European Youth Event 2020: giving a voice to young people to influence EU policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Youth Event (EYE) goes online to engage young people with high-level politicians, experts and influencers and discuss EU role in the COVID-19 crisis. ‘EYE online’, following the postponement of EYE2020 due to the pandemic, goes into its final week and offers young […]

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

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Bezawit Kassahun, a 22 year old medical student from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 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 […]

How we can survive the great COVID lockdown: IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath

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 Speed and scale of job losses is unprecedented. Countries face debt squeeze, action needed to avoid ‘full-blown debt crisis’. Debt relief for poorer countries; ‘solidarity tax’ among possible […]

New Zealand Prime Minister opens door to 4-day working week

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 COVID-19 has had a huge impact on global tourism, particularly in New Zealand, where tourism is the biggest export. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has suggested businesses could shift to a […]

‘Building back better’ – here’s how we can navigate the risks we face after COVID-19

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 A new World Economic Forum report looks at the risks, challenges and opportunities the world is facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A prolonged global recession tops the list of […]

‘Millions facing starvation’ – Global political and business leaders on the economic impact of COVID-19

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 & Alice Hazelton, Programme Lead, Science and Society, World Economic Forum “Unless we open up our economy, we have millions facing starvation.” That was the straightforward assessment of Pakistani Prime Minister […]

Drones, disinfectant, distancing – Europe’s beaches open up

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 There have been more than 4.9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide. Some European countries are preparing to reopen beaches, seaside cafes and restaurants. Most beach resorts have imposed strict social distancing rules. […]

More, not less, multilateralism is needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Duong, Director, Program in Global Primary Care and Social Change, Harvard Medical School & Helen E. Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008), The Helen Clark Foundation & Lucas Scherdel, Project Lead, Global Coalition for Value in […]

Z, V or ‘Nike swoosh’ – what shape will the COVID-19 recession take?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Beech, World Economic Forum writer The “Great Lockdown” has hit global economies hard. Business shutdowns have left unemployment soaring, supply chains fragmented and markets plummeting. One International Monetary Bank official has said the Great Lockdown could lead […]

5 curve-flattening technologies being developed by young people

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sarah Shakour, Project Specialist, Forum Foundations, World Economic Forum & Natalie Pierce, Interactions and Programming Lead, Global Shapers Community, Foundations, World Economic Forum Young people around the world are developing new technologies to help in the fight against […]

International tourism is set to plunge by 80% this year – but some regions could recover more quickly

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 Millions of jobs could be lost in an industry that provides high levels of employment. Less developed economies could be hit particularly hard. However, some regions – particularly the Middle East – […]

Coronavirus global response: EU allocates additional €50 million in humanitarian aid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission announced an additional €50 million in humanitarian aid to help respond to the dramatic increase in humanitarian needs caused by the Coronavirus pandemic globally. The new funding follows increased appeals by humanitarian organisations, including the UN Global Appeal. Janez Lenarčič, […]

COVID-19: MEPs urge quick action to prevent “huge recession”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In an EP webinar on the EU’s long-term budget and response to the crisis, MEPs urged that the recovery fund must be set up as soon as possible to prevent a major recession. In Tuesday’s EP webinar for journalists on the EU long-term budget […]

Protection of workers from biological agents: how to classify COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Employment and Social Affairs Committee will debate with the Commission on Wednesday how to classify SARS-CoV-2, responsible for COVID-19, to protect workers’ health and safety. On Wednesday afternoon from 15.00 – 16.00, Members of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) will debate […]

Learning from our past mistakes: the mental health burden of two pandemics

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Beatričė Vileišytė, a 4th-year medicine student at Vilnius University in Vilnius, 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 […]

What’s the latest on coronavirus antibody tests?

