EU innovation performance continues to improve in spite of challenges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has published today the 2022 edition of the European Innovation Scoreboard, which reveals that the EU’s innovation performance has grown by about 10% since 2015. Compared to 2021, innovation performance in 2022 has improved for 19 Member States, and declined for eight. […]

Abortion is healthcare: what role can we play?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Bisma Naveed, a fourth year medical student from Pakistan. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the […]

Drugs and Addiction: A Harm Reduction Look and a Perspective on Brazil

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Thiago Gurgel Regis and Ms. Liliany Mirelly Bezerra Alves, two second-year medical students at the State University of Rio Grande do Norte (UERN), in Mossoró, Brazl. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

How data, digital platforms and collaboration can create systemic resilience

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Veronica Scotti, Chairperson, Public Sector Solutions, Swiss Re Management Ltd Climate change, the war in Ukraine and COVID-19 show us how systemic risks need a coordinated global response. Data richness and digital platforms are vital tools in building […]

Coronavirus: €17.7 million from European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to support dismissed Air France workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission proposes to support 1,580 former workers of Air France, who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with €17.7 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for Displaced Workers (EGF). The funding will help these people find new […]

This is why we’ll probably have to work longer than our parents did

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum China is moving ahead with a plan to raise its retirement age. Many countries face similar issues and are also raising retirement ages. The changes are in response to […]

State aid: Commission approves German umbrella scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a German umbrella scheme with a budget of around €11 billion to support companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission […]

The consequences of the war in Ukraine will be far-reaching 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nataliya Katser-Buchkovska, Cofounder, Ukrainian Sustainable Fund The Russian invasion into Ukraine will have far reaching consequences in a variety of areas: the situation has evolved into a humanitarian crisis, has turned food and energy security volatile and raises […]

Which European countries have the most digital skills?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content Over half of people in the European Union had at least basic digital skills in 2021, new data shows. The Netherlands, Finland and Ireland scored highest, says Eurostat. While Romania, Bulgaria and […]

International Roma Day: Statement by Vice-President Jourová, Commissioners Dalli and Várhelyi

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of International Roma Day on 8 April, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Vĕra Jourová, Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, and Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, Olivér Várhelyi issued the following statement: “This year, as we have seen war return to Europe, we are marking International […]

These celebrity chefs are doing their bit to help Ukraine

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 Celebrity chefs are cooking to feed some of the nearly 4 million people who have fled the war in Ukraine. They are also selling food to raise money for some of the […]

Stand Up For Ukraine: private sector can now donate in-kind support via new system

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As part of the ‘Stand Up For Ukraine’ campaign, the European Commission has created a new system to channel in-kind donations from the private sector to Ukraine, Moldova and neighbouring EU Member States, to help cater for the needs of internally displaced and refugees. […]

Justin Trudeau: “Canada, the EU, and our partners are facing a defining moment”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Addressing MEPs, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, stressed that NATO and the EU are more resolved and united than ever and that pressure on Putin must be increased. Opening the debate on Wednesday afternoon, Parliament President Roberta Metsola said Canada was an ally and […]

Gender pay gap: MEPs back binding pay-transparency measures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Women’s Rights and Employment committees want EU companies with at least 50 employees to be fully transparent regarding their salaries. On Thursday, the committees on Women’s Rights and Employment adopted by 65 votes in favour, 16 against and 10 abstentions, their position on […]

Capital Markets Union: Commission proposes simpler rules to make settlement in EU financial markets safer and more efficient

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today proposed changes to the Central Securities Depositories Regulation to enhance the efficiency of the EU’s settlement markets, while safeguarding financial stability. Today’s proposal is a key component of the 2020 Capital Markets Union Action Plan. Central Securities Depositories operate […]

Three new committees on Pegasus spyware, foreign interference and COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has set up three new committees to look into the use of spyware by EU governments, malicious foreign interference, and lessons from the pandemic. Following a proposal by the Conference of Presidents (President Roberta Metsola and chairs of political groups), plenary approved the […]

Ukraine: EU agrees to extend the scope of sanctions on Russia and Belarus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes today’s agreement of Member States to adopt further targeted sanctions in view of the situation in Ukraine and in response to Belarus’s involvement in the aggression. In particular, the new measures impose restrictive measures on 160 individualsand amend Regulation (EC) […]

