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epa05889948 EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini (L) and other Foreign ministers during a press briefing at the 'supporting the future of Syria and the region conference' in Brussels, Belgium, 05 April 2017. Supporting the future of Syria is a two-day event, ministerial representatives from 70 delegations, including from the EU and the region but also the wider international community, the United Nations, major donors and civil society, humanitarian and development organisations, the conference will address the situation in Syria and the impact of the crisis in the region.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET EU-UN to co-chair Brussels conference on Syria
epa06154741 A train travelling to Belfast, Northern Ireland from Dublin, Republic of Ireland, passing through Newry in Northern Ireland, Britain, 21 August 2017 near the border with The Republic of Ireland. Britain?s decision to leave the EU means that the currently open border is a problem that the politicians are trying to resolve following Brexit in 2019.  EPA/AIDAN CRAWLEY The Irish deadlock pushes Brexit negotiations off track
epa06679422 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron (L) hold a press conference following a visit at the Humboldt Forum construction site in Berlin, Germany, 19 April 2018. The two leaders are meeting following Macron's delivery of an impassioned speech at the European Parliament on 17 April, in which he urged reforms to further bind EU member states together and to counter authoritarianism. The Humboldt Forum, to be located in the reconstructed Berlin City Palace, in German called the Berliner Schloss, will draw on the collections of other Berlin museums and is to become the world's pre-eminent museum dedicated to non-Western art.  EPA-EFE/CARSTEN KOALL / POOL Macron’s Eurozone agenda no longer has Merkel’s full backing
Parliamentarians 500 European MPs warn Trump against undermining the Iran nuclear deal
epa06677515 Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev (R) with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (L) attend a press conference in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) 18 April 2018. Mogherini arrived in Skopje after the European Commission recommended the opening of negotiations with FYROM for its integration in the EU.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Athens considers plans for July 2018 Macedonia/FYROM NATO accession unworkable
epa01483584 Commercial handout image released by Advalytix on 10 September 2008 showing an AmpliGrid AG480F1 uL reaction slide.
Advalytix Announces Study of Single Circulating Tumor Cells with the M.
D. Anderson Cancer Center
The Advalytix product team of Olympus is initiating a collaborative study with The University of Texas M. D.
Anderson Cancer Center to characterize circulating tumor cells in breast cancer patients. 
Advalytix is Olympus? worldwide competence centre for cell-based molecular biology, with a focus on single cell molecular diagnostics, and the miniaturization of diagnostic and biological tests for research and development. Advalytix products uniquely link imaging technologies such as microscopy with nucleic acid analysis, enabling turnkey solutions with optimized instruments and reagents. 

Contacts
Olympus Life Science Research Europa GmbH Dr. Wolfgang Mann, Ph.D., +49 (89) 579589-3547 Wolfgang.Mann@olympus-europa.com or In North America, contact Frank Feist, +1 (978) 405-2533 frank.feist@olympus.com  EPA/Advalytix EPA COMMERCIAL FEED EDITORIAL USE ONLY EU-funded cancer research team achieves breakthrough discovery in Brussels
epa05177065 Participants attend a German language course of the 'Fluechtlingsprojekt Ute Bock' (Refugees project Ute Bock) in Vienna, Austria, 23 February 2016. The non-governmental organization of Ute Bock offers German language courses, run by voluntary teacher, for up to 600 asylum seekers. Most of them are from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.  EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA  EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA EU granted asylum to more than half a million refugees in 2017
epa06057488 European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom (L) listens to Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (R) at the start of their meeting as a part of the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations at Iikura guest house in Tokyo, Japan, 30 June 2017.  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON / POOL EU clears landmark trade agreement with Japan
epa04038079 A passerby looks at Mini vehicles through the window of a car showroom in central London, Britain, 23 January 2014. According to trade body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, car production in Britain is at its highest level since 2007.  EPA/ANDY RAIN European Commission braces for hard Brexit
zammar German citizen involved in 9/11 captured in Syria


