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epa05969027 Jean-Claude Juncker (L), President of the European Commission, greets the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk (R), at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 17 May 2017. In the morning, MEPs will debate the guidelines for the negotiations with the UK on the terms of its withdrawal, adopted at the April EU Summit.  EPA/PATRICK SEEGER EU leaders: Brexit will happen “unless there is a change of heart” from the U.K. side
airbus-a380-superjumbo-lands-jfk IMG Airbus considers disrupting the production of the Superjumbo A380
epa03105611 Two Polish icebreakers sail through ice on the river Oder near the village Widuchowa, Northwestern Poland, 14 February 2012. The Waterways and Shipping Office currently employs seven icebreakers on the Oder which has dammed up on 350 kilometres and needs to be broken for disaster control.  EPA/Jerzy Undro POLAND OUT EU Commission opens investigation into Polish tax incentive for shipyards
cayman-islands-and-uk-sign-tax-agreement IMG Brussels to blacklist UK tax-heaven dependencies
epa06429139 Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni (R) welcomes Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L) at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, 10 January 2018. The leaders of the southern European countries are meeting in Rome to attend the fourth summit on migrants and EU future. The summit aims to strengthen the united front on topics such as migration, the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), and growth and investments in 2018, considered a critical year for the European Union. The countries participating in the summit are Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Malta and Cyprus.  EPA-EFE/GIUSEPPE LAMI At Rome ‘Club Med’ summit, Greece gets a line on TAP gas to Italy
epa06433076 President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker attends for a press conference at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, 12 January 2018. Bulgaria took over its first Presidency of the European Council from January 2018 until June 2018.  EPA-EFE/VASSIL DONEV Juncker sets Western Balkans as EU Commission’s priority
epa05849920 Defendant Antoine Deltour (C), a former employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers thanks supporters after reportedly receiving a reduced six months suspended sentence in the so-called 'LuxLeaks' Whistleblower appeal trial, in Luxembourg, 15 March 2017. Others are not identified. Three men, two former employees of accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet, and journalist Edouard Perrin were on trial for leaking thousands of confidential documents revealing corporate tax deals. The court on 29 June 2016 handed suspended sentences to Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet, while journalist Edouard Perrin was acquitted of all charges.  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND Luxembourg’s highest overturns LuxLeaks whistle-blower conviction
epa05889427 Nigel Farage, British Member of the European Parliament and former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) smiles during a meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 05 April 2017. The parliament is holding a key debate on Brexit negotiations.  EPA/PATRICK SEEGER Farage calls for a second EU membership referendum
epa06418376 A man walks in front of the European Parliament building with the logo of the parliament, in Brussels, Belgium, 05 January 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET MEPs call for more research, innovation, mindset change to boost clean energy
epa05294747 Newly elected Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attends a Jewish community Holocaust commemoration event in north London, Britain, 08 May 2016. The Jewish community will come together in their thousands to mark 'Yom HaShoah', the Jewish Community's Holocaust Remembrance day.  EPA/HANNAH MCKAY City of London report: worst Brexit scenario means loss of 500,000 jobs and a decade of stagnation

EU National News

epa04828019 (FILE) A file picture released by the US Coast Guard on 22 April 2010 shows a fire aboard the mobile offshore oil drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, located in the Gulf of Mexico some 80 kilometers southeast of Venice, Louisiana, USA. An explosion on board BP's mobile offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon on 20 April 2010 triggered the worst oil spill in US history. Reports on 02 July 2015 state the US government and Gulf States have agreed on a tentative settlement whereby British BP is to pay compensation for damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. According to the settlement, BP will pay 18,7 billion USD in damage compensation over a period of 18 years.  EPA/US COAST GUARD / HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY As Deepwater Horizon claims near closure, BP to take $1.7 billion post-tax non-operating charge
epa04894317 Belgium Air Force's F-16 jet performs during the annual Air Show in Radom, central Poland, 23 August 2015. The Radom Air Show which is held every two years features military planes from the air forces of Europe.  EPA/MICHAL WALCZAK POLAND OUT Belgian and British jets intercept Russian bombers in NATO airspace
epa06124422 A man walks past a 'Tourists Go Home'  graffitti on a wall close to the City Hall in Oviedo, northern Spain, 04 August 2017. Spanish Energy and Tourism Minister, Alvaro Nadal (unseen), said that the authorities do not tolerate the attacks against touristic sector after several of such incidents happened in Barcelona and Majorca.  EPA/ALBERTO MORANTE Spain overtakes the US as the world’s second tourist destination
epa06402871 Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont speaks at a press conference after the Catalunia's election results, at the Press Club in Brussels, Belgium, 22 December 2017. Ciutadans, Catalan faction of Ciudadanos party, was the most voted party, with 37 seats, in the Catalan regional elections the previous day. While the pro Spanish union parties obtained a total of 57 seats between Ciudadanos, 37, Socialist party, 17, and People's Party (PP), 3; the pro-independence parties obtained 40 seats divided between left wing pro-independence ERC party, 32, right wing pro-independence Junts per Catalunya, 34, and extreme left wing pro-independence CUP party, 4. Parties will have to negotiate to form Government before 06 February 2018 to avoid new elections.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Puigdemont not likely to become Catalan President in exile
epaselect epa05390044 Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (R) during an emergency cabinet meeting at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, 25 June 2016. The government team gathered in Edinburgh to discuss the next steps they will take after Britain in a referendum on 23 June voted to leave the European Union.  EPA/JANE BARLOW  UK AND IRELAND OUT Sturgeon to decide on second independence referendum by end of 2018

