The zero that every investment portfolio needs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Günther Thallinger Member of the Board of Management, Investment Management, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Allianz To address climate change effectively, investors must steer their entire portfolios towards climate neutrality. Portfolios that do not evolve in the right […]

Work is on the brink of a revolution – we need office buildings to match

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Coen van Oostrom, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EDGE, OVG Real Estate COVID is ushering in a new era of flexible working; it is an opportunity to rethink office design. • Smart facilities in buildings are currently poorly […]

This surprising change can help the auto industry tackle emissions goals

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Eric Hannon, Partner, McKinsey & Company & Bernd Heid, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company & Christoph Wolff, Head of Shaping the Future of Mobility, World Economic Forum To reach emissions goals, the automotive industry must make large-scale changes. […]

‘Trickle-down’ tax cuts don’t work, study says

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A study claims that taxing the richest less doesn’t strengthen economies and worsens inequality. London-based academics have analysed 50 years of growth, income and employment data covering 18 countries. The study comes as governments are considering raising taxes to repair the economic damage of […]

Social enterprises can change entire industries. This is how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bas van Abel, Founder & Board Member, Fairphone & Wineke Haagsma, Director Corporate Sustainability, PwC & Stefan Panhuijsen, Director Social Enterprise NL, Board member Euclid Social enterprises have the potential to change entire industries. An example from the […]

Fall asleep in Vienna, wake up in Paris – Europe’s night trains make a comeback

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria bring back routes for night trains. Traveling by rail emits much less carbon per kilometre than going by air or road. 2021 is set to be designated […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission decides to register an initiative for ‘a ban on biometric mass surveillance practices’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Civil society initiative for a ban on biometric mass surveillance practices’. The organisers of the ECI urge the Commission to propose a legal act to permanently end indiscriminate and arbitrarily-targeted uses […]

Think you’re safe at home? Think again. 5 household demons to be mindful about

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare With more than half of working adults experiencing anxiety relating to their jobs and home-working patterns, Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director at Aster DM Healthcare, identifies five specific dangers of […]

How COVID-19 accelerated the shift towards TradeTech

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pavitra Raja, Community Specialist, Social Entrepreneurs – Europe and the Americas, World Economic Forum Visibility and data-sharing are critical for 21st century supply chain and logistics management. Trading restrictions caused by COVID-19 create opportunities for start-ups. 3D-printing, robotics […]

Sex education in Schools conducted by medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Udita Ganguly, a second year medical student of Dr DY Patil Medical College who likes to bombard people frequently with her views on women’s rights and health. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions […]

EU-China Leaders’ meeting: Delivering results by standing firm on EU interests and values

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union (represented by President of the European Council, Charles Michel and President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen held a leaders’ meeting with China (represented by President Xi Jinping) via videoconference on 30 December 2020. The European Union (represented by […]

The journey begins – 2021 is the European Year of Rail!

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Friday, 1 January 2021, marks the beginning of the European Year of Rail. The European Commission initiative will highlight the benefits of rail as a sustainable, smart and safe means of transport. A variety of activities will put rail in the spotlight throughout 2021 […]

4 priorities for a better built environment in the post-COVID city

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Tompkins, Global CEO, RICS • Cities are the engine rooms of global prosperity, but they must be properly managed. • The trend towards ESG investments will impact urban infrastructure. • A strong regulatory environment is needed for […]

Commission adopts €70 million package for early access to EU COVID-19 vaccines in the Western Balkans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted a package of €70 million under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II) to help fund the access of Western Balkans partners to COVID-19 vaccines procured by EU Member States. Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi said: “Throughout the […]

Turkey: EU extends humanitarian support for refugees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has extended two humanitarian flagship programmes in Turkey until early 2022. These programmes help over 1.8 million refugees meet their basic needs and will help over 700,000 children to continue their education. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “The humanitarian […]

Can ocean health lead to wealth? Our latest House on Fire podcast tackles blue finance

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: James Bray, Podcast producer, Episode six of House on Fire looks at the potential of blue finance to clean and conserve the ocean. Private investment in ocean solutions could make huge economic and environmental gains. Other episodes in […]

