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President Xi Jinping at World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Destination: Davos Klosters.

“China will strive to enhance the performance of economic growth”, President Xi highlights from the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos

The first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) began with the opening plenary with Xi Jinping yesterday, President of the People’s Republic of China, monopolizing the interest of the global economic … [Read More...]

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President Xi Jinping at World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Destination: Davos Klosters.

“China will strive to enhance the performance of economic growth”, President Xi highlights from the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos

The first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) began with the opening plenary with Xi Jinping yesterday, President of the People’s Republic of China, … [Read More...]

European Council - October 2016. The EU Heads of State or Government met on 20 October 2016 in Brussels. The leaders discussed relations with Russia and the situation in Syria. From left to right: Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg Prime Minister. In the background Teresa May, Prime Minister of Britain is seen. Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium. Shoot date: 20/10/2016. Copyright: European Union.

Germany and Europe prepare for Trump’s America

Germany, and more generally the EU, is now preparing in earnest to confront the groundbreaking changes in their relations with Trump’s America. Last … [Read More...]

Meeting on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - From humiliation and exclusion to participation : eradicate all forms of poverty
Copyright: © European Union 2016 -  Source : EP.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date: 19/10/2016.

Will France vote for more or less Europe in the next presidential elections?

Meeting on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - From humiliation and exclusion to participation : eradicate all forms of poverty … [Read More...]

Rome, Chigi Palace, Prime Minister’s residence. PM Paolo Gentiloni delivered the traditional end of year Press conference on 29/12/2016. (Italian government work, only some rights reserved. Foto: T. Barchielli).

Italian banks: It’s Rome’s turn to confront Berlin’s aggressiveness

Italy, after Greece, is now the next target of the archetypical Teutonic aggressiveness, aimed this time at making the life difficult for Paolo … [Read More...]

Davos, Switzerland, 20/1/2016 - Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and John Cryan, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Bank, captured during the session 'The Transformation of Finance' at the Annual Meeting 2016 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 20, 2016. IMF has labeled Deutsche Bank as a major risk to the global financial system. (WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/swiss-image.ch/Photo Remy Steinegger. No changes made. Only some rights reserved).

Deutsche Bank chased away from US, threatened with more fines

The US Department of Justice settled its claims against Deutsche Bank, the biggest German lender, for packaging and selling toxic mortgage securities … [Read More...]

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Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market, and Vĕra Jourová, Member of the EC in charge of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, gave a joint press conference on Digital Single Market. Date: 10/01/2017   Reference: P-033391/00-11   Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union , 2017   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: François Walschaerts.

EU’s tougher privacy rules: WhatsApp and Facebook set to be soon aligned with telcos

With an official statement, the European Commission last week published its proposal to reform the existing European online privacy rules. Companies … [Read More...]

Press conference by Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC, on a cartel case
Date: 07/12/2016. Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union, 2016.  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service. Photo: Mauro Bottaro

How did Facebook fool the Commission that easily during the WhatsApp acquisition?

The European Commission announced yesterday that a Statement of Objections was sent to Facebook accusing the company of providing incorrect or … [Read More...]

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Apple’s tax avoidance scheme remains as creative as their new iPhone

This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Mrs Rachel Everly. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not … [Read More...]

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Competing with Apple and leading innovation: Google’s world replies to EU on android charges

It was not a surprise or an unexpected twiddle, when last week Google like a fine-tuned clockwork delivered its formal reply to the European … [Read More...]

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ITU Telecom World 2016: it’s all about working together

Sponsored Content Our world is a connected one. A world where we increasingly have the power to reach anyone else, any time, wherever they may be, … [Read More...]

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Building cybersecurity capacity through benchmarking: the Global Cybersecurity Index

Sponsored Content Cybersecurity is a theme that requires immediate attention. Societies and nation states are moving towards a level of digital … [Read More...]

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President Xi Jinping at World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Destination: Davos Klosters.

“China will strive to enhance the performance of economic growth”, President Xi highlights from the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos

The first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) began with the opening plenary with Xi Jinping yesterday, President of the People’s Republic of China, … [Read More...]

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market, and Vĕra Jourová, Member of the EC in charge of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, gave a joint press conference on Digital Single Market. Date: 10/01/2017   Reference: P-033391/00-11   Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union , 2017   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: François Walschaerts.

