Does Indonesia have the world’s most complicated elections?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer , Formative Content How do you organize an election that spans more than 17,000 islands and hundreds of thousands of local candidates? As voting concludes in the world’s third largest democracy, Indonesia, the scale of […]

EU, Latin America and the Caribbean: Partnering for prosperity, democracy, resilience and global governance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is strengthening its political partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean by focusing it on four priorities – prosperity, democracy, resilience and effective global governance – for common future. The vision for a stronger and modernised bi-regional partnership focused on trade, […]

Fostering defence innovation through the European Defence Fund

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament on Thursday adopted the partial agreement on the EU Defence Fund for 2021-2027, aiming for a more ‘European’ approach to defence. 328 MEPs voted in favour of the partial deal with EU ministers, with 231 against, and 19 abstaining. The EU […]

Commission launches debate on more efficient decision-making in EU social policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is launching a discussion on how to render decision-making at EU level more efficient in the social field. In his 2018 State of the Union speech, President Juncker announced a comprehensive review of all passerelle clauses provided for by the EU […]

South Korea once recycled 2% of its food waste. Now it recycles 95%

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 The world wastes more than 1.3 billion tonnes of food each year. The planet’s 1 billion hungry people could be fed on less than a quarter of the food wasted in the US […]

Better Regulation principles: at the heart of the EU’s decision-making process

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is taking stock of the measures introduced under the Juncker Commission to deliver better results for EU citizens and businesses through more open, transparent and evidence-based policy-making. Today’s report shows that the efforts to put better regulation at the heart […]

SMEs turning to alternative financing instruments as growth slows in bank lending

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are turning to non-bank financing sources at a faster pace than in the past, as bank lending to them has risen less than expected given today’s favourable credit conditions and business environment. Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2019: An OECD Scoreboard finds that […]

Brexit: Six more months of political paralysis or a May-Corbyn compromise?

      Last Thursday in Brussels the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May felt it was necessary to tell the 27 EU leaders, who had gathered there to meet her, that “Britain is a serious country”. Until some months ago such an observation from a British PM would have been unimaginable. Until very recently nobody […]

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: third annual report shows continued vital and tangible support for refugees and their host communities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The third annual report on the implementation of the Facility shows solid results on EU support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, including: monthly transfer to 1.5 million refugees for their basic needs, 5 million primary health care consultations, access to school for […]

How to promote Primary Healthcare to the Young Healthcare Workforce?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Regina Elmúdesi del Río, a 21 years old born and raised in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic’s capital and largest city. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer […]

Drones are saving lives in Tanzania’s remote communities

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 largest inland island in Africa sits just a few kilometres from mainland Tanzania and is the centre of a life-changing programme using drones to deliver vital medical aid. Ukerewe measures 530 […]

4 key ways countries can finance their SDG ambitions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gavin E.R. Wilson, Co-Chair, Global Future Council on Development Finance A new global framework for financing sustainable development was established in 2015. Every country on earth signed up to the Global Goals, having recognized the critical importance of attracting […]

3 reasons we should all care about biodiversity

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 total number of animals has halved since the 1970s in what some scientists have termed the start of Earth’s sixth mass extinction. Seismic eruptions, ice ages, continental collision and asteroid impact are […]

EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until 31 October

This article is brought to you in association with the European Council. EU27 leaders agreed to delay Brexit until 31 October 2019. Their decision was taken in agreement with the UK. EU27 leaders took note of the letter sent by UK Prime Minister Theresa May asking for a further extension to the Article 50 period. They agreed to […]

This is the first ever photo of a black hole

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Will Dunham An international scientific team on Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics – the first-ever photo of a black hole – using a global network of telescopes to gain insight into celestial objects with gravitational fields so […]

This is what a planet-wide network of ocean sanctuaries could look like

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer , Formative Content What comes to mind when you think of the high seas? Pirates, whales, giant squid and great white sharks? Long the subject of stories and myths, life in the oceans beyond territorial […]

What happens when you toss your water bottle in the trash?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer , Formative Content Think you’ve done enough by making sure your waste plastic goes in the right recycling bin? Perhaps you imagine it floating off to a happy place, returning in a few months as […]

