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epa06880826 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gives a press conference at the end of the North Atlantic Council during a NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, 11 July 2018. NATO member countries' heads of states and governments gather in Brussels on 11 and 12 July 2018 for a two days meeting.  EPA-EFE/TATYANA ZENKOVICH NATO’s Stoltenberg asks for 2% after Trump tirade over defence spending
epa03824316 (FILE) A file photo dated 02 March 2012 shows the building of the European Central Bank (ECB) reflected in the Euro sign logo by artist Otmar Hoerl in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The eurozone pulled out of its longest-ever recession in the second quarter, powered ahead by a stronger-than-forecast pickup up in the region's two biggest economies - Germany and France, the European Union's statistics office Eurostat said 14 August 2013. The 17-member eurozone economy grew by 0.3 per cent in the three months to June after six consecutive quarters of contraction. This beat the forecasts of analysts, who had been expecting the currency bloc to expand by a slightly more modest 0.2 per cent. However, four eurozone states remain stuck in recession as their governments attempt to patch up state finances against the backdrop of fiscal austerity and high unemployment.  EPA/MAURITZ ANTIN Bulgaria commits to Banking Union to join the Eurozone
epa05832978 New opel cars in front of the factory building of the German Opel car company in Eisenach, central Germany, 06 March 2017. US company General Motors (GM) and French PSA Peugeot Citroen Group on 06 March announced that French automobile maker PSA has signed a deal with GM to buy their European branches Opel and Vauxhall. The deal is reported to be worth 1.3 billion euros.  EPA/FILIP SINGER Paris not ready for trade détente with Washington
container-line-shipping-companies-under-investigation IMG Investors flock to Eurozone bonds as US-China trade war escalates
epa06880409 German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, 11 July 2018. NATO countries' heads of states and governments gather in Brussels for a two-day meeting.  EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN BRUNA Merkel slams Trump over “total Russian control” jibe
epa06879705 US President Donald J. Trump attends a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (unseen) ahead of a NATO Summit, at the US Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, 11 July 2018.  NATO member countries' heads of states and governments gather in Brussels on 11 and 12 July 2018 for a two days meeting.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ At NATO summit, Trump renews criticism of European allies
epa06878462 Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (L) with British Prime Minister Theresa May (R) during a press conference at the Western Balkans Summit at Lancaster House in London, Britain, 10 July 2018. The UK is hosting the Western Balkans Summit in London 10 July.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN Theresa May regains political momentum as her proposal is seen as a “breakthrough”
epa06843545 First Vice-President of European Commission in charge of Better regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights, Dutch, Frans Timmermans, during the weekly college meeting of the European commission in Brussels, Belgium, 27 June 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Task Force says policy areas should be re-delegated to EU member states
epa06877488 European Union Council President Donald Tusk during a press briefing on NATO-EU Cooperation in Brussels, Belgium, 10 July 2018, ahead to NATO heads of state and government summit taking place on 11 and 12 July 2018.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Tusk slams Trump, says ‘US won’t get a better ally than the EU’
epa05997502 Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) and Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board, attends a hearing of the European Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) in Brussels, Belgium, 29 May 2017. Daghi attends the hearing to present and discuss the ECB's perspective on economic and monetary developments.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Draghi warns he will not adjust ECB policy to protect the Italian budget


EU National News

epa06662253 CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on 'Facebook: Transparency and Use of Consumer Data' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 11 April 2018. Zuckerberg is testifying before the second of two Congressional hearings this week regarding Facebook allowing third-party applications to collect the data of its users without their permission and for the company's response to Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.  EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW Facebook’s troubles over Cambridge Analytica data breach continue
Irish Senate The Irish Senate passes a bill banning Israeli settlement imports
epa06831774 Hundreds of people attend a protest against the judicial decision to grant the release on bail to the five men accused of gang raping a woman back in 2016, in the popularly know as the 'Manada' (wolfpack) case in Huelva, Spain, 22 June 2018. The verdict sentenced all five accused to nine years imprisonment for sexual abuse of a young woman during San Fermines fiestas back in 2016. The sentence has caused a national outrage and several protests against the judge's decision to not consider the act as a rape since, according to the sentence, there was no violence.  EPA-EFE/JULIAN PEREZ Spain to introduce “only yes is yes” sexual consent law
epa03262932 Jamie Dimon (C), chairman of the board, president and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., prepares to testify before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing about JP Morgan's massive trading losses in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 13 June 2012.  Those losses exceed 2 billion US dollars.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO Brexit could be “tough on the British people” says JP Morgan CEO
epa06738698 The logo of Air France-KLM is displayed during company shareholders General Assembly in Paris, France, 15 May 2018.  EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT KLM suspends Iran flights because of US sanctions, Air France continues

