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Zaev-confirms-The-Republic-of-Ilinden-Macedonia-is-the-new-name-proposal Name Dispute negotiations: Zaev’s “Ilinden Gambit” melts down in Athens and Skopje
epa06740282 Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks to the press after a meeting on the Iran Nuclear deal in Brussels, Belgium, 15 May 2018. High Representative Federica Mogherini met with the E3 Foreign Ministers and the Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET 5+1 meet in Vienna on Friday to salvage the Iran deal
epa05919249 US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) shakes hands with Minister of Finance of China Xiao Jie (R) at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters in Washington, DC, USA, 21 April 2017. The World Bank IMF 2017 Spring Meetings take place 18-23 April 2017.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS Washington suspends trade war with China but Europe remains cautious
epa06299602 (FILE) - A file photo dated 01 February 2013 shows London's financial district Canary Wharf pictured from the top of The Shard in London, Britain. The BBC said in a report on 31 October 2017 that the Bank of England is expecting up to some 75,000 finance industry jobs could be lost during the years that follow Britain's expected departure from the European Union. BBC?s economics editor Kamal Ahmed wrote that the Bank of England may be using the figure as a 'reasonable scenario', especially if EU and UK would not be able to reach a deal on financial services.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN UK parliament says London turns a blind eye to dirty Russian money
epa04011010 The temple of Parthenon Acropolis hill is pictured through the view of a Greek and a European Union flag in Athens, Greece, 07 January 2014. Greece takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union from January to June 2014.  EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU Greece and EU creditors reach agreement on fourth bailout review
epa06743702 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker waits for the start of a round table meeting at an informal European Union (EU) summit with Western Balkans countries at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17 May 2018. EU leaders will discuss a European future for the Western Balkans, and the response to President Trump's policies on trade and Iran.  EPA-EFE/DIMITAR DILKOFF / POOL EU moves to block US sanctions on Iran
epa06664964 (FILE) - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May meets staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, Britain, 10 April 2018 (reissued 12 April 2018). According to reports, British ministers have agreed, after the Emergency War Cabinet meeting on 12 April, Prime minister Theresa May should continue to work with United States and France to coordinate an international response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria.  EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL / POOL May proposes “backstop solution” if negotiations fail
epa06567859 A traffic sign with the inscription 'Luftreinhaltung' (Air pollution control) indicating a speed limit of 50 km/h to keep the air clean on the Landshuter Allee in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, 27 February 2018. The German Federal Administrative Court, or 'Bundesverwaltungsgericht', the supreme administrative court in the Federal Republic of Germany which is located in Leipzig will decide on a ban for Diesel engine powered vehicles in cities on 27 February.  EPA-EFE/LUKAS BARTH EU takes action to protect citizens from air pollution
epa06743706 Greek's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) and FYR of Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev meet on the sideline of an informal European Union (EU) summit with Western Balkans countries at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17 May 2018.  EPA-EFE/VASSIL DONEV Name Dispute negotiations: Late nights, roadmaps, and summer summits
epa06744824 (L to R) Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov, President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker speak during a joint news conference at the EU-Western Balkans Summit meeting at the National Palace of Culture, in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17 May 2018. EU leaders met for a two-days summit to discuss a European future for Western Balkans, and the response to President Trump's policies on trade and Iran.  EPA-EFE/Szilard Koszticsak HUNGARY OUT EU leaders agree on joint approach for Iran deal and possible US tariffs


