Here’s how we make the internet safer for children

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joanna Rubinstein, President & CEO, World Childhood Foundation, USA & Lina Fernandez, Special Projects Manager, World Childhood Foundation USA This year the World Wide Web celebrates its 30th anniversary. In that time, the internet has transformed every facet […]

State aid: Commission approves German scheme for very high capacity broadband networks in Bavaria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Bavarian scheme to deploy very high capacity networks in Bavaria. The aid will bring very fast broadband to customers in areas where the market does not provide them, in line with the EU […]

MEPs call on Russia to stop illegitimate prosecution of Lithuanian judges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Russia should stop illegitimately prosecuting Lithuanian judges and EU countries should refuse any legal assistance, says European Parliament. In the text adopted by 493 votes in favour, 43 against and 86 abstentions on Thursday, MEPs call on Russia to end the politically motivated prosecution […]

State of Health in the EU: shift to prevention and primary care is the most important trend across countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission published the reports that depict the profile of health systems in 30 countries. Country Health Profiles are being issued with the Companion Report that shows some of the biggest trends in the transformation of the healthcare systems and draws key […]

The European Parliament declares climate emergency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU should commit to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the UN Conference, says Parliament. Ahead of the UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid 2-13 December, the Parliament on Thursday approved a resolution declaring a climate and environmental emergency in Europe and […]

The world needs a grand coalition to tackle climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency More than 40 years after the International Energy Agency (IEA) published the first edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO), the report’s overarching aim remains the same – to deepen our […]

Paid paternity leave should be the norm in the US

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cara Brennan Allamano, Senior Vice-President, HR, Udemy There’s no question the United States is far behind other countries when it comes to supporting new mothers, but the idea of maternity leave, at least, is normalized in our culture. […]

These Dutch tomatoes can teach the world about sustainable agriculture

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 To feed 10 billion people by 2050 at the current level of food production efficiency, we’d have to clear most of the world’s forests. The Netherlands is a leader in efficient and […]

How the inventor of the internet plans to make it safe and accessible for everyone

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 Half the world is connected to the internet today. Concerns about civility, bullying and hate speech on the internet are growing. Contract for the Web includes nine principles to fix the internet […]

November infringements package: key decisions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Overview by policy area In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission pursues legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering various sectors and EU policy areas, aim to ensure the proper […]

Parliament elects the von der Leyen Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following the conclusion of the hearings process, Parliament approved the new Commissioners, presented to plenary by Commission President-elect von der Leyen on Wednesday. In a roll call vote that took place at noon on Wednesday, MEPs approved the new College of Commissioners with 461 […]

How the technology behind deepfakes can benefit all of society

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Geraint Rees, Professor of cognitive neurology, University College London Recent advances in deepfake video technology have led to a rapid increase of such videos in the public domain in the past year. Face-swapping apps such as Zao, for […]

Sardinia’s La Pelosa beach is charging tourists an entry fee to protect its dunes and vegetation

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 La Pelosa Beach in Sardinia is charging an entry fee to protect its dunes and vegetations from tourists. Other tourist destinations in Italy are charging entry fees to limit tourists and fund […]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is redefining the economy as we know it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katica Roy, CEO, Pipeline The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) upends current economic frameworks. Who makes money – and how – has changed. Demographics have changed. Even the skills that brought our society to where we are today have […]

International community has achieved unprecedented success fighting offshore tax evasion

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. On 26-27 November, the 10th Anniversary Meeting of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (the Global Forum) in Paris will bring together more than 500 delegates from 131 member jurisdictions for renewed discussions on efforts to advance the tax transparency […]

We spend half our time at work in meetings – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing

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 Many of us spend half of our work lives in meetings. US workers say one-third of meetings are useless; 60% see meetings as a distraction. New research says we must think of […]

This digital currency could build a more sustainable global economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Liu, chief product officer, Fusion Foundation & Peter Lyons, Senior Adviser, Emerging Technologies, Lapa Capital Whether we are talking about trade and investment or banking and payments, stablecoins and the technology underlying them will be the building […]

34 million Americans know someone who died after being unable to pay for medical treatment

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 More than 13% of American adults say they have at least one friend or family member who died in the last five years after being unable to afford medical care. People of […]

Catalysing change for gender equality, co-authored by two United Nations Under-Secretary Generals

This article was writted for The European Sting by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, and Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writers.  Great strides have been taken to […]

Court of Auditors: MEPs back five members

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs on Tuesday voted to endorse two new members of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) and renewed mandates for three members, including its president. New members: France and Luxembourg François-Roger Cazala, nominated by France, was backed by MEPs by 568 votes to 42, […]

5 ways you can protect insects if you live in a city

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Over the past 50 years, an “unnoticed apocalypse” may have killed off half the planet’s insects. Climate change, loss of natural habitat and exposure to pesticides are causing declining insect populations. There […]

MEPs choose Wiewiórowski to be the EU’s data protection watchdog

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Mr Wojciech Wiewiórowski was selected by the Civil Liberties Committee as their top choice to become the next European Data Protection Supervisor. MEPs chose their order of preference of the candidates for the position of European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) in a secret ballot […]

Coldplay stop touring to save the world: is pop music going sustainable?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robin Pomeroy, Journalist, World Economic Forum Coldplay will stop touring for the foreseeable future in an effort to be more environmentally sustainable. Rock concerts and music festivals generate waste and carbon emissions. Fans traveling to concerts generate one-third […]

Brazilian health: right or privilege?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Luiza Ferro Marques Moraes, a first year medical student at the Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás, 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 writer and do not necessarily […]

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 Federica Mogherini issued the following statement: “Violence against women and girls is violence against the whole humankind, and should have no place in […]

These are the UK’s biggest trading partners

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 Last year, nearly half the UK’s exports went to EU countries. The top five export destinations in 2017 were the US, Germany, France, Netherlands and Ireland, China was the sixth most-important export market […]

Amazon wildfires are tomorrow’s breathtaker

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Yılmaz Can Boru, a 2nd year medical student at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, in Turkey. 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 […]

EU launches WTO challenge against Indonesian restrictions on raw materials

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU has brought a dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Indonesian export restrictions for raw materials used in production of stainless steel. These restrictions unfairly limit access of EU producers to raw materials for steel production, notably nickel as well […]

How to give start-ups a head-start

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rapelang Rabana, Founder and Chairperson, Rekindle Learning & Tony Pan, Chief Executive Officer, Modern Electron Today, it’s cool to be an entrepreneur. Many people across the globe admire the great entrepreneurs of our time such as Bill Gates, Elon […]

4 ways to build businesses that work for good, right now

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: April Rinne, Founder and Principal, April Worldwide Breaking news from the CEO Roundtable this fall sent a combination of shockwaves, enthusiasm and relief throughout the business world. As the headlines proudly proclaimed, 181 CEOs of the world’s largest corporations […]

Afghanistan: EU reinforces humanitarian support with €40 million as crisis worsens

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has allocated an additional €40 million in emergency assistance for those affected by the worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, as well as for Afghan refugees in neighbouring Pakistan and Iran. This brings total EU humanitarian aid for the Afghan crisis to […]

Technology companies have power. They must assume responsibility

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rishad Premji, Chairman, Wipro Public expectations of business leaders have changed in the past few years. “How are you helping your business succeed?” is no longer the pertinent question. Today, people expect businesses to help the world succeed — […]

Why we need to start a new pro-vaccine movement

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Thomas Breuer, Chief Medical Officer, GSK Vaccines We are living through extraordinary times. Yet, just as it’s difficult to notice whether your hair has grown when you see it every day, it is easy to underestimate the nature and […]