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epa05234220 A picture made available on 29 March 2016 shows an oil well on the grounds of the Luetow petroleum production site on Usedom Island, Germany, 18 March 2016. The petroleum output has declined from 4,800 tons†(2014) to 3,600 tons (2015) as the crude oil sources in Western Pomerania are beginning to dry up. The company Engie (formerly known as Gaz de France) is producing oil at the drilling locations in Luetow and Mesekenhagen.  EPA/STEFAN†SAUER EU approves joint control over FHHGL by Brookfield and Engie
Jean-Claude Juncker, Doris Leuthard EU, Switzerland to link emissions cap and trade systems
epa06137737 A general view of the Tarajal border crossing between Spain and Morocco, where some 250 migrants unsuccessfully attempted to jump the border, in Ceuta, Spanish enclave in northern Africa, 11 August 2017. Spanish authorities closed the border crossing on 09 August, after hundreds of migrants forced their way across the border enmass. The border is expected to be closed for one week.  EPA/REDUAN Migrant arrivals fall in Italy, rise in Spain
epa06124635 Migrant ship 'Iuventa' from German NGO  Jugendrette arrives at the port of Trapani, after it was seized by Italian authorities, Trapani, Sicily island, southern Italy, 04 August 2017. The ship was seized, 03 August 2017, under the orders of prosecutor of Trapani for allegedly taking several migrants onboard who were accompanied by Libyan tugboats and not in immediate danger. Media outlets report that the Italian government states that the orders are being enforced to better regulate the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean as a large proportion of refugees from Libya are now rescued by private NGOs operating in the Mediterranean Sea.  EPA/GIANFRANCO CRISCENTI Italy ‘sees light’ at end of migrant tunnel
epa06064791 A general view of the 'Euro' sculpture in front of the old European Central Bank (ECB) building in Frankfurt Main, Germany, 04 July 2017. The Euro has enjoyed a consistent upwards trend for speculators in previous weeks with some media outlets attributing this to the victory of French President Emmanuel Macron in the French elections.  EPA/ARMANDO BABANI Germany sends ECB to European Court
01 Briefing: UK’s proposal for its customs relations with the EU
epa000494629 An aerial view of the British Army watchtower post  'Golf One Zero' at Preeve Keernan in South Armagh, Northern Ireland, Monday 01 August, 2005. The Northern Ireland-based battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment are to be disbanded as part of the Army response to the IRA ending its armed campaign.  EPA/PAUL MCERLANE The British government plans for hard border with the Republic of Ireland
epa05640771 Slovak Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport Peter Plavcan chairs the European Culture and Education ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 21 November 2016.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET A closer look at Slovakia’s Plavčan scandal
epa05942014 Andrej Babis, Slovak-born billionaire, Czech Finance Minister and leader of ANO movement, speaks to the media after a meeting with Czech President Milos Zeman at the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, 03 May 2017. Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka addressed issues related to his opponent, Finance Minister Andrej Babis, 02 April 2017, and announced that he would submit the resignation of his cabinet.  EPA/MARTIN DIVISEK Police call for Babiš, Faltýnek prosecution
epa01167426 An image showing Chinese Yuan (RMB), British Pound, Euro, and the US Dollar notes, Shanghai, China, 08 November 2007.  Comments made by top Chinese officials on the possibility of shifting some of the country's estimated 1.4 trillion USD foreign reserve into stronger currencies such as the euro triggered a sell-off in the dollar 07 November.  EPA/QILAI SHEN Politics boosts the Euro

EU National News

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epa05600525 YEARENDER 2016 JANUARY

Children Nor, Saleh and Hajaj Fatema from Syria sleep outside the Swedish Migration Board in Marsta, outside Stockholm, 08 January 2016. Sweden is preparing for the expulsion of up to 80,000 people whose asylum bids have been rejected, a cabinet member said 28 January 2016.  EPA/JESSICA GOW SWEDEN OUT Swedish opposition proposes paying migrants 30% less
epa05850954 Lodewijk Asscher of the PVDA reacts during election night in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 15 March 2017. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's center-right VVD party has won the most seats in the parliamentary elections according to the first exit polls.  EPA/BART MAAT Rudderless Netherlands? Interim government in crisis, new coalition not in sight
epa03038524 (FILE) A file photograph dated 03 May 2001 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (L) hosts a lunch meeting with former European Council President Goeran Persson, (R) and other European delegation members, in Pyongyang, North Korea. On 19 December 2011, North Korea announced the death of supreme leader Kim Jong Il and urged its people to rally behind his young son and heir-apparent, Kim Jong-un.  EPA/JONAS EKSTROMER SWEDEN OUT A Swedish take on North Korea
nokia-remains-profitable IMG The Finnish economy takes a dive for the first time since 2015

