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epa02203028 A view of Slovenian small town Piran from the middle of the Piran Bay, a disputed border area between Slovenia and Croatia, 13 June 2010. Ljubljana and Zagreb have been in disaccord for 19 years, since the breakup of Yugoslavia over 13 square kilometres (five square miles) of largely uninhabited land and a wedge of  territorial water in and around Piran Bay. In November 2009 Slovenia (a member of the EU since 2004) lifted its embargo on EU membership talks for Croatia after the two countries signed a deal allowing international mediators to resolve the Piran Bay border dispute. Slovenes narrowly approved the deal in a referendum on 06 June 2010. Slovenian voters' endorsement of a plan to resolve a border issue with Croatia is ''an important  step forward'' for the conflict-ridden Balkan region, the  president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, said 07 June 2010. The EU's executive president said he  looked forward ''to a final settlement of the dispute,'' stressing this would  represent ''an important signal for the  region and the relations between  Slovenia and Croatia.''  EPA/ANTONIO BAT Croatia and Slovenia to resume Piran Bay border demarcation talks next week
epa05853731 EU commissioner of Human Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides (L), speaks as he takes part in a conference organized by the Europa Forum in Madrid, Spain, 17 March 2017.  EPA/FERNANDO ALVARADO More EU funding for Iraq
epa01514565 A pedestrian passes an office of UniCredit Bulbank in Sofia, Bulgaria 09 October 2008. UniCredit Bulbank is the biggest bank in Bulgaria. After a financial and currency crisis 1996-97, the banking system in Bulgaria was privatised and currently 87 percent of the banks in Bulgaria are owned by foreign banks. Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishew assured Bulgarians that the  banking system in the country is stable. The government was to announce Thursday in Sofia measures to prevent the international financial crisis to affect the citizens.  EPA/VASSIL DONEV UniCredit eyes Commerzbank: brewing the biggest cross-border acquisitions in Europe since the crisis
epa06043522 British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk (R) pose during a EU leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, 22 June 2017. European heads of states and governments gather for a two-days European Council meeting on 22 and 23 June which will mainly 'focus on the ongoing efforts to strengthen the European Union and protect its citizens through the work on counterterrorism, security and defence, external borders, illegal migration and economic development', the European Councils said in a press release.  EPA/FRANCOIS LENOIR / POOL EU’s Tusk, Theresa May to talk Brexit next Tuesday
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) and EU Council President Donald Tusk (L) attend a press conference at the end of an EU-Canada summit where they signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in Brussels, Belgium, 30 October 2016.  EPA/Stephanie Lecocq EU-Canada trade agreement enters into force
epa05019442 The Tata steelworks in Scunthorpe, Britain 10 November 2015. Indian owners of Tata Steel recently announced 900 job losses at the local plant with more in Scotland, blaming high costs for carbon emissions and cheap steel being dumped in the Britain and Europe coming from China.  EPA/INDSEY PARNABY ThyssenKrupp and Tata consolidate steel operations in Europe
epa06190090 The sun is reflected on the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt Main, Germany, 07 September 2017. Mario Draghi, not pictured, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) presented on 07 September the outcome of the ECB Governing Council monetary policy meeting and their decision to leave the ECB's benchmark interest rates unchanged.  EPA-EFE/ARMANDO BABANI Eurozone inflation rate lingers below ECB target
epa06069259 EU Commissioner for Competition, Danish, Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on Merger rules in Brussels, Belgium, 06 July 2017. The Commission alleges Merck and Sigma-Aldrich, General Electric, and Canon breached EU merger procedural rules.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET Brussels approves alternative to divestment commitment for Royal Bank of Scotland
epa05887591 Polish Foreign Affairs Minister Witold Waszczykowski waits for a meeting with Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France 04 April 2017.  EPA/PATRICK SEEGER Polish FM on ‘bizarre’ debate in Brussels
epa06213412 European Commissioner for Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip give a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, 19 September 2017. The EU Commission unveiled a package of responses to cyber-attacks and proposals for a framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the EU, following the 13 September's State of the Union speech by Commission President Juncker.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET New measures to scale up EU cybersecurity

