The Brits’ comeback

I see no Brexit. Indeed, once the bloc unanimously granted an extension for Brexit requested, both pundits and politicians feel relieved as the have perceptualised the trap that they had fallen in with the self-inflicted blunder that they committed three and half years ago. It was one of the biggest...

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An academic’s view of the coronavirus

Two months after the coronavirus outbreak began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the deadly pathogen has gone on to claim the lives of...

Scripta Manent at EASME

**Edit: After publication, EASME issued a statement in response. The statement reads: ”The recruitment procedure took place two years ago, in compliance with EASME recruitment...

China, strange attractor and victim

When neither science nor religion can give replies, the matter becomes philosophical. When the economy cannot give solutions, the matter becomes political. The China...

The EU needs an Afghanistan policy

For more than 40 years, Afghanistan has been a symbol of a state traumatised and destroyed by war. Since the Soviet Union's invasion in...

Revealing the whistle-blowers

The Novartis case had shaken the Greek political system precisely 2 years ago. At that time, 10 political executives were named, in the framework...

NEWSROOM

Assange to seek asylum in France, lawyers say

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's European defense team has said it intends to seek political asylum in France for the whistleblower. Assange’s US extradition trial...

Libya’s rival factions resume talks in Geneva

Libya's rival factions resumed talks in Geneva on Thursday. The peace talks are aimed at brokering a lasting ceasefire in the war-torn country. "The talks...

Tunisia names new coalition government in bid to avoid early election

Tunisia's prime minister-designate Elyes Fakhfakh has announced the formation of a new coalition government after coming to an agreement with Ennahda, the biggest party...

South Sudan’s rival leaders to form coalition government

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar agreed to form a unity government, paving the way towards ending more than six...

Scripta Manent at EASME

**Edit: After publication, EASME issued a statement in response. The statement reads: ”The recruitment procedure took place two years ago, in compliance with EASME recruitment...

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Focus

An academic’s view of the coronavirus

Two months after the coronavirus outbreak began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the deadly pathogen has gone on to claim the lives of...

A rising star of the Italian left: Interview with Italy’s Elly Schlein

January’s elections in the wealthy Northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna saw former MEP Elly Schlein secure 22.098 votes, making her the top vote-getter in...

EU Affairs

EU invests more than €100 mln in new LIFE Programme for green projects

The European Union will invest €101.2 million for the latest projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action, the European Commission...

Commissioner urges Italy to suspend cooperation activities with Libyan Coast Guard

The Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović in a letter sent to Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luigi Di Maio has urged the country's government to suspend...

Revealing the whistle-blowers

The Novartis case had shaken the Greek political system precisely 2 years ago. At that time, 10 political executives were named, in the framework...

EU budget talks remain in a deadlock

Budget talks had to continue on Friday as EU leaders failed to overcome their differences and agree on the bloc's long term budget, during...

SolarPower Europe, RGI, WindEurope, smartEn discuss climate neutrality goals

Leading associations of the energy transition – smartEn, SolarPower Europe, the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI), and WindEurope issued a declaration in Brussels on 18...

An academic’s view of the coronavirus

Two months after the coronavirus outbreak began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the deadly pathogen has gone on to claim the lives of...

US envoy to Serbia-Kosovo talks to become Acting Director of National Intelligence

President Donald Trump has named Richard Grenell, the US Ambassador to Germany and concurrently Special Envoy to Serbia and Kosovo, to become the acting...

Hungary’s Orbán questions EPP ideology and leader

Viktor Orbán, Hungary's Prime Minister, in a memorandum sent to European People's Party (EPP) leadership called for an internal debate on the future mission...

Turkey probes judges who acquitted activists including Kavala

Turkey’s Council of Judges and Prosecutors has launched an investigation into three judges who acquitted rights activist Osman Kavala and eight other activists of...

Lewandowski to EU governments: No take-it-or-leave-it Budget proposal for Parliament

STRASBOURG – Following a debate on EU’s key Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 in Strasbourg on 12 February and ahead of a special...

Expansion of renewables, storage, interconnectors key to deliver EU’s Green Deal

BRUSSELS – Europe is not building enough new wind farms to deliver the EU’s Green Deal goal, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson told New Europe...

