International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2019

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Growth in G20 international merchandise trade, seasonally adjusted and expressed in current US dollars, remained weak in the first quarter of 2019. G20 exports rose marginally by 0.4% quarter‑on‑quarter while imports fell by 1.2%. Compared to the third quarter of 2018, when the first round of new tariff measures affecting US-China trade […]

Informal meeting of heads of state or government, Sibiu, 09/05/2019

The informal European Council brought together EU heads of state or government in Sibiu, Romania on 9 May 2019. EU leaders focused on strategic plans for the Union in the coming years. They also agreed to meet again on 28 May 2019 in Brussels to discuss the outcome of the European Parliament elections. “We talked both about internal affairs […]

Transparency is key to inclusive employment and government integrity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvina Moschini, Co-founder, TransparentBusiness, Inc. Digital transformation, or more precisely The Fourth Industrial Revolution, has inspired tremendous advances in business and government, and has created significant advancement opportunities for both sectors. It is transforming every aspect of both the […]

3 ways governments and carmakers can keep up with the future of transport

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gang XuPartner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group & Jeffrey GaoPrincipal, The Boston Consulting Group The urban transport landscape has changed significantly with the advent of digital mobility services. Ride-hailing and ridesharing offer convenience to urban residents, […]

Eurozone economy desperately needs internally driven growth

With economic growth in Eurozone proving to be weak, uncertain and widely varying between member states, government spending has become the only possible source of a much hoped for resumption of economic activities. On the other hand, stock exchanges have gained a lot since the beginning of the year, in a way that is not […]

Eurozone: Statistics don’t tell the whole story

  Government sector deficits in Eurozone after having peaked in 2009-2010 are now not only levelling out but actually decreasing. According to Eurostat, the EU statistical service, in the first quarter of 2013 “ the seasonally adjusted general government deficit to GDP ratio was -3.5 % in the euro area (EA-17) and -3.8 % in […]

Our present and future tax payments usurped by banks

According to Eurostat, the EU statistical service, tax payments in absolute terms, kept rising in the Eurozone after 2009 and surpassed the pre-crisis levels in 2011. Given that all along this period most of the euro area member states applied austerity measures, by cutting social spending, it is common knowledge by now that the extra […]