These are the UK’s biggest trading partners

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 Last year, nearly half the UK’s exports went to EU countries. The top five export destinations in 2017 were the US, Germany, France, Netherlands and Ireland, China was the sixth most-important export market […]

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 […]

European Commission launches infringement proceedings against the UK following its failure to name a candidate for EU Commissioner

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As the Guardian of the Treaties, the European Commission has today sent a letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breaching its EU Treaty obligations by not suggesting a candidate for the post of EU Commissioner. The UK authorities have until Friday […]

Brexit: Citizens’ rights remain a key priority for MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Brexit Steering Group met on Tuesday 12 November with several committees to look at the part of the Withdrawal Agreement on citizens’ rights. The focus of this meeting with the LIBE, EMPL, JURI, PETI and AFCO committees was on the implementation in the […]

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: European Council adopts decision to extend the period under Article 50

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Council has adopted a decision to extend the period under Article 50.3 (of the Treaty on the European Union), in the context of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU. The extension will last until 31 January 2020 to allow more […]

Brexit: EP Group leaders support a flexible extension until 31/1/20

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following a discussion in the Conference of Presidents on 24 October 2019, EP President Sassoli wrote to EUCO President Donald Tusk. The Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament this morning reviewed the state of play regarding the UK withdrawal from the EU in […]

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 […]

Financial support for workers affected by no-deal Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs approve change to EGF Solidarity Fund to include support for workers that would be affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU without an agreement. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund finances active labour policies such as reskilling of individual workers, career advice, training, […]

MEPs adopt plan to keep 2020 EU funding for UK in no-deal Brexit scenario

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. UK researchers, students and farmers should continue to get EU support in the event of a no-deal Brexit, under provisions adopted by the full house on Tuesday. Parliament approved a measure to make sure that EU funds for 2020 are fully available if the […]

Brexit: European Commission recommends the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached on the revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland and revised Political Declaration

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today recommended the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached at negotiator level on the Withdrawal Agreement, including a revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland, and approve a revised Political Declaration on the framework of the future […]

The sad show of Brexit

This article was written for The European Sting by one of our readers, Mr. Tommaso Merlo. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. Seen from the Continent, the Brexit show is really depressing. A show that with the entry of Boris Johnson is reaching an unprecedented pathos. […]

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 […]

Brexit: new European Parliament reaffirms wholehearted support for EU position

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Withdrawal Agreement is fair, balanced and provides legal certainty, MEPs say in a resolution reiterating Parliament’s support for an “orderly Brexit”. The European Parliament continues to support an “orderly Brexit” based on the already negotiated Withdrawal Agreement, MEPs reaffirmed in the resolution adopted […]

The UK’s River Thames has come back to life – with a seal population to prove it

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 The River Thames flows through the heart of London and has been integral to the city’s identity for almost 2,000 years. It’s been a muse for great painters, writers and musicians. But by […]

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 […]

Brexit ‘no-deal’ preparedness: Final Commission call to all EU citizens and businesses to prepare for the UK’s withdrawal on 31 October 2019

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. With 8 weeks to go until the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 October 2019, the Commission has today – in its 6th Brexit preparedness Communication – reiterated its call on all stakeholders in the EU27 to prepare for a ‘no-deal’ […]

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 […]

Cheese energy could power hundreds of UK homes

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 The Wensleydale Creamery makes one of England’s best-loved varieties of cheese, but it also produces waste. Now, the bi-products are being put to use creating biogas – the latest evidence of the growing […]

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 […]

Brexit: An orderly exit is in the interests of both parties

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. European Parliament’s newly constituted Brexit Steering Group chaired by Guy Verhofstadt met with EU negotiator on 24 July following the change of Prime Minister in the UK. It reiterates the EP’s position in the following statement: “The Brexit Steering Group (BSG) wishes Mr Johnson, […]

Brexit must not put UK university research at risk

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Arthur, President and provost, University College London UK universities are at the forefront of some of the greatest discoveries and innovations shaping our world today. They are home to extraordinary academics from around the world who are carrying […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

The British are the most positive in Europe on the benefits of immigration

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 Do the costs of immigration outweigh the benefits? Not for many British people, who recent research shows are the most positive in Europe about the impact of newcomers arriving in their country. Almost […]

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 […]

An economist explains what happens if there’s another financial crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kenneth Rogoff, Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics, Harvard University & Ross Chainey, Digital Media Specialist, World Economic Forum The financial crisis of 2008 may have started in the US banking sector but it […]

These vending machines are giving out free short stories to London commuters

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 Once upon a time, in one of the busiest parts of one of the busiest cities in the world, the people were so busy, they didn’t have time to finish reading lengthy works […]