EYE ON REPUTATION – NewsRoom 09-05-2017

EYE ON REPUTATION – NewsRoom 09-05-2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Parliament to vote on new measures on May 18

Greek PMs will vote on the new austerity measures on May 18, Parliament speaker Nikos Voutsis said on Monday.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/218221/article/ekathimerini/news/parliament-to-vote-on-new-measures-on-may-18

140 prior actions listed in ‘supplemental memorandum’ Athens must complete to conclude deal with creditors

A complete list of all 140 prior actions that the Greek government must fulfill until the May 22 Eurogroup in order to achieve a staff-level agreement with creditors and free-up pending bailout loans was disclosed on Monday.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1232789/140-prior-actions-listed-in-supplemental-memorandum-athens-must-complete-to-conclude-deal-with-creditors

Greek leaders hail Macron victory, hope for fruitful ties

Emmanuel Macron received words of encouragement from Greek leaders yesterday after winning France’s presidential election on Sunday.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/218244/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-leaders-hail-macron-victory-hope-for-fruitful-ties

Nicosia tells UN chief Ankara is disrupting talks

Turkey’s violations of Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) are having an adverse impact on the reunification talks, the island nation’s President Nicos Anastasiades has warned in a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/218241/article/ekathimerini/news/nicosia-tells-un-chief-ankara-is-disrupting-talks

Imports outpace exports in March

Greek exports posted double-digit growth both in March and in the first quarter of the year, but they were outpaced by imports in both cases, sending the trade deficit to 6.47 billion euros in the January-March period, against 4.47 billion in the first quarter of last year, according to Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) data issued on Monday.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/218248/article/ekathimerini/business/imports-outpace-exports-in-march

Extrajudicial mechanism, online auctions in full use from August

Entrepreneurs with debts to the state and the banks will as of August 5 be able to apply to settle their arrears under the so-called extrajudicial mechanism, while according to the deputy governor of the Bank of Greece, Theodoros Mitrakos, online property auctions will be in full swing by late August.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/218250/article/ekathimerini/business/extrajudicial-mechanism-online-auctions-in-full-use-from-august

ATHEX: Index climbs to highs unseen since capital controls were imposed

It took the benchmark of the Greek stock exchange more than 11 years to repeat the feat of 10 consecutive sessions of growth, but it did just that on Monday for the first time since January 2006, despite the correction seen across most European bourses. It also bodes well for the market that it closed at the day’s high and trading volume rose above the 100-million-euro mark again.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/218233/article/ekathimerini/business/athex-index-climbs-to-highs-unseen-since-capital-controls-were-imposed

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KATHIMERINI: European bet for reinvigoration

ETHNOS: Free power from… the fields. Subsidized programme for photovoltaic panels

TA NEA: The new fiscal burdens lie in the detail

EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: Media: Changes in ownership get green-light

AVGI: All schools are going to work extra hours

RIZOSPASTIS: Powerful message defending the Sunday holiday

KONTRA NEWS: The Germans fear Macron

DIMOKRATIA: Survival guide regarding forest maps

NAFTEMPORIKI: Plan for the lifting of capital controls 

IMERISIA: New fiscal burden for businesses as contributions may increase up to 30% in some cases

Today the EU celebrates Schuman Day, marking the anniversary of the 1950 Schuman Declaration, the EU’s founding document. EU institutions are closed.

PIC DU JOUR: Sydney Opera House lit up in EU blue for Schuman Day. Photo taken by Daniel Boud, courtesy of the EU’s mission in Australia.

‘In love with Europe’: By the well-known Lithuanian producer and writer Marius Ivaškevičius, now available in English.

JYRKI KATAINEN FIRST TO POP THE MACRON BUBBLE: The Commission vice president, who congratulated Macron within 60 seconds of polls closing Sunday, said on Monday the French president-elect’s floated “Buy European Act” is a bad idea.

Briefing reporters ahead of Wednesday publication of a Commission so-called reflection paper on harnessing globalization, Katainen said: “I strongly believe that Europeans are capable of providing services and goods that fulfill the expectations of European consumers without any artificial rules, which would force people or local authorities to only buy European without a reason.”

Schulz, Merkel, Junker and Trump sidebars: Former European Parliament president and now leader of the German Social Democrats Martin Schulz, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also took aim at Macron, saying the German trade surplus is not a problem and France still can’t be trusted to curb public deficits. Trump and Macron to meet May 25 in Brussels, in the margins of the 2017 NATO summit, the White House said.

