Could the EU’s ban on palm oil in biofuels do more harm than good?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shareen Shariza Abdul Ghani, Director and co-founder, Sorga Ventures In an era where trade wars and tariffs are commonplace, it is often the case that developing countries are held to double standards by Western nations. Commodities are among the […]

Water pollution is killing millions of Indians. Here’s how technology and reliable data can change that

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Priyank Hirani, Programme director, Water-to-Cloud, Tata Centre for Development at UChicago & Vikas Dimble, Assistant director, research and strategy, Tata Centre for Development at UChicago Humans have wrestled with water quality for thousands of years, as far back as […]

Fighting Terrorism Online: EU Internet Forum committed to an EU-wide Crisis Protocol

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the participants of the 5th EU Internet Forum, hosted by Commissioners Avramopoulos and King, have committed to an EU Crisis Protocol – a rapid response to contain the viral spread of terrorist and violent extremist content online. The Commission, Member States and online […]

Commission launches new edition of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2019

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission released the second edition of its Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor, a tool designed to benchmark and boost the creative and cultural potential of European cities, which is vital to driving economic growth and social cohesion. After the success of […]

EU budget: Commission helps prepare new Cohesion programmes with Regional Competitiveness Index and Eurobarometer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission publishes the 2019 Regional Competitiveness Index and a Eurobarometer on Regional Policy. This will help authorities in the Member States in charge of designing the future Cohesion Policy programmes for the 2021-2027 EU budget period to evaluate public opinion, identify regional […]

Border management: EU signs agreement with Montenegro on European Border and Coast Guard cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union signed an agreement with Montenegro on border management cooperation between Montenegro and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). The agreement was signed on behalf of the EU by Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship and, […]

A poor kid died just now. Do you know why?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Abdul Basith K M, a final year MBBS student, currently studying at JIPMER, Puducherry, India. 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 reflect […]

How digital can transform healthcare in Asia for millions of people

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Edward Booty, CEO, Allied World Healthcare & Logan Ansell, Senior manager, strategy and partnerships, Allied World Healthcare More than half of the people on Earth still don’t have full coverage of essential health services and almost 100 million people […]

Why cooperative and competitive federalism is the secret to India’s success

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amitabh Kant, NITI Aayog Competitiveness is an idea that has stood the test of time. From early macroeconomic ideas of comparative advantage and competitive advantage, our understanding of the determinants of competitiveness has evolved considerably. More recently, the concept […]

Cohesion Policy: EU invests €880 million to improve Poland’s railway system

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted two major Cohesion Policy projects, improving the Polish rail network and increasing its capacity, speed and safety. Both projects should be operational as of January 2023 and will promote railway as a clean and competitive transport mode in the country. Johannes […]

Employment: Commission proposes €1.6 million from Globalisation Adjustment Fund to help 400 workers made redundant in Carrefour Belgique

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has proposed to provide Belgium with €1.6 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 400 former workers of Carrefour Belgique to find new jobs. EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen commented: “EU […]

EU guidance on the handling of visa applications from residents of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the European External Action Service have this week sent EU Member States and non-EU Schengen countries guidance on how to handle visa applications lodged by residents of the non-Government controlled areas of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The guidance document […]

The European Union is strengthening its partnership with Senegal with €27.5 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. During a visit to Senegal, the Member of the Commission in charge of International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, signed cooperation programmes for a total of €27.5 million. The programmes will increase access to electricity and renewable energies, and boost support to civil society and […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into joint ventures proposed by Boeing and Embraer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed creation of two joint ventures by aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Embraer, under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the transaction may reduce competition as regards commercial aircraft. Commissioner Margrethe […]

The sad show of Brexit

This article was written for The European Sting by one of our readers, Mr. Tommaso Merlo. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. Seen from the Continent, the Brexit show is really depressing. A show that with the entry of Boris Johnson is reaching an unprecedented pathos. […]

Amazon on fire: the interference in global health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr Gustavo Cardoso Gomes, a 3rd year student in medical school, founding member of the local committee of IFMSA Brazil-Uningá and vice president of the Academic Center. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

