What’s the latest on coronavirus antibody tests?

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 A new antibody test has been approved by the UK after an independent evaluation showed it had a high degree of accuracy and specificity. The test, developed by Roche, is one of […]

Can a package from China cause Coronavirus infection? Debunking the top 7 Coronavirus myths!

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Poorvaprabha Patil, a 4th year medical student at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, 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 do not necessarily reflect […]

European Defence Fund: EU funds new joint research and industrial projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is opening calls for proposals to finance up to €160 million in joint defence industrial projects in 2020, and announcing seven new defence research projects selected for more than €23 million of funding under the 2019 budget. Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal […]

State aid: Commission approves UK schemes to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved two separate UK State aid schemes to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the […]

Why lockdowns can halt the spread of COVID-19

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 The UK, US, EU and many other countries are currently in some degree of “lockdown,” with restaurants and bars, shops, schools and gyms closed, and citizens required, or at least strongly encouraged, […]

What makes us happy? AI scanned 700,000 journal entries to find out

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Darren Thackeray, Writer, Formative Content Study analyzed 700,000 anonymous journals written by 67,000 individuals. Correlation between positive moods and sleep, healthy eating and exercise. Nearly one in five of children and adolescents have a mental disorder. AI could […]

As the inventor of copy and paste dies, here are other computing innovations we take for granted

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 Larry Tesler invented cut and paste, and coined the phrase “user-friendly”. Globally, we now send 188 million emails every minute of every day. 5G technology is expected to generate $3.6 trillion by […]

What can be done to avoid the risk of being among the 7 million that will be killed by air pollution in 2020?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Foka Koagne Brice Maxime, an MBBS fifth year medical student at the Jiujiang University Jiangxi province in China. 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 […]

A clean energy future with hydrogen could be closer than we think

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Benoît Potier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Air Liquide SA, Hydrogen Council Co-Chair & Euisun Chung, Executive Vice Chairman, Hyundai Motor Group, Hydrogen Council Co-Chair The cost of hydrogen is expected to drop sharply and imminently. Hydrogen technologies […]

Africa-Europe Alliance: Four new financial guarantees worth €216 million signed under the EU External Investment Plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission signed today four guarantee agreements worth €216 million that will help unlock €2 billion to invest in renewables, urban infrastructure and start-ups in Africa and the Neighbourhood. The guarantees were signed with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the […]

Stop illegal trade in cats and dogs, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Better enforcement and tougher sanctions  Mandatory EU system of identification of cats and dogs  Pet trafficking has negative impact on health, animal welfare and consumer protection   To protect animal welfare, consumers and public health, the Environment and Public Health Committee called for EU […]

Our indispensable problem: the paradox of modern plastics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jim Fitterling, Chief Executive Officer, Dow Plastics have brought enormous benefits along with enormous challenges. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the issue of plastic waste. To tackle it will require a multi-pronged, circular economy-based response. Here’s an […]

Here’s how retailers can encourage more sustainable behaviour

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shireen El Khatib, Chief Executive Officer, Shopping Malls, Majid Al Futtaim Retailers have a unique opportunity to encourage positive behavioural change The key is to make it easier for consumers to make better choices The prize can be […]

Would a digital border tax slow down adoption of 3D printing?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jimena Sotelo, Project Lead, Digital Trade, World Economic Forum & Venkataraman Sundareswaran, Fellow, Digital Trade, World Economic Forum 3D printing files are not currently subject to customs duties. Imposing digital duties could slow the adoption of 3DP adoption […]

Parliament boosts efforts to improve its environmental performance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Monday the Parliament’s Bureau, the body that lays down the institution is working rules, unveiled ambitious environmental targets for the 2019-2024 parliamentary term. The European Parliament embraces its commitment to making a positive contribution to sustainable development politically, legislatively and operationally. European Parliament […]

MFF: Commission’s plan “impossible to implement” with Finnish proposal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. For Parliament’s negotiating team, the preliminary proposal by Finland’s presidency of the Council for the next long-term budget of the EU would “condemn the European Union to failure”. Today, the Finnish presidency of the Council circulated a “negotiating box” on the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial […]

