4 innovation hotspots in the Arab world

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Attilio Di BattistaEconomist, World Economic Forum & Mirek Dusek Head of Middle East and North Africa, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum The world has deeply changed over the past decade. The global economy has been […]

5G mobile is nearly here – but we should share networks to make it affordable

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter LyonsCommunity Lead, Technology, Media, and Digital Industries, World Economic Forum & Frank RayalPartner, Xona Partners In a shared network, multiple mobile operators share a common last-mile access infrastructure, including masts, antennas and radios, while each continues to […]

Commission hardens its stance against carmakers ensuring emissions reductions targets

The car industry will be under tighter surveillance by the European Commission after 2020 when the next phase of the EU’s emission regulation will take place. All car manufacturers who do not meet the 2021 fleet CO2 emissions compliance for new passenger vehicles sold in the Old Continent will face fines of more than €14 […]

3 ways to ensure the internet’s future is creative, collaborative and fair

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Claudio Cocorocchia, Acting Head of Information and Entertainment System Initiative, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum Geneva Last month the European Union’s governance body, the European Commission (EC), narrowly rejected controversial legislation intended to redefine copyright for the […]

Social entrepreneurs can change the world – but these 6 things are holding us back

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kyle Zimmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, First Book & Kristine Pearson, Founder and CEO, Lifeline Energy Social entrepreneurs around the world have been unparalleled catalysts for social change. They use market-driven strategies to tackle critical social issues […]

Working fewer hours makes you more efficient. Here’s the proof

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Briony Harris, Formative Content Happy, committed and productive. That is how most companies would like their staff to be. But few companies would go so far as giving their workers one day off a week in order to […]

High-flyers: China is on top of the world for skyscraper construction

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adam Jezard, Formative Content China seems determined to reach the stars by building ever-taller skyscrapers. In 2017 it saw the construction of 144 high-rises of more than 200 metres (660 feet) in height, including 15 described as “supertall” […]

Here’s what keeps CEOs awake at night (and why it might be bad news for your next job)

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer What’s keeping top company executives awake at night? Muted revenue growth and whether or not to hire staff before that improves, according to a survey from KPMG. More than half of the global chief executive […]

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 […]

Why today’s leaders need to know about the power of narratives

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tomas Casas Klett, Professor for International Business and Director China Competence Center, University of St.Gallen & Sebastian BuckupHead of Programming, Global Programming Group, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva When Jack Ma, China’s iconic business […]

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 […]

EU opens investigation into Qatar Petroleum over potentially restrictive gas contracts

Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner in charge of competition policy, during a recent press conference in Brussels / Berlaymont. (Copyright: EU, 2018 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Jennifer Jacquemart)

Last week, the European Commission has announced it has opened a formal investigation against Qatar Petroleum over supply agreements that appeared to be restrictive for European buyers. In particular, the EU watchdog’s probe was launched to assess whether supply agreements between Qatar Petroleum, the bloc’s biggest sea-borne gas supplier, and European importers of liquefied natural […]

The US calls off globalization, targets Germany. Paris offer to Berlin comes at a cost

Last Friday, the ‘America first’ President Donald Trump repeated his threats to impose a super tariff on imports of European cars, obviously having in mind the German automotive industry. His latest menace came only hours after the European Union moderately retaliated to the US aggressive trade action, by levying additional import duties on American goods […]

How to have a good Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michele Wucker, Chief Executive Officer, Gray Rhino & Company To encourage people to examine the impact of technology on our lives, the artist Lauren McCarthy decided to try to become a human version of amazon.com’s smart home intelligence […]

CEOs in these countries are more likely to go with their gut

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer How do you balance data and judgement when you make a decision? Your answer may be more rooted in culture than you think. Eight out of 10 CEOs in the US say they’ve relied […]

We need to talk about how we define responsibility online – and how we enforce it

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:Florian Drücke, Managing Director, Bundesverband Musikindustrie The one – and only – good thing about hate speech and #FakeNews? They have finally pushed the topic of online responsibility into public discourse. While the Facebook data scandal has delivered unsurprising […]

