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epa05126781 (FILE) A file photo dated 22 January 2016 showing Mohamad Salai, a refugee, walking through the refugee tent camp in Naestved, some 60 km south of Copenhagen. Danish lawmakers were 26 January 2016 set to vote on measures to tighten asylum laws, including a controversial plan to seize assets from asylum seekers to pay for their stay, despite criticism from human rights groups. The bill was expected to pass as the right-leaning Liberals' minority government has secured backing from others, including the main opposition Social Democrats and the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party. The move would allow for asylum seekers' belongings to be searched and for cash or valuables exceeding 10,000 kroner (1,450 dollars) to be seized. The cash and proceeds from the sale of the valuables - such as watches and mobile phones - would be used to pay for the asylum seekers' stay in Denmark.  EPA/NIELS AHLMANN OLESEN DENMARK OUT Denmark rejects more asylum applications
epa06199656 Vehicles are stuck in a traffic jam next to the new bicycle lane following the Seine River in Paris, France, 12 September 2017. The constructions of the new Parisian bicycle lanes encounter vivid criticism from drivers and politicians as the traffic is densified heavily.  EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT Brussels warns France to turn down the noise
epa06377234 Polish President Andrzej Duda (L) nominates to-date Deputy PM Mateusz Morawiecki (R) as new Prime Minister in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, 08 December 2017. President Andrzej Duda accepted the resignation of the Beata Szydlo.  EPA-EFE/Pawel Supernak POLAND OUT Why Poland is EU’s real problem
epa05533742 People attend celebrations marking Gibraltar's National Day at Grand Casemates Square in Gibraltar, 10 September 2016.  EPA/A.CARRASCO RAGEL The UK transition deal will not apply for Gibraltar without Madrid’s consent
epa05197285 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Israel, 06 March 2016.  EPA/ABIR SULTAN / POOL Netanyahu arrives in Brussels accusing the EU of “hypocrisy” over Jerusalem
epa05220498 A BTR armoured personnel carrier of the Hungarian Army patrols the area along the temporary border fence on the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, 180 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, 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 stranded in Greece.  EPA/SANDOR UJVARI HUNGARY OUT EU faces new risks in Middle East
epa05421421 British Home Secretary Theresa May waves on her arrival at Number 10 Downing Street to attend the last Cabinet Meeting hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron in Westminster, central London, Enngland,12 July 2016. British Prime Minister David Cameron will resign on 13 July 2016 with Theresa May due to take over as Prime Minister later that day.  EPA/WILL OLIVER May’s cabinet divided over future trade relations: Norway, “Canada plus” or “Canada dry”
epa04350254 A view of the EU Commission flags at the European Commisison headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 12 August 2014.  Reports state the European Commission is increasing its humanitarian aid to Iraq by an additional 5 million euros in response to the growing needs, bringing the overall funding for Iraq up to 17 million euros in 2014. It will bring vital assistance to hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians trapped by the fighting against the Islamic State (IS).  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND The Corruption of Romania’s Anti-Corruption fight
epa06374168 Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) addresses reporters next to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L), during a press conference at Maximos Mansion, in Athens, Greece, 07 December 2017. The  Turkish President is on a two-day visit to Greece.  EPA-EFE/ALEXANDROS VLACHOS With the exception of TAP, Erdogan’s visit to Greece reconfirms diverging energy interests
EU Commissioner for Competition, Danish, Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on Antitrust case in Brussels, Belgium, 08 December 2017. 
New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis Vestager pushes International Staking Union to change rules, eyes on Google shopping saga

EU National News

maxresdefault Iranian scientist from Belgium to be hanged in Iran for “spying”
p17c Passage through scenic Corinth Canal is a chunk of Greece’s history
epa05723614 Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, reacts during the European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg, France, 17 January 2017. During the meeting, the Parliament voted for a new president, as Schultz announced that he will run for German Parliament in the upcoming German elections.  EPA/PATRICK SEEGER Schultz calls for a stronger Europe that can match the power of US tech behemoths
p14WEB Energean inks further gas sales contracts for Israeli fields
epa04807730 Leader of the Danish People's Party, Kristian Thulesen Dahl celebrates giving the thumbs up, after the Danish elections, in Copenhagen, Denmark, 18 June 2015. Dahl said the result was 'fantastic' and thanked party faithful for running a great campaign. Denmark voted on 18 June for a change of government, which put an end to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt's four years as head of a left-leaning government with a swing to the right. Thorning-Schmidt conceded defeat and announced she would resign as leader of the Social Democrats that she has led since 2005. The result suggested a comeback for Lars Lokke Rasmussen, leader of Venstre, a liberal party, who has been backed by the opposition as premier.  EPA/LINDA KASTRUP DENMARK OUT Danish conservatives wrangle over budget deal

