Robot football: How the ‘beautiful game’ has advanced AI and automation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Spencer Feingold, Digital Editor, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum In 1997, a computer programme named Deep Blue beat the world’s reigning chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, in a highly publicised, multi-day chess match. Enthusiasts have debated the fairness of […]

Commission presents guidelines on stricter visa processing for Russian citizens

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is presenting guidelines to support Member States’ consulates in handling short-stay visa applications lodged by Russian citizens. Taking into account the heightened security risks the EU is facing following Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, consulates should conduct a strict assessment […]

The issue of drug addiction and the focus on harm reduction approach

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. UWASE Sandrine, a medical student from the University of Rwanda, Rwanda. 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

Informal Home Affairs Council: EU launches the Support Hub for Internal Security and Border Management in Moldova

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, in the margins of the informal Home Affairs Council Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson and the Moldovan Minister of Internal Affairs, Ana Revenco launched the EU Support Hub for Internal Security and Border Management in Moldova. As an operational platform, the EU […]

Antitrust: Commission accepts commitments from T-Mobile CZ, CETIN and O2 CZ on Czech network sharing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has made commitments offered by T-Mobile CZ, CETIN and O2 CZ, as well as their parent companies Deutsche Telekom and PPF Group, legally binding under EU antitrust rules. The companies must ensure that their network sharing agreements do not reduce infrastructure […]

Commission welcomes political agreement on adequate minimum wages for workers in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the political agreement reached earlier today between the European Parliament and the EU Member States on the Directive on adequate minimum wages proposed by the Commission in October 2020. At the start of her mandate, Commission President von der Leyen […]

State of Schengen: Commission sets new priorities and new governance model

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is presenting the State of Schengen Report 2022. This is the first time the Commission is presenting such report, following last year’s Schengen Strategy. This report  is part of the Commission’s initiative to reinforce the Schengen governance through a yearly reporting […]

Hesitance of COVID-19 vaccination: how to tackle with effective communications strategies

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Anthony Collins, a third year Medical Student from UWI Mona in Kingston, Jamaica. He 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect […]

This is what the world’s first floating city will look like

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 The world’s first prototype floating city that adapts to sea level rise has just been unveiled at UN headquarters in New York. OCEANIX Busan, in South Korea, aims to provide breakthrough technology […]

Machine learning can help protect urban water. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shefali Rai, Project Specialist, C4IR India & Sanjiv Jha, Principal, Smart Infrastructure, Amazon Web Services Climate change has highlighted the importance of preserving freshwater as a resource. Effective infrastructure management in cities is vital to preserve water. Real-Time […]

How company boards can be a vanguard for climate action

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sharon Thorne, Global Chair, Deloitte Company boards can cut through the clutter and provide strategic direction on climate change. A recent Deloitte survey shows only half of board members consider themselves ‘climate-literate’. A new collaboration with the World […]

Earth Day: Four ways to safeguard investments in nature

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hashendra Wijesinha, Lead, Nature Action Agenda & Xinqing Lu, Community Specialist, Champions for Nature, Nature Action Agenda This Earth Day, it is more imperative than ever that we act on the challenge of climate change. Biodiversity is declining […]

Five ‘Monday morning priorities’ for private equity investors looking to progress on sustainability

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shrinal Sheth, Project Lead, Financial Innovation, World Economic Forum, Meagan Andrews, Community Curator, Investors Industries, World Economic Forum, Vinay Shandal, Managing Partner and Director, Principal Investors and Private Equity in Canada, Boston Consulting Group, Greg Fischer, Partner and […]

Stand Up For Ukraine: 9.1 billion euros pledged in support of internally displaced and refugees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The “Stand Up for Ukraine” global pledging event and campaign has raised 9.1 billion euros for people fleeing the Russian invasion, inside Ukraine and abroad, including €1 billion from the European Commission. On top of that, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has […]

Poor dental health costs employers $54 billion a year. Here’s how to fix it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Deeptha Khanna, Chief Business Leader, Personal Health; Executive Vice-President and Member of the Executive Committee, Royal Philips An estimated 3.5 billion people globally suffer from oral diseases – many of which are preventable. The economic impact of unmanaged […]

Commission suspends cooperation with Russia on research and innovation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the Russian invasion against Ukraine and in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, the Commission has decided to suspend the cooperation with Russian entities in research, science and innovation. The Commission will not conclude any new contracts nor any new agreements with Russian […]

