Mergers: Commission approves Assa Abloy’s acquisition of Agta Record, 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 Agta Record by Assa Abloy. The approval is conditional on the implementation of a remedy package by Assa Abloy. Assa Abloy and Agta Record are two of the main Original […]

Tax havens cost governments $200 billion a year. It’s time to change the way global tax works

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ludvig Wier, Postdoctoral researcher, UC Berkeley New research suggests 40% of multinational profits are shifted to tax havens and that 10% of the world’s largest multinational firms are responsible for 98% of this activity; The result is $200 […]

EU mobilises €10 million more to respond to severe Desert Locust outbreak in East Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has announced today €10 million more to respond to one of the worst Desert Locust outbreak in decades in East Africa. The outbreak could have devastating consequences on food security in an already vulnerable region where 27.5 million people suffer from […]

How the EU’s new data-sharing strategy could benefit companies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Aclan Okur, Project Collaborator, World Economic Forum The European Commission recently outlined a data strategy, encouraging more data sharing among businesses. The manufacturing industry shows how data sharing can benefit companies. But any strategy must focus on creating […]

Coronavirus has ‘pandemic potential’ – but what is a pandemic?

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 The World Health Organisation says coronavirus has “pandemic potential” but is not a pandemic yet. But some experts disagree and some say a pandemic may already be underway. Coronavirus is not a […]

Burkina Faso : The EU reaffirms its support during this humanitarian and security crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In the light of the very rapid deterioration in the humanitarian and security crisis in Burkina Faso, Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, and Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, visited the country. During their visit to the central-north region where they met people […]

European Semester: The Winter Package explained

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. What does today’s package include? Today, the Commission presents: 28 country reports a Communication on the main findings of the reports and a summary of the results of the in-depth reviews carried under out the Macroeconomic Imbalances Procedure a proposal for a Council decision […]

Why we need a blockchain bill of rights

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sheila Warren, Head of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum & Sumedha Deshmukh, Project Specialist, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum Realizing the promises of blockchain will depend on its implementation. Blockchain development must […]

India and the US: 5 ways the countries compare

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content President Trump and Prime Minister Modi met during the US President’s first official visit to India. India and the US are the world’s two largest democracies. From gender equality to GDP, this is […]

5 reasons why CEOs must care about safeguarding nature

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Akanksha Khatri, Head, Nature and Biodiversity Initiative, World Economic Forum A new series – the New Nature Economy reports – is being launched to make the business case for safeguarding nature. The first, Nature Risk Rising, explains why […]

A 3-step path to securing critical infrastructure

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anthony Grieco, Senior Director, Security and Trust Organization, Cisco The consequences of not securing critical infrastructure are huge. The dynamic nature of the threats involved means stakeholders must work together to counter them and build trust. Here are […]

A record number of College members travel to Addis Ababa for the 10th European Union-African Union Commission-to-Commission meeting

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, travels tomorrow to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 10th Commission-to-Commission meeting between the European Union and the African Union, accompanied by 20 Commissioners and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. […]

Future EU-UK Partnership: European Commission receives mandate to begin negotiations with the UK

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the Council’s decision today, as expected, to authorise the opening of the future partnership negotiations with the UK. The negotiating directives adopted today are based on the draft recommendation put forward by the Commission on 3 February 2020. They fully […]

What can be done to avoid the risk of being among the 7 million that will be killed by air pollution in 2020?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Foka Koagne Brice Maxime, an MBBS fifth year medical student at the Jiujiang University Jiangxi province in China. 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 […]

This Central Asian lake is a stark reminder of the impact we have on the planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth-largest lake, but an irrigation project drained nearly all the water. The consequences include the loss of a fishing industry, salt-laden dust affecting crops and human […]

‘Undersea gardeners’ are restoring Jamaica’s lost coral reefs

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 Jamaica lost 85% of its reefs due to a hurricane, pollution, overfishing and boat damage. “Coral gardeners” are helping to restore the reefs by growing young corals in “nurseries.” Sea urchins and […]

4 ways the way we make things can change for a sustainable world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ric Fulop, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Desktop Metal Industry must work to mitigate its impact on stakeholders and the environment. New technologies like 3D printing can make the additive manufacturing industry more sustainable. The World Economic Forum’s […]

