EU budget for 2021-2027: Commission welcomes provisional agreement on Horizon Europe, the future EU research and innovation programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU institutions have reached a partial political agreement, subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council, on Horizon Europe. Investing in research and innovation is investing in Europe’s future, in knowledge and new solutions to maintain and improve the European way […]

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites. Commissioner […]

Everything you need to know about Ireland’s economy (Post Brexit)

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 Image: Statista Ireland’s economy is outperforming most other Eurozone countries with almost full employment and rising real wages. So why are Irish consumers among the most pessimistic in Europe? Although it was among […]

In Tunisia, budding entrepreneurs can take a year off their job

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 Tunisia has introduced a law that aims to make it easier for entrepreneurs to launch, run and liquidate businesses. Part of a wider plan to turn the country into a digital hub and […]

If people aren’t responding to climate warnings, we need to change the message

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kok Kwang Phoon, Director, Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk, National University of Singapore & Olivia Jensen, Lead Scientist, Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk, National University of Singapore Top decision-makers […]

Portugal’s pension system needs to prepare for rapid population ageing

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Portugal needs to reform its pensions system to address the challenges of a fast-shrinking workforce and high levels of old-age inequality, according to a new OECD report. The OECD Reviews of Pension Systems: Portugal says the country’s rapidly ageing population, a result of low fertility and […]

5 neuroscience hacks that will make you happier

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirsten Salyer, Media Relations Specialist, World Economic Forum Your brain could be lying to you about what makes you happy. That was the message from three Yale University professors who spoke at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019 […]

Seven trends shaping the future of the mining and metals industry

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nicolas Maennling, Senior economics and policy researcher, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Columbia Law School & Perrine Toledano, Head: Extractive Industries, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment The mining and metals industry is recovering from one of its most difficult […]

Primary Healthcare should be strongly connected with initial education

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. María Cedeño & Ms. Julia E. Acosta, a second and first-year medical students respectively at the Iberoamerican University (UNIBE) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the […]

OECD survey reveals many people unhappy with public services and benefits

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Many people in OECD countries believe public services and social benefits are inadequate and hard to reach. More than half say they do not receive their fair share of benefits given the taxes they pay, and two-thirds believe others get more than they deserve. Nearly three […]

These countries are home to the highest proportion of refugees in the world

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 By the end of 2017, persecution, conflict and violence had forced 68.5 million people from their homes. That figure – from the UNHCR’s 2018 Global Trends Report – includes 25.4 million refugees (over […]

How innovation from within is transforming International Organizations as well as lives

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tina Ambos, Director, Institute of Management at the University of Geneva & Katherine Tatarinov, PhD Student and Teaching Assistant, Geneva School of Economics and Management Last year the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, made a call to action. “Beginning […]

Fairer and clearer rules on social benefits for EU mobile workers agreed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules aim to ensure access to social security for EU workers who have moved to a different EU country, while fairly distributing obligations among member states. An agreement on modernised rules to coordinate national social security systems was reached by Employment Committee negotiators […]

EU and China in search of a win-win agreement through strategic cooperation ahead of the EU-China summit

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini together with the 28 EU Foreign Ministers met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi last Monday to discuss the agenda of the EU-China Strategic Dialogue. During the meeting, both parties had the opportunity to enhance and promote their mutual cooperation on several international topics. Both sides […]

European Defence Fund on track with €525 million for Eurodrone and other joint research and industrial projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today adopted work programmes to co-finance joint defence industrial projects in 2019-2020 worth up to €500 million. A further €25 million have been earmarked to support collaborative defence research projects in 2019, with calls for proposals launched today. The Juncker Commission […]

More than half of the global population is now online

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 There’s a really neat web page on which you can, literally, watch the internet grow. As the numbers roll up towards 4.2 billion users, you see that 55% of the world’s 7.7 billion […]

Remarks by High Representative/ Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the press conference following the EU-China Strategic Dialogue

This article is brought to you in association with the European Council. It was a great pleasure for me to welcome back again the State Councilor, my good friend, the Foreign Minister [of China] Wang Yi – with whom I have been working very closely together during these almost-five-years of my mandate – for the European […]

