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Photo Cooperation Arrangment_3 copy European and East Med energy regulators sign cooperation arrangement
epaselect epa05208889 A photograph made available on 13 March 2016 showing a Euro symbol projected onto the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany 12 March 2016. The European Central Bank (ECB) is participating in Luminale, a light show that takes place every two years in Frankfurt. Both the ECB?s main building by the river Main and the Eurotower in the city centre will be illuminated by a ?symphony? of light consisting of bars, lines and circles ? primarily in blue and yellow, the colours of the European Union. It will be based on Ludwig van Beethoven?s Prelude to the Ode to Joy, the European anthem. The euro symbol will be projected onto the south facade of the main building and will be visible to passenger planes on approach to land at Frankfurt airport. The light show takes place every day from 20:00 CET to midnight from 13 to 18 March 2016.  EPA/BORIS ROESSLER ECJ says European Central Bank bond-buying programme is legal
epaselect epa06447649 Migrants who just arrived warm their hands in hot water basins at the shelter reception of the organisation 'Tous Migrants' (All Migrants) in Briancon, southeastern France, 16 January 2018 (issued 17 January 2018). Migrants still attempt to cross the Alps into France from Italy, despite extreme and dangerous weather conditions. An association of locals named 'tous migrants' aims to help the migrants, organizing maraudes to save them from the very low temperatures spotting them along the roads and offering them a shelter to stay for a few nights.  EPA-EFE/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO ATTENTION ED ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET October marks 2018 peak for migrant asylum applications in EU
epa06397147 (FILE) - A man's shadow is cast on the logo of Franco-Dutch security chip and mobile phone sim card manufacturer Gemalto, during a news conference in Paris, France, 25 February 2015 (reissued 18 December 2017). According to reports vrom 18 December 2017, chipmaker Gemalto accepted a bid over 4.8 million euro from defense group Thales.  EPA-EFE/IAN LANGSDON Commission approves acquisition of the Netherlands’ Gemalto
Screenshot 2018-12-12 at 01.49.51 Tajani in live broadcast from European Parliament says two to four dead, terrorism
epa07224832 Police officers stand guard near the Christmas market where a deadly shooting took place in Strasbourg, France, late 11 December 2018. According to the latest reports, four people were killed. The gunman is reported to be at large and the motive for the attack is still unclear.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER At least 3 dead in Strasbourg Christmas market shooting, gunman remains at large
epa07223434 Members of Parliament vote during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 11 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER Environment and climate action need more EU funds, MEPs say
epa07104454 British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk (R) during the familly picture at the Asem 12, Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 19 October 2018. Heads of state and governments from 51 European and Asian countries will discuss on the theme 'Europe and Asia: global partners for global challenges'.  EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND Tusk calls for Brexit Summit after May delays parliament vote
epa07221434 (FILE) - British Prime Minister Theresa May gives a press conference at the end of the European Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 25 November 2018, (reissued 10 December 2018). Media reports on 10 December 2018 state that Theresa May is to make a statement to British Membersof Parliament later in the day amid reports the the Meaningful Vote due to take place on 11 December 2018 on her Brexit deal is being delayed.  EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND Theresa May set to delay House of Commons Brexit vote after ECJ ruling 
epa06345582 A limousine with the flags of the European Union and Switzerland waits in front of the Bernerhof, during the official visit of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Bern, Switzerland, 23 November 2017.  EPA-EFE/PETER KLAUNZER Commission to host emergency talks with Swiss as political standoff escalates

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eur-election Greeks up for Commissioner – the Left buying time, the Right cashing in on love
p24kk Have you tried a European Parliament electric scooter yet?
Wifi4EU WIFI4EU company on EU institution tour – contracts, services, service providers
epa05948174 Italian Partito Democratico (Democratic Party), or PD, chairman-designated Matteo Renzi gestures while speaking during the PD National Assembly at a hotel in Rome, Italy, 07 May 2017. The PD's national assembly with 700 delegates confirmed the former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as their chairman during the meeting.  EPA/RICCARDO ANTIMIANI Renzi heading to Brussels
Wifi4EU Killing one WIFI4EU bird with… 9 stones
NE24a Does Timmermans belong in the Berlaymont?
Klaus-Welle Klaus Welle’s interests called into question
Kass-2---HOLIDAYS Give the people holidays
Party-of-European-Socialists-PES Heading to elections, what European Political Party spends most on websites?
p24-e Fun with finances


