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Dinner with friends: how Switzerland is relaxing its coronavirus lockdown

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Switzerland has eased more of its coronavirus restrictions. Bars, pubs and restaurants are reopening as long as customers are seated. Groups of up to four people, or families, can now dine out […]

Switzerland fast-tracks emergency aid for small businesses weathering COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Switzerland offers fast access to credit and emergency loans. The International Monetary Fund says COVID-19 has already pushed the world into recession. The UK Federation of Small Businesses has called accessing support […]

Agreement on linking the emissions trading systems of the EU and Switzerland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As ministers gather at the COP25 in Madrid to discuss the rules for international carbon markets, the EU and Switzerland finalised the process that allows for the link of their emissions trading systems to enter into force. As of 2020 allowances from both systems […]

Switzerland: prepare for population ageing to maintain high living standards

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Switzerland enjoys some of the highest per-capita GDP and living standards of OECD countries. Taking action now to prepare for a fast-ageing population will be key for the prosperity and well-being of future generations, according to a new OECD report. The latest OECD Economic Survey of […]

Switzerland has the most highly skilled workers in the world. This is why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content For a country that fits into the state of California 10 times, Switzerland punches above its weight when it comes to global competitiveness. In the World Economic Forum’s latest Global Competitiveness Report, it […]

Climate change is threatening Switzerland’s stunning scenery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content A massive glacier near Mont Blanc is on the verge of collapse, leaving local people in danger from vast chunks of falling ice. The Planpincieux glacier sits in Europe’s western Alps, straddling the […]

7 key authors from Switzerland’s literary scene

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Beatrice Di Caro, Digital Media Specialist, World Economic Forum The Helvetic nation celebrates its 1291 inception today, and with that let’s take a look at some of its literary history. As the country has four official languages, Swiss […]

They have more than 30 words for “apple core”, and other things you didn’t know about Switzerland

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Micol Lucchi, Specialist, Swiss Public Affairs, World Economic Forum Geneva If it’s 1 August, it must be … Swiss National Day. As the Swiss celebrate the occasion as they have since 1891, here are some surprising facts about […]

Wolves are back in Switzerland – but not everyone is happy about it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content 17,000 pairs of big eyes. 17,000 pairs of big ears. 17,000 sets of big teeth. With thousands of wolves now roaming continental Europe, Little Red Riding Hood better watch out. Image: European Commission After […]

Women in Switzerland have gone on strike – this is why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content It’s one of the wealthiest and democratic countries in the world, but as recently as 1991, some women in Switzerland were still denied the right to vote. As women marched for their rights, the Federal […]

Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand lead the way at teaching skills for the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Finland is the world leader at the provision of future skills education, according to the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI), which is now in its second year, closely followed by Switzerland. […]

Yemen: ‘No justification for this carnage,’ says UNICEF chief, as children in need now outnumber population of Switzerland

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The relentless conflict in Yemen has pushed a nation already on the brink “deep into the abyss,” said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) chief on Tuesday, after returning from a four-day visit to the war-torn country. “Social services are barely functional. The economy […]

Does Switzerland really need more medical students?

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Jérémy Glasner & March Eich (swimsa Co-Vice-presidents for Medical Education 2015/16), both medical students from Switzerland. The translation was made by Federico Mazzola (swimsa President 2016/17). The writers are members of Swiss Medical Students’ Association (swimsa) Medical Education Committee, affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). It is no secret – every […]

“As German Chancellor I want to be able to cope with the merger of the real and digital economy”, Angela Merkel from Switzerland; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

At the second day of the World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos the world was expecting the German Chancellor, Mrs Angela Merkel, in one of the most awaited sessions, titled “Global responsibilities in a digital age”. Mrs Merkel’s speech was warm and stimulating covering the hot issues of the European political agenda. To a disappointment […]

“China is the only BRICS country to have either met or possibly slightly surpassed my expectations”, BRICS inventor Jim O’ Neil from Switzerland; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

Being at the second day of the World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos a session that monopolised the interest of the world was titled “The BRICS Agenda”. It was there where everybody was anticipating to see how the BRICS countries contribute to the global economy. Most importantly we were eager to see the reasons behind their […]

“We have to do a better job of creating alternatives to violent extremism”, US Secretary of State John Kerry from Switzerland; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

