Coronavirus: Eight macro-financial assistance programmes agreed to support enlargement and neighbourhood partners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of today, the Commission, on behalf of the EU, has agreed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on macro-financial assistance (MFA) programmes with eight partners. The agreements are part of the €3 billion MFA package for ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners, aimed to help them […]

COVID-19 is widening the education gap. This is how we can stop it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Priyanka Jaisinghani, Managing Editor, Conscious Magazine, Co-Founder of GirlzFTW Coronavirus-induced school closures in the US has removed a safety-net for many, going beyond education. Virtual classrooms are highlighting social inequalities, be it differences in home furnishings or a […]

This member of the banana tree family could help us cut COVID-19 plastic waste

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content The abaca tree, a relative of the banana, produces fibre that’s being made into COVID-19 PPE products, including facemasks. Conservationists say single-use plastic PPE is adding to marine pollution. Abaca fibres – […]

How the textile industry can help countries recover from COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bandar Hajjar, President, Islamic Development Bank The textiles and apparel sector can create jobs and spur further industrialization in countries recovering from COVID-19. To make the most of this opportunity, however, countries will need to embrace new partnerships […]

Here’s how to cope with stress, according to the World Health Organization

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 The pandemic has created an unusually stressful environment for a large number of people. The World Health Organization has created an illustrated guide to managing stress, including audio exercises. Around the […]

Right-wing “sovranism” harm national identity

This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Mr. Tomasso Merlo. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. It is exactly the opposite of what the “sovranist” preach: closing ourselves within physical and mental walls damages national identity, it does not preserve […]

Topic: Mental Health in times of pandemic: What can each individual do to lessen the burden?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Sarah Ibershimi, a third year medical students, studying at ‘Universiteti i Mjekësisë Tiranë (UMT)’, in Albania. 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 […]

How studying genetics and lifestyle can shape a healthier MENA region

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Habiba Al Alsafar, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) & Elizabeth ODay, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Olaris Inc The intersection of genetics and lifestyle choices is playing an increasingly […]

The patient, the doctor, the students and the overcrowded room

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. José Ganicho, a 5th-year medical student from the Beira Interior University, Member of the Medical Students Association from Portugal, ANEM-Portugal, National Member Organization of International Federation of Medical Students Associations. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of […]

Medical education during COVID-19 pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lia Patricia Reyes Santos and Ms. Amanda Villalona, two fourth-year medical students at the Iberoamerican University (UNIBE) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

Statement by Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “We share the shock and sadness of the people of Beirut following the deadly explosion that has taken many lives and left many more injured. Our condolences go to all those that have lost loved ones. At this difficult time, the European Union offers […]

5 myths about face masks under the microscope

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 Face coverings are safely worn by millions of doctors and nurses every day. They’ve been a common sight in Asian countries for many years. Experts point to many good reasons to wear […]

COVID-19 has accelerated India’s digital reset

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ankita Sharma, Senior researcher, Invest India & Hindol Sengupta, Vice-President, Invest India Coronavirus propelled the use of contactless digital technology across India. The digital-first reset has set the foundations for improving governance. Indian states have increased the use […]

Outbreaks and pandemics periods can be stressful, but how can we turn it to a positive life-changing experience?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Samah Khierbeik, a newly three-month graduated medical student at Tishreen University in Syria. 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 […]

Why sustainable manufacturing makes economic as well as ethical sense

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Derek O’Halloran, Head of Shaping the Future of Digital Economy and New Value Creation, World Economic Forum & Francisco D’Souza, Co-Founder, Cognizant; Fellow, World Economic Forum The pandemic has forced manufacturing to change at an unprecedented rate. We […]

COVID-19: Why we must take the widescreen view of workforce uncertainty

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nahia Orduña, Senior Manager in Analytics and Digital Integration, Vodafone ‘Digital dexterity’ is at a premium during the current crisis. • A worse-case scenario is that the digital divide could widen. • Corporations, SMEs and individuals can influence […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of Fitbit by Google