EU National News

Italian PM Europe looks on as Italy moves to name unknown lawyer as next PM
epa06744639 The Italian Five-Star Movement's (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio (C) uses his mobile phone as he leaves the Lower House at the end of his meeting with 'League' party leader Matteo Salvini (not pictured), in Rome, Italy, 17 May 2018. Others are not identified. Luigi Di Maio said 17 May that he was confident a deal with the League on a programme for a new government will be reached by the end of the day. 'I think that we will close the (government) contract in the evening,' Di Maio told reporters at the Lower House after meeting Salvini. When asked about the thorny issue of who will be the Premier of an eventual M5S-League executive, Di Maio replied: 'we are still reasoning, it's not closed yet.'  EPA-EFE/GIUSEPPE LAMI Italian spreads climb while M5S and Lega unveil government “contract”
epa05031495 Thousands of residents of Molenbeek of all nationalities gather to commemorate the Paris attack and also their Love for there city, in Molenbeek, Brussels, Belgium, 18 November 2015. More than 130 people were killed and hundreds injured in the terror attacks which targeted the Bataclan concert hall, the Stade de France national sports stadium, and several restaurants and bars in the French capital on 13 November. Authorities believe that three coordinated teams of terrorists armed with rifles and explosive vests carried out the attacks, which the Islamic State (IS) extremist group has claimed responsibility for.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET Brussels district of islamist reputation Molenbeek wants to sue British columnist 
epa06298437 French President Emmanuel Macron (R) addresses the press flanked by French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb (L) and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (unseen) after he signed a counterterrorism law at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 30 October 2017. Macron has formally signed a sweeping counterterrorism law that replaces a 2-year-old state of emergency and meant to give police more tools to fight violent extremism.  EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHE ENA/POOL MAXPPP OUT France foils terrorist attack
epa04101243 Jobseekers gather around an office for Sweden's national jobs agency in central Stockholm, Sweden, 26 February 2014, after 61,000 people accidentally were invited to a meeting instead of 1,400.  EPA/BERTIL ENEVAG ERICSON SWEDEN OUT Migrant unemployment declines in Sweden

World News

epa06617336 Cambridge Analytica's sign at their offices in London, Britain, 21 March 2018. Britain's Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has applied for a warrant to search the offices of 'Cambridge Analytica', which is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook members for its own campaigns during the US presidential elections in 2016 and Brexit referendum.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy in New York
epa03373570 Close up of fuel nozzles at a gasoline station in Nice, France, 29 August 2012. The French government announced a temporary cut in petrol prices to ease the cost of living, fulfilling a campaign promise by President Francois Hollande. Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said on 28 August that an agreement had been reached with oil companies to reduce gasoline and diesel oil prices in up to 6 cents of euro  a liter for a three months period. This will cost the French state 300 million euros. The reduction will be funded in halves by the state and the oil companies.  EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER Crude oil price spike eases on supply concerns
p22c Japan, Ukraine to boost nuclear cooperation
epa06698543 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L), Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R), and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (not pictured) leave after a photo prior their trilateral on the Syrian crisis in Moscow, Russia, 28 April 2018. Russia hosts a trilateral with Turkey and Iran to discuss current developments in Syria including an alleged chemical attack in Douma.  EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Iran FM to meet Lavrov on Syria
epa05149813 A Syrian refugee child cries as they wait for back to Syria near Oncupinar Border gate in Kilis, Turkey, 08 February 2016. Turkey said on 07 February that it does not yet see a need to open its border to the refugees. The situation is 'desperate' at Syria's Bab al-Salameh border crossing where thousands of fleeing civilians are seeking to enter Turkey, medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors without Borders) said on 08 February.  EPA/SEDAT SUNA Turkey needs greater burden-sharing in managing Syrian refugee crisis

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

Rainforests Should Be Put to Good Use

By: Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson

Why Marx Was Wrong

By: Carl Bildt

Europe Should Embrace the Value of Diversity and Inclusion

By: Sandeep Gopalan

A Blueprint to Save the Iran Deal

By: Guy Verhofstadt

Corralling the Info-Monopolists

By: Amar Bhidé

Managing the Risks of a Rising Dollar

By: Mohamed A. El-Erian

From Brexit to Itexit

By: Basil A. Coronakis

Reducing the cash economy in Latin America is key for its growth

By: Leonardo González Dellán

Conservatives have the solution to protect our environment

By: Debbie Dooley

The Long Road to Nuclear Disarmament

By: Ramesh Thakur

Chocolate’s Sustainability Challenge

By: Jeff King

China and the Future of Democracy

By: Barry Eichengreen


From Brexit to Itexit epa06736587 The League (Lega) party's leader Matteo Salvini (C) accompanied by party colleagues Gian Marco Centinaio (L) and Giancarlo Giorgetti (R) addresses the media after a meeting with Italian President Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace, in Rome, Italy, 14 May 2018. (M5S) leader Di Maio said that neither he nor prospective right-wing Lega (League) party ally Salvini would put forward names of a Premier yet and asked for a few more days to complete a government programme  EPA-EFE/RICCARDO ANTIMIANI