Leaders' Perspectives

Basil A. Coronakis

Founder of New Europe

China, strange attractor and victim

When neither science nor religion can give replies, the matter becomes philosophical. When the economy cannot give solutions, the matter becomes political. The China issue… Read More »

Richard Giragosian

Founding Director of the Regional Studies Center

A missed opportunity in Munich

Looking back at over a decade of European engagement beyond its eastern periphery, one fundamental challenge of the Eastern Partnership programme has been dealing with… Read More »

KASSANDRA

Scripta Manent at EASME

**Edit: After publication, EASME issued a statement in response. The statement reads: ”The recruitment procedure took place two years ago, in compliance with EASME recruitment...

The New Sheriff(s) in Research

Kassandra has spent many column inches on the European Commission’s Research Department. First because it spends a few billions in taxpayer money every year...

Opaque EU agencies and the black box of EASME

The European Commission is a dense and complex structure, and only the very knowledgeable insiders are able to grasp the network of interconnections that...

China, strange attractor and victim

When neither science nor religion can give replies, the matter becomes philosophical. When the economy cannot give solutions, the matter becomes political. The China...

All roads lead to Rome, which in this case is the containment of China

After the acquittal of President Donald Trump by the Senate in the impeachment trial, as was expected, the road for his re-election in November...

Von der Leyen’s deSelmayrisation of the European Commission

Cut off the head of the snake, and the body will die, the old adage goes. In the European Commission, the process is a...

The idiocy of regulating mobile phone chargers

Yes, the European Parliament is pushing for a standardized connector for all smartphones. For any phone that comes into the market today there's essentially...

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

EU invests more than €100 mln in new LIFE Programme for green projects

The European Union will invest €101.2 million for the latest projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action, the European Commission...

SolarPower Europe, RGI, WindEurope, smartEn discuss climate neutrality goals

Leading associations of the energy transition – smartEn, SolarPower Europe, the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI), and WindEurope issued a declaration in Brussels on 18...

Expansion of renewables, storage, interconnectors key to deliver EU’s Green Deal

BRUSSELS – Europe is not building enough new wind farms to deliver the EU’s Green Deal goal, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson told New Europe...

EU’s Court of Auditors says Commission should update nuclear-safety rules

The European Commission has met its responsibilities on legislation and oversight of nuclear safety across Europe, but more steps are required to improve the...

Facial recognition technology breaches GDPR says Vestager

Margrethe Vestager, EU's tech chief Margrethe Vestager said on Thursday that facial recognition technologies breach the need to give consent, which is stipulated in Europe's data...

EU Ombudsman to investigate Commission’s backing of gas projects

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly announced on Thursday she has opened an investigation into the European Commission’s so-called list of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs), as...

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Hungary’s Orbán questions EPP ideology and leader

Viktor Orbán, Hungary's Prime Minister, in a memorandum sent to European People's Party (EPP) leadership called for an internal debate on the future mission...

Lewandowski to EU governments: No take-it-or-leave-it Budget proposal for Parliament

STRASBOURG – Following a debate on EU’s key Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 in Strasbourg on 12 February and ahead of a special...

Expansion of renewables, storage, interconnectors key to deliver EU’s Green Deal

BRUSSELS – Europe is not building enough new wind farms to deliver the EU’s Green Deal goal, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson told New Europe...

Michel’s budget proposal for 1.074% of EU’s GNI “disappointing” says Chair of EP’s Budget committee

With EU leaders expected to gather in Brussels for an emergency meeting on 20 February aiming at resolving EU's 2021-2027 budget stalemate, debate around...

MEPs won’t approve budget cuts

STRASBOURG, France – During a debate of the EU’s key Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027, MEPs underlined that Parliament will only give its...

EU lawmakers block Green’s push to cancel gas projects funding

STRASBOURG - Members of the European Parliament rejected on 12 February calls to veto the fourth list on projects of common interest (PCI), on...

EUROPEAN COUNCIL

EU budget talks remain in a deadlock

Budget talks had to continue on Friday as EU leaders failed to overcome their differences and agree on the bloc's long term budget, during...

