Digital Finance Package: Commission sets out new, ambitious approach to encourage responsible innovation to benefit consumers and businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a new Digital Finance Package, including Digital Finance and Retail Payments Strategies, and legislative proposals on crypto-assets and digital resilience. Today’s package will boost Europe’s competitiveness and innovation in the financial sector, paving the way for Europe to […]

MEPs question whether the new Migration Pact will bring about real change

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new Migration Pact is insufficient for the majority of EP groups. Some demand compulsory relocation of refugees; others want a firmer stance on irregular arrivals. The Civil Liberties Committee held a first debate about the Commission’s proposals with Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner […]

Single European Sky: for a more sustainable and resilient air traffic management

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is proposing an upgrade of the Single European Sky regulatory framework which comes on the heels of the European Green Deal. The objective is to modernise the management of European airspace and to establish more sustainable and efficient flightpaths. This […]

“China needs to convince the EU that it is worth having an investment agreement” but not the EU to convince China? China-EU Leaders’ Meeting 2020 calls for mutual “transparency, reciprocity and respect”

Last Monday, the very important China-EU Leaders’ Meeting took place through videoconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic, between China’s President Xi, the President of the EU Council Michel and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. There is no doubt that after the wide criticism regarding the EU’s mistakes during June’s China-EU […]

New neighbours: Could Venus really be home to alien life?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Will Dunham Scientists have detected a possible sign of extraterrestrial life on Earth’s closest neighbour, Venus. The researchers did not detect actual life, but phosphine, a gas produced by bacteria thriving in oxygen-starved environments, indicating that microbes could […]

Coronavirus: Commission starts testing interoperability gateway service for national contact tracing and warning apps

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To exploit fully the potential of mobile proximity contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections and save lives, the Commission is setting up an interoperability gateway service linking national apps across the EU. Today, an important milestone has been […]

International Democracy Week 2020: how democracy is dealing with COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The spread of COVID-19 in 2020 has not only put people’s lives in danger, but has also transformed how they work, communicate and make political decisions. International Democracy Week comprises a series of events and workshops on global democracy and the COVID-19 pandemic. It […]

Aung San Suu Kyi suspended from the Sakharov Prize Community

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s Conference of Presidents decided on Thursday to formally suspend Sakharov Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from the Sakharov Prize Community. The decision by the Conference of Presidents (President and political group leaders) to exclude Aung San Suu Kyi formally from all activities […]

EU climate law: MEPs want to increase emission reductions target to 60% by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Environment Committee MEPs voted to make climate neutrality obligatory by 2050 in both EU and member states and call for a more ambitious 2030 emissions reduction target. On Friday, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted their report on the EU […]

EU steps up aid for Lebanon – European Commissioner for Crisis Management in Beirut

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Arriving on board of an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight to Beirut today, Janez Lenarčič, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, has started an official visit to Lebanon where he will meet Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib and oversee EU aid efforts following the devastating explosions […]

COVID-19: EU countries should harmonise testing procedures and frequency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU needs a common approach to limit COVID-19 and avoid member states designating other EU countries as red zones, EP’s committee responsible for public health says. On Wednesday, the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety held a debate with Dr Andrea Ammon, […]

Healthcare guidance apps to professional’s continued education?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Daltro Moreira Iori and Mr. Gabriel Muniz Manholer, two medical students at the University Center of Maringá, 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 […]

Mental health apps: Help is just within a pocket reach

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Chanika Assavarttirong, a 23 years old medical student originally from Bangkok, Thailand. 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 […]

Lebanon: EU delivers additional emergency assistance following the explosion in Beirut

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today a second European Union (EU) Humanitarian Air bridge flight lands in Beirut, Lebanon, delivering 12 tonnes of essential humanitarian supplies and medical equipment, including a mobile hospital and face masks. The transportation cost of the flight is fully covered by the EU, while […]

The use of mobile technologies in Radiation Oncology: helping medical care

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Camila Fonseca Carneiro, a third-year medical student at the State University of Amazonas, Amazonia, 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 […]

Two rhythms and a sharpened pencil: how art can help us heal and make sense of the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bianca Ghose, Chief Storyteller, Wipro Icelandic film director Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir reflects on how art can connect with our inner selves to help us make sense of the world’. In today’s uncertain times, the healing power of art is […]

