Drought in Europe: the Commission offers further support to European farmers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission is offering support to farmers faced with the waves of drought afflicting Europe. Firstly, farmers will be able to receive a higher percentage of their direct and rural development payments in advance. Secondly, to be able to feed their animals, they will […]

Upgraded EU visa information database to increase security at external borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The improvements to the Visa Information System (VIS), agreed on Wednesday by MEPs, would ensure a better EU response to security and migratory challenges. The Visa Information System (VIS) is an EU database used by authorities to check non-EU nationals who need a visa […]

What data dominance really means, and how countries can compete

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Governance of the digital economy was a key topic on the global agenda at Davos 2019, from panel discussions to Shinzo Abe’s announcement of a G20 track for data governance. It seems as though we are […]

Privacy is a human right, we need a GDPR for the world: Microsoft CEO

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ceri Parker, Commissioning Editor, Agenda, World Economic Forum Against the backdrop of a “techlash”, the CEO of Microsoft called for new global norms on privacy, data and Artificial Intelligence. Satya Nadella, who has been shifting Microsoft’s focus to cloud […]

How electrification will make the world more inclusive

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lisa Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Global Energy; Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG The number of people without access to electricity fell below one billion in 2017. This is great news – and not just for those gaining […]

Australia’s record heatwave: From fainting tennis players to dead fish

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 four days up to January 15 were some of the hottest on record, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, which has issued a series of warnings that cover the whole country. […]

The European Council takes more measures to stem illegal migration

At last the 28 EU leaders in the early hours of today found common grounds and instituted the broad lines of an EU migration policy accepted by all. The content below – the full text of the European Council’s decision – is brought to you in association with the Council of the European Union. This […]

Time to be welcome: Youth work and integration of young refugees

On World Refugee Day 2017, we believe that the time is now for Europe to stand together and welcome the integration of refugees. Today, the European Youth Forum and the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, with support from the partnership in the field of youth between the European Union and the Council of Europe […]

At last some rules on banks

The public outcry against bankers at last produced some tangible results in Brussels. According to a ground-breaking agreement struck between the European Parliament and the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, bankers’ bonuses are capped at the double of their annual salaries. Secondly the capital requirements of the banks are increased to […]

The EU patent space and Unified Court are born

Yesterday, during the Council of the European Union meeting, twenty-two member states opened a new page in the history book of the EU, by signing the international agreement for establishing a Unified Patent Court (UPC). Once the agreement enters into force, the signatory countries will form a unified area in terms of patent law. Since […]

Jeroen Dijsselbloem new Eurogroup president

According to an official announcement of the Council of the European Union, on 21 January, the Eurogroup, the council of the 17 Eurozone ministers of Finance appointed its new president, the Dutch Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem.  Dijsselbloem takes over from Jean-Claude Juncker,  minister of Finance and Prime Minister of Luxembourg, and will hold the […]