EU’s tougher privacy rules: WhatsApp and Facebook set to be soon aligned with telcos

With an official statement, the European Commission last week published its proposal to reform the existing European online privacy rules. Companies … [Read More...]

European Council - October 2016. The EU Heads of State or Government met on 20 October 2016 in Brussels. The leaders discussed relations with Russia and the situation in Syria. From left to right: Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg Prime Minister. In the background Teresa May, Prime Minister of Britain is seen. Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium. Shoot date: 20/10/2016. Copyright: European Union.

Germany and Europe prepare for Trump’s America

Germany, and more generally the EU, is now preparing in earnest to confront the groundbreaking changes in their relations with Trump’s America. Last … [Read More...]

Meeting on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - From humiliation and exclusion to participation : eradicate all forms of poverty
Copyright: © European Union 2016 -  Source : EP.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date: 19/10/2016.

Will France vote for more or less Europe in the next presidential elections?

Meeting on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - From humiliation and exclusion to participation : eradicate all forms of poverty … [Read More...]

Volkswagen logo. (© School Photo Project).

US prosecutors now target Volkswagen’s top management, upsetting Germany

Last Monday, the US prosecutors held Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, charging him with plotting to deceive the United States, over VW diesel … [Read More...]

Ms Theresa MAY, UK Prime Minister at European Council, Brussels 15/12/2016. Shoot location: Bruxelles - BELGIUM
Shoot date: 15/12/2016
Copyright: European Union.

Post-Brexit muddled times: the resignation of UK’s top ambassador and Theresa May’s vague plans

Last week,  unexpected news casted more shadows over the already complex Brexit negotiations matter. Sir Ivan Rogers, Britain's ambassador to the … [Read More...]

Bilateral meeting European Union-Turkey at the G20 Summit in China. From left to right: Jean-Claude Junker, President of the European Commission, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President. Shoot location: Hangzhou – China. Shoot date: 04/09/2016. Copyright: European Union.

Turkey caught in a vicious Syrian circle bringing terror and war at home

The Turkish government, under the iron hand of the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, felt obliged to further challenge the Americans in the … [Read More...]

Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the EC in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, gave a press conference on the Commission's recommendation to extend the temporary checks at internal borders in cases of exceptional circumstances. Date: 25/10/2016   Reference: P-032773/00-01   Location: Strasbourg - EP. © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Frédéric Maigrot.

Migration Crisis: how to open the borders and make way for the uprooted

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Mehndi Dandwani. The writer is a 5th year student of Medicine at Terna Medical College, … [Read More...]

Rome, Chigi Palace, Prime Minister’s residence. PM Paolo Gentiloni delivered the traditional end of year Press conference on 29/12/2016. (Italian government work, only some rights reserved. Foto: T. Barchielli).

Italian banks: It’s Rome’s turn to confront Berlin’s aggressiveness

Italy, after Greece, is now the next target of the archetypical Teutonic aggressiveness, aimed this time at making the life difficult for Paolo … [Read More...]

Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the EC in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, travelled to Delphi in order to deliver a speech during the Delphi Economic Forum. © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Yorgos Karahalis.

Migration crisis: how big a security threat it is?

    This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Lizzy Morgan. The writer is the Medsin-UK’s director of finance. … [Read More...]

(IFMSA, 2017)

Global health challenges require global medical students

  This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Apeksha Kakkar. The writer is a 5th year student of Medicine at Grant Gov’t … [Read More...]

(IFMSA, 2017)

Fostering global citizenship in medical students through exchanges

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Sheharyar Zameer. The writer is is currently a student at Army Medical College, Pakistan and … [Read More...]

Davos, Switzerland, 20/1/2016 - Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and John Cryan, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Bank, captured during the session 'The Transformation of Finance' at the Annual Meeting 2016 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 20, 2016. IMF has labeled Deutsche Bank as a major risk to the global financial system. (WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/swiss-image.ch/Photo Remy Steinegger. No changes made. Only some rights reserved).

Deutsche Bank chased away from US, threatened with more fines

The US Department of Justice settled its claims against Deutsche Bank, the biggest German lender, for packaging and selling toxic mortgage securities … [Read More...]

(IFMSA, 2016)

The importance of pre-departure training for a better understanding of global health issues

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Xiya Ma. The writer is a medical student from Québec (Canada) who has served as national … [Read More...]

