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epa06049921 Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni (L) with Italian Economy Minister, Pier Carlo Padoan, attend a press conference after the Council of Ministers at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, 25 June 2017. A measure, on the crisis of the Venetian banks, to creates the regulatory framework for the administrative liquidation of Veneto Banca and Popolare Vicenza was approved at the meeting.  EPA/CLAUDIO PERI Billions to bail out ailing Italian banks
epa05752342 German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble arrives at the Eurogroup Finance Ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 26 January 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Schaeuble concedes a debate over the Greek programme in parliament
epa05929622 British Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of her meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 26 April 2017. The two leaders held talks on Brexit. Theresa May: Selling England by the Pound
epa05248119 The European Central Bank (ECB) chairman Mario Draghi participates as a guest of Portugal?s first Council of State since Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (not pictured) was elected as president, at Belem Palace in Lisbon, Portugal, 07 April 2016. Less than a month after taking office as president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has convened the first meeting of this consultation body with the participation of Mario Draghi to 'give a presentation to the Council of State on Europe?s economic and financial situation.'  EPA/ANTONIO COTRIM The World’s Central Bankers debate interest rates in Portugal
epa06008034 French President Emmanuel Macron attends a wreath-laying ceremony with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (not pictured) at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, 03 June 2017. Modi is in Paris for a one-day visit as the last leg of a four-nations tour. Talks are expected to be focussing on terrorism, India?s bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership, and climate change.  EPA/CHARLES PLATIAU / POOL MAXPPP OUT Macron to visit Romania as part of his campaign against social dumping
h_53580782 Salvini: ‘Italian ministers should work in our country’s interest’
p6-P034698000101-436597 Bulgaria’s take on the environment
epa05221105 Migrant children play in water at the make-shift refugee camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, in Idomeni, Greece, 19 March 2016. Migration restrictions along the so-called Balkan route, the main path for migrants and refugees from the Middle East to the EU, has left thousands of migrants trapped in Greece.  EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU Immigrants stuck between rhetoric and reality
epa06000757 Giovanni Kessler, the Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) gives a press conference to present the European Anti-Fraud office (OLAF) report 2016, in Brussels, Belgium, 31 May 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Big OLAF bust
epa06001510 European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc speaks during during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 31 May 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU to invest €2.7 billion in clean transport

EU National News

epa05600941 Polish workers and protesters gather during a womens strike against the abortion law in Poland, in Brussels, Belgium, 24 October 2016. The strike is an expression of the opposition to strengthen the regulations on the abortion law. Protesters gather to express their solidarity and fight for the entitlement to legal abortion, sex education, contraception and in vitro conception.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Poland limits access to morning-after pill
epa05585023 Former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (R) congratulating Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament after receiving the Heinrich Albertz Peace Award at Rotes Rathaus in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2016.  EPA/KAY NIETFELD Embattled Schulz seeks help from Gerhard Schröder
p16--IMG_1466 Animation exhibition as cultural bridge
epa06047756 Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) on stage with Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis (R) at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts 2017 at Worthy Farm, near Pilton, Somerset, Britain, 24 June 2017. The outdoor festival runs from 21 to 25 June.  EPA/NIGEL RODDIS Labour widens lead over Conservatives
epa05997000 The Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide waves on arriving for a meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias (not pictured), in Athens, Greece, 29 May 2017.  EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS Twinkle hope for Cyprus as parties move apart on security guarantees

