Consumer product quality: MEPs take aim at dual standards

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. If a firm sells a product EU-wide, but with compositions that differ between countries, it must not label and brand it in a seemingly identical way, as this may mislead consumers, say MEPs. Many tests and surveys done in several EU member states, mainly […]

Trump doesn’t only target Germany, aims to crack the entire EU

The EU-US trade war is now deeply dividing Europe between those who export cars to America and those who don’t. Germany and France have for quite some time been at odds, regarding the handling of the latest Donald Trump threat to impose import super-tariffs on cars assembled in Europe. Now, however, their differences are becoming […]

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 […]

Polish PM chooses to focus on economy, amid questions on rule of law in Poland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki debated the future of Europe with MEPs and EU Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, last Wednesday. “Poland was one of the first countries to give voting rights to women, and we are deeply rooted in the rule of law. […]

MEPs back EU partnership agreement with Armenia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs gave their consent to the EU-Armenia comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement last Wednesday, paving the way for deeper cooperation in different sectors. The negotiations on the new EU-Armenia comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement (CEPA) were launched in 2015 and concluded in 2017. The agreement […]

Venezuela: Parliament calls for urgent EU help for people fleeing the country

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs urged Venezuela to allow in humanitarian aid, and the EU to release more funds to help Venezuelans fleeing the country, in a vote last Thursday. The European Parliament is shocked and alarmed by the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, which has led to many […]

Is sub-Saharan Africa ready for the electric vehicle revolution?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katie Hill, Advisor, Omidyar Network & Rose Mutiso, Co-founder and CEO, Mawazo Institute & Rebekah Shirley, Director of Research, Power for All Africa is urbanizing faster than any other continent, at a rate of 4% every year, compared […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Europe needs decisive progress for stronger cybersecurity”, EU Commissioner Gabriel highlights from Brussels

This cutting-edge article on Cybersecurity was exclusively written for The Sting by the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Ms Mariya Gabriel. The opinions expressed hereby belong to our distinguished writer. Cybersecurity remains one of the biggest policy challenges in the digital area. It has become a cross-cutting issue that not only concerns the […]

Reinforcing EU border security: Visa-exempt travelers will be pre-screened

The European Parliament Plenary session, debated and voted today (5/7/2018) (European Union Audiovisual Services photo taken 09/11/2017). This story is brought to you in association with the European Union (a European Parliament decision and release) Travelers posing a security risk will be refused entry into the EU  Application will include questions on criminal record and […]

Can a Bavarian Oktoberfest beer indulger bring down the Berlin government?

In the late hours of last Monday, Horst Seehofer the Bavarian, a right wing politician and standard Oktoberfest beer indulger, who has lately discovered the attractions of anti-immigration rhetoric, finally backed off from his threats to bring down Angela Merkel’s Federal government. He is the President of the right wing Christian Social Union party present […]

EU job-search aid worth €9.9 million for 1,858 former Air France workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Former Air France workers will receive EU aid worth €9,894,483 to help them to re-integrate into the labour market, following a plenary vote on Tuesday. Air France made 1,858 workers redundant due to “serious economic disruption”, including a decline in the EU’s international market […]

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 […]

First-ever EU defence industry fund to finance joint development of capabilities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. For the first time, MEPs endorsed the setting up of a programme devoted to boosting innovation in European defence industry including cyber security on Tuesday. With a €500 million budget for 2019-2020, the new European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) will help fund the […]

Austria’s EU Presidency: Chancellor Sebastian Kurz aims to “build bridges”

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.  Borders, migration, the MFF, and enlargement were key issues in a debate with Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on the EU work programme for the rest of 2018. During its six-month presidency in the Council, the Austrian government intends primarily to promote stronger protection […]

Trump’s MAGA policy remains unchanged as EU warns to impose additional retaliation tariffs on US products

