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Gender Equality as a platform to improve Medicine

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Leah Boquin, a medical student at her seventh yearof Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Honduras at Sula Valley (UNAH-VS). Ms … [Read More...]

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Banks, insurance giants are free again to abuse the real economy

Not many years after the financial meltdown of 2008-2010, the main culpable parties for that global catastrophe, the big banks and the gigantic … [Read More...]

Brexit: UK business fear of a no-deal scenario preparing for the worst

The Confederation of British Industry annual conference which took place last Monday in London was a chance for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask for … [Read More...]

Fed, ECB take positions to face the next global financial crisis; the Brits uncovered

The appointment of Jerome Powell as the next head of the US central bank, the famous Fed, is a reassurance to the financial world that the giant … [Read More...]

Governments and non-state actors need to take urgent action to meet Paris Agreement goals

    · Adopting new technologies in key sectors, at investment of under US$100/tonne, could reduce emissions by up to 36 gigatonnes per … [Read More...]

Extra mild ECB tapering of QE and zero interest rates keep euro low

Last Thursday, Mario Draghi, the President of the European Central Bank performed again his superb balancing act, between the needs of the South and … [Read More...]

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I-Society

E-energy declaration: will energy digitalization be beneficial to the climate?

It was last Wednesday when the EU energy ministers met in Estonia with industry representatives to sign the Tallinn energy declaration targeting at … [Read More...]

Local innovation, international impact: SMEs and the ITU Telecom World Awards

Sponsored Content What connects a group of young Rwandans building an app-based platform to manage data in schools with a new Japanese technology … [Read More...]

When connectivity is not enough: the key to meaningful digital inclusion

Sponsored Content Smart is the adjective of our modern world, a world where applications, solutions, products and even entire industries are making … [Read More...]

GSMA announces first speakers for Mobile 360 Series-Middle East and North Africa

Sponsored content   Mobile-Focused Event Brings Industry Leaders Together to Debate Key Issues in Region   6 September … [Read More...]

Road to Brexit: the UK seeks early agreement on Data Privacy with the EU

British and European flags in front of the Berlaymont building (Copyright European Union, 2016 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service/ Photo: Lieven … [Read More...]

World Health Organisation and medical students: is there any room for improvement?

As a medical student already for six years, I have realized that it is not enough just to read everything that crosses us about medicine and absorb … [Read More...]

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Gender Equality as a platform to improve Medicine

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Leah Boquin, a medical student at her seventh yearof Medicine at the National Autonomous … [Read More...]

Banks, insurance giants are free again to abuse the real economy

Not many years after the financial meltdown of 2008-2010, the main culpable parties for that global catastrophe, the big banks and the gigantic … [Read More...]

Gender minority and health sector: promoting mental health with better medical education

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Kai-Yuan Cheng, a PhD student at University College London. Mr Cheng is affiliated to the … [Read More...]

“Joining forces to #BeatPollution”, a Sting Exclusive by the Head of UNEP in Brussels

Exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Ulf Björnholm, Head of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Liaison Office to the EU institutions. What … [Read More...]

Copyright: European Union , 2017; Source: EC - Audiovisual Service; Photo: Frank Molter

EU hits deadlock on the future of glyphosate a month before deadline

Last week, European Union member states failed to agree on whether to re-licence controversial herbicide glyphosate in the bloc, and so to close a … [Read More...]

Destabilizing Lebanon after burning Syria; plotting putsch at home: King and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Last week the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, son of King Salman placed the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Al-Hariri under house … [Read More...]

Mental health in medical students: the deciphered quandary

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Ankit Raj, a final year MBBS student from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. Mr Raj is … [Read More...]

A neo-liberal toll free Paradise for the super rich and tax hell for wage earners

Despite the hullaballoo in main stream media about Queen Elizabeth’s investments in tax-havens and the implication of the US Trade Secretary Wilbur … [Read More...]

Brexit: UK business fear of a no-deal scenario preparing for the worst

The Confederation of British Industry annual conference which took place last Monday in London was a chance for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask for … [Read More...]

Entrepreneurship in a newly shaped Europe: what is the survival kit for a young Catalan and British entrepreneur in 2018?

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by João Malhadeiro, member of LisbonPH, the Junior Enterprise of Faculty of Pharmacy of the … [Read More...]

Fed, ECB take positions to face the next global financial crisis; the Brits uncovered

The appointment of Jerome Powell as the next head of the US central bank, the famous Fed, is a reassurance to the financial world that the giant … [Read More...]

Doctors are humans too: the benefits of embracing your mental status

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Stavroula Papaeleftheriou, a 6th year medical  student at the University of Medicine and … [Read More...]

Catalonia secessionist leader takes Flemish ‘cover’; Spain risks more jingoist violence

The Catalonia crisis and the aftermaths after its diffusion can offer valuable lessons for the nature of jingoist politics and the motives, goals and … [Read More...]

Climate change: Will COP23 be able to accelerate the implementation of the Paris agreement?

The next UN climate summit (COP23) will take place in Bonn, Germany from 6 till 17 November with everyone to await its outcome and whether it will be … [Read More...]

WhatsApp to face scrutiny from EU regulators task force over data sharing with Facebook

Last week EU privacy regulators increased their pressure on one of the world’s biggest data owners as part of their longstanding dispute over digital … [Read More...]

