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Who is culpable in the EU for Ukraine’s defection to Russia?

The 350,000 to 500,000 people who protested yesterday, even violently at times, in the centre of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, belonged, theoretically, to the three opposition parties, which had organised the rally. Unquestionably however, all Ukrainians believe that President Viktor Yanukovich – who decided at the last minute to turn down an Association Agreement with […]

The EU accuses Russia of bullying Ukraine to change sides

It took four days to European Union two presidents to grasp the magnitude of the Ukrainian full U-turn, with Kyiv signing the Moscow led customs union, after cashing in the advance of EU’s financial aid. The unprecedented complete turnaround of Ukraine’s foreign policy took place last Thursday and the President of the European Commission José […]

Ukraine takes EU money and runs to sign with Russia

Yesterday, Ukraine threw away in the dustbin EU’s ultimatum issued last Monday by the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius during the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. Lithuania currently holds the EU Council Presidency, representing the entire Union. Linkevičius said that “Ten days remain for Ukraine and the European Union to take crucial […]

Ukraine undecided over a strategic partnership with the EU

The Eastern Partnership, EU’s major and expensive initiative to extend its influence up to the southern borders of Russia is faltering dangerously. Ukraine doesn’t seem ready to sign the Partnership, after Armenia recently rejected it. This is the second opening of the European Union to Eastern Europe, after the successful historic enlargement of the Union […]

This is why many young people have no access to proper education

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Hundreds of millions of children, adolescents and young people have no access to learning and COVID-19 has exacerbated the problem. A UNESCO report shows poverty is the main barrier, ahead of other […]

Visa facilitation and readmission: agreements with Belarus now in force

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU-Belarus visa facilitation and readmission agreements enter into force. These agreements represent an important step in strengthening the EU’s engagement with the Belarusian people and civil society. They will pave the way for improved mobility of citizens, contributing to closer links between […]

Joint press release: Republic of Korea – EU Leaders’ video conference meeting

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. 1. H.E. Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and H.E. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, held a Leaders’ meeting via video conference on 30 June 2020. 2. The leaders acknowledged […]

Partner countries get €3bn in loans to prop up economies affected by pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Parliament on Friday approved €3 billion in loans to help EU neighbours and partner countries deal with the fallout of COVID-19. The loans, which will be given on highly favourable terms and disbursed over a year, will help the following ten countries whose economies […]

Will COVID-19 lead to the global resurgence of other deadly diseases?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Deaths from measles are on the rise. Vaccination programmes are being disrupted by COVID-19 efforts. Poorer countries face the greatest risk. COVID-19 is indirectly triggering a surge in many other deadly and […]

Eastern Partnership: Commission proposes new policy objectives for beyond 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have put forward a proposal for the long-term policy objectives of the Eastern Partnership beyond 2020. These aim at increasing trade, strengthening connectivity and deepening economic integration […]

3 charts that show how attitudes to climate science vary around the world

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 Indians are the most trusting of climate science, according to a survey on global attitudes to climate change. By region, almost a fifth of North American adults expressed little or no trust […]

Croatian Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ministers are outlining the priorities of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Croatia holds the Presidency of the Council until July 2020. The first series of hearings took place on 20, 21 and […]

Africa-Europe Alliance: Four new financial guarantees worth €216 million signed under the EU External Investment Plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission signed today four guarantee agreements worth €216 million that will help unlock €2 billion to invest in renewables, urban infrastructure and start-ups in Africa and the Neighbourhood. The guarantees were signed with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the […]

3 charts that show how attitudes to climate science vary around the world

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 Indians are the most trusting of climate science, according to a survey on global attitudes to climate change. By region, almost a fifth of North American adults expressed little or no trust […]

From Policy to Reality: Discrepancies in Universal Health Care Systems across the EU

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr Giovanni Cuce’, a first-year medical student at the University of Catania, Italy. He us affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect […]

European Commission steps up protection of European intellectual property in global markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission published today the latest report on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries. While developments have taken place since the publication of the previous report, concerns persist and a number of areas for improvement and action remain to […]

Visa Facilitation and Readmission: the European Union and Belarus sign agreements

