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Visit by Christos Stylianides, Member of the European Commission in charge of Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, EU Coordinator for the Ebola response to South Sudan. Stylianides, (on the right), speaks to displaced South Sudanese, mostly women and children, as they wait for International Committee of the Red Cross food ration. (EC Audiovisual Services, 24/04/2015).

The EU threatens to occupy Libya militarily; is another colonial war brewing?

It was really deplorable to watch the 28 EU leaders who gathered in Brussels last week after the hecatombs of drowned emigrants, to solemnly discuss aggressive military operations on the soil and the … [Read More...]

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European Parliament, ECON Committee meeting, 'Vote and appointment of a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank’. On 13 January 2014, Sabine Lautenschläger (first from right) was approved by the previous EU legislative as an ECB executive. (European Parliament Audiovisual Services, 13/1/2014, ¬© European Union 2014 EP).

How Germany strives to mold ECB’s monetary policy to her interests

Sabine Lautenschläger, a Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank and at the same time Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the … [Read More...]

European Parliament, Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Public Hearing with Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank. (From left to right) Costas Mavrides, Alfred Sant, Renato Soru, Pervenche Beres, Jakob von Weizsacker. (EP Audiovisual Services, Brussels - Belgium, 31/3/2015, © European Union 2015 РEP).

The EU Parliament and the ECB unknowingly or unwillingly fail to protect our financial assets

This week the European Parliament and the European Central Bank rather unknowingly or unwillingly failed to protect the European citizens from the … [Read More...]

European Parliament. Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee meeting (ECON) 23/3/2015. Monetary Dialogue with President of the ECB Mario Draghi (first from right). In the Chair of the ECON Committee, Roberto Gualtieri (second from right). (European Parliament Audiovisual Services, 23/3/2015, Brussels Belgium, © European Union 2015 - Source EP).

ECB with an iron hand disciplines the smaller Eurozone member states; latest victim: Greece

Last Monday the President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi reacted strongly while answering a MEP’s question in the European legislature. He … [Read More...]

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?

Paris, Washington and Brussels categorically reject the idea of a Grexit, while Berlin is still loudly insisting that the Eurozone can weather at a … [Read More...]

"You got to look for some more money to chip in my Investment Fund", Mr Juncker would be probably saying here to Francois Hollande. From left to right,  Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Francois Hollande, President of France in a meeting in Spain earlier this month (EC Audiovisual Services, 04/03/2015).

Juncker’s Investment Plan in desperate need for trust and funds from public and private investors

Last Tuesday the EU Finance ministers gathered in Brussels to decide for the fate of Juncker’s Investments Plan. The news is quite promising for EU … [Read More...]

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Press conference by Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC, on the Statement of Objections to Google on comparison shopping service and the opening of a separate formal investigation on Android (EC Audiovisual Services, 15/04/2015)

It’s EU vs. Google for real: the time is now, the case is open

As anticipated by the European Sting in a latest Sting of the day last week on Google’s antitrust case in Europe, the European Commission did take … [Read More...]

"How on earth did you think that the national telcos would take all that risk without any reassurance plan?" This should probably be the question of Mrs Vestager to Mr Ansip today during the weekly meeting of Juncker's College of Commissioners. From left to right, Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market and Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC in charge of Competition (EC Audiovisual Services, 25/03/2015).

Yesterday’s “jokes” and sarcasm by Digital Single Market’s Vice President Ansip on EU member states’ right to protect their telco markets

The distance between an actual speech and a press release is abyssal. A good example of that came out of Mr Ansip's introductory speech at an event in … [Read More...]

Mr Víctor Calvo-Sotelo,  Secretary of State for Telecommunication and Society Information in Spain. The photos were taken during MWC 2015, in the Government Forum which took place on Wednesday March 4th (© European Sting)

A Sting Exclusive: “Digital and mobile technologies are helping to achieve an economic success in Spain”, the Spanish Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society Víctor Calvo-Sotelo reveals to the Sting at Mobile World Congress 2015

Exclusively written for the European Sting by Mr Víctor Calvo-Sotelo, Secretary of State for Telecommunication and Society Information in Spain, … [Read More...]

Press conference by Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC, on the EC fines of over 19.4 million euros to five envelope producers in cartel settlement (EC Audiovisual Services, 11/12/2014)

EU to Telcos: Stop Mergers and Acquisitions but please help me urgently with 5G development

Last week in the Mobile World Congress 2015 you had the distinct feeling being in an immense supermarket, strolling from isle to isle in order to find … [Read More...]

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EU seeks foreign support on 5G from Mobile World Congress 2015 as the “digital gold rush” begins

“The digital economy is simply becoming the economy. And the future network infrastructure, 5G, will become the infrastructure”. These words came from … [Read More...]

