European Agenda on Migration four years on: Marked progress needs consolidating in face of volatile situation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the October European Council, the Commission is today reporting on key progress under the European Agenda on Migration since 2015, with focus on steps taken by the EU since the last progress report in March 2019. The Commission also set out those […]

Gender Equality Index 2019: Still far from the finish line

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU continues its snail’s pace when it comes to gender equality progress. The latest Gender Equality Index from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) shows that the EU’s score for gender equality is up just one point to 67.4, since the 2017 […]

This is Amsterdam’s ambitious plan to turn its transport electric

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Willige, Formative Content Amsterdam has nearly 900,000 bicycles and almost 60% of its teenagers and adults cycle daily. But as green as it is, the Dutch capital still has some way to go. Nine of its main streets […]

Climate change is threatening Switzerland’s stunning scenery

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 massive glacier near Mont Blanc is on the verge of collapse, leaving local people in danger from vast chunks of falling ice. The Planpincieux glacier sits in Europe’s western Alps, straddling the […]

State aid: Commission approves market conform asset protection scheme for banks in Greece

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found Greek plans aimed at supporting the reduction of non-performing loans of Greek banks to be free of any State aid. The Commission found that, under the asset protection scheme (known by the name of “Hercules”), the Greek State will […]

Water inequality used to be a developing world problem only. Not any more

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Will Sarni, Founder and CEO, Water Foundry It is far too easy to view scarcity and poor quality of water as issues solely affecting emerging economies. While the images of women and children fetching water in Africa and a […]

Four revolutionary technologies that are now obsolete

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 Japan’s last pager has emitted its final beep. Tokyo Telemessage, the country’s only remaining pager provider, shut down its radio signals this week, following decades of dwindling subscribers. Pagers first went on sale […]

This app lets you plant trees to fight deforestation

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 Planting trees to save the planet just got a whole lot easier – no gardening gloves required. A new app from the young people behind the Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation means anyone can now help […]

Why India can show us how to achieve growth with purpose

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Saurine Doshi, Head of Asia Pacific, A.T. Kearney As one of the world’s fastest-growing large economies, India occupies a prominent position on the global stage – and its ambitions are high. The Modi government aims to turn the Indian […]

This wall of shoes is for the women killed by domestic violence

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 In 2011, Turkey became the first country to ratify a Council of Europe Convention on preventing domestic violence. That same year, 121 Turkish women were murdered. By 2018, the number had soared to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

GSMA Mobile 360 – MENA Dubai on 26-27 November 2019, in association with The European Sting

Sponsored content Now is the most exciting time for digital transformation: traditional brands are re-evaluating their competitive edge, start-ups are redefining the economics of business, providers are innovating at an unprecedented rate, and the consumer wants everything faster. This is the dawn of the intelligently connected society. Mobile 360 – MENA is the place to […]

Europe and the tragicomic ‘black sovranismo’

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. Salvini and European black sovranists are the wrong answer to real problems, to real fears. Even the worst lies are based on shreds of […]

How climate change sparks innovation for fragile communities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Efrem Garlando, Investment and Innovation Policy Officer, European Commission & Yo Nishimura, Global Shaper Rome Hub & Adriana Bianco, Knowledge Management Consultant, World Food Programme A daily income of less than $2 per person is the internationally recognized threshold […]

4 ways to make your wardrobe more sustainable

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 At the start of every season, fashion magazines are full of glossy spreads encouraging consumers to splash out on brand new clothes. But at what cost? The United Nations calls the $2.75 trillion […]

Terrorist content online: MEPs agree to start negotiations with EU countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Civil Liberties MEPs agreed on Tuesday to begin discussions with EU ministers on new EU rules to tackle the dissemination of terrorist content on the internet. According to the draft legislation, internet companies hosting content uploaded by users (like Facebook or YouTube) that offer […]

Here’s why infrastructure will make or break our response to climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joel Moser, Founder and CEO, Aquamarine Investment Partners The public discourse about climate change and infrastructure often treats these two issues as separate. It’s time to start thinking about them as the same thing. Many of the solutions to […]

3 ways we are making an impact on plastic pollution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristin Hughes, Director, Global Plastic Action Partnership, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva By now you’ve likely heard this harrowing statistic: by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. While that data […]

Circular Plastics Alliance: 100+ signatories commit to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, more than 100 public and private partners covering the whole plastics value chain will sign the declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance, which promotes voluntary actions for a well-functioning EU market in recycled plastics. The declaration lays out how the alliance will reach […]

Here’s how we can use agriculture to fight climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ben Riensche, Owner and Manager, Blue Diamond Farming Company, Iowa, USA & Ajay Vir Jakhar, Chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj (Farmers Forum India) 2019 will go down in history as the most difficult planting season for North American farmers, with […]

Our health systems are under pressure. Here are 9 ways to remedy that

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Helen Clark, Patron , The Helen Clark Foundation The pressures facing health systems around the world are increasing, and they are diverse. Some populations are youthful and fast-growing – others are ageing. Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies are affecting the […]

Car-free day – and the other 364 days of the year

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mattias Eriksson, Senior Vice President, Core Map Group, HERE Technologies The car-free day has come a long way since its beginnings in 1956, when Dutch and Belgians abandoned their cars every Sunday to curb the effects of the Suez […]

#EUBeachCleanUp: EU organises record number of cleaning actions worldwide

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On beaches across Europe and the world, EU staff are joining hands with local communities to clean up marine litter as part of the #EUBeachCleanUp campaign. Launched on 19 August, this year’s campaign will run through October, culminating on Saturday 21 September, the International […]

Circular Plastics Alliance: 100+ signatories commit to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, more than 100 public and private partners covering the whole plastics value chain will sign the declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance, which promotes voluntary actions for a well-functioning EU market in recycled plastics. The declaration lays out how the alliance will reach […]

Half of the world’s population lack access to essential health services – are we doing enough?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, Save the Children UK & Corry Jacobs, Head of Corporate Government Affairs, Global Health and Trade, GSK In 2015, world leaders agreed a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) […]

Beyond ‘business as usual’. Addressing the climate change crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mario Greco, Chief Executive Officer, Zurich Insurance Group Every year, insurers see first-hand the devastation natural disasters inflict on people and communities around the world. From flooding in Japan, wildfires in the US, to a massive earthquake and tsunami […]

OECD sees rising trade tensions and policy uncertainty further weakening global growth

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The global economy has become increasingly fragile and uncertain, with growth slowing and downside risks continuing to mount, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Outlook. Economic prospects are weakening for both advanced and emerging economies, and global growth could get stuck at persistently low levels […]

A new roadmap for corporate climate governance

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dominik Breitinger, Project Lead, Climate Governance and Finance, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum Prompted by extreme weather, calls for corporate climate action have been growing in volume and intensity – from regulators, governments, investors and youth. Within companies, […]

Europe must remember its past to build its future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, Parliament insists on the importance of remembering Europe’s tragic past to safeguard Europe’s future. European Parliament paid tribute to the victims of Stalinism, Nazism and other totalitarian and authoritarian regimes in a […]

This farmer used an age-old technique to save his soil and now his farm is prospering

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 Our soil is under threat. It’s estimated that we’ve got just 60 years of topsoil left, with 24 billion tons of fertile soil lost every year. With most of the food on our […]

The future of sustainability: recycling carbon through the power of the sun

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bart Kolodziejczyk, Research Fellow, Monash University & Tyra Horngren, PhD candidate, University of Melbourne In August last year, the Trump administration proposed the weakening of vehicle emission regulations, causing concern for climate advocates. This follows its decision to withdraw […]