11 innovations protecting life below water – and above it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nathalie Chalmers, Head of Topic Curation, UpLink UpLink, a platform for scaling innovation, unveils its second cohort of ocean innovators. Solutions tackle a range of ocean challenges including coral reef restoration, scaling restorative aquaculture, unearthing technologies for marine […]

Digital was our lifeline in 2020, and we are more positive about it since

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tim Cooper, Global Head, Strategic Communications, Dentsu In 2020, there was an increase in our trust of how governments handle our personal data. More people report their digital skills being used more effectively utilised in the workplace. However, […]

What is a ‘vaccine passport’ and will you need one the next time you travel?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gayle Markovitz, Editor, World Economic Forum A “vaccine passport” or “e-vaccination certification of compliance for border crossing regulations” could be required to enable seamless border-crossing. Any framework that comes into place will need to be harmonized, when it […]

MEPs call for additional EU sanctions against Russia over Navalny’s imprisonment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs strongly condemn Alexei Navalny’s arrest and call on the EU to extend sanctions against Russian officials to cover those involved in his jailing. In a debate with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell on Tuesday afternoon, MEPs called on the Russian authorities to […]

MEPs adopt Technical Support Instrument to speed up post-COVID-19 recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Technical Support Instrument will help EU countries prepare the recovery plans needed to access funding from the Recovery and Resilience Facility. The regulation adopted by Plenary on Tuesday, with 540 votes in favour, 75 against and 77 abstentions outlines how the Technical Support […]

Can we automate our way out of the savings crisis?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Martha King, Chief Client Officer, Executive Vice-President and Head of the Infosys Retirement Services Center of Excellence, Infosys Limited & Mohit Joshi, President, Infosys Ltd • The world is facing a pensions crisis by 2050. • AI-assisted technology […]

EU-China Leaders’ meeting: Delivering results by standing firm on EU interests and values

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union (represented by President of the European Council, Charles Michel and President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen held a leaders’ meeting with China (represented by President Xi Jinping) via videoconference on 30 December 2020. The European Union (represented by […]

Your computer can help scientists find a cure for COVID-19. Here’s how

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 Volunteers can get on with their everyday activities while their computers help find cures for diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s and influenza. The COVID-19 project has crowdsourced more than 1 million devices to […]

Tigray conflict: EU increases humanitarian support by €23.7 million in Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To address the urgent humanitarian crisis linked to the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, the EU has today increased humanitarian funding for the area by €23.7 million. Tigray is on the edge of a humanitarian catastrophe which risks destabilizing the whole neighbourhood. […]

Is the world up to the challenge of mass COVID-19 vaccination?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Margi Van Gogh, Head of Supply Chain and Transport, World Economic Forum & Ludwig Hausmann, Partner, McKinsey & Company & Christoph Wolff, Head of Shaping the Future of Mobility, World Economic Forum & Detlev Mohr, Senior Partner, McKinsey […]

The new era of Matriarchy?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Shalini manivelan, a 18 years old first year medical student in Christian medical college, Ludhiana, Punjab, India. 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 […]

Women’s Rights: Another Challenge for Medical Students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Sara Ayoub, a Lebanese 19 years old third year medical student at the Lebanese University, Beirut. 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 writers and do […]

COVID-19 vaccines: Parliament supports speedy authorisation of safe vaccines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. An EU strategy for COVID-19 vaccinations, that addresses challenges inside and outside the EU, was debated on Wednesday with Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas. Vice-President Schinas presented the Commission’s COVID-19 strategy, which is based on the principles of equal access, affordability and safety. He referred […]

Rule of Law mechanism applies without further delay as of 1 January, MEPs stress

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution to wrap up Wednesday’s debate on the MFF package, MEPs challenge the EU summit declaration to suspend the Rule of Law mechanism pending ECJ approval. A resolution on the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the Interinstitutional Agreement, the EU Recovery Instrument […]

Parliament approves the “rule of law conditionality” for access to EU funds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs approved the regulation designed to protect EU funds from being misused by EU governments who bend the rule of law. Under the new regulation, EU budget payments can be withheld from countries in which established breaches of the rule of law […]

Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules for digital platforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has proposed today an ambitious reform of the digital space, a comprehensive set of new rules for all digital services, including social media, online market places, and other online platforms that operate in the European Union: the Digital Services Act and the […]

EU regions get additional 47.5 billion EUR to tackle local effects of COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs approved extra aid for EU regions to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its social and health care consequences. Parliament has approved REACT-EU, a 47.5 billion EUR package to help mitigate the immediate effects of the COVID-19 crisis across EU regions. The initiative […]

The European Climate Pact: empowering citizens to shape a greener Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today launched the European Climate Pact, an EU-wide initiative inviting people, communities and organisations to participate in climate action and build a greener Europe. As part of the European Green Deal, the Climate Pact offers a space for everyone to share information, […]

Web Summit: EIB finances Worldsensing with €10 million to develop next-generation industrial monitoring solution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU bank supports the start-up’s R&D strategy, focused on innovative growth and market expansion. The company’s product Loadsensing increases reliability, efficiency and safety of critical infrastructures through monitoring within mining, construction and The project is supported by the Investment Plan for Europe and […]

Writing a new story in gender inequalities: women gaining space and respect in medicine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Danielle Correia Furtado and Fernanda Clara da Silva, two second year medical students at Universidade do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte (UERN) in Mossoró, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

Letter to The European Sting from Italy

This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Mr. Tomasso Merlo. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. The populist wave has brought out a more crude and extremist right than the traditional one. The big political question is whether we are […]

Baking The Galette-des-rois Of Egalitarianism

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Aman Nandanwar is a first year medical student in Govt. Medical College, Chhindwara, MP and a member of Medical Students Association Of India (MSAI). He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this […]

Coronavirus: Commission lists key steps for effective vaccination strategies and vaccines deployment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As Europe learns to live with the pandemic, the development and swift global deployment of safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 remains an essential element in the eventual solution to the public health crisis. In this context, the Commission is working to ensure that […]

Bulgaria: MEPs call for EU values to be fully and unconditionally respected

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Parliament regrets the “significant deterioration” of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights. In a resolution adopted with 358 votes in favour, 277 against and 56 abstentions, MEPs express their “unequivocal support for the people of Bulgaria in their legitimate demands and aspirations […]

Health care’s digital times

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Heloisa Picolotto Oliveira and Ms. Jessica Lais Caregnato de Meira, two fourth-year medical student at Unicesumar, Paraná, 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 […]

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to provide €81.4 billion in financial support for 15 Member States under SURE

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has presented proposals to the Council for decisions to grant financial support of €81.4 billion to 15 Member States under the SURE instrument. SURE is a crucial element of the EU’s comprehensive strategy to protect citizens and mitigate the severely negative […]

Coronavirus: Commission expands talks to a fifth vaccine manufacturer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today concluded exploratory talks with Moderna to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. Moderna is the fifth company with which the Commission has concluded talks, following Sanofi-GSK on 31 July, Johnson & Johnson on 13 August, CureVac on 18 August, […]

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 […]

Why it’s time to take central banks’ digital currencies seriously

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mohit Joshi, President; Head, Financial Services, Insurance, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Infosys Limited & Dixit Joshi, Group Treasurer, Deutsche Bank The introduction of central bank digital currencies could upend the global economic order. This technology could bring multiple […]

Remote working and online shopping could drive 14 million cars off US roads – permanently

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  In 2019, US motorists drove equivalent of 337 round trips from Earth to Pluto. Lockdown meant a 64% drop in car usage, according to a KPMG report. 14 million fewer cars may […]

Staying home? Here are 5 exercise tips from the World Health Organization

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 World Health Organization has some tips for exercising at home. Physical activity reduces risk of chronic disease and eases anxiety. Even a short break from sitting at your desk makes a difference. […]

How studying genetics and lifestyle can shape a healthier MENA region

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Habiba Al Alsafar, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) & Elizabeth ODay, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Olaris Inc The intersection of genetics and lifestyle choices is playing an increasingly […]

Mental health in times of pandemic: what can each individual do to lessen the burden?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mariana Santos Alencastro Figueiredo, a second-year medical student from Universidade Tiradentes, Aracaju-SE, 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 writer and do not necessarily […]