Mrs Iris Blom is the National Exchange Officer General at IFMSA Netherlands (IFMSA, 2016)

Exchanges of medical students and the true understanding of global health issues

  This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Iris Blom. The writer is a third year medical student at the University of … [Read More...]

(IFMSA, 2016)

The importance of exchanges for the medical students of the world

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Anton Sundberg. The writer is a first-semester medical student at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe … [Read More...]

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Why exchange programs are essential for the medical students of the 21st century

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Amro Aglan. The writer is a final year medical student from Egypt.  Mr Aglan is affiliated … [Read More...]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (second from left), federal cabinet ministers and leading members of Berlin's government visited the scene at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, where the deadly truck attack on a crowd at a Christmas market took place and laid one white rose each as a tribute to the victims of last Monday’s carnage. Foto: Bundesregierung/Kugler.

Fear casts again a cold, ugly shadow over Europe; Turkey sides with Russia

The deadly attack in a Berlin Christmas market and the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara, may not be closely connected or plotted by … [Read More...]

Press conference by Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC, on a cartel case
Date: 07/12/2016. Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union, 2016.  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service. Photo: Mauro Bottaro

How did Facebook fool the Commission that easily during the WhatsApp acquisition?

The European Commission announced yesterday that a Statement of Objections was sent to Facebook accusing the company of providing incorrect or … [Read More...]

EU Heads of State or Government meet on 15 December 2016 in Brussels to discuss migration and security issues. Leaders are also discussing economy and youth, as well as the issue of the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in the Netherlands. Shoot location: Bruxelles - BELGIUM. Shoot date: 15/12/2016. Copyright: European Union.

Trade deals’ pure realism: it may take 10 years for a post-Brexit agreement

It was already a well-known fact that the UK had a bumpy road ahead before a post-Brexit deal with the European Union could ever see the light, but … [Read More...]

European Council, Brussels 15/12/2016. From left to right: Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Brita Haj Hassan, Mayor of East Aleppo. Understandably, after the fall or the liberation of East Aleppo, Hassan is a mayor without a city. Shoot location: Bruxelles – Belgium. Shoot date: 15/12/2016. Copyright: European Union.

A shortened EU Summit admits failures, makes risky promises

Last Thursday, 15 December, the cut down to one day European Summit, confirmed that Europe continues on the wrong path. The 27 + 1 leaders … [Read More...]

(IFMSA, 2016)

Fostering global citizenship in medicine

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Firda Muthia Elsanty. The writer is a fourth year medical student from Indonesia.  Mrs Firda … [Read More...]

Trump promised the Americans higher wages and more opportunities to get to the White House. He has already failed them on both accounts and more. (Gallery Archive, from ‘The Campaign Trail with Donald J. Trump’. Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.)

Trump to run America to the tune of his business affairs

In the short period after the 8 November election that brought him to the Oval Office of the White House for the next four years, President - elect … [Read More...]

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EU prepares for the worst case scenario as Turkey seems to be withdrawing from the migration deal

The EU Foreign Ministers convened in Brussels two days ago with Austria calling for a tougher stance towards the Turkish membership urging the EU to … [Read More...]

Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission (from left to right) at the EU- Ukraine Summit in Brussels last Month. © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Etienne Ansotte.

EU agrees on Ukraine – Georgia visa-free travel amid veto risks and populist fears

Last week was a historic one for the long and delicate debate of the European Union-Ukraine relations. EU officials have indeed come to a deal that … [Read More...]

Vítor Constâncio, Vice-President of the ECB, Mario Draghi President of ECB and Christine Graeff, Director General Communications (from left to right). Draghi explained the Governing Council’s latest monetary policy decisions and answered questions from journalists at a press conference on 8 December 2016 in Frankfurt am Main. (ECB Audiovisual Services).

ECB: The bastion of effective and equitable Europeanism keeps up quantitative easing

Last Thursday, 12 December, Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, was forced to compromise with the Germans during the Governing … [Read More...]

Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner responsible for Trade. Date: 09/11/2016   Reference: P-032907/00-14   Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Georges Boulougouris.

TTIP: why it is worth not to pull the covers over your head?

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Mona Herter, Secretary General of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE). … [Read More...]

Questions and answers during the national briefing by Wolfgang Schauble, Federal Minister for Finance of Germany, following the ECOFIN Council on 6 December 2016, in Brussels. Snapshot from a video. (European Council - Council of the European Union, Audiovisual Services).

