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Hi 5 Donald! Jean-Claude Juncker seems very happy to meet his new pal. From left to right, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Donald TUSK, President of the European Council at the 18-19 December EU Council in Brussels (European Council Audiovisual Services, 18/12/2014)

The British “nonsense”, the relaxed Commissioner and the TTIP “chiaroscuro” at this week’s Council

"The EU and the US should make all efforts to conclude negotiations on an ambitious, comprehensive and mutually beneficial TTIP by the end of 2015", was the first conclusion of the first day of the … [Read More...]

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Strasbourg, 15/04/2014. European Parliament, 7th Parliamentary Term. Press conference on Banking Union. Michel Barnier, ex-Commissioner responsible for the internal market (second from left), Sharon Bowles, then Chair of ECON Committee (ALDE, UK) (in the middle) and three members of the previous Parliament associated with the inter-institutional agreement for the creation of the European Banking Union, Elisa Ferreira (S&D, PT) (second from right), Gunnar Hokmark, (EPP, SE) (first from right) and Peter Simon (S&D, DE).

Germany rules the banking industry of Eurozone

Last Tuesday the European Parliament approved the appointment of the Single Resolution Board members. European Sting readers may recall that some … [Read More...]

Mr Sapin seems to be asking Mrs Georgieva here for a "discount" on France's contribution to the EU budget, given the severe economic problems in Hexagone. From left to right, Michel Sapin, French Minister for Finance, and Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources. (EC Audiovisual Services, 06/11/2014)

Bundesbank’s President Weidmann criticises France and the EU. Credibility at risk?

Just a few days have passed since an official report by the Directorate General for Economics and Finance Affairs of the European Commission told the … [Read More...]

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

The latest Eurostat data on employment and industrial production for the Eurozone economy point invariably to stagnation, if not recession, while the … [Read More...]

Pierre Moscovici

France fails again the exams. Kindly requested to sit in on Commission’s class

France gets once more under the microscope. Apparently the second biggest economy of Europe is il for the past couple of years in trouble. Given its … [Read More...]

European Council of 23-24.10.2014 in Brussels. Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Francois Hollande, President of France. This is how the European Council decides. Chancellor Merkel speaks and French President Hollande listens. (EU Council Photographic Library).

Greece did it again

Last Monday, the Greek government scheduled an early Presidential election before the end of the year, which according to the constitution is to be … [Read More...]

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“Hasta la vista” Google says to Spain and now Europe is next?

"But sadly, as a result of a new Spanish law, we’ll shortly have to close Google News in Spain. Let me explain why. This new legislation requires … [Read More...]

Mrs Vestager will have to finish her welcome coffee earlier than previewed and take action on the Google case promptly. The voices of the Parliament show that there is not time for further delay it seems. Margrethe Vestager is the new Commissioner designate for Competition at the European Commission (EP Audiovisual Services, 02/10/2014)

EU to Google: How to dismantle European search engines in 13 steps

It seems that the search engine thriller that we are watching with horror in the Old Continent goes on. Last week the Sting reported on how … [Read More...]

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Parlamentarians to “break up” with reality in the Google antitrust case

How many years can an antitrust case endure in the EU? It certainly depends on many factors but in the case of Google 4 is the minimum. This is … [Read More...]

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Search Engine neutrality in Europe in danger: Are 160.000 Google filtering requests good enough?

The long awaited last public discussion about "the right to be forgotten" took place in Brussels yesterday. This was the last of the seven miracles or … [Read More...]

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It’s Time to Disrupt Europe, Digital First

Written by Kumardev Chatterjee, Founder & President of European Young Innovators Forum Over the last 30 years, the European Union has … [Read More...]

Hearing at the European Parliament of Andrus Ansip, Vice-President designate of the EC, in charge of Digital Single Market. Mr Ansip is trying to listen and understand the translation of the parlamanterian's comments and worries. Hopefully he will make it.

Digital business is Europe’s best hope to get back to growth

Digital market has received a lot of interest lately in Europe. Not only by the market players that have always lobbied more favourable or less … [Read More...]

