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 […]

‘Our concern now is the southern hemisphere’ – COVID Action Platform convenes leaders on the challenges ahead

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christopher Alessi, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum “We are greatly concerned, because if this virus…becomes more serious in Africa, because the health system is weak, its damage could be very, very serious.” That was the impassioned warning of […]

Two refugees explain what COVID-19 means in their precarious world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maxwell Hall, Media Lead, Broadcast and Programming, World Economic Forum Inequality and daily living conditions in refugee camps are amplifying the threat posed by COVID-19. We spoke to two refugees from Kakuma, a camp of 192,000 people in […]

Remarks by Commissioner Lenarčič on the deployment of EU Medical Teams to Italy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In these challenging times, when the whole world is struggling with the novel coronavirus, I am particularly proud that today I can announce a team of European doctors and nurses from Romania and another one from Norway to (have been) be deployed to Italy. […]

COVID-19 Update: Solidarity and Joint Efforts Shall be the Main Theme For China and Europe in the Fight Against the Outbreak

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by a Chinese diplomat from the Department of Europe of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The opinions expressed within reflect the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. As the COVID-19 epidemic keeps spreading, Europe has become the epicenter of the global […]

What’s a logarithmic graph and how does it help explain the spread of COVID-19?

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 Exponential lines showing increases in COVID-19 cases might not always show the full story. While the raw numbers don’t change, the way they are represented can affect perceptions. Logarithmic scale charts can […]

COVID-19: What the evidence so far means for containment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Junaid Nabi, Public Health Researcher, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Senior Fellow at The Aspen Institute Imperial College of London’s report on the impact of an uncontrolled pandemic prompted an immediate change in UK government strategy; Two major approaches […]

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 […]