In polarized America, a new divide looms

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 If you’re concerned that the times we live in feel increasingly polarized, what follows might not help you feel any more relaxed. There’s yet another divide threatening to cut across the United States. […]

We are on the edge of a new ‘cyber’ space age. This is how we make it a success

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristof Terryn, Group Chief Operating Officer, Member of the Executive Committee, Zurich Insurance Group Almost exactly 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon. This remarkable achievement had been unimaginable only years […]

1 in 13 young British people have PTSD. Here’s why

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 Shell shock. Combat stress. Battle fatigue. Soldier’s heart. These are just some of the former names for the condition we now refer to as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those names all have something […]

Trade in fake goods is now 3.3% of world trade and rising

          This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Trade in counterfeit and pirated goods has risen steadily in the last few years – even as overall trade volumes stagnated – and now stands at 3.3% of global trade, according to a new report by the OECD and the EU’s Intellectual […]

€2 billion to fast forward the creation of the European Innovation Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the 21-22 March European Council discussion on innovation, industry and competitiveness, the Commission takes decisive steps to set up a European Innovation Council. Global competition is intensifying and Europe needs to deepen its innovation and risk-taking capability to compete on a market […]

Four lessons for a successful switch to value-based healthcare

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fred Horne, Principal, Horne and Associates & Gabriel Seidman, Project Leader (New York), Boston Consulting Group & Gregory Katz, Chair of Innovation Management & Value in Health, University Paris Descartes Medical School Let’s start with the good news; we […]

This cheap, 700-year old solution could change billions of lives

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: James Chen, Founder, Clearly Of the top economic powers in the world, 69 are corporations and only 31 are countries. Businesses now set the pace for technological change and social innovation. Where business leads, society follows. Any business investor […]

Water is a growing source of global conflict. Here’s what we need to do

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kitty Van Der Heijden, European Director, World Resources Institute & Callie Stinson, Project Lead, Water Initiative, World Economic Forum The most intensive drought ever recorded in Syria lasted from 2006 to 2011. Water scarcity hit households, businesses and infrastructure, […]

Why Nordic nations are the best places to have children

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Iliyana Tsanova, Deputy managing director, European Fund for Strategic Investments & Roger Havenith, Deputy chief executive, European Investment Fund Other nations often look to Scandinavia for inspiration on family policies. The region’s childcare arrangements are among the most generous […]

Europe is no longer an innovation leader. Here’s how it can get ahead

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Iliyana Tsanova, Deputy managing director, European Fund for Strategic Investments & Roger Havenith, Deputy chief executive, European Investment Fund When it comes to technological innovation, Europe is now lagging behind not only the US and Japan, but also China. […]

Mind the (gender) gap: why we should stand together on inclusion

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Beth Bovis, Vice President & Partner, A.T. Kearney The theme of International Women’s Day 2019 was building a gender-balanced world. In a way, we are living through a time of great hope for equality. It’s now very clear that […]

Why AI will make healthcare personal

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Schwartz, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Salesforce For generations healthcare has been episodic – someone gets sick or breaks a bone, they see a doctor, and then they might not see another one until the next time they […]

Vienna has the world’s best quality of living

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 Austrian capital of Vienna has been named best city for quality of life for the tenth year in a row. Image: Mercer Vienna scored highly in the 2019 Quality of Living Index […]

Argentina’s agro-food sector is growing remarkably, but agriculture policies are not keeping pace

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The Argentinian agro-food sector has grown remarkably over the past thirty years, driven by innovation, an abundance of young, well-educated farmers and strong international prices. While Argentina’s use of export taxes has raised much-needed revenue for the federal government, the policy has reduced gross farm revenues […]

Turkey’s foreign bribery enforcement framework needs to be urgently strengthened and corporate liability legislation reformed

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. In view of Turkey’s continued failure to implement key aspects of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and to enforce its foreign bribery laws, the Working Group on Bribery will send a high-level mission to Ankara in 2020, unless Turkey takes concrete action by October 2019. This decision […]

MEPs call for EU Magnitsky Act to impose sanctions on human rights abusers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, MEPs backed a resolution calling for new EU human rights sanctions to punish state and non-state actors responsible for gross violations of human rights. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, the European Parliament calls for a new sanctions regime to be established […]