State aid: Commission approves €1.2 billion French “Fonds de solidarité” scheme for small enterprises in temporary financial difficulties due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found France’s €1.2 billion scheme to support small and micro-enterprises as well as self-employed people affected by the economic repercussions of the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules. The scheme, called “Fonds de solidarité”, was […]

EU mobilises immediate support for its Western Balkan partners to tackle coronavirus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As part of theglobal response to the coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has announced up to €38 million in immediate support for the Western Balkans to tackle the health emergency caused by coronavirus and reallocation of €374 million to help the socio-economic recovery of […]

Viet Nam shows how you can contain COVID-19 with limited resources

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 To date, Viet Nam has had no fatalities as a result of the pandemic. The government acted swiftly to suspend flights, shut schools and quarantine new arrivals. More than 45 million Vietnamese […]

Total US cases quadruple in one week – Today’s coronavirus updates

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the most significant developments and selected articles to read, as of Monday 30 March. COVID-19’s impact around the globe […]

State aid: Commission approves Luxembourg guarantee measure to further support economy in coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved today another Luxembourg State aid scheme to support the Luxembourgish economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak […]

State aid: Commission amends Short-term export-credit insurance Communication in light of economic impact of coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has decided to temporarily remove all countries from the list of “marketable risk” countries under the Short-term export-credit insurance Communication. This will make public short-term export credit insurance more widely available in light of the current crisis linked to the coronavirus […]

14 ways to protect your mental health in the pandemic, according to Public Health England

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ceri Parker, Commissioning Editor, Agenda, World Economic Forum From setting a routine to phoning a friend, new guidelines aim to support people’s mental health. One-in-ten people around the world suffer from a mental health disorder. The COVID-19 pandemic […]

These six intelligences will drive smart leadership in disrupted times

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Kao, Chairman, Large Scale Innovation Sometimes it takes a crisis to reveal gaps and discontinuities. The coronavirus pandemic has revealed how some leaders are challenged by the unexpected and the need to innovate “ahead of the curve.” […]

COVID-19 poses a dramatic threat to life in conflict zones

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) A lack of medical care makes COVID-19’s entry into conflict zones terrifying. The Red Cross is reinforcing infection control measures in vulnerable countries. There need to be exceptions […]

US now has most coronavirus cases in the world – Today’s coronavirus updates

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the latest headlines and resources to help you arm yourself with the best information. COVID-19’s impact around the globe […]

Coronavirus: Commission boosts budget for repatriation flights and rescEU stockpile

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has proposed to make €75 million from the EU budget available to help Member States repatriate EU nationals and to increase the budget of the RescEU medical stockpile. Commissioner Johannes Hahn, in charge of the EU budget, said: “Today’s measure […]

Why infrastructure is the only way to fight a COVID-19 recession in the US

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shai Kivity, Global Shaper, Boston Hub The COVID-19 crisis could lead to a recession in the US. Infrastructure projects create economic growth; The US infrastructure industry is 30 years behind its global counterparts but a new centralized and […]

This is the human impact of COVID-19 – and how business can help

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Scott, Head of Sustainability Risk, Zurich Insurance Group As business close to help prevent transmission of COVID-19, financial concerns and job losses are one of the first human impacts of the virus; Not knowing how this pandemic […]

In a state of war: COVID-19 and psychiatric support

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by one of our passionate readers, Dr. Unsa Athar. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. As the pandemic of COVID-19 keeps on digging deeper roots in the world, we as health care providers need […]

OECD Secretary-General: coronavirus “war” demands joint action

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría called today for sweeping joint action by governments to defeat the health, economic, and social threats of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  In calling on governments to better coordinate their efforts, Gurría announced that the OECD would channel its efforts into immediate support […]

2 ways to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mazen S. Darwazeh, Executive Vice-Chairman; President, Middle East and North Africa, Hikma Pharmaceuticals & Alexandre Raffoul, Head of Business Engagement, Middle East and Africa, World Economic Forum The spread of COVID-19 comes with a tragic outlook for vulnerable […]

