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epa07366602 A man passes between Greece's border stone and the new country name North Macedonia sign board, at the border crossing Bogorodica between North Macedonia and Greece on 13 February 2019. FYR of Macedonia Government is due change the name of country after ratification of the Protocol of the North Atlantic Treaty for the Accession of Republic of North Macedonia whereby Greece will approve the accession of its northern neighbor to NATO under its new name, as provided by the Prespes Agreement signed by Athens and Skopje.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: North Macedonia’s name change takes hold
epa07368933 (FILE) - An Airbus A380 at the Farnborough Airshow in Farnborough, Britain, 14 July 2008 (reissued 14 February 2019). Airbus has announced that it will shut down production of the A380 superjumbo due to weaker than expected demand. The A380 is the world's largest passenger airplane.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN Production of Airbus’ A380 halted
epa07302558 Saudi Minister of Finance Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan (C) attends the opening session of the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit in Beirut, Lebanon, 20 January 2019. Lebanon is hosting the regional economic summit from 20 January.  EPA-EFE/WAEL HAMZEH Brussels puts Saudi Arabia on finance blacklist
epa05042399 A screen shows the details of the stock market in Madrid, Spain, on 26 November 2015. Spanish Energy group Abengo started with a 9.52 per cent loss until it dropped a 29 per cent at midday after the company announced a bankruptcy meeting of creditors after Gestamp denied it would be buying Abengoa.  EPA/J.J. Guillen EU looks into replacing dollar for energy transactions
DzWOPFEWwAAj02D Rutte government’s blue Brexit monster is on the loose
epa07258287 An ATM stands on a street in Berlin, Germany, 02 January 2019. The service union Verdi has called on the 12,000 employees of the cash transports to strike which is expected to disrupt the cash flow in Germany.  EPA-EFE/HAYOUNG JEON EU slashes fees on cross-border payments outside of Eurozone
epa06269521 Attendees try out new Huawei smartphones during the official launch event for the Huawei Mate 10 smartphone series in Munich, southern Germany, 16 October 2017. The chinese manufacturer's new offering is aimed at the luxury market.  EPA-EFE/PHILIPP GUELLAND European parliament agrees to keep eye on China’s takeovers and investments
epa06963049 Antey-2500 anti-ballistic missile system (L-beck)  is seen in a dynamic exposition at the International Military Technical Forum 'Army 2018' in Patriot Park in Alabino, Moscow region, Russia, 21 August 2018.  About 1,200 Russian defense companies and weapon manufacturers take part in the event, displaying an estimated 26,000 pieces of weaponry and military equipment, ranging from helicopters and fighter jets to tanks and small arms, the organizers said.  EPA-EFE/SERGEI ILNITSKY EU parliamentarians alarmed by Russia, US abandonment of INF nuclear treaty
An image showing the Mozilla Europe internet homepage, 17 June 2008. The Mozilla Foundation has made the third generation of the succesful browser available to public and expects to see millions of downloads of the program, aimed at competing mainly against Microsoft's Internet Explorer.  EPA/LUKAS BARTH EU countries and MEPs finalise draft rules on copyright law 
epa07306082 European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini gives a press briefing during  European foreign affairs council in Brussels, Belgium, 21 January 2019.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Upcoming EU foreign ministers’ meeting to cover most of the world’s hot spots

