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Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, received Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister, (on the left) ahead of the Euro Summit on Greece, which took place last week. (EC Audiovisual Services, Date: 22/06/2015 Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont).

Greece’s Tsipras: Risking country and Eurozone or securing an extra argument for creditors?

The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his governing left wing SYRIZA party, cornered between its populist rhetoric for greener grass and the realities of the dragging on negotiations with the … [Read More...]

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Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, received Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister, (on the left) ahead of the Euro Summit on Greece, which took place last week. (EC Audiovisual Services, Date: 22/06/2015 Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont).

Greece’s Tsipras: Risking country and Eurozone or securing an extra argument for creditors?

The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his governing left wing SYRIZA party, cornered between its populist rhetoric for greener grass and the … [Read More...]

The man who tried to blow up Greece and Europe in 2015 so that he and his comrades stay in power. Mr Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, launched the historic referendum in Greece on 27 June 2015 (CouncilTVNewsroom, 25/06/2015)

Greferendum: the biggest political gaffe in western modern history to tear Europe apart? #Grexit #Graccident

Once upon a time there was a beautiful historical country that used to be part of the European Union. It became the 10th country to join the block in … [Read More...]

Marianne Thyssen, Member of the uropean Commission in charge of Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, receives the BeNeLux Trade Union representatives to discuss the Labour Mobility Package. The Commissionerseems rather stressed seeing the slogan the trade unionist are proposing: "STOP SOCIAL DUMPING". (EC Audiovisual Services. Date: 24/06/2015).

Why EU’s working and unemployed millions remain uncertain or even desperate about their future

Statistical data for the Eurozone economy paint a rather misty picture. Labour costs, an indicator which can fairly describe the evolution of the … [Read More...]

European Council of March 2015. Informal meeting on Greece in the margin of the European Council. From left to right: Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Jean-Claude Junker, President of the European Commission, Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Uwe Corsepius, Secretary-General of the Council, Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, Francois Hollande, President of France. (European Council – Council of the European Union, Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium, Shoot date: 20/03/2015).

A Monday to watch the final act of a Greek tragedy; will there be catharsis or more fear?

Today’s Eurogroup summit of the 19 euro area heads of state and government is convened by Donald Tusk, the President of European Council in order to … [Read More...]

"GO HOME!", Mr Stubb might as well be writing to Yanis yesterday at ECOFIN.
From left to right: Mr Yanis VAROUFAKIS, Greek Minister for Finance; Mr Alexander STUBB, Finnish Minister for Finance. (TVnewsroom European Council, 19/06/2015)

GREXIT final wrap-up: nobody believed Aesop’s boy who cried wolf so many times

"The boy who cried wolf" is a famous Aesop's fable having a boy Shepherd calling the village for help too often just for the fun of his. Of course … [Read More...]

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Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market (EC Audiovisual Services, 06/05/2015)

Changing the EU copyright law won’t bring us much closer to Digital Single Market

It was last Monday in Cannes when Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the European Commission (EC) for Digital Single Market (DSM), was interviewed in the … [Read More...]

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Google’s bare truth: Europe’s Chief denies EU accusations but admits they “don’t always get it right”

When back in April the European Commission formally filed a complaint against Google it was clear that the action could have turned the page of the … [Read More...]

Joint press conference by Andrus Ansip and Günther Oettinger on the adoption of the Digital Single Market Strategy and conclusions of the weekly EC College meeting (EC Audiovisual Services, 06/05/2015)

“The winner is who can accelerate the transition to a new digital era”. The Sting reports live from EBS 2015: a Digital Europe 4.0

The Digital Economy touches every aspect of our society, from the job market and the economy to our social life. The world is changing and who wants … [Read More...]

Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Digital Economy and Society at BusinessEurope Day on the investment in Europe last March (EC Audiovisual Services, 26/03/2015)

A Sting Exclusive: “The Digital Economy and Industry are no longer opposing terms”, Commissioner Oettinger underlines live from European Business Summit 2015

Written by Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society There are few business sectors emerging as fast as the digital … [Read More...]

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MasterCard at European Business Summit 2015: A focus on innovation will drive inclusive economic growth for Europe

Written by Ann Cairns, President of MasterCard, International Markets This year’s European Business Summit’s entitled “Europe 4.0 - … [Read More...]

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A Sting Exclusive: “The competitiveness of Europe depends on a digital single market”, EPP President Joseph Daul highlights live from European Business Summit 2015

Written by Joseph Daul, the President of European People's Party (EPP) Our lives are digital. This has changed the way we interact, work, … [Read More...]

