What can the private sector do to alleviate the refugee crisis?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michel Botzung, Manager, IFC, Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations Africa Imagine arriving in a city, only to find that most (if not all) of the adults can’t work, start a business, or buy goods and services? This is true for […]

As Alan Turing makes the £50 note, how do countries design their currencies?

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 Six years after his posthumous royal pardon for being convicted of homosexual activity in the early 1950s, World War Two code breaker Alan Turing is due to appear on England’s £50 banknote. The decision by […]

Here are 10 of Nelson Mandela’s most inspirational quotes

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 Nelson Mandela would have been 101 today. South Africa’s first black president, anti-Apartheid hero and Nobel laureate – known affectionately as Madiba and Tata – was born on 18 July and died in 2013, […]

‘Eco-shaming’ is on the rise, but does it work?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stokes, Co-founder, Managed Security Forum, Prevalent AI How are your green credentials? Unless they’re whiter than white, you may encounter a new phenomenon: ‘eco-shaming’. With environmental activism on the rise this year as the consequences of climate […]

Human rights breaches in Hong Kong, Russia and at the US-Mexican border

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Hong Kong, Russia and at the US-Mexican border. Hong Kong The European Parliament calls on the Hong Kong government (HKSAR) to withdraw the proposed and highly controversial amendments […]

Fighting forest fires in Europe – how it works

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Every year there are devastating forest fires in Europe, destroying thousands of hectares of forests. Although the South European countries are at a higher risk, no European country is immune. When a forest fire gets too big for a country to extinguish it on […]

European Union presents its progress towards sustainable development

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development in New York, the EU reaffirmed its strong commitment to deliver on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a shared global roadmap for a peaceful and prosperous world, with human […]

EU–Canada Summit: strengthening the rules-based international order

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At the 17th Summit between the European Union and Canada held today in Montreal, the EU and Canada reaffirmed their determination to jointly address global challenges in a manner that strengthens the rules based international order, benefits citizens, and protects the planet by delivering […]

Antitrust: Commission fines US chipmaker Qualcomm €242 million for engaging in predatory pricing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Qualcomm €242 million for abusing its market dominance in 3G baseband chipsets. Qualcomm sold below cost, with the aim of forcing its competitor Icera out of the market. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of […]

How fixing broken food systems can help us meet all the SDGs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stokes, Co-founder, Managed Security Forum, Prevalent AI Global leaders have set themselves a series of ambitious goals and targets in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Ending hunger by 2030 (SDG 2) or reducing premature mortality from […]

How can the EU hit net-zero emissions?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stokes, Co-founder, Managed Security Forum, Prevalent AI The recent failure of EU leaders to commit to a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 exposes remaining political divisions. The bloc’s major economies are pledging to […]

Strengthening the rule of law through increased awareness, an annual monitoring cycle and more effective enforcement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Building on the lessons learnt since 2014 and detailed consultations since April this year, the Commission has today decided on a series of measures to further strengthen the rule of law in Europe. Over the past five years, the European Commission has had to […]

Rule of Law: European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to take the next step in an ongoing infringement procedure against Poland, by sending a reasoned opinion regarding the new disciplinary regime for Polish judges. On 3 April 2019, the Commission launched this infringement procedure on the grounds that the […]

Public Policies for LGBT in Brazil

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Gustavo Mendes e Silva, a student of the 5th Year of Medicine, and currently National Officer in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

Is blockchain overhyped? 5 challenges to getting projects off the ground

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sheila Warren, Project Head, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum & Sumedha Deshmukh, Project Specialist, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum Over the past few years, there has been a great deal of excitement around […]

Finnish Council Presidency priorities debated in plenary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. MEPs discussed the priorities of the incoming Finnish presidency with Prime Minister Antti Rinne and Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen. In his speech, Prime Minister Antti Rinne outlined that climate leadership, common values and the rule of law, competitiveness and social inclusion, and comprehensive security […]

Parliament’s interparliamentary delegations established

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament will have 44 interparliamentary delegations this legislative term, maintaining relations with parliamentarians in other countries, regions and organisations. MEPs voted on the composition of interparliamentary delegations on Wednesday at midday. The proposal put forward by Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (i.e. the EP President […]

