US-China trade war: Washington now wants control of the renminbi-yuan

The US- China trade war is now taking new dimensions, touching the very financial heart of the most populous country on earth. The Washington administration has already more or less ordered Beijing to perform unbelievable structural changes of American liking in the economy. Now they say monetary issues have to be inserted in the trade […]

IPCC reports devastating climate consequences; US in denial while EU does not fully support the 2050 net zero emissions target

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report last week mentioning that limiting global warming temperature to 1.5°C is the only choice to ensure a more sustainable and equitable society compared to the 2.0°C. This assessment came out less than two months ahead of COP24 Katowice summit where all parties have to finalize […]

“ASEM: Global Partners for Global Challenges”, a Sting Exclusive by China’s Ambassador to the EU

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Head of Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, Mr Zhang Ming. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the distinguished writer. On 18 and 19 October, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will join other leaders of ASEM […]

Why private investment in deforestation-free commodity production needs to be scaled up

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Ivo Mulder, Finance and Private Sector Coordinator, Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch, UN Environment Forests and agriculture hold more than 30% of the climate change solution in terms of providing the most cost-effective forms of mitigation potential. However, […]

EU-UK: A deal synonymous to ‘remain’, England pays the Irish price

On 24 August 2017 the European Sting’s leading article ventured that, “Brexit may finally not really happen; The Brits have second thoughts”. This prediction was based on the basics of a proposal which Theresa May had aired on Thursday 17 August of last year. On this information, the European Sting then reported that between Britain […]

How India is harnessing technology to lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Alex Gray, Senior Writer, Formative Content In November of 2016, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an announcement that sent the country’s population into a tailspin. Overnight, 86% of the country’s currency became invalid, as the 500 rupee […]

We can save our ocean in three steps – if we act now

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Kristian Teleki, Head of the Friends of Ocean Action, Director – Sustainable Ocean Initiative, World Resources Institute   This article is adapted from a keynote speech to G7 Ocean and Environment Ministers in Halifax, Canada, on 20 September […]

Microplastic and nanoplastic pollution threatens our enviroment. How should we respond?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tyra HorngrenPhD candidate, University of Melbourne & Bart Kolodziejczyk, Research Fellow, Monash University The 1907 development of Bakelite, which was the first mass-produced plastic used as an electrical insulator, sparked our dependence on synthetic polymers. Bakelite was durable, […]

“The Arctic climate matters: to what degree?”, a Sting Exclusive co-authored by UN Environment’s Jan Dusik and Slava Fetisov

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Jan Dusik, UN Environment Principal Adviser for the Arctic and Antarctic and Mr. Slava Fetisov, UN Environment Patron for Polar Regions. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the distinguished writers. This week is undoubtedly a crucial one for climate diplomacy globally, especially in Europe and […]

Populist Eurosceptics helped by Trumpists seriously threaten the EU edifice

The confrontation between the populist Italian government and the European Union’s leadership has already left a clear trail on the European ground that permits us to project the itinerary of this conflict in the future. The Italian government is an unorthodox coalition of the extreme right wing party Lega, under its rebellious leader Matteo Salvini […]

Italy’s populist government appears determined to drive EU economy and markets into recession

The Italian budget plan has recently created turbulences and serious concerns in the EU economy as the third largest economy of the bloc cuts growth forecasts and increases spending. The European Commission together with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have urged the Italian government to restate its budget and comply with the EU fiscal rules […]

Facebook goes under formal EU privacy scrutiny after latest massive data breach

Facebook engineer working at the company’s HQ, Menlo Park, CA (Copyright: Facebook Inc., Source: Facebook Inc.’s website, newsroom)

Last week, the European Union has announced it has formally launched an investigation into a massive data breach that has recently made vulnerable millions of Facebook accounts. The Irish Data Protection Commission, which is Facebook’s lead privacy regulator in Europe, said last Wednesday that it will look into whether the US social media giant is […]

Window for a Brexit deal: Brussels to think again May’s proposal

This is the first time the British Prime Minister Theresa May can tell mainland Europeans, she can guarantee her Tory conservative Party won’t topple her over her Brexit proposal. The reason is that, last week, she marked a triumph at the annual conference of the governing Party at Birmingham. Obviously, the burning subject of the […]

In the future of work it’s jobs, not people, that will become redundant

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Leena Nair, Chief Human Resources Officer, Unilever I am likely stating the obvious but it needs to be stated as often as possible – the world is changing and it is changing fast. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is blurring […]

