Trump rejects Europe’s offer for zero car tariffs; he had personally tabled that idea in July

The US-Mexico trade agreement, with or without Canada on board, targets Europe aggressively. For one thing, it will make life difficult for the German car companies which produce in Mexican assembly lines and sell in the US. Last Thursday, the European Sting reported the hidden sides of the US-Mexico trade deal in an article entitled, […]

Mobile 360 Series – Russia & CIS: Empowering the Digital Economy

Sponsored content As one of the world’s largest mobile markets, the launch of GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Russia & CIS has arrived at a critical time for the digital development of the Russia & CIS region. The pervasive nature of mobile continues to create new opportunities for extending the benefits of digital around other […]

Vegans in France are using extreme tactics to stop people eating meat

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer When you think of a vegan, the first image that pops into your head might not be one of an activist daubing fake blood on a French charcuterie shop. But butchers in France say militant […]

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high – UN

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan hit a record high in the first half of the year, despite last month’s unprecedented ceasefire between the Afghan Government and the Taliban, the United Nations reported on Sunday. According to the latest figures released on Sunday […]

UK: Crawley group wins European Citizens’ Prize

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This year the winner is Refugees Welcome – Crawley, who received the award at Europe House London on Monday 25 June 2018. Refugees Welcome – Crawley has been recently set up in conjunction with Citizens UK as part of their resettlement campaign. The group […]

Summer 2018 Interim Economic Forecast: Resilient Growth amid increased uncertainty

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Growth is set to remain strong in 2018 and 2019, at 2.1% this year and 2% next year in both the EU and the euro area. However, after five consecutive quarters of vigorous expansion, the economic momentum moderated in the first half of 2018 […]

European Parliament and Eurovision sign partnership for European Elections

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The deal also includes the organisation of a debate between the lead candidates to become President of the European Commission. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Parliament and the EBU establishes a partnership for cooperation on media coverage of the campaign for the […]

4 ways blockchain will transform the mining and metals industry

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Max Weiland, CEO, Minerac The mining and metals industry is a critical component of the global economy. However, many operational and commercial practices remain inefficient and antiquated, leading to critical data omissions, security vulnerabilities and even corruption. Blockchain […]

5 facts about global military spending

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ariel Kastner, Lead, Geopolitical Agenda, World Economic Forum Since its founding in 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has convened members at important moments to reinforce partnership and address critical issues. The next gathering of heads of […]

Data exchanges: Strengthening Europol cooperation with non-EU countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs stress need for personal data safeguards ahead of talks with eight non-EU countries to strengthen cooperation with Europol. The aim of strengthening cooperation is to prevent and combat terrorism and organized crime, and to better address migration-related challenges such as the facilitation of […]

India’s agro-food sector has made strong progress, but a new policy approach is needed to meet future challenges, says new report by OECD and ICRIER

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. India has made tremendous economic progress since the mid-1990s, raising GDP per capita by more than 5% per year, cutting the incidence of poverty in half, significantly decreasing undernourishment and transforming itself into a major agriculture exporter. For these past successes to continue into the future, […]

Parliament approves €500 million for schooling of refugee children in Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs said yes to continuing to pay the salaries of over 5,000 teachers, who so far have provided education to over 300,000 refugee children in Turkey. A draft amending budget was approved by Parliament on Wednesday to cover the first payment – €500 million, […]

Statement by the Brexit Steering Group on UK paper on EU citizens in the UK

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Statement by the Brexit Steering Group on the proposed “EU settlement scheme: Statement of Intent”, published on 21 June. Responding to the release of the UK’s policy paper “EU Settlement Scheme statement of intent” policy paper, which describes how EU citizens and their families […]

Rule of Law: Commission launches infringement procedure to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has launched an infringement procedure by sending a Letter of Formal Notice to Poland regarding the Polish law on the Supreme Court. On 3 July, 27 out of 72 Supreme Court judges face the risk of being forced to retire […]

A Sting Exclusive: “EU’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan – Laying down the foundations for a Greener Financial System”, by European Commission’s Vice-President Dombrovskis

Mr Dombrovskis’ exclusive piece is another precious response to the United Nations Under-Secretary-General Erik Solheim’s cutting-edge article on renewable energy investment and Sustainable Finance, exclusively written for The Sting. European Commissioner Vella had initially replied to the Head of UN Environment with his own insightful article on Sustainable Finance. These world-shaping articles constitute the most consequential High Level dialogue in European media […]