Photo from the main entrance of Fira Barcelona, where the Mobile World Congress 2015 took place last week. European Net Neutrality and Roaming Charges were part of the debate in this year's 10th edition. © European Sting

Mobile World Congress 2015 first to debate EU’s new stance on Net Neutrality and Roaming Charges

Did you really think that Christmas 2015 would be the perfect chance to travel abroad in Europe, do your shopping in London or Paris and call your … [Read More...]

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Visit by Christos Stylianides, Member of the European Commission in charge of Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, EU Coordinator for the Ebola response to South Sudan. Stylianides, (on the right), speaks to displaced South Sudanese, mostly women and children, as they wait for International Committee of the Red Cross food ration. (EC Audiovisual Services, 24/04/2015).

The EU threatens to occupy Libya militarily; is another colonial war brewing?

It was really deplorable to watch the 28 EU leaders who gathered in Brussels last week after the hecatombs of drowned emigrants, to solemnly discuss … [Read More...]

European Council - March 2015 (Day 2). In the forefront, from left to right: Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister, Francois Hollande, President of France. (European Council – Council of the European Union, Audiovisual Services, Shoot location: Brussels - Belgium, Shoot date: 20/03/2015).

Will Eurozone be able to repay its debts? Is a bubble forming there?

This newspaper has been very reluctant in endorsing the widely accepted view that Eurozone has left behind its stagnation if not recession phase. The … [Read More...]

The whole world anticipates now more actions that talks by Mr Avramopoulos on the imminent EU Immigration crisis. The Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship is here in a press conference at the European Commission last month (EC Audiovisual Services, 04/03/2015)

Why do thousands of migrants need to be drowned for Brussels to wake up?

The European Union is once more hit by migration. Last Sunday, around 800 illegal immigrants are believed to have died when their ship sank on the way … [Read More...]

Press conference by Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC, on the Statement of Objections to Google on comparison shopping service and the opening of a separate formal investigation on Android (EC Audiovisual Services, 15/04/2015)

It’s EU vs. Google for real: the time is now, the case is open

As anticipated by the European Sting in a latest Sting of the day last week on Google’s antitrust case in Europe, the European Commission did take … [Read More...]

European Parliament. Conference: Children on the move: will the EU deliver on its commitments? From left to right: Cecilia Malstrom, Salvatore Parata , Farah Abdi Abdullahi. (EC Audiovisual Services 19/2/2014).

Youth and children in Europe set the new perspectives for the decades to come

The share of children of less than 15% in a population is a powerful and polyvalent indicator. For one thing, it accurately predicts the strength or … [Read More...]

Press conference after the Ministerial meeting with EU Southern partners to discuss the future of European Neighbourhood Policy. In the picture Nasser Judeh, Jordanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the left in a covert exchange with Federica Mogherini High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC. Jordan is a long time friend (client) of the West and Mogherini takes full advantage of that. (EC Audiovisual Services, Barcelona, 13/04/2015).

Does the West reserve the fate of Libya and Syria for others? How does this relate to the EU’s Neighborhood Policy?

Last Monday the High Representative and Vice-president of the European Commission Federica Mogherini delivered the opening speech, in the ministerial … [Read More...]

Joint press conference last February by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC, and Miguel Arias Cañete, Member of the EC, on the strategy of the EC to achieve a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy (EC Audiovisual Services, 25/02/2015)

EU’s new environmental policy on biofuels impacts both the environment and the European citizen

The proposal of the European Commission (EC) back in 2012 regarding the reduction of traditional biofuels as renewable energy sources to 7% of final … [Read More...]

Portraits of Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC in charge of Competition (EC Audiovisual Services, 11/12/2014)

On Google antitrust case: “Let’s face it, some companies want to hurt Google and it goes as simple as that”

After 5 long lingering years a bit of light will be cast on Google's antitrust case in Europe. Former Commissioner Joaquin Almunia for … [Read More...]

Marianne Thyssen, Member of the European Commission in charge of Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labor Mobility, gave a press conference after the EC proposed to make 1 billion euro from the Youth Employment Initiative available as early as this year. (EC Audiovisual Services, 04/02/2015).

Can the national and age groups pockets of unemployment cause irreparable damages to Eurozone?

It’s a bit awkward to consider a drop of the unemployment rate by one decimal point of a percentage unit as economic growth, and call it a reversal to … [Read More...]

European Parliament, ECON Committee meeting, 'Vote and appointment of a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank’. On 13 January 2014, Sabine Lautenschläger (first from right) was approved by the previous EU legislative as an ECB executive. (European Parliament Audiovisual Services, 13/1/2014, ¬© European Union 2014 EP).

