Digital Finance Package: Commission sets out new, ambitious approach to encourage responsible innovation to benefit consumers and businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a new Digital Finance Package, including Digital Finance and Retail Payments Strategies, and legislative proposals on crypto-assets and digital resilience. Today’s package will boost Europe’s competitiveness and innovation in the financial sector, paving the way for Europe to […]

World Maritime Day: Commissioner Vălean calls for support and safe return of seafarers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “On World Maritime Day, I want to raise attention to the role seafarers have been playing during the pandemic. They ensure that trade keeps flowing, our economy does not stop and that ships continue to carry food, medicines and other goods to ports throughout […]

Rude work emails are bad for your health and on the rise – here’s what you need to know

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content Researchers have found that rude emails can impact wellbeing, causing insomnia. Increased digital communication due to COVID-19 restrictions is worsening workplace rudeness, studies suggest. 98% of people say they have experienced uncivil […]

EU climate law: MEPs want to increase emission reductions target to 60% by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Environment Committee MEPs voted to make climate neutrality obligatory by 2050 in both EU and member states and call for a more ambitious 2030 emissions reduction target. On Friday, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted their report on the EU […]

LUX prize will be awarded jointly by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Saturday , Sabine Verheyen, Chair of Parliament’s Culture Committee unveiled the details of the revamped LUX award, from now on to be called “LUX— the European Audience Film Award”. “Until now, LUX filmography has emotionally echoed our political work on environment, migration, fighting […]

Two rhythms and a sharpened pencil: how art can help us heal and make sense of the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hrund Gunnsteinsdóttir Icelandic film director Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir reflects on how art can help us heal and make sense of the world. In today’s uncertain times, the healing power of art is more important than ever before. This article […]

Investing in education and skills can improve the health of both humans and planet. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tolullah Oni, Public health physician and urban epidemiologist, Clinical Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town & Jukay Hsu, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pursuit Systemic factors mean […]

Bill Gates: How HIV/AIDS prepared us to tackle COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Bakker, President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development & John Elkington, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Volans Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates says he is optimistic about beating coronavirus. He told a global AIDS conference that HIV/AIDS […]

Discrimination in the medical curriculum: are medical schools providing students with equal access to the medical profession?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Anushree Burade, a fourth year medical student studying at ESIC Medical College, Bangalore, 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 writers and do not […]

World Youth Skills Day: What you need to know for 2020

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 World Youth Skills Day on 15 July highlights the opportunities and challenges that young people face in employment, and this year’s theme is ‘Skills for a Resilient Youth’. A quarter of the […]

Mental health in times of pandemic: what can each individual do to lessen the burden?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mariana Santos Alencastro Figueiredo, a second-year medical student from Universidade Tiradentes, Aracaju-SE, 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 […]

Green Deal: Coal and other carbon-intensive regions and the Commission launch the European Just Transition Platform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Monday 29 June, the Just Transition Platform (JTP) will be launched to help Member States to draw up their territorial Just Transition Plans and access funding from the over €150 billion Just Transition Mechanism. This online Platform will provide technical and advisory support […]

EU budget 2021: An annual budget focused on European recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed an EU budget of €166.7 billion for 2021, to be complemented by €211 billion in grants and approximately €133 billion in loans under Next Generation EU, the temporary recovery instrument aimed at mobilising investments and kick-starting the European economy. […]

Coronavirus in Brazil: mental health in tragedy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Gustavo Abud Priedols and Ms. Letícia Ribeiro da Cunha, two second-year medical students at the Universidade Estadual de Londrina, located in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

Coronavirus: Using European supercomputing, EU-funded research project announces promising results for potential treatment*

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. EU-funded consortium Exscalate4CoV has announced that an already registered generic drug used to treat osteoporosis, Raloxifene, could be an effective treatment for COVID-19 patients with mildly symptomatic infection. The consortium is using an EU-backed supercomputing platform, one of the world’s most powerful, to check […]