EU National News

epa06587914 A man holds a picture of Spanish late prisoner Xabier Rey who was found dead on 06 March after allegedly committing suicide at the Puerto III penitentiary center in Cadiz, during a protest in his honor in Pamplona, Navarra, northern Spain, 07 March 2018. Rey was sentenced to 26 years on 2008 for being involved in Basque terrorist group ETA.  EPA-EFE/JDIGES ETA apologises to its victims
epa04779622 French energy group Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 26th World Gas Conference (WGC) in Paris, France, 02 June 2015. The WGC runs from 01 to 05 June and gathers the world gas market leaders.  EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT Total agrees to buy Direct Energie
Maros Sefcovic, Commission Vice-President for Energy sits on the green sofa symbol of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Meeting in Federal German Foreign Office (Auswaertiges Amt) , in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday, March 17, 2018. Šefčovič: Blockchain to empower energy consumers
epa06565548 Affected children receive treatment after a gas attack on al-Shifunieh village, in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, 25 February 2018 (issued 26 February 2018). According to activists working in the area, more than 18 people were affected by poisenous gas, and one child was killed, during an attack on the village of al-Shifunieh. Government forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are currently conducting an air and ground offensive in Eastern Ghouta. The offensive was initiated soon after the United Nations passed a resolution calling for a 30-day cessation of hostilities in Syria.  EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED BADRA Three Belgian companies in court over chemical exports to Syria
epa06622839 A view of a mural depicting Italian politicians 5-Stars Movement leader Luigi di Maio (L) kissing Lega leader Matteo Salvini, painted on a wall in Rome, Italy, 23 March 2018. The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the anti-migrant, euroskeptic 'League' party were the big winners of the 04 March 2018 general election, which produced a hung parliament.  EPA-EFE/Massimo Percossi Italy’s 5-Star tells Lega to drop Berlusconi

World News

epa06681081 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gestures during a joint news conference with his Austrian counterpart Karin Kneissl (not pictured) following their meeting in Moscow, Russia, 20 April 2018. Kneissl is in Moscow to discuss bilateral ties.  EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Syria to get Russian S-300 missiles, says Lavrov ahead of meeting with UN envoy
epa06057317 Chairman of Gazprom management Committee Alexei Miller attends an annual Gazprom shareholders meeting in Moscow, Russia, 30 June 2017. Russian energy giant Gazprom reported annual achievements for its shareholders.  EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Gazprom, Saudi Aramco to boost cooperation
epa06636097 UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov enter a hall before their news conference in Moscow, Russia, 29 March 2018.  EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV UN Syria envoy to meet Lavrov in Moscow on Friday
epa06676144 (FILE) - CIA Director Mike Pompeo appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of State, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 12 April 2018 (reissued 18 April 2018). Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang over Easter weekend for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to prepare for direct talks between US President Donald Trump and Kim, US media report.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS CIA lays groundwork for Trump-Kim meeting
epa05852051 A handout photo made available by the Turkish President Press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to supporters during the opening ceremony for various facilities in Sakarya city, Turkey, 16 March 2017. In his address to the crowd, Erdogan commented on the outcomes of the Dutch general elections. Turkish politicians have sought to hold referendum campaign events in several countries abroad. A Turkish constitutional referendum is due to be held on 16 April 2017. Voters are to decide on whether to replace the parliamentary system with a presidential system that would give widespread powers to President Erdogan.  EPA/TURKISH PRESIDENT PRESS OFFICE HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES Turkey could go to the polls, making Erdogan even stronger

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

BEREC’s net neutrality process is a black box

By: John Strand

Don’t worry – the rest of the world still believes in free trade

By: Leonardo González Dellán

Distorted energy efficiency

By: Adam Gierek

Trump, Syria, and the Threat of Region-Wide War

By: Fawaz A. Gerges

What’s Been Stopping the Left?