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EU National News

epaselect epa05245211 A view of 'La Canopee' (The Canopy) covering the newly refurbished Les Halles shopping centre and subway connection in the heart of central Paris, seen during the official press presentation in Paris, France, 05 April 2016. After a six-year reconstruction, the Forum des Halles unveiled its new Canopy roof designed by French architects Patrick Berger and Jacques Anziutti. The redesigned forum now includes cultural centers and a classical music conservatory.  EPA/IAN LANGSDON France’s unemployment hits decade-low
epa07364424 Anti Brexit protesters outside the British Houses of Parliament, in central London, Britain, 12 February 2019. British Prime Minister Theresa May gave a statement in the House of Commons to update Members of Parliament on Brexit talks.  EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER Labour and Conservative MPs plan pro-Remain party
epa07199189 Ignazio Visco (R), Governor of the Bank of Italy, and Yves Mersch (L), member of the ECB Executive Committee, during the launch event of Target Instant Payment Settlement (TIPS) developed by ECB and Bank of Italy, in Rome, Italy, 30 November 2018.  EPA-EFE/RICCARDO ANTIMIANI Italy considers gold sales to ease budgetary pressure
epa07364251 Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (front L) chats with deputy Prime Minister Caermen Calvo (front R) during the 2019 budget debate at the Lower House in Madrid, Spain, 12 February 2019. The Lower House will hold a two-day-long debate in order to vote on the amendments to the budget presented by the opposition parties. Up until now, and according to declarations made by all different opposition parties, the amendments could be approved and the budget would be rejected, and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez could make the decision to call for early elections.  EPA-EFE/J.P. GANDUL Spain could face snap national elections in April
epa07362101 Italian Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in the Lower House in Rome after the centre right regional elections victory of Abruzzo, Italy, 11 February 2019. 'Nothing changes for the government - no reshuffle, work continues', Salvini said. Marco Marsilio, a Senator for the rightwing Brothers of Italy (FdI) party, is the new governor of Abruzzo after the centre-right candidate won almost half of the vote in  elections in the central Italian region.  EPA-EFE/ANGELO CARCONI Salvini’s Lega wins key vote in central Italy

World News

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 ExxonMobil makes two new discoveries offshore Guyana
Pannelli solari su pozzo in produzione Italy’s ENI acquires Australian solar project
epa07348424 US President Donald J. Trump (R) nominates Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass (L) to lead the World Bank in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 06 February 2019. Malpass has been a critic of the institution, saying multilateral institutions like the World Bank 'have grown larger and more intrusive.'  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO Trump sends David Malpass to the World Bank
LRG_DSC02786 Kazakhstan to develop green energy at a slower pace than import countries
epa06664687 Representative Robert Lighthizer speaks in a meeting with US President Donald J. Trump (not pictured) on trade with governors and members of Congress at the White House in Washington DC, USA, 12 April 2018.  EPA-EFE/Chris Kleponis / POOL Reports of progress in Sino-American trade talks

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

epa05705398 Military vehicles that left the cargo area are line up at the habour in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, 08 January 2017. More than 2,500 tanks, trucks and other vehicles of the US Army will be handled in Bremerhaven during what is the biggest troop transfer from the US to Europe since the end of the Soviet Union. The US equipment will be transported to Poland on some 900 railway waggons for the military excercise 'Atlantic Resolve'.  EPA/CARSTEN KOALL

In defence of logistics

By: Lt. Gen. (ret) Ben Hodges
Alexander Schaltuper

What will succeed GDP?

By: Diane Coyle

Reflections on achieving global education goals

By: Amina J. Mohammed

How can we tax footloose multinationals?

By: Joseph E. Stiglitz

Google, fake news, and the crisis of truth

By: Bernard-Henri Lévy

Europe, please wake up

By: George Soros

epa07327498 Water vapor rises from the lignite-fired power station Boxberg of the energy company LEAG in Boxberg, Germany, 28 January 2019. Germany's Structural Coal Commission (Kohlekommission) appointed by Chancellor Merkel recommends the country should quit coal latest by 2038 in order to meet its emissions targets. The proposal, which was released on 26 January 2019, is subject to amendment by government and parliament, media reported.  EPA-EFE/FILIP SINGER

Breaking Germany’s coal addiction

By: Johan Rockström
Owen Gaffney

Debt derangement syndrome

By: J. Bradford DeLong

The good jobs challenge

By: Dani Rodrik

Dirty money and tainted philanthropy

By: Peter Singer

Surprise! Greece can be a good place to invest

By: Andreas Yannopoulos

epa06615043 Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Premier Li Keqiang (2-L) press buttons to vote during the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 20 March 2018. The NPC has over 3,000 delegates and is the world's largest parliament or legislative assembly though its function is largely as a formal seal of approval for the policies fixed by the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party. The NPC runs alongside the annual plenary meetings of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), together known as 'Lianghui' or 'Two Meetings'.  EPA-EFE/HOW HWEE YOUNG  EPA-EFE/ROMAN PILIPEY  EPA-EFE/HOW HWEE YOUNG  EPA-EFE/ROMAN PILIPEY

