“France will be there, it will always be there!”, French President Hollande says in a rather disorganised speech; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

He was expected before noon but he stumbled upon some snowfall, Mrs Lagarde had told us earlier in the morning during the session on Climate change. Mr Hollande finally made it to the Davos Congress Center, where his political speech started at 14.30 pm. Professor Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, welcomed the French President […]

Austerity lovers to put a break on Renzi’s growth vision for Europe? the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

The World Economic Forum is said to be a congress of polyphony and contradictions. This year’s edition bore witness to this perennial value of the organiser. The European Sting is pointing one major contradiction of utmost significance from today’s sessions. While Mr Matteo Renzi, Italy’s Prime Minister made the main congress hall of the World Economic Forum yesterday shiver with […]

China’s impact as a global investor; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

The Sting continues its exclusive live coverage from the World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos with a critical piece on China. Yesterday afternoon all the panelists took their seats to participate in what was to become a fresh revealing dialogue on Chinese investment around the globe. The panelists of the session were Mr Cai Jin-Yong, Executive […]

“For my children Italy will be an innovation lab and not a museum”; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

The World Economic Forum 2015 just started earlier this morning amidst the ice cold Swiss Alps. After facing the train delays in Klosters Platz and all the increased security control, we were all queuing to sit at the Congress Hall of Davos Congress centre. The first most important session for World Economic Forum 2015 yet to come just finished […]

The European Sting live from the World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

So it’s time. The most prominent economic and political congress in the world opens its golden doors today. More than 40 heads of state accompanied by an exclusive selection of 2500 business leaders and social entrepreneurs are arriving this evening in the small city of 10.000 inhabitants at the heart of the Swiss Alps. The 45th […]

Is the EU competent enough to fight human smuggling in 2015?

That the European Union is facing its big problem of exorbitant illegal immigration is not news. How can it be in a gigantic region of 28 countries spreading around the Old Continent? And most of all one of the top five coastline lengths in the world with some 70,000 km coasts bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and […]

Breaking news: Juncker’s Commission mutant trojan horse is on the loose in Strasbourg

Yesterday in Strasbourg the Parliament, allegedly, took a decisive stance against GMOs in Europe after so many years of letting the matter linger. Almost all European media came out to congratulate the vote that gives the right to the local governments of the member states to “opt-out” and be able to ban “locally” GMO production […]

Grexit no longer a threat but how to manage a “tutti frutti” government if not with fear?

Every now and then a Eurozone crisis breaks out lately. This means two things: either the common currency project is too fragile or too many people don’t believe in it. Or both. Eurozone strong as a rock Well, to begin with, there is not one shadow over Eurozone’s “fragility”. The fact that we are still standing after […]

Merry Christmas from Erdogan, Putin, Mogherini and the Polish firefighter

One month is more than enough in international diplomacy to flip the world. During the last month of this long 2014 we were cought by surprise by the speed of the evolutions regarding the “EU-Turkey” project. Things were changing so fast every week of this December that even the most experienced analysts remained numb and thus preferred […]

The British “nonsense”, the relaxed Commissioner and the TTIP “chiaroscuro” at this week’s Council

“The EU and the US should make all efforts to conclude negotiations on an ambitious, comprehensive and mutually beneficial TTIP by the end of 2015”, was the first conclusion of the first day of the 18-19 December EU Council. That our EU leaders are in an unprecedented rush to conclude the “notorious” trade deal with the […]

“Hasta la vista” Google says to Spain and now Europe is next?

“But sadly, as a result of a new Spanish law, we’ll shortly have to close Google News in Spain. Let me explain why. This new legislation requires every Spanish publication to charge services like Google News for showing even the smallest snippet from their publications, whether they want to or not. As Google News itself makes […]

Education and Training: where do we stand in 2014?

By Bogdan Pavel, guest writer at the European Sting The Directorate-General for Education and Culture – Unit A.2 issued on the 12th of November its “Education and Training Monitor 2014″, a support tool for the implementation of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020). Its opening states “The purpose of education […]

France fails again the exams. Kindly requested to sit in on Commission’s class

France gets once more under the microscope. Apparently the second biggest economy of Europe is il for the past couple of years in trouble. Given its enormous political power historically in Brussels L’Exagone was getting away with it for quite some time but it seems that now the time has come for drastic medication. The Macron […]

Is a full course lunch, a new Commissioner and 2 million anti-TTIP citizens what you would call a “Fresh Start”?

It was last Monday that Mrs Cecilia Malmstrom, the newly appointed EU Commissioner for Trade, paid a visit to Washington to meet “our American friends”, as she calls them. That is to say, “Mike“, Mr Michael Froman, US Trade Commissioner and his team. To her surprise “our American friends” provided her with a full course lunch rather than […]

EU to Google: How to dismantle European search engines in 13 steps

It seems that the search engine thriller that we are watching with horror in the Old Continent goes on. Last week the Sting reported on how parliamentarians were planning to “break up with reality in the Google antitrust case”. This week we are counting the votes and the list of “guidelines” to Google and all […]

“Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” Finally a name and a number to answer Henry Kissinger’s question

The much awaited succession ceremony at the EU Council took place yesterday in Brussels. Herman Van Rompuy, leaving President of the EU Council, handed over Europe’s top job to Poland’s Donald Tusk. Mr Tusk, who served as Premier Minister of Poland two times, is considered to be one of Europe’s most successful politicians of the past […]

Parlamentarians to “break up” with reality in the Google antitrust case

How many years can an antitrust case endure in the EU? It certainly depends on many factors but in the case of Google 4 is the minimum. This is because the topic of a ‘digital monopoly’ of a search engine is so refined and sophisticated that for the majority of EU stakeholders it is “terra incognita”. Also […]

Cameron’s Conservatives and UKIP are exploiting and cultivating anti-EU immigration sentiment but Labour party isn’t?