EU National News

epa06215993 A woman protest next to a Catalan Police officer at the Catalan Foreign ministry regional seat in Barcelona, Catalonia, northeastern Spain, 20 September 2017. Spanish Civil Guard carried out different searches for documents related to the '1-O Referendum' resulting in the arrest of 14 people, including some Catalan Government's top officials, according to sources of the investigation. Thounsands of Catalans took the streets to protest against the police's action.  EPA-EFE/Toni Albir Catalan referendum saga continues with police raid
United Nations Headquarters' General Assembly Building (L) and Secretariat Building (R) in New York City, New York, USA, 24 September 2015. Pope Francis will address the UN General Assembly 25 September and the UN Development Summit and General Assembly will take place from 25 September through 03 October with more than 150 heads of state in attendance. UN General Assembly bans nuclear weapons without NATO members support
epa03054125 (FILE) The building of the National Bank of Hungary (R) Szabadsag Square, Budapest, Hungary, 22 December 2011. Reports on 09 January 2012 state that Hungarian minister Tamas Fellegi is scheduled to start informal consultations with IMF officials in charge of Hungarian issues this week in Washington DC. International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde is to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on 10 January, a spokesman for the chancellery said. The two are expected to discuss Hungary's need for a bailout. The non-eurozone country is perceived by markets as being on the brink of default.  EPA/BEA KALLOS HUNGARY OUT More easing, deposit rate cut in Hungary
epa06024069 Northern League leader Matteo Salvini speaks during a press conference in Milan, Italy, 12 June 2017. Rightwing populist Northern League leader Matteo Salvini said after a strong centre right showing in Sunday's local elections that for the next general election in May 2018 'we will do our utmost to forge a coalition that is as compact as possible' with ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (FI) party. The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) flopped in local polls across Italy as the old centre-left and centre-right blocs returned to the fore in major cities.  EPA/MATTEO BAZZI Italian court freezes far-right Lega Nord assets
epa05034546 A photograph made available on 20 November 2015 shows police organizing the line of refugees on the stairway leading up from the trains arriving from Denmark, at the Hyllie train station outside Malmo, Sweden, 19 November 2015. Some 600 refugees arrived to Malmo late 19 November while the Swedish Migration Agency said in a press statement that they no longer can guarantee accommodation for all asylum seekers.  EPA/JOHAN NILSSON SWEDEN OUT Sweden moves to 100% security screening of all residence permit applicants

World News

epa06213982 Iraqi Kurds take part in a rally to support independence referendum in Kirkuk city, northern Iraq, 19 September 2017. The Kurdistan Region has scheduled an independence referendum for 25 September to allow people in the region to determine their future, either remain as part of Iraq or declare independence. Kurdish-led provincial council of Kirkuk recently voted to include it in the planned referendum despite the fact it lies outside the official boundaries of the Kurdistan region. However, the Iraqi supreme court on 18 September ordered the suspension of the referendum.  EPA-EFE/STR Turkey warns of global conflict if Iraq or Syria break up
epa05001595 (FILE) A file photo dated 21 May 2015 showing the reflection of the Deutsche Bank logo contorted in a glass facade in Frankfurt, Germany. Deutsche Bank, Germany's largest bank, said 29 October 2015 that it will cut about 9,000 jobs, four days after it announced a restructuring. The reorganization of the bank's leadership was announced Sunday by chief executive John Cryan, who said the aim was 'to create a bank that's better-controlled, more cost-efficient and more strongly focused.' The bank has been dogged by a host of problems in recent months, ranging from shake-ups in management to major anticipated losses. It also was fined 2.5 billion dollars in April for its role in manipulating the benchmark Libor interest rate, which banks charge one another for loans. Deutsche Bank is also preparing to sell its Postbank subsidiary, which will mean a loss of a further 15,000 positions.  EPA/FRANK RUMPENHORST Deutsche Bank’s CEO refuses to comment on the Trump investigation
epa06209627 (FILE) - A Hamas security guards is silhouetted while standing guard near the border between Egypt and Gaza Strip in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 17 August 2017 (reissued 17 September 2017). Palestinian Islamist Hamas group said on 17 September 2017 it has dissolved its administration that runs Gaza and agrees to hold general elections in order to end a long-running feud with President Mahmoud Abbas?s Fatah movement.  EPA-EFE/HASSAN ALI Hamas ready to hand Gaza to a Palestinian unity government
epa06193716 Kurdish men take part in a gatharing to support the upcoming independence referendum, at a street in Erbil city, northern Iraq, 08 September 2017 (Issued 09 September 2017). The Independent High Election and Referendum Commission of Kurdistan Region (IHERC) announced the beginning of the official campaign for the upcoming referendum on independence of the Kurdistan Region in Erbil. The Kurdistan Region has scheduled an independence referendum for 25 September 2017 to allow people in the region to determine their future, either remain as part of Iraq or declare independence.  EPA-EFE/GAILAN HAJI Iraq MPs votes to oust Kirkuk governor
epa06094563 Russian President Vladimir Putin uses binoculars as he watches an airshow during the MAKS-2017 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia, 18 July 2017. The International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017 is taking place from 18 to 23 July.  EPA/ALEXEY NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN POOL / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT NATO watches with worry Russian war games

