Turkey remains numb while its economy is expected to shrink further due to a cocktail of EU and US sanctions

The EU Council decided to impose sanctions on Turkey for continuing its illegal drilling operations in the Cypriot territorial waters violating the EU member’s sovereignty rights. The Turkish side however keeps claiming the natural sources in the area and insists on the myth that they have equal rights with the Republic of Cyprus. The under […]

Boris as UK Premier to be cornered if attempting a no-deal Brexit

One month ago this newspaper predicted that the British Conservative Party is bound to elect Boris Johnson, an ex Foreign Secretary and former Mayor of London, as its new leader and UK Prime Minister. The election process is at the final stage, with the 160.000 party members having to choose between Johnson and the actual […]

EU-Turkey relations: EU considers imposing sanctions while Turkey keeps violating Cyprus’ sovereignty

Turkey continues violating the sovereignty rights of Cyprus by conducting a new illegal drilling operation on the northeast of the island. The EU had already urged Turkey last month to stop its gas drilling in waters around Cyprus. Thus the EU bloc will now have to intervene to resolve such disputes. However, Turkey kept on […]

Trump after marginalizing G20 attacks Europe and China where it hurts, brandishes currency war

Last week’s G20 meeting in Osaka confirmed that the forum’s commonly shared concern about our future on the planet is definitively a thing of the past. Last week, the cacophony at the table of the 20 heads of the largest countries of the world – which first appeared last December in Buenos Aires – became […]

The end of Spitzenkandidat: EU leaders concluded unexpectedly on EU top jobs

The EU leaders finally came to a conclusion after three long days of tough negotiations where German Chancellor’s suggestion to appoint Frans Timmermans as next European Commission president has been turned down by Italy and eastern countries. The solution was given with the nomination of a woman and particularly German Defence Minister Ursula von der […]

How multistakeholder platforms can strengthen our multilateral system

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joo-Ok Lee, Head of International Organizations, World Economic Forum Geneva At the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum earlier this year, António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, pointed out the trend of weakening coordination within the […]

France and Germany can’t reach consensus regarding EU’s top jobs

The EU leaders are expected to meet again on Sunday to discuss about who will be taking over the EU top jobs, while France and Germany seem unable to agree who will be the successor of Jean-Claude Juncker. Last week’s EU summit didn’t conclude on the matter, something that exerts extra pressure onto the bloc’s […]

Trump blocks US warmongers from bombing Iran

Last week the American military-industrial complex (MIC) was ‘cocked & loaded’ to attack key targets in Iran, after Tehran downed a US military unmanned spy drone. Of course, the two sides clash over the exact position of the drone’s hit. However, the Iranians should have avoided hitting an American war machine outside of their air […]

Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit to differ when issued from 10 Downing St.

The British Conservative Party is now busy electing a new President and by the same token the new Prime Minister of UK. This is an exemplary democratic exercise but under the current conditions it also turns to be a tricky procedure. For one thing, the outcome of the long selection process becomes every day more […]

Europe faces economic turmoil as Italy gets closer to the Excessive Debt Procedure

Italy is in serious trouble as the EU deputy finance ministers seem to support the European Commission’s opinion on the actions required to reduce the country’s public debt. The huge growing debt together with the centre-right and euroskeptic alliance government is causing turbulences as regards its relations with Brussels. However, the Italian coalition leaders have […]

Trump in London poisons UK and Europe

The unbelievable American President, while on a full state visit to Britain, didn’t hesitate to target the British crown jewel which is the country’s health system, the National Health Service. Trump plainly said he wants Britain out of the European Union, in order to open the NHS budget for the American health contractors to scavenge. […]

Will the EU be condemned by the International Criminal Court for violating migrants’ human rights?

It was two days ago when a group of lawyers sued the EU for the deaths of Libyan migrants who attempted to cross the Mediterranean. The case is being investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC) which will have to rule whether or not EU nations violated human rights and are responsible for thousands of […]

Trump’s America divides the world, bullies China and Europe

The American administration in concerted action at the end of last week told everybody, how they want the world to function, singling out foes and friends. Leading members of the Trump executives attacked China, Germany and the EU. Washington, probably, senses that those global entities are able to withstand and effectively counter the wider American […]

Brexit: With May gone the Tory divide is to sink the UK despite Brits wanting to ‘Remain’

When the British Tory Prime Minister Theresa May broke the talks with Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn about Brexit, every analyst wondered what else the Brits could ever think to make things worse. And the Conservative party turned up with a devastating answer to this question; they forced PM May to resign. In this way, the […]

Election 2019: New, Updated seat projection for new Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New, updated seat projection for the new European Parliament based on final and provisional results in 27 countries and estimates in one more:       Provisional results 28.05.2019 18:11  Seat projections will continue to be updated and published on http://www.election-results.eu. This new projection […]

EU elections update: Can the EU voters vote unaffected from fake news and online disinformation?

