To build a circular economy, we need to put recycling in the bin

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexandre Lemille, Co-founder and general secretary, African Circular Economy Network Too often the concept of a circular economy is muddled up with some kind of advanced recycling process that would mean keeping our industrial system as it is and […]

Making the most of our ‘extra time’ – for ourselves and society

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Camilla Cavendish, Contributing Editor and Weekly Oped Columnist, FT Weekend, The Financial Times Group This is an extract of Camilla Cavendish’s book Extra Time: 10 Lessons for an Ageing World. In 2018, a Dutchman began a court battle to […]

From Model T to EV: a short history of motor vehicle manufacturing

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 You can have any colour you like – as long as it’s black. That’s how Henry Ford is said to have explained the way his mass-manufacturing processes brought affordable, standardized motoring to the […]

3 reasons why Singapore is the smartest city in the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sharmishta Sivaramakrishnan, Community Specialist, Young Global Leaders – Asia, World Economic Forum Geneva It’s official: Singapore is the world’s smartest city. That’s according to a new survey Published by Swiss business school IMD and the Singapore University of Technology […]

The mental health of our society

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Sanem ERGEN, a second year medical student at Istanbul University. 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 view on the topic, nor […]

Closing VAT loopholes for sales through online platforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs on Thursday voted on measures specifying how large online platforms are to contribute to closing loopholes that hinder the collection of VAT. The new rules, led through Parliament by Ondřej Kovařík (Renew, CZ), would help member states recover around €5 billion in tax […]

MEPs condemn criminalisation of sex education in Poland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution put to the vote on Thursday, MEPs express their deep concern over a Polish draft law that could put teachers who provide sex education in prison. In the text adopted by 471 votes in favour, 128 against and 57 abstentions, MEPs […]

The European reaction to the neo-fascist wind

This article was written for The European Sting by one of our readers, Mr. Tommaso Merlo. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. Italian neo-fascism manifests itself in various forms. First of all, organizational. Salvini’s party is dictatorial. At the top there is Salvini who is the […]

These are the countries that have made their climate commitments law

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 New Zealand has joined an elite group of countries that has enacted emissions-target legislation, aiming to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050. The new law commits the country of 4.9 million people to achieve […]

Austria: reforms will be necessary to uphold high well-being levels

‌ This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Austria stands out for its high levels of economic and social well-being. Preserving these will require reforms to improve competition in the service sector, increase access to risk capital for firms of all sizes, encourage more women and migrants into the workforce and lengthen work […]

Stop wars disguised as peace missions

This article was written for The European Sting by one of our readers, Mr. Tommaso Merlo. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. European soldiers are still in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, but we only remember them when a bomb explodes, and they return home in […]

Mental health and suicide prevention-what can be done to increase access to mental health services in my region?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Niedja Fernanda Nobre dos Santos, a student of the third period of Medicine of the State University of Rio Grande do Norte-UERN, 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 […]

Onagawa’s spirit of togetherness: lessons from the 2011 tsunami

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Naoko Tochibayashi, Public Engagement Lead, World Economic Forum, Japan November 5 is World Tsunami Awareness Day. According to the United Nations: “In the past 100 years, 58 tsunamis have claimed more than 260,000 lives, or an average of 4,600 […]

From G7 announcement in August to Paris Peace Forum, Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) coalition gains momentum

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. An ambitious initiative against inequality sponsored by French President Emmanuel Macron Powered by the OECD, spearheaded by Danone, and driven forward at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Biarritz in August 2019, B4IG is a coalition of leading multinational enterprises committed to tackling inequalities and promoting inclusive […]

Mergers: Commission clears Telia’s acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting, 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 proposed acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting by Telia. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by Telia. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “We have today […]

4 ways sporting events are becoming more sustainable

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 When it comes to fighting climate change, large sporting events have struggled to win any prizes. Fans travelling to just one European Cup match this year are estimated to have generated nearly 5,600 […]