How Germany strives to mold ECB’s monetary policy to her interests

Sabine Lautenschläger, a Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank and at the same time Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the … [Read More...]

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?

Today is the day that Alexis Tsipras meets Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss about business and trade under a spiritual Easter atmosphere for the … [Read More...]

(L-to-R) British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Mogherini and Zarif walk to deliver the famous Press conference of 02/04/2015, where they confirmed the eventual return of Iran to the world community. (EC Audiovisual Services. Lausanne, 2/4/2015).

Can Obama attract Iran close to the US sphere of influence?

The best indications about the fairness of a deal are that all the parties directly involved in it can claim victory, and when it comes to the … [Read More...]

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An Easter Special: Social protection of migrants in Europe as seen through the eyes of European youth

European Youth Insights is a platform provided by the European Youth Forum and the European Sting, to allow young people to air their views on issues … [Read More...]

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A European student just sets the question of the day: What kind of education policies are missing in Europe?

European Youth Insights is a platform provided by the European Youth Forum and the European Sting, to allow young people to air their views on issues … [Read More...]

European Parliament, Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Public Hearing with Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank. (From left to right) Costas Mavrides, Alfred Sant, Renato Soru, Pervenche Beres, Jakob von Weizsacker. (EP Audiovisual Services, Brussels - Belgium, 31/3/2015, © European Union 2015 РEP).

The EU Parliament and the ECB unknowingly or unwillingly fail to protect our financial assets

This week the European Parliament and the European Central Bank rather unknowingly or unwillingly failed to protect the European citizens from the … [Read More...]

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 British elections that will take place on 7 May will show whether UK’s relationship with the European Union is about to change dramatically or … [Read More...]

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EU-US to miss 2015 deadline and even lose Germany’s support in TTIP’s darkest week yet

What many TTIP supporters were afraid of - and many acute observers were expecting - was announced officially last week: The EU and United States will … [Read More...]

Iliana Ivanova (on the right), the ECA member responsible for auditing of the Youth Guarantee project and the drafting of the report entitled “Young and unemployed in Europe: obstacles ahead for the EU's Youth Guarantee”. (ECA Audiovisual Services, Copyright: EU)

The 28 EU leaders care more about fiscal orthodoxy than effectively fighting youth unemployment

Last week the European Court of Auditors (ECA) published a report on the “risks to the successful implementation of the EU Youth Guarantee”. The ECA … [Read More...]

Miguel Arias Cañete, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action and Energy, pronounced a speech at the conference on the 'Renewable Energy Solutions for Today's Challenges and Tomorrow's World', which was organised in Brussels (EC Audiovisual Services, 16/03/2015)

Except Poland, can climate change also wait until 2021 for the EU Market Stability Reserve to be launched?

The EU member states came to an agreement last Wednesday regarding the set up of the Market Stability Reserve (MSR) which will eventually lead to … [Read More...]

European Parliament. Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee meeting (ECON) 23/3/2015. Monetary Dialogue with President of the ECB Mario Draghi (first from right). In the Chair of the ECON Committee, Roberto Gualtieri (second from right). (European Parliament Audiovisual Services, 23/3/2015, Brussels Belgium, © European Union 2015 - Source EP).

ECB with an iron hand disciplines the smaller Eurozone member states; latest victim: Greece

Last Monday the President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi reacted strongly while answering a MEP’s question in the European legislature. He … [Read More...]

"How on earth did you think that the national telcos would take all that risk without any reassurance plan?" This should probably be the question of Mrs Vestager to Mr Ansip today during the weekly meeting of Juncker's College of Commissioners. From left to right, Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market and Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC in charge of Competition (EC Audiovisual Services, 25/03/2015).

Yesterday’s “jokes” and sarcasm by Digital Single Market’s Vice President Ansip on EU member states’ right to protect their telco markets

The distance between an actual speech and a press release is abyssal. A good example of that came out of Mr Ansip's introductory speech at an event in … [Read More...]

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, and Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, gave a joint press conference on the launch of a consultation on the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). (EC Audiovisual Services, 04/03/2015)

Immigration crisis at its very worst: EU to outsource rescue business to North Africa?

The freshly released statistics on immigration, which were published by Eurostat last Friday, show that 2014 has been a negative record year for the … [Read More...]

European Council, 19-20 March 2015. From left to right: Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council. The European Commission and the European Council hand in hand are trying to keep Europe united. (European Council-Council of the European Union Audiovisual Services, Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium, Shoot date: 20/03/2015).

Have Europe’s Ukrainian wounds begun to heal?

The wounds the Ukrainian civil war has inflicted on Europe have now stopped bleeding and if not begun healing at least they claim no more fatalities. … [Read More...]