EU National News

epa07227060 British Prime Minister Theresa May gives a statement outside 10 Downing Street after a Confidence Vote in London, Britain, 12 December 2018. Theresa May won a challenge to her leadership on 12 December 2018 after Conservative Members of Parliament voted in her favour in a Confidence Vote.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN May wins critical confidence vote on the eve of European Summit
epa04900022 An image made with a zoom-effect of an information panel showing the Spanish index IBEX35 figures at the stock market in Madrid, Spain, on 27 August 2015. Spanish risk premium dopped slightly to 139 points at the start of the trading day. Chinese stocks rebounded from five days of decline on Thursday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index bouncing back above the symbolic 3,000-point mark. China's central bank on Thursday pumped a further 150 billion yuan (23.4 billion dollars) into the market, the Xinhua news agency reported. The People's Bank of China spent the money on seven-day reverse repurchase - repo - agreements, buying securities from banks and agreeing to sell them later for a higher price.  EPA/JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO IMF warns that Spain’s real estate market risks overheating
epaselect epa04446947 The world's largest cruise ship Oasis of the Sea in the harbor of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 14 October 2014. The owners had to pay fines for violation of rules and regulations. The cruise ship left for Britain.  EPA/ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN Hard Brexit would cost Dutch taxpayers €12bn until 2026
epa07105874 Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev addresses to the media after the members of parliament voted for the start changing the state's constitution on the parliamentary session in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), 19 October 2018. Two thirds (80 members of the parliament) of Macedonian parliament voted to start changing the state's constitution and constitutional changes to change the name of the country in North Macedonia according to the deal with Greece.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: Flaws in Prespes Agreement fuel new Greek firestorm
epa07212655 Arrival by ferry on Lindholm island in Denmark, 06 December 2018. The Danish government proposed using Lindholm island for up to 100 criminals whose sentence of deportation cannot be carried out because they risk torture or execution in their home country. Lindholm island has so far been used by DTU National Veterinary Institute for research aiming to control and prevent infectious animal diseases, including exotic virus diseases like foot and mouth disease (FMD), classical swine fever (CSF), African swine fever (ASF).  EPA-EFE/Mads Claus Rasmussen  DENMARK OUT UN raises concerns over Danish migration policy

World News

artificial island (winter) copy Kazakhstan increases oil and gas production
epa07222923 Greenpeace activists display a burning globe installation with the slogan 'Climate Crisis' in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, 11 December 2018. Greenpeace activists demanded for a better climate protection on the occasion of the COP24 summit on Climate Change, which is taking place in Katowice, Poland.  EPA-EFE/FOCKE STRANGMANN US leads oil-rich nations against environmental alarmism
epa07211955 A general view of the 175th Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Vienna, Austria, 06 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN BRUNA Brokered by Russia, OPEC and partners agree 1.2 million barrels per day production cut
epa06816334 Supporters of imprisoned Selahattin Demirtas, Presidential candidate of People's Democratic Party (HDP), hold HDP and Turkish flags with picture of of Demirtas during an election campaign office in Istanbul, Turkey, 17 June 2018. Turkish President Erdogan announced on 18 April 2018 that Turkey will hold snap elections on 24 June 2018. The presidential and parliamentary elections were scheduled to be held in November 2019, but government has decided to change the date following the recommendation of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli.  EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA Turks defy European Court of Human Rights over Demirtas ruling
epa06051782 The ship Ever Loading of Evergreen company crosses the Cocoli locks in the expanded Panama Canal, in Panama City, Panama, 26 June 2017. The expanded Panama Canal has set records and surpassed expectations in maritime traffic. Thanks to the boom in natural gas in the USA the transport of liquefied natural gas is a significant part of the performance of the Canal.  EPA/Alejandro Bolivar Panama first in Latin America to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

The revolution Europe needs

By: Guy Verhofstadt

Putting the public back in public health

By: Mariana Mazzucato

Will the Yellow Vests reject the Brown Shirts?

