How to maintain mental health in times of pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mariana Bussaneli Martins and Ana Flávia Cury Ivantes, two fourth-year medical students at a university in southern Brazil. They are 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 […]

MEPs approve €585 million to support Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament gave its green light to top up support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon in response to the Syrian crisis. The report by Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) recommending the approval of the draft amending budget was adopted on Friday […]

Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.   To become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.  The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, adopted today, will pave the way towards a more efficient and […]

Mental health in the context of a pandemic: social distance

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Karoline Silveira Cavalcante, a third year medicine student from the State University of Rio Grande do Norte and member of IFMSA Brazil – UERN. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

Coronavirus: Commission adopts new exceptional support measures for the wine sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today an additional package of exceptional measures to support the wine sector, following the coronavirus crisis and its consequences on the sector. The wine sector is among the hardest hit agri-food sectors, due to rapid changes in demand and the closure […]

Trade marks: Commission decides to refer Romania to the Court of Justice for not transposing the Trade Mark Directive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission decided to refer Romania to the Court of Justice, with a request for financial sanctions, following the lack of notification of transposition measures of the Trade Mark Directive (Directive (EU) 2015/2436). Romania is the only Member State which has not yet […]

Asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic, symptomatic: what is the difference?

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 number of asymptomatic coronavirus infections, where people display no symptoms at all, remains in question. Some people who test positive for the virus but don’t feel unwell may later develop symptoms. […]

Visa facilitation and readmission: agreements with Belarus now in force

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU-Belarus visa facilitation and readmission agreements enter into force. These agreements represent an important step in strengthening the EU’s engagement with the Belarusian people and civil society. They will pave the way for improved mobility of citizens, contributing to closer links between […]

8 steps towards a sustainable economic recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gerard Reid, Founder and Partner, Alexa Capital & Clay Nesler, Vice-President, Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Johnson Controls & Christina Lampe-Onnerud, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cadenza Innovation & Claudia Vergueiro Massei, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Oman & […]

COVID-19: Mental balance in pandemic times

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Jade Lingiardi Altoé, a second-year medical student. Affiliated to IFMSA Brazil UniCesumar, and member of the Academic League of Family and Community Medicine (LAMFaC). She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this […]

Outbreak or breakout? How to protect prison populations from COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ben Weisman, Project Lead, Financial Innovation, World Economic Forum & Matthew Blake, Head of Shaping the Future of Financial and Monetary Systems, World Economic Forum Significant parts of many prison populations have been released as an emergency response […]

State aid: Commission approves €6 billion German measure to recapitalise Lufthansa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved German plans to contribute €6 billion to the recapitalisation of Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DLH), the parent company of Lufthansa Group. The measure was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as […]

Victims’ Rights: New Strategy to empower victims

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission presented today its first ever EU Strategy on victims’ rights to ensure that all victims of crime can fully rely on their rights, no matter where in the EU the crime took place. The strategy sets a number of actions for […]

How nudge theory can help empty our plastic-filled ‘drawers of shame’

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Zuber, Global Shaper, Austin Hub The amount of plastic waste we generate has surged since the start of the pandemic. Many of us now have drawers filled with unused plastic cutlery we have received with takeaway orders. […]

4 fixes for equipment supply chains before the next COVID-19 waves hit

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rebecca Liao, Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President, SKUChain The COVID-19 crises forced governments to build new international supply chains nearly overnight. New innovations, such as blockchain, can make the supply chain more efficient, less risky and increase the velocity […]

Parliament requests further action to save EU tourism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for additional measures to save the EU’s tourism and travel sector and make it future-proof after COVID-19 crisis. The resolution on transport and tourism in 2020 and beyond was adopted on Friday by 587 votes in favour, 32 against and 46 abstentions. […]

5 ways the ocean can contribute to a green post-COVID recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nina Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, REV Ocean & Martin Stuchtey, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, SYSTEMIQ The ocean can play a huge role in promoting a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. From food production to renewable energy, the […]