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Hi 5 Donald! Jean-Claude Juncker seems very happy to meet his new pal. From left to right, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Donald TUSK, President of the European Council at the 18-19 December EU Council in Brussels (European Council Audiovisual Services, 18/12/2014)

The British “nonsense”, the relaxed Commissioner and the TTIP “chiaroscuro” at this week’s Council

"The EU and the US should make all efforts to conclude negotiations on an ambitious, comprehensive and mutually beneficial TTIP by the end of 2015", … [Read More...]

Strasbourg, 15/04/2014. European Parliament, 7th Parliamentary Term. Press conference on Banking Union. Michel Barnier, ex-Commissioner responsible for the internal market (second from left), Sharon Bowles, then Chair of ECON Committee (ALDE, UK) (in the middle) and three members of the previous Parliament associated with the inter-institutional agreement for the creation of the European Banking Union, Elisa Ferreira (S&D, PT) (second from right), Gunnar Hokmark, (EPP, SE) (first from right) and Peter Simon (S&D, DE).

Germany rules the banking industry of Eurozone

Last Tuesday the European Parliament approved the appointment of the Single Resolution Board members. European Sting readers may recall that some … [Read More...]

Google News. Spanish version not any more available.

“Hasta la vista” Google says to Spain and now Europe is next?

"But sadly, as a result of a new Spanish law, we’ll shortly have to close Google News in Spain. Let me explain why. This new legislation requires … [Read More...]

Mr Sapin seems to be asking Mrs Georgieva here for a "discount" on France's contribution to the EU budget, given the severe economic problems in Hexagone. From left to right, Michel Sapin, French Minister for Finance, and Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources. (EC Audiovisual Services, 06/11/2014)

Bundesbank’s President Weidmann criticises France and the EU. Credibility at risk?

Just a few days have passed since an official report by the Directorate General for Economics and Finance Affairs of the European Commission told the … [Read More...]

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

The latest Eurostat data on employment and industrial production for the Eurozone economy point invariably to stagnation, if not recession, while the … [Read More...]

Pierre Moscovici

France fails again the exams. Kindly requested to sit in on Commission’s class

France gets once more under the microscope. Apparently the second biggest economy of Europe is il for the past couple of years in trouble. Given its … [Read More...]

European Council of 23-24.10.2014 in Brussels. Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Francois Hollande, President of France. This is how the European Council decides. Chancellor Merkel speaks and French President Hollande listens. (EU Council Photographic Library).

Greece did it again

Last Monday, the Greek government scheduled an early Presidential election before the end of the year, which according to the constitution is to be … [Read More...]

It seems that not even Dan Mullaney, Chief US Negotiator for TTIP, can believe that Cecilia sees a "fresh start" in the negotiations! From right to left, Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Trade and Dan Mullaney, Chief US Negotiator for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). (EC Audiovisual Services, 08/12/2014)

Is a full course lunch, a new Commissioner and 2 million anti-TTIP citizens what you would call a “Fresh Start”?

It was last Monday that Mrs Cecilia Malmstrom, the newly appointed EU Commissioner for Trade, paid a visit to Washington to meet "our American … [Read More...]

Visit by Federica Mogherini, Johannes Hahn and Christos Stylianides to Turkey. from let to right: Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, and Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish Prime Minister. (EC Audiovisual Services, 08/12/2014)

EU’s Mogherini visits Turkey “to step up engagement” and highlight interests

As announced last week through an official European Union statement, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and two other senior EU officials are … [Read More...]

European Parliament. Monetary Dialogue with Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (in the middle) - Adoption by Lithuania of the euro on 1 January 2015. (EP Audiovisual Services).

The financial war touches Frankfurt and Berlin

Early next year the world is going to watch the culmination of the battle between Mario Draghi the President of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt … [Read More...]

"C'est la vie", the body language of Mr Moscovici says in this photo. Press point after the hearing of Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs (EP Audiovisual Services, 02/10/2014)

“C’est la vie”? French recession and unemployment to linger in Eurozone

It was last Wednesday when the financial information services company Markit published the Markit Eurozone Composite Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) … [Read More...]