By: Bernard-Henri Lévy

Beyond GDP

By: Joseph E. Stiglitz

epa06738924 Ukrainian Marine recruits on the obstacle course during their training at a shooting range not far of Mariupol, Ukraine, 15 May 2018. Reports state that pro-Russian rebels launched the rockets to targewt Ukrainian positions a few days ago near the Ukrainian-controlled strategic port city of Mariupol, the press center of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation said with reference to a separate Marine Corps brigade of the Ukrainian Navy.  EPA-EFE/SERGEY VAGANOV

Safe harbour: The OSCE can help calm tensions in the Azov Sea

By: Thomas Greminger
Enzo Moavero Milanesi

The world George H.W. Bush made

By: Richard N. Haass

NATO’s “Bucharest Spell”

By: Batu Kutelia

Climate change on the menu

By: Riccardo Valentini

GDPR has a negative impact on venture investment and the advertising market in Europe

By: John Strand

Mark Zuckerberg has lost control of Facebook

By: Guy Verhofstadt

Migration in the Mediterranean: Why the EU needs partners in the Region

By: Tommaso Virgili

The limits of China’s charm offensive

By: Minxin Pei

THE ENLARGEMENT MONITOR

epa07105874 Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev addresses to the media after the members of parliament voted for the start changing the state's constitution on the parliamentary session in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), 19 October 2018. Two thirds (80 members of the parliament) of Macedonian parliament voted to start changing the state's constitution and constitutional changes to change the name of the country in North Macedonia according to the deal with Greece.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: Flaws in Prespes Agreement fuel new Greek firestorm
epa07180236 (FILE) Former Macedonian prime minister and leader of opposition VMRO DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski leaves the office of the Special Public Prosecution in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 22 November 2017 (reissued 20 November 2018). According to reports, Macedonian former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has announced on 20 November that he had been granted political asylum in Hungary. Gruevski left Macedonia as Macedonian police has issued an arrest warrant after he did not appear for the start of a two-year prison sentence he received for illegal purchase of a luxury automobile.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Hungary grants former Macedonia/FYROM PM Gruevski asylum
epa07161431 Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski takes a tour of the newly renovated Prison Sutka, in Skopje, Macedonia, 26 August 2009 (reissued on 12 November 2018). According to reports, the Macedonian police has issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister Nikola Gruevski after he failed to report to jail to serve a prison sentence of two years for misusing the official position. The Skopje Court of Appeal in October has confirmed a two-year prison term for the ex- prime minister, for abuse in the procurement of the bulletproof Mercedes of 600,000 euros.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI FYROM’s nationalist former prime minister on the run
epa07135624 Passengers walk out from Greek Aegean Airlines plane at the Skopje International Airport in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 01 November 2018. Because of the long dispute with the name of the country (FYROM) and the airport's name (old: Alexander the Great) as well, there hasn't been a direct flight between Skopje and Athens in the past 12 years. After the 'Prespa Agreement' and the stabilizing relations of the two neighbor countries, Greek Aegean Airlines and TAV made an agreement for establishing year-round flights between the two capitals. With this agreement there will be flights on route Athens-Skopje twice a week.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: Work progresses on Prespes Agreement implementation
epa07105806 Members of the parliament vote for the start changing the state's constitution as big part of opposition VMRO DPMNE stay from the side on the parliamentary session in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), 19 October 2018. Two thirds (80 members of the parliament) of Macedonian parliament voted to start changing the state's constitution and constitutional changes to change the name of the country in North Macedonia according to the deal with Greece.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: Athens takes a breather
epa07105860 Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev addresses to the media after the members of parliament voted for the start changing the state's constitution on the parliamentary session in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), 19 October 2018. Two thirds (80 members of the parliament) of Macedonian parliament voted to start changing the state's constitution and constitutional changes to change the name of the country in North Macedonia according to the deal with Greece.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: Zaev scores stunning victory from failed referendum
epaselect epa06447649 Migrants who just arrived warm their hands in hot water basins at the shelter reception of the organisation 'Tous Migrants' (All Migrants) in Briancon, southeastern France, 16 January 2018 (issued 17 January 2018). Migrants still attempt to cross the Alps into France from Italy, despite extreme and dangerous weather conditions. An association of locals named 'tous migrants' aims to help the migrants, organizing maraudes to save them from the very low temperatures spotting them along the roads and offering them a shelter to stay for a few nights.  EPA-EFE/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO ATTENTION ED ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET October marks 2018 peak for migrant asylum applications in EU
epa06397147 (FILE) - A man's shadow is cast on the logo of Franco-Dutch security chip and mobile phone sim card manufacturer Gemalto, during a news conference in Paris, France, 25 February 2015 (reissued 18 December 2017). According to reports vrom 18 December 2017, chipmaker Gemalto accepted a bid over 4.8 million euro from defense group Thales.  EPA-EFE/IAN LANGSDON Commission approves acquisition of the Netherlands’ Gemalto
Screenshot 2018-12-12 at 01.49.51 Tajani in live broadcast from European Parliament says two to four dead, terrorism
epa07224832 Police officers stand guard near the Christmas market where a deadly shooting took place in Strasbourg, France, late 11 December 2018. According to the latest reports, four people were killed. The gunman is reported to be at large and the motive for the attack is still unclear.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER At least 3 dead in Strasbourg Christmas market shooting, gunman remains at large

