Parliament backs giving more powers to Europol, but with supervision

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the European Parliament plenary gave its final green light to granting new powers to Europol. With 480 in favour, 143 against, and 20 abstaining, MEPs endorsed the deal reached in February by Parliament and Council negotiators on strengthening the mandate of Europol, […]

Security Union: A Counter-Terrorism Agenda and stronger Europol to boost the EU’s resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is presenting a new Counter-Terrorism Agenda for the EU to step up the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and boost the EU’s resilience to terrorist threats. Building on the work done in recent years, the Agenda seeks to support Member […]

Criminals thrive on data abundance – here’s how we’ll catch them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stéphane Duguin, Head of the European Union Internet Referral Unit, Europol As technology rapidly progresses, doomsday stories emerge just as quickly. Not a day passes without some prophecy about how technology will drive us to the depths of darkly-anonymized-crypto-fake-and-artificially-intelligent-blockchain-based […]

Combatting terrorism: EP special committee calls for closer EU cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Europol should become a true “hub” for information exchange and cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism at EU level, if necessary with a stronger mandate. The special committee on terrorism adopted on Tuesday evening its final report, which includes a wide set of measures […]

“Cyber security is a shared responsibility: stop, think, connect”, a Sting Exclusive by EU Commissioner Gabriel

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. Most of us in Europe are fortunate to live in a world that is safe. From the food we eat to the homes we live […]

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 […]

The refugee crisis brings to light EU’s most horrible flaws and nightmares

Last Monday, the EU Interior Ministers convened in Brussels in order to discuss about the quotas of the 120.000 refugees proposed by the European Commission (EC) but didn’t manage again to come to a common decision. Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary belong to the group of countries that are against the latter proposal which […]