Mergers: Commission clears Alstom’s acquisition of Bombardier, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation by Alstom. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by Alstom. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Alstom and Bombardier […]

Mental health in the pandemic: how to stay emotionally stable?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rebeca Feitosa Dória Alves and Renata Carvalho Almeida, currently second year medical students from Tirandentes University of Aracaju, located in the state of Sergipe, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

Member States’ compliance with EU law in 2019: more work needed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Annual Report on Monitoring the Application of EU Law sets out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2019, and the performance of Member States  in various policy areas. The effective enforcement of EU law matters to citizens as it upholds […]

Europe is progressing most towards these UN Sustainability Goals: A report card for Europe

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 Europe has made significant in-roads on the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Peace & Justice, according to a new report. There’s more work ahead to make progress towards the climate crisis. Some […]

COVID-19 pandemic: The war inside our heads

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Model Diana-Maria, a 3rd year medical student at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, faculty of Medicine, located in Bucharest, Romania . She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this […]

Coronavirus: European Commission calls for action in protecting seasonal workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission presents Guidelines to ensure the protection of seasonal workers in the EU in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. It provides guidance to national authorities, labour inspectorates, and social partners to guarantee the rights, health and safety of seasonal workers, […]

Pandemic versus fear

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Lucas Gheller Machado, a 18 year-old medical student and Mr. Mateus Magalhães Crippa, a 19 year-old medical student, both at their 3rd year of studies in medicine in Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The […]

EU recovery and long-term budget: Leaders must do better

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Commenting on the draft conclusions for the 17 July EU summit, EP’s negotiators disagree with additional cuts to the long-term EU budget and urge the European Council to improve the text. “We have read the draft European Council conclusions (‘negotiating box’) presented by President […]

The Mental Health Hero in You

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Viegas, a medical student who is the NPO of ANEM-Portugal. 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 necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

What are Asia Pacific countries getting right in the fight against cancer?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rachel Frizberg, Area Head Asia Pacific, Roche Pharma As healthcare systems focus on COVID-19, other areas – such as cancer care – are being disrupted. A new report examines the readiness of countries in the APAC region to […]

To build a resilient world, we must go circular. Here’s how to do it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility & Frans van Houten, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Philips The best way to build resilience against future pandemics and the impact of climate change is to move to […]

Will COVID-19 usher in a new culture of outdoor living and dining?

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 Cities around the globe are allowing restaurants and cafes to expand into public spaces to enable safe dining after COVID-19 lockdown. It could usher in a new era of socializing outdoors. Streets […]

This is why many young people have no access to proper education

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 Hundreds of millions of children, adolescents and young people have no access to learning and COVID-19 has exacerbated the problem. A UNESCO report shows poverty is the main barrier, ahead of other […]

The benefits of exercise in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lana Gabrielle Marreiros Santos, a third year medical student at the State University of 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 this piece belong strictly to the […]

Asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic, symptomatic: what is the difference?

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 The number of asymptomatic coronavirus infections, where people display no symptoms at all, remains in question. Some people who test positive for the virus but don’t feel unwell may later develop symptoms. […]

Vaccine against Ebola: Commission grants new market authorisations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted the decision granting marketing authorisations to the company Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson company, for a vaccine against Ebola. The authorisation was granted in one month, reducing the decision-making process timing in half, further demonstrating the Commission’s commitment in […]

Deal on digitalisation of access to justice will benefit citizens

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament and Council negotiators reached an agreement to make access to justice faster, cheaper and more user-friendly for EU citizens and businesses. The two pieces of legislation under negotiation between the two EU legislators, respectively on taking evidence and on service of […]

Better understanding the psychological impact caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Julia Hillesheim and Ms. Bárbara Okabaiasse Luizeti, two medical doctors at Unicesumar in Maringá, 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 to the writers and do […]

3 ways sustainable supply chains can build better business in a post-COVID world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ruth Rennie, Director of Standards and Assurance, Rainforest Alliance Building more sustainable, resilient supply chains can help the world emerge healthier from COVID-19. Sustainability certifications are a proven way to improve supply chains’ economic and environmental performance. But […]

Air pollution: Most EU Member States not on track to reduce air pollution and its related health impacts by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The assessment of Member States’ first programmes of measures to control air emissions finds that the implementation of the new European clean air rules needs improvement. Member States need to step up efforts across all sectors to make sure their citizens can breathe clean […]

After the George Floyd protests, what next for racial justice in the US?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adwoa Bagalini, People Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, World Economic Forum From bail funds to college fees, crowdfunding is helping raise millions to support Black Lives Matter – but is it enough? Problems require structural reform: in 2016 […]

Unemployment worries spike around the world as coronavirus remains top global concern

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 Coronavirus remains top global concern in May, according to a monthly Ipsos poll.   But unemployment takes the place of COVID-19 as the chief worry in six countries. Concern about joblessness […]

COVID-19: Boosting aid for farmers from the EU rural development fund

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Friday, MEPs increased the crisis support that EU states should soon be able to pay to farmers and agri-food SMEs from the EU rural development fund. The emergency measure, approved in the Parliament by 636 votes in favour to 21 against, with 8 […]

2020 Blue Economy Report: Blue sectors contribute to the recovery and pave way for EU Green Deal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission published “The EU Blue Economy Report 2020”, providing an overview of the performance of the EU economic sectors related to oceans and the coastal environment. With a turnover of €750 billion in 2018, the EU blue economy is in good […]

EP supports local authorities fighting the effects of the pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Besides Parliament’s core activities, President Sassoli has offered EP support to local authorities providing meals, shelter and a COVID-19 testing centre. The current precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 have not affected the European Parliament’s capacity to ensure the legislative, budgetary and […]

International tourism is set to plunge by 80% this year – but some regions could recover more quickly

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 Millions of jobs could be lost in an industry that provides high levels of employment. Less developed economies could be hit particularly hard. However, some regions – particularly the Middle East – […]

Why integrated planning is key to truly transformative electrification

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Edward Borgstein, Director, Empowering Clean Economies, Rocky Mountain Institute & Richenda Van Leeuwen, Managing Director, African Energy Program, Empowering Clean Economies, Islands Energy Program, Rocky Mountain Institute Universal electrification must be delivered with integrated planning that supports local […]

Why COVID-19 poses a particular threat in the world’s slums

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Antônio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, International Institute for Strategic Studies One of the bitter ironies of life for one billion slum dwellers in our world today is that, despite humanity’s progress, their greatest vulnerabilities stem […]

Coronavirus: European roadmap shows path towards common lifting of containment measures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission, in cooperation with the President of the European Council, has put forward a European roadmap to phase-out the containment measures due to the coronavirus outbreak. While we are still in firefighting mode, the necessary extraordinary measures taken by Member States and […]

Africa-Europe Alliance: Denmark provides €10 million for sustainable development under the EU External Investment Plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and Denmark signed a transfer agreement for a voluntary contribution of around €10 million (DKK 75 million) to the EU External Investment Plan. The European Investment Plan is a key tool of the Africa-Europe Alliance. Most of the contribution will […]