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epa06057488 European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom (L) listens to Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (R) at the start of their meeting as a part of the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations at Iikura guest house in Tokyo, Japan, 30 June 2017.  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON / POOL EU clears landmark trade agreement with Japan
epa04038079 A passerby looks at Mini vehicles through the window of a car showroom in central London, Britain, 23 January 2014. According to trade body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, car production in Britain is at its highest level since 2007.  EPA/ANDY RAIN European Commission braces for hard Brexit
zammar German citizen involved in 9/11 captured in Syria
epa06574112 European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom (L) and AEM Chairman and Singapore Trade Minister Lim Hng Kiang (R) walk past the flag of the European Union for a press conference after concluding the 16th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM)-European Union Trade Commissioner Consultation meeting at the Shangri-La hotel l in Singapore, 02 March 2018. Malmstrom is in Singapore to attend various AEM-EU trade meetings. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was founded in 1967 and currently has ten member countries: Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Brunei.  EPA-EFE/WALLACE WOON EU and Singapore successfully on Trade and Investment Protection Agreements
epa06085008 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron (L) after their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, 13 July 2017.  EPA/JULIEN D ROSA Macron in Berlin to realign consensus on Eurozone reform
epaselect epa04965425 A photo made available 06 October 2015 of a migrant who recently arrived across the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey, watching a ferry in the port of Mytilene, Lesbos island, Greece, 05 October 2015. An estimated 100,000 refugees and migrants arrived on the Greek islands during August, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard.  EPA/ZOLTAN BALOGH HUNGARY OUT Court rules asylum-seekers are free to leave Greek islands
epa03765914 Passenger sleep outside Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, Russia, 29 June 2013. US fugitive 'whistleblower' Edward Snowden is still believed to be staying in the transit zone of the airport.  EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY Airlines fear wave of compensation claims after EU Court ruling
epa04760008 Britain's Home Secretary, Theresa May makes an introductory speech prior to Prime Minister, David Cameron's policy address on immigration at the Home Office in central London,  21 May 2015. Cameron has announced strict new measures targeted to control immigration in the United Kingdom.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA British PM May’s hawkish anti-migrant past comes back to haunt her
epa03478086 Dianthuses are laid in remembrance by the roadside at the scene of an accident on the A5 Autobahn near Offenburg, Germany, 19 November 2012. Six people died on 18 November 2012 after a head-on high-speed crash between a minivan and a car that was driving the wrong way along a fog-shrouded highway.  EPA/PATRICK SEEGER Don’t floor it: European-wide speed check operation on Wednesday
epa04824587 (FILE) A file photo dated 18 May 2011 showing the logo of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the entrance of the Headquarters of the IMF, also known as building HQ2, in Washington, DC, USA. Greece will not make the 1.6-billion-euro (1.8-billion-dollar) repayment due 30 June 2015 to the International Monetary Fund unless it strikes a deal in the coming hours with its creditors, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in Athens as the deadline loomed. He implied that his left-wing government would resign if Greeks vote 'yes' in a planned 05 July referendum on a renegotiated bailout. The Greek vote is widely seen as deciding whether the near-bankrupt country stays in the eurozone. No country has left the currency bloc since its founding in 1999.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO IMF raises Italian, lowers Greek growth projections


