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epa05889509 Gabi Zimmer, President of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) political group of European Parliament, delivers her speech using sign language during a meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 05 April 2017. The parliament is holding a key debate on Brexit negotiations.  EPA/PATRICK SEEGER GUE/NGL warns Austrian election must be final ‘wake-up’ for EU elite
epa06268853 Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter Szijjarto (L) at the start of the Foreign Affairs council meeting in Luxembourg, 16 October 2017. Ministers will have a discussion on Iran and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and will address the situation in the Korean peninsula, in view of the recent provocations of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).  EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND Why Hungary might boycott EU actions on Ukraine
lufthansa-not-interested-intaking-stake-alitalia IMG Lufthansa eyes Alitalia
epa05318455 European Central Bank President Mario Draghi (2-R) talks with US Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen (2-L) and US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (R) and President of the Deutsche Bundesbank Jens Weidmann during a group photo session of the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting at Akiu in Sendai, Miyai Prefecture, northern Japan, 20 May 2016. The G7 meeting is held 20 and 21 May 2016.  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA The economy grows, wages stagnate
epa02333794 An undated handout picture made available on 13 September 2010 shows Paul Lester in front of a Greenergy truck in London, Britain. Petrol, diesel and biofuel supplier Greenergy announced on 13 September 2010 that Lester is to become its new Chief Executive on first October 2010.  EPA/NEWSCAST/HANDOUT  EDITORIAL USE ONLY EU clears the acquisition of Inver by Greenergy
Commission Vice-President for Energy Union, Maroš Šefcovic, left, talks to Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, right, during the Memorandum Signature ceremony, in the CESEC high level conference in Bucharest, Romania, 28 september 2017. EU prepares for COP23 climate talks
epa05894860 Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond arrives for the Informal Meeting of Economic and Financial Affairs Ministers (ECOFIN) at the Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta, Malta, 07 April 2017. The informal meeting of EU Finance Ministers, taking place every six months according to the rotating Presidency of the EU Council, runs from 07 to 08 April. Malta took over the EU Presidency on 01 January 2017.  EPA/DOMENIC AQUILINA Hammond in trouble for calling the EU “the enemy”
epa06268151 French President Emmanuel Macron (R) is interviewed on prime time at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 15 October 2017.  EPA-EFE/PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL MAXPPP OUT France tries to save Iran deal
h_53821773 Philippines president attacks EU
p3QBA_2858 Europe mounts digital offensive

EU National News

epa05985696 French junior minister in charge of gender equality Marlene Schiappa arrives at the Elysee Palace for a cabinet meeting in Paris, France, 24 May 2017.  EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT France to crack down on catcalling
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
epa05097179 Catalonian president-elect Carles Puigdemont arrives at the plenary hall of Girona City Hall, where he has resigned his post as the city mayor during a extraordinary plenary session, in Girona, Catalonia, northeastern Spain, 11 January 2016.  EPA/DAVID BORRAT Catalonia steps closer to direct rule
epa05014264 (FILE) A file photo dated 16 March 2013 showing the old town, 'Gamla Stan', in Stockholm, Sweden, with the German Church at center and the Royal Palace on background, as seen from Soedermalm suburb. Media reports 06 November 2015 state concerns of a possible housing bubble in Sweden are getting stronger following Sweden's central bank, Riksbank, recently deciding to keep interest rates at a record low -0.35 per cent. Low rates have fuelled demand for borrowing, leading to property prices climbing at a higher speed, especially in the Stockholm region. In the last 10 years, house prices in Sweden have doubled. In 2015, the house prices rise was at some 14 per cent, while prices for apartments have climbed even faster.  EPA/MAURITZ ANTIN Sweden’s housing bubble to pop
epa05530866 Workers unload pipes for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), in Spitalle, Albania, 08 September 2016. TAP is a natural gas pipeline project which will start in Greece and cross Albania and the Adriatic Sea to end in southern Italy bringing gas from the Caspian region to European markets.  EPA/ARMANDO BABANI TAP wraps up pipe deliveries to Albania, Greece, Italy