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epa05961787 A man uses his laptop computer in Taipei, Taiwan, 13 May 2017. According to news reports, a 'Ransomware' cyber attack has hit computers in 99 countries with the attacker demanding 300 US dollars in Bitcoin to decrypt the files. This is the second such attack to hit Taiwan since February but the largest ever worldwide. When it hit Taiwan and a few other countries in February, computer security experts called it Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.  EPA/DAVID CHANG

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Romania braces for migrant influx epa05061810 Migrants walk after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border near the city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 09 December 2015. Europe is contending with the biggest migration flows since World War II, with more than 750,000 migrants and asylum seekers arriving by sea this year. Many of them come from war-torn Syria.  EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI

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epa04310875 (FILE) A file picture dated 19 June 2014, shows Bay Hassan oil refinery near Biji city, northern Iraq. Kurdish security forces have taken control of an oilfield in a disputed region of northern Iraq, the state-run company that operates the field reported on 11 July 2014. The grab would signal another increase in tensions between the autonomous Kurdish region and the central government, which is already struggling to hold control of its territory amid gains by an Islamist militant group in the east. Forces from the Peshmerga, Kurdistan's official troops, overran the Bay Hassan oilfield in the disputed town of Kirkuk, seizing all its facilities, sources at the state-run Northern Oil Company said.  EPA/STR Russia’s Rosneft develops projects in Iraqi Kurdistan
epa01368809 Some trees surround buildings down town Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 03 June 2008. World Environment Day organized by United Nations will be held tomorrow 05 June all over the world and has as slogan ''Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy' and tries to make aware mankind on caring natural resources. The UN is asking countries, companies and communities to focus on greenhouse gas emissions and how to reduce them. The World Environment Day will highlight resources and initiatives that promote low carbon economies and life-styles, such as improved energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, forest conservation and eco-friendly consumption.  EPA/SEBASTIAO MOREIRA EU facilitates investments in energy efficiency for public buildings
epa06001510 European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc speaks during during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 31 May 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU Commission promotes sustainable urban mobility
epa06159287 A view of the Kronospan Lampertswalde plant in Quersa, Saxony, Germany 18 August 2017. Kronospan manufactures distributes wood-based panels manufacturer of wood-based panels around the world.  EPA-EFE/FILIP SINGER EU presents smart, innovative, sustainable industry strategy
epa05793403 A view of gas pipes at the Dashava gas storage near western Ukrainian town of Stryi, 14 February 2017. The Board of Directors of Russian Gazprom company on 09 February approved the acquisition of additional shares in Nord Stream 2 worth EUR 1.425 billion, according to the company report. Nord Stream 2 AG is a company established for the planning, construction and further use of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline running from the Russian coast to Germany via the Baltic Sea bypassing Ukraine.  EPA/PAVLO PALAMARCHUK In Kiev, Šefcovic to push for Ukraine’s energy reforms
epa06110128 European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Canete arrives at the start of the last weekly college meeting of the season at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 26 July 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU, Canada, China to jointly fight climate change
epa06203978 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C, in pink jacket) speaks on the stage of the Mercedes booth during her opening visit to the International Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, 14 September 2017. The International Motor Show IAA is the world's largest motor show and automobile exhibition. Exhibitors from about 40 countries present their latest products and innovations at the IAA, while hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit the show from 14 to 24 September.  EPA-EFE/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL Juncker urges Europe to invest in the cars of the future
Brussels , 07/09/2017
Conference on European Energy Dialogue on the Energy Union: Progress, Governance, and Civil Society Participation
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Credit : Frederic Sierakowski / Isopix With US climate change pullout, EU sees energy opening
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 Following Dieselgate, MEPs to debate German, Austrian measures to fix cars
epa06027622 A general view showing members of the European Parliament voting during a plenary session in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 14 June 2017.  EPA/PATRICK SEEGER MEPs vote to strengthen EU security of gas supply

