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epa05990051 US President Donald J. Trump arrives for the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, 25 May 2017. NATO countries' heads of states and governments gather in Brussels for a one-day meeting.  EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT Trump leaves his mark at NATO, on fighting terrorism and burden sharing
President of France Emmanuel Macron meets the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker  at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on May 25, 2017 New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis Macron meets Juncker after Trump’s premiere in Brussels
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk President of the European Council at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium, on May 25, 2017. New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis EU leaders meet Erdogan ahead of NATO Summit in Brussels
epa05988258 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, 25 May 2017. NATO member countries' heads of states and governments gather in Brussels on 25 May 2017 for a one-day meeting. The summit is occuring in the wake of a suicide bombing in Manchester, Britain that killed 22 and injured dozens. During the summit, US President Donald J. Trump is expected to ask NATO allies to commit to a larger role in military operations against the so-called Islamic State (or IS or ISIS) in Iraq and Syria.  EPA/ARMANDO BABANI NATO to join coalition against Islamic terrorism
US President Donald Trump meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk President of the European Council at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium, on May 25, 2017. New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis “Values and principles first”: Trump meets Tusk, Juncker at EU Council
epa05982343 Two boys from Afghanistan walk in the refugee camp Kara Tepe, on the island of Lesbos in Greece, 22 May 2017. Swiss Federal Councilor Simonetta Sommarug visits the refugee camps Moria and Kara Tepe, as well as the capital Athens.  EPA/PETER KLAUNZER S&D calls for ‘truly common European asylum system’
epa05818868 Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu (L) shakes hands with Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto (R) during their meeting in the Szijjarto's office in Budapest, Hungary, 27 February 2017.  EPA/NOEMI BRUZAK HUNGARY OUT Romania seeks closer coordination with Visegrad Four
epa05755232 US President Donald J. Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May walk the colonade of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 27 January 2017.  EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL May expected to raise U.S. leak issues with Trump
epa05930785 The President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi (L), is flanked by Vitor Constancio (R), Vice-President of the European Central Bank, as they arrive for a press conference after the meeting of ECB's Governing Council in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 27 April 2017.  EPA/ARMANDO BABANI ECB says Brexit won’t harm eurozone economy
epaselect epa05199526 A trained eagle of the company 'Guard from Above' grabs a hovering drone during a exercise of the Dutch police in Katwijk, The Netherlands, 07 March 2016. The bird of prey can get drones from the air by catching them with his claws. Media reports state that various polices, including London's Metropolitan Police, are taking into consideration the idea that the birds could be deployed against what was described as 'hostile drones'.  EPA/KOEN VAN WEEL The eagle flies on Thursday: how vultures protect NATO from drones

EU National News

Υπογραφή σύμβασης Αιτωλοακαρνανία Energean inks lease agreement for onshore block in Western Greece
epa05990036 Police investigators inspect a Mercedes car of former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos, after an explosion inside the car caused by a bomb attack in central Athens, Greece, 25 May 2017. Lucas Papademos, his driver and one other person was injured in the blast. According to the first reports, the explosion was caused by a booby-trapped envelope that went off while the car was in motion. The initial images indicate that the car suffered major damage. There was also a second car escorting the former premier.  EPA/SIMELA PANTZARTZI Ex-Greek prime minister Papademos injured in car blast – EU Commission condemns the incident
epa03863799 (08/16) A little girl smiles outside her hut in a slum inhabited by a Roma community in the Craica neighbourhood of Baia Mare, north-western Romania, 05 September 2013. This year the local government planned to demolish shanties of the Craica slum and move hundreds of residents to a new housing estate of 500 light structure, modular homes to be set up in the outskirts of Baia Mare.  EPA/ZSOLT CZEGLEDI HUNGARY OUT - PLEASE REFER TO ADVISORY NOTICE  (epa03863791) FOR FULL FEATURE TEXT Sweden’s Roma to receive state compensation
epa05943513 Young men from Afghanistan work with laptop computers during a presentation of an integration project at the Schulzentrum Neustadt school in Bremen, northern Germany, 04 May 2017. During the project for unaccompanied young refugees, the participants learned how to program and operate educational robots and to cut short films with their computers.  EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN Germany spends billions on refugees
epa05630905 The old (above) and the new 5000 forint banknotes are displayed under UV light at the National Bank of Hungary's headquarters in Budapest, Hungary, 14 November 2016.  The new banknotes will be valid from 15 November 2016 but their circulation is expected from 01 March 2017.  EPA/ZOLTAN MATHE HUNGARY OUT Hungary’s top banker says base rate could be unchanged to 2019

