Access to healthcare: what do we lack?

Healthcare has always been a concern for the world. The problems vary; by region, by country, and from person to person. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that, globally, around 400 million people lack access to one or more health services. Access to healthcare is a broad concept, but it basically comprises: 1. Service Availability: This involves […]

Access to health in the developping world

Exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Unsa Athar, a fourth year medical student from King Edward Medical University in Lahore, Pakistan. Ms Athar is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA). Access to health in developing countries like Pakistan is affected by a number of factors. Poverty, poor infrastructure, low literacy rate, […]

“Access denied”: the Greek health system under pressure

Exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Vassiliki Samartzi, a third year medical student at University of Patras, Greece and Mr Nikolaos Karvelas, first year medical student at University of Athens, Greece. Both students are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA). Access to healthcare, one of the core human rights, nowadays is not taken for granted […]

Access to health in the developped and developing world

Exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Aluko Oluzabusayo Daniel, student of medicine and surgery at Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria. Mr Aluko is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA). The idea that complete access to optimum health care is reserved only for the financially stable in the society or that […]

10 things Europe does better than the rest of the world

This is a guest article written by one of our passionate readers, Mrs Rachael Everly.  European nations may be well known for their stunning landscapes, high fashion, romantic languages, nude beaches, and delicious cuisine, but there is more to European life and living than meets the eye. Here are 10 things that Europe is doing […]

Some Prevailing Arguments and Perceptions over the South China Sea Issue Are Simply Wrong

This article was written for the Sting by HE Ambassador Yang Yanyi of the Chinese Mission to EU For some time now, the South China Sea issue has attracted much attention and media coverage. Some accused China of changing the status quo in the South China Sea by taking unilateral actions that caused tensions in […]

Nuclear weapons in Lithuania: defence against Russia or target for terrorists?

Guest article written by Adomas Abromaitis, adomas333@inbox.lt A complex geopolitical situation in the region forces the Baltic States and their NATO allies to take unprecedented efforts to increase defence capabilities to counter potential aggressors. A new Lithuanian military strategy approved in March describes Russia actions along with terrorism as the main threats for the security of Lithuania, […]

Stability in Europe has no chances because of Ukraine

Guest article written by Adomas Abromaitis, adomas333@inbox.lt Everyone wants to help Ukraine but no one knows exactly how. Time is passing, nothing is changing. All tested methods of international aid suffered a defeat. Consultative, financial and military assistance was tried more than once. Ukraine as a bottomless pit absorbs aid without any substantial effect. According to The […]

The EU Consumer Policy on the Digital Market: A Behavioral Economics View

Written by Chronis Lalas, lalaschronis@gmail.com Nowadays, the Internet is of great importance for peoples’ lives. People use it to make up their mind and improve their daily actions. The concept of shopping was inevitably affected, as well. E-commerce has many positive effects on both buyers and sellers, thus consumers could have saved a lot of time and […]

A young student discusses the determinants of migration in the European Union

Written by Ardian Shala, Masters student at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. Traditional definitions of migration consider it to be a durable movement of individuals across distances (Shaw, 1975). Migration has two components, namely time and distance. Migrants move across a distance to settle in a host country where they generally remain for a relatively permanent […]

Towards the Rise of the United States of the Atlantic?

Written by Alexandros Liakopoulos, liakalex@brightsightveritas.com If “follow the money” is the catchphrase of investigative reporting concerning corruption, bribes, abuses of authority, high-end scandals, and clear-cut criminal actions, “follow the power” should be its analogue when it comes to intelligence analysis and strategic patterns identification. Yet, even if “people should not be unfamiliar with strategy, for […]

MasterCard at European Business Summit 2015: A focus on innovation will drive inclusive economic growth for Europe

Written by Ann Cairns, President of MasterCard, International Markets This year’s European Business Summit’s entitled “Europe 4.0 – Delivering a vision for the future of Europe” falls on the same day as the general elections in the UK which could prove crucial for the future of both, the UK and Europe. At a time when […]

The Bank of China at European Business Summit 2015

Written by He Liqin, General Manager of Bank of China (Luxembourg) S.A. Brussels Branch At this wonderful season when nature wakes up, I am glad to come together with our Belgian friends coming from the industry as well as from commercial areas, to enhance our mutual understanding through a deeper communication. As China’s most internationalized commercial […]

A critical European young voice on Net Neutrality: the distance between Brussels and Washington

To anyone with an interest in modern technology or international relations, the issue of Net Neutrality shouldn’t be completely unheard of; to the general public though, it might sound unusual. In essence, Net Neutrality refers to our ability to freely browse and communicate over the Internet without interference from Internet service providers (ISPs), governments, law […]

A young European voice on Grexit: too high a bill and too big a deal!

Written by Camilla Crovella, member of the Eustory Alumni Network and Spotlight Europe The European reality has always been crossed by threats of division and secessionisms due to its cultural and political diversity which constitutes both its weak point but also the basis for building its strength. One of these aspects, which has remained a […]

Education and Training: where do we stand in 2014?

By Bogdan Pavel, guest writer at the European Sting The Directorate-General for Education and Culture – Unit A.2 issued on the 12th of November its “Education and Training Monitor 2014″, a support tool for the implementation of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020). Its opening states “The purpose of education […]

If on a summer’s night: is UK businesses’ “new deal” the only key to the “best of all worlds”?