France is bringing back national service

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Formative Content During his election campaign, the French President Emmanuel Macron promised to reintroduce national service – and he has just taken a major step to deliver on that vow. The President has outlined a two-part […]

Euronest: delivering reforms is the best way forward for EU’s Eastern Partners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. “Over the past seven years, this Parliamentary Assembly has dealt with many aspects of economic, political and cultural life. We meet to exchange views, learn from each other and to strengthen our freedom and sovereignty. It is very important that the decisions we make […]

EU Summit/Migration: Parliament calls for joint solutions based on solidarity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs urge EU leaders to work out a solution to the current impasse on migration and asylum and stress their readiness to start talks to reform existing rules. Ahead of a crucial European Council, during which EU leaders will discuss how to best deal […]

Second Facebook-Cambridge Analytica hearing: impact on privacy, voting and trust

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs discussed the consequences and impact of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data privacy breaches on Monday with experts and three Facebook representatives. At the second Facebook-Cambridge Analytica hearing MEPs assessed the scandal’s impact on privacy and data protection, electoral processes, consumer trust in digital platforms […]

Trade barriers: EU removes record number in response to surge in protectionism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The annual report on Trade and Investment Barriers, released today, shows that the European Commission has eliminated the highest number ever of trade barriers faced by EU companies doing business abroad. European exporters reported a major increase in protectionism in 2017. Commenting on the […]

Speeches of Vice Premier LIU He and Vice President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen at the Press Conference of the Seventh China-EU High-level Economic and Trade Dialogue

This article is brought to you in collaboration with the Chinese Mission to EUChinese Mission to EU. Dear friends from the press, Good afternoon! Vice President Jyrki Katainen and I co-presided over the 7th China-EU High-level Economic and Trade Dialogue this morning. The two sides had in-depth, pragmatic, efficient and productive discussions. The Dialogue is […]

Ecocraft: take gaming to another level by greening Minecraft

Endorsed content Amsterdam, 25 June 2018: 500 youths gathered in the iconic Amsterdam Arena football stadium on the weekend to simulate building more sustainable cities on one of the world’s most popular computer games. The Geocraft plug-in to the renowned Minecraft© game puts urban planning decisions in the hands of players, replicating the real world in […]

Rule of law in Hungary: Parliament should ask Council to act, say committee MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Hungary is at clear risk of a serious breach of EU values and the Council should intervene to prevent it, the Civil Liberties Committee said on Monday. MEPs called on EU member states to initiate the procedure, foreseen in Article 7(1) the EU Treaty, […]

5 charts that explain big challenges facing Italy’s new government

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Earlier this month, Giuseppe Conte – a law professor with little political experience – was sworn in as Italy’s prime minister. During the hard-fought election and political turmoil that preceded his appointment, the economy became […]

Who will win the AI race? If countries work together, then the answer could be all of us

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dinglong Huang, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Malong Technologies & Matt Scott, Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, Malong Technologies “Who do you think will win?” As an artificial intelligence company with co-founders from China and the United States, […]

Stable growth momentum in the OECD area

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend six to nine months ahead, continue to anticipate stable growth momentum in the OECD area as a whole. Among major OECD economies, the CLI for the United States continues to anticipate […]

EU-wide rules for safety of drones approved by European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs backed new EU-wide rules to ensure the safe use of drones and to update aviation safety rules. On Tuesday, MEPs approved an agreement reached between Council and Parliament negotiators in November 2017 on EU-wide principles for drones and drone operators to ensure a […]

EU budget: Commission proposes major funding increase for stronger borders and migration

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to almost triple funding for migration and border management to €34.9 billion, as compared to €13 billion in the previous period. The Commission’s proposal is a response to increased migratory, mobility and security challenges, […]

We need greater protection for our oceans. We can’t let politics stand in the way

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Rogers, Professor of Conservation Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford “Thick fogs, snow storms, intense cold, and every other thing that can render navigation dangerous, must be encountered; and these difficulties are greatly heightened by the […]

Walk, cycle, dance and play – UN health agency recommends new action plan for good health

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. One-in-five adults and 80 per cent of adolescents worldwide are not getting enough exercise, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which on Monday launched a new action plan to tackle the situation and promote good health.  “Being active is critical for health. But in […]