By: Dani Rodrik

Italian Politics and Europe’s Future

By: Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Central-Bank Song Remains the Same

By: Paola Subacchi

Sustaining Progress in Transition Countries

By: Cihan Sultanoğlu

Breaking the Brexit Stalemate

By: Guy Verhofstadt

China’s Bold Energy Vision

By: Jeffrey D. Sachs

Crisis, Rinse, Repeat

By: J. Bradford DeLong

Saudi Arabia’s Perilous Pivot

By: Shlomo Avineri


EU clears landmark trade agreement with Japan epa06057488 European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom (L) listens to Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (R) at the start of their meeting as a part of the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations at Iikura guest house in Tokyo, Japan, 30 June 2017.  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON / POOL

Cheaper Japanese cars and European cheese are on the way as the EU’s trade agreement after the European Commission announced on April

By Irene Kostaki Journalist, New Europe

Energy

epa04168159 (FILE) A file photo dated 07 January 2009 showing a worker at the gas pipeline in Hermanowice Gas Distribution and Measurement Station in Hermanowice, south-east Poland. German RWE company announced on 15 April 2014, that as first company in the European Union, they will deliver gas to the Ukraine, which has been facing hefty price hikes for Russian gas. The gas is being pumped to the Ukrainian state-owned Naftogaz company via pipelines in Poland.  EPA/DARIUSZ DELMANOWICZ MEPs to start negotiations with Council on safe gas supply for EU
epa04779622 French energy group Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 26th World Gas Conference (WGC) in Paris, France, 02 June 2015. The WGC runs from 01 to 05 June and gathers the world gas market leaders.  EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT Total agrees to buy Direct Energie
epa06057317 Chairman of Gazprom management Committee Alexei Miller attends an annual Gazprom shareholders meeting in Moscow, Russia, 30 June 2017. Russian energy giant Gazprom reported annual achievements for its shareholders.  EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Gazprom, Saudi Aramco to boost cooperation
Maros Sefcovic, Commission Vice-President for Energy sits on the green sofa symbol of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Meeting in Federal German Foreign Office (Auswaertiges Amt) , in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday, March 17, 2018. Šefčovič: Blockchain to empower energy consumers
epa06600430 Some of the 46 wind turbines are pictured at the Gouda wind farm some 150km from Cape Town, Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa, 13 March 2018.  The 138MW  wind-farm cost R2.7 billion (199 million US dollars) and was brought online in early September 2015 and is capable of powering 200,000 households per year or 400 gigawatt hours of electricity. The Gouda Wind Farm will avoid the emission of 406 million metric tons of CO2 per year of equivalent power produced from a coal fired power plant.  EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK IRENA calls for six-fold increase of global renewable energy adoption
epa03754096 An image dated 14 March 2013 and made available 21 June 2013 showing the facilities of the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA) on the island of Revithousa, Greece. SOCAR, the Azeri state energy company, said it has reached an agreement with Greek authorities to buy 66 per cent in DESFA, Azeri News Agency said on 21 June 2013.  EPA/ALEXANDROS VLACHOS Snam-Enagas-Fluxys consortium submits higher bid for Greece’s DESFA
epa06674677 A general view shows the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 17 April 2018. French President Emmanuel Macron delivered on the dayt a speech about the future of the European Union with the Members of Parliament.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER MEPs want smarter, more energy-efficient buildings by 2050
epa06674185 French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 17 April 2018. Macron is in Strasbourg to debate the future of the European Union with the Members of Parliament.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER Macron calls for climate and energy sovereignty
DSC_0010 EU clears acquisition of Eurogrid by Elia, both of Belgium
epa06014755 (FILE) - A ferry ship of Scandlines passes the Baltic sea beach near Rostock-Warnemuende, Germany, 23 March 2015 (reissued 07 June 2017). According to reports, Scandlines on 07 June 2017 reported it was evacuating all its ferries in Danish town Rodby due to a telephone threat and has suspended all services.  EPA/BERND WUESTNECK  GERMANY OUT EU action reduces pollution from shipping, report shows

