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CETA at risk again: Italy says it won’t ratify EU-Canada trade deal over product protection fears

Parmesan cheese on shelves in Italy (Copyright: European Union, 2014 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Daniela Giusti)

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, simply known as CETA, may be under threat again. The shocking news came out last Friday, when Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said Italy will not ratify the European Union’s free trade agreement with Canada, which mostly took effect last year. The EU-Canada FTA, which is EU’s […]

EU Parliament approves CETA: the EU-Canada free trade deal sees the light in Trump’s gloomy era

After seven years of talks and remarkable twists, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was approved by the European Parliament last week. The EU lawmakers formally backed last Wednesday the landmark free trade deal which aims to eliminate up to 99% of tariffs on exported goods with Canada, by a vote of 408 to […]

Will CETA be implemented after eight long years or it will be vetoed by the EU citizen?

It was last Sunday when the EU and Canada signed the free trade agreement CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), despite the protest taking place just outside the European Council’s building. This deal is meant to create more jobs and growth through stronger economic relations. However, the approval of the national parliaments in Europe and […]

Who can compel Wallonia to unlock CETA, the EU-Canada free trade pack?

No, it wasn’t just the tiny Wallonia region of Belgium and its 3.6 million French speaking inhabitants who blocked CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement). This is an EU-Canada free trade and investment pact that took eight years to the Brussels Commission and the Canadian authorities to draft. It was also the Brexit and the […]

The EU seals CETA but plans to re-baptise TTIP after missing the 2016 deadline

The trade ministers of the European Union, after their plenary meeting in Bratislava last Friday, may not have found a way to revive the interest around TTIP, but surely all agreed on one thing: negotiations on the EU-US free trade agreement will almost certainly not be finished before the end of Obama’s presidency. The key […]

“CETA is a game changer for major trade agreements”. The Sting reports live from EBS 2015

Trade has become one of Europe’s main keys to unlock future growth and so it became one of the hottest topics in Brussels’ finest parlour this year. But the message that European Business Summit wanted to launch in 2015 is that when it comes to trade in Europe, it certainly is not all about TTIP. The […]

Antitrust: Commission opens formal investigation into possible anticompetitive conduct of Teva in relation to a blockbuster multiple sclerosis medicine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether the pharmaceutical company Teva has illegally delayed the market entry and uptake of medicines that compete with its blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone. The Commission will investigate whether Teva has abused a […]

Why the global trade of chemicals is key to COVID-19 recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fernando J. Gómez, Head, Chemical and Advanced Materials Industry, World Economic Forum & Tobias Radel, Industry Lead Chemicals and Natural Resources; Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Accenture Strategy & Consulting Chemical and materials are at the heart of responses […]

EU trade agreements: delivering for Europe’s businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The 4th Annual Report on the Implementation of the European Union’s Trade Agreements in 2019 published today shows the benefits of our expanding global trade network. Despite tensions in the global trade arena, the report shows that EU trade agreements continued to facilitate fair […]

Whale populations are slowly recovering – this is why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content “The living whale, in his full majesty and significance, is only to be seen at sea in unfathomable waters; and afloat the vast bulk of him is out of sight…” So wrote the […]

Alarming number of women mistreated during childbirth, new UN health agency figures show

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than a third of women surveyed across four lower-income countries, reported being mistreated during childbirth, a new study led by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed. The study, published on Wednesday in The Lancet – an influential peer-reviewed science journal –  was carried out in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria, and found that 42 percent of the 2,016 women observed had experienced […]

These are the challenges facing India’s most sacred river

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Ganges is a lifeline for the people of India, spiritually and economically. On its journey from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, it supports fishermen, farmers and an abundance of wildlife. […]

EU–Canada Summit: strengthening the rules-based international order

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At the 17th Summit between the European Union and Canada held today in Montreal, the EU and Canada reaffirmed their determination to jointly address global challenges in a manner that strengthens the rules based international order, benefits citizens, and protects the planet by delivering […]

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: mental health, conflict prevention, Ebola in Uganda, Sudan protests, child labour

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. This Wednesday’s top stories are: one-in-five conflict-affected people suffer from a mental illness; the Security Council holds a special session on conflict prevention; 5-year-old Congolese boy is first to die from Ebola in Uganda; Sudanese protestors’ rights baffled; the decline of foreign investment; and […]

Electronic or conventional cigarettes – which is safer?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mariana Marçal, a 23-year-old medical student from Lisbon, currently attending the 4th year at NOVA Medical School. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily […]

Electronic or conventional cigarettes – which is safer?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mariana Marçal, a 23-year-old medical student from Lisbon, currently attending the 4th year at NOVA Medical School. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily […]

Do electronic cigarettes produce adverse health effects?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Roberto Antonio Vásquez Morel, a fifth-year medical student at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU), in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and […]

The 10 most common types of plastic choking Europe’s rivers

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content That our rivers and oceans are choked with plastic is well-documented. But where is all this waste coming from? Based on analysis of almost 200,000 objects found in rivers across Europe, including France, […]

Impossible Brexit options: WTO or new referendum?