The European Commission finally realised that there is something special about Italy when three Commissioners started giving the new Italian

By Basil A. Coronakis

Energy

epa06567859 A traffic sign with the inscription 'Luftreinhaltung' (Air pollution control) indicating a speed limit of 50 km/h to keep the air clean on the Landshuter Allee in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, 27 February 2018. The German Federal Administrative Court, or 'Bundesverwaltungsgericht', the supreme administrative court in the Federal Republic of Germany which is located in Leipzig will decide on a ban for Diesel engine powered vehicles in cities on 27 February.  EPA-EFE/LUKAS BARTH EU takes action to protect citizens from air pollution
epa03373570 Close up of fuel nozzles at a gasoline station in Nice, France, 29 August 2012. The French government announced a temporary cut in petrol prices to ease the cost of living, fulfilling a campaign promise by President Francois Hollande. Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said on 28 August that an agreement had been reached with oil companies to reduce gasoline and diesel oil prices in up to 6 cents of euro  a liter for a three months period. This will cost the French state 300 million euros. The reduction will be funded in halves by the state and the oil companies.  EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER Crude oil price spike eases on supply concerns
epa06360092 Khalid Al-Falih, President of the Opec conference and Saudi Arabia's energy minister is seen behind a Opec logo during news conference at the headquarters of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna, Austria, 30 November 2017.  EPA-EFE/LISI NIESNER EU, OPEC discuss recent market developments
IMG_7955 From Russia: Reactor will drive Finnish nuclear power plant
p15c Schwarzenegger, Šefčovič lead R20 efforts to implement Paris Agreement
epa06738538 European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini reacts to Question on Iran Nuclear deal, during a news conference in Brussels, Belgium, 15 May 2018. This evening, High Representative is convening a meeting with the E3 Foreign Ministers (Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of Germany, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister of France and Boris Johnson, Foreign Minister of the United Kingdom), followed by a meeting of the four with the Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Brussels looks to protect EU companies after Trump quits Iran deal
epa06737730 Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) the Foreign Minister of Iran during a meeting with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels, Belgium, 15 May 2018.  Media reports state that Javad Zarif is in Brussels asking for the EU's support for 2015 nuclear between Tehran and six world powers folowing the USA withdrawal from the agreement.  EPA-EFE/THIERRY MONASSE / POOL Iranian FM Zarif calls talks with Mogherini on nuclear deal ‘highly constructive’
epa06658053 Newly appointed National Security Advisor John Bolton listens to US President Donald J. Trump speak to the media before a meeting with his military leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington DC, USA, 09 April 2018.  Trump said he will decide in the next few days whether the US will respond militarily for the reported chemical weapons attack in Syria. Trump also spoke about the FBI raid of his personal attorney Michael Cohen's office.  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO EU moves to safeguard interests in Iran after threat of US sanctions
epa05844549 A general view of the Kharg oil terminal at the Kharg Island, in Persian Gulf, southern Iran, 12 March 2017. According to estimates, Kharg oil terminal handles 98 per cent of Iran's crude exports.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH Strange bedfellows: Iran sanctions, EU posturing and volatile oil markets
epa06720052 US President Donald J. Trump signs a presidential memorandum on Iran in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 08 May 2018. Trump announced plans to pull out of Iran nuclear deal. Trump announced that he will reimpose sanctions that had been waived under the Iran nuclear deal. Five nations including the United States worked out a deal with Iran in 2015 that withdrew sanctions.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS What now for Iran?

