EU survey confirms citizens’ call for EU to have more powers to tackle pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In the grip of the second wave of coronavirus, two thirds of EU citizens call for more EU competence and an EU budget with sufficient means to tackle the crisis. The European Parliament released today the full results of its third survey this year […]

EU should set goal to end homelessness by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament approved a series of recommendations to combat homelessness and end housing exclusion in the EU. In the resolution adopted with 647 votes in favour, 13 against and 32 abstentions, Parliament highlights the precarious living situation of over 700,000 persons who face […]

COVID-19 and natural disasters: €823 million in EU aid for eight member states

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament approved €823 million in EU aid for the Croatia earthquake, floods in Poland, and the response to the coronavirus crisis in seven EU countries. The €823 million in aid from the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) will be distributed as follows: […]

EU reconfirms support for Afghanistan at 2020 Geneva Conference

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union today reconfirmed its long-standing solidarity and partnership with the people of Afghanistan, pledging support of €1.2 billion over the period 2021–2025 in both long-term and emergency assistance at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference “Peace, Prosperity and Self-Reliance”. EU High Representative for Foreign […]

Promoting Equality for Women in the Healthcare Industry : A Physician’s Reflection on His Experiences as a Medical Student

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Andy Nugraha, currently studying at Airlangga Medical Faculty in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. 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 […]

Stop violence against women: Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the European Commission and High Representative/Vice-President, Josep Borrell, issued the following statement: “Violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights, and has no place in the […]

Letter to The European Sting from Italy

This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Mr. Tomasso Merlo. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. The populist wave has brought out a more crude and extremist right than the traditional one. The big political question is whether we are […]

Marked improvement in Europe’s air quality over past decade, fewer deaths linked to pollution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Better air quality has led to a significant reduction of premature deaths over the past decade in Europe. However, the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest official data show that almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution, leading to about 400,000 premature deaths across […]

Spread Her Wings: Let Her Fly

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Asadur Rahman Nabin, National Officer on Human Rights and Peace from BMSS Bangladesh, medical student of Bangladesh Medical College. 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 […]

Protecting the front line: the healthcare of health professionals

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fernanda Clara da Silva, a student of the fourth period of Medicine in Rio Grande do Norte State University (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 […]

Why small farms are key to the future of food – and how we can support them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Small-scale farmers and rural populations are disproportionately among the poor and hungry. But they are also the best hope for increasing land productivity and crop diversity to feed […]

Women Empowering inside Medical Schools

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fernanda Pacheco Mendes Coelho and Marcelle Rodrigues Carneiro de Souza Reis, two 3rd-year medical students at Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido dos Santos – UNICEPLAC at Brasília, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. […]

An expert explains: How to turn industrial carbon emissions into building materials

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. By 2040, Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) wants to lock away 1 billion tonnes of CO2 in building materials. Sophia Hamblin Wang is one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers and COO of Mineral Carbonation International. Here she explains the process and how […]

Tigray conflict: EU humanitarian support to Ethiopian refugees reaching Sudan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As more and more Ethiopian refugees fleeing conflict continue to reach the Sudanese borders, the European Commission is mobilising an initial €4 million in emergency assistance to help support the displaced people arriving in Sudan. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management said: “There is […]

Building the future of EU strategic foresight – Speech by Vice-President Šefčovič at the annual conference of the European Policy and Strategy Analysis System

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “Check against delivery” First of all, my thanks to President Sassoli for his kind words, and to Anthony Teasdale for helping to reinforce the ESPAS community over the past few years. It is crucial that we work together across EU institutions – and also […]

Eliminating gender based bias in medicine: the role of medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Akshara Singh, a 2nd year student at Baroda Medical College, Baroda, India. 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 […]

How has technology changed – and changed us – in the past 20 years?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Madeleine Hillyer, U.S. Media Specialist, World Economic Forum Since the dotcom bubble burst back in 2000, technology has radically transformed our societies and our daily lives. From smartphones to social media and healthcare, here’s a brief history of […]

REACT-EU: additional support of €47.5 billion agreed to address impact of COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU institutions reached a provisional agreement on deploying additional EU resources and measures to mitigate the immediate effects of the COVID-19 crisis. On 18 November, European Parliament and Council concluded negotiations on providing assistance to foster crisis repair in response to the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with CureVac to ensure access to a potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission approved a fifth contract with the European pharmaceutical company CureVac, which provides for the initial purchase of 225 million doses on behalf of all EU Member States, plus an option to request up to a further 180 million doses, to […]

Closing the gaps in accelerating women’s rights:the role of medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr.Aazil Naseer, a student of MBBS 2 nd year studying in JSS Medical College, Mysore, Karnataka, India. 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 […]

Commission disburses €14 billion under SURE to nine Member States

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has disbursed €14 billion to nine EU countries in the second instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument. As part of today’s operations, Croatia has received €510 million, Cyprus €250 million, Greece €2 billion, Italy an additional […]

InvestEU Fund for sustainable and social investment, MEPs ready for negotiations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. InvestEU aims to be a fund that provides support to EU investors by integrating and simplifying the financing, offered under a single budgetary guarantee scheme. Aim to generate at least €1 200 billion in investments Launchpad for investments which otherwise would be difficult to […]

China joins list of nations banning the sale of old-style fossil-fuelled vehicles

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 From 2035, the only new cars for sale in China will be ‘new-energy’. In parts of Europe, similar rules are coming on stream earlier. The US is lagging behind – only California […]

Balancing The Broken See-Saw of Gender Power Dynamics as a Medical Student

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Divya Naisheril, a second year MBBS student from Government Medical College and Hospital, Jalgaon. 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 […]

Coronavirus: Commission holds first meeting of EU COVID-19 national scientific advice platform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed Member States’ COVID-19 scientific advisors to the first meeting of the EU scientific advice platform on COVID-19. The platform will facilitate more co-ordinated scientific advice on the approach to Member State COVID-19 public health measures across the […]

The pill of gender bias – hard to swallow

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Manali Sarkar, a 2nd year MBSS student at MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai. 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 […]

Medical Students Can Help to Protect Women Rights

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ahmet Kayhan KORKUSUZ, a first-year medical student at Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey. 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 […]

Green Deal: How MEPs wish to channel EU investment to sustainable activities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament sets out its proposals on how to best finance the Green Transition to sustainable, carbon-neutral economic activities in the vote on Friday. In a non-binding resolution on the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP) and financing the Green Deal, which passed with 471 votes […]

State aid: Commission approves German nation-wide scheme to support deployment of Gigabit networks in Germany

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a German scheme to support the deployment of very high capacity broadband networks offering Gigabit speeds in Germany. The aid will bring these networks to customers in areas where the market does not provide […]

EU trade agreements: delivering for Europe’s businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The 4th Annual Report on the Implementation of the European Union’s Trade Agreements in 2019 published today shows the benefits of our expanding global trade network. Despite tensions in the global trade arena, the report shows that EU trade agreements continued to facilitate fair […]

How the Female Medical Students in Gen Z are Changing the Patriarchy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Marcelle Rodrigues Carneiro de Souza Reis, a 3rd-year medical student at Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido dos Santos -UNICEPLAC in Brasília, Brazil.. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

The unique frequency of felling the gab on women’s rights by medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gismat Ansari, a second Year Medical Student at Ahfad University for Women, Sudan. 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 […]

Building a European Health Union: Stronger crisis preparedness and response for Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is taking the first steps towards building the European Health Union announced by President von der Leyen in her State of the Union address. The Commission is putting forward a set of proposals to strengthen the EU’s health security framework, […]