World News

epa06020541 Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani looks prior his talks with Russian Foreign Minister in the Foreign Ministry guest house in Moscow, Russia, 10 June 2017. Qatari Foreign Minister is visiting Russia amid a crisis between Qatar and seven other Arab countries that announced on 05 June they had cut diplomatic relations with Qatar.  EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Qatar demands ‘difficult to meet’
epa05929225 A person holds a Turkish (R) and an Austrian (L) passport in this illustration photo in Vienna, Austria, 26 April 2017. After Turkey's President Erdogan won a narrow lead of the 'Yes' vote in the 16 April 2017 referendum, electoral lists from the referendum have appeared in Austria, potentially revealing cases of illegal dual-citizenship. Media reports that the Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka is proposing hefty fines for Austrian citizens illegally obtaining a second passport.  EPA/LISI NIESNER Austria targets citizens with Turkish passports
epa05392602 Turkish police use tear gas to against participants during the Istanbul LGTB Pride Parade which was cancelled due to security concerns by the governor of Istanbul, in Istanbul, Turkey, 26 June 2016. Transgenders people and supporters try to march in central Istanbul as part of the Trans Pride Week 2016, which is organized by Istanbul's 'Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transvestites and Transsexuals' (LGBT) solidarity organization.  EPA/SEDAT SUNA Turkey LGBT: Police stifle Istanbul Gay Pride rally
epa05968259 US President Donald J. Trump (R) extends his hand for a handshake with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L), in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 16 May 2017. Trump and Erdogan face the issue of working out cooperation in the fight against terrorism as Turkey objects to the US arming of Kurdish forces in Syria.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS Erdogan says Washington undermines NATO by arming YPG in Syria
epaselect epa05650821 German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the 60th anniversary of the founding of the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND) ceremony in Berlin, Germany, 28 November 2016.  EPA/HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/POOL When Berlin spied on Washington

Leaders' Perspectives




Helmut Kohl’s vision and legacy

By: Christoph Bertram

Human dimension of security remains central in building trust, promoting stability

By: Kyriakos Hadjiyianni

EU-Japan Trade negotiations approach final stage: A progressive and ambitious outcome is needed

By: Pedro Silva Pereira, MEP

Pakistan’s persistent energy crisis

By: Nadeem ul Haque


The European Commission is struggling to demonstrate ‘Value for Money’

By: Ben Baruch
Tom Ling

The unexpected velvet rebellion of a European Demos in only 5 months

By: Nicos Giannis

Xi Jinping’s Marco Polo strategy

By: Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

Emmanuel Macron and the Post-Revolutionary Idea

By: Bernard-Henri Lévy

A Magic Wand for France?

By: Anders Åslund

Climate change and migration are security challenges that require a comprehensive response

By: Marietta Tidei

13 things the EU forgot to say about the new “Roam Like at Home” regulation starting June 15th and its impact to 500 million Europeans

By: John Strand

The office of the European Public Prosecutor promises a new era has dawned in the EU for fighting financial crime

By: Ilias Konstantakopoulos

EU leaders agree on Common Defence Policy and Security European Union leaders summit at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium on Jun.  22, 2017 New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis

Further cooperation on tackling terrorism and a European Defense Fund was agreed upon during the first session of Thursday’s European