Extra mild ECB tapering of QE and zero interest rates keep euro low

Last Thursday, Mario Draghi, the President of the European Central Bank performed again his superb balancing act, between the needs of the South and … [Read More...]

The challenges of mental health among the Syrian medical students

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Alexey Yousef. He is a 6th year M.D student in Tishreen University, Lattakia, Syria. IFMSA wise, … [Read More...]

Czech Babis, Austrian Kurz and others threaten Europe with nationalist populism

Andrej Babis, a media magnate and second wealthier Czech leading his anti-immigration, nationalist and populist ANO party, won last Sunday’s election, … [Read More...]

EU Trust Fund for Africa: Can it be beneficial for Italy and tackle the migration crisis in the Mediterranean?

It was last week when the EU leaders met in Brussels to discuss how to support Italy with managing the refugees’ crisis in the central Mediterranean. … [Read More...]

European Commission determined to conclude EU-Mercosur trade deal this year despite French concerns

Despite the little space dedicated to pure international trade at the latest European leaders’ summit in Brussels, one of last week’s biggest … [Read More...]

The 27 EU leaders did nothing to help May unlock the Brexit talks

President Abraham Lincoln has said “when someone says it’s a matter of principles not money, then it’s a matter of money”. This famous saying was … [Read More...]

Menu for change: why we have to go towards a Common Food Policy

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Carlo Petrini, founder and President of Slow Food, a global, grassroots organization, founded … [Read More...]

Chauvinism and xenophobia will lead to global assertiveness and more wars

The immigration crisis of 2015 in Europe exposed the hollowness of the political system of the new millennium in the Old Continent, anguishing to … [Read More...]

EU-Turkey relations: Will Turkey manage to revive the EU accession process talks?

The EU leaders meet tomorrow in Brussels in a two-day summit where the relations with Turkey and particularly the accession procedure is going to be … [Read More...]

Medicine and mental health: relax, the doctor is a lifelong learner

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Nabella Meriem Annisa Fitri. She is a fourth year Medical Student at General Achmad Yani … [Read More...]

Trump’s pounding of Iran less harsh than expected, leaves arrangement open

Trump did again what he has been good at. This time he pounded the non-nuclear proliferation agreement with Iran. To be reminded, this was the P5+1 … [Read More...]

Interview with ourselves: the mental health of health professionals

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Hamaiyal Sana, member of IFMSA. Ms Sana is affiliated to the International Federation of … [Read More...]

Britain, EU take edgy steps to unlock Brexit talks as the war of words rages

Last Monday the British Prime Minister Theresa May told the lower house of the Parliament, The Commons a no-deal Brexit is not ruled out. She … [Read More...]

EU-India summit: Will the EU manage to sign a free trade agreement with India before Britain?

Last Friday, the 14th EU-India summit took place in New Delhi with both sides to jointly state that trade partnership is approaching rapidly and as … [Read More...]

Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, in Brussels - Berlaymont, last week. (Copyright European Union, 2017 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Lukasz Kobus)

Amazon, Luxembourg and Ireland hit by EU’s latest turn of the screw over competition

Last week, the European Commission has ordered Amazon to pay a 250 million euros ($293 million) bill in back taxes to Luxembourg, as a consequence of … [Read More...]

Brexit: The Conservative Party drives the UK and Europe to a perilous road

The Tories, the governing party of Britain is falling apart, being deeply divided about the kind of Brexit their country should pursue. It’s not the … [Read More...]

The role of public affairs in student NGOs

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Giorgio Sleiter, the current Treasurer of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises … [Read More...]

A jingoistic Spanish ‘war’ from the past

“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel” Samuel Johnson wrote in the 18th century and unfortunately history keeps justifying this early … [Read More...]

Dealing with stress among healthcare professionals: are we missing the elephant in the room?

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Lukas Neimanas, a 5th year medical student, a member of the junior doctors bureau. Lukas … [Read More...]

The challenges of mental health: an inconvenient reality

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr James Carlos Vella, a second year medical student from Malta. James Carlos is affiliated … [Read More...]

Brexit: PM May must hush Boris Johnson to unlock the negotiations

Last Thursday night in Tallinn, the Estonian capital, the French President Emmanuel Macron, backed by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, told the … [Read More...]

Knowledge management and entrepreneurship: short term vs. long term perspective

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Adrien Lepic, the Secretary General of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises … [Read More...]

German political spillovers: ECB’s Draghi resists first attacks by AfD

Last Monday, Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, speaking at the Economic Committee of the European Parliament had the opportunity … [Read More...]

E-energy declaration: will energy digitalization be beneficial to the climate?

It was last Wednesday when the EU energy ministers met in Estonia with industry representatives to sign the Tallinn energy declaration targeting at … [Read More...]

UK’s PM Theresa May asks for a two-year Brexit transition plan as negotiations round kicks off

UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a much-awaited speech last Friday in Florence, where she set out a plan on how to progress in Brexit … [Read More...]

Elections results: Austerity’s black to prevail in the new multicolored German government

During the past ten years, Germany has become a politically boring country and yesterday’s election is not going to change that, despite the loss of … [Read More...]

Entrepreneurship and strategic planning: the enabler

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Diogo Parreira, President of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE). The … [Read More...]

State of the Union 2017: Juncker’s optimism about EU growth and Brexit’s impact

It was last Wednesday when the president of the European Commission made his annual State speech address to the European Parliament pointing out the … [Read More...]