2021 Enlargement package: European Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the Western Balkans and Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted its 2021 Enlargement Package, providing a detailed assessment of the state of play and the progress made by the Western Balkans and Turkey on their respective paths towards the European Union, with a particular focus on implementing fundamental reforms, […]

Top-down or bottom-up? How to cultivate a digital culture in your organization

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samanntha DuBridge, VP, Global Benefits, Culture & Engagement, HR Mergers and Acquisitions, Employee Mobility, Hewlett Packard Enterprise & Brian Tippens, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the shift to a digital-first world which […]

Flood risk is rising. Here’s where – and what can be done

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 & Andrew Berkley, Lead, Immersive Technology and Content, World Economic Forum Floods linked to climate change disproportionately devastate poor areas. Efforts are underway to use technology to address this […]

Why empathy is a must-have business strategy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Belinda Parmar, Chief Executive Officer, The Empathy Business The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated issues of work-life balance, financial pressures and fears about job security. Greater empathy within organizations as part of everyday culture can help address these problems. […]

The EU Digital COVID Certificate: a global standard with more than 591 million certificates

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission adopted a report on the EU Digital COVID Certificate  and its implementation across the EU. The report shows that the EU certificate has been a crucial element in Europe’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 591 million certificates generated. […]

Aviation: EU and Qatar sign landmark aviation agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Union and the State of Qatar today signed a comprehensive air transport agreement, upgrading rules and standards for flights between Qatar and the EU. The agreement sets a new global benchmark by committing both sides to fair competition, and by including social […]

Tell me who you are, I’ll tell you what you suffer from

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Antonio Guevara Lopez , a third-year medical student at the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. He 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 […]

Investment, bans and goals: Everything to know about the environment this 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 This weekly round-up brings you some of the key environment stories from the past seven days, to help keep you up to date. Top stories: Call for urgent action on biodiversity; IEA calls […]

Commission kick-starts work to make 2022 the European Year of Youth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the announcement made by President von der Leyen in her 2021 State of the Union address, the Commission has adopted today its formal proposal to make 2022 the European Year of Youth. Europe needs the vision, engagement and participation of all young people […]

Is it a cold or COVID-19? An expert explains

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 COVID-19 restrictions are being eased as the northern hemisphere enters winter cold and flu season, meaning more cases of the common cold. But research in the UK shows COVID-19 symptoms can be […]

Questions and answers on the EU’s Arctic Strategy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Why should the EU be engaged in the Arctic? As a geopolitical power and a major economic player, the EU has strategic and day-to-day interests, both in the European Arctic as well as the broader Arctic region, and shares the responsibility for sustainable development […]

5 insights to guide ASEAN’s digital generation in a post-pandemic world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joo-Ok Lee, Head, Regional Agenda – Asia-Pacific; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum & Santitarn Sathirathai, Group Chief Economist, Sea We surveyed 86,000 people from six ASEAN countries about their views for a post-pandemic world. The […]

Mental Health Implications of COVID-19 in Young Adults

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Claudia Manzano Herrera, a second-year medical student at UNIBE (Universidad Iberoamericana), located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 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 […]

This is how oil spills damage our environment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sarah Keohane Williamson, Chief Executive Officer, FCLT Global Huntington Beach, California has been undergoing a clean-up operation after a major oil spill. The effects will be long-lasting. Oil can kill surface-dwelling animals and birds by poisoning or suffocation, […]

Afghanistan: Commission announces €1 billion Afghan support package

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. During the G20 meeting on Afghanistan, President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will announce a support package worth around €1 billion for the Afghan people and neighbouring countries, addressing the urgent needs in the country and the region. The socio-economic situation […]

EU-Ukraine Summit: Moving Forward Together

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the 23rd EU-Ukraine Summit in Kyiv, the European Union and Ukraine reaffirmed their strong partnership and commitment to strengthening the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the European Union. European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President, Charles […]

Climate change: raise global ambitions to achieve strong outcome at COP26

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Environment Committee calls on all countries to implement a green recovery and increase their 2030 climate targets in line with the Paris Agreement. Ahead of the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021, on Tuesday the […]