World News

epa06262727 YEARENDER 2017 SEPTEMBER 
Rohingya Refugees carry an old man towards the shore of Naf river as people arrive by boats, in Teknaf, Bangladesh, 13 September 2017. Many of the Rohingya fleeing the violence in Myanmar had travelled by boat to find refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh.  EPA-EFE/ABIR ABDULLAH How to solve the Rohingya drama
epa06268633 Two banners are seen on an unfinished building showing propaganda for the coming 19th National Congress with the words 'Unswervingly adhere and improve the leadership of the party, 'Unswervingly promote the great construction of the party' in Beijing, China, 16 October 2017. The Communist Party of China (CPC) is making preparations for the five-yearly 19th National Congress scheduled to begin Unswervingly adhere and improve the leadership of the party on 18 October.  EPA-EFE/WU HONG China’s Communist Party plays cupid
epa06269386 Iraqi federal police forces advance into central Kirkuk city, northern Iraq, 16 October 2017. Media reports state that the Iraqi military troops took over large areas from Kurdish Peshmerga militants without fighting, while an Iraqi military source announced that the Iraqi forces took several positions south of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces, including the North Gas Company station, a nearby processing plant and the industrial district south of the city. Thousends of Kurds families left the city due the fighting between Shiite militias and groups of Kurdish gunmen in southern the city, a local official said.  EPA-EFE/MURTAJA LATEEF Iraqi troops advance on Kurdish-controlled oil fields in Kirkuk
epa05709374 (FILE) - The assembly hall in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, 28 January 2016 (reissued 10 January 2017). The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France on 10 January 2017 ruled that parents of a Muslim girl living in Switzerland are obliged to send her to mixed swimming lessons, according to reports.  EPA/PATRICK SEEGER Russia to reject European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) if not allowed to select judges
epa04978771 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 Ukraine’s Naftogaz procurs 17.5 bcm of gas in 9 months

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

‘The Tinder Gap’

By: Alexander Anghelou

The disunited states of American gun control

By: Jeffrey D. Sachs

Republicans’ responsibility for gun violence

By: Yasheng Huang

The time has come to stop the biannual clock change

By: Pavel Svoboda

A Spanish disquisition

By: Victor Lapuente Giné

A world without exhaust pipes

By: Monica Araya

Are Internet companies complicit in promoting hateful and harmful content?

By: Hany Farid

Let the Stars Shine: untold stories

By: Lambert van Nistelrooij

The Chimera of Franco-German Reform

By: Hans-Helmut Kotz

Brexit hysteria on both sides of the political divide is unnecessary; it is time to negotiate a deal that works for everyone

By: John Caudwell

Europe is like the latest Airbus without the proper landing gear

By: Lambert van Nistelrooij

Welcome to Batumi, centerpiece of Georgia’s fight against a post-Soviet legacy

By: Tinatin Khidasheli


EU assists stabilisation of Iraq epa05265040 Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy speaks to media prior to the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg, 18 April 2016. Ministers will focus on External aspects of migration and EU regional strategy for Syria, Iraq and the Daesh threat.  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

To support Iraq after the liberation of areas held by Islamic State (known also by its Arabic acronym Da’esh), the