If you are a loyal reader of the European Sting, or at least a well-informed European citizen, you will certainly know that surveys don’t really bring good news for the Union. Anytime a new survey about the public opinion around the bloc comes out, the European Parliament is shaking a bit. “People are not really interested…”, […]

Intel @ European Business Summit 2014: Better decisions now, the new business dashboard 

Written By Christian Morales, Vice President and General Manager Europe, Middle East and Africa, Intel Corporation We’ve never had more information coursing through our businesses. Data presents an unprecedented opportunity to make better decisions and be more responsive to customers, suppliers and markets. It can be overwhelming, though. Many companies struggle to make sense of it, […]

NEC @ European Business Summit 2014: The Digitally Enabled Grid

Written by Ciro Scognamiglio, responsible for the market and regulatory analysis at NEC Corporation’s Centre of Competence for Smart Energy Solutions in EMEA   For the third time in history, Non-predictable Renewable Energy Sources (NPRESs) were the number one electricity source across the EU in terms of added installed capacity according to the EPIA (European Photovoltaic […]

Ercom, cutting-edge Telco solutions from Europe

During the latest Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, the European Sting as media partner of the event took another very interesting interview from a top member of Ercom’s management team, the VP Marketing, Guy Lecurieux Lafayette. Ercom is a French telecom solution provider specializing in protocol convergence/inter-operability of telecommunication networks. The interview was around […]

Movius @ MWC14: Discussing novel Communications Applications over a “CAFÉ”

In the latest Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, the European Sting, as the media partner of the event, had an interesting exclusive interview with Jose M. Romero, Vice President of Product Strategy & Marketing in Movius Interactive Corporation. Movius is a global leader in application enablement for service providers. Its Headquarters are based in […]

Sub10 Systems @ MWC14: Bridging the Ethernet of the Future

Sub10 Systems is a company that designs, develops and sells world leading Point-to-Point (PTP) Ethernet bridges operating in the Millimetre Wave (mmW) area of spectrum, at frequencies above 60GHz. The Sub10 was in the latest MWC 2014 in Barcelona and the European Sting, as media partner of the event  that was eager to listen to […]

SPB TV @ MWC14: The TV of the Future

SPB TV is one of the world’s leading providers of end-to-end OTT TV, IP TV and mobile TV solutions for video content delivery to multi-screen devices: mobile, tablet, desktop and TV. SPB TV solutions provide stable video delivery and playback across any wireless network, award-winning intuitive UI and effective monetization tools. The Mobile World Congress […]

ZTE @ MWC14: ZTE excels in all areas at this year’s Mobile World Congress

  Written by Dr Xiang Jiying, Director of Wireless Technology, ZTE Once again ZTE had a big presence at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) and demonstrated its global leadership in telecommunications equipment and network solutions.  Executives from all levels of the organisation were on hand to communicate the directions that ZTE will be taking in […]

Israel @ MWC14: Israel The Start App Nation

Written by Amit Lang, Director-General, Israeli Ministry of Economy The vast array of innovative Israeli companies at this year’s Mobile World Congress attests to the fact that the “Startup Nation” is well on its way to becoming a premier “Start App Nation” as well. Add that to the recent number of billion dollar exits coming out […]

NEC @ MWC14: “Smart cities” hold the key to enhancing citizens’ lives and cutting costs

Written by Jean-Matthias Bohli, Senior Researcher at NEC Laboratories Europe By 2030, 5 billion people — around 60% of the world’s population — will live in cities, compared with 3.6 billion today, turbocharging the world’s economic growth. City leaders in developing nations must cope with urbanisation on an unprecedented scale, while those in developed ones wrestle […]

Intel @ MWC14: Our Love Story with Mobile – Transforming Wireless Networks

Written by Bernadette Andrietti, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group, Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa Marketing, Intel Corporation Bursting with product launches, new technologies and insights from the biggest names in mobile, the recent Mobile World Congress was as exhilarating as ever.  Each year the show is a heady reminder of just how fast developments […]

MasterCard @ MWC14: Innovation in times of regulatory uncertainty

Written by Javier Perez, President of MasterCard Europe  It was that time of the year again. At the end of February, Mobile World Congress opened its doors in Barcelona for a week. This year’s edition saw the presentation of a myriad of innovative solutions in the mobile space. Some of the new devices and solutions […]

250 days until the European Parliament elections

By pieter.baert91@gmail.com While the European Parliament (EP) is taking its annual summer-break, its MEPs will hardly have time to enjoy their holiday. With only some 250 days to go until the European Parliament elections, the candidates will obviously already be planning their electoral campaigns. While 250 days may seem an adequate time to eloquently explain to […]

The EU and North Korea: A Story of Underestimation

By pieter.baert91@gmail.com THE 2013-CRISIS While North and South Korea are slowly reaching agreement on the reopening of the Kaesong industrial region, the world seems to have already forgotten how tense the situation has been on the Korean peninsula in the first half of 2013. The Korean crisis initially started with a nuclear weapon test on the […]

The revenge of the fallen

By moraitis@gmx.com Since the breakout of the economic crisis, a lot has been written about austerity measures and their implications for the overindepted countries. While most of the focus is continuously laid on the economic parameters, the politico-social consequences that were triggered by the crisis have been neglected. One of the most notable, yet often overseen, […]

2013, a Political Odyssey: What future for Italy?

By carlo_motta85@yahoo.it As the economic crisis that affects the Eurozone, and probably all the western countries, keeps taking its toll, one feature of the whole situation seems to represent the real threat for Europe’s integrity: the growing distance between the “northern”, and the “southern” countries. This, which may appear as the same old story of differences […]

Five years down the drain

By am2072@bath.ac.uk After 5 years in recession no one can see light in the end of the tunnel. The European Monetary Union, as the big step for further integration among countries in Europe it seems to be a failure. Differences between the weak north countries and the south Europe are even bigger after the introduction […]