World News

epa06882590 President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili (L) and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (R) deliver a press statement during a two days NATO summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 12 July 2018. NATO countries' heads of states and governments gather in Brussels for a two-days meeting.  EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN BRUNA In snub to Russia, NATO confirms Georgia will eventually join the Alliance
Gazprom Uzbekistan Russia, Uzbekistan review gas field development
epa05843805 Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak (L),  Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya (C)  and AK Party provincial chairman Selim Temurci speak to media after Kaya arrved back from the Netherlands, at Ataturk airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 12 March 2017. Kaya was barred by police from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam on 11 March, after the Dutch government had denied landing rights to Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu who planned a speech at the consul's residence in Rotterdam. The incidents have led to a diplomatic row between the two countries, and protests by Turkish citizens in the Netherlands as well as in Turkey.  EPA/SEDAT SUNA Markets spooked by the appointment of Erdogan’s son-in-law as minister of finance
WEB Russia’s Gazprom, PetroVietnam to boost hydrocarbon exploration
epa06645217 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C), Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) shake hands during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, 04 April 2018. Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani are in Ankara for a trilateral meeting on the Syrian crisis.  EPA-EFE/TOLGA BOZOGLU Turkey vows to ignore sanctions against Iran

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

Global brands are driving revolutionary approaches to mining

By: Zuneid Yousuf

Is Cyber the Perfect Weapon?

By: Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

How to Resolve Europe’s Political Crisis Over Migration

By: Guy Verhofstadt

The Declaration of Independence in the Age of Trump

By: Sandeep Gopalan

US Supreme Court’s Cellphone Privacy Ruling is a Call to Action

By: Sandeep Gopalan

A Crisis of Ethical Leadership

By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

Putin Family Values

By: Robert Skidelsky

Merkel’s House Divided

By: Slawomir Sierakowski

Latin American states have failed to make their own EU, but they should keep trying

By: Leonardo González Dellán

EU’s soft power to improve human rights in Morocco

By: Willy Fautré

Economic and environmental aspects of security to take center stage in Berlin

By: Sofio Katsarava

The Unspoken Cost of Regulation

By: Daniel Schlaepfer




At NATO summit, Trump renews criticism of European allies epa06879705 US President Donald J. Trump attends a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (unseen) ahead of a NATO Summit, at the US Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, 11 July 2018.  NATO member countries' heads of states and governments gather in Brussels on 11 and 12 July 2018 for a two days meeting.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

As soon as he arrived in Brussels for the NATO two-day summit from Wednesday, US president Donald Trump said his efforts had

By Dan Alexe Contributing Editor, New Europe

Energy

Gazprom Uzbekistan Russia, Uzbekistan review gas field development
epaselect epa06880334 (L-R) Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald J. Trump (C) before the start of the North Atlantic Council round table during a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, 11 July 2018. NATO countries' heads of states and governments gather in Brussels for a two-day meeting.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET A torrent of accusations and acrimony mark first day of NATO summit
37858152625_b6dfbba5c2_o Exxon, Total get the green light for drilling off the Greek island of Crete
epa06865402 (FILE) -  A general view shows members of Parliament voting on a resolution on the integrity of the Commission?s appointment of its Secretary General at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 18 April 2018 (reissued 05 July 2018). Members of the European Parliament on 05 July 2018 oted to reject a copyright law which has to go back to tripartite disucssions.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER MEPs call for EU budget to do more for the climate
4 July 2018, Debate on the Future of Europe with national associations of local and regional authorities
Belgium - Brussels - July 2018 
© European Union / Fred Guerdin

Stefano BONACCINI, President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ, President of the Committee of the Regions

Nicolas LÉTÉ, Cabinet of the President at European Committee of the Regions

Markku MARKKULA, First Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions EU cities and regions call for new governance to tackle climate change
MedReg-85 Regulators push EuroMed gas infrastructure investments
WEB Russia’s Gazprom, PetroVietnam to boost hydrocarbon exploration
epa05267319 A general view of the construction site of the Belarusian nuclear power plant near the town of Ostrovets, some 180 km from Minsk, Belarus, 19 April 2016. The power plant project consists of two power plants, each capable of 1,200MW, that are currently under construction. The Belarus government expects the first unit to be commissioned at the end of 2018, and the second by July 2020.  EPA/TATYANA ZENKOVICH EU welcomes completion of Belarus NPP risk and safety assessments
WEB Nord Stream-2 negotiates with several Export Credit Agencies
epa06205881 A wind turbine, part of the Saint Nikola wind farm, stands in a field near the town of Kavarna, Bulgaria, 15 September 2017. Saint Nikola Wind Farm brings 156 megawatts of electricity. Bulgaria's largest wind farm was put into operation in 2010. The investment project is worth 270 million euros.  EPA-EFE/VASSIL DONEV EU group examines South East Europe’s renewable potential

