Eurobarometer: Europeans approve EU’s response to the war in Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A Flash Eurobarometer survey in all EU Member States published today shows large consensus among EU citizens in favour of the EU’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  The majority of Europeans think that since the war started, the EU has shown solidarity (79%) […]

How did one European country free itself from Russian gas?

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 Lithuania recently announced it no longer needs Russian gas imports. Many countries aim to cut energy ties with Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. This shift points a new […]

Wind and solar generated 10% of global electricity in 2021 – a world first

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content For the first time, wind and solar generated more than 10% of electricity globally in 2021, according to latest data. Fifty countries have now crossed the 10% wind and solar landmark, with […]

Should deep-sea minerals be part of battery supply chains?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Winnie Yeh, Lead, Responsible Sourcing, World Economic Forum Deep-sea minerals are not currently commercially available, and whether they have a role in future supply chains is the subject of heated debate. A new paper identifies knowledge and stakeholder […]

6 lessons on how to lead in times of uncertainty

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Danny Richmond, Community Lead, Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum Geneva & James Forsyth, Community Lead South Asia/ASEAN and Member Relations, Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum A select group of Young Global Leaders attended a course on […]

Home Affairs Council: 10-Point Plan on stronger European coordination on welcoming people fleeing the war against Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In its conclusions of 24-25 March, the European Council called on Member States to intensify their efforts in a continued spirit of unity and solidarity, and it invited the Commission to take the necessary initiatives to facilitate such efforts. At the extraordinary Justice and […]

What are hypersonic weapons and how can we limit their spread?

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 A hypersonic weapon was reportedly used in combat for the first time. A handful of countries are believed to have hypersonic weapons programmes. Despite the risks they pose, no […]

Five things you need to know about Biden’s executive order on cryptocurrency

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Aiden Slavin, Project Lead, Crypto Impact and Sustainability Accelerator, World Economic Forum Executive order talks of opportunities and risks of digital assets. It signals a clear recognition of the role and significance of cryptocurrency. But does not set […]

Chronic diseases: crisis chasing the crisis

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Noman Ali, a 21 years old medical student at Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan. He is affiliated with 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 […]

EU at UN Environment Assembly: seeking to secure launch of negotiations for global agreement on plastics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Commissioner Sinkevičius is representing the European Union at the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) taking place from 28 February to 2 March in Nairobi, Kenya. In an alliance with partners from all continents, the EU will seek to secure the […]

These are the world’s top cities. Which one ranked highest for the 10th year running?

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 London has been named the world’s most “magnetic” city for the 10th year in a row. It held on to the top spot despite Brexit and COVID-19. But there are challengers, with […]

3 ways to address the North-South divide in scientific research

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: George Richards, Director, Community Jameel Scientific research into global challenges, such as climate change and COVID-19, continues to be dominated by the Global North. This North-South divide, partly driven by funding inequities, is failing to harness global collective […]

Health Union: a stronger role for the European Medicines Agency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU will be better prepared to manage future health crises by tackling shortages of medicines and medical devices more effectively. Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement reached with the Council last year on increasing the powers of the EU’s medicines regulator with 655 votes […]

Statement by President von der Leyen on vaccine sharing in 2021 and targets for 2022

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is the biggest donor of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines so far. As Team Europe we have exceeded our vaccine-sharing target in 2021. We promised to share 250 million doses with low and middle income countries by the end of 2021. […]

Scotland just blew up its last coal-fired power plant – as the country transitions to renewable energy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Half a century after it was constructed, the Longannet coal-fired power plant in Fife has been demolished. The explosion marked the end of coal-fired power generation in Scotland. Renewable energy output in […]

EU further steps up its support to the people of Belarus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission will mobilise an additional €30 million to further strengthen its support to the people of Belarus. This new funding will complement and expand the already existing EU support for youth, independent media, small and medium-sized enterprises in exile, and culture. President […]

Luxembourg City wins 2022 Access City Award for becoming more accessible to persons with disabilities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. accessibility experts recognised the city for its wide range of innovative solutions and improvements to enhance accessibility for persons with disabilities. The city has made accessibility a priority. It follows a ‘Design for All’ approach to make access easier for everyone, including for persons […]

