COVID-19 and the pursuit of financial inclusion in Pakistan

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Federal Minister, Prime Minister’s Secretariat Pakistan’s government has launched an emergency cash programme for 12 million households. It has been built with […]

3 innovations which are leading the fight to save our ocean

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kaya Bulbul, Digital Media Specialist, World Economic Forum Our ocean faces an unprecedented set of interconnected challenges. The winners of the Ocean Solutions Sprint, a competition to find the best ideas to save our ocean, have been announced. […]

These floating homes could protect people from flooding as sea levels rise

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Climate change is increasing sea levels, leaving hundreds of millions of people facing floods. A new type of floating home could help guard against rising waters, say its designers. Urgent action is […]

Fair minimum wages: Commission launches second-stage consultation of social partners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launches the second-stage consultation of European trade unions and employers’ organisations on how to ensure fair minimum wages for all workers in the European Union. This follows the first-stage consultation which was open from 14 January to 25 February 2020, to […]

How the world can ‘reset’ itself after COVID-19 – according to these experts

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Great Reset is a new initiative from the World Economic Forum and HRH the Prince of Wales to guide decision-makers on the path to a more resilient, sustainable world beyond coronavirus. […]

5 ways COVID-19 has changed workforce management

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sarah Kirby, Group Head, Organization Design and Human Resource Strategy, Zurich Insurance Group Whilst some changes have been enforced, COVID-19 is also a catalyst to reinvent the future of work for managers who take the opportunity to make […]

Aviation Safety: Commission adopts new EU Air Safety List

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union as they do not meet international safety standards. The Commission wishes to ensure the highest level […]

Structuring Your Perception: The Key to a Good Mental Health during COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Enis Hikmet Özmert, a second year medical student at Baskent University Faculty of Medicine in Ankara, Turkey. 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 […]

Antitrust: Commission consults stakeholders on a possible new competition tool

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today an inception impact assessment as well as an open public consultation inviting comments on exploring the need for a possible new competition tool that would allow addressing structural competition problems in a timely and effective manner. Stakeholders can […]

Commission launches consultation to seek views on Digital Services Act package

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission has launched a public consultation on the Digital Services Act, a landmark package announced by President von der Leyen in her political guidelines and in the Commission’s Communication “Shaping Europe’s Digital Future” of 19 February. The consultation seeks to gather views, […]

We must rethink and repurpose cybersecurity for the COVID-19 era

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Fortinet COVID-19 has changed how people work, and cybersecurity needs to reflect this new normal. As networks and cloud environments stretch to accommodate the new reality, edge […]

Pandemics are here to stay. Here’s how to prepare for the next one

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, Chief Executive Officer, Sceye Pandemics like COVID-19 are set to become part of our new normal. We have to learn how to respond to future outbreaks effectively and with the least economic damage. Active strategies […]

‘Water-forecasting’ and fish farms fed on waste: how innovation is driving the blue economy

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 Using waste food to farm insects as fish food; and high-tech real-time water quality monitoring: innovations that could help change global aquaculture, were showcased at the World Economic Forum’s Virtual Ocean Dialogues […]

Mental health in the pandemic: it’s no Rubik’s cube

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Emna Makhlouf, a 23-year-old Tunisian and a fifth-year medical student, a poet and an arts lover. 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 […]

What the COVID-19 pandemic teaches us about cybersecurity – and how to prepare for the inevitable global cyberattack

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nicholas Davis, Professor of Practice, Thunderbird School of Global Management and Visiting Professor in Cybersecurity, UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy & Algirde Pipikaite, Project Lead, Industry Solutions, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum COVID-19 […]

4 steps for looking after our mental health during these unsettling times

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 Finding the time and inclination to look after ourselves can be difficult at the moment. Self-care is important, however, and doesn’t need to be onerous. Here are 4 simple things we can […]

3 reasons why civil society is essential to COVID-19 recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johanna Rick, Intern, Civil Society, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed systemic flaws and drastic inequality. Civil society has a critical role in global pandemic and economic recovery. In the wake of the crisis, civil society […]

