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Embrace between Viviane Reding,  Commissioner responsible for Justice, on the right, and Neelie Kroes, Commissioner  in charge of Digital Agenda (EC Audiovisual Services, 1/07/2014)

Cancer research put at risk by General Data Protection Regulation? The possible dangers of a data privacy EU mania

One of the most important debate topics of the last months in the EU has been data privacy and data protection regulation. Whether it was for a major trade agreement proposal or for the biggest search … [Read More...]

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Economy

Michel Barnier, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services and Industry and Entrepreneurship (pro term), seated, reading documents (EC Audiovisual Services, 1/07/2014)

Bureaucracy in the member states again the obstacle for long due strong European Hedge Funds

It has been a rough week for the European hedge funds industry. The deadline (22/07/2014) for the implementation date of the Alternative Investment … [Read More...]

From left to right: Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. (Council of the European Union photographic library).

Russia and the EU ‘trade’ natural gas supplies and commercial concessions in and out of Ukraine

Despite the willingness of the West (EU and US) to gradually cut off Russia from the western and central European economic volume, the gas pipelines … [Read More...]

European Parliament. Plenary Session. Mario Draghi, President of ECB presents the European Central Bank annual report. (EP Audiovisual Services photographic library).

ECB again to subsidize euro area banks with more than one trillion euro

The Governing Council of European Central Bank decided last week to hand out to Eurozone banks additional liquidity of up to €1 trillion at almost … [Read More...]

Victor Soto, Vice President of JADE and Director of External Elections is interviewed by Carlo Motta at the Sting's pavilion at EBS 2014

“They are trying to make improvements, but of course they are quite slow for my generation”, Vice President of JADE Victor Soto on another Sting Exclusive

This revealing exclusive interview with Victor Soto, Vice President of JADE and Director of External Relations, was conducted by Carlo Motta at the … [Read More...]

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I-Society

Embrace between Viviane Reding,  Commissioner responsible for Justice, on the right, and Neelie Kroes, Commissioner  in charge of Digital Agenda (EC Audiovisual Services, 1/07/2014)

Cancer research put at risk by General Data Protection Regulation? The possible dangers of a data privacy EU mania

One of the most important debate topics of the last months in the EU has been data privacy and data protection regulation. Whether it was for a major … [Read More...]

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I’m not feeling lucky: The “Right to Be Forgotten” ruling puts Google inside a box

“How should one person’s right to be forgotten be balanced with the public’s right to know?” This is the question that Google is asking to its users … [Read More...]

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Zuckerberg, a paella, and the mighty EU questionnaires that would stop Whatsapp acquisition by Facebook?

It was the end of February and we were walking around the Ramblas in Barcelona, at the eve of Mobile World Congress 2014, where the Sting was the only … [Read More...]

Press conference by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC, on the huge cuts in mobile data roaming price caps from 01/07/2014 (EC Audiovisual Services)

The European Commission cuts roaming charges. But “it’s not enough”…

With an official communication the European Union has finally announced it: starting from yesterday, 1st of July, using our mobile overseas will be … [Read More...]

Pedro Nunes' exclusive interview by Carlo Motta at the Sting’s pavilion during EBS 2014

“None of our member states has the dimension to compete with China and the US, not even Germany!”, Head of EUREKA Pedro Nunes on another Sting Exclusive

This revealing exclusive interview with Pedro Nunes, Head of EUREKA, was conducted by Carlo Motta at the European Sting’s pavilion during European … [Read More...]

Robert Jan Smits' exclusive interview by Carlo Motta at the Sting’s pavilion during EBS 2014

“Is Europe innovative? Oh, Yes we are very innovative!”, Director General of the European Commission Mr Robert-Jan Smits on another Sting Exclusive

This revealing exclusive interview with Mr Robert-Jan Smits, Director General of the European Commission for Research and Innovation, was conducted by … [Read More...]

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Embrace between Viviane Reding,  Commissioner responsible for Justice, on the right, and Neelie Kroes, Commissioner  in charge of Digital Agenda (EC Audiovisual Services, 1/07/2014)

Cancer research put at risk by General Data Protection Regulation? The possible dangers of a data privacy EU mania

One of the most important debate topics of the last months in the EU has been data privacy and data protection regulation. Whether it was for a major … [Read More...]

European Economic and Social Committee, 500th Plenary session of 9 and 10 July 2014. Voting procedure. (EESC Audiovisual Services).

Finance for SMEs: Alternative supply mechanisms do exist

Indisputably, one of the most crucial barriers to economic growth is the lack of adequate financing for SMEs, across the European Union. Indeed, the … [Read More...]

Special meeting of the European Council. Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council 1st from the right, David Cameron, British Prime Minister, in the centre, and Joseph Muscat, Maltese Prime Minister, 2nd from the left (in the foreground). (EC Audiovisual Services).

What next after more sanctions against Russia, will the Ukrainian civil war end?

Even if the Kiev government accomplishes the conquest of eastern Ukraine by the force of arms, the West in general, cannot be sure of a viable … [Read More...]

European Parliament, Plenary session week 29 2014 - Statement by Jean-Claude Juncker President of the Commission elect. (EP Audiovisual Services, 15/07/2014).

The EU can afford to invest trillions in support of employment

Eurostat, the EU statistical service, has recently released data showing that, while the government indebtedness increases, the industrial production … [Read More...]

Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the EC, met with Helle Thorning Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister. (EC Audiovisual Services, 16/07/2014)

EU Top Jobs summit ended with no agreement: welcome to Europe’s quicksand!

If finding the right balance in things is some kind of art, we should say that finding the right balance in the right time is for sure the key to … [Read More...]

Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Canuncil, José Manuel Barroso President of the Commission (seated, from left to right). (EC Audiovisual Services, 27/06/2014).

The MH17 tragedy to put a tombstone on Ukrainian civil war

The anthropoid beast that pressed the button to release the missile which brought down the MH17 Malaysian Airlines flight, killing all the 298 people … [Read More...]

Vladimir Putin, Herman van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso (in the foreground, from right to left) at EU-Russia Summit (28/01/2014, EC Audiovisual Services)

Is continuous sanctioning the way to resolve the Ukrainian crisis?

The E.U. together with the U.S. decided to impose harsher economic sanctions against Russia last Wednesday. This action was expected since Russia … [Read More...]

Jean-Claude Juncker, addressing the Plenary of the European Parliament - Statement by the candidate for President of the Commission. (European Parliament Photographic Library 15/07/2014).

Junker for Commission President: What were the stakes in this affair

Jean-Claude Juncker’s was confirmed last Tuesday as President of the European Commission for the next five years. In a secret ballot 422 MEPs who … [Read More...]

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I’m not feeling lucky: The “Right to Be Forgotten” ruling puts Google inside a box

“How should one person’s right to be forgotten be balanced with the public’s right to know?” This is the question that Google is asking to its users … [Read More...]

From left to right: Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. (Council of the European Union photographic library).

Russia and the EU ‘trade’ natural gas supplies and commercial concessions in and out of Ukraine

Despite the willingness of the West (EU and US) to gradually cut off Russia from the western and central European economic volume, the gas pipelines … [Read More...]

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

The Peoples are missing from EU’s monetary union

The disenchantment of the 28 European Peoples with their Union stems from the special care the EU institutions clearly show for the financial sector … [Read More...]

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Zuckerberg, a paella, and the mighty EU questionnaires that would stop Whatsapp acquisition by Facebook?

It was the end of February and we were walking around the Ramblas in Barcelona, at the eve of Mobile World Congress 2014, where the Sting was the only … [Read More...]

European Parliament. Plenary Session. Mario Draghi, President of ECB presents the European Central Bank annual report. (EP Audiovisual Services photographic library).

ECB again to subsidize euro area banks with more than one trillion euro

The Governing Council of European Central Bank decided last week to hand out to Eurozone banks additional liquidity of up to €1 trillion at almost … [Read More...]

Dacian Cioloş, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development and Tom Vilsack, US State Secretary for Agriculture, in the informal working dinner on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). (EC Audiovisual Services, 17/06/2014)

TTIP fight round 6: last chance for the negotiators to finally open up as they touch the Brussels ring

The next round of the EU-US talks on the 'infamous' trade and investment deal, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, is just … [Read More...]

Matteo Renzi President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, spoke at the plenary of the European Parliament. Italy assumed the EU Council Presidency as from 1st July. (EP Audiovisual Services, 02/07/2014).

Is Europe misjudging its abilities to endure more austerity and unemployment?

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) worries about the “effectiveness of EU policies in bringing young generations back into the labour … [Read More...]

Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine (on the right) and Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council both hold the Association Agreements signed between EU and Ukraine. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (on the left) applauds. (EC Audiovisual Services, 27/06/2014).

The Ukrainian crisis to destabilize Europe and the world for a long time

The Kiev government and the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko may be celebrating their military victory in ‘recapturing’ the rebel town of … [Read More...]

László Andor, Member of the European Commission in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (on the right), gave a press conference to present a new Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014 – 2020 and Jonathan Todd, Spokesperson of László Andor. (EC Audiovisual Services, 06/06/2014).

Unemployment and stagnation can tear Eurozone apart if austere policies persist

Unrelentingly, Eurostat keeps producing its statistical time series on inflation and unemployment, confirming that the Eurozone economy has entered in … [Read More...]

Press conference by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC, on the huge cuts in mobile data roaming price caps from 01/07/2014 (EC Audiovisual Services)

The European Commission cuts roaming charges. But “it’s not enough”…

With an official communication the European Union has finally announced it: starting from yesterday, 1st of July, using our mobile overseas will be … [Read More...]

European Council - June 2014. From left to right: José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council. (European Council – Council of the European Union photographic library, Shoot date: 27/06/2014).

Europe is now practically divided as in the Cold War

Last week’s European Summit in an implicit way actually sealed the partitioning of Europe as in the Cold War. The European Sting has repeatedly … [Read More...]

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

Last week’s European Council, bringing together the 28 EU leaders, adopted two groundbreaking decisions. The first one, to propose Jean-Claude Juncker … [Read More...]

UK Prime Minister David Cameron and French President François Hollande (from right to left). The British PM doesn’t seem to have convinced the French leader, who has obviously lost interest in the discussion and looks the other way for a chance to escape the English narrative. (European Council – Council of the EU Newsroom).

This afternoon Britain will be once more isolated from mainland Europe

This morning the European Council will carry out an unprecedented procedure. The 28 EU leaders are supposed to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as … [Read More...]

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Switzerland to favour EU citizens in immigration quotas as the risk of a new referendum looms

Four months have passed since Swiss voters narrowly approved the introduction of quotas on immigration with a referendum last February and the central … [Read More...]

The last G7 Summit was held in Brussels this month. Round table: Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council (hidden), José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, David Cameron, British Prime Minister, Barack Obama, President of the United States, François Hollande, President of the French Republic, Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister, and Shinzō Abe, Japanese Prime Minister, (in clockwise direction). Discussions focused on the situation in Ukraine and the relations with Russia. (EC Audiovisual Services, 05/06/2014).

Europe might not avoid new partitioning on Ukrainian crisis

It seems that a confrontational paranoia is engulfing our world. The British Prime minister is waging an aggressive campaign (which may end up being … [Read More...]