Currently the significant success of the eurosceptic UKIP party in polarising the British voter in several social issues, like immigration, has set the agenda for other parties to follow. David Cameron and his conservative party has long seen that his electorate gets substantially motivated by anti-immigration campaigns. This is of course part of the general […]

How and why Mercedes fakes the EU fuel consumption tests

Remember the time you bought a new car. You normally visited it at the showroom, took it for a test drive, read the fuel consumption. Those three factors, together of course with the price of the vehicle, formed your purchase decision and selection between competition. Well, it seems that you can count on the showroom visit […]

Europe votes against GMOs but the Council votes for TTIP

Yesterday afternoon good news came out of the European Parliament; good news for the anti-GM (Genetically Modified Organisms) movement and hopefully for the EU too. The Environment Committee of the European Parliament (ENVI) voted in favour of the right of the member-states to ban GMOs from their territories with 53 votes to 11 and 2 […]

Search Engine neutrality in Europe in danger: Are 160.000 Google filtering requests good enough?

The long awaited last public discussion about “the right to be forgotten” took place in Brussels yesterday. This was the last of the seven miracles or otherwise open forums in different European cities that the Californian giant has been organising since last May. The reason for these costly events was to engage civic society in […]

It’s Time to Disrupt Europe, Digital First

Written by Kumardev Chatterjee, Founder & President of European Young Innovators Forum Over the last 30 years, the European Union has failed in innovation capacity and the main reason is its mindset: in on the one hand, societally, europeans have grown increasingly risk-averse in the last 30 years while on the other, structurally, it has […]

10 months were not enough for the EU to save the environment but 2 days are

The highlight in Brussels this week is certainly the EU Council of tomorrow, Thursday 23 October. The reason is not because it will be the last one presided by Mr Van Rompuy, but because the major topic to be discussed in the agenda is the EU climate targets 2030. It has been 10 months that the […]

Can privatisation be the panacea for the lack of growth in Europe?

An interesting topic was treated last Monday evening in Brussels and the European Sting was present to listen to some ideas on how to boost growth in the European Economy in a pragmatic manner. It would be unfair to say that the idea on the table of the discussion was original or innovative but nevertheless it […]

Neelie Kroes at the European Young Innovators Forum: Unconvention 2014

Neelie Kroes at the Young Innovators Unconvention: “Let’s Disrupt Europe, we need it!” Neelie Kroes delivered her last speech to European startups at Unconvention 2014organized by European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF). She sent a simple but strong message: “Lets disrupt Europe, we need it!”. The theme of the Unconvention this year is “Embrace failure, celebrate […]

Benjamin Franklin was wrong: Amazon can tax evade

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”, Benjamin Franklin said back in the 18th century. Three hundred years later in principle it maintains validity, when it comes to the former. Of course for most developed societies tax is a de facto obligation of the citizen. Most of us we […]

Can one FTA and 110 lobby meetings make the dirty oil clean in Europe?

So it happens again. The EU is compromising its own policies to endorse trade and business. What’s wrong with that? Just an equivalent environmental damage of 6 million cars in the European roads by 2020. It was only yesterday morning that the European Commission issued a controversial proposal that undermines its own 2020 targets to […]

European Confederation of Junior Enterprises hosts in Geneva the Junior Enterprise World Conference

JADE the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises hosted between the 7th and 10th of August the Junior Enterprise World Conference, with the help of their Junior Enterprises in Geneva, Switzerland. Watch JEWC Trailer: The event gathered around 300 students from 16 countries and 3 continents in an international environment dedicated to grow the entrepreneurial skills and identity […]

May a parody constitute a copyright infringement? European Court of Justice to give the answer

By katerinakatsampani@hotmail.com The European Court of Justice has recently published the decision C- 201/2013  Johan Deckmyn ,Vrijheids fonds VZW v  Vandersteen , ‘ Vandersteen and others’. In this case, the judges of Luxembourg were asked to interpret article 5 par. 3 …point (k) of the directive 2001/29 on the harmonization of certain aspects of copyright […]

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 Brussels media that made it to Catalunya. Seduced by the smell of paella and cinnamon, there was one major thing that all the people wearing the magic MWC badge were whispering […]

European Business Summit 2014: The role of youth entrepreneurship education in EU’s Strategy for Competitiveness

May 28, 2014 News Room Earlier last month, JADE announced its participation as supporting partner of the 12th edition of the European Business Summit (EBS); where it represented the voice of young entrepreneurial students in front of Europe’s most important Business Leaders, Policy makers and Media. Organised by BUSINESSEUROPE and the Federation of Enterprises in […]

EntEx Organises 5 Summer Schools for Young Entrepreneurs across Europe in June/July 2014

May 23, 2014 News Room EntEx, the Entrepreneurship Experience Programme, will run five summer schools in June and July 2014 in London, Barcelona, Bucharest, Berlin and Amsterdam, building on an experienced concept already tested in Brussels. Each event will gather 100 participants. EntEx is designed by young people for young people with a strong interest […]

European Youth Vlog