How COVID-19 might help us win the fight against climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Crawford, Project Lead, Environmental Resilience, World Economic Forum As the world recovers from COVID-19, we must not let short-term fixes prevent us from addressing longer-term risks like climate change. The response to the pandemic illustrates five actions […]

COVID-19: EU institutions take action to procure life-saving medical equipment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is working with member states to ensure that the EU can buy ventilators, masks and other medical equipment to be put at the disposal of hospitals across the EU. Last week, the Commission set up a scheme to gather medical equipment (through rescEU) […]

Avocado: the ‘green gold’ causing environment havoc

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Manuel Ochoa Ayala, Academic Researcher, Economic and Business Research Institute • The avocado boom means 11 billion pounds are consumed annually worldwide. • Intensive production in Michoacán state, Mexico has caused environment damage on multiple fronts. • The […]

Afghan refugees: €21 million in humanitarian aid for host communities and vulnerable populations in Pakistan and Iran

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is releasing an additional €21 million in humanitarian aid for Afghan refugees in neighbouring Iran and Pakistan. The announcement was made at the International Conference on 40 Years of Hosting Afghan Refugees held in Pakistan. On the occasion, Commissioner for Crisis […]

The economic effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus around the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content China’s economic growth expected to slow to 4.5% in the first quarter of 2020 – the slowest pace since the financial crisis, according to a Reuters poll of economists. “Global oil demand […]

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD – Updated: February 2020

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The OECD unemployment rate remained stable at 5.1% in December 2019. Across the OECD area, 32.6 million people were unemployed, around the level before the financial crisis. In the euro area, the unemployment rate declined to 7.4% in December (from 7.5% in November), the same level […]

This massive project in Spain is the latest milestone in Europe’s solar power boom

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 Construction is completed and testing is underway on a huge photovoltaic installation in Spain. The solar plant will supply emissions-free electricity to a quarter of a million people. The Núñez de Balboa […]

Air Pollution Control: Does Your Action Matter?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Margareta Evelyne Adriani, a fourth year medical student from Sebelas Maret University, Indonesia. 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 […]

This is what different countries are doing to stop coronavirus from spreading

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Wenzhou, more than 800km from the coronavirus epicentre in Wuhan, is the latest Chinese city to go into lockdown. Some countries are denying entry to foreign visitors who have been in China […]

New EU visa rules – Questions and Answers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. New EU rules on short-stay visas apply worldwide from 2 February 2020. They make it easier for legitimate travellers to apply for a visa to come to Europe, facilitating tourism, trade and business, while providing more resources for countering irregular migration risks and threats […]

Improving Italy’s capital market will boost growth opportunities for Italian companies and savers

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Italy’s structural reforms of recent years have improved the financial health of the corporate sector and contributed to a gradual economic recovery. However, the Italian economy still lags other large European economies. Improving the way capital markets function would help drive investment in the real economy, […]

From sun-powered trikes to mind-controlled TV – 10 top gadgets unveiled at CES 2020

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 CES 2020 is a global showcases for technology and consumer goods. The Las Vegas show features things from wearable tech to food innovations. Highlights include a virtual sun visor, an anti-theft mailbox […]

Parliament wants binding rules on common chargers to be tabled by summer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament calls on the Commission to put forward beefed-up rules on common chargers by July 2020 at the latest. There is an “urgent need for EU regulatory action” to reduce electronic waste and empower consumers to make sustainable choices, MEPs say in […]

Why 2020 is a turning point for cybersecurity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alois Zwinggi, Managing Director and Head, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum & Marco Pineda, Head of Security and Innovation, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum & Daniel Dobrygowski, Head of Governance and Policy, Centre for Cybersecurity, World […]

This psychologist is using science and data to beat racism

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samantha Sault, Writer, Washington DC and Geneva Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff of the Center for Policing Equity analyses law enforcement data to help police forces eliminate racial bias. Businesses can tackle racism in marketing or recruiting by measuring […]

What wealth managers can learn from family dynamics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Viola Steinhoff Werner, Founder, Young Investors Organization; Head of Global Next Generation and Families, Credit Suisse The next generation of wealth management clients are disrupting the industry. Wealth managers must include the next generation early on to understand […]

