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epa06297369 Steam rises from the brown coal-fired power plant Niederaussem operated by RWE in Bergheim, Germany, 29 October 2017. The UN Climate Change Conference COP23 will take place in Bonn from 06 to 17 November 2017, only a few kilometers away from Europe's largest carbon dioxide source, the Rhenish Brown Coal Field.  EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH EU ambassadors endorse ETS reform deal with European Parliament
epa05716398 (FILE) - A Takata brand air bag inflators after it was removed during the recall service is shown at Suburban Honda in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA, 27 May 2015 (reissued 14 January 2017). According to reports on 14 January 2017, Japanese company Takata was fined 1 billion US dollars over exploding airbags, which were linked to several deaths and injuries.  EPA/JEFF KOWALSKY EU Commission issues €34m car equipment cartel fine
epa06301842 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Anders Samuelsen attends a press conference featuring the Nordic foreign ministers on the second day of the 69th Session of the Nordic Council in Helsinki, Finland, 01 November 2017. The council is under the topic 'The most integrated region in the World. The Nordic Region, where mutual trust is a strength and freedom of movement is top of the agenda'  EPA-EFE/MARKKU OJALA Denmark blames Sweden for EU agency loss
epa06343708 (L-R) European Commissioner for the Euro and Social Dialogue, Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, Pierre Moscovici, and European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen give a press conference, at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 22 November 2017, to present the European Semester Package, setting out the EU economic and social priorities for the year ahead.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET European Semester: Dombrovskis warns France and Italy over the risk of breaking deficit rules
epa06157555 A South African boy arrives home from school in the impoverished shack settlement of Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa, 23 August 2017. According to Statistics South Africa?s Poverty Trends Report released by South Africa's Statistician General Pali Lehohla on 22 August 2017 poverty is rapidly increasing in the country. Between the years of 2011 and 2015 there has been an increase of  three million more South Africans living in poverty. Over 30 million South African?s out of the 55 million citizens over this same time period live in poverty or below the upper poverty line of Rands 992 or 63 Euro per person per month.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA ECR: Private sector needed to end poverty
epa05579727 A fishing boat leaves a small harbor on the Baltic Sea for a trip to the Baltic Sea near Timmendorf Germany, 10 October 2016. The EU ministers for fisheries will cease fishing of the Baltic Sea in the coming year. As the stocks at codfish are in a very bad condition, the EU Commission proposed a reduction of the quota by 88 percent in the western Baltic Sea. German fishermen fear their existence.  EPA/JENS BUETTNER MEPs approve new rules on prohibited fishing gear, more flexibility for EU fishermen
epa06065043 Shift lens picture showing Brussels seat of European parliament with main entrance closed as Session is Taking place at Strasbourg, in Brussels, Belgium, 04 July 2017. During this session of the European parliament, a discussion regarding the opportunity to make all plenary session with only one seat in Brussels and change the European Parliament seat in Strasbourg to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET New rules on funding European political parties
epa06331444 French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) during the opening ceremony of  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/RONALD WITTEK German politics puts a dent in European reforms
epa04393278 A general view of the Gherkin and surrounding buildings of London's financial centre from the top of the new Leadenhall Building also nicknamed the 'Cheesegrater' because of its distinctive shape, 09 September 2014. The Leadenhall Building is one of London's newest skyscrapers and is situated in the heart of London's financial centre.  EPA/WILL OLIVER London’s international banks start moving out
epa06246572 Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko talks to media during his meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Minsk, Belarus, 05 October 2017. Maduro arrives from his Moscow visit to Belarus to hold talks with top officials on bilateral cooperation in housing construction, industrial development, and trade.  EPA-EFE/TATYANA ZENKOVICH Lukashenka declines to come to EU – Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels

