Tomorrow’s UK general election: Will Tories win majority to shoot an abrupt Brexit or a hung parliament will prolong January’s exit to 2050?

The United Kingdom is about to go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new Parliament with Boris Johnson struggling to ensure the majority in order to promote his “deal” with the European Union. Opinion polls show that the gap is narrowing between the Tories and the Labour parties but Boris Johnson is still ahead […]

Britain’s poet laureate has created a prize to highlight poetry about the climate crisis

  This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt Senior Writer, Formative Content British poet laureate Simon Armitage will donate his salary to fund the new award for poetry about climate change. The Laurel Prize will go to the best collection of nature or […]

Brexit update: can the UK General Election of 12 December 2019 lead to a Brexit extension to 2030?

Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are debating ahead of the general elections in the UK which will be held on December 12th, 2019. The polls show a clear advantage of the conservative party with Tories’ leader to offer a way out of the EU. UK business trembles about how things will evolve and is […]

5 things to know about the Western Balkans

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 When leaders of the EU’s current 28 members gathered last month to discuss membership applications from Albania and North Macedonia, there was optimism that the accession process would be given a green light. […]

Europe divided: 30 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Berlin Wall separated a city and its people. It was also a seemingly permanent symbol of the partition of the world along Cold War ideological lines. Its fall 30 years ago took […]

Can climate change wait for the US to rejoin the Paris agreement?

The US administration informed the United Nations (UN) two days ago that is starting the official process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement the moment that the whole world is experiencing the warmest October of the last forty years according to a research from a global group of around 11.000 scientists. On the other hand, […]

Britain’s Brexit election is its most volatile in memory – and 3 other superlatives about the snap poll

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robin Pomeroy, Journalist, World Economic Forum Britain’s minority Conservative government has given up trying to get its Brexit deal through parliament and has called a snap election for 12 December. Here’s why it will be an election like no […]

Brexit update: Will the EU grant extention to Britain preventing economic chaos?

It was only yesterday when the British MPs voted in favor of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal but rejected the three-day legislation timetable which would have speeded up the procedure and met the deadline of October 31st. However, it is up to the EU now to decide whether to provide another extention to the ongoing negotiations […]

In this ‘wildland’ farm in Britain, species thrive and yields are high

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 Just 25 km from the constant buzz of planes taking off at London’s second busiest airport, Gatwick, there’s a very different cacophony of sound. “When you go out at dawn, you can feel […]

This study wants every child in the UK to spend a night under the stars

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Imagine if every schoolchild could spend a night under the stars. That’s the vision of a new report on England’s national landscapes, which suggests a need to reconnect with nature and inspire future […]

Boris to end up in jail if he loses the next elections?

Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, or what is left of them, after the expulsion of important moderates, are heading straight towards a no-deal Brexit. The moderates were explelled centrally by 10 Downing St. without consulting the local branches of the Conservative Party. If the Brits, in the next general election, whenever it is held, vote for this […]

London wants new skyscrapers to protect cyclists from wind tunnels

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content London has introduced tougher rules for building new high-rises in its financial district that take into account the impact of wind conditions on cyclists and pedestrians. It is the first time in the […]

EU-Turkey relations: Erdogan plays the refugee card while beefing up gas operations in the Eastern Mediterranean sea

EU accession talks with Turkey have been suspended as Turkey is showing poor results in upholding human rights, the rule of law, media freedom and the fight against corruption. Turkey is attempting though to change this situation and enhance its relations with the EU discussing current matters with the EU officials and especially with Germany […]

It’s a frenzied clash between moderates and no-deal Brexiteers

Despite a series of defeats in Parliament, British Premier Boris Johnson is still stuck on his line, aiming at a no-deal Brexit. Last week he lost all the parliamentary votes and then single handedly expelled 21 MPs from the Conservative Party, including two former chancellors of the Exchequer and the grandson of Winston Churchill, Sir […]

The scheming of Boris: win an election after a no-deal Brexit

Quite blatantly Boris Johnson, the unrepentant Brexiteer Prime Minister of Britain suspended the function of the UK Parliament, openly lying about the reasons for doing so. He really wants to silence the voice of the majority of MPs and therefore of the British people who oppose a no-deal Brexit. Instead, Boris slyly offered a number […]

Will the EU reconsider Frontex’s role in light of accusations about violations of migrants’ human rights?

The European border agency Frontex has been found to violate human rights and abuse its power to make excessive use of force and mistreat migrants according to latest research conducted by the ARD political magazine report München, the British Guardian and the search center CORRECTIV. However, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency has been denying […]

Boris ‘single-handed’ threatens mainland Europe; can he afford a no-deal Brexit?

No doubt a no-deal Brexit will test the unity of the United Kingdom, undermine the position of London as leading international financial center and surely divide deeply the governing Conservative Party. Still this party’s new leader and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now sailing full steam ahead towards this dreadful option. One possible explanation […]

EU is not only obsessed with Facebook but also blaims now innocent websites using social plugins to serve democratic dialogues?

The Court of Justice of the European Union decided last Monday that websites which are using Facebook’s “Like” button should inform their visitors that Facebook will have access to their personal data. Otherwise, they will be held responsible for data breaching jointly with the US tech giant since the data are transmitted to the latter […]

An open letter to Europe’s leaders

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic & Beatrice Weder di Mauro, Professor of Economics, University of Mainz 2019 is a critical year for Europe. The rise of populist, nationalistic […]

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 […]