By Irene Kostaki Journalist, New Europe


epa06001510 European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc speaks during during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 31 May 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU to invest €2.7 billion in clean transport
epa02235955 An Exxon Mobil rig stands in Mobile Bay's choppy waters today as a weather system passed through the area causing high winds and seas.  Dauphin Island, Alabama,  USA, 03 July,  2010. Estuaries, wildlife, fishing and tourism remain at risk from the Deepwater Horizon oil leak as it continues to spread along the Louisiana to Alabama coasts.  EPA/BEVIL KNAPP Greek Ministry approves Total-ExxonMobil-ELPE, Energean exploration bids
epa05764684 An oil drilling platform in the  gulf of Suez near Abou Zenima, 285 kilometers east of Cairo in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, 01 February 2017.  EPA/KHALED ELFIQI Oil drops as oversupply fears persist
epa05665098 Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) listens to Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin (R), reporting results of selling 19.5 percent of the company's state part to Glencore and Qatari fund consortium, at the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, late 07 December 2016. Russian budget will get 10.5 billion euro after selling 19.5 percent of Rosneft shares.  EPA/ALEXEI DRUZHININ/SPOOTNIK/KREMLIN POOL Russia’s Rosneft wraps up takeover of India’s Essar Oil
p17cb Mexico grants ENI 3 new Exploration & Production blocks
p22web Gazprom to construct new compressor station, trunklines in Armenia
epa03602599 A staff member reaches for a filling cable of an Air Liquide hydrogen filling station at the FC EXPO - Ninth International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo, part of the World Smart Energy Week 2013, in Tokyo, Japan, 27 February 2013. One of the world's leading business expo features all related products, technologies and information in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry. Some 1,800 exhibitors and over 120,000 visitors from around the world are expected to attend in the renewable and smart energy event, which runs from 27 February to 01 March.  EPA/KIYOSHI OTA France’s Air Liquide to implement its technology at Kazakh refinery
epa05865042 A men walk in front of Paddy Husk Based Biomass Power factory in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 23 March 2017.  EPA/HEIN HTET EU approves Danish support for Kalundborg plant switch from coal to biomass
epa06020546 Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani (2-R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (4-L) discuss current Middle East diplomatic conflict in the Foreign Ministry guest house in Moscow, Russia, 10 June 2017. Qatari Foreign Minister is visiting Russia amid a crisis between Qatar and seven other Arab countries that announced on 05 June they had cut diplomatic relations with Qatar.  EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Russia takes pass on Qatar conflict with Arab neighbours
Maros Sefcovic EU Commission witnesses Hungary-Croatia MoU for gas corridor

Internet & ICT

epa06000640 A Chinese man uses a computer at an internet cafe in Beijing, China, 31 May 2017. China will adopt a controversial cybersecurity law from 01 June despite concerns from overseas groups doing business in China. The aim of the law is to protect networks and private user information with rigorous data surveillance and storage for companies and firms working in China.  EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY China cracks down on video streaming services
JA Europe Singapore’s Team Chaleur wins 7th Social Innovation Relay
1_Remmal_EIA_2017_Winners (2) Historic Win for Morocco at European Inventor Award 2017  
20170620_161924 Ovum presents roadmap to a digital revolution in Latin America
-	Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office, delivers an opening address at the European Inventor Award 2017 ceremony in Venice on 15 June Winners of the European Inventor Award 2017: Recap
epa06037633 Visitors tour Boeing 787 airplanes displayed on the opening day of the 52nd Paris Air Show held at Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, 19 June 2017. The 2017 International Paris Air Show runs from 23 to 25 June.  EPA/IAN LANGSDON Boeing and Airbus step into Paris Aviation Show to claim billions
epa03571792 (L-R) European Commissioner in charge of the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton and EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstroem address a joint news conference on Cyber security strategy at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 07 February 2013.  The European Commission, together with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has published a cybersecurity strategy alongside a Commission proposed directive on network and information security (NIS). The cybersecurity strategy represents the EU's comprehensive vision on how best to prevent and respond to cyber disruptions and attacks.  EPA/THIERRY ROGE A New Commodity: Polish Cybersecurity
06-06-2017_Trust_Digital_Life_Press_Club00025 Eva Kaili on Blockchain security and future potentials
p16-new-06-06-2017_Trust_Digital_Life_Press_Club00049.JPG From Research to Innovation – The Blockchain Era
h_53574297 EU won’t be roaming like at home

From the NE Knowledge Network

Theresa May comes to Brussels as a Brexit-caretaking Prime Minister epa06037675 British Prime Minister Theresa May during a press conference after a meeting with new Taoiseach Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (not seen) at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 19 June 2017. Taoiseach Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on a first foreign visit meets with British PM May to discuss Brexit negotiations which started today  EPA/SIMON DAWSON / POOL

As Theresa May lands on Brussels on Thursday, she leaves behind a Queen’s speech that was politically timid, devoid of

By NEOnline | IR

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