**A message from Google: Every day is Europe Day on Android, as developers across the region are thriving. What’s the secret of 94 Seconds, the trivia quiz app from France’s Scimob? Open access to players around the world. The prize? Five million downloads. Learn more.**

INERTIA WILL TEST MACRON’S REFORMISM: He won on a pro-business, liberal ticket, but history suggests Macron will need a dose of economic luck and support from his European partners in order to make his plans a reality, writes Paul Taylor in his latest Europe at Large column. “France is rarely liberal for long … The dominant trend of the last two decades has been sullen complacency … This has led to genteel decline, too slow to stimulate reform or spark revolt … A second feature of France never far from the surface is rebellion.”

SOCIALISTS AND REPUBLICANS FACE CHALLENGE: Neither of France’s two traditional parties can hide the deep internal divisions over what to do in the wake of their electoral defeats: Should they join the 39-year-old president-elect — or fight him? Pierre Briançon weighs it up.

FRANCE WASH-UP …

Global POLITICO podcast on the risks and potential of President Macron: Susan B. Glasser spoke with Nicholas Vinocur and Playbook. Listen here.

It’s not over yet: President François Hollande will hand over the reins if the country before the parliamentary elections take place in June, then Macron will put together his first government. AFP produced a handy calendar laying out the dates to put in your diary.

Macron’s foreign policy doctrine: The newly minted French president knows Brussels, distrusts Moscow and must learn everything else, writes Ben Judah.

Emmanuel Macron won’t mean business as usual in Brussels: He’s an EU evangelist, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t set on rocking the Brussels boat. His plans include significant reforms to how the eurozone operates.

How Germany can seize the Macron moment: Thomas Gomart and Thorsten Benner on which compromises the German government should make in order to take advantage of a newly invigorated French presidency. Foreign Affairs.

Merci for nothing, Donald: Marine Le Pen tried to ride Donald Trump’s coattails. Instead, on Sunday in France, the center bounced back and won. Matthew Karnitschnig writes that the rise of Trump and Brexit influenced the French result — just not quite in the way the far-right leader had hoped and pundits had feared.

PARLIAMENT — DAYS OF POPULISM ARE OVER: Parliament President Antonio Tajani thinks Macron’s victory signifies populism has peaked in Europe and is now on the wane. The Italian told POLITICO’s Florian Eder that “the season of growth of populism has ended” and the EU would, therefore, change for the better. But, he added: “We need to change it all together. France and Germany but also Italy and Spain have to give a contribution.”

COMMISSIONERS’ DIARIES: Vice President Frans Timmermans is giving a speech in Amsterdam at the conference of European rabbis. High Representative Federica Mogherini is in New York to give a speech to the U.N. Security Council. Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis meets Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis to discuss the future of Europe. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is in Greenland for a conference about the region’s business prospects.

COUNCIL — ESTONIAN PRESIDENCY CALENDAR (JULY-DECEMBER 2017): Download it here.

COUNCIL — NEW EU AMBASSADORS: There are at least three interesting new nominees for EU ambassadorships, Playbook has confirmed via EU diplomatic sources.

Moscow thaw: Returning to the fold as EU ambassador to Moscow is Markus Ederer, the former EU ambassador to China, who is currently state secretary at the German foreign affairs ministry. Sources say that if any diplomat can assist a possible thawing of EU-Russia relations, it’s Ederer.

Parachutes at the ready: It’s the second half of the Commission’s term and the parachutes are starting to open. Peteris Ustubs, a member of Federica Mogherini’s cabinet, is being sent to the plum post of ambassador to Canada.

British promotion: Perhaps the most surprising nomination (for those who look at flags not talent) is that of Michael Mann from the U.K. Mann, who is the EEAS head of strategic communications, will become ambassador to Iceland. He is best remembered for surviving five years as Catherine Ashton’s spokesman, and Mogherini should expect a grilling from MEPs about his nomination.

From Down Under with love: Sem Fabrizi will swap posts. In a sign of trust from Mogherini, he’ll leave sunny Australia for politically heated Serbia, at the heart of an increasingly difficult regional situation.

**Join us on May 22 in Brussels for POLITICO’s event “Europe’s Changing Energy Markets: Transition to New Realities with Maroš Šefcovic, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union. Presented by ENEL, the event will also welcome Monique Goyens, Director General at the European Consumer’s Organization, Clyde Kull, Estonian Deputy Permanent Representative, Kristian Ruby, Secretary General at EURELECTRIC and Kathleen Van Brempt MEP for a frank debate on the changing market realities and policy challenges facing governments and regulators. Find out more about the event and the speakers here**

MUST READ — TECH MEETS POLITICS: Carole Cadwalladr had this extraordinary story published on Sunday in the Guardian, but given the wall-to-wall French election coverage Playbook saved it for today to share. It is a tale of how Brexit, Trump’s election, the use of psychological warfare techniques on civilians and big data overlap, potentially in illegal ways. Cadwalladr interviews former Cambridge Analytica employees. The firm not only helped Trump win but was also linked to millions in Brexit campaign spending.

