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Malta: investigation risks being compromised while Prime Minister is in office

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EPs are concerned about the credibility of investigations into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and the lack of progress on related accusations. In a resolution adopted with 581 votes to 26 and 83 abstentions, Parliament stresses that “any risk of compromising the […]

Malta: MEPs conclude fact-finding visit to assess Caruana Galizia murder inquiry

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following recent developments in the investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, MEPs visited Malta between 3-4 December to take stock of the situation on the ground. The delegation of MEPs, led by Sophie in ‘t Veld (Renew Europe, NL), met […]

Rule of law: MEPs travel to Malta to meet with government, NGOs and journalists

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following developments in the investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, MEPs will visit Malta 3-4/12 to take stock of the situation on the ground. In light of recent political and judicial developments in Malta and continuing its long-standing defence of […]

Malta: Human rights experts call for justice in case of murdered journalist

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Two years since the murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on the Mediterranean island of Malta, justice has yet to be served for the shocking crime, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday. In an appeal to the Maltese authorities to do more […]

Malta and Slovakia: MEPs warn of lack of judicial independence and corruption

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore serious shortcomings in the rule of law in Malta and Slovakia, also warning of rising threats for journalists throughout the EU. Parliament passed on Thursday, with 398 votes to 85 and 69 abstentions, a resolution summarising the conclusions of the working group […]

Malta and Slovakia: serious shortcomings in the rule of law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have serious concerns over the fight against corruption and organised crime, impartiality of law enforcement and judicial independence in Malta and Slovakia. The Civil Liberties Committee adopted on Tuesday a draft resolution summarising the conclusions of the working group set up within the […]

Vote at 16 in Malta: next stop Europe

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 that matter to them. The following article is written by Mr Luis Alvarado Martinez,  President of the European Youth Forum, the biggest umbrella youth organisation in Europe and the world. […]

Congrats to the #FutureofMalta: a new age of voting

   The future of young generations in Malta was voted on today, with a positive outcome for youth rights. From now on in Malta, 16 and 17 year olds will have the right to have their voice counted.    Malta is now the second country in the EU to legally lower the voting age in […]

Young people meet in Malta to shape the future of Europe

On 15 and 16 May, youth and youth ministry representatives from all across the EU met in Malta, following the invitation of the Maltese Presidency and the Deputy Prime Minister, Louis Grech, to discuss the future of the European project beyond the youth field. As part of the discussions on the future of Europe, initiated […]

EU citizens want more competences for the EU to deal with crises like COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a new survey commissioned by the European Parliament, a majority (58 %) state they have experienced financial difficulties since the start of the crisis. Conducted at the end of April 2020, nearly seven out of ten respondents (69%) want a stronger role for […]

Powering through the pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rebecca Bugeja, a 3rd-year medical student currently enrolled in the University of Malta. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily […]

Stop cooperation with and funding to the Libyan coastguard, MEPs ask

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should stop channeling funds to Libya to manage migration and to train its coastguard, as the violation of human rights of migrants and asylum-seekers continues. In a debate in the Civil Liberties Committee with representatives of the Commission, Frontex, UNHCR, the Council […]

How COVID-19 is throttling vital migration flows

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered border controls that hinder economically vital migration. COVID-19 also threatens vulnerable migrants caught in limbo at crowded camps. Migration normally helps keep the global […]

Cash for babies: How Europe is tackling its falling birthrate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Europe is the continent with the oldest population. This is creating problems for healthcare and pensions. But some countries are taking action to encourage more people to have children. In the far […]

Tax havens cost governments $200 billion a year. It’s time to change the way global tax works

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ludvig Wier, Postdoctoral researcher, UC Berkeley New research suggests 40% of multinational profits are shifted to tax havens and that 10% of the world’s largest multinational firms are responsible for 98% of this activity; The result is $200 […]

Shaping Europe’s digital future: op-ed by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. I am a tech optimist. My belief in technology as a force for good comes from my experience as a medical student. I learnt and saw first-hand its ability to change fates, save lives and make mundane what once would have been a miracle. […]