Donald Tusk, Herman van Rompuy, José Manuel Barroso and Jean-Claude Juncker (from left to right). The former and the present EU leaders got together in Brussels to mark the succession, with Barroso looking happy about it. (EC Audiovisual Services).

How much more political is the new EU leadership? Does this include personal bend?

Judging from their first days in office, the new leadership of the European Union appears functioning on a much more ‘political’ platform than their … [Read More...]

Mrs Vestager will have to finish her welcome coffee earlier than previewed and take action on the Google case promptly. The voices of the Parliament show that there is not time for further delay it seems. Margrethe Vestager is the new Commissioner designate for Competition at the European Commission (EP Audiovisual Services, 02/10/2014)

EU to Google: How to dismantle European search engines in 13 steps

It seems that the search engine thriller that we are watching with horror in the Old Continent goes on. Last week the Sting reported on how … [Read More...]

Handshake between Donald Tusk, Herman van Rompuy and Federica Mogherini (from left to right) during the end of the August Council where Mr Tusk got the top EU job. (EC Audiovisual Services, 30/08/2014)

“Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” Finally a name and a number to answer Henry Kissinger’s question

The much awaited succession ceremony at the EU Council took place yesterday in Brussels. Herman Van Rompuy, leaving President of the EU Council, … [Read More...]

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission (in the middle of a group of MEPs), and several Members of the College of the Commission participated in the European Parliament plenary session which focused on the presentation of the creation of a new EU strategic investment plan. (EC Audiovisual Services, 26/11/2014).

Eurostat overturns Commission’s assessment of the economy

Last Friday 28 November Eurostat did it again. Almost simultaneously with the presentation of Commission’s “Annual Growth Survey 2015”, disingenuously … [Read More...]

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, and several Members of the College of the EC participated in the EP plenary session which focused on the presentation of the creation of a new EU strategic investment plan. He looks here too confident. Will he make the ship turn? (EC Audiovisual Services (26/11/2014)

Presentation of Juncker’s Investment Plan: Can 315 billion euros save the EU?

Jean Claude Junker, the president of the European Commission (EC), announced details of his 315 billion euros promising investment plan two days ago … [Read More...]

European Council of 24/10/2014. From left to right: Alexander Stubb, Finnish Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor and Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria. The Finn and the Dutch leaders show the German Chancellor a document, while the Bulgarian politician doesn’t dare touch it. (The Council of the European Union photographic librery).

How much time has the ‘European Union of last chance’ left?

Ahead of the 18-19 December Summit of the 28 EU leaders, the European economy dives deeper in recession and disinflation. Brussels sources estimate … [Read More...]

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Parlamentarians to “break up” with reality in the Google antitrust case

How many years can an antitrust case endure in the EU? It certainly depends on many factors but in the case of Google 4 is the minimum. This is … [Read More...]

Catherine Ashton, Vice-President of the EC and Coordinator and negotiator for the E3+3 group in the Iran nuclear negotiations, John Kerry, John Kerry, US Secretary of State, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Laurent Fabius, French Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, at New York in September. The don't seem so happy now after the latest negotiations for Iran's nuclear programme. (EC Audiovisual Services, 25/09/2014)

Iran nuclear talks’ deadline extended: the match is still open for many

One year and one day has passed since the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) was forged in Geneva, on November 24 2013, between Iran and the P5+1 Countries. … [Read More...]

European Parliament President Martin Schulz walks to chair a vote at the plenary of the legislative on the European Banking Union. 7th Parliamentary Term in Strasbourg. (EP Audiovisual Services).

Bankers don’t go to jail because they are more equal than us all

How come and despite the fact that bankers systematically and quite openly cheat hundreds of millions of people, usurping trillions from them, and the … [Read More...]

Mr Macron seems very happy thinking he has the blessings of the EU. Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, received Emmanuel Macron, French Minister for Economy, Industry and Digital Sector earlier in November (EC Audiovisual Services, 6/11/2014)

France pushes UK to stay and Germany to pay

Emmanuel Macron, France’s minister of Economy, visited London this week in an attempt to step up for his country’s future policy reforms. Among … [Read More...]

