Mario Draghi didn’t do it but Kim Jong-un did

Inauguration of the European Central Bank's new premises on 18 March 2015 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Mario Draghi (in the middle) cuts the ribbon. (European Central Bank Audiovisual Services).

Last Thursday, Mario Draghi, the President of the European Central Bank, was unable to move the capital and money markets with his customary monetary policy Press conference in Frankfurt am Main. On the contrary, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, a global castoff, did it the next day just by pressing a button. However, it took […]

The European Sting writes down the history LIVE from G20 Leaders’ Summit in Turkey

G20 Logo Turkey 2015

Just a few days now remain until the world’s highest level Summit where the 20 most powerful leaders will convene. This year the exclusive G20 Leaders’ Summit will be taking place in Antalya Turkey on 15-16 November 2015. The Sting, faithful to the tradition it has created to cover the world’s most important Summits, like the […]

The EU Diplomacy in North Korea promotes peace or war?

Flag of North Korea or Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)

It was last Friday that the seven EU embassies located in Pyongyang received a formal warning by the North Korean regime to evacuate the premises and leave the country as soon as possible. As it was explicitly stated by the world’s most obscure totalitarian regime, the local authorities could not guarantee their safety after the […]

Is South Korea set to lose from its FTA with the EU?

Kim Jong-Hoon, Member of the South Korean National Assembly, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC and Kim Chang-beom, Head of the Mission of South Korea to the EU (in the foreground, from left to right), participated in the public lecture to commemorate 50 years of EU/South Korea diplomatic relations. (EC Audiovisual Services).

The recent announcement (issued at the highest level by three presidents; Barack Obama, Herman Van Rompuy, Manuel Barroso), that the European Union and the United States were ready to start negotiations, aiming at the conclusion of a far-reaching Free Trade Agreement (FTA), sounded the alarm to other EU’s major trading partners and more so in […]

An FTA between EU-US to hurt South Korea

José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC on the right, and Kim Jong-Hoon, Member of the South Korean National Assembly, participated in the public lecture to commemorate 50 years of EU/South Korea diplomatic relations, (21/02/2013). EC Audiovisual Services).

Ten days ago, Brussels and Washington issued a joint statement signed by three Presidents, namely the US leader Barack Obama, the European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. With it, the EU and the US announced their decision to conclude a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) by the end […]

South Korea: A cherished partner for the EU

Bark Taeho, South Korean Minister for Trade, in the centre, and Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, on the left, heading for the first meeting of the EU-South Korea Trade Committee.

South Korea or the Republic of Korea (RoK) is a privileged trading partner of the European Union. The Free Trade Agreement the two sides have concluded was signed on 6 October 2010 and entered into force in July 2011. This FTA was the first one the European Union penned down with an Asian nation and the […]