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epa07640598  EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, from Denmark, speaks at a news conference on EU merger control between Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 11 June 2019.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Vestager to be reappointed Commissioner by new Danish PM Frederiksen
web BatteRIes Europe wants EV jumpstart, carbon cuts
epa01516247 A man walks behind a window front of the Swiss Stock Exchange SWX, as a chart shows a falling index, in Zurich Switzerland, 10 October 2008. The Swiss Market Index SMI fell 7.79 per cent to 5347.22 points marking the biggest loss since August 19, 1991. During the whole week the SMI lost 22,3 per cent.  EPA/ALESSANDRO DELLA BELLA Switzerland ready to retaliate against the EU in capital market access standoff
epa05438922 Governor of the Bank of France Francois Villeroy de Galhau looks on during a press conference as part of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 24 July 2016. Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of the 20 most developed economies met in the southwestern city of Chengdu ahead of a G20 leaders meeting in September hosted by China.  EPA/NG HAN GUAN/POOL France sets up task force to deal with Facebook’s cryptocurrency
epa07017608 A general view of the wind farm 'Arkona' in the German Baltic Sea near the island of Ruegen, Germany, 13 September 2017. The currently largest wind farm in the Baltic Sea is in its final construction phase with 40 of the planned 60 wind turbines already built. The last turbine is expected to be installed by the end of October 2018. The wind park with a capacity of producing up to 385 megaWatts of electric power costs 1.2 billion euros. It is planned to start its electricity production at the beginning of the year 2019.  EPA-EFE/JENS KOEHLER Cañete, Altmaier to finalise German integrated energy and climate plan
epa07044406 A general view of the Rondon 2 shelter where hundreds of Venezuelans remain, in Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil, 24 September 2018. Around 230 Venezuelan refugees will be transfered to Curitiba and Porto Alegre tomorrow.  EPA-EFE/Joedson Alves Numbers of asylum seekers surge in Spain as Venezuelans take refuge in Europe 
p4-h_55277730 The EU, US, and 5G
epa07271640 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs of Italy Matteo Salvini attends a press conference at the Italian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, 09 January 2019. Salvini came to Warsaw at the invitation of the Polish Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski. The Italian politician also met with the leader of Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) Jaroslaw Kaczynski.  EPA-EFE/RADEK PIETRUSZKA POLAND OUT Salvini could make Italy the US’ indispensable partner in Western Europe
p24-h_54782591 Wasting waste and wasting an opportunity
p21c An American photographic journey

Kassandra

p24-h_54782591 Wasting waste and wasting an opportunity
h_55125995 Enlargement, going back to square one
epa05785791 European People's Party president Manfred Weber speaks during the second day of the 18th National Congress of the Party held at Caja Magica pavillion in Madrid, Spain, 11 February 2017. The congress runs from 10 to 12 February.  EPA/JUANJO MARTIN Did Weber unwittingly throw himself under the bus?
epa07493322 Chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier looks on during a press conference after the General Affairs Council on Article 50 in Luxembourg, 09 April 2019. Ministers will focus on the preparation for the European Council on Article 50 meeting held on 10 April.  EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND Merkel or Barnier?
epa07589302 Italian Deputy Premier and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini (C), attends an election campaign rally in Lecce, southern Italy, 21 May 2019. Matteo Salvini is campaigning for his right-wing Lega (League) party in the upcoming European election.  EPA-EFE/CLAUDIO LONGO An election different than any other before
p24 One debate, many questions
p24 A letter from Inge Gräßle
p24-still European Parliament election video campaign breaks taboos, smashes viewing records, and leaves Hollywood envious
(L-R) Frans Timmermans for the Party of European Socialists, Jan Zahradil for the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe, Violeta Tomic for the Party of the European Left, Bas Eickhout for the European Greens Party en Guy Verhofstadt for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe prior to the Maastricht Debate in Theater on the Vrijthof in Maastricht, The Netherland, 29 April 2019. The candidates for the presidency of the European Commission debate with each other in the run-up to the European elections.  EPA-EFE/MARCEL VAN HOORN Timmermans wins, Eickhout shines, Verhofstadt loses, in Maastricht debate
p24-h_55150290 Beyond China