World News

epa03492331 (FILE) A file picture dated 13 July 2011 shows the Moody's logo outside the offices of Moody's Corporation in New York, New York, USA. The ratings agency Moody's announced late 30 November 2012 in Frankfurt that it had downgraded the European Stability Mechanism, the eurozone's newly minted permanent bailout fund, from the top rating of Aaa to Aa1.  EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT Moody’s downgrades Chinese credit profile
epa05421838 US Speaker of the House Republican Paul Ryan (C) holds a pamphlet while discussing 'A Better Way', a House Republican agenda on poverty, national security, the economy, health care and tax reform; beside House Republicans during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 12 July 2016. The painting in the background of the picture is a portrait of George Washington.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS Trump unveils a decade-of-austerity budget proposal
epaselect epa05977222 Newly re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks past a picture of Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on arriving to deliver a televised speech on his presidential election victory, in Tehran, Iran, 20 May 2017. Rouhani has won the Islamic republic's presidential election and will serve for a second term.  EPA/STRINGER Rouhani takes on Trump
epa05895126 Reporters surround Republican Senator from Florida Marco Rubio to ask about the US airstrikes against Syria in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 07 April 2017. On 06 April US President Donald J. Trump ordered the attack in retaliation for Syria's gas attack against civilians.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO Top Republican says Russia ‘cloud’ hovers over Washington
epa05980362 A handout photo made available by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows US President Donald J. Trump (R), US First Lady Melania Trump (R-2), King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia (C) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) opening the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 21 May 2017. President Trump is in Ridayah to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council summit (GCC).  EPA/SAUDI PRESS AGENCY HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES Riyadh and Washington pen the biggest arms sales deal in US history

Leaders' Perspectives




The varieties of populist experience

By: Robert Skidelsky

Poland trapping asylum seekers in unsafe Belarus

By: Lydia Gall

France returns to Europe

By: Zaki Laïdi

The Mysterious Monsieur Macron

By: Federico Ottavio Reho

Shaping the future with entrepreneurship education

By: Martina Dlabajová

Cheating Britain out of Europe

By: Jacek Rostowski

Switch on Europe!

By: Caroline Jenner

Who is Marine Le Pen?

By: Christine Ockrent

Why Europe still needs cash

By: Yves Mersch

Structural changes to a higher gear

By: Lambert van Nistelrooij

‘Patriotism not parochialism’

By: Shanu Hinduja

Erdoğan’s pyrrhic victory?

By: Soli Özel

Eurogroup concludes without an agreement on Greece Eurogroup finance ministers meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium on May 22, 2017. New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis

Monday’s Eurogroup meeting has concluded its May session without an agreement on the Greek issue. Greece’s second review and further