EU elections already kicked off yesterday in the UK and the Netherlands with several EU citizens abstaining in Britain due to clerical errors by local councils. The old continent is now following the EU elections closely, worrying about the effect of fake news and growth of far-right parties. The EC published last week various reports concerning […]

European elections: A chance to repel both nationalism and no-deal Brexit

The results of the coming European Parliament elections of 23-26 May will have an unusually strong and long term impact on the wider political developments of the entire Old continent. There are two good reasons for that. The Europeans, including the Brits, will vote to definitely or not repel nationalism and a devastating no-deal Brexit. […]

How to get young people in Europe to swipe right on voting

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirsten Salyer, Media Relations Specialist, World Economic Forum Young people by definition have the most at stake in the future. But in Europe as elsewhere, Millennials are all too often failing to vote. As crunch European Parliament elections approach […]

EU elections 2019: Trump’s share in the support of populism

It was last Monday when the US President Donald Trump met the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the White House. Both leaders had the beautiful chance to praise each other at a gathering which lasted less than an hour. Only a few days ahead of the EU elections, the US President clearly shows his […]

5 key themes for reforming the EU, as elections loom

  This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.  Author: Grace A. Ballor, Max Weber postdoctoral fellow, European University Institute Whether you are a supporter of more or less Europe, one thing is clear: citizens want change. Debates about which way forward have become highly polarized between defenses […]

These EU countries have the most government debt

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Greece has the highest government debt-to-GDP ratio of any European Union member state, according to new figures from Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office. At the end of 2018, its debt stood at 181% of […]

EU elections 2019: Rise of nationalist trends and populism in Europe challenges the EU edifice

The European elections are going to be held in just two weeks’ time and far-right propaganda is gaining momentum creating concerns to everyone regarding the future of the EU, which is at stake. Populism and nationalism have dramatically risen in the EU during the last years menacing democratic institutions within a number of European member […]

UK voters sent strong message to May and Corbyn for soft Brexit

Most political analysts agree that the results of last Thursday’s local elections in Britain were a strong slap by voters primarily to the governing Tory PM Theresa May and, secondly, to the major opposition Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. There is also widespread acceptance that the impressive electoral gains of the Liberal Democrats come mainly […]

The world condemned by neo-liberals to feed trillions to banks: the New Deal exorcised

One after the other, all the major central banks of the world follow the regrettable example of the Fed and the ECB in reversing their efforts to contain the greed of the financial mammoths. The American central bank, the Fed, and the European Central Bank will continue feeding the giant financial conglomerates with $4.5 trillion […]

Can the Notre-Dame fire freeze the ‘Yellow Vests’ uprising?

Can the fire that partially destroyed Notre-Dame act as a game changer in the French socio-political scene? Probably yes, but let’s see to the forces in motion, the national grief and the anger of the left behind. Luckily on the Seine river islet, in the heart of Paris, the eight hundred year monument still stands. […]

Brexit: Six more months of political paralysis or a May-Corbyn compromise?

      Last Thursday in Brussels the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May felt it was necessary to tell the 27 EU leaders, who had gathered there to meet her, that “Britain is a serious country”. Until some months ago such an observation from a British PM would have been unimaginable. Until very recently nobody […]

What the future of trust looks like

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Fuglsang Østergaard, Futurist & Consultant, Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies Recent events have contributed to declining trust levels in major public and private institutions across much of the world. These same institutions are now in a position where […]

Brexit update: Will Theresa May’s last-minute desperate efforts procrastinate Brexit?

After a long seven-hour meeting with her cabinet, Theresa May decided to meet Jeremy Corbyn in order to agree on a common plan for the future UK-EU relations, but practically ask for an extention of Article 50. The recent inability of the members of the Parliament (MPs) to get a majority on twelve indicative votes […]

UK: Customs Union with EU or a longer delay of Brexit

Last week, the UK Parliament, the Commons, before rejecting PM Theresa May’s deal with large majority for a third time, had also voted down all eight alternative  exit options, ranging from a wild divorce to no exit at all. So far, the legislative has agreed only on delaying the exit. Now, the Prime Minister says […]

The UK remains in the EU until a new Brexit date is set

Last Thursday, the EU’s 27 leaders unanimously agreed to delay the departure of Britain from the club by at least a fortnight. The exit date had been fixed on 29 March 2017 for exactly two years on. However, the postponement of the divorce sets a tough task for Jeremy Corbyn, the head of the major […]

EU and China in search of a win-win agreement through strategic cooperation ahead of the EU-China summit

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini together with the 28 EU Foreign Ministers met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi last Monday to discuss the agenda of the EU-China Strategic Dialogue. During the meeting, both parties had the opportunity to enhance and promote their mutual cooperation on several international topics. Both sides […]

Europe is no longer an innovation leader. Here’s how it can get ahead

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Iliyana Tsanova, Deputy managing director, European Fund for Strategic Investments & Roger Havenith, Deputy chief executive, European Investment Fund When it comes to technological innovation, Europe is now lagging behind not only the US and Japan, but also China. […]

The EU might as well go down the drain if foreign meddling corrupts May’s elections

The EU elections will take place in about two months’ time but anti-European together with foreign parties are most likely going to try to exert influence on the upcoming outcome. Anti-establishment parties are expected to change the current balance and status quo if the two mainstream parties, the conservative EPP (European People’s Party) and the […]