Internet & ICT

epa04089915 (FILE) A file picture dated 28 November 2013 shows a man using the social networking site Facebook on his phone in a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. Facebook announced on 19 February 2014 that it will buy messaging service WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars.  EPA/LUONG THAI LINH 5 questions EU leaders should ask Mark Zuckerberg during his Brussels visit if they are given the chance
epa06662255 CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on 'Facebook: Transparency and Use of Consumer Data' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 11 April 2018. Zuckerberg is testifying before the second of two Congressional hearings this week regarding Facebook allowing third-party applications to collect the data of its users without their permission and for the company's response to Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.  EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW Facebook’s Zuckerberg will explain Cambridge Analytica scandal to EP committee
epa06658053 Newly appointed National Security Advisor John Bolton listens to US President Donald J. Trump speak to the media before a meeting with his military leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington DC, USA, 09 April 2018.  Trump said he will decide in the next few days whether the US will respond militarily for the reported chemical weapons attack in Syria. Trump also spoke about the FBI raid of his personal attorney Michael Cohen's office.  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO EU moves to safeguard interests in Iran after threat of US sanctions
epa06720052 US President Donald J. Trump signs a presidential memorandum on Iran in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 08 May 2018. Trump announced plans to pull out of Iran nuclear deal. Trump announced that he will reimpose sanctions that had been waived under the Iran nuclear deal. Five nations including the United States worked out a deal with Iran in 2015 that withdrew sanctions.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS What now for Iran?
epa06721026 (FILE) - A visitor takes pictures at the stand of Vodafone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) is taking place in Barcelona, Spain, 26 February 2018 (reissued 09 May 2018). According to media reports, Britain's Vodafone Group has confirmed on 09 May 2018 that it has agreed to a deal, valued at 19 billion euro (22.5 billion US dollar), to buy European assets by Liberty Global international cable company. The deal includes operations in Germany, Hungary, Russia and the Czech Republic, media added.  EPA-EFE/ALBERTO ESTEVEZ Vodafone agrees €18.4 bln takeover of Liberty Global assets in Germany, East Europe
epa04818487 A man uses his smartphone to instruct a driverless Volkswagen E-Golf to look for a parking spot at the MobileLifeCampus in Wolfsburg, Germany, 25 June 2015. Volkswagen introduced its research project V-Charge on 25 June and demonstrated how a car can drive, spot a parking space and park, all by itself.  EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE Belgium to allow driverless cars for testing on its roads
ftm Amnesty International says Turkey has become ‘a dungeon for journalists’
epa06053379 Neflix Vice President of Innovation, Chris Jaffe poses for a photo during a conference in Mexico City, Mexico, 27 June 2017. Netflix, by using a new complex algorithm, will offer a more personalized service in which each user will have 'his own experience.'  EPA/MARIO GUZMAN EU institutions strike preliminary 30% quota deal on Netflix-like providers
epa04351861 A woman walks in front of  Russian mobile suface to air air defense system S-400 Triumf launch vehicles during the military exhibition Oboronexpo-2014 in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia, 13 August 2014. Reports state that the key topic of this year agenda is the replacement of imported components with domestic production. Many components for Russian arms, engines all helicopter and some aircraft engines for example, were produced in Ukraine and now banned for export to Russia.  EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV Turkey undeterred by US threat of sanctions over purchase of Russian missile system
epa06693731 EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Bulgarian Mariya Gabriel (L) and  European Commissioner for Security Union British Julian King give a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, 26 April 2018, on the Commission initiatives to tackle the spread of disinformation online and to increase transparency and fairness.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Commission proposes measures to tackle fake news and disinformation online

From the NE Knowledge Network



At summit on Western Balkans, EU tries not to antagonise its own members epa06739578 Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov (R) and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) during their official press conference in Sofia, Bulgaria, 15 May 2018. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is on an official visit to Bulgaria.  EPA-EFE/VASSIL DONEV

On Thursday, the EU will hold out, at a special summit, the prospect of membership to six western Balkan countries

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

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