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Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, received Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister, (on the left) ahead of the Euro Summit on Greece, which took place last week. (EC Audiovisual Services, Date: 22/06/2015 Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont).

Greece’s Tsipras: Risking country and Eurozone or securing an extra argument for creditors?

The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his governing left wing SYRIZA party, cornered between its populist rhetoric for greener grass and the … [Read More...]

The man who tried to blow up Greece and Europe in 2015 so that he and his comrades stay in power. Mr Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, launched the historic referendum in Greece on 27 June 2015 (CouncilTVNewsroom, 25/06/2015)

Greferendum: the biggest political gaffe in western modern history to tear Europe apart? #Grexit #Graccident

Once upon a time there was a beautiful historical country that used to be part of the European Union. It became the 10th country to join the block in … [Read More...]

Marianne Thyssen, Member of the uropean Commission in charge of Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, receives the BeNeLux Trade Union representatives to discuss the Labour Mobility Package. The Commissionerseems rather stressed seeing the slogan the trade unionist are proposing: "STOP SOCIAL DUMPING". (EC Audiovisual Services. Date: 24/06/2015).

Why EU’s working and unemployed millions remain uncertain or even desperate about their future

Statistical data for the Eurozone economy paint a rather misty picture. Labour costs, an indicator which can fairly describe the evolution of the … [Read More...]

Ms Federica MOGHERINI, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, at 3400th Foreign Affairs Council (TVnewsroom European Council, 22/06/2015)

Who is to lose from the 6-month extension of the EU economic sanctions against Russia?

The European Foreign Ministers gathered in Luxembourg two days ago and decided to continue imposing economic sanctions to Russia for another six … [Read More...]

Federica Mogherini receives Moussa Faki, Chadian Minister for Foreign Affairs and African Integration (EC Audiovisual Services, 17/06/2015)

EU officially launches its first naval mission against migrant smugglers

The European Union has officially taken a decision yesterday regarding the staggering migrants crisis that is hitting Europe this year. The EU Foreign … [Read More...]

European Council of March 2015. Informal meeting on Greece in the margin of the European Council. From left to right: Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Jean-Claude Junker, President of the European Commission, Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Uwe Corsepius, Secretary-General of the Council, Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, Francois Hollande, President of France. (European Council – Council of the European Union, Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium, Shoot date: 20/03/2015).

A Monday to watch the final act of a Greek tragedy; will there be catharsis or more fear?

Today’s Eurogroup summit of the 19 euro area heads of state and government is convened by Donald Tusk, the President of European Council in order to … [Read More...]

"GO HOME!", Mr Stubb might as well be writing to Yanis yesterday at ECOFIN.
From left to right: Mr Yanis VAROUFAKIS, Greek Minister for Finance; Mr Alexander STUBB, Finnish Minister for Finance. (TVnewsroom European Council, 19/06/2015)

GREXIT final wrap-up: nobody believed Aesop’s boy who cried wolf so many times

"The boy who cried wolf" is a famous Aesop's fable having a boy Shepherd calling the village for help too often just for the fun of his. Of course … [Read More...]

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Social inclusion: how much should young people hope from the EU? 

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. Last Monday 15 June Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs met ECB President Mario Draghi and debated the ongoing Quantitative Easing program and sovereign bond purchases, among other things. Members also discussed the state of play in talks between Greece and its international creditors. Roberto Gualtieri, President of ECON Committee (on the left) gazes at Mario Draghi answering a MEP’s question. (EU Parliament Audiovisual Services, Brussels, 15/6/2015, © European Union 2015 - EP).

European Court rules that ECB’s OMT program of 2012 is OK; not a word from Germany about returning the Greek 2010 courtesy

Last Tuesday 16 June the European Court of Justice issued a historic decision ruling that Mario Draghi was legally correct when on 26 July 2012 … [Read More...]

"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?

The next meeting of the Finance Ministers of the Eurozone (Eurogroup) is convening tomorrow and the main topic will be the Greek deal with the three … [Read More...]

Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, at Mercosur Ministerial meeting, which was held earlier this month in Brussels (11/06/2015)

TTIP update: postponed vote and INTA meeting shuffle cards again

This week could have become a historic one for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The Meeting of the International Trade Committee … [Read More...]

