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epa04966012 First Vice-President of European Commission Frans Timmermans (R), of the Netherlands, and Vera Jourova, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, speak during a press conference in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 06 October 2015 the decision of the European Court of Justice regarding the 'Safe Harbour' case brought in by Austrian activist Max Schrems. The EU's top court had declared a data-sharing agreement with the United States invalid, arguing that it does not sufficiently protect the rights of EU citizens - creating uncertainty for the internet industry amid calls for stronger rules.  EPA/PATRICK SEEGER Brussels stands up for women’s rights
epa06285493 European Council President Donald Tusk delivers his speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 24 October 2017 during the debate on a roadmap for the future of Europe.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER EU’s Tusk in trouble in Poland
epa06331611 Miguel Arias Canete, EU Commissioner for Climate Protection and Energy, during the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany, 15 November 2017. The 23rd session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference COP23 will take place from 06 to 17 November in Bonn, the seat of the Climate Change Secretariat, under the presidency of Fiji.  EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH COP23 climate talks accelerate Paris Agreement implementation
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 EU agencies disagree whether bailouts are helping Athens to stand on its feet
epa04149535 Drugs are packed at the pharmaceutical company Takeda in Oranienburg, Germany, 01 April 2014. The Japanese company plans to invest about 100 million euros in the extension of its production capacities and in the creation of 158 new jobs. About 7.6 billion pills and capsules are produced here annually that are exported to about 100 countries.  EPA/BERND SETTNIK Croatia, Ireland and Malta withdraw from European Medicines Agency Brexit relocation vote
epa00850538 Greek Army tanks parade in Thessaloniki during an army parade on Saturday 28 October 2006. The parade  is an annual event as part of celebrations marking Greece's rejection of the Italian invansion in 1940.  EPA/PAVLOS MAKRIDIS Greece’s Hellenic Defence Systems S.A. falls outside the scope of EU State aid control
epa06335748 Britain's Permanent Representative to the European Union Tim Barrow  (L) talks with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (C) walking with delegation members from a lunch at the EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in Gothenburg, Sweden, 17 November 2017. The Social Summit will gather EU heads of state or government, the social partners and other key stakeholders for an open discussion on how to promote fair jobs and growth.  EPA-EFE/JONAS EKSTROEMER SWEDEN OUT Brexit talks face deadlock
epa06339567 Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Bavarian state governor and chairman of the German Christian Social Union (CSU) party, Horst Seehofer (L, out of focus) give a press statement in the Representative office of the State Baden-Wuerttemberg after the failed exploratory talks in Berlin, Germany, 19 November 2017. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) are holding talks to form the next Government after the general elections in September.  EPA-EFE/FELIPE TRUEBA Talks for forming a German government have failed / New election possible
epa05865874 Gerry Adams (L), President of the Sinn Fein,  (L) along with Mary Lou McDonald (C), Deputy Leader of Sinn, and Michelle O'Neill  (R), Northern Ireland Leader carry the coffin of Martin McGuinness in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 23 March 2017, during the funeral of the late Sinn Fein leader. Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's former deputy first minister, died aged 66 on 21 March 2017. It is understood he had been suffering from a rare heart condition. The former IRA leader turned peacemaker worked at the heart of the power-sharing government following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. He became deputy first minister in 2007, standing alongside Democratic Unionist Party leaders Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster.  EPA/PAUL MCERLANE End of an era: Gerry Adams retires
human-trafficking-leads-never-ending-cycle-misery IMG ‘Unimaginable horrors’

EU National News

Nokia_DSC_9607_9613_1000 Big business rather than SMEs drive Finnish economic recovery
epa05615463 (FILE) A file photograph showing British Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver helping out at Jamie's Ministry of Food in Sydney Australia, 30 March 2015. Media reports on 03 November 2016 state that receivers for the Keystone Group have announced the Jamie Oliver Group as the preferred Bidder for the Keystone Group?s Australian Jamie?s Italian restaurant franchise chain. Receiver Morgan Kelly said it was an ideal outcome for the Australian Jamie?s Italian franchises to return to parent group ownership and operation. Jamie Oliver said, the Australian franchise, some of the best performing Jamie?s Italian restaurants worldwide, were put up for sale when the franchise partner, Keystone Group went into receivership over the summer. This was in no way a reflection on the performance or success of the restaurants.  EPA/PAUL MILLER AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT Brexit already costs UK households €450 a year
epa06280681 Tomio Okamura, leader of the Freedom and Direct Democracy party, reacts after the first prognosis of Czech parliamentary elections at the Freedom and Direct Democracy party, election event in Prague, Czech Republic, 21 October 2017. Around eight million people aged over 18 were eligible to vote to elect for a new parliament.  EPA-EFE/STR European far-right parties head for Prague
epa06278978 German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) gestures during a break in the first exploratory talks of four political parties in Berlin, Germany, 20 October 2017. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) are holding talks to form the next Government after the general elections in September.  EPA-EFE/ALEXANDER BECHER Rise in sex abuse reported in German army
epa02326290 Muslims living in Paris, pray on the Rue des Poissoniers, Barbes neighborhood, in Paris, France, 10 September 2010, on the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, the feast which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Street prayers, though not compliant with French laws, are tolerated on grounds that the nearby mosque cannot hold the number of those attending. Non-Muslim neighbours nevertheless complain they cannot  walk free from and to their homes during prayers.  EPA/LUCAS DOLEGA France to ‘prevent’ Muslim street prayers in Paris suburb

