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László Andor, Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, and Michel Sapin, French Finance Minister at the European Job Days Paris 2013 (EC Audiovisual Services, 3/10/2013)

Back to the basics for the EU: Investment equals Growth

It was only last Saturday when the European finance ministers gathered in Italy to decide how to bring back growth, a long-plaguing hoarse of the EU economy. They came to the conclusion that more … [Read More...]

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François Hollande, giving the French Legion of Honour to José Manuel Barroso at the Elysee Palace in Paris  (EC Audiovisual Services, 9/07/2014)

France breaks budget promises once again and the EU’s finance offices are shaking

Last Wednesday, just two days before Eurozone’s finance ministers met for informal talks in Milan, the news had come in: France will not achieve a 3% … [Read More...]

Press conference by László Andor, Member of the EC, on the Annual Report on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EC Audiovisual Services, 14/11/2013)

European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, who gets it and who pays the bill?

The Budgets Committee of the European Parliament (EP) announced yesterday that they approved financial aid to the Netherlands, Greece, Romania and … [Read More...]

The EU Macroeconomic Dialogue took place on 07 July 2014, in Brussels. Mario Draghi, European Central Bank President (on the left) and Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup participated in it. Shoot location: Brussels Shoot date: 07/07/2014 (European Council, Council of the European Union, TV Newsroom).

ECB: Reaching the limits of its mandate to revive the Eurozone economy

Everybody agreed that what the European Central Bank decided last week (to lower its basic interest rate to 0.05% and purchase asset backed securities … [Read More...]

Discussion between Angela Merkel, on the right, and José Manuel Barroso during the Western Balkans Summit (EC Audiovisual Services, 28/08/2014)

It’s not summer holidays what lead to the bad August of the German economy

The second quarter was very disappointing in terms of GDP figures for Germany. The biggest European economy is facing tough times at the moment Russia … [Read More...]

European Central Bank (ECB) Forum on Central Banking in Sintra, Portugal. Discussion between Mario Draghi, President of ECB, on the right, and José Manuel Barroso, President of EU Commission on the left, in the presence of Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of Eurogroup. (EC Audiovisual Services, 26/05/2014).

Did Draghi ask the Germans to accept a drastic change of austerity policies?

With the unemployment rate always at double digit levels (11.5%), inflation falling again nearer to naught (0.3% in August), the Economic Sentiment … [Read More...]

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Westminster Palace, hosting the House of Lords

Look Mom, even the House of Lords says the #righttobeforgotten is not right

The relation between the UK and the EU is like that passionate thing usually developped between a cat and a dog. Historically since the very beginning … [Read More...]

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...]

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László Andor, Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, and Michel Sapin, French Finance Minister at the European Job Days Paris 2013 (EC Audiovisual Services, 3/10/2013)

Back to the basics for the EU: Investment equals Growth

It was only last Saturday when the European finance ministers gathered in Italy to decide how to bring back growth, a long-plaguing hoarse of the EU … [Read More...]

Visit of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Štefan Füle, Member of the EC, to Ukraine (from right to left, Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine and José Manuel Barroso, President of EC), (EC Audiovisual Services, 12/09/2014)

Ukraine-EU deal sees the light but there’s no defeat for Russia

While the ceasefire between Ukraine’s military forces and the separatists appears to be holding since the September 5th truce, something “historic” - … [Read More...]

François Hollande, giving the French Legion of Honour to José Manuel Barroso at the Elysee Palace in Paris  (EC Audiovisual Services, 9/07/2014)

France breaks budget promises once again and the EU’s finance offices are shaking

Last Wednesday, just two days before Eurozone’s finance ministers met for informal talks in Milan, the news had come in: France will not achieve a 3% … [Read More...]

Alex Salmond, First Minister of the Scottish Executive in the podium. He participated in the celebrations organised in preparation for the next Ryder Cup which takes place in Gleneagles, in Perthshire, Scotland. (EC Audiovisual Services).

Scotland in United Kingdom: It’s either the end or the beginning of the end

Whatever the outcome of this Thursday’s vote, Scotland is to leave the UK now or in the not so distant future. If it was not for the international … [Read More...]