In December 2013, Cecilia Malmström, the then Member of the European Commission in charge of Home Affairs (second from left) visited Turkey. (in the 1st row, from left to right) Ahmet Davutoğlu, the then Turkish Foreign Minister, Malmström, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the then Turkish Prime Minister, Bekir Bozdağ, the then Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Egemen Bağış, the then Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator for Turkey's accession negotiations with the EU, and Zafer Çağlayan, the then Turkish Minister for Economy. Seeing it in retrospect Malmström’s advice to respect media freedom, free expression and judicial independence didn't pay any dividends. Erdogan had it its own way. (EU Commission Audiovisual Services, 16/12/2013, Location: Ankara – Parliament).

The West – the EU and the US – is writing off Turkey’s Erdogan

For the first time in the history of the EU-Turkish relations the European Parliament openly and loudly welcomed last week the heavy losses of the … [Read More...]

On 7-8 June 2015, Germany hosted the meeting of the G7 heads of state and government. The 7 leaders are photographed here with their outreach guests. (European Council – Council of the European Union Audiovisual Services).

The G7 adopted dangerous views about Ukraine and Greece

Last weekend the leaders of the G7 countries in reality acknowledged their impotency or probably unwillingness to effectively confront the expansion … [Read More...]

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market (EC Audiovisual Services, 06/05/2015)

Changing the EU copyright law won’t bring us much closer to Digital Single Market

It was last Monday in Cannes when Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the European Commission (EC) for Digital Single Market (DSM), was interviewed in the … [Read More...]

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Google’s bare truth: Europe’s Chief denies EU accusations but admits they “don’t always get it right”

When back in April the European Commission formally filed a complaint against Google it was clear that the action could have turned the page of the … [Read More...]

From left to right, H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi of the Chinese Mission to EU, Mr Markku Markkula, President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and Luigi Gambardella, President of ChinaEU (© European Sting)

Europe’s richest regions actively seek investment from China’s biggest banks

It is as of last Saturday that the European Commission imposed heavy tariffs on three big solar panel manufacturers of Chinese origin. The EU's … [Read More...]

Roundtable of the G7 Summit, on 7 June 2015, in Schloss Elmau, Germany. From left to right, François Hollande, French President, David Cameron, British Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor,  Matteo Rentzi, Italian Prime Minister, Jean Claude Juncker, EU Commission President, Barack Obama, President of US, Donald Tusk, European Council President, Shinzō Abe, Japanese Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada. (European Council – Council of the European Union Audiovisual Library, Snapshot from a video footage, Shoot date: 07/06/2015, Location: Schloss Elmau, Germany 7.6.2015).

The hostilities in south and eastern Ukraine resume; where could they lead?

The resumption of hostilities in south-eastern Ukraine is blamed by the West to the Russian President Vladimir Putin. Moscow reportedly wants to help … [Read More...]

Let's see who laughs last! From left to right: Mr Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the European Commission; Mr Alexis TSIPRAS, Greek Prime Minister at a Previous EU Summit last April (Council TVnewsroom, 23/04/2015)

“If they think they can slave an entire nation, then they will just have the opposite results!”, Alexis Tsipras cries out from the Greek parliament

The world is moving forward full speed ahead and the Greeks seem to be the heavy anchor that has not been effectively lifted. This time though it is … [Read More...]

Vítor Constâncio, Vice-President of European Central Bank. (EU Parliament Audiovisual Services).

ECB: Euro area should smooth out the consumption and income shocks of its members

Last Tuesday Brussels celebrated the return of the Eurozone inflation to positive grounds after five straight months of deflation (negative … [Read More...]

Karmenu Vella, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, presented the trophies to the winners of the Natura 2000 competition, during a ceremony organised in Brussels. (EC Audiovisual Services, 21/05/2015)

EU to lead one more fight against climate change at G7 summit

The UN talks that are being held in the context of a 10-day climate conference in Bonn are highly crucial for the preparation of the final agreement … [Read More...]

An MEP is voting on TTIP. INTA - Vote on the TTIP recommendations on ongoing negotiations (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) (EP Audiovisual Services, 28/05/2015)

TTIP wins first crucial EU test: MEPs give in to the trade agreement

The long and much discussed Transatlantic Trade an Investment Partnership question in Europe might have reached a new phase, and all the stagnation of … [Read More...]

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission (first from left) and Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, bending his head a bit more than what the protocol demands (in the middle) participated in the at the 23rd EU-Japan Summit, which took place in Tokyo. In this instance they meet with the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. (European Commission Audiovisual Services, 29/05/2015, Tokyo).

