Ursula von der Leyen: ‘We must not hold onto yesterday’s economy as we rebuild’

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 European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has outlined a recovery package to help EU Member States rebuild after the coronavirus crisis. She said investment in rebuilding would come at the price […]

This is how the coronavirus is affecting indigenous people – and how tech is bringing them together

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 Food security and water scarcity are putting indigenous communities at risk amid the coronavirus pandemic. Information can be scarce and is sometimes not in the appropriate languages. But tech is bringing together […]

These countries are making ‘travel bubbles’ for post-lockdown tourism

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 The European Commission has released guidelines for how its Member States can start to ease coronavirus travel restrictions and enable tourism to begin again. The Baltic states are creating a “travel bubble”, […]

Reasons to hope and reasons to keep perspective on a vaccine

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stéphane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer, Moderna There are 123 SARS-CoV-2 vaccines under development and seven that have entered human trials. Any potential vaccines need to be manufactured to scale in this pandemic setting. We must assess the potential […]

COVID-19 underlines the importance of fintech in emerging markets

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bassim Haidar, Founder and CEO, Channel VAS Financial inclusion in developing markets has become even more important during the pandemic. Mobile solutions are proving to be a lifeline in emerging economies. Fintech firms can use this opportunity to […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission decides to register 2 new initiatives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to register two European Citizens’ Initiatives entitled ‘Start Unconditional Basic Incomes (UBI) throughout the EU’ and ‘Freedom to share’. The Commission considers that the two initiatives are legally admissible, as they met the necessary conditions. The Commission has not […]

The Challenger Within – Mental Health In Romania During Lockdown

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Baiu Octavian-Ilarian, Mandache Mădălina Elena and Strugariu Alexandra-Ionela, three medical students from Romania, from three different cities and three different years, but all part of the Standing Committee on Medical Education (SCOME) of the Romanian Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (FASMR), a national member organization of […]

4 rules to stop governments misusing COVID-19 tech after the crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Wafa Ben-Hassine, Consultant, International Finance Corporation & Philip Dawson, Lead, Public Policy, Element AI • Most people concede that public health currently trumps individual rights when it comes to the use of coronavirus data. • We must consider […]

COVID-19 tracing apps: MEPs stress the need to preserve citizens’ privacy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Citizens need data protection and privacy safeguards with regard to new smartphone apps used to manage the spread of the pandemic, say MEPs. In a plenary debate on Thursday, MEPs noted that, together with other COVID-19 related measures such as social distancing, masks and […]

Approving most of EU’s accounts, EP requests new measures to protect EU spending

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. European Parliament granted discharge to the Commission and most other EU institutions, but called for the fight against conflict of interest to be strengthened. The Parliament, voting on Wednesday by 499 votes in favour, 136 against and 56 abstentions, granted discharge of the Commission’s […]

The European Green Deal must be at the heart of the COVID-19 recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Martina Larkin, Head of Regional Strategies, Europe and Eurasia; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum The coronavirus crisis recovery is a chance to redesign a sustainable, inclusive economy, revitalizing industry, preserving vital biodiversity systems and tackling […]

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 […]

How farms are getting closer to consumers in the pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Governments are calling on furloughed workers and the unemployed to help pick fruit and vegetables. Farmers are supplying food directly to consumers in schemes they hope will outlast the pandemic. France is streaming tales of rural life online to […]

Is staying in the new going out? How the COVID-19 pandemic is fuelling the stay-at-home economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Zara Ingilizian, Head of Shaping the Future of Consumption; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 pandemic is fuelling the growth of the stay-at-home economy. E-commerce and grocery delivery services can test new concepts to […]

What are we actually working for?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Orestis Germanos, a 20 years old, 1st year medical student from the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus. 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 […]

Hungary’s emergency measures: MEPs ask EU to impose sanctions and stop payments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Democracy and fundamental rights are under threat in Hungary, say most MEPs, who urge the Commission and the Council to protect Hungarian citizens and rule of law. In a debate with EC Vice-President Vera Jourová and the Croatian Presidency of the EU, a majority […]

5 crises that could worsen under COVID-19

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 The COVID-19 pandemic may increase the number of people battling acute hunger, the United Nations says. Climate change policies are coming second as officials focus on fighting the virus. Income losses for […]