Additional EU aid to be sent to Rohingyas epaselect epa06643208 A Myanmar ethnic Rohingya Muslim woman holds her child as they arrive at Kuala Kedah Jetty, in Kedah State, Malaysia, 03 April 2018. According to reports, Malaysian authorities intercepted on the day a boat carrying 56 Rohingya refugees; 19 men, 17 women, and 20 children; near Nyior Setali Island, off the island of Langkawi. The boat was said to have previously stopped at an island in southern Thailand on 01 April, with Thai authorities reportedly saying it was heading to Malaysia.  EPA-EFE/STRINGER MALAYSIA OUT

In what could be construed as a course correction after years of taking a hands-off approach to the ethnic cleansing

By Nicholas Waller Managing Editor

Energy

Photo Cooperation Arrangment_3 copy European and East Med energy regulators sign cooperation arrangement
epa07223434 Members of Parliament vote during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 11 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER Environment and climate action need more EU funds, MEPs say
artificial island (winter) copy Kazakhstan increases oil and gas production
epa07211955 A general view of the 175th Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Vienna, Austria, 06 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN BRUNA Brokered by Russia, OPEC and partners agree 1.2 million barrels per day production cut
epa05332929 Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) talks with the Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) during their meeting in Athens, Greece, on 27 May 2016. Vladimir Putin is in Greece on a two days visit.  EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU/POOL Tsipras wants Putin to route Turkish Stream branch via Greece
epa07208163 European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic (L) and Polish Minister of Investment and Development Jerzy Kwiecinski (R) during the COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland, 04 December 2018. The COP (Conference of the Parties) summit is the highest body of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). Expected at the meeting are close to 30,000 delegates from all over the world, including government leaders and ministers responsible for environmental policy.  EPA-EFE/HANNA BARDO POLAND OUT EU pushes Ukraine to unbundle Naftogaz
IMG_4179 Putin keeps Russian oil majors in line as OPEC output cut talks continue
Climate Change Conference COP 24 Katowice
Maros Sefcovic EU Commissioner friendship meeting with Arnold Schwarzenegger . In Katowice, EU wants to finalise Paris Agreement rules
epa07202962 Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Argentinian President Mauricio Macri (R) during their press conference after the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 01 December 2018. The G20 Summit (or G-20 or Group of Twenty) takes place from 30 November to 01 December 2018 and brings together the heads of State or Government of the 20 largest economies.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / K / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT Russia’s Rosatom, Argentina to improve cooperation in nuclear energy
crete1 Crete-Peloponnese interconnector to end energy isolation of Greek island