Nearly 3 billion people around the globe under COVID-19 lockdowns – Today’s coronavirus updates

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the latest headlines and resources to help you arm yourself with the best information. COVID-19’s impact around the globe […]

Parenting in the time of COVID-19? Consider these 6 tips from the WHO

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 Millions of families around the world are isolating together or social distancing. The World Health Organization has six tips to help make it a positive experience. It recommends spending quality time together […]

How the US should react to the pandemic, according to Bill Gates

“Everybody should have taken notice back in January,” the Microsoft co-founder told TED founder Chris Anderson during a TED Connects event streamed online. “There’s the period between where we realized it was transmitting and now, where we should’ve done more.” What is the World Economic Forum doing about the coronavirus outbreak? A new strain of […]

6 steps every country must take now to prevent coronavirus deaths: WHO Director-General

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum The World Health Organization held a media briefing to update the public on the COVID-19 outbreak. Streamed live at 18.30 CET on Wednesday, 25 March. The Director-General outlined six steps every […]

Coronavirus: Commission stands ready to continue supporting EU’s agri-food sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the outbreak of coronavirus, the European Union’s agri-food sector is showing its resilience and continues to provide Europeans with high quality and safe food. Nonetheless, farmers and producers are facing difficulties and increasing pressure. Ensuring food security and an effective food supply chain […]

To Fight the Pandemic, Put Trust and Cooperation Before Politics

This article was published first at The European Sting and was written by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Head of Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, His Excellency Mr. Zhang Ming. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. This spring is never going to be […]

How COVID-19 shows the urgent need to address the cyber poverty gap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: William Dixon, Head of Operations, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum & David Balson, Director of Intelligence, Ripjar Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic requires secure vital services, networks and capabilities. Yet recent cyberattacks against organizations including the World […]

Human Rights and Democracy: striving for dignity and equality around the world

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the High Representative set out the priorities and way ahead on Human rights and Democracy, adopting a Joint Communication and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2020-2024. Further, they put forward a joint proposal to […]

More than 100,000 people have recovered from COVID-19

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 More than 102,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 around the world. There have been more than 390,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally. The World Health Organization calls for more aggressive action to […]

Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021 over coronavirus concerns

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Josephine Moulds, Freelance journalist The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus, ending weeks of speculation over whether they would go ahead in July. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the decision after Japanese Prime […]

India’s 1.3 billion residents start 21-day lockdown – Today’s coronavirus updates

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the latest headlines and resources to help you arm yourself with the best information. COVID-19’s impact around the globe […]

Writing a greener story in Asia and the Pacific amidst COVID-19 outbreak

This article was written for The European Sting by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) . The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. Rising economic prosperity and poverty reduction may not tell the whole […]

Women lose most from the climate crisis. How can we empower them?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tharanga Gunawardena, Communications Manager, Room to Read • Low-income communities are more vulnerable to climate change – especially women. • Women working in agriculture bear the brunt of extreme weather events. • Schemes in Zambia, Latin America and […]

‘Stay at home’ UK tells people as global confirmed cases pass 380,000 – Today’s coronavirus updates

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the latest headlines and resources to help you arm yourself with the best information. COVID-19’s impact around the globe […]

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure continuous flow of goods across EU via green lanes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission issued new practical advice on how to implement its Guidelines for border management, in order to keep freight moving across the EU during the current pandemic. To ensure that EU-wide supply chains continue to operate, Member States are requested to designate, […]

‘Act fast and do whatever it takes’ to fight the COVID-19 crisis, say leading economists

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Leading economists urge governments to bring out the ‘big artillery’ to fight the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unconventional policy options such as ‘helicopter money’ should be on the table, […]

The EU’s outermost regions: strengthened partnership bears fruit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission adopted a report on progress made under the 2017 Strategic Partnership with the EU’s outermost regions, which strengthened the cooperation between the EU outermost regions, the respective Member States and the European Commission. The report shows that this strengthened partnership […]