European Investment Advisory Hub sends projects worth €34 billion to European Investment Bank pipeline

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Advisory Hub has received 2,300 advisory support requests since 2015 Majority of requests from cohesion countries More than 150 projects worth €34 billion have applied for EIB financing as a result, as part of an ever increasing contribution to an investable project pipeline The […]

Indexation of family benefits, child tax credit and family tax credits: Commission takes Austria to Court for discrimination

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to refer Austria to the Court of Justice of the EU. The Commission considers that Austrian law on the indexation of family benefits, child tax credit and family tax credits is not allowed under EU rules and is discriminatory. […]

Long-term EU budget: Parliament wants safety net for beneficiaries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The current health crisis compels us to tackle the risk of the next long-term EU budget not coming into force on 1 January 2021 with even more urgency, MEPs say. On Wednesday, MEPs adopted a legislative resolution by 616 votes in favour, 29 against […]

COVID-19: A time screaming for positivity

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ayane Paula Mendonça Pereira, a first-year medical student from Centro Universitário Maurício de Nassau (UNINASSAU), Recife Campus, 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 […]

EP wants data protection guaranteed before allowing fingerprint exchange with UK

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As long as guarantees on reciprocity and data protection are not in place, Council should not allow fingerprint data exchange between the UK and EU countries, say MEPs. MEPs rejected the Council draft implementing decision on the exchange of fingerprints with the UK with […]

COVID-19 is threatening the lives of migrant children held in US custody

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sahana Kribakaran, MD/PhD Student, Yale University & Dylan Gee, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Yale University COVID-19 could be devastating for migrant children held in US detention centres. The pandemic’s impacts pose risks to migrant children’s mental and physical […]

Telemedicine can be a COVID-19 game-changer. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cornelius Kalenzi, Postdoctoral Researcher, KAIST-Korea Policy Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Governments must reimagine healthcare delivery in the face of COVID-19. Telemedicine could be a big part of the answer – both now, and in a post-pandemic […]

Could the pandemic usher in a golden age of cycling?

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 Europe is seeing a rise in schemes to support cycling, as governments look to protect their public transport systems, boost public health and capitalize on clean-air gains as they take their first […]

From me to we: COVID-19 heralds a new model of entrepreneurship

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bhairavi Jani, Executive Director, SCA Group of Companies Entrepreneurship has taken a leading role in fighting COVID-19. Collaboration and cooperation are proving to be key in this effort. We should take this opportunity to create harmony between individual […]

The Role of Medical Workers in Fighting Covid-19 in Indonesia             

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Deisha Laksmitha Ayomi, a medical doctor at Airlangga University in 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 reflect IFMSA’s […]

Coronavirus: the truth against the myths

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Laura Bello Rodríguez, a recent graduate in BSc Biomedical Sciences from the University of Barcelona. 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 […]

A Sting Exclusive: Healthy oceans amidst COVID-19, written by the United Nations Under-Secretary General

This article was written for The European Sting by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writers. Memories of idyllic beaches and sonorous waves may seem far away while […]

Coronavirus: a common approach for safe and efficient mobile tracing apps across the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. What is a contact tracing and warning app? A contact tracing and warning app is voluntarily installed and used to warn users if they have been in proximity for a certain duration to a person who reported to have been tested positive of COVID-19. […]

Tourism and transport: Commission’s guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe’s tourism in 2020 and beyond

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission presents a package of guidelines and recommendations to help Member States gradually lift travel restrictions and allow tourism businesses to reopen, after months of lockdown, while respecting necessary health precautions. The Commission’s guidance aims to offer people the chance to get […]

The moment of truth for global energy transition is here

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Roberto Bocca, Head of Shaping the Future of Energy & Materials, Member of the Exec Committee, World Economic Forum & Harsh Vijay Singh, Project Lead, System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Energy, World Economic Forum Geneva This […]

COVID-19: lessons from Italy on public-private healthcare procurement

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Veronica Vecchi, Associate Professor of Practice, SDA Bocconi School of Management & Niccolò Cusumano, Associate Professor of Practice, SDA Bocconi School of Management The pandemic has thrown into sharp focus the shortcomings of public-private healthcare procurement systems. This […]