World News

epa06358487 A photo released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state news agency of North Korea, on 30 November 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) giving an order to test-fire the newly developed inter-continental ballistic missile Hwasong-15 from an undisclosed location in North Korea, 29 November 2017.  EPA-EFE/KCNA EDITORIAL USE ONLY  EDITORIAL USE ONLY UN official visits North Korea, warns ‘time is of the essence’ to avoid war
1500x500 La Convención Azul, the international free-market and digital economy forum brings European and Latin American leaders to Buenos Aires
epa05839110 US President Donald Trump holds a National Economic Council listening session with the CEOs of small and community banks, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 09 March 2017. Trump wants to hear from some twelve CEOs what might prevent them from lending to consumers and small businesses.  EPA/KEVIN DIETSCH / POOL Yale psychiatrist calls for Trump’s formal assessment
epa05689529 (FILE) - A file picture dated 02 April 2014 shows Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner participates in a commemoration act for the Day of War Veteran and Fallen in the Falklands war at Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires, Argentina. According to reports, an Argentinian federal judge on 27 December 2016 approved charges of illicit association and fraudulent administration against Fernandez de Kirchner.  EPA/CARLOS BRIGO Argentine judge seeks arrest of former President Fernandez
p22web Japan’s Mizuho Bank may help finance Russian Gazprom’s strategic projects

Leaders' Perspectives




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Understanding the North Korea threat

By: Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

The populist tail wagging the German dog

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Europe’s crisis starts at home

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Maltese finch-trappers under attack

By: Juan Bautista Torregrosa Soler

European businesses should champion rule of law in Turkey

By: Philippe Dam

The global economy in 2018

By: Michael Spence

A new Grand Coalition for Germany – and Europe

By: Jeffrey D. Sachs

The segregation of Hungarian Roma children must end

By: Nadir Redzepi

Preparing for the Trump trade wars

By: Bill Emmott

Inconvenient truths about migration

By: Robert Skidelsky

A silver lining for a hard Brexit

By: Jacek Rostowski

MEPs discuss persons with disabilities epa06347605 President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani arrives for the EU Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit in Brussels, Belgium, 24 November 2017. The summit brings together EU heads of states or government with six former Soviet states Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, delivered the opening speech at the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities.

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epa06374168 Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) addresses reporters next to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L), during a press conference at Maximos Mansion, in Athens, Greece, 07 December 2017. The  Turkish President is on a two-day visit to Greece.  EPA-EFE/ALEXANDROS VLACHOS With the exception of TAP, Erdogan’s visit to Greece reconfirms diverging energy interests
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 After Dieselgate, EU to tighten rules for safer, cleaner cars
p22web Japan’s Mizuho Bank may help finance Russian Gazprom’s strategic projects
epa01561159 General view of Europe's biggest wind energy park in the northern region of Viana do Castelo, 26 November 2008. Portuguese Economy Minister Manuel Pinho inaugurated what was described as Europe's biggest wind energy park in the northern region of Viana do Castelo. The Alto Minho I park began generating energy already a year ago, gradually increasing its production to the full amount. The 120 turbines divided between five sub-stations will produce 530 gigawatts annually or one per cent of Portugal's energy.  EPA/ESTELA SILVA EU clears acquisition of Portugal’s Windplus
epa06358616 A view of the Torres del Pine national park, where where the Grey glacier suffered a rupture, in Magallanes, Chile, 29 November 2017. The Grey glacier is one of the natural wonders of Torres del Paine national park, a popular tourist attraction in Chile. The iceberg is estimated to be 350 meters long by 380 meters wide, and the cause of the rupture is unclear.  EPA-EFE/JOEL ESTAY MEPs adopt Energy Union rules
Yπ. Eνέργειας – Σύνοδος EastMed
Συνεδριακό Κέντρο «Φιλοξένια», Λευκωσία, Κύπρος
Σύνοδος των Υπουργών Ενέργειας Κύπρου, Ελλάδας, Ισραήλ και Ιταλίας για τον αγωγό φυσικού αερίου EastMed.
Min. Energy – Meeting on EastMed
“Filoxenia” Conference Centre, Lefkosia, Cyprus
The Cyprus-Greece-Israel-Italy Quadrilateral Ministerial Meeting on the EastMed Pipeline. Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Israel sign MoU for East Med gas pipeline
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 After Poland, Lithuania, Greece to become the 3rd EU country to import American LNG
epa02168566 View of the dam in Wloclawek, central Poland, 22 May 2010. The dam dumps 5,500 cubic meters of water per second  and preparing to expect  the culminating tide at the Vistula river later today. Heavy rainfall over past weeks caused heavy flooding in large parts of south Poland. Currently flood waves were moving down Poland's main rivers Vistula and Odra; the Vistula wave reached Warsaw Friday and was expected to move further north.  EPA/Adam Warzawa POLAND OUT Poland to build new dam, power plant on Vistula river
p14c MEPs set green targets for Europe
epa06360085 Alexander Novak (L), Russia's energy minister next to Khalid Al-Falih (R), President of the Opec conference and Saudi Arabia's energy minister attend a news conference at the headquarters of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna, Austria, 30 November 2017.  EPA-EFE/LISI NIESNER Saudi Arabia, Putin’s Russia lead OPEC oil output cut extension deal through end of 2018