Facebook changes its terms and clarify its use of data for consumers following discussions with the European Commission and consumer authorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and consumer protection authorities have welcomed Facebook’s updated terms and services. They now clearly explain how the company uses its users’ data to develop profiling activities and target advertising to finance their company. The new terms detail what services, Facebook […]

How the Middle East is suffering on the front lines of climate change

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 People are experiencing the consequences of climate change across the Middle East, from floods in Jeddah to rising sea levels in the Mediterranean which are putting many coastal cities at risk. Participants at […]

How to close the gender pay gap in three steps

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Steve Kline, Senior Director , Willis Towers Watson, Pittsburgh & Nancy Romanyshyn, Director, Rewards Practice , Willis Towers Watson, New York & Erik Nelson, Director, Willis Towers Watson, Houston In the high-stakes race for talent, a gender pay gap […]

Norway’s electric car market has overtaken traditional vehicle sales

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Sales of electric cars in Norway have overtaken traditional vehicles for the first time: 58% of all new vehicles sold in March 2019 were battery-powered. Image: IEA When it comes to electric vehicle uptake, Norway […]

Chinese tech investors are turning towards MENA. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stephany Zoo, Founder, China Africa Tech Initiative Discussing China’s engagement with MENA is difficult thanks to regional factors such as oil, conflict and strategic trade routes. While there are many opportunities for private sector and technology investment – and […]

Back to the Basics: Primary Healthcare

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lilian Teresa Pimentel, a fourth-year medical student at O&M Medical School in the Dominican Republic. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

This new form of currency could transform the way we see money

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ashley Lannquist, Project Lead, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum Central banks around the world are experimenting with so-called Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). But what is it and why does it matter? CBDC is a digitized […]

The latest technology isn’t enough – you need the business model to go with it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jon Bruner, Director, Digital Factory, Formlabs Manufacturing executives today are confronted with an enormous variety of promising new technologies, ranging from artificial intelligence to connected machinery to 3D printing, all of them offering some combination of cost savings, quality […]

The European Parliament launches a website on European election results

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This new, dynamic website contains all results from past and present European elections and is now available in all official EU languages. http://www.election-results.eu will be updated in real time on election night on 26 May with overall European election results, including national breakdowns, as […]

Protecting European consumers: toys and cars on top of the list of dangerous products

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission released its 2018 report on the Safety Gate for dangerous products, the former Rapid Alert System. The report shows that authorities exchanged 2,257 alerts on dangerous products. Toys’ belonged to the most notified product category (31%), followed by ‘motor vehicles’ […]

4 bold new ways New York is going clean and green

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Thanksgiving weekend, 1966. A thick smog engulfed New York. Residents with respiratory or heart conditions were warned by health officials to stay indoors as toxic air hung in a haze over the city. Residents were […]

How Africa and Asia are joining forces on universal healthcare

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sofiat Akinola, Project specialist, global health and healthcare , World Economic Forum An estimated 400 million people in the world lack access to basic health services, while millions are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of out-of-pocket healthcare […]

MEPs adopted measures to reconcile work and family life

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plenary adopted new rules on paternity leave and non-transferable parental leave, in a final vote on Thursday. The law, informally agreed with EU ministers, and adopted by MEPs with 490 in favour, 82 against and 48 abstentions, sets minimum requirements for all member states, […]

Eliminating waste at scale – eight opportunities for blockchain

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Infrastructure and buildings play a key role in driving economic growth and enabling a high quality of life. Research by Arcadis highlights that almost 40% of global GDP is derived from built assets. However, the industries that deliver this […]

Brexit: reciprocal visa-free access for EU and UK nationals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. UK nationals would be able to enter the EU visa-free for short periods after the country’s exit, provided EU nationals enjoy the same conditions when travelling to the UK. With 502 votes to 81 and 29 abstentions, plenary backed on Thursday the draft law […]

10 ways central banks are experimenting with blockchain

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ashley Lannquist, Project Lead, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum While research and experimentation with blockchain technology across sectors has been underway for several years, few organizations have deployed it. Although central banks are among the most […]