Internet & ICT

epa06662253 CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on 'Facebook: Transparency and Use of Consumer Data' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 11 April 2018. Zuckerberg is testifying before the second of two Congressional hearings this week regarding Facebook allowing third-party applications to collect the data of its users without their permission and for the company's response to Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.  EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW Facebook’s troubles over Cambridge Analytica data breach continue
epa06738698 The logo of Air France-KLM is displayed during company shareholders General Assembly in Paris, France, 15 May 2018.  EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT KLM suspends Iran flights because of US sanctions, Air France continues
epa00950950 (FILES) - The file picture dated 29 April 2002 shows an employee of Salzgitter AG who handles molten iron at the company's furnace B in Salzgitter, Germany. Salzgitter, the maker of rolled steel and steel tubes, is to take over German industrial conglomerate Kloeckner-Werke for an undisclosed price, it was announced Thursday, 08 March 2007. Kloeckner-Werke, through its KHS unit, is one of the world's major makers of bottling and packaging equipment for factories. The Salzgitter company, said it had entered a contract with WCM Group to acquire 78 per cent of Kloeckner stock for a confidential price.  EPA/RAINER JENSEN  EPA/RAINER JENSEN EU to limit steel imports after US raised tariffs
epa06495181 A man enters the cabin of an Embraer E190-E2 commercial jet with a tiger design painted on its nose at the static display ahead of the Singapore Airshow at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore, 04 February 2018. The Singapore Airshow will take place from 06 to 11 February 2018 and will showcase aviation and defense technologies from around the world.  EPA-EFE/WALLACE WOON Boeing pairs with Embraer to balance the Airbus-Bombardier alliance
epa06603084 Members of Parliament vote on the Guidelines on the framework of future EU-UK relations at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 14 March 2018. The MEPs have signs reading '#allforjan' on the tables. In the afternoon the MEPs debate on the safety of journalists across the EU referring to the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER European Parliament to review copyright rules in September
STO01 - 20010412 - STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: A young Iranian child shouts slogans standing in front of a portrait of Maryam Rajavi (L) and Masoud Rajavi (R), leaders of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, as some 150 Iranian activists protest Thursday, 12 April 2001 in downtown Stockholm to protest what they claim a new wave of executions and arrests in their home country Iran. They carried signs with slogans like "EU: It's time to cut ties with the mullahs" and "We call for trial of the mullah criminal leaders by an international tribunal". EPA PHOTO PRESSENS BILD/HENRIK MONTGOMERY (FILM) Six arrested in Europe for alleged bomb plot against Iranian opposition in France 
ATH01 - 19980701 - ATHENS, GREECE : A Greenpeace activist holds a paper with a graph illustrating the high air pollution levels, during a happening organised by Greenpeace outside the Ministry of the Environment in Athens 01 July. Greenpeace staged a symbolic funeral of the "civillian who died of atmospheric pollution" and with the message "take the measures (against pollution) before they take us (into the coffin)", claimed the ministry should solve the atmospheric pollution problem immediately, as the high temperature in the city increases the pollution levels. EPA PHOTO/LOUISA GOULIAMAKI 15 Swedish private companies account for 8 % of Sweden’s decrease in GHG emissions since 2010
epa06679852 The Airbus logo is pictured next to the fin of a plane at the Airbus factory in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, northern Germany, 19 April 2018. Hamburg is one of the biggest Airbus plants with about 12,500 employees in 2017.  EPA-EFE/FOCKE STRANGMANN Airbus threatens to leave UK in case of no-deal Brexit
epa05673102 An US pilot taxis one of two F-35 Adir stealth jet fighters as they land at the Nevatim Air Force Base in the Negev desert, south of Beersheba, Israel, 12 December 2016. Two F-35 jets, nicknamed Adir or 'Mighty' are part of Israel's plans to acquire 50 planes by 2022.  EPA/JIM HOLLANDER US Senate prohibits sale of F-35s to Turkey
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Tusk slams Trump, says ‘US won’t get a better ally than the EU’ epa06877488 European Union Council President Donald Tusk during a press briefing on NATO-EU Cooperation in Brussels, Belgium, 10 July 2018, ahead to NATO heads of state and government summit taking place on 11 and 12 July 2018.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

European Council President Donald Tusk took US President Donald J. Trump to task on the eve of a key two-day NATO summit that

By Irene Kostaki Journalist, New Europe
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