MEPs call on EU Commission to step up action against dangerous chemicals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The upcoming new EU chemicals strategy for sustainability must better protect our health and the environment, says Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee. On Monday, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee adopted a resolution by 65 votes to 1 and 14 […]

Emergency Trust Fund for Africa: EU mobilises almost €100 million to support the most vulnerable in the Horn of Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is mobilising €97.2 million of additional funding for programmes in the Horn of Africa to support the creation of job opportunities, public finance management, and access to education for vulnerable groups, in particular refugees and displaced persons, under the European Union […]

New rules allow EU consumers to defend their rights collectively

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament and Council negotiators reached a deal on the first EU-wide rules on collective redress, on Monday. The new rules introduce a harmonised model for representative action in all member states that guarantees consumers are well protected against mass harm, while at the same […]

Why COVID-19 is an opportunity to close the connectivity gap for refugees

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adil Nyambasha, Intern, Kakuma Refugee Settlement Project, World Economic Forum Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, refugees were already among some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Although access to ‘quality education’ has long been recognized as a basic […]

COVID-19 lockdown hits working mothers harder than fathers

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 Lockdown has put pressure on parents’ time around the world. UK mothers are one-and-a-half times more likely than fathers to have either lost their job or quit since the lockdown began, study […]

How AI and machine learning are helping to fight COVID-19

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 Organizations have been quick to apply their AI and machine learning know-how in the fight to curb this pandemic. These technologies are being deployed in areas from research to healthcare and even […]

These 5 charts show our shifting behaviour around coronavirus

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 A new YouGov survey examines how our behaviour has changed as the pandemic unfolds. Between March and May, there were significant changes in the way people led their lives. British people have […]

Z, V or ‘Nike swoosh’ – what shape will the COVID-19 recession take?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Beech, World Economic Forum writer The “Great Lockdown” has hit global economies hard. Business shutdowns have left unemployment soaring, supply chains fragmented and markets plummeting. One International Monetary Bank official has said the Great Lockdown could lead […]

These countries are making ‘travel bubbles’ for post-lockdown tourism

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content The European Commission has released guidelines for how its Member States can start to ease coronavirus travel restrictions and enable tourism to begin again. The Baltic states are creating a “travel bubble”, […]

Approving most of EU’s accounts, EP requests new measures to protect EU spending

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. European Parliament granted discharge to the Commission and most other EU institutions, but called for the fight against conflict of interest to be strengthened. The Parliament, voting on Wednesday by 499 votes in favour, 136 against and 56 abstentions, granted discharge of the Commission’s […]

Hungary’s emergency measures: MEPs ask EU to impose sanctions and stop payments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Democracy and fundamental rights are under threat in Hungary, say most MEPs, who urge the Commission and the Council to protect Hungarian citizens and rule of law. In a debate with EC Vice-President Vera Jourová and the Croatian Presidency of the EU, a majority […]

Don’t let the virus quarantine your mind –Ways to strengthen “Mental” immunity

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ankit Gautam, a final year medical student at Government Medical College, Amritsar, Punjab, India. 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 […]

Long-term EU budget: MEPs demand safety net for beneficiaries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The current health crisis compels us to tackle the risk of the next long-term EU budget not coming into force on 1 January 2021 with even more urgency, MEPs say. On Monday, Members of the Committee on Budgets adopted a legislative initiative report by […]

Coronavirus: the truth against the myths

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Kevouy Richard Reid, a first year medical officer at a type B medical facility in St Catherine, Jamaica. 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 […]

What is behind the wide reach of  fake news about Coronavirus?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Carolina Vissoci Lima, a 2nd year medical student at Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB) and a member of IFMSA Brazil since 2018. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

Busting the myths about coronavirus

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Laura Bello Rodríguez, a recent graduate in BSc Biomedical Sciences from the University of Barcelona. 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 […]

Prepare for a ‘new normal’ as lockdown restrictions ease: Monday’s COVID-19 WHO briefing

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 Lockdowns must be lifted strategically, and not all at once, said WHO officials at a briefing on 13 April 2020. Countries with lower numbers of cases can begin easing restrictions. Social […]