One Health approach to combating Antimicrobial Resistance – how can professionals from different backgrounds unite in this common fight?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Aistė Jurkonytė, a 19 years old 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 […]

Malta: MEPs conclude fact-finding visit to assess Caruana Galizia murder inquiry

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following recent developments in the investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, MEPs visited Malta between 3-4 December to take stock of the situation on the ground. The delegation of MEPs, led by Sophie in ‘t Veld (Renew Europe, NL), met […]

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 […]

Going climate-neutral: expert-group recommendations to help energy-intensive industries contribute to the EU’s 2050 target

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission publishes recommendations by a group of experts on how to transform the EU’s energy-intensive industries so they help reach EU-wide objectives for a circular and climate-neutral economy by 2050. These objectives were put forward in the Commission’s A Clean Planet for […]

Africa-Europe Alliance: Denmark provides €10 million for sustainable development under the EU External Investment Plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and Denmark signed a transfer agreement for a voluntary contribution of around €10 million (DKK 75 million) to the EU External Investment Plan. The European Investment Plan is a key tool of the Africa-Europe Alliance. Most of the contribution will […]

Welcome to the age of the platform nation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) & Mihir Sharma, Senior fellow, Observer Research Foundation Since the First Industrial Revolution, growth and welfare have depended upon increasing the efficiency of production. Specialization, manufacturing, electricity and the computer all increased […]

We need to talk about mental health at work, say employees

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Half of Millennials and 75% of Generation Z workers have left a job voluntarily for mental health reasons, compared to 20% of older generations. That’s according to a recent study from Mind Share […]

Why India can show us how to achieve growth with purpose

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Saurine Doshi, Head of Asia Pacific, A.T. Kearney As one of the world’s fastest-growing large economies, India occupies a prominent position on the global stage – and its ambitions are high. The Modi government aims to turn the Indian […]

3 reasons why data is not the new oil – and why this matters to India

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 The 1970s saw heated debates in the international community with regard to the ownership of natural resources, centered on the methods and institutions that would manage their price and supply, and the strategic […]

This brewery is ditching plastic six-pack rings to save marine life

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 Fancy a beer? If you’re picking up a six-pack, stop and look at the packaging. About 100,000 marine creatures die every year after becoming entangled in ocean plastic waste, according to the WWF. […]

Why the answer to a more sustainable future could lie within the platform economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gillian Tans, Chairwoman, Booking.com There is growing public urgency on issues such as climate change and calls for more sustainable solutions to secure a more positive future. Whilst legislators are mired in considerations of political practicality, sometimes unable to […]

The secret to Bangladesh’s economic success? The Sheikh Hasina factor

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Salman Fazlur Rahman, Private industry and investment adviser , Prime Minister of Bangladesh’s office Nobody disputes the economic credentials of Sheikh Hasina’s government – the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is the latest member of a growing list of international […]

How to build a digital infrastructure that benefits emerging economies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sunil Bharti Mittal,  Founder and chairman, Bharti Enterprises Digital connectivity is increasingly a pivotal force in the evolution of society and the economy. The momentum of the broader economy in developed countries is now acutely dependent on their digital […]

AI is transforming cybercrime. Here’s how we can fight back

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 & Jamil Farshchi, Chief Information Security Officer, Equifax In March 2019, the CEO of a large energy firm sanctioned the urgent transfer of €220,000 to what he believed […]

More efforts needed to boost trust in business and finance

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Policy makers should step up their efforts to bolster public trust in finance to reduce the risks of contagion if economic growth and financial returns continue to fall, according to a new OECD report. The 2008 global financial crisis marked a turning point in the way […]

A giant marine heatwave has descended on Alaska

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 An area of unusually warm water is growing off the west coast of North America, stretching from Alaska and Canada to California. It’s the second largest marine heatwave of its kind, according to […]

South African women’s fury at gender-based attacks spills onto the streets

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Protests have erupted across South Africa against gender-based violence in the country. People have taken to the streets to voice their anger that not enough is being done to protect women. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the parliament in […]