TECH — GOOGLE DODGES BREITBART QUESTIONS: MEPs sent a letter to Google demanding it explain why it was “serving ads to the hate site Breitbart.com.” Google responded, but avoided mentioning Breitbart, a news platform accused of spreading fake news.

CLIMATE NEGOTIATORS STARE INTO AN AMERICAN VOID: Technical discussions taking place in Bonn, Germany on new rules implementing the Paris climate agreement have all but stopped. The reason? Fears the U.S. is set to back out of the deal. “It’s clear that [the U.S.] won’t abide by the commitment,” a senior climate negotiator from Africa told POLITICO’s Kalina Oroschakoff. “They are de facto out of the Paris agreement, now it’s a matter of making it de jure.” American officials are set to meet today to decide on their next steps.

ROMANIA — IOHANNIS FEELS THE EU LOVE: “We have no enemies in the European Union, contrary to what some politicians have said to us,” said Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in a wide-ranging interview. “On the contrary, we have a lot of friends and we have a lot of people who are looking forward with optimism to us being able to understand the European values.”

GERMANY — TRADE MINISTERS PROMISE TO BOOST RELATIONS: Turkey’s Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci was in Germany Monday to mend fences with his counterpart Brigitte Zypries, committing to boosting trade ties between the two countries. Ankara had accused Berlin of “Nazi methods” after it barred Turkish leaders from speaking at rallies ahead of last month’s constitutional referendum.

BULGARIA — PRESIDENCY PREPARATIONS WAY BEHIND: It’s only eight months before Bulgaria takes on the rotating presidency of the EU Council, and it seems the country isn’t ready for it. According to a report compiled by a former prime minister, two buildings where most of the Council meetings will take place haven’t been completed yet. There’s also a shortage of decent hotels. Oh, and there’s still no Bulgarian commissioner.

BREXIT CORNER …

May’s Brexit true believers: On their way to British parliament are a group of Conservative candidates who campaigned for Brexit. Annabelle Dickson profiles some of the most likely picks, among them former soldier Leo Docherty and former head of digital at the right-leaning political magazine The Spectator Kemi Badenoch.

Facebook fake news warning: Ahead of next month’s U.K. election, and days after “MacronLeaks,” Facebook has issued a warning about the dangers of fake news.

MOLDOVA — WINE INDUSTRY LOOKS EAST TO RUSSIA: Winemakers in one of Europe’s poorest countries are looking to take advantage of Moscow’s easing of embargoes on imported wine, boosted by the election late last year of a pro-Russian president, Igor Dodon. Amie Ferris-Rotman has the story.

KOSOVO — BORDER DEAL SENT TO PARLIAMENT: Prime Minister Isa Mustafa has sent to Kosovo’s parliament a controversial border demarcation deal with Montenegro, which must be signed off before Kosovars can be granted visa-free access to the EU. More on Balkans Insight.

RUSSIA — TILLERSON AND LAVROV TO MEET WEDNESDAY: Rex Tillerson, U.S. secretary of state, and Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, are set to discuss Ukraine, Syria and “bilateral issues” in Washington when they meet Wednesday.

SOUTH KOREA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TODAY: South Koreans are voting to replace former President Park Geun-hye, who was ousted after a corruption scandal.

EUROVISION COUNTDOWN BEGINS WITH SEMI-FINAL TODAY: Eurovision heads to Kiev, Ukraine this week, culminating in the public vote finale on Saturday. You can watch it live worldwide. Italy is the hot favorite. But if militarized yodelers are your thing, then spare a minute to get acquainted with Romania.

PARTY PEOPLE — GREEN’S SIXTH SENSE: The European Greens have released a sixth scenario for the future of Europe, building on the five released by the European Commission in March. It is “a vision for Europe that embraces sustainability, transparency and human rights,” said Greens spokesman David Weir.

UNDERSTANDING POPULISM …

New book — The state of populism in Europe: This edited collection analyzes 80 parties and movements from a progressive perspective. The key finding: the expansion of populist parties has halted in most EU countries, but there are likely still populist gains in Hungary and Slovakia. It’s linked to the Populism Tracker website, which allows you to see the level of opinion poll or election support for all populist parties in a given country.

BRUSSELS CORNER …

JUNCKER, DANIEL COHN-BENDIT AND TAAVI RÕIVAS IN BOZAR: The president of the European Commission, the former Green MEP and the former Estonian prime minister will be at Bozar this afternoon starting at 5 p.m. for the event “which way forward for a better European future.”