Internet & ICT

epa05614716 (FILE) A file picture dated 17 April 2015 shows a Facebook sign at the German Facebook headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. Social media giant Facebook on 02 November 2016 posted for its Q3 of 2016's adjusted earnings of 1.09 US dollars per share on revenue of some seven billion US dollars and an advertising revenue of 6.82 billionUS dollars, outperfoming analysts' expectations.  EPA/DANIEL REINHARDT Will the EU protect itself from Russian ad abuse on Facebook?
epa06112165 European Union (EU) Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker waits to greet Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (not seen) ahead of a meeting at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 27 July 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Juncker insists on Romania and Bulgaria entering Schengen in EU State of Union address
epa06174343 A Romanian boy plays with water at a public fountai, in front of Catholic cathedral St. Michael, Cluj Napoca city, 450 Km north-west from Bucharest, Romania, 31 August 2017. Cluj is hosting all basketball matches for group C during the FIBA 2017 EuroBasket Championships  EPA-EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania water quality improved, but more funds still needed: EU Auditors
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epa06187840 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (C) speaks to troops during a visit to Estonian Defence Forces 1st Infantry Brigade and NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group located in Tapa, Estonia, 06 September 2017. Stoltenberg met with Rataas for a visit to troops contributing to NATO's enhanced Forward Presence before he continues his trip the next day to participate at the informal meeting of the EU Defense Ministers.  EPA-EFE/Valda Kalnina NATO chief says all states must apply sanctions to North Korea 
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 Finland reviews medical records protocols to ensure compliance with EU privacy laws
epa06123124 President of the the European Council Donald Tusk speaks to journalists on leaving the National Public Prosecutor's Office after having been questioned for eight hours over the 2010 presidential plane crash near Smolensk, in Warsaw, Poland, 03 August 2017.  EPA/TOMASZ GZELL POLAND OUT Tusk says EU ready to increase sanctions against North Korea
epa05923430 Journalist during a press tour in front of the stand of the Kuka company at the Hannover Messe 2017 industrial trade fair in Hanover, northern Germany, 23 April 2017. The Hannover Messe (Hanover Fair) is the world's biggest industrial fair. The exhibition runs from 24 to 28 April 2017.  EPA/CARSTEN KOALL Germany, France, and Italy want national veto over Chinese corporate takeovers
epa03676550 (FILE) A file picture dated 02 March 2007 showing the factories of German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer in Leverkusen, Germany.  Shares in German healthcare and pharmaceuticals group Bayer slumped on 25 April 2013, despite confirming its business outlook for the year. Bayer, which is based in the city of Leverkusen, said first-quarter net profit rose 12 per cent to 1.16 billion euros (1.52 billion dollars) on the back of a 2.1-per-cent gain in sales. First-quarter adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) edged 0.4 percent higher to 2.45 billion euros. The results fell short of analysts' expectations. Bayer shares were down 0.9 per cent at 79.90 euros in morning trading in Frankfurt.  EPA/OLIVER BERG European Commission freezes Bayer’s merger with Monsanto
epa03824697 'Robo Sally' (C), a robot developed by the Applied Physics Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University with funding from the US Department of Defense, is operated by Robotics and Controls Engineer Mike Kutzer (back L), during the Unmanned Systems 2013 exhibition and symposium held by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, USA, 14 August 2013. The exhibition features state of the art unmanned vehicles, including aerial vehicles for civil and military use.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS Elon Musk leads campaign against robotic arms race

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