3 ways to fight short-termism and relaunch Europe

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Philippe Roger Donnet, Chief Executive, Generali Short-termism is the excessive focus of decision-makers on short-term goals at the expense of longer-term objectives. Short-termism often has negative consequences: recent research confirms that corporate executives would delay or sacrifice projects creating […]

Europe faces economic turmoil as Italy gets closer to the Excessive Debt Procedure

Italy is in serious trouble as the EU deputy finance ministers seem to support the European Commission’s opinion on the actions required to reduce the country’s public debt. The huge growing debt together with the centre-right and euroskeptic alliance government is causing turbulences as regards its relations with Brussels. However, the Italian coalition leaders have […]

Will the EU be condemned by the International Criminal Court for violating migrants’ human rights?

It was two days ago when a group of lawyers sued the EU for the deaths of Libyan migrants who attempted to cross the Mediterranean. The case is being investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC) which will have to rule whether or not EU nations violated human rights and are responsible for thousands of […]

Europe plans to send satellites into space to monitor CO2 emissions

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 The world’s first constellation of CO2-monitoring satellites is being planned by the European Space Agency (ESA). Once in orbit, they will track CO2 hotspots across the world, making it possible to determine the […]

How Britain’s backyard bird feeders are shaping evolution

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   Several species have grown in number and overall diversity has increased, according to new research that explores the impact of the nation’s obsession with bird feeders. With at least half of all […]

The result of European Elections 2019 seals the end of the business as usual era in Brussels

On the morrow of the European election 2019, the ballots showed to Brussels that it will not anymore continue to do tax free business as usual for long. 10 years after the global economic crisis, this election’s result shows that the excuse that austerity brought disappoitnment which subsequently lead towards the rise of far right […]

EU elections update: Can the EU voters vote unaffected from fake news and online disinformation?

EU elections already kicked off yesterday in the UK and the Netherlands with several EU citizens abstaining in Britain due to clerical errors by local councils. The old continent is now following the EU elections closely, worrying about the effect of fake news and growth of far-right parties. The EC published last week various reports concerning […]

How to get young people in Europe to swipe right on voting

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirsten Salyer, Media Relations Specialist, World Economic Forum Young people by definition have the most at stake in the future. But in Europe as elsewhere, Millennials are all too often failing to vote. As crunch European Parliament elections approach […]

The British are the most positive in Europe on the benefits of immigration

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 Do the costs of immigration outweigh the benefits? Not for many British people, who recent research shows are the most positive in Europe about the impact of newcomers arriving in their country. Almost […]

EU elections 2019: Trump’s share in the support of populism

It was last Monday when the US President Donald Trump met the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the White House. Both leaders had the beautiful chance to praise each other at a gathering which lasted less than an hour. Only a few days ahead of the EU elections, the US President clearly shows his […]

These EU countries have the most government debt

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Greece has the highest government debt-to-GDP ratio of any European Union member state, according to new figures from Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office. At the end of 2018, its debt stood at 181% of […]

EU elections 2019: Rise of nationalist trends and populism in Europe challenges the EU edifice

The European elections are going to be held in just two weeks’ time and far-right propaganda is gaining momentum creating concerns to everyone regarding the future of the EU, which is at stake. Populism and nationalism have dramatically risen in the EU during the last years menacing democratic institutions within a number of European member […]

Transparency is key to inclusive employment and government integrity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvina Moschini, Co-founder, TransparentBusiness, Inc. Digital transformation, or more precisely The Fourth Industrial Revolution, has inspired tremendous advances in business and government, and has created significant advancement opportunities for both sectors. It is transforming every aspect of both the […]

France is about to start giving free breakfasts to disadvantaged schoolchildren

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 Growing minds need fuel, but 1 in 8 children in certain French schools are starting a day off learning on an empty stomach. So France has become the latest country to introduce a […]

NHS: A great healthcare system but how accessible is it to migrants?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr.Ahmed Al-Tameemi is a second-year Iraqi medical student at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

What the Corn Laws tell us about Brexit Britain

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Yueh, Oxford and London Business School economist The latest debate over Brexit has caused many to recall another episode in history when the UK’s Conservative party was split over a contentious issue. Back then, in 1846, the Prime […]

What could a no-deal Brexit mean for developing countries?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Director, Division on International Trade and Commodities, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) The Brexit vote of 2016 came as a powerful reminder that progress in economic integration can be reversed. And the raging debates […]

Norway is returning Easter Island artefacts to Chile (Will Britain ever return the marbles to Greece?)