A few, or rather two, trade and economic alliances may rule our brave new world

Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU Commission President together with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a Press conference following the 23rd … [Read More...]

Photo was taken from the 18th European Eco-Innovation Forum that took place in Barcelona on 20-22 May 2015. (European Sting)

18th EU Eco-Innovation Forum in Barcelona shows the way for Europe’s new Environmental policy

On 20-22 May 2015 the 18th edition of the European Forum on Eco-Innovation took place in Barcelona, Spain. The glorious "Green" Forum outside the … [Read More...]

Press conference by Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the EC, on the first proposals of the EC's comprehensive approach to improving the management of migration (EC Auidovisual Services, 27/05/2015).

EU to relocate 40,000 migrants across the bloc: first step of a long due substantial reform?

The European Union aims to propose the relocation of up to 40,000 asylum seekers who have arrived by boat to the Southern European countries like … [Read More...]

Departure and doorstep comments by Wolfgang Schauble, German Minister for Finance, at the Eurogroup meeting of 24 April 2015, in Riga, Latvia. The German minister is Eurogroup’s opinion maker when it comes to serious matters as for example Greece’s position in or out of Eurozone. (European Council - Council of the European Union, Newsroom. Shoot date: 24/04/2015 Riga, Latvia. Snapshot from a video footage).

The ECB tells Berlin that a Germanic Eurozone is unacceptable and doesn’t work

Last week Eurostat, the EU statistical service, confirmed that Eurozone inflation was stuck at zero percent in April, remaining in the region of … [Read More...]

From left to right: Mr Mariano RAJOY BREY, Spanish Prime Minister; Ms. Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. European Council for migration in the Mediterranean (Council TVNewsroom, 23/04/2015)

Spanish and Polish voters are crying out for an imminent European change while US urge now Germany to change route

The election outcomes in Spain and Poland last week were enough to cause even more uncertainty and turbulences to the already shaken European economy. … [Read More...]

Alexis is willing to listen now but Angela's body language says it is too late! From left to right, Mrs Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and Mr Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece. The photo was taken during the 4th Eastern Partnership Summit that took place on 21 and 22 May 2015 in Riga. At this occasion, EU leaders met representatives of the EaP partner countries to reconfirm the importance the EU attaches to its Eastern Partnership (EaP) (Council TV Newsroom, 22/05/2015)

Spanish vote – bad luck for Greece: Does Iphigenia need to be sacrificed for favourable winds to blow in Eurozone?

Greece is running out not only of time but also luck. The country's economy has been pending in limbo for the past four months, exhausting all its … [Read More...]

The City, London’s financial district where the headquarters of major banks are based. The Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS) is also based in this area. (European Council – Council of the European Union Newsroom, snapshot from a video footage)

Big world banks to pay $ 4.95bn for cheating customers; Is it a punishment or a gentle caress?

Last week five of the world largest banks, JPMorgan, Barclays, Citigroup, Royal Bank of Scotland and Union de Banques Suisses were fined by the … [Read More...]

Visit by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission to the Middle East. Yesterday Mogherini met with Rami Hamdallah, Palestinian Prime Minister (on the right). (EC Audiovisual Services, 20/05/2015 Location: Ramallah - Residence of the Prime Minister).

Why is the EU launching a doomed policy in stopping immigrant waves? What are the real targets?

For what it’s worth, the Libyan government, the one recognized by Europe and the West, rejected the EU plan to carry out military operations in the … [Read More...]

President Schulz seems to have a hard time to understand Syriza's vague vision for Greece during last EU Summit in April. From left to right, Mr Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament, Mr Alexis TSIPRAS, Greek Prime Minister. (Council TVnewsroom, 23/04/2015)

Alexis Tsipras against internal and external “enemies” in pursue of a two-phase deal now

The Greek government and particularly the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is currently looking at a deal with the creditors but is facing both interior … [Read More...]

UK's Prime Minister, David Cameron, arriving at last EU Summit in April (Council TVnewsroom, 23/04/2015)

Why David Cameron’s large victory in UK elections will not pursue a ‘Brexit’

Following the Conservatives’ victory at British general elections, less than two weeks ago, it’s time for some original analyses and a few … [Read More...]

Eurogroup meeting - March 2015. The 19 Eurozone finance ministers meet on 9 March 2015 in Brussels. The President of ECB Mario Draghi (on the left) participates regularly in these meetings. In this instance he talks with the Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup. (European Council - Council of the European Union Photographic Library, 9/3/2015).