EU National News

epa06479002 Deliveroo delivery service workers from Belgium and Netherlands protest against their working conditions, in Brussels, Belgium, 27 January 2018. Courier riders of food delivery service Deliveroo gathered protested against their working conditions.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Dutch government attempts to regulate gig labour market
epa05301842 Bank of England Governor Mark Carney delivers the Bank of England's quarterly Inflation report in London, Britain, 12 May 2016. Carney said that in the event of the UK voting to leave the EU this would have a negative impact on the UK economy and may further weaken the pound.  EPA/ANDY RAIN Search begins for Carney’s successor at the Bank of England
epa07524447 (FILE) - The Bank of England in London, Britain, 01 November 2018, reissued 24 April 2019. The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond will announce on 24 April 2019 the start of the process to appoint the next Governor of the Bank of England. The current Governor, Mark Carney, took up the role on 01 July 2013 and will step down on 31 January 2020.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN Bank of England holds rates while growth outlook deteriorates
epa07655404 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a reception with military honors at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 18 June 2019. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky met for bilateral talks.  EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN Merkel’s health scare in Berlin during Ukrainian premier visit
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 Sweden decides on whether to extradite Chinese official

World News

epa07655885 (FILE) - A person using Facebook on his phone at a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam, 28 November 2013 (reissued 18 June 2019). US social media giant Facebook announced on 18 June 2019 its plans for their cryptocurrency named Libra. It is scheduled to rolled out in 2020.  EPA-EFE/LUONG THAI LINH EU’s central bankers, regulators demand more info on Facebook’s cryptocurrency
epa06643521 Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) attend a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony for the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant via video link, at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, 03 April 2018. Putin arrived in Ankara on a two-day official visit at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The agenda includes Putin's participation in a trilateral meeting with Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to discuss settlement in Syria.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN POOL MANDATORY CREDIT Fears emerge about the safety of Turkey’s Russian-built nuclear power plant
chevron-kazakhstan-business-portfolio Kazakhstan abandons idea of building a fourth refinery
epa06832002 High-voltage electricity pilons are pictured at dusk near Paks, Hungary, 22 June 2018.  EPA-EFE/TAMAS SOKI HUNGARY OUT Construction of Hungary’s Paks-2 nuclear plant base begins
epa07455028 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) speaks near New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters (R) at the Emergency Meeting of Executive Committee to discuss the terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand; in Istanbul, Turkey, 22 March 2019. A gunman killed 50 worshippers at the Al Noor Masjid and Linwood Masjid in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15 March.  EPA-EFE/TOLGA BOZOGLU Erdogan calls for lower interest rates

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

10 Years of legally binding EU fundamental rights

By: Ivan Arjona-Pelado

Istanbul shows how democracy is won

By: Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

Enabling a Europe that protects through adequate investments

By: Denis Haveaux

From Versailles to the Euro

By: Robert Skidelsky

What Putin’s new citizenship initiative would mean for Ukraine

By: Igor Mantsurov

Do not sabotage the Spitzenkandidat system

By: Stergios Fotopoulos

Don’t underestimate the threat of Georgia’s “knight in shining armour”

