“China needs to convince the EU that it is worth having an investment agreement” but not the EU to convince China? China-EU Leaders’ Meeting 2020 calls for mutual “transparency, reciprocity and respect”

Last Monday, the very important China-EU Leaders’ Meeting took place through videoconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic, between China’s President Xi, the President of the EU Council Michel and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. There is no doubt that after the wide criticism regarding the EU’s mistakes during June’s China-EU […]

President von der Leyen’s State of the Union Address: charting the course out of the coronavirus crisis and into the future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen today pledged that the European Commission will drive a sustainable and transformational recovery that will give Europe a global platform to lead economically, environmentally and geopolitically. MAIN HIGHLIGHTS The response to coronavirus – and protecting Europe’s health […]

Coronavirus: Commission starts testing interoperability gateway service for national contact tracing and warning apps

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To exploit fully the potential of mobile proximity contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections and save lives, the Commission is setting up an interoperability gateway service linking national apps across the EU. Today, an important milestone has been […]

International Democracy Week 2020: how democracy is dealing with COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The spread of COVID-19 in 2020 has not only put people’s lives in danger, but has also transformed how they work, communicate and make political decisions. International Democracy Week comprises a series of events and workshops on global democracy and the COVID-19 pandemic. It […]

Technology as an inclusion method while facing the COVID-19 pandemic: the “Coronavirus-SUS” app

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Giulia Murillo Wollmann and Ms. Júlia Carolina Esteves de França, both medical students at the University of Joinville (UNIVILLE), Joinville (SC)-Brazil. 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 […]

COVID-19: MEPs want safe vaccines, full transparency and liability for companies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Members of the Public Health Committee quizzed the Commission on efforts to develop, authorise and make safe COVID-19 vaccines available to European citizens. The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety today debated the EU vaccines strategy, including the state of play on […]

Why helping cross-border commuters is key to fighting COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sandra Caballero, Project Specialist, Autonomous and Urban Mobility, World Economic Forum & Mouchka Heller, Project Manager, Seamless Integrated Mobility System, World Economic Forum Thousands of essential healthcare workers cross the border between Canada and the U.S. every day. […]

Here’s why we need a global agreement on cross-border science to beat COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Saleem Ali, Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment, University of Delaware The pandemic has underscored the need for trust in science and global collaboration. A new approach can help broker better cooperation to leverage scientific talent and […]

COVID-19: EU countries should harmonise testing procedures and frequency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU needs a common approach to limit COVID-19 and avoid member states designating other EU countries as red zones, EP’s committee responsible for public health says. On Wednesday, the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety held a debate with Dr Andrea Ammon, […]

This is how flu season might affect the COVID-19 curve

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum The Southern Hemisphere largely avoided a combined flu season and pandemic. A heavy flu season in the midst of COVID-19 could overwhelm health systems. Experts have mixed views on […]

EU and Germany join efforts to support the African Union’s response to coronavirus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU continues to work with Member States to tackle the coronavirus pandemic on all fronts. Today, 500.000 additional coronavirus testing kits have been provided to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The test kits were delivered by […]

How technology will transform learning in the COVID-19 era

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Utkarsh Amitabh, Global Shaper, New Delhi Hub, Network Capital • A “great unbundling” will see traditional degree courses make way for companies offering focused training in soft skills, core skills, critical thinking or an opportunity to network. • […]

COVID-19 has laid bare the cracks in long-term care. Here’s how to fix them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Debra Whitman, Executive Vice President and Chief Public Policy Officer, AARP Care homes around the world have become ground zero for COVID-19 infections. We must address this immediately with a clear plan of action. At the same time, […]

3 reasons why responsibly-deployed technology is key to the COVID recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ruth Hickin, Strategy & Impact Lead, World Economic Forum Rapid technology developments during COVID have saved lives and kept economies going. Newly created solutions, created quickly and without the proper governance, could exacerbate inequality during the recovery. As […]

Coronavirus: Commission continues expanding future vaccines portfolio with new talks

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today concluded exploratory talks with CureVac to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. This is following the positive steps with Sanofi-GSK on 31 July and Johnson & Johnson on 13 August and the signature of an Advance Purchase Agreement with […]

