“We need to accelerate our negotiation on the China-EU Investment Treaty”, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang highlights from the 21st EU-China summit in Brussels

The presidents of the European Commission and EU Council welcomed the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang yesterday at the 21st EU-China summit in Brussels where the two sides acknowledged their Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. EU and China agreed to a joint statement confirming their strategic intent and efforts for a more resilient cooperation in the framework of […]

What the future of trust looks like

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Fuglsang Østergaard, Futurist & Consultant, Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies Recent events have contributed to declining trust levels in major public and private institutions across much of the world. These same institutions are now in a position where […]

US and China in painstaking efforts to conclude trade talks

China and the United States are working hard to achieve a trade deal, badly needed for both the two largest economies of the globe as well as for the rest of the world. During the past months of negotiations between the two giants, progress or confrontation in the dealings have been strongly – positively or […]

Ambitions are affordable for Asia and the Pacific

This article was written for The European Sting by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, the United Nations Under–Secretary–General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. Three years of implementation of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in […]

How the United States is falling in love with secondhand clothes

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sebastian Ko, Co-founder/COO, DHB Global One person’s trash can be another’s treasure, as the saying goes. And now one of the fashion industry’s fastest-growing sectors is helping prove that point. The secondhand clothes market in the United States has […]

Four lessons from Africa on building effective business ecosystems

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christian Busch, Researcher and Inaugural Deputy Director, London School of Economics Innovation Lab Rapid change requires constant adaptation in the face of emerging challenges and customer needs. This can often best be achieved by ‘co-creation’ with key stakeholders; in […]

5 factors driving the Chinese lawtech boom

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sebastian Ko, Co-founder/COO, DHB Global The second largest economy globally has legal innovations the world should hear about. In enhancing access to justice, China is developing a vibrant emerging market for “lawtech” or “legaltech” (technology for delivering legal services). […]

The Middle East needs a technological revolution. Start-ups can lead the way

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board Globally, economies with agile ecosystems that are equipped with the infrastructure to support innovation in technology are witnessing a revolution. In order for governments, large-scale multinationals and new start-ups to […]

Water scarcity is a growing problem across the Middle East. Is this how we solve it?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Holding “Leave no one behind.” This was the message championed by World Water Day this year. The plea to leave no one behind – a basic tenet of the United Nations […]

80 million Chinese people no longer pay income tax

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 Taxes. They’re the bedrock on which vital public services and infrastructure stand. From roads to hospitals, schools to national defence, taxation provides all the components of a well-ordered, properly functioning society. They are […]

The financial world upside-down: debt failure closer

A round $10 trillion worth of bonds are currently being traded in world markets on negative interest rates. At the same time, the European Central Bank prepares to flood the Eurozone and the banking world with hundreds of billions of zero interest rate euros, in an abrupt change of monetary policy course from restrictive to […]

How the world’s best teacher is changing lives in Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Most people can look back on their school days and remember one teacher who really inspired them. If you are lucky enough to have been taught by Peter Tabichi, he may have transformed […]

EU Copyright Directive: Will US tech giants comply or ditch the EU market?

The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) approved yesterday the new Copyright Directive by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions. Should the member states accept this vote, the reforms will be effective immediately and EU countries will have two years to implement them. The copyright changes will affect mainly big online platforms […]

EU and China in search of a win-win agreement through strategic cooperation ahead of the EU-China summit

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini together with the 28 EU Foreign Ministers met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi last Monday to discuss the agenda of the EU-China Strategic Dialogue. During the meeting, both parties had the opportunity to enhance and promote their mutual cooperation on several international topics. Both sides […]

In polarized America, a new divide looms

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 If you’re concerned that the times we live in feel increasingly polarized, what follows might not help you feel any more relaxed. There’s yet another divide threatening to cut across the United States. […]

How three US cities are using data to end homelessness

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Homelessness is a complex issue, but one that’s possible to solve, if the success of three cities in the United States is anything to go by. Policy-makers and non-profit organizations worldwide have wrestled […]

The EU might as well go down the drain if foreign meddling corrupts May’s elections

The EU elections will take place in about two months’ time but anti-European together with foreign parties are most likely going to try to exert influence on the upcoming outcome. Anti-establishment parties are expected to change the current balance and status quo if the two mainstream parties, the conservative EPP (European People’s Party) and the […]

In an era of global uncertainty, the SDGs can be our guide

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John McArthur, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution & Robert Muggah, Co-founder, Igarape Institute and SecDev Group Global cooperation is at a crossroads. Many of the world’s biggest challenges are not a result of disagreements about how to cooperate, but a […]