By Irene Kostaki Journalist, New Europe


Υπογραφή σύμβασης Αιτωλοακαρνανία Energean inks lease agreement for onshore block in Western Greece
epa05085981 (FILE) A file photo dated 21 February 2007 showing a general view of Yuganskneftegaz pumping station in Priobskoe oilfield some 200 km from Nefteyugansk, Russia. Russian oil production increased to an average of 10.73 million barrels per day in 2015, the highest level since the fall of the former Soviet Union in 1991, the Interfax news agency cited the Energy Ministry in Moscow as saying 02 January 2016. This compares to the 10.58 million barrels per day the ministry reported in 2014. Along with the United States and Saudi Arabia, Russia is one of the world's largest producers of oil. More than a third of the 2015 total was produced by the state oil company Rosneft. Russia's oil industry is more than 50-per-cent state-owned. Exports of raw materials are a major source of national income.  EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV Russia’s Rosneft to modernise its German refineries
p21 WEB Gazprom’s gas exports to Europe reach 103.6 bcm in October-March
epa01593481 (FILE) An image of the installations at Latvijas Gaze?s vast storage facility Incukalns in Murjani, Latvia, 05 October 2007. While Ukraine and Russia remain at loggerheads 08 January 2009 over gas supplies and many European states feel the chill as a result, the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been able to watch from the sidelines in relative comfort despite sub-zero temperatures with their own gas supplies unaffected. Despite being former Soviet states like Ukraine, the Baltics receive their gas via different routes, enabling them to avoid the
disrupted supplies encountered elsewhere.  Latvijas Gaze?s vast Incukalns storage facility, located half an hour?s drive from the capital, Riga, also supplies gas to Lithuania, Estonia and even parts of Russia itself.  EPA/VALDA KALNINA EU Commission clears support to energy-intensive users in Latvia
P034337002901-767911 Šefčovič to discuss energy links in Lithuania
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 EU clears acquisition of 9 UK wind farms by Macquarie, USSL
epa05873384 EU Commissioner for Competition, Danish, Margrethe Vestager addresses a press conference on mergers between Dow and DuPont in Brussels, Belgium, 27 March 2017. The European Commission has approved the proposed merger between US-based chemical companies Dow and DuPont under the EU Merger Regulation. The approval is conditional on the divestiture of major parts of DuPont's global pesticide business.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET EU approves energy surcharges cuts for companies in Germany, Italy
epa05698264 A sunset view of a wind turbine farm in Villeveyrac, next to Montpellier, Southern France, 04 January 2017. France has the second largest wind potential in Europe due to its large land area and extensive agricultural landscape.  EPA/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO EP to increase the EU’s share of renewable energy
epa01647607 (FILE) A file photograph dated 26 February 2006 shows a general view of  the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, south Iran. According to reports on 25 February 2009, Iranian and Russian nuclear officials have begun a test run of the Russian-built plant, the first of its kind in Iran.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH *** Local Caption *** 00000401625178 Kazakh uranium supplies to Iran depend on the decision of the Big Six
Miguel Arias Cañete at the podium Cañete pushes sustainable development in Berlin

Internet & ICT

Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium on May 18, 2017 EU ministers agree to raise ‘Netflix quota’ to 30%
epa05617667 Two traditional Christmas little sculptures called 'caganers' (lit. defecators) picturing characters of Game of Thrones TV series Daenerys Targaryen (L), John Snow (C) and Tyrion Lannister (R) are launched by the brand in the town of Torroella de Montgri, Catalonia, northeastern Spain, 04 November 2016. The 'caganer' is a traditional figure in Catalonian nativity scenes.  EPA/ROBIN TOWNSEND Watching online TV while abroad: EU Parliament helps you take Game of Thrones with you
epa04090102 The two logos of Facebook (L) and Whatsapp pictured on the screen of a smartphone in Sieversdorf, Germany, 19 February 2014. Facebook announced on 19 February that it acquired the globally popular messaging system WhatsApp for 19 billion US dollar. Facebook paid 12 billion US dollar in shares and four billion US dollar in cash. The deal includes an additional three billion US dollar in Facebook stock for WhatsApp founders and employees. The deal should close later in 2014 and is still subject to regulatory approval, according to Facebook founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who said in the conference call that he did not expect any issues. Additionally, WhatsApp co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Jan Koum will join the Facebook Board of Directors.  EPA/PATRICK PLEUL EU Commission fines Facebook 110 million euros for cheating over WhatsApp deal
epa04899166 An Airbus A350 performs at the Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2015 in the city of Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, 25 August 2015. The International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS 2015 take place from 25 to 30 August.  EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV EU’s struggle to stop U.S. in-flight laptop ban
Opening of the Conference ' Strengthening Europe's external borders ' Mariya Gabriel takes over Digital Economy and Society portfolio
epa04214165 Presdient of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Hans-Georg Maassen, speaks at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in potsdam, Germany, 19 May 2014. A conference on national cyber security takes place in Potsdam.  EPA/RALF HIRSCHBERGER EU Commission: No EU institutions hit by cyber attacks
Products7664-1200x800-189476 Belgium wants to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia
p16-IMG_8201 Sci-Tech challenge inspires Europe’s youth
website-hackers Manhunt for hackers, as experts foresee new global cyber attacks
European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli presents EDPS annual 2016 report at the European Parliament. 4 May 2017 Europe’s Data Protection Supervisor issues 2016 annual report

From the NE Knowledge Network

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Polish Oil and Gas Company PGNiG submitted to European Commission on May 19 its position on the commitments proposed by

By Kostis Geropoulos Energy & Russian Affairs Editor, New Europe

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