ASEM Summit: Europe and Asia reaffirm shared partnership and engagement to a stronger recovery from the pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. During the 13th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Summit on 25-26 November which took place in virtual format from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, leaders reaffirmed their shared partnership and engagement in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the title ‘Strengthening Multilateralism for Shared Growth’, the Summit brought […]

Elderly care from the perspective of intersectionality

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Liliany Mirelly Bezerra Alves, a first-year medical student at the State University of Rio Grande do Norte – UERN, Brazil. 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 […]

We need to work in partnership with nature to ensure a world that meets all of our needs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dharsono Hartono, Chief Executive Officer, Rimba Makmur Utama Ecosystems find balance across complex networks of interactions, interdependencies, niches – disrupting this can trigger ripple effects with far-reaching consequences. It’s time we reassess how we treat the natural world […]

Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission approved the eighth contract with a pharmaceutical company with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The contract with Valneva provides for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase almost 27 million doses in 2022. It […]

EU job-search aid worth €1.2m for 300 dismissed workers in Spain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Over 300 metal workers in the Basque region in Spain who lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic set to receive €1.2 million in EU aid. Members of the Committee on Budgets on Tuesday approved Spain’s request for support from the European Globalisation […]

Protecting media freedom from malicious lawsuits: press conference after EP vote

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the co-rapporteurs of the Civil Liberties and Legal Affairs committees will present Parliament’s proposals to curb the use of legal actions to silence critical voices. Roberta Metsola (EPP, MT) and Tiemo Wölken (S&D, DE) will hold a press conference on their report […]

Here’s how companies can make sure they are blockchain-ready

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: William Herkelrath, Managing Director of Business Development, Chainlink Labs In recent years, many of the world’s biggest enterprises in the finance sector and beyond have adopted blockchain technology. Companies that are not integrating blockchains into their processes are […]

From adversaries to allies: How trade reform built trust in Colombia

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Candice White, Knowledge Specialist, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, World Economic Forum A high level of trust between business and government is essential for effective regulatory reform that drives trade, economic development and progress on the UN Sustainable […]

A third of humanity could be on the move if climate change isn’t curbed, scientists say

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 Extreme heat could force a third of humanity to move to cooler regions. A new report says most of us live in a temperature “niche,” but it’s starting to shrink. As climate […]

European Green Deal: Commission adopts new limits for some of the most harmful chemicals in waste

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted a proposal to protect human health and the environment from some of the most harmful chemicals in waste – Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The proposal tightens the limits for these chemicals in waste, preventing them from re-entering the economy. […]

2021 Enlargement package: European Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the Western Balkans and Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted its 2021 Enlargement Package, providing a detailed assessment of the state of play and the progress made by the Western Balkans and Turkey on their respective paths towards the European Union, with a particular focus on implementing fundamental reforms, […]

The effect of COVID-19 on the mental health of youth

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hijab Mustunsar, a Final Year student of Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakitsan. 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 IFMSA’s […]

These are the top 10 tech trends that will shape the coming decade, according to McKinsey

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 We’ll experience more technological progress in the coming decade than we did in the preceding 100 years put together, says McKinsey. And 10 tech trends will dominate this shifting landscape. Understanding the […]

EU Health: MEPs call for a future-proof EU pharmaceutical policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for national and EU measures to guarantee all patients have safe and timely access to essential and innovative medicines. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted on Tuesday, with 62 votes in favour, 8 against and 8 […]

EU announces vital €92 million contribution in support of UNRWA’s operations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union has disbursed an essential payment of €92 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, Josep Borrell, said: “We remain determined to support UNRWA both […]

EU disburses €50 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to the Republic of Moldova

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has disbursed €50 million in macro-financial assistance (MFA) to the Republic of Moldova. This disbursement is part of the €3 billion emergency MFA package for ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners, which aims to help them respond […]

The Effects of COVID-19 on The Mental Health of Youth

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Boonyavee Wongwisetsuk, a second year medical student in Thailand trying to navigate her way through the stress of medical school and the pandemic. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

European Parliament calls for repeal of new Texas abortion restriction

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The government of the US state of Texas has to immediately revoke “Senate Bill 8”, a de facto ban on abortion, and ensure safe and free access to abortion services. Following a plenary debate, MEPs adopted on Thursday a resolution, by 381votes in favour, […]