The world must pull together to stem the urgent crisis in our ocean

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tetsuji Ida, Senior Staff Writer and Editorial Writer, Kyodo News The oceans are increasingly threatened by a host of different factors. To tackle these threats will require a fundamental change in the way the international community works and […]

Why the minutes and the months matter most to young people during the COVID-19 crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rory Daniels, Global Shaper, London Hub, Vulnerable young people will need the most urgent support during and after the pandemic. Economic insecurity and the educational fallout will affect many more for years to come. Here’s what policy-makers should […]

US announcement on breaking ties with the World Health Organisation: Statement by the President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen and High Representative/ Vice-President Josep Borrell

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the main task for everyone is to save lives and contain and mitigate this pandemic. The European Union continues to support the WHO in this regard and has already provided additional funding. In an EU-led resolution […]

Yoga as medicined for the mental distress amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: integrative and complementary practices

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Emille Magalhães Neves Campos and Narottam Sócrates Garcia Chumpitaz, students of the fifth semester of Medicine of the Federal University of Roraima (UFRR). They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this […]

Mental health in midst of a pandemic: can we help?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Elisa Torquato, a second year medical student at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, 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 […]

COVID19 Pandemic: The Mental Health of Colored Chicks

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Duanie A. Moran, a sixth year medical student at the National Autonomous University of Honduras. 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 […]

Historian Niall Ferguson on what the pandemic means for the global economy, geopolitics – and parties

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Beale In January, Niall Ferguson warned his readers to “brace yourself for a coronavirus pandemic”. The economic historian has been a vocal critic of early complacency in the face of uncertainty around the virus, and a supporter […]

How to replace coal power with renewables in developing countries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Donald Kanak, Chair of Eastspring Investments, Co-Chair of the Steering Group of the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership ASEAN Hub, and Senior Fellow , Program on International Financial Systems Emissions from existing coal-fired power plants alone will exceed the […]

Thousands of health professionals call on world leaders to prioritize a greener future, post-pandemic

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 An open letter to G20 leaders calls for a ‘#HealthyRecovery’ from the coronavirus pandemic. It’s signed by 350 organisations and over 4,500 individual health professionals from 90 different countries. The signatories cite […]

What’s needed to protect food security in Africa during COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) In most of Africa, people are more likely to die from starvation caused by the economic fallout from the pandemic than from COVID-19 itself. Investments must be made […]

COVID-19 will accelerate the revolution in energy systems

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Claudia Vergueiro Massei, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Oman Distributed energy systems generate and store power at or near where it will be used. They are flexible and scalable making the power system more resilient in the face of […]

Is a 3-day split week the way to get people back to work?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Brandon, Journalist, freelance UK organization proposes splitting the working week into two three-day shifts. Would make workplaces safer and get more people back to work, RSA says. New Zealand considering shorter working week; previous trials were positive. […]

EU approves disbursement of €500 million in macro-financial assistance to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has approved the disbursement of a €500 million loan to Ukraine as part of its fourth macro-financial assistance (MFA) programme. With this disbursement, the EU has now provided Ukraine with €3.8 billion in MFA loans since […]

Mergers: Commission waives the commitments made by Takeda to obtain clearance of its acquisition of Shire

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has waived, under the EU Merger Regulation, the commitments made by Takeda to obtain clearance of its acquisition of Shire. The Commission approved the acquisition of Shire by Takeda on 20 November 2018, subject to the divestment of a biologic drug […]

Austria, Italy, Portugal, Spain receive €279m after natural disasters in 2019

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, Budgets Committee Members approved €279 million in EU aid following extreme weather events in Austria, Italy, Portugal and Spain in 2019. The draft report by rapporteur José Manuel Fernandes, (EPP, PT), who recommended that the assistance be approved, was adopted by 38 […]

Supporting the recovery: MEPs adopt budget priorities for 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The 2021 budget priorities should be to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and support the recovery, building on the Green Deal and digital transformation. In the resolution by rapporteur Pierre Larrouturou (S&D, FR), adopted by the Committee on Budgets on Thursday by […]