How women’s empowerment can drive competitiveness in the Middle East

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maroun Kairouz, Head of the Middle East and North Africa, World Economic Forum, Kelsey Goodman, Community Lead, Regional and Geopolitical Affairs MENA, World Economic Forum LLC Progress is needed to secure economic equality for women in the Middle […]

European Defence Fund: €205 million to boost the EU’s strategic autonomy and industrial competitiveness

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission announced today 16 pan-European defence industrial projects and three disruptive technology projects that will benefit from €205 million financing through the two precursor programmes of a fully-fledged European Defence Fund: the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) and the European Defence Industrial […]

If you build it, they will come: Why infrastructure is crucial to tourism growth and competitiveness

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maksim Soshkin, Research and Analysis Specialist for Aerospace, Aviation, Travel and Tourism, World Economic Forum With international tourist arrivals reaching 1.4 billion in 2018—two years ahead of initial projections—the travel and tourism industry will continue to drive global connectivity. […]

Further reforms in Sweden can drive growth, competitiveness and social cohesion

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The Swedish economy is operating close to full capacity, with robust growth and strong employment, but uncertainties linked to the global economy shroud the outlook. Policy should aim to prolong the expansion and ensure that economic success continues to promote inclusiveness, well-being and social cohesion, according […]

Brexit update: Tusk’s proposal is out and Cameron takes it all

It was just yesterday when Donald Tusk, president of the European Council (EC), released a draft deal that intends to keep Britain within the EU. This new proposal is mostly aligned with what the British Prime Minister has been asking for from the European Union. However, this draft text must be voted by all 28 […]

Commission: Raising the social issues that can make or break the monetary union

For the first time the European Commission recognises that the severe austerity measures enforced in the crisis hit Eurozone countries in the south of Europe, in Ireland and elsewhere, have undermined not only the well-being and the level of social protection there, but undercut also the very ability of those member states to regain non-cost […]

Why Europe is more competitive than the US

  The commonly recited rough theory, that Eurozone economy is less competitive than the US, is not confirmed by core statistics. The European Sting has repeatedly stressed that Eurozone is by far a net exporter of sophisticated products and services, while the US suffers of a chronic and probably structural, foreign trade deficit. In this […]

France: New labour laws for more competitiveness

Only hours had passed, after Olli Rehn, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs early in the morning of Friday 11 January in Brussels had accused France  of doing little to regain its lost competitiveness, and in Paris during the same afternoon three labour unions agreed with employers on a package deal […]