Everything you need to know about the US government shutdown

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 The US is potentially facing another federal government shutdown. President Donald Trump wants $5.7 billion to fund a border wall with Mexico. The Democrats who took control of the House of Representatives […]

MEPs urge EU states to ensure better care of transported animals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and its member states must better enforce existing rules on protecting transported animals and penalise all offenders, Parliament said on Thursday. In a resolution, adopted by 411 votes in favour to 43 against, with 110 abstentions, MEPs renewed Parliament’s 2012 call for […]

This is how AI in video games will change the future of work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Zach Roesler, Senior Program Manager, Frog Design The recent victory of DeepMind’s artificial intelligence (AI) over professional gamers in StarCraft II, may prompt many to wonder why Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is investing hundreds of millions of dollars a […]

Why precision medicine is the future of healthcare

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nilesh Jain, Founder, Clinivantage Healthcare Healthcare is rapidly moving towards precision medicine, which offers a deeper understanding of human physiology using genetic insights and advances in technology. This is pivotal in alleviating unnecessary suffering related to medical care, due […]

EU cross-border payments outside Eurozone: MEPs scrap excessive fees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Banks should charge equally for cross-border payments in euro and domestic payments and make currency conversion costs transparent, say new rules. On Thursday, the plenary adopted by 532 votes in favour, 22 against and 55 abstentions, new rules to end discrimination against payment service […]

Human Rights breaches in Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Zimbabwe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore the arrests of human rights defenders and violent attacks on civil society in Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Zimbabwe. Saudi Arabia must improve women’s rights MEPs condemn the situation of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and express their concern over the government web […]

4 key steps towards a circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Antonia Gawel, Head of Circular Economy Initiative, World Economic Forum Moving towards a more circular economy is a logical proposition. Use less natural resources, reduce pollution, tackle climate change, enhance consumer satisfaction, while also improving the bottom line. The […]

Online platforms required by law to be more transparent with EU businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU lawmakers agreed on a set of measures to halt unfair practices in the digital market. More than a million EU enterprises trade via platforms to reach their customers. Online intermediation services, such as e-commerce market places (e.g. Amazon, eBay) and search engines (e.g. […]

EU to scrutinise foreign direct investment more closely

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has agreed to set up an EU-level tool to screen foreign direct investment on grounds of security to protect strategic sectors, in a vote on Thursday. While the EU remains open for investment, inward foreign direct investment (FDI) needs to be vetted to […]

Food finally features in the climate debate. Now what?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bruce Campbell, Director, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, CGIAR After years of neglect, agriculture finally found a place in the climate talks in 2017. Its absence during the lifespan of the United Nations negotiations on climate change was […]

A lack of affordable homes is forcing young Britons to live with their parents

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 Choosing when to leave home isn’t easy. Independence has to be balanced against security. The freedom of a space of your own weighed against the responsibility of doing your own laundry. But […]

The world wide web is 30. Here are 8 things you should know about it

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 The world wide web is 30 years old this year. On 12 March 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee published his proposal for connecting information together so that it could be easily shared and accessed, […]

Here’s what happened when one Guatemalan town went to war on plastic waste

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 Mauricio Mendez, mayor of a small Mayan town in south-west Guatemala, is leading a revolt against plastic pollution. In 2016 he initiated a ban on the sale and distribution of single-use plastics […]

Access to healthcare is not enough – high quality care has to be the target

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harald Nusser, Head of Novartis Social Business, Novartis Universal health coverage (UHC) in lower-income countries has been embraced by global organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. Developing UHC – a system of basic […]

Take medical use of cannabis seriously, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs propose ways to address research gaps on medical cannabis and call on member states to seize the potential of cannabis-based medicines. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, MEPs call on the Commission and national authorities to draw a clear distinction between medical cannabis […]

MEPs reject making EU regional funding dependent on economic targets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament adopted simplified 2021-2027 common rules for investing in all EU regions and opposed suspension of EU regional funding dependent on national economic targets. The new rules were adopted by the full House on Wednesday with 460 votes to 170 and 47 abstentions. These […]