EU National News

epa04779622 French energy group Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 26th World Gas Conference (WGC) in Paris, France, 02 June 2015. The WGC runs from 01 to 05 June and gathers the world gas market leaders.  EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT Total agrees to buy Direct Energie
Maros Sefcovic, Commission Vice-President for Energy sits on the green sofa symbol of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Meeting in Federal German Foreign Office (Auswaertiges Amt) , in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday, March 17, 2018. Šefčovič: Blockchain to empower energy consumers
epa06565548 Affected children receive treatment after a gas attack on al-Shifunieh village, in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, 25 February 2018 (issued 26 February 2018). According to activists working in the area, more than 18 people were affected by poisenous gas, and one child was killed, during an attack on the village of al-Shifunieh. Government forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are currently conducting an air and ground offensive in Eastern Ghouta. The offensive was initiated soon after the United Nations passed a resolution calling for a 30-day cessation of hostilities in Syria.  EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED BADRA Three Belgian companies in court over chemical exports to Syria
epa06622839 A view of a mural depicting Italian politicians 5-Stars Movement leader Luigi di Maio (L) kissing Lega leader Matteo Salvini, painted on a wall in Rome, Italy, 23 March 2018. The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the anti-migrant, euroskeptic 'League' party were the big winners of the 04 March 2018 general election, which produced a hung parliament.  EPA-EFE/Massimo Percossi Italy’s 5-Star tells Lega to drop Berlusconi by week’s end
epa05554601 Demonstrators gather and hold banners to protest for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution in Ireland, Brussels, Belgium, 24 September 2016. Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is the law against abortion in Ireland. Abortion was decriminalized in Belgium in 1990.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Facebook pilots new political advertising tool in the polarized Irish abortion referendum

World News

epa06057317 Chairman of Gazprom management Committee Alexei Miller attends an annual Gazprom shareholders meeting in Moscow, Russia, 30 June 2017. Russian energy giant Gazprom reported annual achievements for its shareholders.  EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Gazprom, Saudi Aramco to boost cooperation
epa06636097 UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov enter a hall before their news conference in Moscow, Russia, 29 March 2018.  EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV UN Syria envoy to meet Lavrov in Moscow on Friday
epa06676144 (FILE) - CIA Director Mike Pompeo appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of State, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 12 April 2018 (reissued 18 April 2018). Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang over Easter weekend for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to prepare for direct talks between US President Donald Trump and Kim, US media report.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS CIA lays groundwork for Trump-Kim meeting
epa05852051 A handout photo made available by the Turkish President Press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to supporters during the opening ceremony for various facilities in Sakarya city, Turkey, 16 March 2017. In his address to the crowd, Erdogan commented on the outcomes of the Dutch general elections. Turkish politicians have sought to hold referendum campaign events in several countries abroad. A Turkish constitutional referendum is due to be held on 16 April 2017. Voters are to decide on whether to replace the parliamentary system with a presidential system that would give widespread powers to President Erdogan.  EPA/TURKISH PRESIDENT PRESS OFFICE HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES Turkey could go to the polls, making Erdogan even stronger
epa06623475 Ukrainian lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko (C) reacts during a court hearing on a preventive punishment for her at the Svyatoshynskiy district court in Kiev, Ukraine, 23 March 2018. Ukrainian Parliament gave consent to the lifting of parliamentary immunity, detention, and arrest of a non-faction People's Deputy Nadiya Savchenko on 22 March 2018. Savchenko was on 15 March expelled from the parliament's national security and defense committee. On the same day, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko tabled in parliament a motion for the criminal prosecution, detention, and arrest of MP Savchenko. Lutsenko said that investigators had 'irrefutable evidence' that Savchenko had plotted acts of terror in the parliamentary hall as local media report.  EPA-EFE/SERGEY DOLZHENKO Jailed Ukrainian politician Savchenko resumes hunger strike

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

Don’t worry – the rest of the world still believes in free trade

By: Leonardo González Dellán

Distorted energy efficiency

By: Adam Gierek

Trump, Syria, and the Threat of Region-Wide War

By: Fawaz A. Gerges

What’s Been Stopping the Left?

By: Dani Rodrik

Italian Politics and Europe’s Future

By: Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Central-Bank Song Remains the Same

By: Paola Subacchi

Sustaining Progress in Transition Countries

By: Cihan Sultanoğlu

Breaking the Brexit Stalemate

By: Guy Verhofstadt

China’s Bold Energy Vision

By: Jeffrey D. Sachs

Crisis, Rinse, Repeat

By: J. Bradford DeLong

Saudi Arabia’s Perilous Pivot

By: Shlomo Avineri

Will the failure of investment in Iraq turn into a success story?