EU threatened the US last Friday with tariff measures on 294 billion dollars of US exports in case Donald Trump’s administration imposes import tariffs on cars and car parts. The US president seems to be doing whatever possible to cause trade wars all over the world. The Old Continent will continue attempting to persuade Mr […]

Celebrating the Customs Union: the world’s largest trading bloc turns 50

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU’s Customs Union celebrates its 50th anniversary on July 1, one of the greatest achievements of the European Union. Borne out of the landmark post-war agreements that paved the way for European integration, the Customs Union opened for business in 1968. By abolishing […]

Opening – EP remembers Nelson Mandela and mourns attacks on Roma in Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. President Tajani deplores attacks on Roma in Ukraine and remembers Nelson Mandela on the 100th anniversary of his birth, at the opening of the session in Strasbourg. President Tajani remembered Nelson Mandela on the 100th anniversary of his birth. A concert will take place […]

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 […]

Trump goes ahead with plan to undo globalization; targets China and EU

Harley-Davidson motor cycles is the first American iconic company to suffer in more than one way from Trump’s action aimed at reversing the world economic order. It’s a matter of fact by now that the ‘America first’ President seems decided to overturn globalization. In doing so, apart from causing global disorder, he will embarrass a […]

More progress needed on reducing and redesigning agricultural support policies

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Most agricultural support policies continue to be poorly aligned with defined objectives, while measures that distort production and trade continue increasing in some countries, according to a new report from the OECD. Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2018 shows that the 51 countries included in the report […]

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 […]

Giving humanitarian help to migrants should not be a crime, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should ensure that helping migrants for humanitarian reasons is not punishable as a crime Civil Liberties Committee MEPs said on Monday. MEPs highlight concerns that EU laws on humanitarian help to migrants is having “unintended consequences” for EU citizens that provide it, […]

A Sting Exclusive live from Brussels: Solheim’s consequential visit leading the world and the UN

This article was exclusively written for The Sting by the Head of UN Environment at the end of his impactful visit in Brussels which was concluded earlier today. The opinions belong to the distinguished writer and global UN leader.  “In Europe we see the kind of vision, innovation and partnerships that will drive progress for […]

Countries should focus on labour market policies to help refugees and improve coordinated actions to tackle illegal immigration

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Migration flows to OECD countries have dropped slightly for the first time since 2011, with around 5 million new permanent migrants in 2017, down from 5.3 million in 2016. This trend is mainly due to a significant decrease in humanitarian migration as a result of the […]

EU adopts rebalancing measures in reaction to US steel and aluminium tariffs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission adopted today the regulation putting in place the EU’s rebalancing measures in response to the US tariffs on steel and aluminium. The measures will immediately target a list of products worth €2.8 billion and will come into effect on Friday 22 […]

New roadmap toward healthier and cleaner oceans adopted by UN Environment and European Commission

Endorsed Content Today, UN Environment and the European Commission agreed to deepen their cooperation through the 2018 Oceans Roadmap 2.0,  addressing in particular the threats of pollution and marine litter, in line with UN Environment and EC international commitments and the implementation of ocean related Sustainable Development Goals. The Roadmap 2.0 on Healthy, Productive and Resilient Oceans sees a strengthened […]

Asylum: deal to update EU fingerprinting database

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. It will be easier for migration and asylum authorities to identify persons entering or staying irregularly in the EU, under new rules informally agreed with EU Council. Updated rules aiming to reinforce the EURODAC system, designed to store and search data on asylum applicants and […]

Africa’s inspiring innovators show what the future could hold

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Njideka Harry, CEO, Youth for Technology Foundation The potential for economic and technological growth in Africa is clear. Yes, many African countries still face challenges related to infrastructure, security and education, to name but a few. Nevertheless, their […]

MEPs to vote on overhaul of road transport rules in July

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs decided to vote on the proposals for drivers’ rest periods, posting of drivers and rules to tackle illegal practices in road transport in the July plenary session. MEPs will hold a full debate and vote on proposals on the application of posting of […]