Agreement reached on digital copyright rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to a deal reached on copyright rules which also contains safeguards on freedom of expression. The deal, reached between EP and Council negotiators aims to ensure that the rights and obligations […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina: MEPs concerned by slow progress in EU-related reforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call on the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to proceed with constitutional, political and electoral reforms, to advance the EU integration process. In a report assessing the latest progress made by Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on the country’s road towards possible EU accession, […]

EU gas market: new rules agreed will also cover gas pipelines entering the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules setting out a clear regulatory framework to operate gas pipelines inside the EU and from non-EU countries were provisionally agreed between MEPs and member states. An overhaul of EU gas market rules was informally agreed on Tuesday evening. The amended rules will […]

Parliament gives green light to EU-Singapore trade and investment protection deals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament endorsed the free trade and investment protection deals between EU and Singapore, serving as blueprint for further cooperation with Southeast Asia. The free trade agreement, to which Parliament gave its consent by 425 votes, 186 votes against and 41 abstentions, will remove virtually […]

European Commission adopts new list of third countries with weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted its new list of 23 third countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing frameworks. The aim of this list is to protect the EU financial system by better preventing money laundering and terrorist financing risks. […]

Japan’s workforce will be 20% smaller by 2040

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 As many as 12 million Japanese people may disappear from the country’s workforce by 2040, according to official estimates. That’s a fall of around 20%. Japan’s shrinking working-age population is a demographic timebomb. […]

Here’s how to make ‘value-based healthcare’ a reality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jan Kimpen, Chief Medical Officer, Philips One thing all healthcare stakeholders agree on is that our global health systems are near breaking point. The ageing population and increasing incidence of chronic disease, innovative technologies and new powerful drugs, have […]

It’s down to cities to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2030

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jennifer Lenhart, Global lead, WWF Cities The science on climate change, and the scale of action needed to address it, are crystal-clear. People are rising in cities around the globe in direct consequence. We urge local leaders to respond […]

MEPs adopt new Fisheries Partnership with Morocco including Western Sahara

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A new agreement on the legal, environmental, economic and social governance of EU vessels’ fishing activities in Morocco and Western Sahara waters was approved on Tuesday. The new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) includes the waters of Western Sahara and aims to take into […]

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte: “Europe must listen to the people”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Europe is facing “a fork in the road”, as “the people are urgently asking to be heard,” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told MEPs on Tuesday. In a plenary debate on the future of Europe, the Italian Prime Minister said: “This is a valuable […]

These 4 trends are shaping the future of your job

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 Whether you’re an optimist pointing to predictions of job creation or you’ve been worrying that a robot might be after your job, one thing is for certain. The world of work is going […]

UN chief praises Africa for keeping ‘hearts and borders open’ in refugee crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Which continent hosts nearly a third of all global refugees? The answer might surprise you. “Africa’s generosity to those seeking havens from war and persecution is unmatched,” António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, told the 32nd Ordinary […]

Parliament names radio studio after journalists murdered in December attack

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament named on Monday a radio studio after Antonio Megalizzi and Bartosz Orent-Niedzielski, two journalists murdered during the December attack in Strasbourg. Two months after the attack, radio studio 1 of the European Parliament in Strasbourg has been named after radio journalists Antonio Megalizzi […]

Stronger European Border and Coast Guard to secure EU’s borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New measures to strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard to better address migratory and security challenges were backed by the Civil Liberties Committee. The revision of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) aims to remedy the current shortcomings, respond to the […]

6 ways to future-proof universities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jaci Eisenberg, Lead, Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) and University Engagement The members of the Global University Leaders Forum community convened at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019 to discuss their role in our ever-changing world. Here are […]

Releasing trapped value is key to success in the digital world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Vedrana Savic, Managing Director, Thought Leadership, Accenture Research Business opportunities have become increasingly abundant, as prices continue to plummet for advanced technologies – from 3D printers, to electrical vehicle battery packs, and commercial drones – and essential digital services, […]

The unpleasant truth of plastic straws

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Jonathan Salim, a medical student from Pelita Harapan University, Indonesia. 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 and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, […]