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"It will be this coming weekend that we impose capital controls in Greece, like you did in 2013.", Tsipras would might as well be saying to the President of Cyprus. From left to right: Mr Alexis TSIPRAS, Greek Prime Minister; Mr Nicos ANASTASIADES, President of Cyprus (Council TVNewsroom, 10/06/2015).

Can the world take the risk of a new financial armageddon so that IMF doesn’t lose face towards Tsipras?

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (on the right) and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel share a laugh before their bilateral meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on February 2, 2017. [State Department photo/ Public Domain].

US, Russia oblige each other in Syria and Ukraine selling off allies

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission (on the left), received Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister. Date: 28/06/2016. Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union, 2016/Source: EC - Audiovisual Service/Photo: Etienne Ansotte.

What if Trump wins the November election and Renzi loses the December referendum?

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Štefan Füle, Member of the European Commission in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, received in Brussels Sergiy Arbuzov, Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister, on 17 October 2013. Until the very last moment the Ukrainians nurtured EU’s ambition for an Association Agreement with this important country. Then Kyiv said it signs with Moscow. (EC Audiovisual Services).

Ukraine takes EU money and runs to sign with Russia

Tough to compromise climate energy with industry? Not for Miguel Arias Cañete, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action and Energy, who received the CEOs of the energy intensive industries earlier in the month. (EC Audiovisual Services, 19/02/2015)

Parliament votes reform for better European Co2 market but critics want it sooner than later

José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime Minister, participated in the EU/Canada Summit which was held in Ottawa. (from left to right) (EC Audiovisual Services, 26/09/2014)

Canada and EU officially sign the trade agreement that could open-up the road to TTIP

Cecilia goes "shopping" in America. Mrs Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, travelled to New York to visit a few European SMEs, including Solstiss, a high-end lace manufacturer, as well as Nudie Jeans. Photo taken during the recent visit of the Commissioner responsible for Trade to the United States  (EC Audiovisual Services, 25/09/2015).

TTIP’s 11th round starts in Miami but EU-US businesses see no sunny side

Visit by László Andor, Member of the European Commission in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, to Bristol, UK. (EC Audiovisual Services, 10/2/2014).

EU labour mobility: Inconvenient truths for everybody

Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, at the last European Council last March (TVnewsroom European Council, 20/03/2015)

Does Greece really weigh what is asking for today in Russia?

On our way to China

Mr Cameron seems to be trying to get inside the British voter's mind! He thinks he is able to convince the electorate that the "Referendum Promise Land" is a worthy cause to get re-elected. Shot taken during the national briefings at the European Council on 20 March in Brussels. (European Council TVNewsroom, 20/03/2015).

On Brexit: the outcome of UK elections next May to be based on false promises?

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), 500th Plenary session - 9-10 July 2014.

The Peoples are missing from EU’s monetary union

Theresa May at World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos (World Economic Forum, 2017)

Theresa May’s global Britain against Philip Hammond’s Brexit fog

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A Sting Exclusive: why the environment is important to your health, by UNEP’s Head for Europe

Against the backdrop of a fragile and uneven global recovery, the IMF's policy-steering body—the International Monetary and Financial Committee—met on Saturday 11 October to discuss ways to boost growth and to foster a sustainable, balanced, and job-generating global economy. The Thirtieth Meeting of the IMFC was Chaired by Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore and Minister for Finance (second from right in the front-line of the circle), next to him Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of IMF addresses the meeting. (IMF Audiovisual Services, 11/10/2014).

How close is the new financial Armageddon? IMF gives some hints

Mr Antti Ilmari Peltomaki, Deputy Director-General of the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Directorate General of the European Commission (European Sting)

Environmental labelling, information and management schemes are central to the circular economy

José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (centre), and the College of the EC hosted a delegation from the Irish Government led by Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister (left), and Eamon Gilmore, Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. Discussions focused on the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU, due to start in January 2013. The leaders agreed that the top priority had to be Growth, and discussed the Commission's proposal for a banking Union. (EC Audiovisual Services).

Eurozone’s credibility rock solid

Eurogroup meeting. March 2015. Yianis Varoufakis, Greek Minister for Finance (in the middle), Klaus Regling, European Stability Mechanism Managing Director (on the right). (European Council - Council of the European Union Audiovisual Services, Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium, Shoot date: 09/03/2015).

Can Greece’s democratic institutions keep it in Eurozone?

European Union’s "Growth and jobs strategy 2014", proved a total failure. The people responsible for that are here in session. Wolfgang Schäuble, German Federal Minister for Finance, José Manuel Barroso, ex-President of the European Commission, Manfred Weber, Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group and Martin Kamp, Secretary-General of the EPP Group (from left to right).

ECB’s trillion has to be printed and distributed fast before Armageddon comes

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 21JAN16 - Li Yuanchao (L), Vice-President of the People's Republic of China and Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum captured at the Annual Meeting 2016 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 21, 2016.

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WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “Chinese economy has great potential, resilience and ample space for policy adjustment”, China’s Vice President Li Yuanchao reassures from Davos

Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the EC, gave a press conference on the attribution of portfolios to the Commissioners-designate. He unveiled his team and the new shape of the next European Commission.
After the EU had come through one of the most testing periods in its history, one of the biggest challenges would be to convince citizens that things will change. To deliver change, the Commission needed to be open to reform. (EC Audiovisual Services, 10/9/2014).

There is a way for Eurozone to reach a sustainable growth path

Jean-Claude Juncker President of the European Commission and Charles Michel, Belgian Prime Minister, on the right. Juncker participated at the minute of silence held at the Belgian Parliament for the victims of the attacks in Brussels. Date: 24/03/2016. © European Union, 2016 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: François Walschaerts.

