Elections in Europe: No risks for the EU, leaders readying to face Trump-Brexit

Visit of Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States (on the left), to the EC. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission received Pence in Commission’s headquarters in Brussels. (Date: 20/02/2017 Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union, 2017/ Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Etienne Ansotte.)

Some political analysts in mainland Europe but many more in Britain and on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in the US, have rushed to call 2017 the year that can make or break the European Union. They basically argue that the three crucial legislative elections due in Holland next month, in France in […]

Why is Grexit again in the news? Who is to pay for Eurozone’s banking problems?

Wolfgang Schäuble, the German Federal minister for Finance, addressing the Plenary of the Bundestag. City: Berlin. Country: Deutschland. Date taken: 17.02.2016. Photographer: Achim Melde. German Parliament work.

Grexit, Greece’s exit from the euro area, is back in the news – for the wrong reasons. During this past week, the country’s creditors, the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the European Stability Mechanism and the International Monetary Fund, finally agreed amongst themselves to set even tougher conditions in order to continue refinancing the […]

How did Facebook fool the Commission that easily during the WhatsApp acquisition?

Press conference by Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC, on a cartel case
Date: 07/12/2016. Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union, 2016.  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service. Photo: Mauro Bottaro

The European Commission announced yesterday that a Statement of Objections was sent to Facebook accusing the company of providing incorrect or misleading information during the investigation under Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. The aforementioned information was that Facebook had initially reassured the EC that it was not possible to match the user accounts of Facebook and WhatsApp. However, […]

At the edge of humanity: refugee healthcare in Greece and the EU

Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the EC in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship visits Athens where he attends the EASO Consultative Forum plenary meeting 2016 and participates in a press event. Date: 28/11/2016   Reference: P-032978/00-03   Location: Athens. © European Union , 2016   /   Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis.

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Eleana Strouthou. The writer is a second year medical student at European University Cyprus Nicosia.  Mrs Strouthou is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). We were driving in Lesvos, Greece, passing by the people walking towards the port, a 12-hour distance by feet. “Stop there, let’s help the […]

Turkey’s Erdogan provokes the US and the EU by serving jihadists and trading on refugees

Donald Tusk President of the European Council (on the left), meets Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, in Ankara. Presidential Palace. (European Council - Council of the European Union, Audiovisual Service. Snapshot from a video).

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, after having declared war against the political, judiciary and civic structures of his own country, employs the same belligerent tactics in the domain of foreign policy. He now threatens to send to Europe 3 million refugees and immigrants who are stationed in Turkey. True, more than three million people, […]

Europe moulds global defense and security chart given US new inward vision

From left to right: Four star General Mikhail Kostarakos, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, Karel Erjavec, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs, and second from right Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defense Agency. Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium, Shoot date: 15/11/2016. Copyright: European Union.

Europe takes very seriously Trump’s rhetoric about limiting US commitment to NATO and Old Continent’s defenses. In view of that, Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, speaking at a conference entitled “The Future of EU-NATO Cooperation“, found a great opportunity to address the dawning US […]

Drawing scenarios for drifting Britain; elections or May’s deadlock?

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves for India. She is leading a trade mission to that country on her first major bilateral visit, since taking office. According to 10 Downing Street, the PM will take examples of the best of British business to India on 6 to 8 November in her first bilateral visit outside Europe. (Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street, Audiovisual Service. UK Government work).

The cruel attacks by the ‘leave’ champions and Press against the three judges of Britain’s High Court, who unanimously ruled that the Brexit has to be passed in Parliament, turned out to be utterly un-British and leaned towards fascism. Tabloid newspapers and members of the May government alike called the judges’ ruling ‘unacceptable’, ‘frustrating the […]

Can the EU afford to block China’s business openings to Europe by denying her the ‘market economy status’?

EU/China Summit, 12-13/07/2016. Handshake between Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, on the right, and Jean-Claude Juncker President of the Eueopean Commission. Date: 12/07/2016. Location: Beijing, China - Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. © European Union , 2016 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Olli Geibel.

The way Wallonia, Belgium’s French speaking region approved CETA – the comprehensive economic and trade agreement between the EU and Canada – is a rather dark landmark. In the future, Europe’s trade and otherwise relations with foreign countries will be rather shaky. This was also true in the past, but now became evident for everybody […]

Who can compel Wallonia to unlock CETA, the EU-Canada free trade pack?

Martin Schulz, European Parliament President meets with Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Trade of Canada in a last ditch effort to save the much disputed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement -CETA between the EU and Canada. Event Date: 22/10/2016. City: Brussels. Copyright: © European Union 2016 - Source: EP.

No, it wasn’t just the tiny Wallonia region of Belgium and its 3.6 million French speaking inhabitants who blocked CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement). This is an EU-Canada free trade and investment pact that took eight years to the Brussels Commission and the Canadian authorities to draft. It was also the Brexit and the […]

Court of Auditors: EU spending infested with errors well above the materiality threshold of 2%

Working lunch between Members of the European Court of Auditors and Members of the European Commission. Handshake between Vítor Manuel da Silva Caldeira, President of the European Court of Auditors in the foreground, 2nd from the right, and Neven Mimica, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation and Development, in the presence of Danièle Lamarque, ECA Member for Audit Quality Control, Baudilio Tomé Muguruza, Dean of ECA Chamber "Regulation of markets and competitive economy", Klaus-Heiner Lehne, President-elect of the European Court of Auditors, Iliana Ivanova, Dean of ECA Chamber "Investment for cohesion, growth and inclusion", Ville Itälä, Dean for Institutional Relations, Phil Wynn Owen, Dean for "Sustainable use of natural resources", and Lazaros S. Lazarou, Dean of "Financing and administering the Union" (from left to right). Date:26/09/2016. Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union, 2016/Source:EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Georges Boulougouris.

Last Thursday 13 October, the European Court of Auditors, the institution which carries out the audit of European Union finances, published its report on the implementation of the 2015 EU budget. In the chapter of revenue transactions the ECA found no errors. As expected though, the picture changed drastically when the Court audited the expenditure […]