MAAT Dutch coalition talks reach new stalemate
epa05087702 Danish police patrol the German-Danish border crossing Ellund, on motorway 7 near Flensburg, Germany, 04 January 2016. Denmark introduced temporary controls along its border with Germany, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said, hours after Sweden introduced ID controls for travellers from Denmark. Since early September, 91,000 people have passed through Denmark from Germany, of whom 13,000 applied for asylum in Denmark.  EPA/BENJAMIN NOLTE Danish nationalists want barbed wire on Germany border
domestic-violence European Court fines Romania for failing to tackle domestic violence
epa04604506 (FILE) A file photo dated 10 May 2013 showing a BT logo on the wall of one of the group's offices in central London. British Telecom on 05 February 2015 said it had agreed to buy mobile carrier EE for 12.5 billion pounds (19 billion dollars). Under the deal, which needs approval by BT's shareholders and Britain's telecom regulator, BT will grant shares to Deutsche Telekom and Orange, both part-owners of EE. Deutsche Telekom will hold a 12-per-cent stake in the expanded BT group, while Orange will own 4 per cent of the company. EE is Britain's leading mobile carrier, with Europe's highest number of 4G customers. It has 24.5 million mobile phone customers and 834,000 broadband customers. BT said its purchase of EE is expected to be completed by March 2016.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA Italian tax authorities raid BT offices in Milan

World News

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
epa05895126 Reporters surround Republican Senator from Florida Marco Rubio to ask about the US airstrikes against Syria in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 07 April 2017. On 06 April US President Donald J. Trump ordered the attack in retaliation for Syria's gas attack against civilians.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO Top Republican says Russia ‘cloud’ hovers over Washington
epa05980362 A handout photo made available by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows US President Donald J. Trump (R), US First Lady Melania Trump (R-2), King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia (C) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) opening the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 21 May 2017. President Trump is in Ridayah to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council summit (GCC).  EPA/SAUDI PRESS AGENCY HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES Riyadh and Washington pen the biggest arms sales deal in US history
epa05740008 The seal of the CIA is seen on the floor during a visit of US President Donald J. Trump the CIA headquarters, in Langley, Virginia, USA, 21 January 2017.  EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL US spies in China ‘killed or imprisoned’
epa05618347 Members of social and civil organizations march to protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement in Lima, Peru, 04 November 2016. Hundreds of protesters rallied in Lima to protest against the TPP. The trade agreement was signed in February 2016, between twelve Pacific Rim countries, including Peru and the USA.  EPA/ERNESTO ARIAS TPP goes ahead without Washington

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

The varieties of populist experience

By: Robert Skidelsky

Poland trapping asylum seekers in unsafe Belarus

By: Lydia Gall

France returns to Europe

By: Zaki Laïdi

The Mysterious Monsieur Macron

By: Federico Ottavio Reho

Shaping the future with entrepreneurship education

By: Martina Dlabajová

Cheating Britain out of Europe

By: Jacek Rostowski

Switch on Europe!

By: Caroline Jenner

Who is Marine Le Pen?

By: Christine Ockrent

Why Europe still needs cash

By: Yves Mersch

Structural changes to a higher gear

By: Lambert van Nistelrooij

‘Patriotism not parochialism’

By: Shanu Hinduja

Erdoğan’s pyrrhic victory?

By: Soli Özel


Senior EU official wants rekindled rule-of-law dialogue with Poland epa05863690 First Vice-President of European Commission in charge of Better regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights, Dutch, Frans Timmermans attends a hearing on Poland by European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee in Brussels, Belgium, 22 March 2017. The Commission began investigating the situation in Poland under the 'Framework for addressing systemic threats to the Rule of Law' on 13 January 2016. The purpose of the meeting is to assess the progress of the investigation procedure and discuss possible further developments.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans has said that most EU countries want the Commission to rekindle dialogue with Warsaw

By Beata Stur

Energy

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 KazAtomProm does not want to suspend supplies of uranium to Iran
Miguel Arias Cañete at the podium Cañete pushes sustainable development in Berlin
epa03380571 A photograph made available on 02 September 2012 showing a small plant growing through a crack of the dried bed of the Debar lake, after it dropped some 10 meters from it's normal level near the western city of Debar,The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on 01 September 2012. Reports state that the western Balkan country's were hit by a major heat wave, with temperatures rising to 43 degrees Celsius. The high temperatures caused hundreds of fires in which 6500 hectare of forest were destroyed. The drought that has been present for more than 12 months has inflicted serious damage to Macedonian agriculture and stock breeders. The poor results in agriculture production will force Macedonia to import 60 per cent of it's needs for wheat which will causes serious economical losses.  EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI Global warming will lead to mass migration, says NATO
p01 Poland confronts Gazprom
epa05530869 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 US calls for relaxing Gazprom’s stranglehold on EU market
epa05744542 Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with Igor Sechin (R), the CEO of the Russian oil company Rosneft, at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow, Russia, 23 January 2017.  EPA/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN POOL / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT Rosneft, ENI extend cooperation deal
A picture made available on 06 January 2008 shows an exploitation gas and oil expedition base in Wierzbno, Poland, 05 January 2009. Deposits of gas and oil in Lubiatow, Miedzychod and Grotow are said to be the biggest in Poland. According to experts over 7.2 million tons of oil and around 5.5 milliard cubic meters of gas can be explored here. Poland is receiving reduced deliveries of natural gas from the eastern direction, Adam Szejnfeld, Deputy Economy Minister, said on 06 January 2008. Gazprom has cut gas supplies to Western Europe through Ukraine to 92 million cubic meters a day on 06 January 2009, Valentyn Zemliansky, a spokesman for the Ukrainian national energy trader Naftogaz Ukraine told Interfax earlier. This significant reduction in gas pressure at the entrance to the Ukrainian gas transportation system will inevitably lead to undersupply of the European consumers.  EPA/LECH MUSZYNSKI POLAND OUT Poland’s oil and gas company takes on Russia’s Gazprom
Hellenic Petroleum Hellenic Petroleum net income at €124 million
epa04039000 East Timorese workers sort mineral bottles at a used plastic processing factory in Manluena, East Timor, known also as Timor Leste, 24 January 2014. According to the Asian Development Bank the Pacific region face huge economic losses due to climate change and countries that contribute to the problem should help mitigate the impacts. East Timor?s GDP is predicted to drop by up to ten percent, followed by Vanuatu at 6.2 percent, Solomon Islands at 4.7 percent, Fiji at four percent and Samoa at 3.8 percent. The report called on Pacific countries to include climate change mitigation into development planning, develop forward-looking adaptation strategies, and 'climate proof' infrastructure to boost capacity to deal with climate change on their own.  EPA/ANTONIO DASIPARU EU, African, Caribbean, Pacific countries to push climate deal

Internet & ICT

Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium on May 18, 2017 EU Council raises EU content “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 caganer.com 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
p16-IMG_8201 Sci-Tech challenge inspires Europe’s youth
website-hackers Manhunt for hackers, as experts foresee new global cyber attacks
European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli presents EDPS annual 2016 report at the European Parliament. 4 May 2017 Europe’s Data Protection Supervisor issues 2016 annual report

From the NE Knowledge Network



Relocation: EU sets June deadline for Poland and Hungary European Commissioner for Migration and Home affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos, 
European Commissioner for Citizen Reprogramming Věra Jourová and European Commissioner for the Security Union Sir Julian King give a press briefing at the end of the read-out of College meeting in Brussels on Dec. 21, 2016

The European Commission has issued a warning to EU member states that continue to refuse the relocation to eligible migrants

By Irene Kostaki Journalist, New Europe

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