Could entrepreneurship be the real cure against the side effects of Brexit?

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, received Theresa May, British Prime Minister.
Handshake between Theresa May, on the left, and Jean-Claude Juncker. Date: 21/10/2016   Reference: P-032756/00-03   Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Etienne Ansotte.

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Krisztian Ivan, Director of the Finance and Private Cooperation at the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE). As Donald Tusk very clearly stated on the EPC 20th Anniversary Conference: “the only real alternative of a hard Brexit is no Brexit at all”.[1] Multiple messages suggested from the […]

A Sting Exclusive: why the environment is important to your health, by UNEP’s Head for Europe

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This article was exclusively written for The European Sting  by Mr Jan Dusik, UN Environment Europe’s Director and Regional Representative. On the afternoon of 23rd of December last year, bells rang to mark the end of term in schools across Sarajevo one week earlier than usual.  However, this was not due to an early New Year celebration. The air […]

EU is now giving Google new monopolies to the detriment of European citizens and Internet companies

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This article was exclusively written for The Sting by Mr Joe McNamee, Executive Director of  EDRi, the Brussels-based association of civil and human rights organisations from across Europe that defends rights and freedoms in the digital environment. There is a lot of noise in the press and among lobbyists about an alleged hostility of the EU towards big American internet […]

A Sting Exclusive: “One year on from the VW scandal and EU consumers are still in the dark”, BEUC’s Head highlights from Brussels

Mrs Monique Goyens is the Director General of BEUC (Photo: Pablo Garrigos)

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Monique Goyens, the Director General of The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) At the end of June, Volkswagen car drivers in the US heard that the car company had agreed to provide compensation payments of up to $10,000 to each driver and promised to buy back the […]

A Sting Exclusive: EU Commissioner Mimica looks at how the private sector can better deliver for international development

Visit of Neven Mimica, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation and Development, to Antalya, Turkey where he attended the first and second plenary meetings of the Comprehensive High-level Mid-term Review of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for the Least Developed Countries. © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Yasin Akgül.

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation & Development. There’s never been a more relevant time to look at what role the private sector has to play in development. What are the challenges, and what can it help to deliver? The current world situation leaves us […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Doing ourselves a favour”, Vice President Dombrovskis underscores that this time growth has to come from within the EU

Valdis Dombrovski, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Euro and Social Dialogue poses for a portrait for Latvian magazine IR (VP interview of the year)

This article was exclusively written for the European Sting by Mr Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Euro and Social Dialogue. Last month, the European Commission presented the spring economic package related to the European Semester. It included the annual country-specific policy recommendations to individual member states and the Commission’s latest assessment […]

A Sting Exclusive: EU Commission’s Vice President Šefčovič accentuates the importance of innovation to EU’s Energy Union

Visit of Maroš Šefčovič to the United States in May 2016. © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Olivier Douliery.

This article was exclusively written for the European Sting by Mr Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Energy Union. The role of energy in our day-to-day lives is undoubtedly crucial for the functioning of any modern society. From powering homes, our vehicles, and our industries, energy is one of the most important commodities in the […]

Some Prevailing Arguments and Perceptions over the South China Sea Issue Are Simply Wrong

HE Mrs Yang Yanyi is the Ambassador of the Chinese Mission to EU

This article was written for the Sting by HE Ambassador Yang Yanyi of the Chinese Mission to EU For some time now, the South China Sea issue has attracted much attention and media coverage. Some accused China of changing the status quo in the South China Sea by taking unilateral actions that caused tensions in […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the new Sustainable Development Agenda”, Ulf Björnholm underscores from UNEP Brussels

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Exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Ulf Björnholm, Head of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Liaison Office to the EU institutions. 2015 marked a turning point for global cooperation on sustainable development, with world leaders agreeing on a new UN Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. These agreements represent a […]

The right approach to addressing overcapacity problem from a Chinese perspective

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This article was written for the Sting by HE Ambassador Yang Yanyi of the Chinese Mission to EU The recent weeks have seen further worrying moves in Brussels. The European Commission opened new anti-dumping investigations on steel products originating from China, and the European steel industry organized a demonstration against so-called Chinese dumping on the […]