The coming China shock

By: Arvind Subramanian
Josh Felman

THE ENLARGEMENT MONITOR

epa07366602 A man passes between Greece's border stone and the new country name North Macedonia sign board, at the border crossing Bogorodica between North Macedonia and Greece on 13 February 2019. FYR of Macedonia Government is due change the name of country after ratification of the Protocol of the North Atlantic Treaty for the Accession of Republic of North Macedonia whereby Greece will approve the accession of its northern neighbor to NATO under its new name, as provided by the Prespes Agreement signed by Athens and Skopje.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: North Macedonia’s name change takes hold
epa07344778 Members of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) honor guard line up during the welcoming ceremony for the Croatian Minister of Defence Damir Krsticevic (not pictured) in front of the Ministry of Defense in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 05 February 2019. FYROM will sign an accession protocol with NATO on 06 February in Brussels under the new name North Macedonia, after the parliaments of FYROM and Greece voted for the Prespa agreement and ratified a name change deal.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Athens clears path for North Macedonia’s NATO admission
ppp Trans-European Transport Networks to breathe new life into Balkans
epa07316503 Protesters hold the Greece national flags during a demonstration against the Prespes Agreement between Athens and Skopje regarding the name 'Northern Macedonia' for the Balkan country, outside the Greek Parliament in Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece, 24 January 2019 The discussion on the Prespes Agreement and processing of the draft law ratifying the name issue agreement signed by Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) began on 23 January and will continue on 25 January, when voting will take place. According to Parliament President Nikos Voutsis, the number of speakers, including the party leaders, will be approximately 230 in total.  EPA-EFE/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU Political landscape reshaped after blistering Prespes Agreement ratification battle
epa07049635 Macedonians hold banners reading 'Yes for European Macedonia' during a rally supporting the upcoming referendum to endorse a name deal to end a long running dispute between Macedonia and Greece, in city of Prilep, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 26 September 2018. The referendum is scheduled for 30 September 2018.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Welcome North Macedonia!
epa07316767 Protesters clash with police during a demonstration against the Prespes Agreement between Athens and Skopje regarding the name 'Northern Macedonia' for the Balkan country, outside the Greek Parliament in Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece, 24 January 2019. The discussion on the Prespes Agreement and processing of the draft law ratifying the name issue agreement signed by Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) began on 23 January and will continue on 25 January, when voting will take place. According to Parliament President Nikos Voutsis, the number of speakers, including the party leaders, will be approximately 230 in total.  EPA-EFE/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU Deeply polarised Greece ratifies Prespes Agreement
epa07368933 (FILE) - An Airbus A380 at the Farnborough Airshow in Farnborough, Britain, 14 July 2008 (reissued 14 February 2019). Airbus has announced that it will shut down production of the A380 superjumbo due to weaker than expected demand. The A380 is the world's largest passenger airplane.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN Production of Airbus’ A380 halted
epa07302558 Saudi Minister of Finance Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan (C) attends the opening session of the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit in Beirut, Lebanon, 20 January 2019. Lebanon is hosting the regional economic summit from 20 January.  EPA-EFE/WAEL HAMZEH Brussels puts Saudi Arabia on finance blacklist
epa05042399 A screen shows the details of the stock market in Madrid, Spain, on 26 November 2015. Spanish Energy group Abengo started with a 9.52 per cent loss until it dropped a 29 per cent at midday after the company announced a bankruptcy meeting of creditors after Gestamp denied it would be buying Abengoa.  EPA/J.J. Guillen EU looks into replacing dollar for energy transactions
DzWOPFEWwAAj02D Rutte government’s blue Brexit monster is on the loose