World News

epa06144815 Residents view damage caused by a mudslide in the suburb of Regent behind Guma reservoir, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 14 August 2017. According to news reports citing Sierra Leone's Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh, hundreds are feared dead with thousands displaced after a mudslide in heavy rains occured near Freetown.  EPA/ERNEST HENRY Freetown drowns in failed urban planning
epa06144547 US President Donald J. Trump makes a statement on the violence this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, at The White House in Washington, DC, USA, 14 August 2017. President Trump condemned white supremacists groups and announced that the US Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the incident where a car hit a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville on 12 August, killing one person and injuring 19.  EPA/Chris Kleponis / POOL Trump insists there are two sides to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia
epa06125845 Afghan families who were displaced from Khakrez district of Kandahar due to ongoing conflicts between Taliban and Govt. security forces, receive food ration distributed by the authorities, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 05 August 2017.  The government now controls less than 60 percent of Afghan territory amid gains for the Taliban, who governed the country for several years prior to the US invasion in October 2001.  EPA/MUHAMMAD SADIQ Taliban write to Trump about policy wrongs
epa06145286 Iranian lawmakers attend session of presenting the new government in Tehran, Iran, 15 August 2017.  Media reports state Rouhani on 15 August warned of the possibility that the Islamic Republic could pull out of a nuclear deal signed with the world's major powers within hours if the United States keeps on imposing new sanctions.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH Rouhani says Iran could restart nuke programme in hours, talks with Putin
epa05718761 A Serbs resident of the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica passes by a graffiti reading 'From here there is no way back' in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo, 15 January 2017. Several thousands of Serbs from Kosovo took part in the protest after a train travelling from Belgrade to Kosovska Mitrovica was prevented to enter into Kosovo by authorities. The train had 'Kosovo is Serbain' written in different languages on its coaches.  EPA/DJORDJE SAVIC Kosovo rejects Serbian proposal for partition, compromise

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

Values-based approaches are the gateway to legacies

By: Shanu Hinduja

The G20’s harmony without Trump

By: Jeffrey D. Sachs

Asia’s unhappy anniversary

By: Barry Eichengreen

Beware the ideas of May

By: Andy Carling

Permission-less innovation? Not in Europe!

By: Žiga Turk

Ban Heavy Fuel Oil in the Arctic

By: Ranulph Fiennes

The Macron Doctrine?

By: Zaki Laïdi

Death or democracy in Venezuela

By: Enrique ter Horst

East – West battle over workers’ pay

By: Martina Dlabajová

The ten commandments of Brexit negotiations

By: Mikuláš Dzurinda

Together we can further inspire young people to believe in their own innate creativity

By: Jeff Archambault

EU and BEREC celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution with increasing “nationalization” of the telecom industry.

By: John Strand


Britain wants Brexit talks to move to next phase epa06037875 British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis at a press conference at the end of a meeting with Michel Barnier (not seen), the EU Chief Negotiator of the Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50, dubbed the 'Brexit' at EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 19 June 2017. The first stage of the negotiations concerned the fate of European expatriates in the UK and Britons settled in Europe, the question of the Irish border and the 'financial regulation' between the UK and Europe. Negotiators agreed on dates, organisation and on priorities to achieve best possible outcome from Brexit talks.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Britain wants talks with the European Union to move on to the next phase of Brexit, as it sets out

By Beata Stur

Energy

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epa06146868 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and his Bolivian counterpart Fernando Huanacuni Mamani (L) attend for their meeting in Moscow, Russia, 16 August 2017. The meeting will be on Bolivian-Russian cooperation.  EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY Russia, Bolivia to boost joint gas, nuclear, renewables projects
epa05234220 A picture made available on 29 March 2016 shows an oil well on the grounds of the Luetow petroleum production site on Usedom Island, Germany, 18 March 2016. The petroleum output has declined from 4,800 tons†(2014) to 3,600 tons (2015) as the crude oil sources in Western Pomerania are beginning to dry up. The company Engie (formerly known as Gaz de France) is producing oil at the drilling locations in Luetow and Mesekenhagen.  EPA/STEFAN†SAUER EU approves joint control over FHHGL by Brookfield and Engie
Jean-Claude Juncker, Doris Leuthard EU, Switzerland to link emissions cap and trade systems
epa06145286 Iranian lawmakers attend session of presenting the new government in Tehran, Iran, 15 August 2017.  Media reports state Rouhani on 15 August warned of the possibility that the Islamic Republic could pull out of a nuclear deal signed with the world's major powers within hours if the United States keeps on imposing new sanctions.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH Rouhani says Iran could restart nuke programme in hours, talks with Putin
epa04978772 A worker walks next to the gas-compressor station in Mryn village, about 130 km of Kiev, Ukraine, 15 October 2015. Russia's state-run natural gas export monopoly, Gazprom, resumed deliveries to Ukraine after a 234-million-dollar prepayment, Gazprom's head Alexei Miller told journalists. 'Ukraine has requested the maximum supply regime of 114 million cubic metres per day,' Miller said, according to the Interfax news agency. Russia cut off its deliveries to Ukraine in July after the sides failed to agree on pricing, but a deal was clinched last month for supplies for the upcoming winter. Ukrainian state gas company Naftogaz agreed to buy the supplies for 232 dollars per thousand cubic metres between October 1 and March 31 - down from a contractual price of 251 dollars. Cash-strapped Ukraine has been heavily dependent on energy from Russia and is also a key transit country for gas to Western Europe. The European Union brokered the deal amid strains about the conflict in eastern Ukraine.  EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY US’ Russia sanctions undercut Gazprom’s Ukraine tariffs
photo-3 Germany’s RWE stays on track, records surge in profits
epa03275626 Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes Germany's former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (R) at an economic forum in St.Petersbur, Russia, 21 June 2012. Over 5,000 people from 87 countries participate in the St.Petersburg International Economic Forum from 21 to 23 June 2012.  EPA/DMITRY LOVETSKY / POOL Putin nominates German ex-chancellor Schroeder to Rosneft board
epa06115684 (FILE) - Pedestrians walk on a street past a large TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un broadcasting news of North Korea's latest missile launch, in Tokyo, Japan, 04 July 2017 (reissued 29 July 2017). According to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile into the East Sea on 28 July 2017, from the North's Jagang Province. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hailed the latest intercontinental ballistic missile test as a success claiming he could strike the entire continental US, state media reported.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA Mogherini convenes EU ambassadors over situation in North Korea
V14_1558_____________ Boosted by Iraqi oil, Russia’s Gazprom Neft net income up 23%