For how long will terror and economic stagnation be clouding the European skies?

Ms Ude Ucha Kalu is a medical student in Lagos, Nigeria.

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European Parliament. Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) joint meeting. (EP Audiovisual Services, 20/2/2014).

EU Parliament: No EU-US trade agreement without safe data

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18th European Forum on Eco-innovation live from Barcelona: What’s next for eco-labelling?

LEAGUE OF YOUNG VOTERS LAUNCHES TOOL FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO COMPARE POLITICAL PARTIES AHEAD OF EU ELECTIONS

Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Press conference after the Foreign Affairs Council. Almost like a European saint... (The Council of the European Union photographic library, 17/3/2014).

Ukraine: Is there a political force able to undo the division?

European Parliament. 8th Parliamentary term in Brussels. Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs meeting. Roberto Gualtieri, in the Chair (on the left). Monetary Dialogue with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi. (European Parliament Audiovisual Services, 22/09/2014).

The banks first to benefit from the new euro trillion ECB plans to print

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Arlington, USA: kick-off of the fifth round of the EU-US boxing match

Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, David Cameron, Prime Minister of UK, Barack Obana, President of the United States of America, Francois Hollande, President of France, Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime Minister (clockwise). Everybody was there in the G7 Summit of 05.06.2014 in Brussels, except Jean-Claude Juncker. (European Council – Council of the European Union, Newsroom).

How Cameron unwillingly helped Eurozone reunite; the long-term repercussions of two European Council decisions

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC (on the left) went to Washington, where she met with the NATO Supreme Allied commander. The Vice-President then participated in the 4th Annual Symposium on the EU's Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP). Mogherini then met with John Kerry, US Secretary of State (on the right). (EC Audiovisual Services, 29/04/2015, location: Washington - State Department).

EU’s core members are eyeing larger parts of arms trade and of world map

Members of the European Parliament make a visit to the stock exchange in Shanghai, China. ( ©European Union EP/PE ).

What have the banks done to the markets making them unable to bear cheap oil?

Ali Akbar Salehi, Head of Iran Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), Mohammed Javad Zarif Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Federica Mogherini High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC (from right to left).Mongherini, went to Vienna to participate in the nuclear negotiations with Iran. The Vice-President met with the E3/EU+3 Ministers for Foreign Affairs as well as Mohammed Javad Zarif. After several days of negotiations, the several parties had been able to reach an agreement. Zarif seems the happiest of then all for a good reason. He was looking forward to a hero’s welcome back to Tehran the next day. (EC Audiovisual Services, 14/07/2015 Location: Vienna - Palais Coburg).

What the world will look like after the Iran and 5+1 deal; the US emerges as major power broker in Middle East

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MWC 2016 LIVE: BlackBerry acquires Encription, talks Microsoft and health

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Worldwide consumer confidence has shot up to its highest level for four years according to a survey of 130 Global Retail leaders

Eurozone Summit, 07/07/2015. Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Jean-Claude Juncker President of the EU Commission and Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) taking his sit (in the foreground, from left to right). (EC Audiovisual Services, Date: 07/07/2015, Location: Brussels - Council/Justus Lipsius).

How bad is the Eurozone economy? The ECB thinks too bad

Dr Andreas Dombret

German banks suffer of nausea amidst rough seas

On 4 April 2014, the members of the Workers' Group of the EESC took part in a demonstration organised by the European Trade Union Confederation in Brussels. (EESC photographic library).

Youth unemployment: No light at the end of the tunnel

European Parliament. The annual report of the European Court of Auditors presented in the Committee on Budgetary Control-CONT. On the right, Vitor Manuel Da Silva Caldeira, president of the Court, and Michael Theurer, Chair Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (EP Audiovisual Services).

It’s a week dedicated to all EU budgets; seven days that can make or break the Union

Round table with representatives of European and Russian companies. Moscow 17/6/2013. Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship (not spotted here), went to Moscow and Saint Petersburg as part of the "Missions for Growth". For this "Mission for Growth in Russia", Antonio Tajani was accompanied by a delegation composed of representatives of companies and industry associations from 23 Member States.

Why Eurozone can afford spending for growth

©AP Images/ European Union-EP

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union will impact young people’s future the most

José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal and Pedro Passos Coelho, Portuguese Prime Minister attend the Globalisation Council 2012, organised by COTEC in Portugal (left to right). (From the EU Audiovisual Services).

Eurozone: Austerity brings new political tremors

Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development receives Dileita Mohamed Dileita, Djiboutian Prime Minister. (EC Audiovisual Services). Piebalgs seems very happy squeezing hard PM’s hand.

EU out to conquer African Union summit

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Diana in Vietnam

Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission, while in official visit to China adopted, together with Cai Wu, Chinese Minister for Culture, the new joint declaration on cultural cooperation between the two sides. (EC Audiovisual Services).

Commission considers anti-dumping duty on Chinese solar glass imports

Dan Mullaney, Chief US Negotiator (on the left) and Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Chief EU Negotiator for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), gave a joint press conference following the TTIP meeting. The next round of TTIP negotiations will take place during the week of 7 October in Brussels (EC Audiovisual Services).

Who and why want the EU-US trade agreement here and now

Michel Barnier, Member of the European Commission, Michael Noonan, Irish Minister for Finance and President of the Ecofin Council (from left to right). (EU Council photographic library 14/05/2013).

Ecofin: ‘The Friday battle’ for the banking union

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