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epa07061548 (L-R) President of the Eurogroup, Portuguese Finance Minister Mario Centeno, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, Italian Minister of Economy and Finance Giovanni Tria and European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici  at the start of the Eurogroup meeting in Luxembourg, 01 October 2018. The Eurogroup is holding its thematic discussions on jobs and growth and will focus on national automatic stabilisers. Ministers will discuss the reform of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).  EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND What happens when the Commission moves against Italy on Wednesday
epa07176747 Michel Barnier, the European Chief Negotiator of the Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50, speaks during a news conference after the Article 50 EU general affairs council meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 19 November 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Barnier proposes extending Brexit transition period to 2022
epa07177476 French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire (L) and German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (R) hold a joint news conference after a Special Eurogroup Finance Ministers' meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 19 November 2018. The Eurogroup focused on Italy's budget crisis.  EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND Eurogroup endorses Franco-German proposal for EU budget
p19h_51845723 INTERVIEW with Oscar Winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
recommendations_ep_elections What’s next on the European campaign trail?
epa05590096 A one euro coin pictured on top a of 5 pound note, London, Britain, 13 October 2016.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA Markets unnerved by political risk of botched Brexit deal
epa07161431 Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski takes a tour of the newly renovated Prison Sutka, in Skopje, Macedonia, 26 August 2009 (reissued on 12 November 2018). According to reports, the Macedonian police has issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister Nikola Gruevski after he failed to report to jail to serve a prison sentence of two years for misusing the official position. The Skopje Court of Appeal in October has confirmed a two-year prison term for the ex- prime minister, for abuse in the procurement of the bulletproof Mercedes of 600,000 euros.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI FYROM’s nationalist former prime minister on the run
epa07138440 Iranians walk past a mural depicting Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L, top) and late Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (R, top) in a street of Tehran, Iran, 03 November 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's administration announced on 02 November 2018, that it will reimpose sanctions against Iran that had been waived under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA). The US sanctions will take effect on 05 November 2018, covering Iran's shipping, financial and energy sectors. In 2015, five nations, including the United States, worked out a deal with the Middle Eastern country that withdrew the sanctions, one of former US President Barack Obama's biggest diplomatic achievements.  EPA-EFE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH US warns EU of harsh consequences if Iran sanctions are circumvented
epa07164717 Brexit Minister Dominic Raab walks up Downing Street ahead of a cabinet meeting in London, Britain, 14 November 2018. British cabinet will hold a meeting later at the day to discuss the draft text of the Brexit agreement. According to reports, British and European Union officials have agreed on the draft deal after months of negotiations.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN May’s government in danger as UK Brexit secretary Raab resigns
epa06564544 An EU and Italian flag fly over as participants gather in a rally titled 'Pulse of Europe' with theme focusing on the upcoming Italian General election, in Frankfurt Main, Germany 04 March 2018. The citizen's initiative was founded to encourage EU citizens to promote a 'pan-European' identity.  EPA-EFE/ARMANDO BABANI Italy shoots down Commission’s demand to change budget plan

Kassandra

life LIFE heads for over 50% increase to €5.45b
epaselect epa07014134 President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (C) delivers the annual State of The European Union speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 12 September 2018. Juncker's fourth State of the Union Address in the European Parliament comes ahead of the 2019 European elections and in the context of the ongoing debate about the future of the European Union at 27.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER Europe’s liberals: home  is where the heart is
date-european-parliament-elections-may-change IMG Clean the EU before the European elections
Klaus-Welle ACRE fires warning shot
p1-new A Pandora’s box of corruption
p24-Kass Romania’s clean-up crew sets eyes on Bulgaria, Moldova
epa07106849 Greek Prime Minister and new Foreign Minister Alexis Tsipras attends a handover ceremony at the Foreign Ministry in Athens, Greece, 20 October 2018. Tsipras took up the position after the resignation of former Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias following a disagreement with Defense Minister Panos Kammenos over the handling of a deal of Greece with FYROM.  EPA-EFE/SIMELA PANTZARTZI Spitzenkandidat: Are Tsipras’ eyes on PES, Greens, or European Left?
p3a It’s Turtles all the Way Down!*
Kass Christmas may come early for Steve Bannon’s European dream
corruption It’s Corruption all the Way Down!