European response towards the refugees and migrants crisis: how can we all make 2022 a year of action and respect to human rights

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Wireko Joseph Agyei, a 3rd – year Medical Laboratory Science student at the University of Energy and Natural Resources, in Sunyani, Ghana. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

What can ancient wisdom teach us about sustainability?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amr Al Madani, Chief Executive Officer, AlUla Integrated sustainability means using past, present and future techniques on projects that respect both nature and society, and technology and local culture. Projects like AlUla’s Cultural Oasis in Saudi Arabia are […]

Future of Europe: final set of European Citizens’ Panel recommendations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The final meeting of the Panel on ‘A stronger economy, social justice and jobs / Education, culture, youth and sport / Digital transformation’ took place in Dublin over the weekend. The last remaining set of recommendations from the four European Citizens’ Panels of the […]

How to improve digital inclusion with the power of mobile connectivity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mats Granryd, Director-General, GSMA Of the 3.8 billion people around the world who remain unconnected to mobile internet, 88% live in an area already covered by mobile broadband but do not use mobile internet services. Those who are […]

Statement by President von der Leyen on further measures to respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As the war in Ukraine rages on, and Ukrainians fight bravely for their country, the European Union steps up once more its support for Ukraine and the sanctions against the aggressor – Putin’s Russia. For the first time ever, the European Union will finance […]

Women’s financial literacy benefits us all — here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mazamesso Assih, Minister, Togo Ministry for Financial Inclusion and the Informal Sector African women face obstacles to starting and growing businesses that must be overcome to ensure equitable growth 76% of Africans, many of them women, see entrepreneurship […]

3 ways the circular economy is vital for the energy transition

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: James Pennington, Associate Director, Circular Economy Lead, Deloitte Reaching net-zero goals is a massive undertaking, requiring an urgent systems-wide change in how we live and work. Making the needed changes at speed to support the energy transition is […]

These are the world’s top cities. Which one ranked highest for the 10th year running?

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 London has been named the world’s most “magnetic” city for the 10th year in a row. It held on to the top spot despite Brexit and COVID-19. But there are challengers, with […]

Healthcare and Prejudice: Breaking the Glass Ceiling of Intersectionality

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Sneha Das, a 21 year old third year medical student from the Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education & Research, Kolkata, Indi. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

Intersectionality and tackling barriers to health care

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rajvi Chaudhary, a fresh graduate from Medical College Baroda and SSG Hospital, India. She is affiliated with 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 […]

How reskilling can play a key role in Turkey’s recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mustafa Varank, Minister of Industry and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Technology of Turkey & Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director, World Economic Forum Reskilling initiatives will be critical to Turkey’s COVID-19 recovery. Turkey must reskill more than 21 million […]

Dealing with the pandemic: consequences and solutions

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Tayba Abdulrahman Mugibel from Yemen, 3rd year medical student at Hadramout University College of Medicine, media assistant in the national team of the standing committee on research exchange NAMS_YEMEN. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. […]

A third of humanity could be on the move if climate change isn’t curbed, scientists say

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 Extreme heat could force a third of humanity to move to cooler regions. A new report says most of us live in a temperature “niche,” but it’s starting to shrink. As climate […]

France, Germany, UK, US and EU launch ground-breaking International Just Energy Transition Partnership with South Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The governments of South Africa, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, along with the European Union, have today announced a new ambitious, long-term Just Energy Transition Partnership to support South Africa’s decarbonisation efforts. The Partnership aims to accelerate the […]

U.S. President Biden, European Commission President von der Leyen and UK Prime minister Johnson announce Commitment to addressing climate crisis through infrastructure development

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Building on the June 2021 commitment of G7 Leaders to launch a values-driven, high-standard, and transparent infrastructure partnership to meet global infrastructure development needs, U.S. President Biden and European Commission President von der Leyen hosted a discussion on the margins of COP26 with UK […]

As the world gathers for COP26, here’s how leaders can dispel ESG confusion

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Colas, Partner; Vice-Chairman, Financial Services, Americas, Oliver Wyman Group (MMC) The true litmus test of net-zero proposals at COP26 will be the degree to which the public and private sectors commit to agree on priorities and determine […]