World News

epa06227255 Russian-Canadian programmer Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, speaks at the Seoul Ethereum Meetup in Seoul, South Korea, 25 September 2017.  EPA-EFE/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT Ethereum father Buterin leaves Fenbushi Capital to focus on crypto’s scalability problems
epa04184108 Former Italian Foreign Minister and EU commissioner Franco Frattini addresses an international conference under the title 'Opportunities Seized, Opportunities Missed ? Ten Years in The European Union' held to mark the tenth anniversary of Hungary's accession to the EU in Budapest, Hungary, 28 April 2014. The Accession Treaty of Hungary joining the EU was signed on 16 April 2003.  EPA/LAJOS SOOS HUNGARY OUT OSCE nominates former EU Commissioner Frattini as representative for the solving of the conflict in Transnistria
epa06368829 People takes pictures in front of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia silhouette near the Bosphorus during sunset in Istanbul, Turkey, 05 December 2017.  EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN Turkey plans second Canal to link Black Sea with the Mediterranean
epa06307841 A ferry passing under the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, 04 November 2017.  EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN EBRD hails Turkey’s national plan to boost energy efficiency
epa04276656 Rinat Akhmetov, Ukrainian businessman and oligarch, awaits the arrival of German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier for a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, 24 June 2014. Steinmeier will meet Akhmetov to discuss on the peace plan of the Ukrainian president for the Eastern Ukraine.  EPA/DANIEL NAUPOLD Dutch court orders freeze on assets of Ukraine’s richest man

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

Trump’s Quest to Make America White Again

By: James Q. Whitman

epa06318488 Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the Opening Bell in New York, New York, USA, on 09 November 2017.  EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANE

Global Markets Make Global Rules

By: Daniel Schlaepfer
Hugo Kruyne

In defense of economic populism

By: Dani Rodrik

The best hope for the Iranian people

By: Geoffrey Hoon

What’s driving Iran’s protests?

By: Hassan Hakimian

Europe between Trump and Xi

By: Zaki Laïdi

European leaders and Erdoğan’s charm offensive

By: Selcuk Gultasli

Commerciality is required to make the best of Brexit

By: John Caudwell

Applaud and not criticise the Commission for upholding the Birds’ Directive in Malta

By: Nicholas Barbara

Trump’s Jerusalem rationale and its consequences

By: Richard N. Haass

Does Europe really need fiscal and political union?

By: Dani Rodrik

A dark year in the fight against corruption

By: Marin Mrcela


EU Club Med tackles migration p01c

The heads of state and government of Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain, or so-called “Club Med,’ convened

By Kostis Geropoulos Energy & Russian Affairs Editor, New Europe

Energy

epa02865449 (FILES) A file photo, taken in March 2009 and provided by Royal Dutch Shell of the  Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea.  A leak has been discovered on the platform owned by Royal Dutch Shell who say 13 August 2011 it was working to repair the leak which was found in a flow line connecting an oil well to the alpha platform.A clean up vessel and spotter plane have been sent to the site 112 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland  EPA/ROYAL DUTCH SHELL HO Shell to redevelop UK North Sea field, sells Iraqi stake to Japan’s Itochu
epa04828019 (FILE) A file picture released by the US Coast Guard on 22 April 2010 shows a fire aboard the mobile offshore oil drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, located in the Gulf of Mexico some 80 kilometers southeast of Venice, Louisiana, USA. An explosion on board BP's mobile offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon on 20 April 2010 triggered the worst oil spill in US history. Reports on 02 July 2015 state the US government and Gulf States have agreed on a tentative settlement whereby British BP is to pay compensation for damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. According to the settlement, BP will pay 18,7 billion USD in damage compensation over a period of 18 years.  EPA/US COAST GUARD / HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY As Deepwater Horizon claims near closure, BP to take $1.7 billion post-tax non-operating charge
epa06429139 Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni (R) welcomes Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L) at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, 10 January 2018. The leaders of the southern European countries are meeting in Rome to attend the fourth summit on migrants and EU future. The summit aims to strengthen the united front on topics such as migration, the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), and growth and investments in 2018, considered a critical year for the European Union. The countries participating in the summit are Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Malta and Cyprus.  EPA-EFE/GIUSEPPE LAMI At Rome ‘Club Med’ summit, Greece gets a line on TAP gas to Italy
epa06418376 A man walks in front of the European Parliament building with the logo of the parliament, in Brussels, Belgium, 05 January 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET MEPs call for more research, innovation, mindset change to boost clean energy
epa06307841 A ferry passing under the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, 04 November 2017.  EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN EBRD hails Turkey’s national plan to boost energy efficiency
epa04296482 Electricity pylons of Public Power Corporation (PPC) in an electric power station in central Athens, Greece, 03 July 2014. Workers at Greece's state-controlled power utility PPC are staging a series of strikes as of 02 July, to protest against government plans to privatise the company.  EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU MEDREG report calls for stable, transparent energy regulation in Mediterranean
Miguel Arias Cañete EU launches Clean Energy Forum to boost renewables
epa06307386 An Iranian woman holds an effigy of US President Donald J. Trump in front of an anti-US mural during an anti-US demonstration marking the 38th anniversary of US Embassy takeover, in front of the former US embassy in Tehran, Iran, 04 November 2017. Media reported that Thousands of protesters chanting 'Death to America' gathered at the former US embassy in Tehran to mark the 38th anniversary of the start of the Iran hostage crisis. Iranian students occupied the embassy on November 04, 1979 after the USA granted permission to the late Iranian Shah to be hospitalised in the States. Over 50 US diplomats and guards were held hostage by students for 444 days.  EPA-EFE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH EU, Iran to discuss preserving nuclear deal in Brussels
The interim General Electric offices in Boston, Massachusetts, USA 13 November 2017. CEO John Flannery announced cost cutting mesures earlier in the year and today General Electric (NYSE: GE)  announced a cut in their dividends by half. EU clears acquisition of Spanish wind farms by GE and Mirova
epa06424944 French President Emmanuel Macron (L) chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, 08 January 2018.  EPA-EFE/ANDY WONG / POOL Macron visits China, profiting from Trump’s incoherences