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 A new antibody test has been approved by the UK after an independent evaluation showed it had a high degree of accuracy and specificity. The test, developed by Roche, is one of […]

Coronavirus: Commission boosts urgently needed research and innovation with additional €122 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has mobilised another €122 million from its research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, for urgently needed research into the coronavirus. The new call for expressions of interest contributes to the Commission’s €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response initiative, launched by […]

How COVID-19 is taking gaming and esports to the next level

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Hall, Project Lead, Media, Entertainment and Culture, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 lockdowns have boosted user engagement with video games and esports. Revenues for many gaming companies and platforms have increased during the pandemic. The pandemic is […]

Recovering from COVID-19: these are the risks to anticipate now – before it’s too late

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emilio Granados Franco, Head of Global Risks and Geopolitical Agenda., World Economic Forum The Forum asked 350 of the world’s top risk experts to assess the most likely and most concerning fallout risks from COVID-19 over the next […]

What if nature became a legal person?

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 Humans have long treated nature as little more than an exploitable resource – and we are now living with the consequences. Granting legal personhood to things like forests, rivers and species could […]

A guide to thriving in the post-COVID-19 workplace

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Blair Sheppard, Global Leader, Strategy and Leadership, PwC Even before COVID-19, many workers around the globe lacked key skills – including digital capabilities. Upskilling in preparation for the changes to come post-COVID-19 should be a critical part of […]

What universities can learn about citizenship in the COVID-19 pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samuel Martin-Barbero, Presidential Distinguished Fellow, University of Miami Mere job-related skills will mean very little from now on if they are not rooted in applicable social beliefs and personal strengths. The current “university campuses lockout” will probably alter […]

How interoperability establishes blockchain’s utility and effectiveness for trade finance

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rebecca Liao, Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President, SKUChain The coronavirus crisis has shown the need for blockchains to share and access information across networks. Making interoperability a first-class citizen of blockchains going forward will be key to maximizing efficiencies. […]

As India’s lockdown ends, a mental health crisis is just beginning

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ashwin Naik, Healthcare Entrepreneur and Author, The Healthcare Gamechangers Cases of mental illness have risen by 20% in India since the country went into lockdown. Only through local, community-based responses will India find the capacity to cope with […]

Several crises in one: what effects will COVID-19 have on the global risk landscape?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Scott, Head of Sustainability Risk, Zurich Insurance Group A new Forum report based on the views of 350 senior risk professionals analyses the pandemic’s implications for the world. The challenge is to reconcile people’s fears with […]

How COVID-19 has changed what we search for online

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content ‘Can children pass on coronavirus?’ searches spiked around the world on 12 May. Meanwhile, searches for quarantine hobbies in the United States rose by 400%. Employment support was widely searched for. What […]

Soccer is back with strict COVID-19 rules. 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: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Germany’s Bundesliga has resumed play for the first time in two months. Strict new rules include empty stadiums and COVID-19 testing. South Korea has restarted its K League and other top European […]

5 things to know about how coronavirus has hit global energy

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 Coronavirus lockdowns have led to the biggest fall in energy demand in 70 years. Renewables have increased their contribution to the energy mix as fossil fuel demand has seen a widespread fall. […]

This entrepreneur is helping farmers get food to consumers during lockdown

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 As COVID-19 lockdown measures affect food distribution in the Philippines, one woman has found a way to get food from farms to consumers. Social entrepreneur Cherrie Atilano has enabled farmers to sell […]

How the great COVID-19 reset can help firms build a sustainable future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: CB Bhattacharya, H.J. Zoffer Chair in Sustainability and Ethics, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh COVID-19 offers a chance to reset and reshape the world in a more sustainable way. It is up to every individual […]

Pandemic: another look at the self

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Bárbara de Oliveira Arantes, currently in the 3rd year of Medicine at the Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás (PUC-GO). 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 […]

Parliament: EU27 need €2 trillion recovery package to tackle COVID-19 fallout

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution on the post-2020 EU budget revision and economic recovery plans, MEPs demand a robust package, focused on citizens’ needs and building on the EU budget. The resolution was adopted on Friday by 505 votes in favour, 119 against and 69 abstentions. […]

Partner countries get €3bn in loans to prop up economies affected by pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Parliament on Friday approved €3 billion in loans to help EU neighbours and partner countries deal with the fallout of COVID-19. The loans, which will be given on highly favourable terms and disbursed over a year, will help the following ten countries whose economies […]