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Handshake between Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, in the centre, and Federica Mogherini, on the left, in the presence of Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor, on the right (in the foreground)
at the Western Balkans Summit 2015 in Vienna, Austria (EC Audiovisual Services, 28/08/2015)

Migration crisis will keep deteriorating as common EU political will is simply not there

The migration crisis in the European Union was the main issue of the Western Balkans Summit yesterday in Vienna, but was largely overshadowed by the deaths of at least 20 refugees who were found dead … [Read More...]

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Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, leaving the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg after delivering a speech. He was strongly criticized by some MEPs for his decision to hold a referendum on 5 July on the bailout terms for the country’s sovereign debt crisis but others praised him for that. (European Commission Audiovisual Services,
Date: 07/07/2015).

The new general election will secure Greece’s position in Eurozone; at least for some time

The very next day that the Greek government signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a new stability support program of €86 billion … [Read More...]

The European Union celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Schengen Agreement, and the sealing of its borders. Jean-Claude Juncker at the podium. (EC Audiovisual Services, Date: 13/06/2015 Location: Schengen).

Drowning in the Mediterranean this summer? Many happy returns

This month the European Commission approved 23 multiannual national programs “under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal … [Read More...]

Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister at the EU Summit last July (TVNewsroom, 07/072015)

The third bailout agreement for Greece is a done deal amid European economies full of problems

After a very long session that lasted nearly 25 hours, the Greek government through 222 MP’s said a clear YES to the terms of the third bailout … [Read More...]

Yanis is having a tough time in holding both his back pack and this one paper at the same hand. This paper would seem to be part of the then draft agreement edited and highlighted. The reason Mr Varoufakis is joggling with one back pack and one paper at the same hand is obviously to get even more media attention. The move had certainly its semantics, at least for the the holder, and shows how Mr Varoufakis speaks the media language. Yanis Varoufakis is the Former Finance Minister of Greece and currently member of the Greek Government and Parliament (TV Newsroom Consilium, 25/06/2015)

Yanis Varoufakis in a Sting Exclusive: “Unsustainable debt turns the creditor into Leviathan; Life under it is becoming nasty, brutish and short”

The Lethal Deferral of Greek Debt Restructuring Written by Yanis Varoufakis ATHENS – The point of restructuring debt is to reduce the volume of … [Read More...]

Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker at the China-EU Business Summit on 29 June 2015 at Egmont Palace, Brussels (BUSINESSEUROPE, 29/06/2015)

China’s stock markets show recovery signs while EU is closely watching in anticipation of the €10bn investment

The recent turbulence of the Chinese stock exchange has caused great concerns not only to the second biggest world economy but also to the European … [Read More...]

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Daniel Rosario, EC's Spokesperson for Agriculture and Rural Development; and Trade, Ignacio Garcia Bercero and Dan Mullaney (from left to right) at Tenth round of EU/United States negotiations on Trade and Investment, Brussels, 13-17/07/2015 (EC Audiovisual Services, 13/07/2015).

EU and US close to an agreement on data sharing amid European citizens’ concerns

The European Union and the United States are close to sealing a deal on data sharing, which will affect the way banks and other businesses store data. … [Read More...]

Joint press conference by Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the EC, and Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC, on EU Digital Single Market last May (EC Audiovisual Services, 06/05/2015)

EU finally agreed to cut roaming charges in 2017 but criticism is always there

The European Union finally reached an agreement last week to end roaming charges for people travelling within its 28 member countries as of June 2017. … [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...]

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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Handshake between Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, in the centre, and Federica Mogherini, on the left, in the presence of Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor, on the right (in the foreground)
at the Western Balkans Summit 2015 in Vienna, Austria (EC Audiovisual Services, 28/08/2015)

Migration crisis will keep deteriorating as common EU political will is simply not there

The migration crisis in the European Union was the main issue of the Western Balkans Summit yesterday in Vienna, but was largely overshadowed by the … [Read More...]

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Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, leaving the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg after delivering a speech. He was strongly criticized by some MEPs for his decision to hold a referendum on 5 July on the bailout terms for the country’s sovereign debt crisis but others praised him for that. (European Commission Audiovisual Services,
Date: 07/07/2015).