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 There are many forms of cultural appropriation but surely the most stark was the removal of hundreds of thousands of artefacts from countries that were colonized by European nations. Now calls to return […]

Scotland wants to create an ethical stock exchange (Post Brexit)

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 It was 1973 when the last Scottish Stock Exchange executed its final trade and merged with London to create a single bourse for the UK. Now a group of Edinburgh-based investors say they […]

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 […]

Brexit update: Will Theresa May’s last-minute desperate efforts procrastinate Brexit?

After a long seven-hour meeting with her cabinet, Theresa May decided to meet Jeremy Corbyn in order to agree on a common plan for the future UK-EU relations, but practically ask for an extention of Article 50. The recent inability of the members of the Parliament (MPs) to get a majority on twelve indicative votes […]

Women’s work faces the greatest risk of automation, says new research

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 The robots are coming – but whose jobs are they most likely to take? By now, you’d be hard pressed not to have read something about how automation and technology are going […]

Everything you need to know about Ireland’s economy (Post Brexit)

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 Image: Statista Ireland’s economy is outperforming most other Eurozone countries with almost full employment and rising real wages. So why are Irish consumers among the most pessimistic in Europe? Although it was among […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wind farms now provide 14% of EU power – these countries are leading the way

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 The winds of change continue to blow through the European energy sector. Renewables – in particular wind power – continue to grow in overall importance, even though their rate of adoption slowed over […]

EU elections: Can EU citizens’ awareness eradicate fake news more efficiently than Facebook, Twitter and Google?

Last Thursday, the European Commission published the reports of Facebook, Google and Twitter regarding the progress made in January in their voluntary pledges to tackle disinformation. Disinformation is a major challenge globally and for Europe and all stakeholders have to be actively involved in order to address citizens’ exposure to it. However, the US tech […]

These 11 EU states already meet their 2020 renewable energy targets

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 Almost half of the European Union’s (EU) 28 member states have already hit, or are close to hitting, their 2020 renewable energy targets. But despite this, there has been a gradual slow-down in […]

The results of Finland’s basic income experiment are in. Is it working?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content How would you like to get more than $600 a month, no strings attached? Sound too good to be true? Not in Finland, where they’re experimenting with giving unemployed people a basic income, with […]

A backbencher Tory MP threatens both EU and UK with a no-deal Brexit

Last Thursday’s latest vote in the British Parliament, the Commons, revealed the real forces operating in relation to the country’s Gordian Knot, Brexit. Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May’s newest proposal for a kind of a soft Brexit deal, under the name of ‘Plan B’ was rejected last Thursday in Parliament by 303 to 258 votes. […]

These are the OECD’s most productive economies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Romania boasts the highest productivity of leading world economies, according to the latest available data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The eastern European nation recorded the highest “GDP per hour” […]

A lack of affordable homes is forcing young Britons to live with their parents

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 Choosing when to leave home isn’t easy. Independence has to be balanced against security. The freedom of a space of your own weighed against the responsibility of doing your own laundry. But […]

Siemens-Alstom merger: Can Germany and France lobby to circumvent EC’s rejection, against EU consumers’ interests?

The European Commission (EC), after months of investigation and discussions, came to the independent conclusion to refuse the merger of the rail companies Siemens and Alstom despite the improvements provided by the two firms together with the continuous pressure by the French and German governments. Nevertheless, France and Germany still believe that the EU has wrongly […]