By: Hasan Ismaik


Court rules asylum-seekers are free to leave Greek islands epaselect epa04965425 A photo made available 06 October 2015 of a migrant who recently arrived across the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey, watching a ferry in the port of Mytilene, Lesbos island, Greece, 05 October 2015. An estimated 100,000 refugees and migrants arrived on the Greek islands during August, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard.  EPA/ZOLTAN BALOGH HUNGARY OUT

Asylum-seekers must be allowed into mainland Greece after court rules against containment on islands, says Amnesty International, after a top Greek court

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

Energy

epa04168159 (FILE) A file photo dated 07 January 2009 showing a worker at the gas pipeline in Hermanowice Gas Distribution and Measurement Station in Hermanowice, south-east Poland. German RWE company announced on 15 April 2014, that as first company in the European Union, they will deliver gas to the Ukraine, which has been facing hefty price hikes for Russian gas. The gas is being pumped to the Ukrainian state-owned Naftogaz company via pipelines in Poland.  EPA/DARIUSZ DELMANOWICZ MEPs to start negotiations with Council on safe gas supply for EU
epa04779622 French energy group Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 26th World Gas Conference (WGC) in Paris, France, 02 June 2015. The WGC runs from 01 to 05 June and gathers the world gas market leaders.  EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT Total agrees to buy Direct Energie
epa06057317 Chairman of Gazprom management Committee Alexei Miller attends an annual Gazprom shareholders meeting in Moscow, Russia, 30 June 2017. Russian energy giant Gazprom reported annual achievements for its shareholders.  EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Gazprom, Saudi Aramco to boost cooperation
Maros Sefcovic, Commission Vice-President for Energy sits on the green sofa symbol of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Meeting in Federal German Foreign Office (Auswaertiges Amt) , in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday, March 17, 2018. Šefčovič: Blockchain to empower energy consumers
epa06600430 Some of the 46 wind turbines are pictured at the Gouda wind farm some 150km from Cape Town, Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa, 13 March 2018.  The 138MW  wind-farm cost R2.7 billion (199 million US dollars) and was brought online in early September 2015 and is capable of powering 200,000 households per year or 400 gigawatt hours of electricity. The Gouda Wind Farm will avoid the emission of 406 million metric tons of CO2 per year of equivalent power produced from a coal fired power plant.  EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK IRENA calls for six-fold increase of global renewable energy adoption
epa03754096 An image dated 14 March 2013 and made available 21 June 2013 showing the facilities of the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA) on the island of Revithousa, Greece. SOCAR, the Azeri state energy company, said it has reached an agreement with Greek authorities to buy 66 per cent in DESFA, Azeri News Agency said on 21 June 2013.  EPA/ALEXANDROS VLACHOS Snam-Enagas-Fluxys consortium submits higher bid for Greece’s DESFA
epa06674677 A general view shows the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 17 April 2018. French President Emmanuel Macron delivered on the dayt a speech about the future of the European Union with the Members of Parliament.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER MEPs want smarter, more energy-efficient buildings by 2050
epa06674185 French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 17 April 2018. Macron is in Strasbourg to debate the future of the European Union with the Members of Parliament.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER Macron calls for climate and energy sovereignty
DSC_0010 EU clears acquisition of Eurogrid by Elia, both of Belgium
epa06014755 (FILE) - A ferry ship of Scandlines passes the Baltic sea beach near Rostock-Warnemuende, Germany, 23 March 2015 (reissued 07 June 2017). According to reports, Scandlines on 07 June 2017 reported it was evacuating all its ferries in Danish town Rodby due to a telephone threat and has suspended all services.  EPA/BERND WUESTNECK  GERMANY OUT EU action reduces pollution from shipping, report shows