What Thailand can teach us about mental health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amornthep Sachamuneewongse, Founder, Sati App If we do not increase our efforts to tackle mental health problems, the global economy could lose up to $16 trillion by 2030; In Thailand, more than 3 million people live with poor […]

4 eco-friendly products put sustainable spins on classic practices, from teacups to hankies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Many environmentally-friendly products are just a return to old ways. Big companies are looking to move away from disposable packaging. Consumers want to cut waste and environmental harm. Imagine a world where your coffee cup can be used again […]

COVID-19: EU working on all fronts, €232 million for global efforts to tackle outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is working around the clock to support EU Member States and strengthen international efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. New EU aid package To boost global preparedness, prevention and containment of the virus the Commission announces today a new aid package worth €232 […]

5 charts that bust some myths about migration

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marie McAuliffe, PhD, Head of Migration Policy Research Division, International Organization for Migration There is widespread misinformation about international migrants and migration, especially in Europe and North America. The United States, Germany and Saudi Arabia are the top […]

Avocado: the ‘green gold’ causing environment havoc

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Manuel Ochoa Ayala, Academic Researcher, Economic and Business Research Institute • The avocado boom means 11 billion pounds are consumed annually worldwide. • Intensive production in Michoacán state, Mexico has caused environment damage on multiple fronts. • The […]

Budgetary Control Committee asks for stronger measures to protect EU spending

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the Budgetary Control Committee signed off on the Commission’s 2018 budget, but rules to fight fraud and conflict of interest must be strengthened. The Budgetary Control Committee recommends granting discharge of the Commission’s accounts for 2018 (corresponding to 97% of the whole […]

EP’s MFF negotiators disappointed by failure of EU budget summit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “We cannot afford a narrow accounting approach with a complete lack of political vision”, says the EP’s negotiating team for the long-term EU budget and Own Resources reform. “European Council President Charles Michel’s proposal was clearly lacking ambition and coherence and we call upon […]

State aid: Commission approves around €36 million Romanian rescue aid to state-owned flag carrier TAROM

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Romania’s plans to grant a temporary loan of approximately €36.7 million (around RON 176 million) to the state-owned flag carrier TAROM. The measure will contribute to ensuring the orderly continuation of air transport services, […]

The EU’s Response to COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is working on all fronts to support efforts to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes ongoing coordination with Member States to share information, assess needs and ensure a coherent EU-wide response. The Commission is also funding research, offering support through the […]

Antitrust: Commission fines hotel group Meliá €6.7 million for discriminating between customers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Spanish hotel group Meliá €6 678 000 for including restrictive clauses in its agreements with tour operators. These clauses discriminate consumers within the European Economic Area (EEA) based on their place of residence, in breach of EU antitrust rules. […]

COVID-19: EU co-finances the delivery of more protective equipment to China

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is co-financing the delivery of more than 25 tonnes of personal protective equipment to China after the EU Civil Protection Mechanism was activated. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, said: “We must work on all fronts simultaneously to tackle the outbreak. The latest cases in Europe show that international cooperation is crucial in stopping […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Busting the myth by looking at the facts

Finally, some good news about the new coronavirus pneumonia outbreak (COVID-19). According to Reuters, China’s National Health Commission reported a substantial drop of 77% in new coronavirus cases last week, as the number of new cases in China dropped last Wednesday to 394 from 1,749 on the previous day. According to CNN’s most recent report, […]

Why protesters disrupted London Fashion Week

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content Extinction Rebellion protesters disrupted the opening of London Fashion Week. The fashion industry’s environmental impact has gained increased attention – in part as a result of the rise of fast fashion. The industry […]

A junk food diet can impair your brain, study finds

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 Too much salt, sugar and fat can damage your ability to remember things. It takes as little as one week for the effects to be seen. Western-style diets high in fats and […]

How to unleash the potential of regions like São Paulo

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: João Doria, Governor of the State of São Paulo, Government of the State of São Paulo São Paulo’s economic success has been built on a broad spectrum of policy-making. Investments in infrastructure and technology have reaped enormous benefits. […]

The Arctic is having holes stabbed through it at an alarming rate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content Abrupt melting of the permafrost layer is leading to erosion, landslides and craters in the Arctic landscape. As the permafrost melts, greenhouse gases are released into the environment. Current climate change forecasts […]