Africa-Europe Alliance: two new financial guarantees under the EU External Investment Plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today in the margins of the 2019 Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa, the European Commission signed two guarantee agreements with two Member States’ development finance institution: the Dutch ‘Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V’ (FMO) and the Italian ‘Cassa Depositi e Prestiti’ (CDP). These […]

Vaccine against Ebola: Commission grants first-ever market authorisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted the decision granting marketing authorisation to the company Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. for a vaccine against Ebola. This vaccine, called Ervebo, had been in development since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014. It is already used, […]

4 innovative renewable energy projects powering Europe’s green future

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 Between 2007 and 2017, the volume of renewable energy produced in the European Union’s 28 member states rose by 64%. That energy comes from diverse sources, from the burning of wood and biomass […]

How tech can help businesses balance profit and purpose

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund With the US administration turning its back on the Paris Climate Agreement, demands for corporate climate leadership are mounting. At a time when executives should be filling the leadership gap, too many CEOs […]

The world’s economy is only 9% circular. We must be bolder about saving resources

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Janez Potocnik, Co-chair, International Resource Panel & Antonia Gawel, Head of Circular Economy Initiative, World Economic Forum The immense progress in human development over the past century has provided incredible opportunities for many, yet it has been largely fuelled […]

Trade: EU-Singapore agreement to enter into force on 21 November 2019

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. EU Member States today endorsed the trade agreement between the EU and Singapore. This means the agreement will enter into force as soon as 21 November. President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said: “This is the European Union’s first bilateral trade agreement with […]

EU’s VAT system further equipped to tackle fraud in e-commerce and to help small businesses grow

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU’s VAT system will be further equipped to tackle fraud in the e-commerce sector following new rules agreed by Member States today. Today’s agreement will for the first time make relevant data on online purchases available to anti-fraud authorities in their fight against […]

South Korea wants to build three hydrogen-powered cities by 2022

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content South Korea is vying to win the race to create the first hydrogen-powered society. It wants to build three hydrogen-powered cities by 2022 as it positions itself as a leader in the green technology. The […]

An overview of mental health impacts on women diagnosed with gynecologic cancer and suicide prevention

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Sara Araújo de Medeiros Mendes is a first year medical student at UNICEPLAC (Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido dos Santos). 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 […]

5G networks: to slice or not to slice?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Manish Mangal, Chief Technology Officer, Network Services, Tech Mahindra In many ways, 5G represents more than its definition as the fifth generation of network and mobile communication. When fully utilized, the technology reflects the augmentation of a smart ecosystem […]

5 unexpected ways bicycles have made the world a better place

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content As the need for sustainable travel grows, bicycles are on the up. In 2011, the global market was worth $45 billion. By 2022, that figure will jump to $65 billion. The global bicycle […]

5 things we get wrong about young people, according to a US study

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content “Kids these days!” It’s a phrase that’s been bandied around since ancient times, usually accompanied by a sorrowful shake of the head. In the 4th century BCE, the great philosopher Plato is said […]

European Border and Coast Guard: Council adopts revised regulation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Council adopted today a new regulation on the European Border and Coast Guard, an important element of the EU’s comprehensive approach to migration and border management. The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) is being strengthened in terms of staff and technical […]

EU supports Yemen with €79 million to sustain public services and generate job opportunities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a €79 million package to support Yemen, where violent conflict has created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and devastated livelihoods since 2015. This support will help to sustain public services, such as health and education, and to develop livelihood […]

This is why coral reefs are so vital for the planet

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 Beneath the ocean’s surface, colourful islands covered in algae are working hard to help the marine environment. Although they look more like plants or rocks, corals are animals that are essential for the […]

Health spending set to outpace GDP growth to 2030

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Health expenditure will outpace GDP growth over the next 15 years in almost every OECD country, according to new OECD forecasts. Health spending per capita will grow at an average annual rate of 2.7% across the OECD and will reach 10.2% of GDP by 2030, up […]

5 things to know about the Western Balkans

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 When leaders of the EU’s current 28 members gathered last month to discuss membership applications from Albania and North Macedonia, there was optimism that the accession process would be given a green light. […]