Hungary and Poland plans should be approved only if concerns are addressed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a debate with Commissioner Gentiloni on the Hungarian and Polish recovery plans, MEPs called for more transparency to make sure funds are properly allocated. Economy Commissioner Gentiloni updated MEPs on Wednesday, saying that currently 22 of the 25 submitted national recovery plans have […]

Energy costs: MEPs debate measures to limit impact of price rises

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. With gas prices surging, and concerns over the impact on consumers and businesses, MEPs, the Council and the Commission debated how to address the crisis. Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said the EU should react in a quick and coordinated manner, and highlighted the measures […]

This is best practice for using facial recognition in law enforcement

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lofred Madzou, Project Lead, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum, John Riemen, Lead Biometric Specialist, Center for Biometrics, Netherlands Police, Sébastien Louradour, Independent AI Governance Consultant,, Luc Garcia, Face Examiner, International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), Odhran […]

Opening of plenary session: debate on Pandora Papers added

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Vice-President Metsola opened the 4-7 October session in Strasbourg. Changes to the agenda The revised final draft agenda has been approved by the Conference of Presidents by written procedure. Wednesday Council and Commission statements on the Pandora Papers – implications on the efforts to […]

MEPs vow to support the EU Public Prosecutor’s Office

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Issues hindering the EU Prosecutor’s investigation and prosecution of cross border crimes against the EU budget were discussed with chief prosecutor Kövesi. In a debate on Friday, EU public prosecutor Laura Kövesi informed the Budgetary Control Committee that the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) […]

4 ways to improve the lives of older people

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Prakash Tyagi, Founder-Director, GRAVIS Hospital; Executive Director, GRAVIS By 2050, it is expected there will be more humans over 60 than under 15 for the first time in history. Older people are harder hit by poverty and ill-health, […]

EU Humanitarian Air Bridge delivers life-saving medical aid to Afghanistan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight has delivered over 25 metric tonnes of life-saving medical cargo to Kabul to address the dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. Due to the ongoing conflict and the recent drought, up to half of Afghanistan’s population is dependent […]

How to provide safe water to billions of people by 2030

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shauna Curry, CEO, CAWST To meet Sustainable Development Goal 6, Clean water and sanitation for all, the current rate of progress must quadruple. Otherwise, 1.6 billion will still be without safe water in 2030. Water treatment technologies are […]

After decades of instability, what does the future hold

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mohib Iqbal, International Economic Expert and Consultant, World Bank programmes in Afghanistan & Marie McAuliffe, Head, Migration Research, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Twenty years on from 9/11, Afghanistan remains battle-scarred by displacement and migration following the withdrawal […]

What would it take to make AI ‘greener’?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sarah Khatry, Managing Director, AI Ethics, DataRobot, Ted Kwartler, VP, Trusted AI, DataRobot, Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum & Mark Caine Project Lead, Artificial Intelligence and […]

Common charger: a long-awaited proposal requested by Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Over the last decade, Parliament has urged the Commission to table a proposal on a common charger to tackle e-waste and make life easier for consumers. The European Parliament and its Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee have been insisting on a common charger […]

Colombia: EU and Colombia today open a new chapter to strengthen bilateral relations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU and Colombia agreed on a “Memorandum of Understanding on an Agenda of enhanced political and sectoral dialogue and cooperation for the next decade”, signed by High Representative Josep Borrell and the Vice-President and Foreign Minister of Colombia, Marta Lucía Ramírez in […]

Take the 1 Billion Lives Challenge to close the digital divide

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Derek O’Halloran, Head of Shaping the Future of Digital Economy and New Value Creation; ExCom Memb, World Economic Forum 85% of the world lives in areas covered by 4G, but only half are online. Cost, not coverage, is […]

EU announces additional €119.5 million support to democracy and human rights for 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the 2021 International Democracy Week, the European Union has announced five actions worth €119.5 million to boost the strong European support to democracy and human rights around the world in 2021. Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen said: “Sustainable development and equal opportunities […]

Joint EU-US Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union and the United States announced today the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions to be launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November in Glasgow. President Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der […]