Internet & ICT

epa06565548 Affected children receive treatment after a gas attack on al-Shifunieh village, in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, 25 February 2018 (issued 26 February 2018). According to activists working in the area, more than 18 people were affected by poisenous gas, and one child was killed, during an attack on the village of al-Shifunieh. Government forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are currently conducting an air and ground offensive in Eastern Ghouta. The offensive was initiated soon after the United Nations passed a resolution calling for a 30-day cessation of hostilities in Syria.  EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED BADRA Three Belgian companies in court over chemical exports to Syria
epa03478086 Dianthuses are laid in remembrance by the roadside at the scene of an accident on the A5 Autobahn near Offenburg, Germany, 19 November 2012. Six people died on 18 November 2012 after a head-on high-speed crash between a minivan and a car that was driving the wrong way along a fog-shrouded highway.  EPA/PATRICK SEEGER Don’t floor it: European-wide speed check operation on Wednesday
How-Hackers-Find-Your-Ecommerce-Website US and UK issue warning about Russia cyberattacks
p4 Europe’s privacy culture
epa02125140 A member of the crisis committee of the German air traffic control shows a map with the flight movements over Germany in Langen, Germany, 20 April 2010. The committee decides about the ban on flying in the German air space and about visual flight rules flights after the volcanic eruption on Iceland. The air traffic control confers with experts of the German Transport Ministry, the German Weather Service, the Federal supervision department for flight security and Eurocontrol.  EPA/MARIUS BECKER / POOL Eurocontrol warns airlines of risks due to possible missile strikes into Syria
epa06658898 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) give a joint press conference following their meeting in Berlin, Germany, 10 March 2018. The bilateral talks focus on the situation in eastern Ukraine, the status of the Minsk agreements, economic and other bilateral issues.  EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER Merkel: Nord Stream 2 not possible without clarity for Ukraine
epa06658931 (L-R) European Commissioner in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen, EU Commissioner in charge of Internal Market, Industry, Elzbieta Bienkowska, EU Commissioner responsible for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and  Pier Luigi Gilbert, the CEO of the European Investment Fund (EIF), attend a media conference on the launch of VentureEU, a Pan-European Venture Capital Funds-of-Funds programme, in Brussels, Belgium, 10 April 2018. The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have launched the VentureEU programme to boost investment in innovative start-up and scale-up companies across Europe. The funds are aiming to raise up to 2.1 billion euros of public and private investment.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET EU Commission and EIF create venture capital fund to support innovative companies
epa06399734 (FILE) - An Uber app on a mobile telephone in central London, Britain, 22 September 2017 (reissued 20 December 2017). The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 20 December 2017 ruled that member states of the European Union (EU) can regulate the ride-sharing application Uber as a taxi service.  EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER Uber loses against France in EU Court of Justice
MOS09 - 20000731 - BALTIYSK, KALININGRAD REGION, RUSSIAN FEDERATION : A Russian navy patrol ship shoots during the celebrations of Navy day in Baltiysk on the Baltic sea, 30 July 2000. Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in the navy parade. EPA PHOTO EPA/STRINGER/yk/bw Russian rocket tests force closing of Baltic Sea airspace
epa06489795 The logo of the Eurostar train arriving at Rotterdam Central Station, The Netherlands, 01 February 2018. Train manufacturer Siemens and Dutch train company NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) are conducting tests on the service that will make the connection between Amsterdam, Brussels and London. The passenger service is expected to be launched in late 2018, according to reports.  EPA-EFE/LEX VAN LIESHOUT Eurostar starts direct link from London to Amsterdam

From the NE Knowledge Network



Airlines fear wave of compensation claims after EU Court ruling epa03765914 Passenger sleep outside Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, Russia, 29 June 2013. US fugitive 'whistleblower' Edward Snowden is still believed to be staying in the transit zone of the airport.  EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

A new ruling by the European Court of Justice could force airlines to pay countless sums in compensation for flights cancelled or

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

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