Lewandowski to EU governments: No take-it-or-leave-it Budget proposal for Parliament

STRASBOURG – Following a debate on EU’s key Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 in Strasbourg on 12 February and ahead of a special...

Michel: Europe’s looking at Africa with fresh eyes

The next generation of leaders in Europe seeks a renewed EU-Africa partnership, Charles Michel, EU Council President told African leaders on Sunday during a state...

Croatian PM Plenković tells Michel he wants MFF negotiations concluded during the country’s Presidency

Negotiations on the bloc's long-term budget should be concluded within 2020's first half, said Andrej Plenković, the Prime Minister of Croatia during a meeting with Charles...

European Council President meets with Bulgaria’s PM Borissov

Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria's Prime Minister met with EU Council President Charles Michel, at the institution's headquarters in Brussels on Thursday. EU funds from the Multiannual...

France scores victory on Enlargement rules

The EU Commission released new proposed rules on February 5 which substantially modify the current Enlargement process but also allow EU member states to...

EU National News

Assange to seek asylum in France, lawyers say

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's European defense team has said it intends to seek political asylum in France for the whistleblower. Assange’s US extradition trial...

Libya’s rival factions resume talks in Geneva

Libya's rival factions resumed talks in Geneva on Thursday. The peace talks are aimed at brokering a lasting ceasefire in the war-torn country. "The talks...

Irish government enters stalemate

Ireland’s Fine Gael party leader Leo Varadkar has formally resigned as prime minister after Ireland’s parliament entered a stalemate over the choice of a...

Global demand for LNG grows by 12.5% in 2019

Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) grew by 12.5% to 359 million tonnes in 2019, according to Shell’s latest annual LNG Outlook published...

Commissioner urges Italy to suspend cooperation activities with Libyan Coast Guard

The Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović in a letter sent to Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luigi Di Maio has urged the country's government to suspend...

SolarPower Europe, RGI, WindEurope, smartEn discuss climate neutrality goals

Leading associations of the energy transition – smartEn, SolarPower Europe, the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI), and WindEurope issued a declaration in Brussels on 18...

US envoy to Serbia-Kosovo talks to become Acting Director of National Intelligence

President Donald Trump has named Richard Grenell, the US Ambassador to Germany and concurrently Special Envoy to Serbia and Kosovo, to become the acting...

EU officials meet Cyprus’ Anastasiades amid growing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean

Amid growing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades met with EU officials in Brussels, where he...

Hungary’s Orbán questions EPP ideology and leader

Viktor Orbán, Hungary's Prime Minister, in a memorandum sent to European People's Party (EPP) leadership called for an internal debate on the future mission...

Ireland’s Fianna Fáil unveils government formation plans

Ireland’s liberal Fianna Fáil will step up efforts to form a government by starting formal engagement with other parties, except the left-wing nationalist Sinn...

World News

Tunisia names new coalition government in bid to avoid early election

Tunisia's prime minister-designate Elyes Fakhfakh has announced the formation of a new coalition government after coming to an agreement with Ennahda, the biggest party...

South Sudan’s rival leaders to form coalition government

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar agreed to form a unity government, paving the way towards ending more than six...

Global demand for LNG grows by 12.5% in 2019

Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) grew by 12.5% to 359 million tonnes in 2019, according to Shell’s latest annual LNG Outlook published...

Sri Lanka to withdraw from UN rights resolution

Sri Lanka's prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the country was withdrawing from a United Nations resolution investigating alleged war crimes. The announcement comes days...

Pompeo concludes Africa trip with a challenge to Chinese economic influence

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo capped his three-country visit to Africa where he pitched strengthening economic relations with the United States as the...

Pompeo starts tour of Africa

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the US is working to determine what level of military forces is needed in West Africa to...

South Sudan rebels reject president’s peace deal

South Sudan rebels rejected the government’s peace offer to reduce the number of states and create three administrative areas in the country, aiming to...

Ethiopia approves controversial ‘hate speech’ law

Ethiopia's parliament has passed a law that punishes "hate speech" and "fake news". However, rights groups say it undermines free speech months as it...