Why business schools can’t “return to normal” after the COVID-19 pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Abdullahi Alim, lead for the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community in Africa Entire sectors need to reimagine a more equitable post-COVID world order. This includes business schools, which train the very talent required to steward a more […]

3 ways to stop COVID-19 from drying up start-up talent pools

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marc Penzel, Founder and President, Startup Genome & JF Gauthier, Founder and CEO, Startup Genome Policy leaders have the power to prevent the destruction of start-up pools, from relaxing visa rules to encouraging transfer between academia and industry. […]

Pandemic and mental health: what to do in this context?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gabriella Gomar, a second year medical student at Faculdades Pequeno Príncipe in Curitiba, 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 do not necessarily […]

Coronavirus: Member States agree on an interoperability solution for mobile tracing and warning apps

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Member States, with the support of the Commission, have agreed on a set of technical specifications to ensure a safe exchange of information between national contact tracing apps based on a decentralised architecture. This concerns the vast majority of tracing apps that were already […]

EU-UK Statement following the High Level Meeting on 15 June

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Statement following meeting between Presidents of European Council, Commission, Parliament and UK PM Boris Johnson Prime Minister Boris Johnson met the President of the European Council Charles Michel, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European […]

The Great Reset needs great leaders to help the most vulnerable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mahmoud Jabari, Community Specialist, Africa and the Middle East, World Economic Forum Ideals of a “global society” and a “great reset” will be tested over the coming months. The post-pandemic era will see economic disruption, with many countries […]

Belgium eases lockdown with free train tickets for every citizen

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 Every Belgian resident is to receive 10 free train tickets to encourage staycations. The ticket offer is part of a package of measures to restart the economy. After suffering badly from COVID-19, […]

How COVID-19 revealed 3 critical AI procurement blindspots that could put lives at risk

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Eddan Katz, Project Lead, Protocol Design Networks, World Economic Forum & Conor Sanchez, Project Specialist – L1, World Economic Forum The rush to procure AI technologies during COVID-19 has revealed key governance gaps. Such gaps, if not addressed, […]

Road safety: Europe’s roads are getting safer but progress remains too slow

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Compared to previous years, fewer people lost their lives on EU roads in 2019, according to preliminary figures published today by the European Commission. An estimated 22 800 people died in a road crash last year, almost 7 000 fewer fatalities than in 2010 – a […]

Why symbols of injustice matter and what to do with them

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 The killing of George Floyd has spurred efforts around the world to raze divisive symbols. Symbols of the Confederacy have come under particular scrutiny in the US. Symbols matter […]

Investment Plan for Europe: European Investment Bank to provide BioNTech with up to €100 million in debt financing for COVID-19 vaccine development and manufacturing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. EIB debt instrument will support BioNTech’s global development of BNT162 for prevention of COVID-19 infection as well as scale-up of manufacturing capacity in Europe as part of the company’s global development and supply strategy The project benefits from Horizon 2020 InnovFin and the European […]

Responding to the anger

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum The anger generated by the murder of George Floyd has brought forth once more demands for real civil rights and an end to the racism that scars societies, not […]

How global food safety protects the planet and begins on the farm

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: J. Erik Fyrwald, Chief Executive Officer, Syngenta Group, Syngenta A safe food supply begins with protecting crops from diseases and toxins. Today’s crop-protection products are designed with people and the environment in mind. Sound crop protection helps protect […]

Coronavirus: EU strengthens action to tackle disinformation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission and the High Representative are assessing their steps to fight disinformation around the coronavirus pandemic and are proposing a way forward. This follows the tasking by European leaders in March 2020 to resolutely counter disinformation and reinforce resilience of European societies. The […]

4 ways to scale up Europe’s green technology through better funding

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Martina Larkin, Head of Regional Strategies, Europe and Eurasia; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Many of the innovative solutions that will drive the green recovery will come from start-ups. Ensuring proper access to funding for […]

What will higher education in Africa look like after COVID-19?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sampson Kofi Adotey, Global Shaper, Accra Hub, Next Einstein Forum As of 8 June, Africa has recorded more than 88,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, many African governments took the decision to close […]