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On youth unemployment: unemployment is even bleaker for youth with disabilities

Written by Alan Borgars In the six years since what has been termed as the 'Great Recession' struck due to the recklessness and greed of major … [Read More...]

José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Alex Salmond, First Minister of the Scottish Government (EC Audivisual Services, 2/12/2009)

Currency Union might not let an independent Scotland join the EU as the “Yes” front now leads

It is almost a week away now. Scotland’s independence referendum is next week, and the situation has never been as delicate and confused as it is now. … [Read More...]

Dacian Cioloş, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, in a press conference following the Russian import ban on EU agricultural products (EC Audiovisual Services, 03-09-2014)

EU’s new sanctions on Russia into force “in the next few days”: strength, weakness or strategy?

Last Saturday appeared as the possible beginning of a new phase for the Ukraine-Russia question, after a ceasefire was signed in the Belarusian … [Read More...]

The EU Macroeconomic Dialogue took place on 07 July 2014, in Brussels. Mario Draghi, European Central Bank President (on the left) and Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup participated in it. Shoot location: Brussels Shoot date: 07/07/2014 (European Council, Council of the European Union, TV Newsroom).

ECB: Reaching the limits of its mandate to revive the Eurozone economy

Everybody agreed that what the European Central Bank decided last week (to lower its basic interest rate to 0.05% and purchase asset backed securities … [Read More...]

Discussion between Angela Merkel, on the right, and José Manuel Barroso during the Western Balkans Summit (EC Audiovisual Services, 28/08/2014)

It’s not summer holidays what lead to the bad August of the German economy

The second quarter was very disappointing in terms of GDP figures for Germany. The biggest European economy is facing tough times at the moment Russia … [Read More...]

Leonie Martin

Prevent future crises and empower youth – now!

Written by Leonie Martin & Angelika Schenk, JEF Europe The financial crisis has hit the young generation exceptionally hard: whilst an average … [Read More...]

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, on the left, and Johannes Hahn, presenting the brochure entitled "The Crystal: a sustainable cities initiative by Siemens", EC Audiovisual Services,  28/02/2014

If on a summer’s night: is UK businesses’ “new deal” the only key to the “best of all worlds”?

If you are a loyal reader of the European Sting, or at least a well-informed European citizen, you will certainly know that surveys don’t really bring … [Read More...]

European Central Bank (ECB) Forum on Central Banking in Sintra, Portugal. Discussion between Mario Draghi, President of ECB, on the right, and José Manuel Barroso, President of EU Commission on the left, in the presence of Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of Eurogroup. (EC Audiovisual Services, 26/05/2014).

Did Draghi ask the Germans to accept a drastic change of austerity policies?

With the unemployment rate always at double digit levels (11.5%), inflation falling again nearer to naught (0.3% in August), the Economic Sentiment … [Read More...]

From left to right: Taavi Roivas, Estonian Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Alexander Stubb, Finnish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister, Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Lithuania. Special meeting of the European Council in Brussels, on Saturday 30 August. (The Council of the European Union Audiovisual Services).

European Council: Choosing new leaders for the EU betrays efforts for a wider arrangement

The special meeting of the European Council held last Saturday 30 August, despite or probably because of the alarming news about the new fall of … [Read More...]

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Qualcomm to be the next target of EU antitrust regulators? China might be the answer

This hot, rich summer 2014 is approaching its end, but it seems like a hot fall is awaiting already. Google’s antitrust case is still a big question … [Read More...]

Group photo: Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus, Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, Günther Oettinger Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy, and Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade (from left to right). They all went to went to Minsk where they participated in a Forum between the Eurasian Customs Union, EU and Ukraine. The crisis in eastern Ukraine dominated the agenda, and Poroshenko called on the Forum to accept his peace plan for the country. The meeting focused on two areas: the economic aspects of the discussions between the different nations, especially between Russia and Ukraine and the role of the EU; and on the peace and security issues. (EC Audiovisual Services, 26/8/2014).

Germany tries to save Europe from war between Ukraine and Russia

The bellicose attitude of the Atlantic powers - mainly the US with the resolute support and active engagement of Britain and France - has dramatically … [Read More...]

