Cross-border travel is confusing after COVID – this framework can help borders reopen safely

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Meyer, Co-founder and CEO, The Commons Project & James Kondo, Chairman and CEO, International House, Japan & Christoph Wolff, Head of Shaping the Future of Mobility, World Economic Forum Cross-border travel after COVID must be safe and […]

Venezuela: MEPs call for free and fair elections in the crisis-torn country

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, the European Parliament reiterates its deep concern at the severity of the humanitarian emergency in Venezuela. In the text, adopted by 487 votes in favour, 119 against with 79 abstentions, MEPs call for urgent action to prevent the […]

New EU rules and guidance for a fairer online economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission publishes today a set of resources to help traders, online platforms and search engines get the most out of the new Platform to Business rules, which apply from this Sunday, 12 July. In addition, three progress reports prepared by the expert group for […]

Mental health: simple ideas that can make a difference

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mariana Bezerra Teles, a third year medial student at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, 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 […]

Parliament adopts major reform of road transport sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament backs revised rules to improve drivers’ working conditions and stop distortion of competition in road transport. MEPs endorsed all three legal acts without any amendments, as adopted by EU ministers in April 2020. The political agreement with the Council was reached in December […]

EU Citizenship: New survey shows EU citizens are more aware of their rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A new Eurobarometer survey on EU Citizenship and Democracy released today by the European Commission shows that a vast majority of Europeans (91%) are familiar with the term “citizen of the European Union”. This is the highest level of awareness yet since 2007 and […]

24 new European Universities reinforce the European Education Area

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Universities are transnational alliances of higher education institutions from across the EU that come together for the benefit of students, teachers and society. Today, the European Commission has unveiled the additional 24 European Universities that will join the first 17 alliances of higher […]

MEPs want the EU to play a stronger role in improving public health

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a debate on the EU’s future public health strategy, MEPs said COVID-19 has shown that the EU needs stronger tools to deal with health emergencies. In the plenary debate with Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and the Council, preceding Friday’s vote on a resolution […]

EU leaders prepare timetable and structure for EU budget negotiations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The four presidents of the main EU institutions met today to prepare the intensive inter-institutional negotiations that lie ahead. A read-out of the meeting between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, […]

European Commission and World Bank Group renew agreement to strengthen development cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the World Bank Group have today signed a Financial Framework Partnership Agreement, which guides the terms under which the Bank Group will use funding from the European Union to implement development projects across the world. Building on the partners’ longstanding […]

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 […]

It’s time to get serious about the causes of pandemics: UN report

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 75% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic. 60% of known infectious diseases are, too. $100 billion has been lost to zoonotic diseases over the past two decades – not accounting for COVID-19. […]

Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.   To become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.  The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, adopted today, will pave the way towards a more efficient and […]

EU allocates over €22 million to help Palestinians in need

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU has announced €22.7 million in humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable people in Palestine[1], who are increasingly threatened by violence, hardship and a lack of essential services. Already affected by movement restrictions prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the coronavirus has exacerbated […]

German Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ministers are outlining the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Germany holds the Presidency of the Council until the end of 2020. The first series of hearings is taking place from […]

Mental health in the context of a pandemic: social distance

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Karoline Silveira Cavalcante, a third year medicine student from the State University of Rio Grande do Norte and member of IFMSA Brazil – UERN. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

Coronavirus: Commission adopts new exceptional support measures for the wine sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today an additional package of exceptional measures to support the wine sector, following the coronavirus crisis and its consequences on the sector. The wine sector is among the hardest hit agri-food sectors, due to rapid changes in demand and the closure […]

Companies need help to overcome rising

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ling Hai, Co-President, Asia-Pacific, Mastercard Data inequality encompasses the ability to perform analytics and pull insights from that information. In the pandemic, less digitally-resourced players are struggling to adapt and risk falling out of touch with their markets. […]

Investigate alleged pushbacks of asylum-seekers at the Greek-Turkish border, MEPs demand

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Greek and EU authorities must investigate recurrent reports of violent pushbacks at the border with Turkey, which if true would mean Greece is not ensuring the right to asylum. On Monday, MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee asked the Greek Government to clarify their […]

State aid: Commission approves €150 million Austrian subordinated loan to compensate Austrian Airlines for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found an Austrian €150 million subordinated loan (convertible into a grant) in favour of Austrian Airlines AG to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure aims at partly compensating the airline for the damages suffered due to […]

Understanding our own garden that we call mind

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Marcelo Costa Martins Moura, a third-year Brazilian medical student. He 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 […]

Remittances could fall by $100 billion because of COVID-19 – here’s why that matters

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 Remittances – the money sent home by individuals to family and friends – are in crisis because of the global economic downturn. It comes after the total value of remittances reached $714 […]

How COVID-19 is making companies act for the long term

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark Machin, President and CEO, CPP Investments Companies understand that managing this pandemic is more important for future success than booking profits. Businesses are shifting their models to help slow, prevent, or cure the virus. The pandemic will […]

4 views on the shape of global cooperation in the time of COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Karin von Hippel, Director-General, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies & Lynn Kuok, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security & Fyodor Lukyanov, Director, Research, Valdai Discussion Club  &Susana Malcorra, Dean, IE School of Global […]

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 […]

Sanity in times of COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lesley Roks, a fourth year medical student working as Local Supervisory Counselor (L-SupCo) in IFMSA Brazil UniCesumar. 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 […]

Pandemic mental health: the urgency of self-care

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Leigh Nathalie da Silva and Ms. Maria Catarina de Cassia Quirino, two medical students at the State University of Londrina (UEL), located in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions […]

Great Reset: What university entrepreneurship can bring to the post-COVID world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark Dodgson, Professor of Innovation Studies, The University of Queensland & David Gann, Professor of Technology and Innovation Management, Imperial College Entrepreneurship can provide a greater range of options, as well as speed and agility, to a world […]

How the post-COVID workplace will change business for the better

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark Pringle, Senior Vice President of Corporate Real Estate, Global Facilities and Environment, Health and Safety, Dell Technologies Businesses that prioritize their return to work strategies and change how they operate will outpace their peers; As we emerge […]

This architect explains why racist statues are no longer relevant and describes how to replace them

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 Racist statues are falling, exposing the relationship between symbols and the built environment with systems of injustice. Sir David Adjaye – lead designer of the Smithsonian Museum’s National Museum for African American […]

European Commission revamps its ‘Have Your Say’ portal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has launched a revamped version of the ‘Have Your Say’ portal. This online platform invites all citizens, (including businesses and non-governmental organisations), to share their views on Commission initiatives at key stages in the legislative process. The new version should […]

Boosting the EU’s green recovery: Commission invests €1 billion in innovative clean technology projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is launching today the first call for proposals under the Innovation Fund , one of the world’s largest programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, financed by revenues from the auction of emission allowances from the EU’s Emissions Trading System. The […]

Next six months crucial for the EU, says von der Leyen at the start of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The College of Commissioners met today via videoconference the Government of Germany for the beginning of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU. President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that the start of the German Presidency came at […]