OPEC says coronavirus outbreak to reduce world oil demand

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has cut its forecast for global growth in oil demand this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. In...

Gazprom says Power of Siberia, TurkStream to boost Russia’s position as gas supplier

Russian gas monopoly Gazprom closely follows the ongoing developments and takes the necessary measures to mitigate a number of adverse factors affecting the suppliers...

THE ENLARGEMENT MONITOR

US envoy to Serbia-Kosovo talks to become Acting Director of National Intelligence

President Donald Trump has named Richard Grenell, the US Ambassador to Germany and concurrently Special Envoy to Serbia and Kosovo, to become the acting...

Munich Bacchanalian surprises

At the Munich Security Conference 2020, two reality-altering messages were sent back to Southeastern Europe, which incidentally was not the core focus of this...

North Macedonia takes a small step forward and one backwards this week

Since being installed in early January in preparation for the country’s April 6 elections, Caretaker Government Labour Minister Rashela Mizrahi, from the ultranationalist VMRO-DPMNE...

France scores victory on Enlargement rules

The EU Commission released new proposed rules on February 5 which substantially modify the current Enlargement process but also allow EU member states to...

Despite Brexit, Western Balkans get some attention

Despite all the noise surrounding Brexit, Libya’s civil war and the Iran mini-crisis, Brussels’ attention to the Western Balkans is increasing substantially as important...

US diplomatic engagement helps reopen Kosovo-Serbia flights

Representatives of Serbia, Kosovo, the US, and Lufthansa Group signed a milestone agreement on January 20 to establish an air link between Serbia and...

Greece’s Balkan diplomacy currently a sideshow

While keeping up the appearances of an active diplomatic campaign in Southeast Europe, the net impact of Athens’ recent initiatives will yield next to...

Internet & ICT

New Mexico sues Google for collecting children’s personal data

New Mexico’s attorney general Hector Balderas announced on Thursday that it sues Google. The lawsuit was filed in US District Court in Albuquerque. It...

Boeing says it found debris in fuel tanks on grounded 737 Max jets

Boeing announced it has ordered inspections of its grounded 737 Max series jets, after it found foreign objects in the fuel tanks of some...

Airbus announces 2,300 job cuts in defense and space division

European planemaker Airbus announced that it plans to cut 2,362 jobs across several countries by the end of next year. Its Germany-based subsidiary, Defence and...

IRS sues Facebook for $9b over Irish offshore deal

Facebook and US tax authorities are beginning a multi-billion dollar dispute over profits shifted to an Irish subsidiary by the social media giant. The US...

France steps up Ghosn probe into misuse of funds at Renault

French prosecutors have stepped up their investigation into alleged misuse of funds at Renault by former boss Carlos Ghosn. A judge had  been assigned...

China prepares to launch new satellite, role not revealed

China’s space program is expected to soon launch its Long March 7A rocket from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center. The official acknowledgement of a mission...

Europeans remain concerned about cybercrime despite growing awareness

Europeans are better informed about cybercrimes but are becoming increasingly concerned about their own security, according to the latest survey by the European Commission,...

Energy

EU invests more than €100 mln in new LIFE Programme for green projects

The European Union will invest €101.2 million for the latest projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action, the European Commission...

Naftogaz seeks nearly $8 bln for assets expropriated by Russia in Crimea

Ukraine’s joint stock oil and gas company Naftogaz said on 17 February the group seeks nearly $8 billion of compensation for its assets expropriated...

Global demand for LNG grows by 12.5% in 2019

Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) grew by 12.5% to 359 million tonnes in 2019, according to Shell’s latest annual LNG Outlook published...

SolarPower Europe, RGI, WindEurope, smartEn discuss climate neutrality goals

Leading associations of the energy transition – smartEn, SolarPower Europe, the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI), and WindEurope issued a declaration in Brussels on 18...

KazMunayGaz oil and gas production stable in 2019

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - The level of oil and gas condensate production in 2019 was stable and amounted to 23.6 million tonnes of oil and...

Lewandowski to EU governments: No take-it-or-leave-it Budget proposal for Parliament

STRASBOURG – Following a debate on EU’s key Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 in Strasbourg on 12 February and ahead of a special...

