Can we automate our way out of the savings crisis?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Martha King, Chief Client Officer, Executive Vice-President and Head of the Infosys Retirement Services Center of Excellence, Infosys Limited & Mohit Joshi, President, Infosys Ltd • The world is facing a pensions crisis by 2050. • AI-assisted technology […]

Sexuality and ageing: challenges of achieving sexual rights in people with HIV

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms.  Bruna Teixeira da Costa, a second-year medical student at the Federal University of Bahia, in Vitória da Conquista, BA – Brazil. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

How digital identity can improve lives in a post-COVID-19 world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Julie Dawson, Director, Regulatory and Policy, Yoti & Cristian Duda, Project Lead, Digital Identity, World Economic Forum Industries from travel to health to education will recover more quickly if solutions once primarily associated with the finance sector are […]

Work is on the brink of a revolution – we need office buildings to match

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Coen van Oostrom, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EDGE, OVG Real Estate COVID is ushering in a new era of flexible working; it is an opportunity to rethink office design. • Smart facilities in buildings are currently poorly […]

Coronavirus: Commission concludes exploratory talks with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission concluded exploratory talks with the pharmaceutical company Valneva with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The envisaged contract with Valneva would provide for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase together 30 million doses, and […]

Eco-anxiety during the Pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Eshwar Rajesh, a medical student pursuing MBBS from Madras Medical College, Chennai, India. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect […]

Thinking throughout HIV: changing a perspective

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Adrian Goss, a second-year medical student at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily […]

Closing the gaps in accelerating women’s rights: The role of medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Tishtar Chindhy, a final year student (MBBS) at RCSM GMC Kolhapur, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily […]

Glass ceiling being broken into pieces

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Talyta Thibes Tecilla and Ms. Bruna Braga Kapusta, two 21 year old medical students in the 8th period of medicine at Unicesumar, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

The role of medical students in promoting women’s rights

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Taliya Firdaus, a 2nd year medical student at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh, India. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily […]

Brexit: the Commission proposes the creation of a Brexit Adjustment Reserve

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has put forward its proposal for a Brexit Adjustment Reserve, as agreed by the European Council in July, to help counter the adverse economic and social consequences – at the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020 – in […]

Commission welcomes political agreement on Recovery and Resilience Facility

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the political agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council on the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The RRF is the key instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU, the EU’s plan for emerging stronger from the current crisis. It […]

COVID-19 vaccines: Parliament supports speedy authorisation of safe vaccines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. An EU strategy for COVID-19 vaccinations, that addresses challenges inside and outside the EU, was debated on Wednesday with Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas. Vice-President Schinas presented the Commission’s COVID-19 strategy, which is based on the principles of equal access, affordability and safety. He referred […]

State aid: Commission approves amended Estonian scheme worth €450 million to support production of electricity from renewable sources

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, the modification of the existing aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources and efficient co-generation in Estonia. The measure will help Estonia reach its renewable energy targets and will contribute to the […]

Central America: EU increases humanitarian support by €5 million and delivers additional in kind assistance to hurricane victims

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Further EU assistance has been delivered today in Honduras to the victims of Hurricanes ETA and IOTA in the country through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Queen Letizia of Spain is in Honduras as two shipments totalling some 17.7 tonnes of cargo, including  COVID-19 […]

Gender equality: Breaking the glass ceiling

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Raluca Corina Oprea, the President of the Romanian Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (FASMR), a national member organization of IFMSA and is a doctor who has just experienced graduating during the coronavirus pandemic at Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi, Romania. She […]

Relations with the UK: Commission proposes targeted contingency measures to prepare for possible “no-deal” scenario

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. While the Commission will continue to do its utmost to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with the UK, there is now significant uncertainty whether a deal will be in place on 1 January 2021. The European Commission has today put forward a set of […]

Medical students and their ability to edify women’s rights

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Luísa Eugênio Farias, 22 years old, a first year medical student at UNICESUMAR, located in Maringá, Brazil. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and […]

Mergers: Commission approves DIC’s acquisition of BASF Colors & Effects, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of BASF Colors & Effects by the DIC Corporation (‘DIC’). The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by DIC. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of […]

The Fight for Women’s Rights

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Jainil Devani, a First Year Medical Student at GMERS Gotri Medical College, Vadodara, India. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily […]

Why sanctions are not the way to fix relations with North Korea

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Geoffrey See, Founder, Choson Exchange How the two Koreas cooperate on the Gangwon province could make it the site for the next stage of the peace process. North Korea realizes that diversifying its economic relations is critical for […]

Robots and chatbots can help alleviate the mental health epidemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dan Schawbel, Managing Partner, Workplace Intelligence COVID-19 has piled multiple additional pressures on to people’s mental health. • AI is already providing assistance in the mental health domain. • Having mental health technology in place is beneficial for […]

Health Care Workers’ Safety and Health as Assets in the Fight Against COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Silmi Zahra, currently working a medical clerkship in Hasan Sadikin General Hospital, Padjadjaran University, Indonesia. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not […]

Advancing the EU social market economy: adequate minimum wages for workers across Member States

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission today proposes an EU Directive to ensure that the workers in the Union are protected by adequate minimum wages allowing for a decent living wherever they work. When set at adequate levels, minimum wages do not only have a positive social impact […]

Antitrust: Commission fines car parts suppliers of € 18 million in cartel settlement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Brose and Kiekert a total of € 18 million for taking part in two cartels concerning supplies of closure systems for cars in the European Economic Area (EEA). Magna was not fined as it revealed both cartels to the […]

NextGenerationEU: Commission presents next steps for €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility in 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has set out strategic guidance for the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility in its 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy (ASGS). The Facility is the key recovery instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU which will help the EU emerge stronger […]

EU-China Leaders’ Meeting: Upholding EU values and interests at the highest level

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Joint press release by President Michel, President von der Leyen and Chancellor Merkel The European Union and China held a Leaders’ Meeting via videoconference on 14 September 2020. An EU-China Leaders’ meeting with the participation of leaders of all EU member states was initially […]

Tackling pollution and climate change in Europe will improve health and well-being, especially for the most vulnerable

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe. Poor quality environments contribute to 13 % (one in every eight) of deaths according to a major assessment on health and environment […]

EU-China: Council authorises signature of the agreement on geographical indications

This article is brought to you in association with the European Council. The Council today adopted decisions on the signature of the agreement between the European Union and the government of the People’s Republic of China on geographical indications (GIs). This is the first significant bilateral trade agreement signed between the EU and China. It will […]

Antitrust: Commission adopts guidance for national courts when handling disclosure of confidential information

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted a Communication on the protection of confidential information by national courts in proceedings for the private enforcement of EU competition law. This follows a targeted public consultation that the Commission launched on 29 July 2019 inviting comments from stakeholders […]

European Union policy for improving drought preparedness and mitigation

This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Ms Viviana Vaira. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue.  In recent decades the some severe droughts affected large parts of Southern, Western and even Northern Europe. In spite of that, less attention has […]

Anxiety disorders and their relationship with COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by our two of our passionate readers, Andressa Piva de Melo and Beatriz Miotto Onaka, two fourth year medical students at Unicesumar – Brazil. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writers’ views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. For months, the […]

COVID-19 creates a perfect storm for the extreme weather season

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Scott, Head of Sustainability Risk, Zurich Insurance Group COVID-19 will hamper preparations for and responses to extreme weather events this year. Even a relatively small natural hazard event will place disproportionate stress on already overstretched systems. Agility […]