After the Italian ‘no’ and the Brexit, Germans must decide which Europe they want

There is no doubt that Europe is in disarray. The long standing malaise of high unemployment and economic stagnation has already mutated into critical … [Read More...]

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From inconvenience to opportunity: the importance of international medical exchanges

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Laura Kalkman. The writer is a fourth year medical student from The Netherlands.  Mrs … [Read More...]

Karmenu Vella, the European Commissioner for Environment, on the left, at the podium, speaking during the opening ceremony at COP22 in Marrakech which took place last November. © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service

Nitrate pollution of water sources: new impulses for EU Water Policy?

This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Mrs Viviana Vaira. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not … [Read More...]

Questions and answers during the national briefing by Matteo Remzi, Prime Minister of Italy, following the European Council on 21 October 2016 in Brussels. European Council-Council of the European Union, Audiovisual Services, snapshot from a video. Location: Brussels, Belgium.

The Italian ‘no’ and France’s Fillon to reshape Europe; Paris moves closer to Berlin

Yesterday, the Italians chose to rebuff Prime Minister Matteo Renzi by voting ‘no’ in the referendum he proclaimed, supposed to introduce certain … [Read More...]

Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the EC in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship visits Athens where he attends the EASO Consultative Forum plenary meeting 2016 and participates in a press event. Date: 28/11/2016   Reference: P-032978/00-03   Location: Athens. © European Union , 2016   /   Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis.

At the edge of humanity: refugee healthcare in Greece and the EU

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Eleana Strouthou. The writer is a second year medical student at European University Cyprus … [Read More...]

Donald Tusk President of the European Council (on the left), meets Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, in Ankara. Presidential Palace. (European Council - Council of the European Union, Audiovisual Service. Snapshot from a video).

Turkey’s Erdogan provokes the US and the EU by serving jihadists and trading on refugees

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, after having declared war against the political, judiciary and civic structures of his own country, employs … [Read More...]

Plenary session week 47 2016 in Strasbourg - EU-Turkey relations
Johannes HAHN, Member ofthe EC in charge of European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Date: 22/11/2016
Location: STRASBOURG
Copyright: © European Union 2016 - Source: EP.

How will the EU face the migration crisis when the Turkish threats come true?

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 24 November calling for the negotiations to be suspended between the EU and the Turkish government … [Read More...]

President TUSK - tour of EU capitals ahead of the Bratislava Summit. President Tusk meets British Prime Minister Theresa May. From left to right: Ms Theresa MAY, UK Prime Minister; Mr Donald TUSK, President of the European Council. Shoot location: London - UNITED KINGDOM. Shoot date: 08/09/2016. Copyright: European Union

The EU tells the bare truth to the UK that there is no such thing as easy divorces

Post Brexit vote, the British leaders have rather been adamant in saying that there will be no mixed solutions and in-betweens ahead: “Brexit” will … [Read More...]

Trump promised everything the Americans wanted, to win the race for the White House. Gallery Archive, from ‘The Campaign Trail with Donald J. Trump’. Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.

What will the US look like under Trump? Was his election campaign a big scam?

Everybody agrees now that the President - elect Donald Trump won the 8 November election, by promising he will take good care of the Americans who are … [Read More...]

From left to right: Four star General Mikhail Kostarakos, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, Karel Erjavec, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs, and second from right Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defense Agency. Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium, Shoot date: 15/11/2016. Copyright: European Union.

Europe moulds global defense and security chart given US new inward vision

Europe takes very seriously Trump’s rhetoric about limiting US commitment to NATO and Old Continent’s defenses. In view of that, Federica Mogherini, … [Read More...]

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Salaheddine Mezouar, President of the COP22
Date: 08/11/2016   Location: Marrakesh
© European Union , 2016 / Photo: Mohammed Kamal

COP22 addresses a strong global pledge to effectively implement the Paris Agreement

Last Friday, more than 190 countries gathered at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) and jointly pledged through an Action … [Read More...]

Participation of Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Member of the EC, in the NATO-Industry Forum 2016. Date: 09/11/2016   Reference: P-032867/00-05   Location: Brussels - Palais d'Egmont, © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Lukasz Kobus.

How populist and xenophobic movements in the EU tear apart European businesses and startups

Exclusively written for the Sting by Mr João Malhadeiro, a young entrepreneur affiliated to the European Confederation of Junior Entreprises … [Read More...]