By: Christina Pushaw

The world is running out of time

By: Bertrand Badré

Taking on Tehran

By: Richard N. Haass

China is courting disaster in Hong Kong

By: Minxin Pei

It’s high time for Plahotniuc to leave the scene

By: Kálmán Mizsei

Why economics must go digital

By: Diane Coyle

THE ENLARGEMENT MONITOR

epa07609919 European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (L) and EU commissioner for enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn (R) gives a press conference on EU enlargement Package 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, 29 May 2019. As enlargement discussions freeze, aspirants twist in the wind
h_55125995 Enlargement, going back to square one
epaselect epa07622002 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) and North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev (R) react after a joint press conference in Skopje, North Macedonia, 03 June 2019. Stoltenberg is on a two-day official visit to North Macedonia, which is expected to become the next country to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Zaev hints at early elections
epa07607385 Kosovo's police special unit secure the area near the village of Cabra, northern Kosovo, 28 May 2019. Two police officers were wounded as local Serbs resisted the major anti-smuggling operation, where dozens people were arrested in Serb dominated northern part of the country.  EPA-EFE/STRINGER Kosovo-Serbia relations again disrupted
epa07609923 European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (L) and EU commissioner for enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn (R) give a press conference on EU enlargement Package 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, 29 May 2019. EU enlargement Package annualy assess relations with Western Balkans and Turkey.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET EU Commission recommends opening accession talks for Albania and North Macedonia
web Borissov, Tsipras launch IGB pipeline in Bulgaria
epa07468431 (FILE) - Police officers of European Border and Coast Guard stand on duty, during the official launch of the European Border and Coast Guard, in Kapitan Andreevo Check Point, on the borders of Bulgaria with Turkey, 06 October 2016 (reissued 28 March 2019). To protect Europe's external borders, the EU's Frontex border patrol force is to be expanded to up to 10,000 troops by 2027, according to announcements by participants in the negotiations between EU states and the European Parliament on 28 March 2019.  EPA-EFE/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU Albania and European border agency begin first joint operations
epa07549945 Stevo Pendarovski (L), the candidate of the ruling Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) celebrates with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev (R) after declaring election victory in Skopje, North Macedonia, 05 May 2019. More than 1.8 million voters were eligible to choose between two candidates for a President of North Macedonia in the second round of elections.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI North Macedonia’s presidential election results calm West’s worries
epa07519436 A man casts his ballot during the first round of the presidential elections, at a polling station in Skopje, North Macedonia, 21 April 2019. More than 1.8 million people are elegible to vote in the North Macedonia presidential elections.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI North Macedonia’s presidential election heading to a runoff
epa07504695 Members of opposition VMRO DPMNE shout party slogans during the central electoral rally for the Presidential election, in front of the Government building in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia, 13 April 2019. The candidate of opposition VMRO DPMNE, Gordana Siljanovska will run for the presidential elections, scheduled for 21 April 2019.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute chills North Macedonia’s presidential election

As enlargement discussions freeze, aspirants twist in the wind epa07609919 European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (L) and EU commissioner for enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn (R) gives a press conference on EU enlargement Package 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, 29 May 2019.

Discussions in Luxembourg regarding EU enlargement in the Western Balkans made little headway this past week, despite the threat from

By Alec Mally Director for Global Economic Affairs at IPEDIS

Energy

energean-power-karish-fpso-fx-website Greece’s Energean, Israel’s INGL ink infrastructure hand over deal
epa06643521 Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) attend a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony for the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant via video link, at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, 03 April 2018. Putin arrived in Ankara on a two-day official visit at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The agenda includes Putin's participation in a trilateral meeting with Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to discuss settlement in Syria.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN POOL MANDATORY CREDIT Fears emerge about the safety of Turkey’s Russian-built nuclear power plant
epa07528936 (FILE) - A worker stands on a platform at the first pump station on Belarus territory of the Druzhba pipeline, near the village of Bobovichi, Belarus, 11 January 2007 (reissued 26 April 2019). According to media reports, oli delivery from Russia via the Druzhba pipeline has been interrupted due to an alleged pollution of the crude oil.  EPA-EFE/ANDREI LIANKEVICH KazTransOil and Transneft reach consensus for contaminated oil
web BatteRIes Europe wants EV jumpstart, carbon cuts
epa07488218 A Turkish airlines plane takes off from the new Istanbul Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 06 April 2019. Ataturk airport operations officially moved to the new Istanbul Airport on 05 April 2019. Moving took about 45 hours, with over 700 trucks involved.  EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN Rosneft to fuel Turkish Airlines planes in Russian airports
web Gazprom develops gas corridor in Russia to feed Nord Stream-2
chevron-kazakhstan-business-portfolio Kazakhstan abandons idea of building a fourth refinery
epa06832002 High-voltage electricity pilons are pictured at dusk near Paks, Hungary, 22 June 2018.  EPA-EFE/TAMAS SOKI HUNGARY OUT Construction of Hungary’s Paks-2 nuclear plant base begins
epa07017608 A general view of the wind farm 'Arkona' in the German Baltic Sea near the island of Ruegen, Germany, 13 September 2017. The currently largest wind farm in the Baltic Sea is in its final construction phase with 40 of the planned 60 wind turbines already built. The last turbine is expected to be installed by the end of October 2018. The wind park with a capacity of producing up to 385 megaWatts of electric power costs 1.2 billion euros. It is planned to start its electricity production at the beginning of the year 2019.  EPA-EFE/JENS KOEHLER Cañete, Altmaier to finalise German integrated energy and climate plan
KazMunaiGaz Kazakhstan to start exporting its gasoline to Central Asia