3 leadership lessons from the age of coronavirus

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content Female leaders including New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern have provided strong leadership models during COVID-19. It’s thought compassionate leadership can help sustain productivity gains. Research also shows agile organizations have performed best […]

Why maps matter in our response to COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ibrahim Khan, Co-founder, IFG.VC and Islamicfinanceguru.com The most useful maps and data visualizations of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped us understand, respond to and recover from the crisis; Several maps seek to estimate the potential spread of COVID-19 […]

This simple digital solution could streamline global travel and boost trade during COVID – here’s how

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 A new health data tool could help restart stalled international travel and trade. Individual data is only shared with the user’s permission, ensuring health data is protected. The CommonPass initiative could help […]

5 things COVID-19 has taught us about inequality

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 Coronavirus has brought to wider consciousness inequalities in areas from healthcare to technology. These inequalities are felt along various lines, from ethnicity to income. Minority groups and people with disabilities face multiple barriers […]

COVID-19 has hit Black Americans hardest. Healing this divide would lift the nation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nick Noel, Consultant, McKinsey & Company & Jason Wright, Partner, McKinsey & Company & Shelley Stewart III, Partner, McKinsey & Company • Black Americans are nearly twice as likely to live in areas that would be disproportionately disrupted […]

COVID-19: It’s time to rethink where, how and why we work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Oliver Wright, Managing Director, Strategy, Consumer Goods and Services, Accenture & Zara Ingilizian, Head of Shaping the Future of Consumption; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on businesses […]

Maintaining mental health is as important as avoiding COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Vitória Fateicha da Silva Soares is currently in the sixth semester of medice at Universidade Potiguar (UNP) from Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

Longer hours, more emails and shorter meetings – working from home in the time of COVID

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andy Dunn, Writer, Formative Content The average workday during lockdown was 48 minutes longer, report says. So did employees become more flexible to deal with distractions? Or has the line between work and home life become blurred? Employees […]

COVID-19: Maintaining the teaching experience for students whilst delivering teaching virtually

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Aahil Damani, a 3rd year medical student at King’s College London (KCL) and will be intercalating next year. 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 […]

Migrants and refugees are being forgotten in the COVID-19 response. This has to change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles & Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor, Freetown City Council & Bruno Covas, Mayor of São Paulo, City of São Paulo Despite their vital contribution to society, migrant families are too […]

Coronavirus: 23 new research projects to receive €128 million in EU funding

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission will support 23 new research projects with €128 million in response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. The funding under Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme, is part of the Commission’s €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response initiative, launched […]

What can each individual do to lessen the burden of mental health in times of the pandemic?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Taha Abdullah Zain Bahumaid, a medical student at the Faculty of Medicine, Hadhramout University, Mukalla, 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 […]

The Covid-19 pandemic: how to take care of mental health?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Stephany Caroline Menezes da Silva, a student in the 3rd semester of the medical course at the State University of Amazonas (UEA), located in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The […]

6 ways the COVID-19 pandemic could change our approach to human capital

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Walsh, Head, Talent Line of Business, Chicago, Willis Towers Watson & Ryan Resch, Managing Director, Executive Compensation (Toronto), Willis Towers Watson Companies with well-established human capital governance frameworks are considered better investments and capable of creating more […]

These 4 skills can make the world better after COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefano Oliveri, Digital Transformation Director, Schneider Electric To handle the aftermath of COVID-19 and tackle the world’s biggest issues, we need to change the way we make decisions and become more knowledgeable about the future; A systemic analysis […]

Coronavirus is creating retirement insecurity. These 10 steps can diffuse the timebomb of an ageing population

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andre Belelieu, Head of Insurance and Asset Management, World Economic Forum & Yvonne Sonsino, Partner MCG, Mercer (MMC) To redesign a retirement that builds the necessary financial resilience for longer lives, the World Economic Forum and Mercer have […]

Mental health: privilege in coronavirus times

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr Ronny Alexander Llumiquinga Achi, a 2nd semester student at ESPOCH´s (Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo) medical school, located in Riobamba, Chimborazo, Ecuador. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

State aid: Commission approves €840 million German guarantee scheme to protect consumers and support the travel industry in the context of the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a German State guarantee scheme worth €840 million to cover vouchers issued by travel operators for cancelled travel packages booked prior to 8 March 2020. This scheme is in line with the objectives pursued […]