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Ursula von der Leyen’s to-do list

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When Jean-Claude Juncker became European Commission President five years ago, he confronted formidable challenges. But the test faced by his successor, Ursula von der Leyen, is even more complex. As von der Leyen underscored in her “agenda...

KMG International will expand its network of petrol stations in the Balkans

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The foreign subsidiary of Kazakhstan's national oil and gas company KazMunayGas (KMG International) will expand its network of petrol stations in the Balkans. “We plan to increase the market share in the retail segment from...

Kazakhstan becomes one of the three biggest chromite producers in the world

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The production chromium ore over the last seven months has increased by 6% to 4 million tonnes compared to the same period last year, Energyprom.kz reported Tuesday. According to a report by the US Geological...

Grain supplies from Kazakhstan to China have increased since 2016

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Kazakhstan's grain supplies to China have steadily increased in each of the last three years, according to the former's Chair of the National Company Food Contract, Rinat Akberdin. "The export volume amounted to about 300,000...

Russia’s Novatek obtains the Soletsko-Khanaveyskoye gas field in Yamal

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As Russian tries to boost liquefied natural gas production, the country’s largest independent gas producer Novatek announced on 30 August that Arctic LNG 1, a wholly owned subsidiary, won the auction for geological survey,...

Acquisition of Stavro Vind wind park by NAEV, Siemens and KEPCO gets EU nod

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The European Commission said the EC has approved the acquisition of Stavro Vind of Sweden by NAEV SOLVENTUS, controlled by NAEV Infrastructure Funds of Germany, Siemens, and Korea Midland Power Co. (KoMiPo), a subsidiary...

Italy pushing for new government by Tuesday

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Italy's 5-Star Movement and the centre-left Democratic Party started negotiations on Friday over the weekend to form a new government following the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte last week. Both parties reported that progress...

Pompeo threatens to sanction countries that allow Iranian tanker to drop anchor

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington will take every action it can to prevent an Iranian oil tanker that left Gibraltar on Monday from delivering oil to Syria in contravention of current American...

Four Central Asian nations create new framework to fight cross-border crime

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The interior ministers of four former Soviet Central Asian countries have agreed to coordinate their efforts to tackle drug and human trafficking in the region, as well as cattle reaving. The Treaty on the Establishment...

No-deal Brexit draws the UK towards recession

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As the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 0.2% in the second quarter of 2019, while political pressure is mounting on Boris Johnson’s new government to avoid the catastrophic consequences of a “no-deal”...

UK and Kazakhstan discuss strategic partnership

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In a telephone conversation between the UK's Foreign Secretary Christopher Pincher and Beibut Atamkulov, Kazakhstan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, the two discussed ways to further develop constructive relations between their respective governments. The United Kingdom...

More than 5,000 troops in Kazakhstan for fifth annual International Army Games

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Thousands of soldiers from 39 countries have arrived for the Kazakhstan leg of the fifth annual International Army Games, a Moscow-led military sports event organized by Russia's Ministry of Defence. "The International Army Games are...

Kazakhstan to welcome foreign graduate students

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Kazakhstan has plans to attract graduate students from around the world, the Chairman of the Agency for Public Service of Kazakhstan, Anar Zhailganova, told reporters on Tuesday. “Today we are witnessing transformations in all spheres...

Kazakh film about legendary nomadic queen to be released this autumn

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A new film about a 6th-century BCE queen known as Tomiris by Kazakh director Akan Satayev is set to be released this autumn. The historic epic will focus on the life of Tomyris, whose Massagetae were...

East Med Gas Forum wants worldwide upgrade

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Energy ministers of the East Med Gas Forum (EMGF) met in Egypt on 25 July, agreeing to access the possible upgrade of the forum to the level of an international organisation, the first of...

Total, KMG, Kazakh Energy Ministry sign MoU

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – France energy giant Total has signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of digitalization in the oil and gas industry with Kazakhstan’s national oil and gas company KazMunayGas (KMG), and...

Women on top in the world’s democracies

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US President Donald J. Trump’s recent declaration that four Democratic congresswomen of colour – Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib – should “go back” to their countries was another reminder of his blatant...