EU National News

epa06340394 The leader of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), Christian Lindner, speaks during a news conference on the failed exploratory talks, at the party headquarters in Berlin, Germany, 20 November 2017. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Greens and the FDP have held talks to form the next government after the general elections in September but the negotiations failed with the FDP pulling out of the meeting overnight 20 November. As a result German Chancellor Angela Merkel the same day reported to the German President who may take further steps to decide on either accepting a minority government or to initiate new elections.  EPA-EFE/H. JEON FDP leader’s take on Germany’s ‘Jamaica’ coalition
epa04732563 Czech Republic's Finance Minister Andrej Babis  at a press conference after a meeting with counterparts from various European countries, in Vienna, Austria, 04 May 2015.  EPA/HANS KLAUS TECHT Special Instructions Police asks Czech parliament to lift the immunity of the oligarch and aspirant PM Andrej Babiš
epa06328460 The mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi (L), Interior minister Marco Minniti (C) and the prefect of Rome Paola Basilone deliver a speech during a meeting of Rome's provincial public order and security committee in Ostia,  district of Rome, Italy, 14 November 2017. The meeting was convened following the attack on a RAI TV crew and for run-off elections. There will be a 'discreet oversight' in polling stations during the run-off municipal election in Ostia on Sunday, Interior Minister Marco Minniti said during a meeting.  EPA-EFE/Massimo Percossi Italy’s Five Star Movement moves into mafia town
epa05701564 Pedestrians walk in the city center during cold winter weather in Helsinki, Finland, 06 January 2017. Temperatures in Helsinki were reported at minus 18 degrees Celsius.  EPA/MARKKU OJALA Proposal for anonymous corruption hotline in Finland
Nokia_DSC_9607_9613_1000 Big business rather than SMEs drive Finnish economic recovery

World News

epa05276865 (FILE) A file picture dated 22 July 2015 of customers being silhouetted inside of an Apple store in Sydney, Australia.  Apple will release their financial year 2016 2nd quarter results on 26 April 2016.  EPA/PAUL MILLER AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT Apple uses illegal student labour for its iPhone X
epa06336817 A street seller selling Turkish flag and picture of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk while people protest against NATO in Istanbul, Turkey, 18 November 2017. Turkey withdrew 40 soldiers from the drills at a Nato's joint warfare centre in Norway as a protest because Mustafa Kemal Ataturk' founder of modern Turkey and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were featured as an 'enemy' during the drills.  EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA Erdogan Aide denies Turkey would review its NATO membership over Atatürk desecration
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’

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

Toward a people-centered ASEAN community

By: Moon Jae-in

Failure of ideas and not failure of political Establishment

By: Harilla Goga

Victims of judicial failures, wrong arrests

By: Fulvio Martusciello

How to combat populist demagogues

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

By: Daniel Schlaepfer

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

By: Joshua Fisher-Birch

The changing geopolitics of energy

By: Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

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What has the EU got to do with elephant protection?

By: Robert Hepworth
Mark Jones

Patchwork of Member State energy policies challenges competitive decarbonization in Europe

By: Nolan Theisen


Erdogan Aide denies Turkey would review its NATO membership over Atatürk desecration epa06336817 A street seller selling Turkish flag and picture of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk while people protest against NATO in Istanbul, Turkey, 18 November 2017. Turkey withdrew 40 soldiers from the drills at a Nato's joint warfare centre in Norway as a protest because Mustafa Kemal Ataturk' founder of modern Turkey and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were featured as an 'enemy' during the drills.  EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA

Turkey does not intend to sever relations with NATO after the recent incident during the exercises in Norway, the Turkish media

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

Energy

epa06297369 Steam rises from the brown coal-fired power plant Niederaussem operated by RWE in Bergheim, Germany, 29 October 2017. The UN Climate Change Conference COP23 will take place in Bonn from 06 to 17 November 2017, only a few kilometers away from Europe's largest carbon dioxide source, the Rhenish Brown Coal Field.  EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH EU ambassadors endorse ETS reform deal with European Parliament
epa06240023 A solar installation with red brick photovoltaic modules on the roof of the farmhouse of Alexandre Galley is presented to the media in Ecuvillens, Switzerland, 02 October 2017. The new technology was developed by Swiss CSEM (Centre suisse d?electronique et de microtechnique) and ISSOL.  EPA-EFE/PETER KLAUNZER EU approves German support scheme for solar panels on apartment buildings
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?

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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Paris won the contest to succeed London as the new seat of the European Banking Agency, as it leaves London.

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