Commission welcomes Bulgaria and Croatia’s entry into the Exchange Rate Mechanism II

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the decision to include the Bulgarian lev and the Croatian kuna in the Exchange Rate Mechanism II (ERM II). It also welcomes the ECB Governing Council’s decision on close cooperation with both countries, marking their entry into the Banking Union. The […]

MEPs approve €585 million to support Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament gave its green light to top up support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon in response to the Syrian crisis. The report by Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) recommending the approval of the draft amending budget was adopted on Friday […]

New EU rules and guidance for a fairer online economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission publishes today a set of resources to help traders, online platforms and search engines get the most out of the new Platform to Business rules, which apply from this Sunday, 12 July. In addition, three progress reports prepared by the expert group for […]

EU leaders prepare timetable and structure for EU budget negotiations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The four presidents of the main EU institutions met today to prepare the intensive inter-institutional negotiations that lie ahead. A read-out of the meeting between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, […]

The Mental Health Hero in You

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Viegas, a medical student who is the NPO of ANEM-Portugal. 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 IFMSA’s […]

It’s time to get serious about the causes of pandemics: UN report

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 75% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic. 60% of known infectious diseases are, too. $100 billion has been lost to zoonotic diseases over the past two decades – not accounting for COVID-19. […]

Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.   To become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.  The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, adopted today, will pave the way towards a more efficient and […]

Next six months crucial for the EU, says von der Leyen at the start of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The College of Commissioners met today via videoconference the Government of Germany for the beginning of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU. President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that the start of the German Presidency came at […]

Estonia built one of the world’s most advanced digital societies. During COVID-19, that became a lifeline

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jana Silaškova, e-Governance Project Manager , Estonian Association of Information Technology And Telecommunications (ITL) & Masao Takahashi, Head of Institutional Membership; Member of Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Estonia built one of the world’s most advanced digital society […]

How income-sharing agreements can improve access to education

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ladislas de Guerre, Manager, Impact Investing, KOIS & Colin Godbarge, Principal, KOIS Education is crucial to unlocking better livelihoods. As recent studies highlight, your education impacts your ability to get a job and the income-level of you and […]

COVID-19: Managing Our Mental Health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Khulod Ali Saeed Bokir, a 3rd year medical student from Yemen at Hadhramout University Collage of Medicine ( HUCOM ). 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 […]

Visa facilitation and readmission: agreements with Belarus now in force

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU-Belarus visa facilitation and readmission agreements enter into force. These agreements represent an important step in strengthening the EU’s engagement with the Belarusian people and civil society. They will pave the way for improved mobility of citizens, contributing to closer links between […]

MEPs approve €585 million to support refugees from Syria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Budget Committee MEPs gave their green light to top up support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon in response to the Syrian crisis. The draft report by Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) recommending the approval of the draft amending budget was […]

Post the pandemic: keeping our worlds turning

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hannah Vrolijk, a second-year medicine student (KU Leuven, Belgium) driven by mental health awareness. 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 […]

Parliament condemns all forms of racism, hate and violence and calls for action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. There is no place for racism and discrimination in our societies, say MEPs, asking the EU to take a strong and decisive stand against racism, violence and injustice. In a resolution adopted on Friday with 493 votes to 104 and 67 abstentions, the Parliament […]

This is how many people are forcibly displaced worldwide

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 number of displaced people has reached an all-time high. One in every 97 people on the planet was forced to flee their home by the end of 2019. The past decade […]

Nepal faces a crisis as COVID-19 stems the flow of remittances

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ali Akram, Digital Finance Specialist, Nepal, United Nations Capital Development Fund & Andrew Caruana Galizia, Community Lead, Regional Agenda, India and South Asia, GLF, World Economic Forum Remittances represent more than a quarter of Nepal’s economic output. The […]

Pandemic and mental health: what to do in this context?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gabriella Gomar, a second year medical student at Faculdades Pequeno Príncipe in Curitiba, Brazil. 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 […]

How is COVID-19 affecting claims handling for hurricane damage?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Thomas Johansmeyer, Head, Property Claim Services (PCS), Verisk As tropical storms become more likely, COVID-19 is changing the ways resulting insurance claims are handled. New tools and practices can help insurers work within physical distancing guidelines, for example. […]

8 ways ASEAN consumer habits will change by 2030 – shaped by COVID-19, tech and more

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Praneeth Yendamuri, Partner, Bain & Company & Zara Ingilizian, Head of Shaping the Future of Consumption; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Over the next decade, ASEAN will become the world’s fourth-largest economy with a roughly […]

‘By no means is this over’: WHO briefing

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 The World Health Organization held a media briefing on 10 June, to update the public on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Despite progress, significant risks remain – but the combination of these risks will […]

4 ways digitisation can unlock Africa’s recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joakim Reiter, Vodafone Group External Affairs Director, Vodafone Thanks to COVID-19, Africa will experience its first recession in 25 years. Economic shifts will widen digital gaps across Africa. The full human cost of COVID-19 in Africa is not […]

New challenge: Not going through “burnout” in times of quarantine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fereshteh Bagheri, a medical student at Tabriz university of medical sciences, Iran. 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 […]

How communities are dealing with economy, society and education in COVID-19 crisis     

This article was written for The European Sting by our one of our passionate readers, Ms. Ajwah tahir, a 4th year medical student from Sialkot Medical College, Sialkot, Punjab. Pakistan.The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. Humans have always been in fight with diseases […]

EU budget: Commission takes steps to make €11.5 billion available for crisis repair and recovery in 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed modifications to its budget for 2020 to make €11.5 billion for crisis repair and recovery available already in 2020. Once available, the funds will go to help the regions most in need, support businesses and those in need outside […]

Commission launches consultation to seek views on Digital Services Act package

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission has launched a public consultation on the Digital Services Act, a landmark package announced by President von der Leyen in her political guidelines and in the Commission’s Communication “Shaping Europe’s Digital Future” of 19 February. The consultation seeks to gather views, […]

Pandemics are here to stay. Here’s how to prepare for the next one

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, Chief Executive Officer, Sceye Pandemics like COVID-19 are set to become part of our new normal. We have to learn how to respond to future outbreaks effectively and with the least economic damage. Active strategies […]

Health professionals: the frontline in the fight against the Covid-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Bruna Giaretta Ventorin, a 21 years old medical student and Ms. Amanda Raminelli Morceli, a 22 years old medical student from Unicesumar – Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

Supporting the recovery: MEPs adopt budget priorities for 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The 2021 budget priorities should be to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and support the recovery, building on the Green Deal and digital transformation. In the resolution by rapporteur Pierre Larrouturou (S&D, FR), adopted by the Committee on Budgets on Thursday by […]

Coronavirus fears may have driven over 300,000 UK smokers to quit

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 survey of UK smokers suggests many have quit or are thinking about it because of coronavirus. Some evidence suggests that smoking may increase the transmission of the virus into the body. […]

Coronavirus: the truth against the myths: Lockdown by a novel coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV

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 […]

Seeing through the mist of myths of Coronavirus

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. DongGyun Ko, a second year medical student from Hallym University College of Medicine, Republic of Korea. 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 […]

COVID-19: MEPs urge quick action to prevent “huge recession”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In an EP webinar on the EU’s long-term budget and response to the crisis, MEPs urged that the recovery fund must be set up as soon as possible to prevent a major recession. In Tuesday’s EP webinar for journalists on the EU long-term budget […]