Measuring consumer confidence isn’t useful anymore. Here’s what we should do instead

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jon Alexander, Co-founder, New Citizenship Project & Amy J.C. Cuddy, Social Psychologist and Author, Harvard University The Consumer Confidence Index is a child of its time. Established in 1967 by US business association The Conference Board, it was […]

How we overhauled healthcare amid Venezuela’s crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexandra Winkler Osorio, Deputy mayor, El Hatillo Municipality The Venezuelan health system is experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. There has been a reappearance of endemic diseases, medicine shortages, a mass exodus of medical professionals and the collapse of […]

More than one billion people do not have access to electricity. What will it take to get them connected?

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 The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 7 centres around achieving access to affordable, reliable and sustainable modern energy for all by 2030. […]

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 […]

Global immunization is having its annual check-up. What can we learn?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Orin Levine, Director of Vaccine Delivery, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Annual check-ups are part of normal prevention, helping your doctor to identify and address potentially worrisome conditions before they become serious. As a patient, you benefit from […]

These countries are all building brand-new cities

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content In the early years of this century, completely new cities began emerging across Asia and Africa, transforming previously unremarkable expanses of land or reclaimed ocean areas. Could some of these new urban creations […]

What would happen if we removed cars from cities?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Audrey de Nazelle, Lecturer in air pollution management, Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London Air pollution is now the fourth biggest killer in the world after smoking, high blood pressure and diet. It contributes to more […]

HPV vaccine: the silver bullet that saves women

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sally Cowal, Senior Vice President, Global Cancer Control, American Cancer Society Four out of five women in the UK have now received a silver bullet – the HPV vaccine that prevents cervical cancer. Thanks to a national effort to […]

How this one change can help people fight poverty

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Leora Klapper, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank Nearly 800 million people globally live in extreme poverty, estimates the World Bank. Africa is home to more extremely poor people than all other regions combined. Most of the […]

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 […]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing how we grow, buy and choose what we eat

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Juergen Voegele, Senior Director, Food and Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank Technology has revolutionized agriculture at regular intervals, from the invention of the ox-drawn plough in ancient Egypt, to the first gas-powered tractor at the beginning of the […]

Trump fines China with $50 billion a year plus some more…

The New Yorker President of ‘America first’, Donald Trump, has figured out the cash China has to pay the US every year, in order to continue exporting her products to the largest market of the globe. It’s something like the ‘protection’ cash New York shopkeepers have to pay the gangs in order to get on […]

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 […]

Greenpeace’s saints and sinners in the tech world

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 The tiny European nation of Denmark (population 5.76 million) is famed for its green credentials. It plans to stop using coal for generating electricity by 2030, and the last Danish-owned oil company […]

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 […]

A conceptual approach to Violence Against Healthcare in Turkey from SDG’s

This article was exclusively written for The Sting by Mr Muhsin Öznaneci, a medical student from Istanbul Medeniyet LC/TurkMSIC. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one. In […]

Theresa May attempts to ease the EU stance as Britons request another EU referendum

With less than eight months away from the exit of the UK from the EU, continuous negotiations are being held between the two parties in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit. UK Prime Minister Theresa May will visit French President Emmanuel Macron at his Fort de Brégançon on Friday in an attempt to persuade him […]

The European Brain Drain: hard facts and harder truths

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Damir Kurtagić, a 24 years old medical student in his final year at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

Skeptic France about Trump-Juncker trade deal favoring German cars; EU’s unity in peril

The Trump-Juncker trade truce and pledge for ‘zero tariffs’ seems to have left everybody happy, especially Berlin, but the French said don’t uncork ‘les champagnes’, at least not yet. In detail, last Wednesday, the American President Donald Trump and the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker met in the White House and struck an agreement about […]

We know ethics should inform AI. But which ethics?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mauro F. Guillén, Anthony L. Davis Director of The Lauder Institute, Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania & Srikar Reddy, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sonata Software Limited and Sonata […]

Medical workforce migration in Europe – Is it really a problem?

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Rytis Trojanas, a 3rd year medical student at Vilnius University, Lithuania. Mr Trojanas is the Secretary General at Lithuanian Medical Students’ Association. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not […]

Humans account for only 0.01% of life on Earth – but our impact has been immense

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ron Milo, Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science Most of us, including scientists, are blind to the full scope of the living world. This was illustrated by an informal survey which asked biologists and ecologists from elite universities two […]

India’s future as a world power depends on 4 key relationships

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) In the 2040s, India is expected to surpass the United States (in PPP terms) and become the world’s second largest economy, behind China. Alongside this Indian emergence, the international order is […]

EU and Japan ratify first FTA ever to include Paris Climate Agreement provision

Shinzō Abe, on the right, and Jean-Claude Juncker at EU-Japan Summit in Tokyo last week. (Copyright: European Union, 2018 / Photo: Etienne Ansotte)

In the week that US President Donald Trump called the European Union a “foe”, and reaffirmed his will to hit China with more duties on imports, Brussels signed a wide-ranging free trade deal with Japan. At the 25th EU-Japan summit in Tokyo last week, the leaders of the two areas indeed finally sealed two landmark […]

The EU sides with China against the US; but has Germany capitulated to America?

If billions of EU penalties on American icon companies and U.S. super tariffs on European cars are strong and aggressive trade weapons, then yes the EU and the U.S. are at all out economic war. As in all wars, the difficult or even impossible thing is to predict its end. Unavoidably, there will be victims […]

6 ways countries can prepare for the next infectious disease pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tom Inglesby, Director, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security All pandemics start as a small outbreak somewhere. When the next potential pandemic begins, will we detect it early? Will we recognize its pandemic potential? Will we have […]

EU and China to do more in common if the global scene gets worse

At a time of global trade, and not only, disorder, caused mainly by the US President of ‘America first’ Donald Trump, on 16 July in Beijing Europe and China held their 20th Summit. Both are targets of American trade aggression, but it seems the European Union is not yet ready to decisively join forces with […]

Large parts of the world are growing more fragile. Here are 5 steps to reverse course

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Co-founder, Igarape Institute and SecDev Group There are ominous signs of growing turbulence around the world. The number of civil wars has doubled since 2001 – ​jumping ​from 30 to 70. The number of people killed […]

CETA at risk again: Italy says it won’t ratify EU-Canada trade deal over product protection fears

Parmesan cheese on shelves in Italy (Copyright: European Union, 2014 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Daniela Giusti)

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, simply known as CETA, may be under threat again. The shocking news came out last Friday, when Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said Italy will not ratify the European Union’s free trade agreement with Canada, which mostly took effect last year. The EU-Canada FTA, which is EU’s […]

Does May have enough time in Parliament to table a soft Brexit deal?

The American President, last Wednesday and Thursday, after having infuriated his European allies at the NATO Summit, flew to London. Just after landing there he told the Brits that the US will not offer Britain a trade deal after Brexit, because May’s proposal for the divorce with the EU is not to his liking. In […]