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epa05030548 (FILE) A file picture dated 06 February 2012 shows an Air France plane after taking off from the airport of Montpellier, France. Two Air France planes travelling from the United States to Paris were diverted on 17 November 2015 for security reasons, airport officials said. The first plane had departed from Los Angeles and landed safely  in Salt Lake City, Utah. The second plane, carrying 262 people, had set off from Washington DC and landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Canada. Passengers were removed from the planes, and both aircraft were being inspected by security officials.  EPA/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO Air France ignores union objections to appoint first foreign CEO since 1933
epa06865263 Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt arrives at Westminster Abbey for a service to mark seventy years of the NHS in London, Britain, 05 July 2018. The National Health Service is 70 on 05 July 2018.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN No deal Brexit a mistake to “regret for generations” Hunt says
epa06951547 A view of the collapsed Morandi bridge the day after the disaster in Genoa, Italy, 15 August 2018. People living in the buildings in the area have been evacuated following the collapse of a section of the Morandi bridge because there is a risk the other parts of the bridge could fall. The death toll for Tuesday's highway-bridge-collapse disaster has risen to 39, according to reports on 15 August, and the Italian Government will proclaim national mourning for the Genoa tragedy.  EPA-EFE/LUCA ZENNARO Italians wonder whom to blame for Morandi Bridge collapse
Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy Union during a press conference after trilateral gas talks with Russian and Ukrainian delegation in Berlin, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. EIB finances electricity link between Norway and Germany
epa06150304 (FILE) - Chief political strategist and senior counselor for US President-elect Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, makes a phone call outside Trump Tower, in New York, New York, USA, 09 December 2016 (reissued 18 August 2017). According to media reports on 18 August 2017, Bannon no longer serves as White House Chief Strategist for US President Donald J. Trump.  EPA/Aude Guerrucci  / POOL Bannon’s ambitions for the 2019 European elections
epa06849216 Crew members of the search and rescue vessel 'Aquarius' of NGO 'SOS Mediterranee' wave from the ship's bow as the vessel arrives in the port of Marseille, France, 29 June 2018. The 'Aquarius' arrives in the port for a five-days stop and check up after rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea.  EPA-EFE/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO Aquarius docks in Malta
epa06738698 The logo of Air France-KLM is displayed during company shareholders General Assembly in Paris, France, 15 May 2018.  EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT Air France-KLM shares nosedive amid impending strike
epaselect epa06948562 Police respond to an incident involving a car outside Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, 14 August 2018. According to reports, a car hit the barriers outside the building, injuring at least two people.  EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER Terrorism related incident in London
epa06800823 A handout photo made available by the NGO 'SOS Mediterranee' shows the sea rescue of a total of 629 migrants on 10 June 2018 (issued 11 June 2018). A total of 629 migrants were rescued and taken to the 'Aquarius' boat, chartered by NGOs 'SOS Mediterraneee' and 'Doctors without borders'. The ship was denied access to ports in Italy and Malta. Spain's Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, authorized on 11 June 2018 the landing of the ship at Valencia's port to avoid an humanitarian catastrophe.  EPA-EFE/Kenny Karpov HANDOUT HANDOUT/EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES Italy, Malta, Spain, Gibraltar deny docking to rescue boat Aquarius
epa02497913 Local residents walk across a footbridge while beneath floating ice accumulates on the banks of Vistula River in Plock, Poland, 16 December 2010.  Although the water level has stopped rising there remains a flood alert in place in Plock.  EPA/Piotr Piotrowski POLAND OUT EU supports Polish support for heat and power plant in Plock


EU National News

epa06588707 Former Italian Prime Minister and Secretary of  the Italian party 'Partito Democratico' (PD / Democratic Party), Matteo Renzi, speaks during the Italian Rai TV program 'Porta a porta' in Rome, 10 January 2018. Seen on a screen behind him is a portrait of anti-establishment Five Star Movement candidate Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio.  EPA-EFE/ANGELO CARCONI Former PM Renzi embroiled in blame game following deadly bridge collapse
epa05364073 Members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community and other Non-Governmental organistation holds placard and shouts slogans as they condemn the recent attack of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando on 12 June, in Bangalore, India, 14 June 2016. At least 49 people were killed and 53 were injured in a shooting attack in the early hours of 12 June. The shooter, Omar Mateen, 29, a US citizen of Afghan descent, was also killed in an exchange of fire with police after taking hostages at the club, taking the total death toll to 50.  EPA/JAGADEESH NV Austria rejects Afghan’s asylum request over appearance
epa06948868 Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner and the National Lead for Counter Terrorism Policing in the UK Neil Basu addresses the media outside New Scotland Yard, Central London, Britain, 14 August 2018.  At least two people have been injured after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament on 14 August 2018, Scotland Yard say.  EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER UK parliament terrorism suspect a 29-Year-Old British citizen
epa06948840 A large section of the Morandi viaduct upon which the A10 motorway runs collapsed in Genoa, Italy, 14 August 2018. Both sides of the highway fell. Around 10 vehicles are involved in the collapse, rescue sources said Tuesday. The viaduct gave way amid torrential rain. The viaduct runs over shopping centres, factories, some homes, the Genoa-Milan railway line and the Polcevera river.  EPA-EFE/LUCA ZENNARO Morandi bridge collapse triggers calls for investment in infrastructure
epa05757609 Leader of Italian 'Lega Nord' (North League) party, Matteo Salvini, speaks during his speech at the 'Italia Sovrana' (Italy Sovereign) demonstration in Rome, Italy, 28 January 2017.  EPA/MASSIMO PERCOSSI Salvini moves to assert “natural family” against same-sex parenthood