The new general election will secure Greece’s position in Eurozone; at least for some time

The very next day that the Greek government signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a new stability support program of €86 billion … [Read More...]

Press conference by Miguel Arias Cañete, Member of the EC, on the preparations under way ahead of COP21/CM11 (EC Audiovisual Services, 20/08/2015)

Climate change will never be combatted by EU alone while some G20 countries keep procrastinating

The EU Commissioner of Climate Action and Energy stressed out yesterday the sluggishness of the required actions that must be taken in order to … [Read More...]

The European Union celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Schengen Agreement, and the sealing of its borders. Jean-Claude Juncker at the podium. (EC Audiovisual Services, Date: 13/06/2015 Location: Schengen).

Drowning in the Mediterranean this summer? Many happy returns

This month the European Commission approved 23 multiannual national programs “under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal … [Read More...]

Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister at the EU Summit last July (TVNewsroom, 07/072015)

The third bailout agreement for Greece is a done deal amid European economies full of problems

After a very long session that lasted nearly 25 hours, the Greek government through 222 MP’s said a clear YES to the terms of the third bailout … [Read More...]

Daniel Rosario, EC's Spokesperson for Agriculture and Rural Development; and Trade, Ignacio Garcia Bercero and Dan Mullaney (from left to right) at Tenth round of EU/United States negotiations on Trade and Investment, Brussels, 13-17/07/2015 (EC Audiovisual Services, 13/07/2015).

EU and US close to an agreement on data sharing amid European citizens’ concerns

The European Union and the United States are close to sealing a deal on data sharing, which will affect the way banks and other businesses store data. … [Read More...]

Yanis is having a tough time in holding both his back pack and this one paper at the same hand. This paper would seem to be part of the then draft agreement edited and highlighted. The reason Mr Varoufakis is joggling with one back pack and one paper at the same hand is obviously to get even more media attention. The move had certainly its semantics, at least for the the holder, and shows how Mr Varoufakis speaks the media language. Yanis Varoufakis is the Former Finance Minister of Greece and currently member of the Greek Government and Parliament (TV Newsroom Consilium, 25/06/2015)

Yanis Varoufakis in a Sting Exclusive: “Unsustainable debt turns the creditor into Leviathan; Life under it is becoming nasty, brutish and short”

The Lethal Deferral of Greek Debt Restructuring Written by Yanis Varoufakis ATHENS – The point of restructuring debt is to reduce the volume of … [Read More...]

Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the EC in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship (1st from the left), travelled to Rome to meet with Angelino Alfano, Italian Minister for the Interior, (1st from the right),with whom he discussed the migration policy. They discussed the many aspects of the European Agenda on Migration, including the immediate response to the migratory crisis in the Mediterranean. (EC Audiovisual Services, Date: 08/06/2015, Location: Rome - Ministry of Interior).

EU should promote immigration as a humanitarian issue in order to provide a more permanent solution

Only a few days after the Calais migration incident, a new shipwreck just 10 miles off the coast of Libya caused the death of 25 people while there … [Read More...]

Martin Schulz,  President of the European Parliament (on the left) paid an official visit to Britain. He met with the British Prime Minister David Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street in London. Event Date: 18/06/2015.  Copyright: © European Union 2015 - Source : EP.

It’s Brexit again: Nigel Farage launches a personal campaign to lead the ‘No’ front

The long, hot European summer has been widely dominated by the recent events in Greece. The Referendum first, with a significant victory of the … [Read More...]

Discussion between Wolfgang Schäuble, German Federal Minister for Finance, on the left, and Pierre Moscovici, Member of the European Commission in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs. They both participate in the meetings of Eurogroup, the key decision-making body in the Eurozone. These two men are by far the most influential persons in the euro area. (EC Audiovisual Services).

Why France, Italy and the US press Germany to accept a cheaper euro and pay for Greece

Since last March the European Central Bank has being pumping at least €60 billion a month into Eurozone’s financial system, under its ‘expanded asset … [Read More...]

Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker at the China-EU Business Summit on 29 June 2015 at Egmont Palace, Brussels (BUSINESSEUROPE, 29/06/2015)

China’s stock markets show recovery signs while EU is closely watching in anticipation of the €10bn investment

The recent turbulence of the Chinese stock exchange has caused great concerns not only to the second biggest world economy but also to the European … [Read More...]

The interview of Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, was
conducted by Marie Charrel of 'Le Monde' newspaper and was published on 27 July 2015. (ECB Audiovisual Services, 27 July 2015).

Is the ECB enforcing the will of the big Eurozone member states on the small? Can the euro area live with that?

Reviewing the political or economic events in retrospect always gives the observer a privileged position. This is the point where Benoît Cœuré – a … [Read More...]

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Nokia wins Commission’s approval for Alcatel-Lucent acquisition: a new way for antitrust cases?

The European Commission has given unconditional approval last Friday to the proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia, under the EU Merger … [Read More...]

Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB), François Hollande, President of the French Republic, Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister, and Mariano Rajoy Brey, Spanish Prime Minister (from left to right). The Heads of State or Government of the countries in the Eurozone, met in Brussels for Euro Summit on Greece (Euro Summit, 22/06/2015). (EC Audiovisual Services).

Is Europe ready to cooperate with the rest of the world? Can Germany change its selfish policies?

For a long time now the European Union is accused by the rest of the world for the severe austerity and recessionary economic policies it follows, … [Read More...]

Ali Akbar Salehi, Head of Iran Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), Mohammed Javad Zarif Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Federica Mogherini High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC (from right to left).Mongherini, went to Vienna to participate in the nuclear negotiations with Iran. The Vice-President met with the E3/EU+3 Ministers for Foreign Affairs as well as Mohammed Javad Zarif. After several days of negotiations, the several parties had been able to reach an agreement. Zarif seems the happiest of then all for a good reason. He was looking forward to a hero’s welcome back to Tehran the next day. (EC Audiovisual Services, 14/07/2015 Location: Vienna - Palais Coburg).

What the world will look like after the Iran and 5+1 deal; the US emerges as major power broker in Middle East

The first to travel to Tehran after the nuclear agreement was struck last week between Iran and the 5+1 (France, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, … [Read More...]

Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the EC in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, travelled to Budapest to meet with Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Sándor Pintér, Hungarian Minister for the Interior, with whom he hiscussed the migratory inflows that Hungary currently faced last month. (EC Audiovisual Services, 30/06/2015)

EU seems to fail its moderate migration promises postponing them for end 2015

The European Union’s Interior Ministers convened last Monday on migration but didn’t come to the preferred outcome which was set by the EU leaders … [Read More...]

"So we meet again". Dan Mullaney, Chief US Negotiator for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Chief EU Negotiator for the TTIP, participated at the 10th round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks, taking place in Brussels from 13 to 17th July 2015.

The US Congress and European Parliament vote are TTIP’s 10th round’s lucky cards

The 10th round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the European Union and the United States concluded … [Read More...]

Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany participated at the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council which focused on Energy, on 8 June 2015, in Luxembourg. Gabriel is also Vice Chancellor of Germany since 2013 and chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany as from 2009. Recently he is at odds with his colleague the German Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble over Greece's position in or out from Eurozone. (European Council - Council of the European Union, Audiovisual Services, Shoot date: 08/06/2015, Location: Luxembourg. Snapshot from a video).

Does the Greek deal strengthen the Eurozone? Markets react cautiously

Is Eurozone strengthened after the Greek deal? At first reading the answer is a straightforward ‘yes’ because the other option, the Grexit, the exit … [Read More...]

Eurozone Summit of 12/07/2015. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the French President Francois Hollande (seen from behind) have a private discussion ahead of the summit. (EC Audiovisual Services, Date: 13/07/2015).

Tsipras imposes more austerity on insolvent Greece; plans to win new early election soon

On 9 July this newspaper predicted that the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was adamant about keeping his country in the Eurozone. In order to do … [Read More...]

ETUC Youth Committee & European Youth Forum Conference at the European Economic and Social Committee: "Quality jobs creation for young people:
what, how and when?"
(European Sting, 25/06/2015)

Finally an answer to the hottest question of European youth today: How to make sure Juncker’s Investment Plan works for youth

It was last month, on 25 June 2015, that the ETUC Youth Committee in collaboration with the European Youth Forum organised a rather stimulating … [Read More...]

Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding of the High Level Group on Central and South Eastern Europe Gas Connectivity by Maroš Šefčovič, in the presence of Miguel Arias Cañete, standing, on the left, and Ivan Vrdoljak, Croatian Minister for Economy, standing in the centre. (EC Audiovisual Services, 10/07/2015)

EU members commit to build an integrated gas market and finally cut dependency on Russia

Last week, amid uncertainty driven by the Greek vote in the referendum, an important step towards Energy Union was taken. Fifteen EU and Energy … [Read More...]

In the sidelines of Sunday’s Eurosummit the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the French President Francois Hollande. (EC Audiovisual Services, Date: 07/07/2015).

Tsipras bewildered with Berlin’s humiliating demands; ECB expects political sign to refinance the Greek banks

The Greek indecisiveness and procrastination and the deep division of the euro area countries, with Germany upholding an intransigent position have … [Read More...]

"We will do anything you want, but please open our banks next week, will you?" This is what Alexis might as well be begging from Mario at the EuroSummit of last Tuesday. From left to right, Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece and Mario Draghi, Governor of the European Central Bank (Council TVnewsroom, 07/07/2015)

Greece will probably stay in the Eurozone but at what cost?

The technical teams of the European institutions are now discussing the Greek proposal which was approved yesterday evening by SYRIZA’s governmental … [Read More...]

The Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras (waving a hand) paid yesterday an official visit to the European Parliament. The president of the legislative welcomed the Greek leader and directed him to the plenary. (European Parliament Audiovisual Services, Event Date: 08/07/2015, City: Strasbourg, Copyright: © European Union 2015 EP).

Greece’s future solely in the hands of Tsipras; he can direct the poor country any way he likes

Greece is obliged by today or the latest tomorrow Friday morning to submit to its Eurozone partners a new program with more severe austerity and … [Read More...]

"Do you see how calm he is with the Greek banks shut"? Dijssebloem could as well be telling to Draghi yesterday at the Euro Summit. From left to right, Mario Draghi, Governor of the European Central Bank, Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece, Jeroen Dijssebloem, President of the Eurogroup and Finance Minister of the Netherlands. (Council TVnewsroom, 07/07/2015)

Juncker and Tusk killed Greece on 07 July 2015 to meet the Commission’s summer vacation plan? #Grexit #Greferendum #Graccident

The worst moment in the history of Eurozone took place on 07 July 2015 in Brussels. The common currency union leaders decided that the moment has come … [Read More...]

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“These Romans are crazy”, the “Greek Gauls” will be shouting today in Brussels hoping Caesar backs off

That every crisis brings to the surface the worst part of yourself is common knowledge. The routine of prosperity or daily struggle conceals your … [Read More...]

From left to right: Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor and Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister. The two main actors of the new episode of the Greek tragedy, looking at different directions for a solution from a ‘deus ex machina’. (European Council – Council of the European Union Audiovisual Services, Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium, Shoot date: 26/06/2015).

Greece: Tsipras’ referendum victory does not solve the financial stalemate of the country and its banks

The imperative economic realities for the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will not be altered noticeably after his crushing win in yesterday’s … [Read More...]

From left to right: Francois Hollande, President of France, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister. EU Heads of State or Government meet on 26 June 2015 to discuss jobs, growth and competitiveness, and the security challenges facing the Union. In the sidelines of the summit Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel held a long meeting with the Greek PM Tsipras, who seems obviously stressed with what he hears from the EU’s ‘directory’. (EC Audiovisual Services, 26/6/2015).

Hardened creditors drive Greece to dire straits; Tsipras desperate for an agreement

Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, his government and their depressed country are now in real dire straits. This is a much worse position than … [Read More...]

The one man that opened the pandora's box in Greece and EU. Alexis Tsipras, the Prime Minister of Greece at the last European Council, (TVnewsroom, 26/06/2015)

The time is up but the game is still not over for Greece: negotiations continue in anticipation of a new deal

The deadline of the 4-month extension that the Greek government had received on February 20 just expired today. However, the Greek government and … [Read More...]

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...]