EU steps up its strategy for connecting Europe and Asia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU’s vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia. The Joint Communication builds on […]

European Parliament speaks out against “killer robots”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Weapons without meaningful human control over selecting and attacking targets should be banned before it is too late, stressed MEPs on Wednesday. MEPs note that some countries and industries are reportedly developing lethal autonomous weapon systems, also known as “killer robots”, ranging from “missiles […]

Consumer product quality: Parliament takes 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. Various tests and surveys done in several EU member states, mainly […]

Health Committee MEPs back plans to boost joint assessment of medicines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new law aims to avoid duplicating national assessments to determine a medicine’s added value that help EU countries decide on pricing and reimbursement. MEPs highlight that there are many barriers to accessing medicine and innovative technologies in the EU, the main ones being […]

Special measures for Greece: 100% absorption rate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The specific financing measures agreed in 2015 led to the successful completion of projects in Greece, underlined the EP in a vote adopted on Tuesday.  The rapid decline in GDP faced by all Greek regions due to the crisis, combined with liquidity shortages, the […]

Drinking water: new plans to improve tap water quality and cut plastic litter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU countries should promote universal access to clean water for all in the EU, said the Environment Committee on Monday. The legislation tightens the maximum limits for certain pollutants such as lead (to be reduced by half), PFAS, harmful bacteria, and introduces new caps […]

More electric cars on EU roads by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. CO2 emissions from new cars should be cut by 45% by 2030 and market uptake of zero – and low- emission vehicles should accelerate, said committee MEPs on Monday. Environment Committee MEPs proposed setting a higher target for reducing EU fleet-wide emissions for new […]

Global trade is broken. Here are five ways to rebuild it

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Wendy CutlerVice-president, Asia Society Policy Institute Tension, angst and mistrust pervade today’s global trade landscape. The multilateral trading system that has governed the international flow of commerce over the past 70 years is being tested in ways that […]

Trump aims trade offensive solely to China, renews truce with EU

US President Donald Trump’s thundering trade salvos now seem to be concentrating exclusively against China. This week’s cannonade though didn’t remain unanswered. On Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said “China will inevitably take countermeasures to resolutely protect our legitimate rights”. On Friday 7 September, the ‘America first’ ex TV celebrity aboard ‘Air […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission registers ‘End the Cage Age’ initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The College of Commissioners has today decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘End the Cage Age’. The stated objectives of the proposed Citizens’ Initiative are to end “inhumane treatment of farm animals” kept in cages. The organisers are asking the Commission to […]

Safer products: stepping up checks and inspections to protect consumers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Rules to ensure better checks and safety of goods sold in the EU were approved by the Internal Market Committee on Monday. The “Goods package” contains two legislative proposals: one on compliance and enforcement and the other on mutual recognition. Together they aim to […]

Greece begins a new chapter following the conclusion of its stability support programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Greece has successfully concluded a three year European Stability Mechanism (ESM) stability support programme with its place at the heart of the euro area and European Union secured. The successful conclusion of the programme is a testament to the efforts of the Greek people, […]

The UK option: An overarching alternative for the whole Brexit options

This article was exclusively written for The Sting by one of our passionate readers, Dr Ali Albasha. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. As a fait accompli, the UK has made up mind to exit the EU by March 2019, which entails the analysts, politicians and the […]

Medical workforce migration in Europe – Is it really a problem?

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Rytis Trojanas, a 3rd year medical student at Vilnius University, Lithuania. Mr Trojanas is the Secretary General at Lithuanian Medical Students’ Association. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not […]

The EU sides with China against the US; but has Germany capitulated to America?

If billions of EU penalties on American icon companies and U.S. super tariffs on European cars are strong and aggressive trade weapons, then yes the EU and the U.S. are at all out economic war. As in all wars, the difficult or even impossible thing is to predict its end. Unavoidably, there will be victims […]

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 […]