European parliament agrees to keep eye on China’s takeovers and investments epa06269521 Attendees try out new Huawei smartphones during the official launch event for the Huawei Mate 10 smartphone series in Munich, southern Germany, 16 October 2017. The chinese manufacturer's new offering is aimed at the luxury market.  EPA-EFE/PHILIPP GUELLAND

The European Parliament gave the green light to new measures that will allow for more intense screening of foreign takeovers

By Irene Kostaki Journalist

Energy

epa05042399 A screen shows the details of the stock market in Madrid, Spain, on 26 November 2015. Spanish Energy group Abengo started with a 9.52 per cent loss until it dropped a 29 per cent at midday after the company announced a bankruptcy meeting of creditors after Gestamp denied it would be buying Abengoa.  EPA/J.J. Guillen EU looks into replacing dollar for energy transactions
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 ExxonMobil makes two new discoveries offshore Guyana
Pannelli solari su pozzo in produzione Italy’s ENI acquires Australian solar project
epa04855527 A general view of the Sheringham Shoal wind farm installations, located between 17 to 23 kilometres off the coast of Norfolk in Britain, 12 June 2015. The wind farm is jointly owned by Statoil and Statkraft through their joint venture company Scira Offshore Energy Limited. According to Statoil, the wind farm covers an area of about 35 square kilometers. Every of the 88 wind turbines has a capacity of 3.6 MW. The wind farm generates a total of 1.1 Twh of electricity, which is enough to power 220,000 homes in Britain.  EPA/MAURITZ ANTIN Europe boosts offshore wind capacity by 18% in 2018
epa07348303 (FILE) - Construction work takes place on the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline near Luebesse, Germany, 14 April 2011 (reissued 06 February 2019). According to reports, France has decided to vote against the Germany-supported Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, when the EU votes on its position on 07 February. Reportedly France does not want to harm Polish or Slovak interests and not further enhance dependence from Russian gas.  EPA-EFE/Jens Buettner  GERMANY OUT EU tougher regulations unlikely to stop Nord Stream-2
epa07208897 Norway's first gas station for liquid biogas for heavy transport opened in Oslo, Norway, 04 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/Cornelius Poppe NORWAY OUT EU and Norway focus on natural gas role in Europe’s energy transition
,msmvc,ds,:ds The future of Georgia’s energy policy
LRG_DSC02786 Kazakhstan to develop green energy at a slower pace than import countries
epa01483676 The first Japanese wind-propelled power-generating plant was opened in Losino near Slupsk, north-western Poland, on Wednesday, September 10, 2008. The plant with 24 turbines of total capacity of 48 mega Watts will generate 106-110 giga-Watt-hour of power annually. It was constructed by Zajaczkowo Windfarm company with most shares held by Japanese Mutsui and J-Power.  EPA/Adam War¯awa POLAND OUT Poland mulls softening the rules around onshore wind
epa06702729 Wind turbines in Taichung, western Taiwan, 30 April 2018. On 30 April 2018, Taiwan's economics ministry awareded contract to seven foreign companies to build a total of 11 offshore wind farms off Taiwan's west coast. The winners include German wind farm developer wpd AG, Danish firm Orsted and fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Canada's Northland Power, and a consortium involving Australian financial firm Macquarie Corp. President Tsai Ing-wen's government has vowed by phase out nuclear power by 2025 by making renewable energy account for 20 per cent of Taiwan's electricity, or 5.5 GW.  EPA-EFE/DAVID CHANG Acquisition of Formosa I wind farm project cleared by the EU