The EU must speak with one voice on foreign policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for a more effective EU foreign and security policy and a stronger defence capability to respond to threats, in two reports adopted on Thursday. With growing instability in the world, the rise of authoritarianism and disinformation, the EU should take the lead […]

Humanitarian aid: EU allocates €18 million in Algeria, Egypt and Libya

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has announced its humanitarian funding for North Africa for 2022 amounting to €18 million. The funding will support some of the most vulnerable people in Algeria, Egypt and Libya. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič said: “The European Union is committed […]

Honoring brave journalism: Applications for the 30th Lorenzo Natali Media Prize are open

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize (#NataliPrize), the European Union’s journalism award, opens for applications. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Prize rewards journalists reporting on themes such as inequality, poverty, climate, education, migration, employment, digital, healthcare, peace, democracy, and human rights. Commissioner […]

How digitalization is making South and Southeast Asia engines of growth

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Azaz Zaman, Assistant Professor, Bangladesh Army, International University of Science and Technology The burgeoning digital economy led the pandemic recovery in South and Southeast Asia. Heavy smartphone penetration is facilitating digitalization in these regions. Greater government support is […]

Gas stoves might be even worse for health and planet than we thought

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content Stanford study highlights lesser-known dangers of pollution from cooking processes. Methane produced from domestic cooking in the US has a similar environmental impact as 500,000 cars, according to researchers But this is […]

This is how the metaverse might be monetized

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Brambilla Hall, Project Lead, Media, Entertainment and Sport, World Economic Forum Geneva, Cathy Li, Head of Media, Entertainment and Sport, Industries, World Economic Forum Experts believe the metaverse will signify the next step in our digital evolution, […]

Europol: Commission welcomes political agreement on stronger mandate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes today’s political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on a stronger mandate for Europol, the EU agency for law enforcement cooperation. Under this reinforced mandate, Europol will be able to step up its support to Member States in fighting […]

Feeling optimistic about 2022? Most business leaders are

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 Business leaders around the world think 2022 will be a year of growth. Although levels of optimism vary between countries. But a new survey shows a worrying lack of business action on […]

3 imperatives to accelerate the world’s sustainable recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Roland Busch, President and CEO, Siemens AG There is a unique opportunity to shape a sustainable future. Time is running out; we need to accelerate action on every front. Technology, skills development and global cooperation are paramount. When […]

Commission supports Croatia with €319 million for the series of earthquakes in Sisak-Moslavina, Karlovac and Zagreb Counties

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has adopted the financing decision awarding €319 million of EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) support to Croatia following the devastating series of earthquakes that hit Sisak-Moslavina, Karlovac and Zagreb Counties in December 2020 and January 2021. This catastrophe came only a few months […]

Duck, duck, goose. Can schools effectively manage bullying and abuse?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Katerina Drakos, a 5th year medical student from the Lisbon School of Medicine and is a member of the Medical Students Association of Portugal. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this […]

5 key insights on the future-readiness of SMEs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Olivier Woeffray, Practice Lead, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum SMEs represent around 90% of all firms globally, contributing to roughly 70% of employment. These businesses play significant roles in enabling, constraining and shaping the nature of innovation. We […]

Frances Haugen to MEPs: EU digital rules can be a game changer for the world

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU’s future Digital Services Act can set the global standards in transparency, oversight and enforcement, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told MEPs. The Digital Services Act (DSA) has the potential to be a “global gold standard” and inspire other countries to “pursue new rules […]

The mental health of young people in the pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Natan Q. A. da Silva, a 5th year medical student from Brazil and Ms. Maria L. C. Meurer, a 4th year medical student of UNINGÁ, Brazuk. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

State of the Energy Union 2021: Renewables overtake fossil fuels as the EU’s main power source

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today its State of the Energy Union Reports for 2021, taking stock of the progress that the EU is making in delivering the clean energy transition, nearly two years after the launch of the European Green Deal. While there are a […]

European Health Union: Commission establishes portfolio of 10 most promising treatments for COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Delivering on a key action from the EU Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics, the Commission is today establishing a portfolio of 10 potential COVID-19 therapeutics. The list established is based on independent scientific advice, and focuses on COVID-19 treatment candidates that are likely to be […]

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, […]