Internet & ICT

p4-h_55277730 The EU, US, and 5G
p13 The 5G development debate
p11-Simon-Murphy Simon Murphy: The businessman who believes the best AI on the market is Authentic Intelligence!
youtube-plans-launch-paid-channels IMG YouTube bans white supremacist content, removes thousands of channels from platform
epa07590393 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (L) speak to the new media after giving a classified intelligence briefings on Iran to members Congress at the Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 21 May 2019. The administration of President Trump briefed Congress on intelligence that has prompted the US military build up against reported Iranian threats in the Persian Gulf region.  EPA-EFE/ERIK S. LESSER US moves against intel-linked Chinese tech companies
huawei-microsoft-launch-smartphone-africa IMG Google cuts off Huawei
p4aa 5G supplier concerns remain issue of transatlantic tension
epa07469215 A Huawei logo is seen at Huawei headquarters' showroom in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, 28 March 2019.  EPA-EFE/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI Vodafone discovers hidden backdoors in Italy’s Huawei infrastructure
terms-and-condistions-900x588 We need to talk about terms and conditions
epa06819029 (FILE) - Visitors are reflected in a mirror with the Huawei company logo during the official launch event for the Huawei Mate 10 smartphone series in Munich, southern Germany, 16 October 2017 (reissued 18 June 2018). Chinese Telecommunications Company Huawei published an open letter addressed to Australian lawmakers on 18 June 2018, where it refused Australian government allegations that it poses security concerns, calling the comments 'ill-informed and not based on facts.' The Australian government is expected to ban the Chinese tech firm from bidding in the construction of the country's 5G networks over national security concerns, media reported. The concerns claim Huawei to be linked to the Chinese government, media added.  EPA-EFE/PHILIPP GUELLAND China dominance of 5G seen as a threat by British and American politicians

Faith and Religious Freedom

epa05775270 An exterior view of a building of the 'Scientology Kirche Hamburg e.V.' a branch of the Scientology church, in Hamburg, Germany, 06 February 2017. The organization, founded in 1954 by L. Ron Hubbard, has been observed for years by the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.  EPA/CARSTEN KOALL 10 Years of legally binding EU fundamental rights
p23-h_52765965 Russia convicts Crimean Tatar activists
p23-h_55141475 Most back church-state separation in Western Europe, despite paying church tax
p22-h_51822678 UN committee offers grim view Tajikistan’s human rights record
p22-h_54795669 Unfinished Gaudí landmark gets building permit after 137 years
p22VHCCI-temple-9 The first Hindu temple of Ireland
epa07479657 Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust, speaks during a Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to present the annual report of the EU Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (EUROJUST) at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 02 April 2019.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Eurojust breaks human trafficking ring
p23-h_55245148 Aung San Suu Kyi and Orbán find common ground in anti-Muslim stance
epa06196659 Gypsy pilgrims dance during the annual festival held in celebration of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary near the Catholic chapel of Szentkut in Csatka, 118 kms west of Budapest, Hungary, 09 September 2017 (issued 10 September). The Csatka Pilgrimage is the most important religious holiday of the Olah clan of the gypsy people living in the Carpathian Base.  EPA-EFE/Zoltan Balogh HUNGARY OUT ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET Potential inclusion of Roma and Traveller history education
p22ch_51835620 German Jews warned not to wear kippahs in public
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