Protectionism doesn’t stand a chance in the age of connectivity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hikmet Ersek, President and Chief Executive Officer, Western Union One of the questions I’m asked most frequently as the CEO of a global company – one that operates across more than 200 countries and territories – is: “Am I […]

What has a year of experiments taught us about basic income?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Guy Standing, Professorial research associate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London As a long-time proponent of basic income, and as someone who has been involved in pilots in four continents, the past year has been a […]

Preferential tariffs to help Western Sahara to develop

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament backed a proposal to lower tariffs in the territory of Western Sahara to the same level as Moroccan tariffs, to benefit local populations. The Parliament gave the green light by 444 votes to 167 and 68 abstentions, to extend the preferential […]

Member states jeopardising the rule of law will risk losing EU funds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Governments interfering with courts or failing to tackle fraud and corruption will risk suspension of EU funds, according to a draft law endorsed by MEPs on Thursday. Assisted by a panel of independent experts, the EU Commission would be tasked with establishing “generalised deficiencies […]

How leaders can use ‘agile governance’ to drive tech and win trust

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Susannah Rodgers, Paralympian and Director, Spirit of 2012 Technologies are disrupting markets all over the world. The way people use transportation, leisure and entertainment have changed with Uber, Airbnb and Netflix, and more is to come with the wider […]

“InvestEU”: MEPs support new programme to boost financing for jobs and growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has adopted its position on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance from 2021 to 2027. The new InvestEU programme follows and replaces the current EFSI (European Fund for Strategic Investments), set up after the financial crisis. MEPs adopted […]

Australia’s record heatwave: From fainting tennis players to dead fish

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 The four days up to January 15 were some of the hottest on record, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, which has issued a series of warnings that cover the whole country. […]

EU integration: MEPs want to end permanent opt-outs from EU law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament opposed to ‘Europe à la carte’ and ‘second-class’ membership, in a resolution put to the vote on Thursday. MEPs took stock of the differing levels of European integration among member states, commonly referred to as ‘Europe à la carte’, ‘variable geometry’, ‘multi-speed Europe’ […]

CO2 can be a valuable raw material, not just a climate killer. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Markus Steilemann, Chief Executive Officer, Covestro The world is off track on climate action, with global warming heading towards 3°C this century, according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). We used to think […]

Human rights breaches in Azerbaijan and Sudan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore the crackdown on dissent in Azerbaijan and urge Sudanese authorities to end violence against those protesting President al-Bashir’s regime. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Azerbaijan and Sudan. Azerbaijan must release anti-corruption […]

When did globalization begin? The answer might surprise you

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Vanshica Kant, Young Professional, United Nations Resident Coordinator Office (UNRC) “Globalization” is the 21st century’s favourite buzzword. It is part of our current zeitgeist: we are witnessing an unparalleled compression of time and space, as goods, services, people and […]

European Fund for Transition to support more workers made redundant

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament voted to reform the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund supporting workers dismissed due to globalisation, technological or environmental changes. MEPs changed the name of the fund from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to the European Fund for Transition (EFT) and want it to remain […]

We need to talk about failure in the social sector

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kyle Zimmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, First Book & Rohini Nilekani, Philanthropist, social entrepreneur, and writer A lot of ink is spilled and awards are bestowed celebrating the success of the social sector – and there is much […]

MEPs spell out priorities for the European Central Bank and on banking union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs on Wednesday set out their priorities for the European Central Bank’s actions in the coming year and those for moving ahead with completing the banking union. In two separate resolutions, the first on the work of the European Central Bank (ECB) drafted by […]

These countries are pioneering hydrogen power

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood Writer, Formative Content Renewable energy pioneers on the Scottish Orkney Islands are aiming to launch the world’s first seagoing ferries powered by hydrogen. The project represents just one application for a fuel that has the potential to […]

Pesticides: MEPs propose blueprint to improve EU approval procedure

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to boost trust in the EU approval procedure of pesticides, by making it more transparent and accountable, were put forward by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs agreed that the public should be granted access to the studies used in the procedure to authorise a […]

