Improving coverage of mental health services

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Juan Pablo Robles Carrasquilla, a 19 year old and second year medical student at Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia. 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 […]

This is how New York plans to end its car culture

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 Walking or cycling in Manhattan should soon be a lot safer following a vote by New York City councillors to build about 400 km of protected bike lanes and redesign 2,000 road junctions […]

Brazil must immediately end threats to independence and capacity of law enforcement to fight corruption

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The OECD Working Group on Bribery urges Brazil, one of the founding Parties to the Anti-Bribery Convention since 1997, to preserve the full capacity and independence of law enforcement authorities to investigate and prosecute foreign bribery and corruption. Despite being recognised by the Working Group for […]

Brexit: Citizens’ rights remain a key priority for MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Brexit Steering Group met on Tuesday 12 November with several committees to look at the part of the Withdrawal Agreement on citizens’ rights. The focus of this meeting with the LIBE, EMPL, JURI, PETI and AFCO committees was on the implementation in the […]

Wolfgang Schäuble: “Without European unification, there would be no German unity”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP President David Sassoli and President of the German Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble commemorated the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989. The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, paid tribute to courageous European citizens “who peacefully, without any violence, but through […]

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 […]

Amsterdam has a bubble barrier to catch canal plastic

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 latest innovation to tackle plastic pollution? A bubble barrier. A wall of bubbles can intercept plastics in rivers and canals without blocking the passage of boats and marine wildlife. Tests of a […]

This Dutch butcher makes plants taste just like meat

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 Jaap Korteweg was brought up on meat. That’s what happens when you grow up surrounded by cows on a farm in Holland. But the ninth-generation farmer has swapped slaughtering (and eating) animals for […]

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 […]

Happy workers are more productive, research shows

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 How are you feeling? Your answer to this deceptively simple question will likely determine how productive you will be at work today, according to new research. A team at the University of Oxford’s […]

Humanitarian aid: EU announces additional €35 million for Africa’s Sahel region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A rise in the number and spread of conflicts in countries across Africa’s Sahel region is putting further strains on already fragile communities. To help those most in need, the European Commission is stepping up its support with a further €35 million in humanitarian […]

New OECD work to support citizen engagement with governments

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. OECD Observatory of Civic Space will measure access, recommend steps to safeguard public role in policy The OECD unveiled at the Paris Peace Forum today a new Observatory of Civic Space, an initiative to support countries in promoting and protecting an environment that enables citizens and […]

Why law enforcement and businesses need to join forces to fight global cybercrime

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: William Dixon, Head of Operations, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum & Craig Jones, Director of Cybercrime, INTERPOL The digital revolution is changing the way law enforcement protects communities and the way businesses manage risk. The World Economic Forum’s Regional […]

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: what can be done to diminish increasing suicide rates?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Alvija Kučinskaitė, a second-year medical student at Vilnius University, Lithuania. 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 […]

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 […]

38th ACP-EU Assembly: dialogue on cooperation challenges in Kigali

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Climate change and food security, migration, sustainable growth and the post-Cotonou ACP-EU agreement are set to be the focus of the 38th session of the assembly. Members of the European Parliament and parliamentarians of 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will meet in Kigali, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Humanitarian Aid: EU allocates €55 million in Sudan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is mobilising €55 million to help vulnerable people caught in humanitarian crises in Sudan. The announcement comes as at least 8 million people in Sudan are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 6.3 million not having enough food to meet their […]

EU Charter of Fundamental Rights marks its 10th anniversary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 1 December 2019, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights will celebrate its 10th anniversary since it became legally binding, with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009. To mark this anniversary, the European Commission, together with the Finnish […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mental health and suicide prevention: why focus on primary care

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Thaís Queiroz Landi, fourth-year medical student at the São Lucas University Center, in Rondônia. 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 […]

Autumn 2019 Economic Forecast: A challenging road ahead

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European economy is now in its seventh consecutive year of growth and is forecast to continue expanding in 2020 and 2021. Labour markets remain strong and unemployment continues to fall. However, the external environment has become much less supportive and uncertainty is running […]

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. […]

Budget MEPs back €1.6 million to help 400 former workers of Carrefour Belgium

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. 400 retail workers from Wallonia dismissed by the supermarket chain Carrefour should receive EU aid worth €1,632,028 to help find new jobs, the EP’s budget committee has decided. The measure, co-financed by the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) would help the 400 workers find […]

This new initiative aims to make cybercrime harder – and riskier – to commit

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alois Zwinggi, Head of Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum & Kevin Brown, Managing Director, BT Security Many facts and figures are published on an almost daily basis in an effort to describe the constantly changing threats to our […]

These photos show some of the world’s smallest things massively magnified

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 Small is beautiful, as winners of this Nikon International Small World competition prove. First prize in the 2019 Photomicrography Competition went to a picture of a fluorescent turtle embryo taken by Teri Zgoda […]

Europe divided: 30 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall

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 The Berlin Wall separated a city and its people. It was also a seemingly permanent symbol of the partition of the world along Cold War ideological lines. Its fall 30 years ago took […]

Banning out-of-hours work emails could make some employees more stressed, research finds

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 Have you ever felt obliged to respond to work emails at home during the evening and at weekends? You’re not alone. An increasing number of employers and governments have taken steps to ban […]