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epa06315915 (FILE) - Marine Le Pen Member of Parliament and president of the Front National (FN) party during the weekly session of the questions to the government at the national assembly in Paris, France, 17 October 2017 (reissued 08 November 2017). According to reports, the French National Assembly lifted Le Pen's immunity on 08 November 2017 over she having tweeted pictures of activities committed by the Islamic State (IS) terror group.  EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON EU court orders Le Pen to pay €300,000 in fines to the European Parliament
epa05949199 People participate in the Flower Parade Festival in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal, 07 May 2017. Thousands of people, including tourists and locals participated in the great Flower parade festival on the main streets of Funchal.  EPA/HOMEM DE GOUVEIA EU invests in greener and more secure electricity in Madeira
epa04459320 A shopper leaves a Tesco supermrket in London, Britain, 23 October 2014. British retail giant Tesco plc said that pre-tax profits fell 91 percent to 112 million pounds (180 million dollars) in the six months to August as sales fell 4.6 per cent and a 263-million-pound black hole opened up in the accounts. Tesco's market value has halved in the past year, eight top executives have been given their marching orders and Britain's biggest supermarket chain been pilloried for taking delivery of a 30-million-pound corporate jet as market share fell from 30 percent to 29 percent.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA Study shows Brexit could cost each UK household £1000
epa06819778 A handout photo made available by Chigi Palace Press Office shows Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (R) with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their meeting in Berlin, Germany, 18 June 2018.  EPA-EFE/CHIGI PALACE PRESS OFFICE/FILIPP HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES Merkel gets two-week deadline to negotiate EU migration policy
p14c EU approves the acquisition of Uniper by Fortum
epa05361611 A staff member of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) scans a paper bracelet of a migrant during a pre-registration process at the refugee camp in the former international Helliniko airport in Athens, Greece, 13 June 2016. Around 1,200 persons were pre-registered in Athens and Thessaloniki in the first three days of operation of the new program on international protection requests implemented by the Asylum Service in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the European Support Office on Asylum (EASO). The program will last two months and aims to pre-register all applicants who have entered the country from January 1, 2015 until March 19, 2016.  EPA/SIMELA PANTZARTZI Asylum applications in the EU drop significantly according to EASO
epa06817614 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) and European Union Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom (R) and Australian Trade Minister Steve Ciobo (L), speak during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 18 June 2018. European Union Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstroöm and Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo officially launched negotiations for a trade agreement between the EU and Australia.  EPA-EFE/LUKAS COCH  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT EU starts trade negotiations with Australia
epa06818063 First Vice-President of European Commission Frans Timmermans (L) and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (R) during a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, 18 June 2018. PM Morawiecki and Timmermans will discuss the rule of law in Poland.  EPA-EFE/RADEK PIETRUSZKA POLAND OUT EU’s Timmermans in Poland to calm spat over justice and rule of law
epa06598147 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a joint press conference with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (not pictured) in Kiev, Ukraine, 12 March 2018. Federica Mogherini arrived to Kiev for meeting with top Ukrainian officials.  EPA-EFE/SERGEY DOLZHENKO Ukraine creating EU-based consortium to stop Nord Stream-2
epa06814994 Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (back- R) and FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev (back- L) watch foreign ministers of Greece, Nikos Kotzias (front- R) and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Nikola Dimitrov (front- L) signing an agreement in the village of Psarades, Florina, Greece, 17 June 2018. The foreign ministers of Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Nikos Kotzias and Nikola Dimitrov, and the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the name dispute signed a historic agreement on 17 June 2018 for resolving the decades-long issue during a lakeside signing ceremony in Prespes, where th EPA-EFE/NIKOS ARVANITIDIS With the signing over, the long battle for ratifying the Name Dispute agreement begins