Internet & ICT

epa06115684 (FILE) - Pedestrians walk on a street past a large TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un broadcasting news of North Korea's latest missile launch, in Tokyo, Japan, 04 July 2017 (reissued 29 July 2017). According to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile into the East Sea on 28 July 2017, from the North's Jagang Province. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hailed the latest intercontinental ballistic missile test as a success claiming he could strike the entire continental US, state media reported.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA Mogherini convenes EU ambassadors over situation in North Korea
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 Russian deputy minister blacklisted in new EU sanctions over Siemens case
epa06117659 US Vice President Mike Pence (R) signs the guest book during a meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas (L) in Tallinn, Estonia, 30 July 2017. Vice President Mike Pence is in Estonia for the first stage of a three-country visit of Eastern Europe.  EPA/VALDA KALNINA US vice president Pence wants Patriot missiles in Estonia to deter Russia
epa06064534 Members of the audience are silhouetted against a presentation slide showsing the Bitcoin logo during the Interpol World Congress 2017 in Singapore, 04 July 2017. The congress runs from 04 to 07 July and features around 200 security exhibitors.  EPA/WALLACE WOON Crypto-Apocalypse: Bitcoin Cash and Vinnik’s arrest put blockchain back in the spotlight
epa06108560 A handout photo dated October 2016, made available by BMW Group showing a Mini Cooper D 3 door automobile of the latest generation. BMW Group, the owner of the Mini, on 25 July 2017 announced that a fully electric three-door version of Mini car will go into production in 2019. The drivetrain of the new battery-electric MINI, a variant of the brand's core 3 door model, will be built at the BMW Group's e-mobility centre at Plants Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria, Germany, before being integrated into the car at Plant Oxford in Britain. The Plant Oxford is the main production location for the MINI 3 door model.  EPA/BMW GROUP HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES BMW chooses UK over Germany to build new electric car
Google France battles for global enforcement of the “right to be forgotten” at the ECJ
5G declaration signing by Estonian minister Urve Palo in Tallinn, Estonia, 18 July 2017 5G network development on rails after EU-28 Tallinn declaration
epa04372343 Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, speaks to the media during a press conference about the marking the NETmundial Initiative launch, at the World Economic Forum headquarters in Cologny near Geneva, Switzerland, 28 August 2013. The "NETmundial Initiative for Internet Governance Cooperation and Development" aims to contribute to the broader international effort to advance multistakeholder Internet governance on the basis of the NETmundial principles articulated by an unprecedented multistakeholder conference.  EPA/MARTIAL TREZZINI (InCiSE) Index: UK and Estonia have the best civil service in Europe
9CC02B5C-74E3-4D6E-BD6D-FF459D5E100A_w974_n_s Three years on, damning report on Russia’s involvement in downing of MH17
h_53537289 Cybercriminals startle international community

From the NE Knowledge Network



Putin nominates German ex-chancellor Schroeder to Rosneft board epa03275626 Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes Germany's former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (R) at an economic forum in St.Petersbur, Russia, 21 June 2012. Over 5,000 people from 87 countries participate in the St.Petersburg International Economic Forum from 21 to 23 June 2012.  EPA/DMITRY LOVETSKY / POOL

Vladimir Putin has nominated former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to the board of its biggest oil producer Rosneft as an independent

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

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