World News

epa06943394 (FILE) - US President Donald J. Trump (L) and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) arrive for a family picture of Nato Summit in Brussels, Belgium, 11 July 2018 (reissued 11 August 2018). Turkish President Erdogan condemned US President Trump's doubling of tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium imports up to 50 percent. The Turkish lira plunged over 20 percent against the US dollar after Trump's announcement on 10 August 2018, which has been exacerbated over the disputed imprisonment of US pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Lira slides again as Washington threatens Ankara with further sanctions
epa05710422 People exchange their money at a currency exchange office in Istanbul, Turkey, 11 January 2017. The Turkish Lira hit a new record low with 4.08 lira now equivalent to one Euro.  EPA/SEDAT SUNA Turkish Lira rallies with Qatar’s support
epa06945843 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev (3-L),President of Iran Hassan Rouhani (4-L), President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev (C), President of Russia Vladimir Putin (2-R) and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow (R) attend ceremony of release of young sturgeon during a walk along the embankment of the Caspian Sea at the 5th Caspian summit at the Friendship Palace in Aktau, the Caspian Sea port in Kazakhstan, 12 August 2018. The leaders of five countries bordering the Caspian Sea - Caspian Five - Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan sign the Convention of the legal status of the Caspian Sea at the Aktau summit on 12 August.  EPA-EFE/ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT Caspian Sea agreement paves the way for energy projects along the seabed
epa04659037 A handout picture provided by Turkish Presidental Press Office shows Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (L) shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R), during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, 12 March 2015.  EPA/TURKISH PRESIDENTAL PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT Turkey seeks international support as the Lira nosedives
epa06936903 Protesters in favor of the abortion bill gather at the Congressional Plaza (Plaza del Congreso), in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 08 August 2018. Argentina's Senate will debate a bill that would legalize abortion for pregnancies up to fourteen weeks. If passed the bill, already approved by the chamber of deputies, would make Argentina, a predominantly Catholic nation, the most populous nation in Latin America to legalize abortion.  EPA-EFE/DAVID FERNANDEZ Argentina votes against legalising abortion

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

Mercosur’s search for free trade around the world could have democratic implications

By: Leonardo González Dellán

May’s woeful Chequers deal is the worst of all worlds

By: John Caudwell

Qatari hostage payment is terrorist financing

By: Sir Ivor Roberts

How Western Europe’s football dominance could be undone

By: Tale Heydarov

Fuelling the ships of the future

By: Tariq Osman

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




The Turning Point of 2008 epa01437055 A column of Russian tanks on the march to Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, Georgia 09 August 2008. The war between Russian and Georgia expanded on Saturday, with fighting spilling outside the Caucasus province of Ossetia, and both sides moving reinforcements into the region. The fiercest battles were in the South Ossetian city of Tskhinvali, where street fighting and artillery exchanges continued sporadically throughout the night.  EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Ten years ago this week, Russian tanks halted a few hours’ march short of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. That