There was probably no need for Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, to welcome an “old friend and supporter” of the foundation by mentioning the magnitude of the current geopolitical crises, for us to understand what John Kerry’s speech would have been focused on. Almost everybody at the small […]

“Financial crisis will not happen in China!”, the Chinese Premier underlines from Switzerland; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

On the first day of the World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos it was the turn of the Chinese Premier to take the floor and perform a much awaited speech. Professor Schwab introduced Mr Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, with great honour and interest. Mr Keqiang made one of the […]

Switzerland to favour EU citizens in immigration quotas as the risk of a new referendum looms

Four months have passed since Swiss voters narrowly approved the introduction of quotas on immigration with a referendum last February and the central European country has now revealed its ‘great’ plan. Last Friday, with an official government statement, the Federal Council has finally set out the intentions for new immigration quotas, and surprises were not missing. Switzerland apparently […]

Switzerland to introduce strict restrictions on executive pay

Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, speaking recently during the 11th Annual Conference of the European Financial Services, revealed his frustrating experience from this years’ Davos gathering. On that occasion Barnier had the opportunity to meet the leaders of the world financial industry. Talking with them, he said he understood they are […]

COVID-19 showed the importance of 5G for the economy and the environment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Börje Ekholm, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ericsson Through COVID-19, connectivity has become an even bigger part of critical infrastructure, helping people in an unprecedented way work, study and socialize online. Looking forward, governments need to do more […]

Fall asleep in Vienna, wake up in Paris – Europe’s night trains make a comeback

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria bring back routes for night trains. Traveling by rail emits much less carbon per kilometre than going by air or road. 2021 is set to be designated […]

Women’s rights and how medical students can act as aides of progressive change

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Tanaya Agrawal, a 22 year old third year Medical Student from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), India. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer […]

The new era of Matriarchy?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Shalini manivelan, a 18 years old first year medical student in Christian medical college, Ludhiana, Punjab, India. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and […]

Why the global trade of chemicals is key to COVID-19 recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fernando J. Gómez, Head, Chemical and Advanced Materials Industry, World Economic Forum & Tobias Radel, Industry Lead Chemicals and Natural Resources; Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Accenture Strategy & Consulting Chemical and materials are at the heart of responses […]

This is where people live the longest in the EU

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Spain and Italy have the longest-lived populations in the EU. There are large variations in life expectancy across Europe, a new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report shows. The data […]

An expert explains: How to turn industrial carbon emissions into building materials

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. By 2040, Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) wants to lock away 1 billion tonnes of CO2 in building materials. Sophia Hamblin Wang is one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers and COO of Mineral Carbonation International. Here she explains the process and how […]

Questions & Answers on the coordination of measures restricting free movement in the European Union related to the coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. 1. Why was this Recommendation adopted? To limit the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, the EU’s 27 Member States have adopted various measures, some of which have had an impact on citizens’ right to move freely across the European Union, such as requirements to […]

Swiss vote approves nationwide paternity leave

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Aylin Elci, Communications Officer, World Economic Forum Geneva Swiss voters recently approved paternity leave. New dads will receive 10 days of paid leave starting January 1, 2021. Paternity leave is offered by fewer countries than maternity leave and […]

Migration: A European taskforce to resolve emergency situation on Lesvos

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the fire that devastated the Moria facility on the islands of Lesvos, the Commission announces today it will establish a dedicated taskforce to improve the situation on the island in a durable way. The taskforce will implement a joint pilot with the Greek […]

Your recycling actually gets recycled, right? Not always, says this report

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Elliott, Senior Writer, Formative Content Up to 31% of plastic exported from Europe for recycling doesn’t end up being recycled, a new study estimates. Thousands of tonnes could be ending up in the oceans. Technologies that enable […]

7 innovative projects making cities more sustainable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andy Dunn, Writer, Formative Content It’s estimated nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals highlight the need to ensure these cities are safe and sustainable for all. […]

Rules of origin: EU to enhance preferential trade with Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted today a package of proposals that aims to increase trade between the European Union and neighbouring countries in the Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) region, thereby contributing to the economic recovery following the coronavirus outbreak. Today’s proposals will modernise the EU’s preferential […]

These countries have the most doctors and nurses

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andy Dunn, Writer, Formative Content Norway tops the list of OECD countries that have the most doctors and nurses. Globally, 40% of WHO member states have fewer than 10 medical doctors per 10,000 people. The African region shoulders […]