Road safety: Europe’s roads are getting safer but progress remains too slow

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Compared to previous years, fewer people lost their lives on EU roads in 2019, according to preliminary figures published today by the European Commission. An estimated 22 800 people died in a road crash last year, almost 7 000 fewer fatalities than in 2010 – a […]

Why symbols of injustice matter and what to do with them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum The killing of George Floyd has spurred efforts around the world to raze divisive symbols. Symbols of the Confederacy have come under particular scrutiny in the US. Symbols matter […]

New challenge: Not going through “burnout” in times of quarantine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fereshteh Bagheri, a medical student at Tabriz university of medical sciences, Iran. 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 adopts €55 million support package for Syrian refugees and local communities in Jordan and Lebanon to mitigate coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As part of the EU’s global response to the coronavirus outbreak, the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis has mobilised an additional €55 million for refugees from Syria and vulnerable persons in Jordan and Lebanon to fight the pandemic. It […]

Using the quarantine to your advantage

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Érica Ferreira de Albuquerque, 26 years old, fourth year medical student at Centro Universitário São Lucas, in Porto Velho, Rondônia, 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 […]

Aviation Safety: Commission adopts new EU Air Safety List

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union as they do not meet international safety standards. The Commission wishes to ensure the highest level […]

EU approves disbursement of €500 million in macro-financial assistance to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has approved the disbursement of a €500 million loan to Ukraine as part of its fourth macro-financial assistance (MFA) programme. With this disbursement, the EU has now provided Ukraine with €3.8 billion in MFA loans since […]

5 ways COVID-19 has disrupted our sleep

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content People living under lockdown are getting up later, data from fitness devices suggests. Extra-vivid dreams are more likely, with stress the probable cause. Many people are struggling to sleep altogether, and prescriptions […]

Teachers launch a free ebook to help children cope with the pandemic

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 Lego Foundation supports ebook written by teachers to help children during COVID. Publisher Nosy Crow releasesfree resource answering kids’ most common coronavirus questions. Humanitarian organizations join forces to publish book on how […]

Antarctica: the final coronavirus-free frontier. But will it stay that way?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum Antarctica remains the only coronavirus-free continent, but it is not immune to the effects of the pandemic. Cramped living conditions at research stations could make infection particularly hazardous. The […]

COVID-19 is more deadly for some ethnic groups

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum The disproportionate impact of the pandemic on African-Americans in much of the US is becoming clearer. Evidence points to a similar deadly disparity in the UK. Some of the […]

Three of the world’s hardest-hit nations are preparing to end their lockdowns

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Brandon, Freelance journalist Numbers of new infections in Italy, France and Spain continue to fall. These countries have now begun the process of easing their lockdowns. Shops and factories will be among the first to resume operation. […]

Von der Leyen announces Global Response and calls for united world front against coronavirus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union will spare no effort to help the world come together against coronavirus, said Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, at the joint press conference with a number of world leaders, which the World Health Organization hosted on 24 […]

How to plan your company’s future during the pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andy Baldwin, Global Managing Partner, Client Service, EY Companies which have gone digital are adapting to the crisis better than their peers. Business leaders need to devise a lockdown exit strategy. We should continue to use technology to […]

COVID-19 highlights how caregiving fuels gender inequality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Belen Garijo, CEO, Healthcare, Merck Group Coronavirus lockdown is placing extra pressure on carers. The disproportionate impact of unpaid caregiving on women and girls is one of the key facets of gender inequality. This crisis presents an opportunity […]

Virus Coronavirus: No time to die

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mantė Šmigelskaitė, a 22-year-old medical student at Vilnius University in 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 […]

Global Report on Food Crises reveals scope of food crises as COVID-19 poses new risks to vulnerable countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Annual report on acute food security and nutrition published today JOINT EU / FAO / OCHA / UNICEF / USAID / WFP NEWS RELEASE Today an international alliance of UN, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies working to address the root causes of extreme hunger have […]

These Harvard scientists think we’ll have to socially distance until 2022

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 Not enough is known about COVID-19 to predict its future course. There is a strong risk that a second spike in infections could overwhelm healthcare systems once lockdowns are lifted. Some form […]