What are plastics and why do they matter? An explainer

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fernando J. Gómez, Head, Chemical and Advanced Materials Industry, World Economic Forum & Simonetta Rima, Research and Analysis Specialist, Chemical and Advanced Materials Industry, World Economic Forum A group of materials now known collectively as plastics has played a […]

Meet the Seed Warrior: the man on a mission to rescue India’s rice diversity

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 Debal Deb is known as the Seed Warrior, having spent the past two decades collecting and preserving India’s increasingly rare indigenous rice species. The ecologist’s efforts have led to the creation of a […]

The 3 traps when it comes to blockchain and business – and how to avoid them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rajesh Dhuddu, Global Practice Leader for Blockchain, Tech Mahindra Blockchain was first introduced in 2009 with the launch of its first application, Bitcoin. In its simplest form, blockchain is a decentralized digital system of record in which untrusted parties […]

Privatisation and public health: a question of Human Rights

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Caroline Dourado, a first-year medical student at the Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás. 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 view […]

These deepwater fish farms could help natural stocks recover

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 “Our relationship with the oceans has not been a happy one,” says Marine biologist Neil Sims. “But there is a need for optimism. Let’s start to think of solutions.” One such solution that […]

Burned in the Amazonian forest: Your health may be in danger

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Natália Federle, a 23 year old medical student in her third year 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 IFMSA’s view […]

OECD’s Gurría calls for overhaul of economic thinking to address global challenges

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The challenges we face in our era of rapid, disruptive change are daunting, but we are starting to develop the tools, techniques and concepts to meet them, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said. Speaking at a NAEC conference on Averting Systemic Collapse, he said: “Our economic systems […]

This is how India can become the next Silicon Valley

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ashok Lalwani, Global Head for India , Baker McKenzie India has long branded itself as the world’s leading outsourcing destination for global companies, particularly for those in the technology sector – but in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the time […]

3 vital skills for the age of disruption

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Karthik Krishnan, Global CEO, Britannica Group The human race has seen more social and technological change in the past two decades than in all previous centuries combined. Things are changing so fast that we barely have time to steady […]

Which country offers the cheapest mobile data?

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 How do you access the internet? Chances are that if your country has limited landline coverage you use your cellphone, and the cost of that access varies widely from country to country. India, […]

This is what CEOs around the world see as the biggest risks to business

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard Smith-Bingham, Director, Marsh & McLennan Advantage Insights Executives in advanced economies are most concerned about technological threats, according to this year’s Regional Risks to Doing Business Report, published today. The perennial prominence of cyber-related risks is unsurprising given […]

New rules make household appliances more sustainable

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a continued effort to reduce Europe’s carbon footprint and to make energy bills cheaper for European consumers, the Commission today adopted new eco-design measures for products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions.Improving the ecodesign of products contributes to implementing the ‘Energy […]

Why transparency in drug pricing is more complicated than it seems

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexander Roediger, Chair, Oncology Platform of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations Transparency has become a prominent topic in debates about healthcare, particularly when it comes to pharmaceutical policy. There is a loud call for transparent prices, […]

Climate change will shrink these economies fastest

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content It doesn’t matter if you’re in a hot or a cold climate, a rich country or a poorer one – unchecked climate change is going to devastate the economy. That’s the finding of […]

Cities are easy prey for cybercriminals. Here’s how they can fight back

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Principal, SecDev Group & Marc Goodman, Founder, Future Crimes Institute Make no mistake: the world is in the early stages of a techno-war against city governments and urban infrastructure. And while some cities have bolstered their capabilities […]

This study wants every child in the UK to spend a night under the stars

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Imagine if every schoolchild could spend a night under the stars. That’s the vision of a new report on England’s national landscapes, which suggests a need to reconnect with nature and inspire future […]

How technology can help India breathe more easily

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nitin Bansal, Managing Director India and Head of Network Solutions, Market Area South East Asia, Oceania and India, Ericsson Pollution, a major contributor to climate change, is a growing concern in India, as it is around the world. The […]