This project is using AI and drones to track and protect great white sharks

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 Marine scientists are using AI and drones to better understand the habits and movements of sharks. Artificial intelligence can identify different shark types on video footage and warn officials of pending danger. […]

Colourism: How skin-tone bias affects racial equality at work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adwoa Bagalini, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, World Economic Forum Colourism is a form of discrimination based on skin tone, perpetuated by the global beauty industry, where sales of skin-lightening products are projected to reach $8.9 billion by […]

Building back business: Avoiding a trade-off between resilience and growth

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christopher Alessi, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum “The question is: how do we achieve resilience in a new global environment, including a pandemic-prone global environment, as well as growth – how do we avoid a sharp trade-off between […]

Is flexible working here to stay? We asked 6 companies how to make it work

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 Working from home or teleworking during the pandemic has ushered in a new era of productivity, inclusiveness and connectedness. Six business leaders discuss what has changed in the way they communicate and […]

David McAllister underlines the need for rapid progress in EU-UK negotiations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Statement by David McAllister (EPP, DE), Chair of the Parliament’s EU-UK Coordination Group, after the latest round of talks on the future relationship between the UK and the EU: “Michel Barnier just debriefed the UK Coordination Group in the European Parliament about the seventh […]

Coronavirus Global Response: EU Humanitarian Air Bridge supports Venezuela

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As part of the EU’s global coronavirus response, an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge operation consisting of two flights to Venezuela has concluded after delivering a total of 82.5 tonnes of life-saving material to supply humanitarian partners in the field. The first flight departed on […]

Rules of origin: EU to enhance preferential trade with Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted today a package of proposals that aims to increase trade between the European Union and neighbouring countries in the Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) region, thereby contributing to the economic recovery following the coronavirus outbreak. Today’s proposals will modernise the EU’s preferential […]

Robots, Artificial intelligence and Dentistry

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. I Mamoona Habib a 3rd year student studying BDS in Army Medical College, Pakistan. 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 […]

Could electric vehicles pose a threat to our power systems?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gerhard Salge, Chief Technology Officer, Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd & Alexandre Oudalov, Manager, Power Systems of the Future, Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd The electrification of road transport will shift our energy requirements from petrol to power […]

How Mobile Technology is Changing the Healthcare System

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gabriele Montipó, a second-year medical student at the UniversidadeEstadual do Oeste do Paraná, in Francisco Beltrão, 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 […]

A vision for post-pandemic mobility in African cities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Seble Samuel Global Shaper, Addis Ababa Hub & Constant Cap Urban Planner and Researcher, Naipolitans & Marcela Guerrero Casas Founder and Associate, Open Streets Cape Town The traffic-free measures taken by cities across the globe during the pandemic […]

Towards Responsible #AIforAll in India

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anna Roy Senior, Advisor, NITI Aayog, Government of India & Arunima Sarkar, Project Lead, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum NITI Aayog is developing an approach towards ensuring responsible usage of AI in India with the […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission decides to register ‘Right to Cure’ initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Right to Cure’. The organisers of the ECI call on the Union ‘to put public health before private profit [and] make anti-pandemic vaccines and treatments a global public good, freely accessible […]

Technology is a means, not an end

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ana Paula Weber and Mr. Lucas Gheller Machado, medical students in their third year of studies at Unicesumar, 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 […]

Want to hear about the ideas solving the world’s biggest challenges? Follow UpLink on Twitter

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ross Chainey, Digital Media Specialist, World Economic Forum UpLink is a global crowdsourcing platform that surfaces solutions to the world’s toughest challenges. Four challenges have been launched so far, on the ocean, COVID-19, 1 trillion trees and social […]

Why maps matter in our response to COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ibrahim Khan, Co-founder, IFG.VC and Islamicfinanceguru.com The most useful maps and data visualizations of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped us understand, respond to and recover from the crisis; Several maps seek to estimate the potential spread of COVID-19 […]

What talent means in the post-COVID-19 workplace

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ravin Jesuthasan, Managing Director and Global Practice Leader, Willis Towers Watson & Queenie Chan, Senior Consultant, Talent Management, Willis Towers Watson There is a lack of adequate metrics available to companies for measuring the value of talent and […]