Kazakhstan cleans up Arys from ammunition

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev met with Defence Minister Nurlan Yermekbayev on 25 July in Nur-Sultan where he was briefed on the state of alert of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan, as...

Brussels to further scrutinise China’s intelligence law on 5G

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The European Union must take China's national intelligence law into account when deciding on the construction of 5G networks in Europe, said EU Commissioner for Security, Julian King, on Friday. The EU is currently working...

Von der Leyen to form new EU Commission team

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President-elect of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen has immediately set to work to form a new team of Commissioners only days after her election from the European Parliament. Since being chosen as current Commission President...

The central banker Europe needs

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The selection of the International Monetary Fund’s managing director, Christine Lagarde, to succeed Mario Draghi as the next president of the European Central Bank caught most observers by surprise. Now the critics are making up for lost...

Turkey rebuffs calls to back off Cyprus gas hunt

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Turkey has denied claims it is acting illegally by drilling for gas in waters off Cyprus with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu saying on 14 July his country would continue to drill off the island...

Juncker approves Simson, Paşcu as new EU Commissioners without portfolios

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With the Council of the European Union failing to decide on replacements for Andrus Ansip, who was the Commission's Vice-President for the Digital Single Market and Corina Cretu, the Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy, Commission President Jean-Claude...

Towards Franco-American collision as French Senate introduces tax on digital behemoths

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The French Senate endorsed on Thursday a law that will impose a 3% tax on mostly US-based digital behemoths; the tax has already been endorsed by the National Assembly. The so-called GAFA tax (Google, Apple,...

Major warns that closing parliament to impose no-deal Brexit would trigger constitutional crisis

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The former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major has told the BBC he is willing to take any future government in court that would suspend parliament to deliver a no-deal Brexit. MPs have consistently voted...

Crucial days for von der Leyen’s EU Commission bid

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The European Council’s chosen one to be put forward as the future European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen's candidacy is set to be put to a vote next week, and it is evident that...

Von der Leyen to request both men and women Commissioner candidates for a balanced...

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The president-designate of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen has revealed that if she is elected she intends to ask each EU leader to come with two nominations to the table, a man and...

Greens to vote against von der Leyen for EU Commission chief bid

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The Greens/EFA group took the decision on 10 July to vote against the candidacy of Ursula von der Leyen, following a hearing with the Group in the European Parliament. The German politician and the EU Council's...

Vattenfall to build offshore wind farms in Dutch North Sea

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The Netherlands Enterprise Agency announced on 10 July that Swedish energy company Vattenfall has won the tender for the second phase of the offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) 3 & 4 in the...

EU becomes observer to anti-corruption body GRECO

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The Committee of Ministers representing the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe adopted a decision on 10 July accepting a request by the European Union to become an observer with the Group...

France calls for European online payment system to rival US and Chinese platforms

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The Governor of the Bank of France Francois Villeroy de Galhau called on Tuesday for a European system for retail payments to rival the US and Chinese equivalents. Addressing a financial conference in Paris, Villeroy...

Juncker to replace Romanian-Estonian Commissioners 

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A change in the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s plans comes after both EU Romania and Estonia wrote to Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne expressing their desire to continue to be represented in Brussels. Estonia’s Vice-President...

Update: All the Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the European Parliament revealed

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New Europe is now able to bring you a near-complete partial list of those you can expect to find chairing committees in the new European Parliament based on internal party and institution documents. The...

Josep Borrell to take over External Action Service

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez hailed the return of Spain to top jobs in the EU, with the nomination of Josep Borrell to become the new chief of the External Action Service. The 72-year Borrell is no...

Europe needs to be a global standard bearer

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Politics in Europe is often defined by personal ambition, partisan games, and the promotion of national interests. Yet, the recent election results made it clear that many Europeans are looking beyond their individual interests...

Wind and chemical industry team up to advance turbine blades recycling

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WindEurope said on 2 July it has teamed up with Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council) and EUCIA (the European Composites Industry Association) to create a cross-sector platform to advance novel approaches to the...

Iran passes nuclear stockpiling threshold defined by the 2015 agreement

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Iran admitted on Monday that it has passed the 300 kilos threshold of low-enriched uranium stockpile allowed under the 2015 nuclear deal. The statement was confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United...