Draghi: ECB to flood Eurozone and the world with more zero cost money; risk of drowning in cash

Last Thursday, the European Central Bank decided to start again feeding the bankers with more zero cost trillions. This was a surprise to many, because everybody thought the €2.6 trillion the ECB has already handed to banks free of charge were enough. Seemingly, Mario Draghi thinks it is not and hurried to invite the bankers […]

Traffic congestion cost the US economy nearly $87 billion in 2018

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 Have you ever found yourself stuck in a traffic jam on the way to work? If you’re a driver, there’s every chance you have. Congestion is a blight on most major towns and […]

This NATO experiment used fake Facebook accounts to trick soldiers into sharing sensitive information

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 Anyone with a presence online leaves a digital footprint wherever they go – fragments of information about their personal lives, their occupation, their likes and dislikes. These pieces of data may seem fairly […]

Trump’s self-centered politics unravels

Trump’s idea of governance unravels as the American President crossed the half term of his tenure. What happened last week in Hanoi, Vietnam was a characteristic catastrophe and the exposure of badly conceived and executed Trumpist politics. His much advertised initiative to win a triumph over North Korea’s Kim Jong Un ended up in total […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Cybersecurity Act for a cyber-bulletproof EU”, by EU Vice-President Ansip

This article was exclusively written and published for The European Sting by Mr. Andrus Ansip, the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Single Market. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. Malicious cyber-activity has proliferated across the globe. It has become more brazen and sophisticated, imaginative and international. Multi-country incidents […]

The Sino-American trade conflict may be resolved soon

This newspaper for many months has been closely following the US-China trade conflict (if not at times a full trade war). The current negotiations in Washington D.C. are stuck at the same point as last summer. On August 27 our leading article said: “… Washington’s demands go beyond tariffs”. On October 18 we observed, “The […]

Fed and ECB prepare a new party for the financial sharks

At the time of trillion dollar companies and global borrowing much above the 2008 crisis levels, and after nine years of continued swelling of values in all and every western capital markets, bankers decided there cannot be turning back to normality, interest rates and debt wise. They say the thing must not be stopped from […]

EU-US trade war? EU calls for logic while Trump’s administration is a loose cannon in a dangerous lose-lose situation for global prosperity

The European Parliament (EP) voted yesterday for the kick-off of the negotiations with the US government in an attempt to eliminate the industrial goods tariffs and harmonise conformity assessment. These mandates need to be supported by the EU member states in order to bridge the current trade differences between the European Union and the United […]

Everything you need to know about the US government shutdown

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 The US is potentially facing another federal government shutdown. President Donald Trump wants $5.7 billion to fund a border wall with Mexico. The Democrats who took control of the House of Representatives […]

China is winning the electric vehicle race

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 Demand for electric vehicles in China is soaring. Nearly 1.3 million new energy vehicles (plug-in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids) were sold there last year – a 62% rise on 2017. To […]

Brexit: UK to suffer from EU’s uncompromising stance

Last Tuesday, 29 January, 317 British MPs voted for (301 against) the Tory Sir Graham Brady’s amendment, to replace the ‘Northern Ireland Backstop’ with elusive “alternative arrangements“. This NI Backstop is an integral part of the Brexit Agreement, PM Theresa May concluded with the other 27 EU leaders last December. It guarantees that, after the […]

Why South Africa is on a path of economic renewal

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cyril Ramaphosa, President, South Africa This year, South Africa will celebrate 25 years of democracy, hold its sixth democratic national election and accelerate the process of economic revival and growth. Over the last quarter century, the country has made […]

Can free trade deliver cheaper renewable energy? Ask Mexico

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Juan Manuel Ávila, Director, Top Energy México Clean energy as a concept began as a merely experimental way to produce energy. The prices of this new technology were sky-high, and although more and more countries developed public policies geared […]

We can feed the world in a sustainable way, but we need to act now

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lyu Jun, Chairman, COFCO To feed almost 10 billion people by 2050, while at the same time preserving the natural resources that sustain food production, is possibly the greatest challenge that human civilization has ever faced. When we add […]

After globalization what? Europe’s long, straining shake-up post Davos wreckage

It’s an established fact by now that the Eurozone economy is slowing down. The International Monetary Fund cuts down the relevant growth estimate for this year to 1.6% and 1.7% for 2020. This is far below the robust 2.4% of 2017. The German economy, the largest and the more competitive country of the club, is […]