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Fitbit by Google under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the proposed transaction would further entrench Google’s market position in the online advertising markets by increasing the […]

Cultivating mental well-being while tackling food insecurity

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ruth Yan, a graduate-entry medical student at University College Cork (Ireland). 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 reflect IFMSA’s […]

How learning in a crisis can build more resilient leadership

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Helen Civil, Head of Communications, The Resilience Shift The Resilience Shift project focuses on the urgent need to secure the world’s future through resilient infrastructure, the critical nature of which has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic; As […]

Here’s how a revamped wealth tax could fuel the COVID recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ibrahim Khan, Co-founder, IFG.VC and Islamicfinanceguru.com With COVID-19 support schemes increasing governments’ debt burdens, countries are in search of tax receipts. Wealth taxes mean the rich are taxed on the assets they own rather than their earnings. A […]

Coronavirus is creating retirement insecurity. These 10 steps can diffuse the timebomb of an ageing population

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andre Belelieu, Head of Insurance and Asset Management, World Economic Forum & Yvonne Sonsino, Partner MCG, Mercer (MMC) To redesign a retirement that builds the necessary financial resilience for longer lives, the World Economic Forum and Mercer have […]

Deep-sea minerals could meet the demands of battery supply chains – but should they?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Winnie Yeh, Lead, Platform Acceleration, World Economic Forum Demand for cobalt, and other metals for batteries used in mobile electronics and electric vehicles, is forecasted to dramatically increase. A potential new source of minerals from the deep-sea could […]

The World Bank’s 2020 country classifications explained

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 Seven countries have moved into a higher income bracket in the World Bank’s latest country classifications. Three have fallen. This year’s groupings could change radically once the effects of the pandemic are […]

How can we overcome the racial barriers to global health parity?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bertram L. Scott, Chairman, American Heart Association & Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association The pandemic has laid bare longstanding racial health inequalities. A host of factors lie behind these disparities. Targeted funding and communications can […]

Mental health: privilege in coronavirus times

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr Ronny Alexander Llumiquinga Achi, a 2nd semester student at ESPOCH´s (Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo) medical school, located in Riobamba, Chimborazo, Ecuador. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

Why patients need access to global data: a patient’s view

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brad Power, Founder, Reengineering Cancer Treatment Patients need to be able to access real-world data from other patients about treatments so they can determine, with their physicians, the best treatment options for themselves. Barriers to global data sharing, […]

New poll shows what people think coronavirus will do to their economies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Willige, Senior Writer, Formative Content A YouGov survey uncovers wide variation in people’s economic circumstances and outlook ahead of the looming recession. The global recession is the biggest concern for people in all economies surveyed. Mexicans are […]

Renewable energy can get India’s returned rural migrants back to work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sandeep Bhattacharya, India Projects Manager, Climate Bonds Initiative & Sourajit Aiyer, Consultant, South Asia Fast Track Sustainability Communications During India’s lockdown, many workers moved back to their rural villages from the cities – and many have stayed there. […]

State aid: Commission approves €840 million German guarantee scheme to protect consumers and support the travel industry in the context of the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a German State guarantee scheme worth €840 million to cover vouchers issued by travel operators for cancelled travel packages booked prior to 8 March 2020. This scheme is in line with the objectives pursued […]

Powering through the pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rebecca Bugeja, a 3rd-year medical student currently enrolled in the University of Malta. 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 […]

Member States’ compliance with EU law in 2019: more work needed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Annual Report on Monitoring the Application of EU Law sets out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2019, and the performance of Member States  in various policy areas. The effective enforcement of EU law matters to citizens as it upholds […]

What’s needed to ensure maternal health for women in vulnerable populations

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tertia van der Walt, Midwife, Tauranga, New Zealand Hundreds of women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy or childbirth. Increased awareness and engagement can ensure that pregnant women and mothers around the world have the […]

What is environmental racism?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Beech, World Economic Forum writer, Poisoned tap water in Flint, Michigan. Toxic waste dumps in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. A town in China where 80% of children have been poisoned by old computer parts. What do […]