"It is always hard to face the truth". Mrs Merkel is staring at Mr Tsipras but he is trying to avoid the stress of looking at her. Moment of truth for Athens to come in the next few days. From left to right, Mr Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister,at the background Mr Passos Coelho, Prime Minister of Portugal and Mr Alexander Stubb, Prime Minister of Finland, and Mrs Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor (TV Newsroom European Council, 19/03/2015).

Greece lost a month that cannot be found neither in “mini Summits” nor in Berlin

It has been one long month since the Greek deal on the Eurogroup of 20 February where Greece and the rest of the Eurozone agreed to give to the former … [Read More...]

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, traveled to the US and participated at a White House Summit on ‘Countering Violent Extremism’, in Washington D.C. From left to right Mogherini, Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, John Kerry, US Secretary of State and Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt. (European Council – Council of the European Union, Audiovisual Services, Shoot location: Washington D.C. Shoot date: 19/02/2015).

Can the US-Iran rapprochement change the world?

The United States global gendarmes and the Shiite Iran were brought together in a common fight against the Islamic States murderers in Iraq and Syria, … [Read More...]

Mr Víctor Calvo-Sotelo,  Secretary of State for Telecommunication and Society Information in Spain. The photos were taken during MWC 2015, in the Government Forum which took place on Wednesday March 4th (© European Sting)

A Sting Exclusive: “Digital and mobile technologies are helping to achieve an economic success in Spain”, the Spanish Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society Víctor Calvo-Sotelo reveals to the Sting at Mobile World Congress 2015

Exclusively written for the European Sting by Mr Víctor Calvo-Sotelo, Secretary of State for Telecommunication and Society Information in Spain, … [Read More...]

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Sanctions on Russia to be the biggest unity test at this European Council

The relations between the European Union and Russia, as well as the entire, delicate situation in Ukraine, will be discussed at the European Council … [Read More...]

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?

Paris, Washington and Brussels categorically reject the idea of a Grexit, while Berlin is still loudly insisting that the Eurozone can weather at a … [Read More...]

"You got to look for some more money to chip in my Investment Fund", Mr Juncker would be probably saying here to Francois Hollande. From left to right,  Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Francois Hollande, President of France in a meeting in Spain earlier this month (EC Audiovisual Services, 04/03/2015).

Juncker’s Investment Plan in desperate need for trust and funds from public and private investors

Last Tuesday the EU Finance ministers gathered in Brussels to decide for the fate of Juncker’s Investments Plan. The news is quite promising for EU … [Read More...]

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council meets with Barack Obama, President of the United States of America at the Oval office of the White House. Obviously Tusk happily agrees here with what Obama just said. This is not true however for many other EU leaders. (European Council – Council of the European Union Audiovisual Services, photo by Yuri Gripas Shoot location: Washington – United States, Shoot date: 09/03/2015).

Only the Americans are unhappy with the ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine

Despite the fact that the Minsk ceasefire agreement is holding more or less well and the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine has stopped, the Americans seem … [Read More...]

Press conference by Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC, on the EC fines of over 19.4 million euros to five envelope producers in cartel settlement (EC Audiovisual Services, 11/12/2014)

EU to Telcos: Stop Mergers and Acquisitions but please help me urgently with 5G development

Last week in the Mobile World Congress 2015 you had the distinct feeling being in an immense supermarket, strolling from isle to isle in order to find … [Read More...]

Oettinger MWC

EU seeks foreign support on 5G from Mobile World Congress 2015 as the “digital gold rush” begins

“The digital economy is simply becoming the economy. And the future network infrastructure, 5G, will become the infrastructure”. These words came from … [Read More...]

Eurogroup meeting - February 2015.  From left to right: Wolfgang Schauble, German Federal Minister for Finance, Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank. Eurozone finance ministers participate in an Extraordinary Eurogroup meeting on 11 February in Brussels. Extensive discussions for an agreement on the Greek program take place during today's Eurogroup meeting, in Brussels. (European Council - Council of the European Union Audiovisual Services, Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium Shoot date: 11/02/2015)

ECB’s billions fortify south Eurozone except Greece; everybody rushes to invest in euro area bonds zeroing their yields

Even without having spent yet a single euro the European Central Bank’s program of sovereign bond buying of €60 billion a month has had an enormous … [Read More...]

Photo from the main entrance of Fira Barcelona, where the Mobile World Congress 2015 took place last week. European Net Neutrality and Roaming Charges were part of the debate in this year's 10th edition. © European Sting

Mobile World Congress 2015 first to debate EU’s new stance on Net Neutrality and Roaming Charges

Did you really think that Christmas 2015 would be the perfect chance to travel abroad in Europe, do your shopping in London or Paris and call your … [Read More...]