By Adam Tooze Professor of History at Columbia University

Energy

epa06747536 Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) walk after their talks at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia, 18 May 2018. Angela Merkel pays a working visit to Russia to discuss the development of Russian-German relations as well as international issues such as Iranian nuclear program, situation in Syria and conflict settlement in Ukraine.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN POOL / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT Merkel, Putin to discuss Nord Stream-2 and Ukraine transit
Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy Union during a press conference after trilateral gas talks with Russian and Ukrainian delegation in Berlin, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. EIB finances electricity link between Norway and Germany
epa06945843 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev (3-L),President of Iran Hassan Rouhani (4-L), President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev (C), President of Russia Vladimir Putin (2-R) and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow (R) attend ceremony of release of young sturgeon during a walk along the embankment of the Caspian Sea at the 5th Caspian summit at the Friendship Palace in Aktau, the Caspian Sea port in Kazakhstan, 12 August 2018. The leaders of five countries bordering the Caspian Sea - Caspian Five - Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan sign the Convention of the legal status of the Caspian Sea at the Aktau summit on 12 August.  EPA-EFE/ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT Caspian Sea agreement paves the way for energy projects along the seabed
epa02497913 Local residents walk across a footbridge while beneath floating ice accumulates on the banks of Vistula River in Plock, Poland, 16 December 2010.  Although the water level has stopped rising there remains a flood alert in place in Plock.  EPA/Piotr Piotrowski POLAND OUT EU supports Polish support for heat and power plant in Plock
epa06943382 (FILE) - US President Donald J. Trump (L) looks at Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 11 July 2018 (reissued 11 August 2018). Turkish President Erdogan condemned US President Trump's doubling of tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium imports up to 50 percent. The Turkish lira plunged over 20 percent against the US dollar after Trump's announcement on 10 August 2018, which has been exacerbated over the disputed imprisonment of US pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey.  EPA-EFE/TATYANA ZENKOVICH Trump-Erdogan spat, Iran sanctions, Maduro’s Venezuela could spike oil prices
epa05248071 A general view shows an ENI pump station in Siena, Italy, 22 March 2016. ENI is an Italian multinational oil and gas company operating in 79 countries, reported to be the world's 11th largest industrial company.  EPA/MATTIA SEDDA ENI, Snam ink contract for CNG refuelling stations in Italy
epa06340494 Coral Energy, the first LNG ship to arrive at the Manga LNG terminal at the port of Tornio and Outokumpu steel mill, Tornio, Finland, 20 November 2017. Coral Energy of Skangas shipping that arrived on 19 November, has started to unload the first LNG shipment  cargo at Scandinavia's largest LNG terminal as a historic first on the region. Authorities say they expect the terminal to improve exports from the region while at the same time reduce emissions. The construction of the terminal that will deliver LNG gas to industries, mining, sea transport and heavy traffic in countries in northern Europe, cost some 110 million euro. Steel mill operations at Outokumpu steel maker will replace a part of propane gas with natural gas, thus reducing emissions.  EPA-EFE/JOEL KARPPANEN EU imports of US LNG rise
12239310_10154360103407738_8809827250988136128_o Caspian littoral countries to discuss Sea’s status in Aktau
epa05017924 A man watches the exhibition of Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 09 November 2015. ADIPEC, a meeting place of the international oil and gas community, runs between 09 and 12 November 2015.  EPA/ALI HAIDER Global energy is shifting from West to East, and Europe needs to pay attention
Power of Siberia Russia’s Gazprom to supply China via Power of Siberia pipeline

Internet & ICT

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epa06877381 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attend an event to present a project on autonomous driving at former Tempelhof airport in Berlin, Germany, 10 July 2018. The two leaders, who are meeting in the context of German-Chinese government consultations in Berlin, signed an agreement the day before over cooperation in autonomous driving technology.  EPA-EFE/MICHELE TANTUSSI / POOL The German government moves to veto Chinese investment in “strategic sectors”
epa06864186 The decorated front grille of a vintage Ford Mustang as it is driven in the Avondale Estates 4th of July Parade to celebrate the US Independence Day holiday in Avondale Estates, Georgia, USA, 04 July 2018. The holiday celebrates the United States' 242nd year of independence.  EPA-EFE/ERIK S. LESSER Ford recalls tens of thousands vehicles from Europe over clutch problem
A Single Europe
epa06854306 Classic and custom-built Volkswagen cars in Sri Lanka since the early 1950s gather in celebration of the World Volkswagen Day at Hotel Galle Face in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 01 July 2018. A Sri Lankan VW Beetle owners? club organized the rally. The Volkswagen Beetle has been a popular car in the island since the early 1950s and even now there are many which have been single owned or passed down to the second generation.  EPA-EFE/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA EU Commission: Volkswagen yet to convince on car emissions
epa06779588 (FILE) - A man passes by a Google logo in Frankfurt, Germany, 21 October 2004 (reissued 02 June 2018). According to media reports on 01 June 2018, Google will not renew its contract with the US Department of Defense in relation to Project Maven, a program under development to use Artificial Intelligence to analyze footage gathered from drones. The move comes after reports of Google's employees objecting to the company's participation in the project, which would presumably be used in lethal overseas operations involving military UAVs.  EPA-EFE/BORIS ROESSLER Google’s Redirect Program: An Anemic Response to the Plague of Terror Content
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

From the NE Knowledge Network



The Trump Administration’s Dead End on Trade epa06922466 US President Donald J. Trump bows his head in prayer during a meeting with inner city pastors in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, 01 August  2018.  EPA-EFE/Oliver Contreras / POOL

There is every reason to believe that the United States’ trade dispute with China will get worse before it gets

By James McCormack Managing Director and Global Head of the Sovereign and Supranational Group at Fitch Ratings.

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