Internet & ICT

epa07329098  EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel gives a press conference on the code of practice signed by online platforms to fight disinformation with the European Commissioner for Security Union, (not pictured) at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 29 January 2019. Online platforms, social networks, advertisers and advertising industry in September 2018 agreed on a self-regulatory Code of Practice to address the spread of online disinformation and fake news  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU puts pressure on Internet giants ahead of European elections
epa07274788 Social networking site Facebook is displayed on an electronic device at a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam, 11 January 2019. Vietnam has accused Facebook of breaking a cybersecurity law by allowing users to post anti-government comments, according to state media.  EPA-EFE/LUONG THAI LINH Facebook to bolster its capabilities against disinformation
p8-h_54807548 Are smart cities the solution to urban problems?
epa03548550 (FILE) A file photo dated 06 March 2012 shows the company logo of the Chinese IT company and service provider Huawei at the CeBit trade fair in Hanover, Germany. Huawei said 21 January 2013 it expects its 2012 global sales revenues to reach CNY 220.2 billion, an 8 per cent year-on-year increase, with a net profit of CNY 15.4 billion, a 33 per cent increase from the previous year. 66 per cent of Huawei's overall revenue came from outside China. Among the overseas revenue, the Asia-Pacific region saw revenue of CNY 37.4 billion, while Europe, Middle East and Africa recorded CNY 77.4 billion and the Americas contributed CNY 31.8 billion. The domestic market China recorded CNY 73.6 billion.  EPA/MAURITZ ANTIN EU looks to follow US lead in shielding 5G networks from Chinese companies over intelligence concerns
epa06819029 (FILE) - Visitors are reflected in a mirror with the Huawei company logo during the official launch event for the Huawei Mate 10 smartphone series in Munich, southern Germany, 16 October 2017 (reissued 18 June 2018). Chinese Telecommunications Company Huawei published an open letter addressed to Australian lawmakers on 18 June 2018, where it refused Australian government allegations that it poses security concerns, calling the comments 'ill-informed and not based on facts.' The Australian government is expected to ban the Chinese tech firm from bidding in the construction of the country's 5G networks over national security concerns, media reported. The concerns claim Huawei to be linked to the Chinese government, media added.  EPA-EFE/PHILIPP GUELLAND UK defence secretary concerned about Huawei’s role in 5G networks upgrade
epa06615288 Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen on a screen delivering a speech during the closing of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 20 March 2018. The NPC has over 3,000 delegates and is the world's largest parliament or legislative assembly though its function is largely as a formal seal of approval for the policies fixed by the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party. The NPC runs alongside the annual plenary meetings of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), together known as 'Lianghui' or 'Two Meetings'.  EPA-EFE/ROMAN PILIPEY China amends law on forced technology transfers for foreign investors
epa07192531 The Vice-Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Liu He (L), meets the First Mayor and President of Senate of Hamburg, Peter Tschentscher (R), at the City Hall of  Hamburg, northern Germany, 27 November 2018. Liu He attends the Hamburg Summit 'China meets Europe' at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. The conference concentrates on the political and economic relationship between China and the European countries.  EPA-EFE/FOCKE STRANGMANN Germany unveils plan to curb Chinese takeovers of strategic technologies
epa01460851 An image made available 21 August 2008 showing the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) as it transits Souda Harbor headed to the Republic of Georgia, 20 August 2008. McFaul is carrying nearly 55 tons of supplies as part of the humanitarian assistance for the Republic of Georgia following the conflict between Russian and Georgian forces. The assistance will aid in alleviating human suffering in the Republic of Georgia.  EPA/PAUL FARLEY/HO  EDITORIAL USE ONLY US-Greece strategic dialogue inaugurated
epa07207870 (FILE) - Visitors use their mobile phones on a free wifi point during the 'Re:publica' digital conference in Berlin, Germany, 09 May 2017 (reissued 04 December 2018). Germany ranked 25th in a 2017 list of countries by internet connection speeds, despite various failed attempts of Merkel cabinets on broadband strategies. A successor to Angela Merkel as chairwoman of her CDU party will be elected on 07 December 2018. Merkel said she will not run for re-election as CDU chairwoman nor for Chancellor nor for any other political office.  EPA-EFE/FELIPE TRUEBA  ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET Tech companies warn of turbulence ahead as EU-US work on trade deal
Bolivian miner at the state-owned Colquiri Mine in Western Bolivia, which has been occupied by unemployed workers and peasants since Sunday. The mining conflict in Bolivia intensified Wednesday 12 May, 2004 with the occupation of a fourth tin mine by unemployed workers former Totoral Mine employees, in the province of Oruro, who want to return to the mine given the increase in the international price of tin.  EPA/Martin Alipaz Germany secures strategic access to Bolivian lithium production



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