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 […]

President Michel’s MFF proposal not acceptable for Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ahead of a special summit on 20 February, the EP’s negotiating team expresses its opposition to President Michel’s proposal for the next long-term budget. “Despite welcoming the contact we have had with the President of the European Council Charles Michel over the past few […]

You can live up to 10 years longer by doing these 5 things

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 20-year study finds healthy life expectancy can be increased by 5 behaviours. Adopting low-risk behaviours can extend life of people diagnosed with illness. Heavy smoking and obesity are major limits on life […]

This is the ever-changing state of the world’s top cities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jeremy Kelly, Research Director, JLL Factors contributing to a city’s success are shifting from pure economic to softer attributes such as customer service culture, urban experiences, innovation and sustainability. The innovation economy, the experience economy, the sharing economy […]

These 8 countries have perfect scores for women’s rights at work

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 Women only have three-quarters of the employment rights of men worldwide. In Middle East and North African women still have half the rights of men. Much remains to be done to deliver […]

Trade: First year of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement shows growth in EU exports

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. 1 February 2020 marks the first anniversary of the entry into force of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). In the first ten months following the implementation of the agreement, EU exports to Japan went up by 6.6% compared to the same period the […]

A new leadership agenda for private equity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tawfik Hammoud, Managing Director & Senior Partner; Global Leader, Principal Investors & Private Equity Practice, Boston Consulting Group Private equity could grow by five times over the next decade. Big firms will get bigger and smaller firms will […]

Why “de-learning” is equally important as reskilling in conversations about the future of work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kathy Bloomgarden, Chief Executive Officer, Ruder Finn De-learning has been overlooked in the discussion about the future of work. Employees must learn to forget the job description and past ways of working Traditional, purely finance-focused leadership is out […]

Citizens to be the cornerstone of the Conference on the Future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Citizen and Youth meetings should set the tone for EU reform, according to the resolution adopted on Wednesday. Following a debate with Dubravka Šuica, Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography and Nikolina Brnjac, representing the Croatian Presidency of the Council, Parliament adopted a resolution […]

DiscoverEU: 20,000 more young people will explore Europe in 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Around 20,000 18-year-olds are set to receive a travel pass under the fourth and latest round of DiscoverEU, which attracted some75,000applications from across Europe. These young Europeans, selected on the basis of established award criteria and specific Member State quotas, can travel between 1 […]

In rural Bangladesh, solar power is changing lives

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 Off-grid solar home systems are improving living standards for people in rural areas of Bangladesh. Bangladesh has one of the world’s largest domestic solar energy programmes. Solar power is changing the lives […]

Is Universal Health Coverage really available for all in the European Union?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Nweke Ozioma Ruth, a Nigerian medical student, a member of Standing Committee on Sexual reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and Gender Based violence[SCORA]; an organization under Nigerian Medical Students Association which is aimed at providing awareness on issues concerning sexual reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. She is affiliated […]

Forget retail therapy – this is the age of the conscious consumer

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Philipp Rickenbacher, Chief Executive Officer, Bank Julius Baer Today’s younger generations are taking an ethical approach to shopping. Conscious consumption is having widespread and positive effects. Ethical consumers will next turn to their investment portfolios. Published in 2000, […]

How one traumatised child survived genocide and started a movement for mental health

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 Around 8,000 people were killed in Rwanda and the brutality left mental scars. Grace Gatera was diagnosed with PTSD as a young child. She now campaigns to improve access to mental heath […]

These will be the main cybersecurity trends in 2020

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dorit Dor, Vice-President, Products, Check Point Software Technologies The east-west ‘cyber cold war’ is set to intensify 5G and the IoT could make us all more vulnerable to cyberattack Businesses will start to rethink their approach to the […]

How regenerative agroforestry could solve the climate crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexander Daniel, reNature & Tom Lovett, reNature Farming is responsible for almost 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Agriculture is the root cause of 80% of tropical deforestation. Regenerative agroforestry, an agricultural method that mimics natural ecosystems, could […]