Fashion’s hot new trend: clothes you don’t need to wash (very often)

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Stella McCartney doesn’t wash her suits. In fact, the UK fashion designer tries to avoid washing her clothes altogether, preferring the idea of brushing off dirt to throwing them in the machine after each wear. […]

An open letter to Europe’s leaders

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic & Beatrice Weder di Mauro, Professor of Economics, University of Mainz 2019 is a critical year for Europe. The rise of populist, nationalistic […]

‘Good enough’ global cooperation is key to our survival

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Co-founder, Igarape Institute and SecDev Group The future feels more threatening and ominous than ever. The sense of doom and gloom is deepening, not least in the West. The daily news headlines do not help. We […]

Why the way of loving closes doors of health?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Bruna C. Nichelatti, a 2nd year medical student at the University of Blumenau (FURB) in 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 reflect […]

AI-driven companies need to be more diverse. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nahia Orduña, Senior Manager in Analytics and Digital Integration, Vodafone As a Spanish woman, I used to meet my friends for dinner at 10pm. I thought that was the perfect time to make the most out of a […]

Weather reports could soon be telling us about the role of climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content “It will be largely cloudy in the north-west today, with a medium risk of extreme flooding because of climate change…” Is this the weather forecast of the future? Forecasters may soon be adding information about […]

Can cybersecurity offer value for money?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stokes, Co-founder, Managed Security Forum, Prevalent AI Cybersecurity looks like a waste of money. Companies set new global records with $37 billion invested in security in 2018, with spending expected to surpass $42 billion by 2020. Gartner research found […]

Should we be worried about third-hand smoke?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Elaine ThelenWriter, Formative Content The dangers of smoking are well known – heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. And they impact both on smokers, through directly inhaling nicotine and other chemicals, and non-smokers, who are exposed to exhaled ‘secondhand’ […]

Impact investment favours expats over African entrepreneurs. Here’s how to fix that

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christie Peacock, Founder and Executive Chairman, Sidai Africa Ltd & Fiona Mungai, Managing Director, Endeavor, Kenya Rows of white faces stare out from the social media meme showing tech start-up executives circulating among young Kenyans, who are angry that foreign entrepreneurs […]

Your next pair of sneakers could be made from coffee

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 Coffee is a big deal. While just a handful of countries dominate production, it’s consumed in vast amounts almost everywhere on the planet: around 2 billion cups are drunk every day. All that […]

These clothes were designed by artificial intelligence

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 Getting an algorithm to create a cutting-edge fashion collection may seem like a big ask. But two design students have done just that by starting the world’s first AI-designed fashion brand. Glitch is […]

5 ways to bridge the global health worker shortage

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, Chairperson, Apollo Munich Health Insurance A shortage of health workers is pervasive across most countries – and the most worrying aspect is that this gap is increasing. Aggravating the […]

‘Business as usual’ will not achieve global education goals

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvia Montoya, Director, UNESCO Institute for Statistics & Manos Antoninis, Director, Global Education Monitoring report, UNESCO The generation that should finish secondary school by 2030 is now entering classrooms. But based on current trends, one in six children will […]

The online junk information grows, but so we shall

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Muhsin Öznaneci, a 4th grade Medical Student in Istanbul Medeniyet University, which is based in Istanbul Turkey. 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 necessarily […]

The 2019 European elections: A pro-European – and young – electorate with clear expectations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. European Parliament publishes first results of its post-electoral Eurobarometer survey. A significant increase in young people with a pro-European mind-set cast a vote in the 2019 European elections, according to an in-depth Eurobarometer survey across all 28 member states. Conducted in the weeks after […]

EU-U.S. trade talks: milestone reached in mutual recognition on pharmaceuticals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union and the United States delivered on a significant element of the Joint Statement agreed by Presidents Juncker and Trump in July 2018. The positive transatlantic trade agenda established in the Joint Statement includes a commitment from both sides to reduce […]