Africa’s inspiring innovators show what the future could hold

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Njideka Harry, CEO, Youth for Technology Foundation The potential for economic and technological growth in Africa is clear. Yes, many African countries still face challenges related to infrastructure, security and education, to name but a few. Nevertheless, their […]

Germany takes cover from Trump in Eurozone and decides to pay for it

Nobody in Germany doubts it any more that Donald Trump’s America is not a friendly country and market any more, or a guarantor of European security, as was the case for the last 70 years after WWII. To ward off any confusion about that, the German ambassador to the US made a clear statement. Peter […]

Google prepares to final EU judgement over Android antitrust case

A final word on the thorny EU vs Google case over Android antitrust charges could arrive as soon as next month, according to people familiar with the matter. Late last week, Reuters announced that the EU antitrust investigation into Google’s operative system Android could be on the way of concluding shortly, and that the American […]

US-EU trade war: Berlin fearful of the second round

Finally, Trump did it. He declared war against his country’s closest and more loyal allies Canada, the European Union and Mexico. In the case of the EU though, things may be more complicated than the super tariffs on steel and aluminum products of 25% and 10% respectively, imposed as from 1 June by the US […]

5 lessons for social entrepreneurs on how to change the system

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katherine Milligan,Director and Head, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship manages the largest network of late-stage social entrepreneurs in the world. Yet when you talk to most entrepreneurs in our community, they describe […]

Why sustainable products are a win-win for all of us

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sheri Hickok, General Manager – Global Product Development, General Electric Company What makes a product sustainable? According to Wikipedia, sustainable products are those that provide environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public health and the environment over […]

Zuckerberg preaches that Artificial Intelligence will protect Data Privacy in Facebook whereas Verhofstadt demands the big European state to take charge

Earlier this evening Mark Zuckerberg accepted the invite by the European Parliament in Brussels for a much discussed Q&A on Data Privacy in the EU. The European Sting was at the EP to report live.   The major EU politicians and heads of European political parties tried to corner Facebook’s founder with tough questions about […]

Is Germany closer to Russia than the West? Nord Stream II and Iran count more

Last Friday, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, rushed to Sochi, the Black Sea seaside Russian resort to meet Vladimir Putin. It was the first visit by a Western leader to meet him at home, after his fourth inauguration on 7 May as President of the vast country, this time for six more years. Looking through […]

These companies can recycle nearly anything, from cigarette butts to fax machines

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Beech, World Economic Forum writer Human beings are filling the world with waste. Every year, we dump 2.1 billion tons of rubbish into the ecosystem. Eight million tons of that slips quietly into our oceans. Despite the […]

Technological innovation can bolster trust and security at international borders. Here’s how

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Moavenzadeh, Head of Mobility Industries and System Initiative, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum LLC I landed at the Buenos Aires airport recently after 14 hours of travel. After making my way through the airport, […]

What cryptocurrencies will do to the integrity of politics

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Catalina Uribe Burcher, Senior Programme Officer, International IDEA Cryptocurrencies are one step closer to becoming a regular trading commodity. Recently, Coinbase (one of the largest platforms to trade digital currencies) launched the ‘Dow’ of cryptocurrencies, an index fund […]

Companies can help solve water scarcity. Here’s how

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brian Newman, Executive Vice-President, Finance and Operations, Latin America, PepsiCo Inc. Water is a human right and essential to life. Access to water is also closely linked to economic vitality, educational opportunity, and the health and safety of the […]

It’s time to ditch our obsession with trade deficits. Here’s why

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Arancha González Laya, Executive Director, International Trade Centre. The notion that trade surpluses are a measure of a country’s economic prowess dates back centuries. In 16th-century Europe, “mercantilists” from England to Venice sought to accumulate […]

Investment, not debt, can kick-start an entrepreneurial Europe

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Authors: Terence Tse, Associate Professor of Finance, London campus of ESCP Europe Business School, Mark Esposito, Harvard University, Division of Continuing Education and Danny Goh, Serial entrepreneur and an early stage investor. A very important question that only a […]