More billions needed to help Eurozone recover; ECB sidesteps German objections about QE

The Eurozone economy has been taking two steps forward and one step backward over the past few months. The minimal increase of the GDP growth rate to … [Read More...]

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“TTIP can boost the European project”; the Sting reports live from EBS 2015 on TTIP

As many were expecting, discussions over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) had a high priority at this year’s European … [Read More...]

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

Last Friday, 8 May, the European Commission released two documents setting a path for defense and security cooperation within the EU. The reports will … [Read More...]

Yanis just could not miss the European Business Summit 2015 last week in Brussels. Yanis Varoufakis is still Greece's Minister of Finance. (EBS 2015)

Although Greece is struggling to pay salaries and pensions Varoufakis is “optimistic”; the Sting reports live from EBS 2015

The Greek government found a very last-minute solution to pay its debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that was only due yesterday. However, … [Read More...]

Joint press conference by Andrus Ansip and Günther Oettinger on the adoption of the Digital Single Market Strategy and conclusions of the weekly EC College meeting (EC Audiovisual Services, 06/05/2015)

“The winner is who can accelerate the transition to a new digital era”. The Sting reports live from EBS 2015: a Digital Europe 4.0

The Digital Economy touches every aspect of our society, from the job market and the economy to our social life. The world is changing and who wants … [Read More...]

Special European Council on migratory pressures in the Mediterranean. From left to right: Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg Prime Minister, David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor. Migratory pressure in the Mediterranean was the main topic of this special European Council of 23 April 2015, after the dramatic sinking of migrant ships off the Libyan coast. Migration pressures are expected to become the main issue in the British in-out of the EU referendum to be held in 2017. (European Council – Council of the European Union, Audiovisual Services, Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium, Shoot date: 23/04/2015).

Why did Cameron gain absolute majority? What will he do now? Will he vote ‘yes’ in Britain’s in – out EU referendum?

The UK election results came as a shock to many but primarily shook the British public opinion poll experts. All of them failed to even come anywhere … [Read More...]

ohannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy

A Sting Exclusive: Towards better business opportunities for the EU and its neighbours, Commissioner Hahn live from European Business Summit 2015

Written by Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Trade and economic … [Read More...]

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, gave a press conference following the successful launch of two Galileo satellites. (EC Audiovisual Services, 31/03/2015)

A Sting Exclusive: “Change is challenge, change is opportunity”, Commissioner Bienkowska cries out live from European Business Summit 2015

Written by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs As the global economy shifts to take … [Read More...]

Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Digital Economy and Society at BusinessEurope Day on the investment in Europe last March (EC Audiovisual Services, 26/03/2015)

A Sting Exclusive: “The Digital Economy and Industry are no longer opposing terms”, Commissioner Oettinger underlines live from European Business Summit 2015

Written by Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society There are few business sectors emerging as fast as the digital … [Read More...]

Mr Cameron is surely undergoing some big stress in view of Thursday's elections. This photo of Mr Cameron, UK's current Prime Minister is taken at last EU Council in April (Council TVNewsroon, 23/04/2015)

What UK and EU risk if Brexit “wins” these elections

The British general elections are just a few hours away, and uncertainty is bigger than ever. The people and - above all - the governments of Europe … [Read More...]

Pierre Moscovici, Member of the EC in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, gave a press conference on the Winter European Economic Forecasts for 2014, 2015 and 2016. (EC Audiovisual Services, 05/02/2015, Brussels - EC/Berlaymont).

Eurozone at risk of home-made deflation and recession

Tomorrow Tuesday, 5th April, the European Commission will present its ‘Spring European Economic Forecast’ including assessments and predictions about … [Read More...]

Marianne Thyssen, Member of the European Commission in charge of Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, gave a press conference on the 2014 Employment and Social Development in Europe Report, which looked back to the consequences of the recession. (EC Audiovisual Services, Brussels - EC/Berlaymont 15/01/2015).

Counting unemployment in the EU: The real rate comes to anything between 16.1% and 20.6%

Eurostat, the EU statistical service, repeated with more recent figures its memorable work on the real unemployment rate, that appeared for the first … [Read More...]

He who laughs last, laughs longest. Photo taken from last week's EU Summit on migratory pressure in the Mediterranean (TVNewsroom European Council, 23/04/2015)

Bankruptcy or referendum: which one is going to be first?

The move by Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, to reshuffle its negotiating team will certainly ease the tense in Brussels but is not going to … [Read More...]