The world’s coastal cities are going under. Here’s how some are fighting back

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Co-founder, Igarape Institute and SecDev Group The warning signs are increasingly hard to ignore. Sea-level rise is real, displacing thousands of people, destroying millions of acres of land and generating billions of dollars in losses. Due to […]

EU Elections: new rules to prevent breaches of data used to influence elections

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A proposal introducing penalties on European political parties deliberately breaching data protection to tamper with EU elections was informally agreed on Wednesday. The new provisions agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators are aimed at protecting the electoral process from online disinformation campaigns based on […]

Promoting rule of law and fundamental rights in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should do more to promote democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights across the EU, including through support to civil society organisations. MEPs endorsed on Thursday the position of the Civil Liberties Committee to triple the funds allocated in the long-term EU […]

Companies can help build a more inclusive world. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adaire Fox-Martin, Executive board member, SAP We live in a world of smart, connected ovens, but one in which 795 million people do not have enough food to eat. We are witnessing exponential growth, but also great inequality. Addressing […]

My disability, my identity

  This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.  Author: Susannah Rodgers, Paralympian and Director, Spirit of 2012 As human beings, in a complex world of divisions, boundaries and borders, it isn’t surprising that we try to make sense of things by putting everyone and everything into groups, […]

Anti-vaxxers are hurting vaccination campaigns. We need to fight back

This article was exclusively written for the The European Sting by Mr. Jorge Félix Cardoso, a final year medical student at FMUP, Porto, and a MA in Political Philosophy candidate at UMinho, Braga. 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 […]

Pedro Sánchez: We must protect Europe, so Europe can protect its citizens

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU needs to be defended in the face of new challenges and against those who want to destroy it, said Pedro Sánchez on Wednesday to the European Parliament. In a plenary debate on the future of the EU, the President of the Spanish […]

We can end TB right now. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stoffels, Vice Chair of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson In 2014, the world experienced the first-ever major Ebola epidemic. Over the following two years, nearly 30,000 Ebola cases were reported. More than 11,000 […]

The West is struggling to hit its climate targets. What would the developing world do differently?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Chandran Nair, Founder and CEO, Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT) By now, many of us will have read the dire warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). After noting that the impact of a global temperature increase […]

EU fundamental rights under threat in several member states

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament denounces gender violence and discrimination, breaches of rule of law and hate speech in its assessment of fundamental rights in the EU in 2017. In a non-legislative resolution adopted on Wednesday with 390 votes to 153 and 63 abstentions, MEPs call […]

Brexit: the time has come for the UK to clarify its position

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In the debate following the UK House of Commons’ meaningful vote, MEPs underlined that Europeans will remain united and that citizens’ rights are still the EP’s priority. Following the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration in the UK’s House of Commons […]

Are we sleepwalking into a new global crisis?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Aengus Collins, Head of Global Risks and the Geopolitical Agenda, World Economic Forum Could the world be sleepwalking into a crisis? Global risks are intensifying but the collective will to tackle them appears to be lacking. Instead, divisions are […]

Why businesses are nothing without strong human rights

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bennett Freeman, Business Support for Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders, Bennett Freeman Associates LLC & Mauricio Lazala, Deputy Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre & Michael Ineichen, Programme director , International Service for Human Rights Let’s start […]

Why the world is not as globalized as you think

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Post DHL Recent years have called into question the idea of an interconnected, open world in which goods, capital, people and ideas can move across borders, seeking more choice and opportunities, and faster […]

How Abu Dhabi found a way to grow vegetables in 40-degree heat

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Could you grow your lunch in an old shipping container? One that’s situated in 40-degree desert heat? A project underway in Abu Dhabi aims to encourage people to do just that – pairing old shipping containers […]

8 things we need to do to tackle humanitarian crises in 2019

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) In Timbuktu, Mali this month I met with families without food whose crops have failed and whose children have been killed by improvised explosive devices (IED). I couldn’t help […]

Insurer CEOs Reveal Marketing Strategies that Communicate the True Value of Insurance Products & Services to the Customer

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