EU National News

BRU22 - 20000616 - BRUSSELS, BELGIUM : English soccer fans with their hands cuffed sit on the ground and are guarded by Belgian riot police after being arrested following clashes with Turkish supporters in Brussels on Friday evening, 16 June 2000. (ELECRONIC IMAGE) EPA PHOTO EPA/MICHELE LIMINA/ML/kr More Britons are are asking for Belgian citizenship before Brexit
epa06016354 The Chairman of the Open Society Foundations, George Soros, attends a press conference prior to the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture Launch Event at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, 08 June 2017. The European Roma Institute of Arts and Culture is a new institute, representing 12 million Roma people culturally and artistically in Berlin, Germany.  EPA/CLEMENS BILAN Venice Commission asks Hungary not to adopt “Stop Soros” law 
epa06816577 Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini (C) speaks at a local election rally in Cinisello Balsamo, near Milan, Italy, 17 June 2018. Reports state that the 'Italian government will promote development initiatives in Africa, to stem immigration to Europe' Salvini said.  EPA-EFE/FABRIZIO RADAELLI Lega wants a census of Italy’s Roma population
epa04955311 Former Congo Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba looks up while sitting in the court room of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to stand trial with Aime Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fidele Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido, in The Hague, Netherlands, 29 September 2015. The group are accused of influencing witnesses by giving them money and instructions to provide false testimony, and presenting false evidence.  EPA/PETER DEJONG / POOL With ICC discredited, Belgium lets former Congo vice-president Bemba return
epa04182130 View of the General Electric and Alstom sites in Belfort, France, 27 April 2014. German group Siemens said it was available to discuss an alliance with French rival Alstom, upping the ante for US multinational General Electric, which is reportedly in talks on buying the French train and power plant builder.  EPA/CHRISTOPHE KARABA France to fine General Electric for failure to create jobs

World News

epa06407062 An Israeli Air Force F-35 fighter jet flys upside-down during an air show at Hatzerim Air Force base outside Beersheba, Israel, 27 December 2017. An Israeli air show accompanied a graduation class of new pilots, the 175th in the history of Israel's Air Force, which included one woman.  EPA-EFE/JIM HOLLANDER US Senate prohibits sale of F-35 to NATO ally Turkey
Minister Israeli former minister arrested for espionage for Iran
hsbc-soft-landing-turkish-economy-2012 IMG Turkish growth exceeds expectations although deficit continues to surge
epa06798065 Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a press conference following the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao city, Shandong province, China, 10 June 2018. The 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit is held in Qingdao from 09 to 10 June 2018.  EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Putin would be ready to host G7 in Moscow
epa06800747 (L-R) Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Normandy format Heiko Maas (Germany), Pawlo Klimkin (Ukraine), Jean-Yves Le Drian (France) and Sergei Lavrov (Russia) arrive for photographs during a meeting at Villa Borsig, Guesthouse of the Federal Minister, in Berlin, Germany, 11 June 2018. The Normandy format which is a diplomatic group of senior representatives of the four countries (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France) to resolve the situation in the East of Ukraine is resumed after 16 months break.  EPA-EFE/HAYOUNG JEON Normandy Format foreign ministers discuss Ukraine conflict

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

The Populists’ Euro

By: Barry Eichengreen

The Divine Right of Donald

By: Elizabeth Drew

Can the Euro Be Saved?

By: Joseph E. Stiglitz

North Korea Summit Yields Trump Political Victory But Not Binding Commitments

By: Sandeep Gopalan

EU Should Push to Protect Rights in Diamond Trade

By: Juliane Kippenberg

Europe must be proactive in addressing emerging cyber threats

By: Antonio López-Istúriz White

Qatar remains resilient despite blockade

By: Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Khulaifi

Local Solutions for Global Problems

By: Sébastien Turbot

A Trade War that China Would Win

By: Keyu Jin

The Italian Economy’s Moment of Truth

By: Michael Spence

Why Loving Our Animals Is Not Enough

By: Peter Singer and Agata Sagan

Zuckerberg’s Dodge Reveals Facebook’s Inadequacies on Extremist Content

By: David Ibsen


EU’s Timmermans in Poland to calm spat over justice and rule of law epa06818063 First Vice-President of European Commission Frans Timmermans (L) and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (R) during a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, 18 June 2018. PM Morawiecki and Timmermans will discuss the rule of law in Poland.  EPA-EFE/RADEK PIETRUSZKA POLAND OUT

The European Commission hopes it can continue “constructive” dialogue with Poland over contested judiciary reforms, the EU executive’s First Vice-President Frans