Chart of the day: This is why we need to protect nature’s pollinators

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Willige, Writer, Formative Content Pollinators like bees are essential to 35% of crop production. Foods including coffee, tomatoes and cocoa all depend on them. 40% of the world’s insect species are threatened with extinction. There is an […]

The importance of Yellow September and suicide prevention in Brazil

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ridson Guilherme Parente de Aguiar and Francisco Emanoel Albuquerque de Souza Júnior, medical students at Christus University Center (UNICHRISTUS). 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 […]

Privatization of the health sector and the right to receive treatment

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed Aljabri, a third year medical student at Hadramout university/ Hadramout governorate/ Yemen. 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 […]

Poor public health funding: a colossal risk to health inequalities

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Kayode Ayomide Timilehin, a 20-year-old medical student from The Federal Republic of Nigeria. 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 […]

Military Medicine and its Relationship with Antibiotic Therapy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Pedro Henrique Della Garza Oiticica Moreira, a Brazilian academic in the 6th Semester of Medical School of the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora – Campus Governador Valadares. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The […]

Young people struggling in digital world, finds latest OECD PISA survey

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. One in four students in OECD countries are unable to complete even the most basic reading tasks, meaning they are likely to struggle to find their way through life in an increasingly volatile, digital world. This is one of the findings of the OECD’s latest PISA […]

8th Euronest Assembly: the future of relations with Eastern partners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Energy security, EU-Eastern relations and geopolitical challenges are set to be among the focus points of the 8th session of the joint parliamentary assembly. Members of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly will meet in Tbilisi, Georgia, for the 8th Ordinary Session, from 8 to 10 […]

Can Southeast Asia keep up with growing energy demand?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Southeast Asia’s growth in electricity demand is among the fastest in the world Renewable energy only meets around 15% of demand Higher temperatures are leading to an increased use of air-conditioning Peak […]

Roaming market review: use of mobile phones abroad has surged since end of EU roaming charges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has published today the first full review of the roaming market, showing that travellers across the EU have benefitted a lot from the end of roaming charges in June 2017. The use of mobile data while travelling in the EU has increased […]

The age of influence: why digital platforms must come clean about political ads

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marcus Burke, Research Analyst – Media, Entertainment and Culture, World Economic Forum The nebulous realm of political advertising, issue advertising and microtargeting on digital platforms has sparked outrage and debate among industry leaders, political campaigners and citizens as […]

More than half of EU consumers have environmental impact in mind when shopping, new survey reveals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission released its 2019 edition of the Consumer Conditions Scoreboard. It shows that the overall gap in consumer conditions is narrowing between the different regions of the EU; that consumers are more aware about their environmental footprint; and that consumer rules […]

MEPs call on Russia to stop illegitimate prosecution of Lithuanian judges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Russia should stop illegitimately prosecuting Lithuanian judges and EU countries should refuse any legal assistance, says European Parliament. In the text adopted by 493 votes in favour, 43 against and 86 abstentions on Thursday, MEPs call on Russia to end the politically motivated prosecution […]

The world needs a grand coalition to tackle climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency More than 40 years after the International Energy Agency (IEA) published the first edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO), the report’s overarching aim remains the same – to deepen our […]

Paid paternity leave should be the norm in the US

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cara Brennan Allamano, Senior Vice-President, HR, Udemy There’s no question the United States is far behind other countries when it comes to supporting new mothers, but the idea of maternity leave, at least, is normalized in our culture. […]

Parliament elects the von der Leyen Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following the conclusion of the hearings process, Parliament approved the new Commissioners, presented to plenary by Commission President-elect von der Leyen on Wednesday. In a roll call vote that took place at noon on Wednesday, MEPs approved the new College of Commissioners with 461 […]

Poor quality is healthcare’s silent killer. Here’s what we can do about it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gabriel Goldschmidt, Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, International Finance Corporation (IFC) & Muhammad Ali Pate, Global Director, Health Nutrition and Population; Director, Global Financing Facility, World Bank Group What is the number one cause of death for […]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is redefining the economy as we know it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katica Roy, CEO, Pipeline The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) upends current economic frameworks. Who makes money – and how – has changed. Demographics have changed. Even the skills that brought our society to where we are today have […]