World News

p16c KMG International to increase its presence in the Balkans
epa06229793 Turkish soldiers in a military exercise near the Turkish-Iraqi border in the Silopi district, in Sirnak City, Turkey, 27 September 2017. The Kurdistan region is an autonomous region in northern Iraq since 1991, with an estimated population of 5.3 million people. The region shares borders with Turkey, Iran and Syria, all of which have large Kurdish minorities. The Kurdistan region on 25 September held a referendum for independence and the creation of the state of Kurdistan amidst divided international support.  EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA Turkey indicates priorities in Syria before meeting in Sochi
epa06333148 A LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) flag is displayed in front of German Embassy after a German festival was banned by Turkish officials in Ankara, Turkey, 16 November 2017. Turkish officials banned the German gay films festival in Ankara because it could incite hatred or be targeted by terror attacks.  EPA-EFE/TUMAY BERKIN Ankara bans gay events to avert ‘public hatred’
epaselect epa04732227 The damaged Nepalese heritage site Syambhunaath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, deserted on Buddha's birthday following the deadly earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 04 May 2015. Nepalese Buddhist devotees will not visit Syambhunaath Stupa - a main pilgrimage site on Buddha's birthday, due to safety concerns following the earthquake. The official death toll climbed to over 7,200, according to Nepal Emergency Operation Center, but is expected to be rise higher as more victims are recorded in remote regions.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA Archeologists believe they discovered the remains of Buddha

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

Toward a people-centered ASEAN community

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Victims of judicial failures, wrong arrests

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By: Dani Rodrik

How Americans became vulnerable to Russian disinformation

By: Kent Harrington

The Real Risk to the Global Economy

By: Christopher Smart

The Paradox of Xi’s Power

By: Minxin Pei

The Dark Pools of MiFID II

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Google’s counter-narrative experiment cannot overcome years of neglect

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The changing geopolitics of energy

By: Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

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What has the EU got to do with elephant protection?

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Patchwork of Member State energy policies challenges competitive decarbonization in Europe

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STRASBOURG – In preparation for the Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels on November 24, Members of the European Parliament in

By Kostis Geropoulos Energy & Russian Affairs Editor, New Europe

Energy

p16c KMG International to increase its presence in the Balkans
epa06331611 Miguel Arias Canete, EU Commissioner for Climate Protection and Energy, during the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany, 15 November 2017. The 23rd session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference COP23 will take place from 06 to 17 November in Bonn, the seat of the Climate Change Secretariat, under the presidency of Fiji.  EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH COP23 climate talks accelerate Paris Agreement implementation
p01 MEPs reach out to Eastern partners
epa05793402 A worker checks equipment 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 EU Energy Community extends to Ukraine, Moldova, Western Balkans
Terminator Governator Schwarzenegger, Commissionator Šefčovič promote Clean Mobility
Violeta Bulc EU pushes inland waterways as low-carbon transport
epa05954464 President of the EBRD Suma Chakrabarti speaks during a press conference of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Annual Meeting and Business Forum in Nicosia, Cyprus 10 May 2017. The theme of the meeting is 'Targeting Green and Inclusive Growth: Meeting Regional and Global Challenges.'  EPA/KATIA CHRISTODOULOU GCF approves largest climate project in EBRD partnership
epa06305591 Steam is seen above the Niederaussem coal power plant during protests prior to the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Grevenbroich, Germany, 03 November 2017. The 23rd session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference COP23 will take place from 06 to 17 November in Bonn, the seat of the Climate Change Secretariat, under the presidency of Fiji.  EPA-EFE/PHILIPP GUELLAND Carbon trading scheme reform – will there be a compromise?
Da Nang,Vietnam - May 26, 2016 : Da Nang city with skyscrapers and beautiful architecture bridges along Han River on a beautiful bay, this the most tourist cities Russia’s Gazprom, Vietnam advance strategic partnership
p01 EU counts on American cities

Internet & ICT

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 Douleutaras.gr 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
epa03907294 Belgian activists protest against the US chemical corporation Monsanto and their role in making Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Brussels, Belgium, 12 October 2013. Belgian anti-GMO activists joined a global protest against Monsanto who make GMOs as well as many toxic chemicals including pesticides, plastics and artificial food additives.  EPA/THIERRY ROGE Monsanto excluded from lobbying access to EU Parliament
epa000438343 This is five day old cloned human embryo- the blastocyst, five days after nuclear transfer took place -  which was created at the Centre for Life in the north England city of Newcastle by scientists Dr. Miodrag Stojkovic  and Prof. Alison Murdoch and announced by them Thursday, 19 May 2005. It is the first to be created in Britain and the first to be grown in the western world.  The team in Newcastle created three human clones, the most advanced being a three day old embryo the size of a full stop. The announcement came as a south Korean team also disclosed a significant cloning milestone.  EPA/RBM ONLINE Chinese team announces the first successful DNA editing intervention
epa06228363 (FILE) - British designer and engineer James Dyson peeks through a fan without blades in Hamburg, Germany, 25 March 2010 (reissued 26 September 2017). British inventor James Dyson of household goods company Dyson announced on 26 September 2017 it was planning to invest two billion British pound (approx 2.7bn USD) in the development of an electric car. Thge company is best known for vacuum cleaners and fans.  EPA-EFE/MAURIZIO GAMBARINI  GERMANY OUT Dyson: a maker of vacuum cleaners enters the electric cars market

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EU Social Policy Summit: consensus on principles, but little on policy epa06335794 President of the European Council Donald Tusk (L) and Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven speaks during the EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in Gothenburg, Sweden, 17 November 2017. The Social Summit will gather EU heads of state or government, the social partners and other key stakeholders for an open discussion on how to promote fair jobs and growth.  EPA-EFE/JONAS EKSTROEMER SWEDEN OUT

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