Political-level consultations between EU, Ukraine and Russia on the implementation of the EU/Ukraine Association Agreement. Pavlo Klimkin, Ukrainian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexey Ulyukaev, Russian Minister for Economic Development, Vladimir Chizhov, Head of the Mission of Russia to the EU, Alexander Tsybulskiy, Head of the Department of Interaction with the Eurasian Economic Commission and Economic Cooperation with CIS Countries of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development, and Elena Danilova, Head of the Department of European Countries of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development (faced, from right to left). (EC Audiovisual Services 11/07/2014).

Ukrainian civil war: Is this the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?

The Russian convoy of 280 lorries loaded with humanitarian aid (food, water, electricity generators, etc.) crossed the borders without Kiev’s … [Read More...]

Alenka Bratušek, Slovenian Prime Minister at the rostrum, in the presence of Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Laurent Fabius, French Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, (seated, from left to right). International donors' conference for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia after the devastating floods in the Balkans. (EC Audiovisual Services, 16/07/2014).

Eurozone: Bankers-politicians rig keeps robbing taxpayers

Last week the European Commission ruthlessly wrote the last chapter of the Slovenian financial tragedy. In it, this nation of only two million people … [Read More...]

Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, Vice President designate of the European Commission in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, Pierluigi Gilibert, CEO of the European Investment Fund (EIF), Marco Peronaci, Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the EC, and Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General of DG Enterprise and Industry of the EC, and SME Envoy of the EC, participated in the signature ceremony of the agreement between the EC and the EIF to boost funding opportunities for SMEs. The agreement was signed by Gilibert, on the left, and Calleja Crespo, in the presence of Peronaci, standing on the left, and Nelli Feroci, standing on the right. (EC Audiovisual Services 22/07/2014).

Eurozone: GDP development heads to naught; the expensive euro serves only Germany

A new Eurostat wave of data statistically confirmed that Eurozone is utterly moored in economic stagnation, with disturbing signs that this might even … [Read More...]

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, went to Sintra, in the Grande Lisboa subregion (Lisbon Region) of Portugal, where he participated in the European Central Bank (ECB) Forum on Central Banking (in the foreground, from left to right). (EC Audiovisual Services).

ECB’s unconventional monetary measures give first tangible results

A strong statement was delivered last week by Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank. He ascertained that the monetary measures already … [Read More...]

Pavlo Klimkin, Ukrainian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Chizhov, Head of the Mission of Russia to the EU, and Alexey Ulyukaev, Russian Minister for Economic Development (from left to right), gathered in Brussels to discuss Russia’s objections over the implementation of the EU/Ukraine Association Agreement. The results of the conference were very poor. (EC Audiovisual Services, 11/07/2014).

The West and Russia impose a new order on the world

The US led confrontation of the West with Russia has just generated the first tangible and sizeable losses for Europe. German equity values and EU … [Read More...]

The word "Google" in the hall of the main entrance of the "Google Partner Plex" in San Francisco, during José Manuel Barroso's, President of the EC, visit last May (EC Audiovisual Services, 1/05/2014)

Google’s hot summer never ends: EC to launch ANOTHER antitrust inquiry against the American giant

We must admit it: this is not exactly a quiet summer for Google. Not in the Old Continent at least. After the “Right To Be Forgotten” case has … [Read More...]

Exchange of signatures between Pierluigi Gilibert, CEO of the European Investment Fund (EIF) on the left, and Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General of DG Enterprise and Industry of the EC in the presence of Marco Peronaci, Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the EC, 1st from the left, and Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, Vice President designate of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship 2nd from the right. (EC Audiovisual Services 22/7/2014).

Industrial price dive may lead to point of no return

Last Monday, Eurostat, the EU statistical service issued data on June industrial price developments (0.1% month to month), actually showing stagnation … [Read More...]

Press conference by Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission, on the spring 2014 economic forecasts. (EC Audiovisual Services, 05/05/2014).

Eurozone: Inflation plunge to 0.4% in July may trigger cataclysmic developments

With inflation in Eurozone falling last month to crisis level nadir and a new business investments retreat, it is easily understandable why … [Read More...]

Westminster Palace, hosting the House of Lords

Look Mom, even the House of Lords says the #righttobeforgotten is not right

The relation between the UK and the EU is like that passionate thing usually developped between a cat and a dog. Historically since the very beginning … [Read More...]

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...]