Internet & ICT

epa06565548 Affected children receive treatment after a gas attack on al-Shifunieh village, in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, 25 February 2018 (issued 26 February 2018). According to activists working in the area, more than 18 people were affected by poisenous gas, and one child was killed, during an attack on the village of al-Shifunieh. Government forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are currently conducting an air and ground offensive in Eastern Ghouta. The offensive was initiated soon after the United Nations passed a resolution calling for a 30-day cessation of hostilities in Syria.  EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED BADRA Three Belgian companies in court over chemical exports to Syria
epa03478086 Dianthuses are laid in remembrance by the roadside at the scene of an accident on the A5 Autobahn near Offenburg, Germany, 19 November 2012. Six people died on 18 November 2012 after a head-on high-speed crash between a minivan and a car that was driving the wrong way along a fog-shrouded highway.  EPA/PATRICK SEEGER Don’t floor it: European-wide speed check operation on Wednesday
How-Hackers-Find-Your-Ecommerce-Website US and UK issue warning about Russia cyberattacks
p4 Europe’s privacy culture
epa02125140 A member of the crisis committee of the German air traffic control shows a map with the flight movements over Germany in Langen, Germany, 20 April 2010. The committee decides about the ban on flying in the German air space and about visual flight rules flights after the volcanic eruption on Iceland. The air traffic control confers with experts of the German Transport Ministry, the German Weather Service, the Federal supervision department for flight security and Eurocontrol.  EPA/MARIUS BECKER / POOL Eurocontrol warns airlines of risks due to possible missile strikes into Syria
epa06658898 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) give a joint press conference following their meeting in Berlin, Germany, 10 March 2018. The bilateral talks focus on the situation in eastern Ukraine, the status of the Minsk agreements, economic and other bilateral issues.  EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER Merkel: Nord Stream 2 not possible without clarity for Ukraine
epa06658931 (L-R) European Commissioner in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen, EU Commissioner in charge of Internal Market, Industry, Elzbieta Bienkowska, EU Commissioner responsible for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and  Pier Luigi Gilbert, the CEO of the European Investment Fund (EIF), attend a media conference on the launch of VentureEU, a Pan-European Venture Capital Funds-of-Funds programme, in Brussels, Belgium, 10 April 2018. The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have launched the VentureEU programme to boost investment in innovative start-up and scale-up companies across Europe. The funds are aiming to raise up to 2.1 billion euros of public and private investment.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET EU Commission and EIF create venture capital fund to support innovative companies
epa06399734 (FILE) - An Uber app on a mobile telephone in central London, Britain, 22 September 2017 (reissued 20 December 2017). The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 20 December 2017 ruled that member states of the European Union (EU) can regulate the ride-sharing application Uber as a taxi service.  EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER Uber loses against France in EU Court of Justice
MOS09 - 20000731 - BALTIYSK, KALININGRAD REGION, RUSSIAN FEDERATION : A Russian navy patrol ship shoots during the celebrations of Navy day in Baltiysk on the Baltic sea, 30 July 2000. Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in the navy parade. EPA PHOTO EPA/STRINGER/yk/bw Russian rocket tests force closing of Baltic Sea airspace
epa06489795 The logo of the Eurostar train arriving at Rotterdam Central Station, The Netherlands, 01 February 2018. Train manufacturer Siemens and Dutch train company NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) are conducting tests on the service that will make the connection between Amsterdam, Brussels and London. The passenger service is expected to be launched in late 2018, according to reports.  EPA-EFE/LEX VAN LIESHOUT Eurostar starts direct link from London to Amsterdam

From the NE Knowledge Network



UN Syria envoy to meet Lavrov in Moscow on Friday epa06636097 UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov enter a hall before their news conference in Moscow, Russia, 29 March 2018.  EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks with Staffan de Mistura, the United Nation’s Syria peace envoy, on Friday,

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

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