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

Energy

epa05949199 People participate in the Flower Parade Festival in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal, 07 May 2017. Thousands of people, including tourists and locals participated in the great Flower parade festival on the main streets of Funchal.  EPA/HOMEM DE GOUVEIA EU invests in greener and more secure electricity in Madeira
p14c EU approves the acquisition of Uniper by Fortum
epa06598147 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a joint press conference with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (not pictured) in Kiev, Ukraine, 12 March 2018. Federica Mogherini arrived to Kiev for meeting with top Ukrainian officials.  EPA-EFE/SERGEY DOLZHENKO Ukraine creating EU-based consortium to stop Nord Stream-2
epa04182130 View of the General Electric and Alstom sites in Belfort, France, 27 April 2014. German group Siemens said it was available to discuss an alliance with French rival Alstom, upping the ante for US multinational General Electric, which is reportedly in talks on buying the French train and power plant builder.  EPA/CHRISTOPHE KARABA France to fine General Electric for failure to create jobs
TurkStream Russia wants EU assurances in order to build Turkish Stream
Lakkotrypis Niki Pateraki WEB Cyprus’ Minister highlights East Med role in EU energy security
epa06762190 A man stands behind solar panels on the roof of the Czech National Theatre building in Prague, Czech Republic, 25 May 2018. The National Theatre had installed solar panels on its roof in order to save money from the electrical power costs.  EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK EU agrees on further renewable energy development
epa06802927 Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (C) poses with his counterparts Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (R), President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev (2-L) , Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (3-R) and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci (L) during the inauguration ceremony of Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) in Eskisehir, Turkey, 12 June 2018.  EPA-EFE/TUMAY BERKIN Reducing reliance on Russia, Turkey opens TANAP to carry Caspian gas to Europe
6914333530_41e63e5d9a_o EIB supports Greek electricity network modernisation
epa06799885 EU Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Canete (L) and Belgian Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development Marie Christine Marghem (R), prior to a Council meeting of European Energy Ministers in Luxembourg, 11 June 2018. The Council will adopt a general approach on the recast regulation on ACER, the EU agency for the cooperation of energy regulators.  EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND EU Energy Ministers agree position to update ACER role

Internet & ICT

epa06407062 An Israeli Air Force F-35 fighter jet flys upside-down during an air show at Hatzerim Air Force base outside Beersheba, Israel, 27 December 2017. An Israeli air show accompanied a graduation class of new pilots, the 175th in the history of Israel's Air Force, which included one woman.  EPA-EFE/JIM HOLLANDER US Senate prohibits sale of F-35 to NATO ally Turkey
error-1024x533 European Commission cancels first WiFi4EU call, carries budget forward
epa06744893 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai prepares to testify before a Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2019 for the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, USA 17 May 2018. On 16 May Senate Democrats won a vote to repeal changes to Obama-era net neutrality rules.  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO Are claims that the FCC killed net neutrality true?
20180530_131205 Desire for change drives Eastern European business toward success
p1-new-h_54359009-(1) Facebook: 99 percent attitude, 1 percent show
epa01246837 An illustration picture of the plenary session of the  European committee of the Regions in Brussels, Belgium, 06 February 2008. The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is the political assembly that provides local and regional authorities with a voice at the heart of the European Union. Established in 1994, the CoR was set up to address two main issues. Firstly, about three quarters of EU legislation is implemented at local or regional level, so it makes sense for local and regional representatives to have a say in the development of new EU laws. Secondly, there were concerns that the public was being left behind as the EU steamed ahead. Involving the elected level of government closest to the citizens was one way of closing the gap.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET Local and regional conservative politicians call for structured post-Brexit cooperation
epa06777267 China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy hold a joint press conference at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 01 June 2018.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Trade and Iran nuclear deal highlight EU-China strategic dialogue
NATO briefing NATO, EU to tackle cyber threats
c;scscsdc'`ccs` Blue-Green Summit Profile with the Tea Party’s Debbie Dooley
samsung-apple-war-continues-australia IMG Samsung to pay Apple for patent infringement

From the NE Knowledge Network



With ICC discredited, Belgium lets former Congo vice-president Bemba return epa04955311 Former Congo Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba looks up while sitting in the court room of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to stand trial with Aime Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fidele Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido, in The Hague, Netherlands, 29 September 2015. The group are accused of influencing witnesses by giving them money and instructions to provide false testimony, and presenting false evidence.  EPA/PETER DEJONG / POOL

Belgium’s foreign affairs ministry said on June 18 that it will provide “a favourable response” to a request from the International

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

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