EU National News

epa04586342 Anti-fracking demonstrators protest outside parliament in London, Britain, 26 January 2015. Thousands of anti-fracking demonstrators protested against fracking as the British government was to push through a vote on fracking 26 January. The government says the development of a shale industry in the UK will create jobs and growth.  EPA/ANDY RAIN UK development aid money spent to support fracking in China
epa07166625 Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference on the sideline of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related meetings in Singapore, 15 November 2018. Singapore is hosting the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings under the theme 'Resilient and Innovative' this year.  EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Putin voices support for OPEC, sees no need to cut production
epa05612623 Visiting Tanzanian President John Magufuli (C) and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (behind) dance with traditional dancers during the official commissioning ceremony of the Nairobi Southern Bypass road in Nairobi, Kenya, 01 November 2016. President Magufuli concluded his two-day State visit by joining President Uhuru Kenyatta in launching the 28.6km, key road which is said will help decongest the Kenyan city.  EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU Denmark withholds aid to Tanzania over LGBT crackdown
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 Czech prime minister could be ousted over kidnapping scandal
air-astana-and-ge-strengthen-relationship IMG Air Astana plane requests emergency landing in Portugal

World News

KAZ02-20010328-ATYRAU, KAZAKHSTAN: A worker passes by a section of the new pipeline in Atyrau after the opening ceremony, Mondy 26 March, 2001, The pipeline is to carry crude oil from the giant Tengiz oil field in resource-rich but landlocked Kazakhstan to the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiisk to make it available to the world's markets. EPA PHOTO / ANATOLY USTINENKO Half a billion tonnes of Kazakh oil loaded from CPC Marine Terminal
epa06894690 German Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier (L) and European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic (R) hold a joint news conference after a meeting concerning the Ukraine-gas-transit with representatives of the European Commission, Germany, Ukraine and Russia, in Berlin, Germany, 17 July 2018. German Economy and Energy Minister Altmaier, European Commission Vice-President Sefcovic, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin and Russian Energy Minister Novak met in the German capital to discuss issues concerning the natural gas transmission system of Ukraine and the distribution of it to Germany. The talks come on the background of controversial pipeline Nord Stream 2 which is not endorsed by the EU, and Ukraine's concerns that Russia would be able to easily cut Ukraine off from the gas.  EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER Gazprom boosts gas supplies to Germany, pushes Nord Stream-2
p23ah_54316170 Armenia wants price cut for Russian gas
epa07141677 US President Donald Trump talks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, 04 November 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVER CONTRERAS / POOL Trump threatens anti-trust laws for digital behemoths
p23-h_54733954 Georgia set for second round of presidential elections

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

Who would silence the Dutch?

By: Jamison Firestone

Youth radicalisation: supporting teachers and social workers

By: Francesco Farinelli, PhD

Tech’s commitment to advancing privacy

By: Dean Garfield

Europe’s new political battle lines

By: Zaki Laïdi

Rethinking animal agriculture

By: Paul Gilding

The case for compensated free trade

By: Robert Skidelsky

Enhanced communication leads to a better Europe

By: Spyros Kapralos

Clean the EU before the European elections

By: Jens-Peter Bonde

A roadmap for Central and Eastern Europe

By: Nolan Theisen

Europe should stop feeding the dragon of Ukrainian corruption

By: Oleg Sukhov

Is Trump duping Putin?