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union and Belarus signed a visa facilitation agreement and a readmission agreement. The agreements represent an important step in EU-Belarus relations and pave the way for improved mobility of citizens, contributing to closer links between the EU and its Eastern Partnership […]

From Policy to Reality: Discrepancies in Universal Health Care Systems across the European Union

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Giovanni Cuce’, a first-year medical student at the University of Catania, Italy. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

Blockchain is becoming key for global trade – but is that a gift for hackers?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adrien Ogée, Project Lead, Cyber Resilience, World Economic Forum & Soichi Furuya, Senior Researcher, Hitachi (and World Economic Forum Fellow) Blockchain is a system of recording transactions that could replace ‘trust intermediaries’ including banks Businesses are starting to […]

UN chief urges emergency fund support as one of the ‘most effective investments’ in humanitarian action

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), is “one of the most effective investments you can make in humanitarian action”, Secretary-General, António Guterres told a high-level pledging event at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday. “It is the only global emergency fund that […]

Corruption thwarts attempts to build a better world and ‘must be fought by all, for all’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As we enter a decade of ambitious action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stepping up efforts to eradicate corruption and promote good governance is “essential…to deliver on our global pledge to leave no one behind”, the UN anti-crime chief has said. “Corruption […]

Measles ‘misinformation campaigns’ through social media, fuel rising toll

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Measles deaths and infections in 2019 are set to “substantially exceed” last year’s toll when more than 142,000 people died from the preventable disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. In a warning over dangerously low vaccination levels and large outbreaks in […]

8th Euronest Assembly: the future of relations with Eastern partners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Energy security, EU-Eastern relations and geopolitical challenges are set to be among the focus points of the 8th session of the joint parliamentary assembly. Members of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly will meet in Tbilisi, Georgia, for the 8th Ordinary Session, from 8 to 10 […]

2018 Sakharov laureate Oleg Sentsov receives his award

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The 2018 Sakharov Prize winner, Ukrainian film director and human rights activist Oleg Sentsov, received his award in Strasbourg on 26 November. He was able to receive the 2018 prize for Freedom of Thought in person after being released from prison on 7 September […]

Parliament closes legal loophole to stop excessive Ukrainian chicken imports

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Parliament agreed on Tuesday to modify the EU-Ukraine trade agreement to curb imports of cheap Ukrainian poultry meat entering the EU using a legal loophole. In a resolution adopted by 444 votes to 128 with 74 abstentions, MEPs called on Ukraine to respect […]

4 innovative renewable energy projects powering Europe’s green future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Between 2007 and 2017, the volume of renewable energy produced in the European Union’s 28 member states rose by 64%. That energy comes from diverse sources, from the burning of wood and biomass […]

UN Member States overwhelmingly support end of US embargo against Cuba

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. For the 28th consecutive year, the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba. During a vote held on Wednesday, 187 Member States underlined their support for […]

The world’s landmine stockpiles in numbers

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 Every day, people die or lose limbs from stepping on a landmine. Most of these victims are civilians, living in countries at peace. Two decades on from the Mine Ban Treaty – a […]

This Hungarian man quit his job to clean up his favourite river

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Bence Pardy used to clear tables for a living. Now he picks up plastic waste from his local river. Pardy quit his job as a waiter in Budapest to wage a battle against the trash […]

EU trade agreements: delivering new opportunities in time of global economic uncertainties

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Despite the difficult global economic climate, European companies have continued to make good use of the opportunities created by the European Union’s trade network – the largest in the world. In 2018 this network covered 31% of Europe’s trade exchanges, a figure that is […]

Which country offers the cheapest mobile data?

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 How do you access the internet? Chances are that if your country has limited landline coverage you use your cellphone, and the cost of that access varies widely from country to country. India, […]

UN and Red Cross chiefs appeal for end to use of explosive weapons in cities

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With some 50 million people in urban areas suffering from the impact of armed conflict, war in cities “cannot be back page news”, the UN Secretary-General and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday. António Guterres and Peter […]

We are ‘burning up our future’, UN’s Bachelet tells Human Rights Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Human Rights Council opened in Geneva on Monday with a warning from the UN’s top rights official that, with forest fires raging in the Amazon, “we are burning up our future, literally”. In a direct appeal to the forum’s 47 Member States to […]