New EU visa rules – Questions and Answers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. New EU rules on short-stay visas apply worldwide from 2 February 2020. They make it easier for legitimate travellers to apply for a visa to come to Europe, facilitating tourism, trade and business, while providing more resources for countering irregular migration risks and threats […]

Autumn 2019 Standard Eurobarometer: immigration and climate change remain main concerns at EU level

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. According to the results of a new Eurobarometer survey released today, overall trust in the EU remains stable (at 43%), although slightly less than in spring (-1 percentage point). Trust in the EU is the majority view in 18 Member States and trust has […]

November infringements package: key decisions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Overview by policy area In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission pursues legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering various sectors and EU policy areas, aim to ensure the proper […]

Autumn Fiscal Package: Commission adopts Opinions on euro area Draft Budgetary Plans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today presented its Opinions on euro area Member States’ 2020 Draft Budgetary Plans, taken steps under the Stability and Growth Pact and adopted the fourth Enhanced Surveillance Report for Greece. Since July this year and for the first time since […]

Mediterranean and Black Seas: Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted its first ever proposal on fishing opportunities covering both the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. With this proposal, the Commission is delivering on the political commitments made in the MedFish4Ever and Sofia Declarations to promote sustainable management of fish […]

Athens urged to fast track asylum seekers amid island shelters crisis – UNHCR

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A spike in the number of refugees reaching Greek island reception centres is likely to worsen the situation in already “dangerously overcrowded” facilities there, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.   In a call for asylum seekers to be moved urgently to the […]

Sassoli: Migration agreement respects fundamental principles of Parliament’s proposal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. “Finally we move in the direction outlined by the European Parliament.” This was the first reaction by European Parliament President David Sassoli on the agreement reached today in Valletta between four EU countries: France, Germany, Italy and Malta, on the redistribution of asylum seekers […]

The von der Leyen Commission: for a Union that strives for more

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her team and the new structure of the next European Commission. The new Commission will reflect the priorities and ambitions set out in the Political Guidelines. The Commission is structured around the objectives President-elect von der Leyen […]

VAT Gap: EU countries lost €137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. EU countries lost €137 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2017 according to a study released by the European Commission today. The so-called ‘VAT Gap’ – or the overall difference between the expected VAT revenue and the amount actually collected – has reduced […]

Spring 2019 Standard Eurobarometer: Europeans upbeat about the state of the European Union – best results in 5 years

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A new Eurobarometer survey released today shows a strong increase in citizens’ positive perception of the European Union across the board – from the economy to the state of democracy. These are the best results since the June 2014 Eurobarometer survey conducted before the […]

Summer 2019 Economic Forecast: Growth clouded by external factors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European economy is set for its seventh consecutive year of growth in 2019, with all Member States’ economies due to expand. Growth in the euro area was stronger than expected in the first quarter of the year due to a number of temporary […]

Dual Food Quality: Commission releases study assessing differences in the composition of EU food products

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, the Commission published the results of a pan-European testing campaign of food products showing that some products are identically or similarly branded while having a different composition. Since his State of the Union Address in 2017, President Jean-Claude Juncker has been committed to addressing the issue […]

Countries must make teaching profession more financially and intellectually attractive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Countries need to make the teaching profession more financially and intellectually attractive to meet a growing demand across the world for high-quality teachers, according to a new OECD report. Based on the OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), the report, Teachers and School Leaders […]

2019 Innovation Scoreboards: The innovation performance of the EU and its regions is increasing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Europe needs to deepen its innovation capability to compete on global markets and maintain and improve the European way of life, as called for by the European Council as recently as June 2018 and March 2019. That is why the Juncker Commission has set […]

This is what happened to CO2 emissions in the EU last year

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 The European Union reduced its CO2 emissions by 2.5% last year, with all but eight of the EU’s 28 nations emitting less of the greenhouse gas in 2018 than the year prior. […]

Over 85% of European bathing sites rated as excellent for water quality

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Just over 85% of bathing water sites across Europe monitored last year met the European Union’s highest ‘excellent’ and most stringent quality standards for water cleanliness, according to the latest annual European bathing water quality report. The results published today give a good indication […]

June infringements package: key decisions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Overview by policy area In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission (‘Commission’) is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering various sectors and EU policy areas, aim to ensure […]