Facebook Files: MEPs to invite whistleblower Frances Haugen to a hearing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Lead MEPs from the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee decided to invite Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen to a hearing on 8 November. The decision to organise a public hearing in the European Parliament on “Whistleblowers’ testimonies on the negative impact of big tech […]

Joint  EU-US Statement on  the Global Methane Pledge 

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, who leads the EU’s international negotiations on climate, and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry hosted a virtual ministerial meeting to mobilise further support for the Global Methane Pledge. The co-convenors and Executive Director of the United Nations […]

Too Young to Feel Hopeless – Mental Health of the Youth and the Effects of COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Carlotta Oltmanns, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Vienna in Austria. 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 […]

Zero pollution: Commission report shows more needs to be done against water pollution from nitrates

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The latest Commission Report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive (based on data for 2016-2019) warns that nitrates are still causing harmful pollution to water in the EU. Excessive nitrates in water are harmful to both human health and ecosystems, causing oxygen depletion […]

Banks can achieve net-zero pledge by 2050. Here’s how

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 UN group, Net-Zero Banking Alliance, have pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions across their lending portfolios by 2050. Banks can influence corporate behaviour by offering loans […]

EU Cohesion policy on the front line of the recovery: €34 billion approved for regions and cities in just 4 months  

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the press conference for the launch of the 19th European Week of Regions and Cities 2021, the Commission took stock of the implementation of the Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe (REACT-EU). With €34.1 billion approved and €3.5 billion […]

The Effects of COVID-19 on The Mental Health of Youth

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Boonyavee Wongwisetsuk, a second year medical student in Thailand trying to navigate her way through the stress of medical school and the pandemic. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

COVID-19: how does living in a pandemic impact youth’s mental health?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Bianca Costa Dias, a 2nd year medical student at the Faculdade de Medicina de Marília (FAMEMA), in Brazil. 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 […]

When corporations and social enterprises work together, they can change the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yasmina Zaidman, Chief Partnerships Officer, Acumen & Åsa Skogström Feldt, Manager, IKEA Social Entrepreneurship, Inter IKEA Group & Saskia Bruysten, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Yunus Social Business There is an untapped opportunity for corporations and social enterprises […]

EU disburses €125 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has disbursed €125 million in macro-financial assistance (MFA) to Bosnia and Herzegovina. This disbursement is part of the €3 billion emergency MFA package for ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners, which aims to help them respond to […]

European Youth Event 2021 kicks off

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On 8 and 9 October, 3,000 to 4,000 young people will gather in Strasbourg and online to exchange ideas and contribute to discussions on Europe’s future. Under the motto “The future is ours”, the European Youth Event (EYE) 2021 will feature dozens of activities, […]

Human rights breaches in Myanmar and Rwanda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions on the human rights situations in Myanmar and Rwanda. The human rights situation in Myanmar, including the situation of religious and ethnic groups Parliament condemns the Burmese military’s (Tatmadaw) widespread violent response to any kind of […]

COVID-19 Effects on The Youth’s Mental Health and Daily Routine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Baraa Alhendawi, a third-year medical student at Al-Quds University, Al-Azhar Branch, Gaza, Palestine. He 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 […]

MEPs call for partnership of equals with US to address global challenges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs advocate the EU’s strategic autonomy and call for better EU-US coordination on China to avoid tensions such as the ones caused by AUKUS deal. In a resolution on future EU-US relations, MEPs welcome the US’s support for rules-based multilateralism, as this provides an […]

Parliament slams EU governments during debate on Pandora Papers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs unanimously expressed indignation and disgust at the Pandora Papers revelations and criticised governments’ woefully inadequate response for over a decade. Speaking during a debate in plenary with representatives of the Council and the Commission just days after the leaks were published, the latest […]

Hungary and Poland plans should be approved only if concerns are addressed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a debate with Commissioner Gentiloni on the Hungarian and Polish recovery plans, MEPs called for more transparency to make sure funds are properly allocated. Economy Commissioner Gentiloni updated MEPs on Wednesday, saying that currently 22 of the 25 submitted national recovery plans have […]