President of the European Central Bank (EBC) Mario Draghi (reading a document) met the European Parliament's economic committee to discuss ECB's perspective on economic and monetary developments. (EP Audiovisual Services, 17/11/2014).

Draghi: printing a full extra trillion non negotiable to help all borrow cheaply

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi speaking at the economic and monetary affairs Committee of the European Parliament last Monday, made at … [Read More...]

David Cameron is counting to Manuel Barroso the reasons why the EU immigrants should be stopped from entering the UK but Ed Miliband from the UK labour party can count more. Photo taken during discussions between David Cameron, British Prime Minister, and José Manuel Barroso during a on a Ukranian crisis meeting  between Heads of EU State at the EU Council, earlier this year. (EC Audiovisual Services, 6/03/2014)

Cameron’s Conservatives and UKIP are exploiting and cultivating anti-EU immigration sentiment but Labour party isn’t?

Currently the significant success of the eurosceptic UKIP party in polarising the British voter in several social issues, like immigration, has set … [Read More...]

Round table: Mariano Rajoy Brey, Spanish Prime Minister, François Hollande, President of the French Republic, Barack Obama, President of the United States, David Cameron, British Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Herman van Rompuy and Jean-Claude Juncker (in a clockwise direction). David Cameron's seat right next to President Obama made it inevitable that he boosts TTIP at Brisbane. (EC Audiovisual Services, 16/11/2014)

UK’s Cameron takes the field to speed up TTIP talks. Will “rocket boosters” work?

In the last few months negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) seemed to have slowed down significantly. TTIP … [Read More...]

The leaders of the West hold a meeting in the side lines of the Brisbane G20 Summit. (From Right to Left) : Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, David Cameron Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Barack Obama, President of the United States, Francois Hollande, President of France and Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain. Matteo Renzi, the Italian Prime Minister is not seen, being sited between Hollande and Rajoy. (EC Audiovisual Services, 16/11/2014).

The West definitively cuts Russia off from the developed world

Last weekend’s G20 Summit in Brisbane Australia in a direct way ineradicably mapped the abyss now dividing the West from Russia. American and European … [Read More...]

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How and why Mercedes fakes the EU fuel consumption tests

Remember the time you bought a new car. You normally visited it at the showroom, took it for a test drive, read the fuel consumption. Those three … [Read More...]

Irene Madsen, Team leader at the European Court of Auditors, Milan Martin Cvikl, and Angela Hodar McCann, Head of Unit at the European Court of Auditors (from left to right). Cvikl gave a press conference following the publication of the special report n° 5/2014 entitled "European banking supervision taking shape - EBA and its changing context" in which the European Court of Auditors assessed whether the Commission and the European Banking Authority (EBA) had satisfactorily carried out their responsibilities in setting up the new arrangements for the regulation and supervision system of the banking sector and to examine how successfully those new arrangements were functioning. The report found shortcomings in cross-border banking supervision, the assessment of the resilience of EU banks, and the promotion of consumer protection. (EC Audiovisual services, 2/7/2014).

What can stop the ‘too big to fail’ bankers from terrorising the world?

Last Monday 10 November the Financial Stability Board, an international non-binding body based in Basel which comprises government and central bank … [Read More...]

ENVI committee meeting - Vote on Possibility for the Member States to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs in their territory (EP Audiovisual Services, 11/11/2014)

Europe votes against GMOs but the Council votes for TTIP

Yesterday afternoon good news came out of the European Parliament; good news for the anti-GM (Genetically Modified Organisms) movement and hopefully … [Read More...]

Martin SCHULZ - EP President meets with Artur MAS - President of the Catalan Government. Mr Mas would wish he had the  blessings of Mr Schulz for his illegal vote of last Sunday (EP Audiovisual Services, 21/03/2012)

Catalonia’s vote for independence and the power of symbols

Although the polling has no legal force, the officers were all volunteers, and the election might be illegal, Catalans voted on 9 November. And the … [Read More...]

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

Last week, all the major media reported a deep division in the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, over a Mario Draghi policy proposal to … [Read More...]