By Beata Stur

Energy

epa02333794 An undated handout picture made available on 13 September 2010 shows Paul Lester in front of a Greenergy truck in London, Britain. Petrol, diesel and biofuel supplier Greenergy announced on 13 September 2010 that Lester is to become its new Chief Executive on first October 2010.  EPA/NEWSCAST/HANDOUT  EDITORIAL USE ONLY EU clears the acquisition of Inver by Greenergy
Commission Vice-President for Energy Union, Maroš Šefcovic, left, talks to Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, right, during the Memorandum Signature ceremony, in the CESEC high level conference in Bucharest, Romania, 28 september 2017. EU prepares for COP23 climate talks
epa05530866 Workers unload pipes for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), in Spitalle, Albania, 08 September 2016. TAP is a natural gas pipeline project which will start in Greece and cross Albania and the Adriatic Sea to end in southern Italy bringing gas from the Caspian region to European markets.  EPA/ARMANDO BABANI TAP wraps up pipe deliveries to Albania, Greece, Italy
epa04978771 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 Ukraine’s Naftogaz procurs 17.5 bcm of gas in 9 months
epa06268151 French President Emmanuel Macron (R) is interviewed on prime time at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 15 October 2017.  EPA-EFE/PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL MAXPPP OUT France tries to save Iran deal
12.10.2017 - Helsinki, Finland - EC VP Maros Sefcovic (center) listens at participants speeches during the round table on the topic of the Energy Union Finland-Estonia gas pipe to diversify EU supplies away from Russia
epa05940986 Carlo Calenda, Italian Minister of Economic Development, during a press conference after the Council of Ministers meeting at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, 02 May 2017.  EPA/Massimo Percossi Italy’s new energy strategy to cut gas prices
epa06016479 European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic, stands at EU booth showing the achievements of EU cooperation funded by Horizon 2020 at Clean Energy Technology Exhibition in Beijing, China, 08 June 2017. Four EU energy projects are presented at the EU booth including Esprit, Nobelgrid, Powerkite and Waveroller, also the model of the Solar Impulse plane on shown at booth.  EPA/WU HONG EU, Finland focus on Energy Union, innovation, climate
epa06171666 (FILE) - Exterior view of a building with the Siemens logo in the locality of Siemenstadt in Berlin, Germany, 30 January 2017 (reissued 30 August 2017). German industrial group Siemens on 30 August 2017 announced it was acquiruinng Dutch self-driving software company Tass International. The move comes to strengthen Siemens' automotive sector by buying a leader in software that can be used in autonomous driving.  EPA-EFE/FELIPE TRUEBA EU Commission clears JV creation by AES and Siemens
epa05170388 Electrical car Renault ZOE of the Energy and Water Supply Bruchsal GmbH (EWB) being charged in Bruchsal, Germany, 19 February 2016. On the car, the words 'elektro Mobilit‰t' (lit. 'electronic mobility') can be read. On 19 February 2016, the economical region of Bruchsal received the promotion notices for the E-Carsharing project.  EPA/ULI DECK EU strives for highly energy efficient buildings, electro-mobility by 2050

Internet & ICT

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
epa05614716 (FILE) A file picture dated 17 April 2015 shows a Facebook sign at the German Facebook headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. Social media giant Facebook on 02 November 2016 posted for its Q3 of 2016's adjusted earnings of 1.09 US dollars per share on revenue of some seven billion US dollars and an advertising revenue of 6.82 billionUS dollars, outperfoming analysts' expectations.  EPA/DANIEL REINHARDT Will the EU protect itself from Russian ad abuse on Facebook?
epa06112165 European Union (EU) Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker waits to greet Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (not seen) ahead of a meeting at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 27 July 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Juncker insists on Romania and Bulgaria entering Schengen in EU State of Union address
epa06174343 A Romanian boy plays with water at a public fountai, in front of Catholic cathedral St. Michael, Cluj Napoca city, 450 Km north-west from Bucharest, Romania, 31 August 2017. Cluj is hosting all basketball matches for group C during the FIBA 2017 EuroBasket Championships  EPA-EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania water quality improved, but more funds still needed: EU Auditors
03_Panopticon Privacy International: 21 EU member states violate the e-privacy directive

From the NE Knowledge Network



Commission calls for the completion of Banking Union by 2018 epa06258734 European Commission Vice-President in charge of the euro and social dialogue Valdis Dombrovskis gives a press conference  in Brussels, Belgium, 11 October 2017. The EU Commission on 11 October 2017 called for the completion of all parts of the Banking Union by 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET

The formation of the European Union’s Banking Union will be accelerated to make the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) more

By Beata Stur

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