In western Austria’s ‘saltcastle’ – Saltzburg – the baroque native city of Mozart, the last EU Summit which took place there left a very bitter Brexit taste. The city’s confectioners’ efforts of supplying an unlimited variety of chocolates, baring the face of the celebrated composer, were to no avail. The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, […]

One year on: EU-Canada trade agreement delivers positive results

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Friday 21 September will mark the first anniversary of the provisional entry into force of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada. Early signs show that the agreement is already starting to deliver for EU exporters. Commissioner Malmström will […]

The UK option: An overarching alternative for the whole Brexit options

This article was exclusively written for The Sting by one of our passionate readers, Dr Ali Albasha. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. As a fait accompli, the UK has made up mind to exit the EU by March 2019, which entails the analysts, politicians and the […]

The future of science could be in your gut. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jessica Richman, Chief Executive Officer, uBiome The human microbiome has been the topic of thousands of research studies in the past two decades. Rapid developments in laboratory techniques and bioinformatics have brought down the cost of DNA sequencing […]

We need greater protection for our oceans. We can’t let politics stand in the way

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Rogers, Professor of Conservation Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford “Thick fogs, snow storms, intense cold, and every other thing that can render navigation dangerous, must be encountered; and these difficulties are greatly heightened by the […]

Climate negotiations on the road to a strong Paris agreement rulebook

The UN climate change negotiations are concluding tomorrow in Bonn after ten days in the German city aiming at developing the final text for the Paris agreement rulebook. However, this is not going to happen before COP24 scheduled in December 2018, according to the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia […]

EU cuts fast-track free trade deals with Japan and Singapore and leads the trade scene

Containers at the port of Tokyo. (Copyright: European Union, 2016. Source: EC - Audiovisual Service. Photo: Haruyoshi Yamaguchi)

Last week, the European Commission presented the outcome of the negotiations for the Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan, formally putting forward the proposed trade deal with the Asian country for fast-track approval. Once signed, the EU-Japan agreement would represent the most important trade agreement ever negotiated by the EU, and Brussels is now officially pushing […]

Mental health of health professionals: the alter ego

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Silvia Matilda Aștefanei, a 5th-year medical student from Bucharest, Romania. Ms Aștefanei is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor […]

European Commission determined to conclude EU-Mercosur trade deal this year despite French concerns

Despite the little space dedicated to pure international trade at the latest European leaders’ summit in Brussels, one of last week’s biggest takeaways is that negotiations between the EU and Southern America over a free trade deal may soon gain momentum. On Friday, right at the end of last week’s EU Council meeting, European Commission […]

Trump badly cornered at home by agribusiness and steel consumer lobbies: Trade

Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and TV reality show star, as President, discovered the hard way that international trade is a much more complicated issue than he could have ever imagined. His poor cognitive abilities and his rampant nature didn’t allow him to realize that international trade is a much more complex issue, than […]

The US may be “open” to reviving TTIP, while the EU designs the future of trade with China

After months of silence and no progress since the negotiations were officially put on hold, last week the TTIP reappeared on the main pages of the international press. According to US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership indeed would not be dead as of yet, and the US would be “open” […]

EU and UK soon to be in a post-Brexit rush over free trade agreement with Australia

Last week, trade was one of the hottest topics on the European economic scene. The European Union and Australia made substantial progress towards the conclusion of a free trade agreement which has been on the table for years. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Australia’s Minister for Trade, Investment and Tourism, Steven Ciobo, announced they […]

EU lawmakers vote to reintroduce visas for Americans over “reciprocity principle”

The European Parliament passed a motion last Thursday calling on the European Parliament to temporarily reintroduce visa requirements for US citizens. The non-binding resolution called on the European Commission to end visa-free travel in response to Washington’s refusal to grant visa-free access to people from five east European countries. Despite being only a temporary solution, […]

Brussels to tear down the trade wall with Mexico as opposed to Trump’s “walls”

The European Union and Mexico have officially decided last week to accelerate negotiations on a new trade agreement and have set two additional rounds of trade talks in the first half of 2017. The European bloc and the Northern American country have long standing economic relations, but they are facing a very delicate moment, amidst […]

Theresa May’s global Britain against Philip Hammond’s Brexit fog

The 2017 edition of the World Economic Forum will be remembered for long. This year’s event carried indeed a lot of attractiveness, not only because for the first time a head of state from the People’s Republic of China was invited to the alpine city of Davos, or because the world is preparing to welcome […]