Why cities hold the key to safe, orderly migration

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harald Bauder, Professor of Geography and the Director of the Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto & Loren Landau, South African Research Chair for Mobility & the Politics of Difference, African Centre for Migration […]

The new North America trade deal USMCA punishes German cars

The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is dead. Long live the new United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA). The three North American nations will continue trading goods of a value of at least $ 1.2 trillion yearly between them. The US President Donald Trump had termed NAFTA as the worse trade deal his country […]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution can close the digital divide. This is how

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Julian VercruysseInfrastructure Resilience Researcher, Fergus ReidStrategy Consulting Analyst The Annual Meeting of the New Champions is fast approaching, and with it comes one of the greatest celebrations of technological innovation, for which information and communication technology (ICT) is […]

Harnessing the power of nature in the fight against climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Florian Reber, Strategy Lead, South Pole If we are to solve our global climate and development challenges, we will need nature’s help. Healthy forests, soils and mangroves are not only important allies for addressing our global food security […]

Security spillovers from Trump’s trade wars: China, Germany prepare for global disorder

US President Donald Trump’s aggressive trade strategy has now gone past the economic landscape and touched security issues. There are strong signs that next month’s security meeting between US and China may be cancelled. If this is the case, the two largest economies of the earth may enter uncharted waters. Until now, they have been […]

A new era of computing is coming. How can we make sure it is sustainable?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirk Bresniker, Fellow and chief architect, Hewlett Packard Labs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Eighty years ago, Alan Turing laid down the mathematical basis of computation. Just a decade later, John von Neumann made computing practical. Advances in information technology […]

Want more climate action? Let’s show how good a planet-friendly life can be

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Pia Heidenmark Cook, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group This summer, jubilant weather reports celebrating hot, sunny summer days morphed into alarming stories about devastating drought in Australia, deadly heatwaves in Japan and Europe and catastrophic fires in California, […]

7 ways for businesses to capture the youth dividend

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Within every challenge lies an opportunity waiting to be seized. Businesses know this. Today, the world faces an urgent demographic challenge: 1.8 billion young people, between the ages […]

Parallel downfalls of Merkel and Deutsche Bank threaten Germany and Europe

Only a few years ago, Germany’s stars of pride and accomplishment were personified and embodied in the unparalleled triumphant stories and achievements of Chancellor Angela Merkel and Deutsche Bank. They both had amazed Europe and the world, with their successes in the politico-economic universe. Until the legislative elections of September 2017, and probably sometime earlier […]

EU confronts environmental threats as global leaders attempt to revive the global sentiment at NYC climate week

The climate week has kicked off with UN officials, businesspeople and global leaders to participate in a series of events from September 24-30 in New York. Patricia Espinosa together with UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim discussed yesterday about the financing of climate change measures and how infrastructure investments can be raised. The European Commission suggested […]

Impossible Brexit options: WTO or new referendum?

In western Austria’s ‘saltcastle’ – Saltzburg – the baroque native city of Mozart, the last EU Summit which took place there left a very bitter Brexit taste. The city’s confectioners’ efforts of supplying an unlimited variety of chocolates, baring the face of the celebrated composer, were to no avail. The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Seize the opportunity offered by Africa’s continental free trade area”, written by the Director General of UNIDO

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Li Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the distinguished writer. Since the turn of the millennium, Africa […]

Europe’s dirty air kills 400,000 people every year

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content In Europe, the air you breathe could be the death of you. In fact, it could be killing as many as 400,000 people a year prematurely. As well as bringing about the […]

Who can unlock the stalled Brexit negotiations? UK Premier sticks to her proposal

The Brexit cataclysm comes to its apex. On the one side is Prime Minister Theresa May, and on the other around 50 unrepentant Brexiteer Tory MPs. The sides are about to cross swords within and without Parliament. Reportedly, May could pass her own – not so mild but negotiable in Brussels – version of Brexit […]

Migration crisis update: mutual actions and solidarity needed as anti-migrant policies thrive

An EU summit is taking place today in Salzburg, Austria where the EU leaders will discuss about the immigration crisis in the region and Brexit deal negotiations. The Parliament’s request to the member states regarding Hungary’s breach of the EU founding values is creating turbulences to the unity and solidarity of the Old Continent. The […]