By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

Angela Merkel’s tragedy

By: Ashoka Mody

THE ENLARGEMENT MONITOR

epa07161431 Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski takes a tour of the newly renovated Prison Sutka, in Skopje, Macedonia, 26 August 2009 (reissued on 12 November 2018). According to reports, the Macedonian police has issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister Nikola Gruevski after he failed to report to jail to serve a prison sentence of two years for misusing the official position. The Skopje Court of Appeal in October has confirmed a two-year prison term for the ex- prime minister, for abuse in the procurement of the bulletproof Mercedes of 600,000 euros.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI FYROM’s nationalist former prime minister on the run
epa07135624 Passengers walk out from Greek Aegean Airlines plane at the Skopje International Airport in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 01 November 2018. Because of the long dispute with the name of the country (FYROM) and the airport's name (old: Alexander the Great) as well, there hasn't been a direct flight between Skopje and Athens in the past 12 years. After the 'Prespa Agreement' and the stabilizing relations of the two neighbor countries, Greek Aegean Airlines and TAV made an agreement for establishing year-round flights between the two capitals. With this agreement there will be flights on route Athens-Skopje twice a week.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: Work progresses on Prespes Agreement implementation
epa07105806 Members of the parliament vote for the start changing the state's constitution as big part of opposition VMRO DPMNE stay from the side on the parliamentary session in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), 19 October 2018. Two thirds (80 members of the parliament) of Macedonian parliament voted to start changing the state's constitution and constitutional changes to change the name of the country in North Macedonia according to the deal with Greece.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: Athens takes a breather
epa07105860 Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev addresses to the media after the members of parliament voted for the start changing the state's constitution on the parliamentary session in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), 19 October 2018. Two thirds (80 members of the parliament) of Macedonian parliament voted to start changing the state's constitution and constitutional changes to change the name of the country in North Macedonia according to the deal with Greece.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: Zaev scores stunning victory from failed referendum
epa07097423 Greek National Defense Minister Panos Kammenos attends a meeting with Greek cabinet ministers at the parliament in Athens, Greece, 16 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/SIMELA PANTZARTZI Name Dispute: Greece’s odd couple stays the course
epa06680458 Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (R) talk with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (L) after press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, 19 April 2018. Mogherini arrived in Belgrade in one day visit.  EPA-EFE/KOCA SULEJMANOVIC Getting to an Agreement between Serbia and Kosovo
epa03533416 Russian opposition activists march with posters with the portraits of members of Russian State Duma reading ' The shame. March against the base man' during opposition march against expected 'anti-Magnitsky act' in downtown of Moscow, Russia, 13 January 2013. The State Duma is expected to pass and Russian President to sign the bill, the so-called 'anti-Magnitsky act', which bans US citizens from adopting Russian's orphans.  EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY Who would silence the Dutch?
epa07166625 Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference on the sideline of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related meetings in Singapore, 15 November 2018. Singapore is hosting the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings under the theme 'Resilient and Innovative' this year.  EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Putin voices support for OPEC, sees no need to cut production
p19h_51845723 INTERVIEW with Oscar Winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
p11 Youth radicalisation: supporting teachers and social workers

US warns EU of harsh consequences if Iran sanctions are circumvented epa07138440 Iranians walk past a mural depicting Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L, top) and late Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (R, top) in a street of Tehran, Iran, 03 November 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's administration announced on 02 November 2018, that it will reimpose sanctions against Iran that had been waived under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA). The US sanctions will take effect on 05 November 2018, covering Iran's shipping, financial and energy sectors. In 2015, five nations, including the United States, worked out a deal with the Middle Eastern country that withdrew the sanctions, one of former US President Barack Obama's biggest diplomatic achievements.  EPA-EFE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

Speaking from the internationally recognised Israeli capital Tel Aviv, US Special Representative Brian Hook issued a harsh warning to European banks and

By Nicholas Waller Managing Editor

Energy

KAZ02-20010328-ATYRAU, KAZAKHSTAN: A worker passes by a section of the new pipeline in Atyrau after the opening ceremony, Mondy 26 March, 2001, The pipeline is to carry crude oil from the giant Tengiz oil field in resource-rich but landlocked Kazakhstan to the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiisk to make it available to the world's markets. EPA PHOTO / ANATOLY USTINENKO Half a billion tonnes of Kazakh oil loaded from CPC Marine Terminal
epa07166625 Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference on the sideline of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related meetings in Singapore, 15 November 2018. Singapore is hosting the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings under the theme 'Resilient and Innovative' this year.  EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV Putin voices support for OPEC, sees no need to cut production
epa07138440 Iranians walk past a mural depicting Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L, top) and late Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (R, top) in a street of Tehran, Iran, 03 November 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's administration announced on 02 November 2018, that it will reimpose sanctions against Iran that had been waived under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA). The US sanctions will take effect on 05 November 2018, covering Iran's shipping, financial and energy sectors. In 2015, five nations, including the United States, worked out a deal with the Middle Eastern country that withdrew the sanctions, one of former US President Barack Obama's biggest diplomatic achievements.  EPA-EFE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH US warns EU of harsh consequences if Iran sanctions are circumvented
epa07162758 A Gulf visitors walks in front of a big poster for Total company at Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 13 November 2018. ADIPEC, a meeting place of the international oil and gas community, runs between 12 and 15 November 2018.  EPA-EFE/ALI HAIDER Why “data is the new oil” and what happens when energy meets Industry 4.0
epa07148424 A general view of wind turbines on a hill near the village of Ardales in Andalusia, southern province of Spain, 21 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/MAURITZ ANTIN IEA: Wind will become the EU’s largest power source in 2027
epa07115811 Members of Parliament vote on a new law to ban the sale of single-use plastic products and the EU Budget 2019 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 24 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER MEPs set new ambitious targets on renewables and energy efficiency
epa06894690 German Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier (L) and European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic (R) hold a joint news conference after a meeting concerning the Ukraine-gas-transit with representatives of the European Commission, Germany, Ukraine and Russia, in Berlin, Germany, 17 July 2018. German Economy and Energy Minister Altmaier, European Commission Vice-President Sefcovic, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin and Russian Energy Minister Novak met in the German capital to discuss issues concerning the natural gas transmission system of Ukraine and the distribution of it to Germany. The talks come on the background of controversial pipeline Nord Stream 2 which is not endorsed by the EU, and Ukraine's concerns that Russia would be able to easily cut Ukraine off from the gas.  EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER Gazprom boosts gas supplies to Germany, pushes Nord Stream-2
epa05530868 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 EU approves state support plans for Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector
Christos Stylianides attends at the televised session (Euronews) EU Commissioner calls for more prevention to deal with climate change
epa05551673 Wind turbines stand in the Baltic Sea at the offshore wind farm 'DanTysk' of the Swedish energy company Vattenfall and the municipal works of Munich (SWM) around 43 sea miles (70 kilometres) West of the island of Sylt, Germany, 21 September 2016. Around 50 technicians and engineers, who are responsible for the maintenance of the nearby wind farms 'Dan Tysk' and 'Sandbank', have lived on the residential platform in the wind farm for two months.  EPA/CHRISTIAN CHARISIUS Poland commits to develop 8 GW of offshore wind