Expansion of renewables, storage, interconnectors key to deliver EU’s Green Deal

BRUSSELS – Europe is not building enough new wind farms to deliver the EU’s Green Deal goal, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson told New Europe...

Faith and Religious Freedom

Interfaith matters : Interview with Dr Jasbir Singh Puri

A medical doctor by profession Dr Jasbir Singh Puri, he moved to Dublin, Ireland from India in 1988. Today he is a retired consultant...

Tajikistan arrests suspected members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood

The former Soviet Central Asian republic of Tajikistan is one of the world's poorest nations and a hotbed for radical Islamic groups that operate...

Scotland’s Sikhs warn of further legal action over census if not classified as religious group

The community of Sikhs living in Scotland have urged local officials to consider them as an ethnic minority rather than a religious group for...

Historic Alexandria synagogue hosts the largest prayer service since restoration

A six-hundred-year-old, recently renovated synagogue in Egypt’s Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria hosted about 180 Jews to celebrate Shabbat earlier in February The event, which...

Latter-day Saint missionary assaulted in alleged hate crime

Officials in the US state of Utah arrested two men who are under the age of 20 for assaulting a black missionary from the...

Priests of disgraced Legion face trial for getting abuse victim to lie

Four priests and a lawyer from the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order are due to stand trial on charges they tried to obstruct...

New leak reveals secrets of China’s notorious Xinjiang camps

According to a newly leaked document from the Xinjiang camps, China is tracking every family and every movement of Muslim minority Uighurs. The document shows...

STAKEHOLDER VIEWS

Association of European Journalists(AEJ)
By Otmar Lahodynsky

A sad day for Europe, but a chance to reform the EU

It was a sad day for Europe on January 31. For the first time in its history, one of its 28 Member States voluntarily...
NOVA COMPETITIVIDADE
By Francisco Jaime Quesado

The digital revolution

Europe is facing a real digital revolution. Information and communication technology now permeates virtually all aspects of our lives. The digital revolution is strongly...

New Europe Columns

Monnet Matters
By Editorial

Their discontent, our problem

If we have learnt anything from the last decade of European elections, it is that with all certainty we can say two things: (a)...
ICI Washington
By Alec Mally

US envoy to Serbia-Kosovo talks to become Acting Director of National Intelligence

President Donald Trump has named Richard Grenell, the US Ambassador to Germany and concurrently Special Envoy to Serbia and Kosovo, to become the acting...
Energy Insider
By Kostis Geropoulos

Expansion of renewables, storage, interconnectors key to deliver EU’s Green Deal

BRUSSELS – Europe is not building enough new wind farms to deliver the EU’s Green Deal goal, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson told New Europe...
Eurasia Watch
By Nicholas Waller

Danilyuk’s resignation is an ominous sign for Ukraine

The young pro-Western reformers who came into government with great fanfare alongside anti-establishment President Volodymyr Zelensky six months ago were dealt a serious blow...

WELLNESS

Four things you never knew massage could do

Promoting muscle regrowth after injury, helping premature babies become strong enough to leave hospital, improving sleep quality and creating social bonds. The power of...

Why everyone should try boxing

Far from being the exclusive domain of the uber-fit, boxing is a great full-body workout that’s suitable for everyone. Reney Nazim, passionate boxing fan...

5 ways to stay energised this autum

Don’t let the arrival of autumn sap you of your energy. Our expert advice will keep you firing on all cylinders! As autumn sets in...

Gym or sofa? How to make the healthy choice

Do you sometimes struggle to find the willpower to work out? The Aspria experts shares five top tips for staying motivated. You’ve told yourself you’ll...

BACK TO SCHOOL: TIPS FOR A SMOOTH TRANSITION FROM HOLIDAY MODE

The time is almost here for children to go back to school. Are you ready? Christine Cornet, Academy manager at Aspria Brussels Royal La...

Sauna in Heat

HOW A SUMMER SAUNA CAN ACTUALLY COOL YOU DOWN Sauna in the middle of the summer? It may seem like a strange idea, but in...

The perfect water workout

So, you’re heading off on holiday and you’ve decided to take a break from full-on gym workouts, but you’d still like to keep in...