Internet & ICT

epa03548550 (FILE) A file photo dated 06 March 2012 shows the company logo of the Chinese IT company and service provider Huawei at the CeBit trade fair in Hanover, Germany. Huawei said 21 January 2013 it expects its 2012 global sales revenues to reach CNY 220.2 billion, an 8 per cent year-on-year increase, with a net profit of CNY 15.4 billion, a 33 per cent increase from the previous year. 66 per cent of Huawei's overall revenue came from outside China. Among the overseas revenue, the Asia-Pacific region saw revenue of CNY 37.4 billion, while Europe, Middle East and Africa recorded CNY 77.4 billion and the Americas contributed CNY 31.8 billion. The domestic market China recorded CNY 73.6 billion.  EPA/MAURITZ ANTIN Europe worries about Huawei
epa07162758 A Gulf visitors walks in front of a big poster for Total company at Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 13 November 2018. ADIPEC, a meeting place of the international oil and gas community, runs between 12 and 15 November 2018.  EPA-EFE/ALI HAIDER Why “data is the new oil” and what happens when energy meets Industry 4.0
epa06601191 A self driving concept car is on display during a press event at the Volkswagen Annual Presser at Volkswagen Group Forum, in Berlin, Germany, 13 March 2018. Volkswagen said the company would massively invest into electric mobility, and start the production of electric vehicles at 16 locations around the globe by the end of 2022. Additional nine more locations will be modified for the same reason already within the next two years. Volkswagen Group sold a total of 10,7 million vehicles in 2017, with sales increasing to 230,7 billion euro. Operational profit doubled to almost 13,8 billion euro, a record.  EPA-EFE/Omer Messinger Germany enters car battery technology race
Huawei_1 Art & science: Drivers of an innovative future
epa07141677 US President Donald Trump talks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, 04 November 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVER CONTRERAS / POOL Trump threatens anti-trust laws for digital behemoths
p1h_53840326 Cyber security and fake news
epa05348790 Crates of fruit and vegetables are ready for export at transport company ABC Logistics in Poeldijk, The Netherlands, 06 June 2016. The Dutch agricultural exports last year rose to a record level of 81.3 billion euros.  EPA/ROBIN VAN LONKUISEN The Netherlands clears the way for agricultural genetic modification
epa06052507 The Google logo is seen on its office building in St Pancras in London, Britain, 27 June 2017. The European Commission on 27 June 2017 would fine the Google with 2.4 billion euros for abusing its dominance as a search engine. The company has 90 days to stop its illegal activities or face fines.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA UK moves on introducing digital tax ahead of EU
Buttarelli2 24 oct EU’s Buttarelli says personal data protection is “a pillar of democracy”
epa07115546 Chief Executive Officer of Apple Tim Cook gives a speech during the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 24 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for comprehensive US privacy law while warning of ‘data industrial complex’

From the NE Knowledge Network



Lies, damned lies, and AI epa07010296 Stone Three Venture Technology is put on display during the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Expo in Cape Town, South Africa, 10 September 2018. Hundreds of African expert speakers and exhibitors gathered for the AI Expo Africa 2018 between 09 and 11 September. The expo focuses on real world applications and trends driving the AI economy in Africa. Research on the impact of AI reveals that it could double annual economic growth rates in 2035 by changing the nature of work and creating a new relationship between man and machine. The large business focused AI Community across the region exhibited and discussed topics affecting the world ranging from Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Robotic Process Automation, Language and Imaging Processing, Internet of Things and Data Science and Analytics.  EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

Algorithms are as biased as the data they feed on. And all data are biased. Even “official” statistics cannot be

By Diane Coyle Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge.

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