For a true economic recovery, small businesses will need more support

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brandon Magsamen, Principal , The Boston Consulting Group & Grigory Shutko, Platform Curator, Information Technology Industry, World Economic Forum Recent COVID/Tech activities have been skewed towards certain benefactor groups (eg, governments & individuals), and other groups (eg, business) […]

Your computer can help scientists find a cure for COVID-19. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content Volunteers can get on with their everyday activities while their computers help find cures for diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s and influenza. The COVID-19 project has crowdsourced more than 1 million devices to […]

EU-UK relations: parliament adopts temporary contingency measures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Friday, Parliament adopted measures to ensure basic road and air connections in case no agreement is reached on EU-UK future relations. Basic air connectivity: the temporary rules ensuring certain air services between the UK and the EU continue for a maximum of six […]

State aid: Commission approves €900 million Slovenian scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a Slovenian €900 million scheme to cover part of the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, […]

Minding the information gap and why it’s important in tackling COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Trey Sexton Associate, The Boston Consulting Group & Stephen Robnett, Managing Director and Partner, The Boston Consulting Group Sharing information digitally is crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic, but important tech topics are recieving scant attention. Contact tracing and […]

The new era of Matriarchy?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Shalini manivelan, a 18 years old first year medical student in Christian medical college, Ludhiana, Punjab, India. 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 […]

Beyond 2020: How the world might recover and rebuild, according to 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 Panellists at a session on Rebuilding and Recovering from 2020 were split between being optimistic and cautious about tackling the challenges ahead. They discussed the impact of Brexit, how Europe has fared […]

Climate change adaptation: MEPs want the EU to be better prepared

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Building climate-resilient societies in line with the forthcoming EU adaptation strategy is vital, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Thursday. The resolution on adaptation to climate change will provide input on a new adaptation strategy, expected from the Commission in 2021 as part […]

Asylum: more solidarity among EU member states and funds for frontline countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Current asylum legislation neither ensures fair responsibility sharing among member states nor gives swift access to asylum procedures, to the frustration of MEPs. According to MEPs, the 2013 Dublin III Regulation puts a “disproportionate responsibility on a minority of member states, in particular when […]

Parliament approves seven-year EU budget 2021-2027

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament gave its consent on Wednesday to the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) so that EU support can get to citizens as from the start of next year. On Wednesday, the text agreed with Council on 10 November on the long-term EU budget for […]

EU regions get additional 47.5 billion EUR to tackle local effects of COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs approved extra aid for EU regions to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its social and health care consequences. Parliament has approved REACT-EU, a 47.5 billion EUR package to help mitigate the immediate effects of the COVID-19 crisis across EU regions. The initiative […]

Creative Europe: 2.2 billion EUR support secured for artists

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Monday, Parliament and Council agreed on the next ‘Creative Europe’ programme, making the biggest ever commitment to support EU cultural and creative sectors. ‘The new programme is excellent news for the European cultural and creative sectors. We were able to secure more funds […]

Parliament adopts deal to improve quality of tap water and reduce plastic litter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The drinking water directive approved by Parliament will give better access to high quality tap water, including for vulnerable groups. On Tuesday, Parliament approved the agreement with member states on the new drinking water directive. The new rules are designed to offer high quality […]

State aid: Commission approves €106.7 million restructuring aid and €30.2 compensation for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak in favour of French airline Corsair

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, two French measures in favour of Corsair, an airline active in passenger and cargo transport mainly to French overseas territories. The first measure consists in €106.7 million of restructuring aid for the company. The […]

This is where people live the longest in the EU

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 Spain and Italy have the longest-lived populations in the EU. There are large variations in life expectancy across Europe, a new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report shows. The data […]

Gender equality: Breaking the glass ceiling

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Raluca Corina Oprea, the President of the Romanian Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (FASMR), a national member organization of IFMSA and is a doctor who has just experienced graduating during the coronavirus pandemic at Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi, Romania. She […]

Bridging the Gender Gap: Necessity and its Relevance in Today’s World

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Pratima Jasti, a 2nd year medical student at MBSS in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar. 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 […]