Internet & ICT

epa06227255 Russian-Canadian programmer Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, speaks at the Seoul Ethereum Meetup in Seoul, South Korea, 25 September 2017.  EPA-EFE/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT Ethereum father Buterin leaves Fenbushi Capital to focus on crypto’s scalability problems
860_handsaway3 HandsAway: Brussels wants to use bait women to catch harassers
epa06307386 An Iranian woman holds an effigy of US President Donald J. Trump in front of an anti-US mural during an anti-US demonstration marking the 38th anniversary of US Embassy takeover, in front of the former US embassy in Tehran, Iran, 04 November 2017. Media reported that Thousands of protesters chanting 'Death to America' gathered at the former US embassy in Tehran to mark the 38th anniversary of the start of the Iran hostage crisis. Iranian students occupied the embassy on November 04, 1979 after the USA granted permission to the late Iranian Shah to be hospitalised in the States. Over 50 US diplomats and guards were held hostage by students for 444 days.  EPA-EFE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH EU, Iran to discuss preserving nuclear deal in Brussels
epa06424944 French President Emmanuel Macron (L) chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, 08 January 2018.  EPA-EFE/ANDY WONG / POOL Macron visits China, profiting from Trump’s incoherences
deze-map-van-de-federation-of-american-scientists-toont-de-lokatie-van-de-kernbommen Belgium asks Google to blur aerial images of nuclear weapons storage areas
epa06063160 (FILE) - A general view of the Iranian South Pars quarter one (SPQ1) gas platform in the Persian gulf waters on the edge of the Qatar territorial waters, near the southern Iranian port of Assalouyeh, Iran, 26 January 2011 (reissued 03 July 2017). French energy company Total and Iran will sign a contract on 03 July 2017 over the development of South Pars Phase 11  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH France says “no” to fossil fuel extraction
epa04025992 (01/25) Two surveillance cameras hang from what looks like a lamp post outside the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 20 September 2013.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO PLEASE REFER TO ADVISORY NOTICE (epa04025991) FOR FULL FEATURE TEXT Two Romanians to be extradited to US for hacking Washington surveillance cameras at Trump inauguration
epa06037628 A Dassault Rafale fighter jet flies during a flight demonstration on the opening day of the 52nd Paris Air Show held at Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, 19 June 2017. The 2017 International Paris Air Show runs from 23 to 25 June.  EPA/IAN LANGSDON France promises 20 billion compensation to Belgium, if it buys its Rafale fighter plane
epa06357429 Taxi drivers protest in Madrid, Spain, 29 November 2017, during a strike called by taxis against the public administration and to demand the observance of the law for VTC (Tourism Vehicles with Driver) like Uber and Cabify.  EPA-EFE/JJ GUILLEN EU Court: Uber is just a common taxi company
epa06124467 (FILE) - A worker poses on request of press photographers next to a turbine at the Siemens Gas Turbine Plant in Berlin, Germany, 02 March 2017 (reissued 04 August 2017). The European Union (EU on 04 August 2017 imposed sanctions on Russian nationals and companies for diverting gas turbines bought from Siemens to the Crimea region. According to the EU, this move woiuld support Crimea's seperation from Ukraine.  EPA/CLEMENS BILAN Siemens loses in Russian court its claim to Crimea turbines

From the NE Knowledge Network



Brussels to blacklist UK tax-heaven dependencies cayman-islands-and-uk-sign-tax-agreement IMG

British dependencies that are considered tax avoidance heavens may soon be added on the EU’s tax avoidance blacklist, The Independent reports.

By NEOnline | IR

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