Internet & ICT

epa07162758 A Gulf visitors walks in front of a big poster for Total company at Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 13 November 2018. ADIPEC, a meeting place of the international oil and gas community, runs between 12 and 15 November 2018.  EPA-EFE/ALI HAIDER Why “data is the new oil” and what happens when energy meets Industry 4.0
epa06601191 A self driving concept car is on display during a press event at the Volkswagen Annual Presser at Volkswagen Group Forum, in Berlin, Germany, 13 March 2018. Volkswagen said the company would massively invest into electric mobility, and start the production of electric vehicles at 16 locations around the globe by the end of 2022. Additional nine more locations will be modified for the same reason already within the next two years. Volkswagen Group sold a total of 10,7 million vehicles in 2017, with sales increasing to 230,7 billion euro. Operational profit doubled to almost 13,8 billion euro, a record.  EPA-EFE/Omer Messinger Germany enters car battery technology race
Huawei_1 Art & science: Drivers of an innovative future
epa07141677 US President Donald Trump talks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, 04 November 2018.  EPA-EFE/OLIVER CONTRERAS / POOL Trump threatens anti-trust laws for digital behemoths
p1h_53840326 Cyber security and fake news
epa05348790 Crates of fruit and vegetables are ready for export at transport company ABC Logistics in Poeldijk, The Netherlands, 06 June 2016. The Dutch agricultural exports last year rose to a record level of 81.3 billion euros.  EPA/ROBIN VAN LONKUISEN The Netherlands clears the way for agricultural genetic modification
epa06052507 The Google logo is seen on its office building in St Pancras in London, Britain, 27 June 2017. The European Commission on 27 June 2017 would fine the Google with 2.4 billion euros for abusing its dominance as a search engine. The company has 90 days to stop its illegal activities or face fines.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA UK moves on introducing digital tax ahead of EU
Buttarelli2 24 oct EU’s Buttarelli says personal data protection is “a pillar of democracy”
epa07115546 Chief Executive Officer of Apple Tim Cook gives a speech during the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 24 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for comprehensive US privacy law while warning of ‘data industrial complex’
epa07060358 Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev holds a press conference after the results in the Macedonian referendum to solve the name issue with Greece following the Prespa agreement, in Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 30 September 2018. The latest information from the State Election Commission suggests that about 36 percent from almost two million citizens of Macedonia came out to vote, and more than 500.000 citizens (91.2%) voted 'for' while over 30.000 (5.8%) citizens voted 'against', which prompted Zaev to declare it a success despite the low turnout of voters.  EPA-EFE/NAKE BATEV Name Dispute: Taking stock in Skopje after the disappointing referendum

From the NE Knowledge Network



The case for compensated free trade epaselect epa06045067 A general view of the meeting room at the start of the second day of the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, 23 June 2017. European heads of states and governments gather for a two-days European Council meeting on 22 and 23 June which will mainly 'focus on the ongoing efforts to strengthen the European Union and protect its citizens through the work on counterterrorism, security and defence, external borders, illegal migration and economic development'. On the meeting's second day the EU leaders 'are expected to reaffirm their commitment to a rules-based multilateral trading system, as well as to free trade and investment', the European Council said in a press release.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ / POOL

Almost all liberals support globalisation and oppose economic nationalism. They ignore the mounting evidence that, in its current form, globalisation

By Robert Skidelsky Member of the British House of Lords, professor Emeritus of political economy at Warwick University

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