Erasmus+: nearly €3.9 billion in 2022 for mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launched the calls for proposals under Erasmus+ call for 2022, following the adoption of the 2022 annual work programme. With an increased budget of nearly €3.9 billion for the next year, Erasmus+ will continue to provide opportunities for study periods abroad, […]

17th EU-Central Asia Ministerial Meeting – Turning Challenges into Opportunities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen took part in the 17th EU-Central Asia Ministerial meeting, in Dushanbe (Tajikistan). The meeting was chaired by the High Representative Borrell and hosted by the Foreign Minister of Tajikistan, Sirojiddin Muhriddin, with […]

How much is the EU really threatened by China’s steel “overcapacity” et al.?

While the agreement between the EU and the US at the end of last month for a trade truce in steel and aluminum left a glimmer of hope for global trade normality, the 79 year old US President came to spoil the party with his uncovering statement: “These arrangements will … restrict access to our […]

Circular economy: Commission takes action against five Member States to improve waste management

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Annual waste generation from all economic activities in the EU amounts to 2.5 billion tonnes, or 5 tonnes per capita a year, and each citizen produces on average nearly half a tonne of municipal waste. In its Circular Economy Action Plan, the Commission has […]

Commission adopts contingency plan for food supply and food security in times of crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the COVID-19 crisis and as announced in the Farm to Fork Strategy, the EU intends to step up coordination at European level to ensure citizens do not face food shortages during crises. The contingency plan adopted today acknowledges the overall resilience of the […]

“Healthcare system & socioeconomic inequities”-through the lens of developing nations

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Afsana Rahman Maliha, a final year MBBS student at Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh. She is affiliated with 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 […]

EU – Central Asia Economic Forum: bringing regions closer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union – Central Asia Economic Forum took place in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic. This high-level gathering is the first in a series of events taking place in Central Asian countries in the coming years, within the framework of the EU Strategy […]

COP15 in China: businesses role in protecting biodiversity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Zhang Bowen, Deputy Secretary-General, SEE Foundation As part one of the UN’s COP15 biodiversity summit ends in China, we look at what’s been achieved so far. Although progress has been made towards finalising the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework […]

Forget 2050, investors should demand action now on oil and gas

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ben Ratner, Associate Vice President , Environmental Defense Fund & Erin Blanton, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University Many corporations have committed to net zero by 2050, but the reality is that actions in […]

Commission, Breakthrough Energy Catalyst and European Investment Bank advance partnership in climate technologies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Bill Gates, the Founder of Breakthrough Energy, together with European Investment Bank President Werner Hoyer, have officially entered into a pioneering partnership that […]

Living in a pandemic: what are the effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of the youth?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Marija Aleksandraitytė, a third-year public health student at the Public Health Faculty of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the […]

The Commission makes Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps more inclusive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted a framework to increase the inclusiveness and diversity of the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes for the period 2021-2027. The measures deliver on the commitment by President von der Leyen‘s Commission to substantially reinforce both programmes, not only […]

EP asks for part of Frontex budget to be frozen until key improvements are made

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs agreed to close the EU Border and Coast Guard Agency’s accounts for 2019, but asked for part of next year’s budget to be frozen. The recommendation to grant the so-called discharge to Frontex for management of its 2019 budget received 558 votes in […]

Protecting critical infrastructure from a cyber pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jeremy Kaye, Head, Executive Briefing Center, Check Point Software Technologies, Mitch Muro, IoT Security Product Marketing Manager, Check Point Software Technologies & Katerina Megas, Program Manager for Cyber Security for IoT, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) […]

Why the call of Presidents Michel and Xi should help get EU-China relations back on track asap

Last Friday, a much anticipated high level call call took place between EU Council’s President Charles Michel and China’s President Xi Jinping. The call came exactly one month after the European Parliament’s issued “vision” of the China-EU relations and following a year of setbacks in the EU-China relations. Overall, the leaders’ call was positive allowing […]

Rule of law in Slovenia: MEPs conclude their first mission to the country

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A European Parliament delegation travelled to Slovenia, where they met with national authorities, journalists and NGOs, to assess respect of EU values and rule of law. From Wednesday 13 October to Friday 15 October, seven MEPs from the Civil Liberties Committee and one from […]