Internet & ICT

European flags flutter in the wind in front of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 5 December 2017.
New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis EU finance ministers agree on new e-commerce VAT rules
epa05397156 A security officer checks suitcases under an X-Ray scanner in the aftermath of multiple suicide bomb attacks at Ataturk international airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 29 June 2016. At least 36 people were killed and more than 140 others were wounded in three separate gun and bomb attack outside and inside the terminal of Istanbul's Ataturk international airport on 28 June, media reported quoting officials. The attacks have been linked to either the so-called Islamic State (IS or ISIS) militant group or Kurdish separatists, media added.  EPA/SEDAT SUNA OLAF pays for state-of-the-art airplane scanner at Brussels Airport
epa05146047 Several hundred people take part in a demonstration 'The last day of freedom on the Internet' against a new surveillance act at the Freedom Square in Poznan, Poland, 06 February 2016. On 04 February Polish President Andrzej Duda signed a new surveillance act adjusting surveillance laws. The law will apply to surveillance operations by the police, border guard, military police, internal security, intelligence and counterintelligence services, military intelligence, as well as anti-corruption, customs and tax agencies.  EPA/Jakub Kaczmarczyk POLAND OUT Preventing authoritarian regimes from spying on their own citizens
epa05598663 (FILE) A combo file picture made available on 23 October 2016 shows an AT&T store (top) in New York City, New York, USA, on 04 December 2008, and a view of the Time Warner Center (bottom) in New York City, New York, USA, on 13 February 2014. US telecommunications company AT&T Inc. announced on 22 October 2016, it reached an agreement to acquire multinational media and entertainment conglomerate Time Warner Inc. (TWI) for 85.4 billion US dollar (about 78.4 billion euro). AT&T will acquire Time Warner in cash and stock transactions valued at 107.50 US dollar per share, the company said. The deal, which needs to be approved by regulators, was said to be unanimously agreed by both companies' boards directors.  EPA/JUSTIN LANE/JASON SZENES CWA backs AT&T-Time Warner Merger as critical week for deal hits halfway point
3. copy Kazakhstan, Russia, UAE mull joint projects in space industry
Douleutaras.gr_Cover_Photo E-platform of professionals secures funding of €1.8 million
epa03855218 (FILE) A file photo dated 01 July 2013 showing a person holding cables inside a server room in Hanover, Germany.   Media revelations that US and British intelligence services have cracked the encryption that protects online banking caused consternation 06 September 2013 in Europe, even though Germany's government dismissed the fears as 'groundless.' The New York Times and The Guardian had reported, based on data from US whistle-blower Edward Snowden, that a secret programme code-named Bullrun had breached a technology which is used to keep online banking, web purchases and email confidential. The new claims are much more serious than Snowden's original revelation that the NSA logs who phones and emails whom and upset many Germans, who believe bank accounts and private communications should be sacrosanct unless unlocked with a court order.  EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE British government accused of spying on millions of social media accounts
epa04505310 A woman poses with a frame of Instagram at the exhibition '175 years of photographic objects: from Daguerreotype to selfie' in Mexico City, Mexico, 26 November 2014. The exhibition displays more than 900 pictures, 150 cameras and 500 photo accessories used through history.  EPA/SASHENKA GUTIERREZ Instagram to change usage rules in Germany
p3QBA_2858 Europe mounts digital offensive
epa05308149 The cruise ship 'Harmony of the Seas' leaves the port of St. Nazaire, France, 15 May 2016. The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship built at the STX France shipyards in Saint-Nazaire is the world's largest cruise ship. It will dock in Southampton, Britain, before starting her first cruise in the coming days.  EPA/EDWARD BOONE Italy leads the birth of a European shipbuilding champion

From the NE Knowledge Network

New rules for cross-border cash movements epa04660432 Euro banknotes secured at cash control during the balance sheet press conference for the Frankfurt Airport central customs office in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 13 March 2015. Following the Washington Convention, the import and export of ivory is forbidden. In the past year, the Frankfurt central customs office took in a billion more euros than in the previous year. 4.15 billion euros were collected from tariffs, taxes, and duties in 2014.  EPA/ARNE DEDERT

Cash entering or leaving the European Union will be subject to tougher checks, according to new rules backed by the

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