COVID-19 poses a dramatic threat to life in conflict zones

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) A lack of medical care makes COVID-19’s entry into conflict zones terrifying. The Red Cross is reinforcing infection control measures in vulnerable countries. There need to be exceptions […]

Coronavirus: Commission boosts budget for repatriation flights and rescEU stockpile

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has proposed to make €75 million from the EU budget available to help Member States repatriate EU nationals and to increase the budget of the RescEU medical stockpile. Commissioner Johannes Hahn, in charge of the EU budget, said: “Today’s measure […]

Why infrastructure is the only way to fight a COVID-19 recession in the US

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shai Kivity, Global Shaper, Boston Hub The COVID-19 crisis could lead to a recession in the US. Infrastructure projects create economic growth; The US infrastructure industry is 30 years behind its global counterparts but a new centralized and […]

Coronavirus: Commission issues guidance to ensure essential freight keeps moving by air

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission calls on EU Member States to support air cargo operations during the coronavirus crisis. The new guidance recommends operational and organisational steps to keep essential transport flows moving, including medical supplies and personnel. Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean declared: “Air cargo amounts to […]

In a state of war: COVID-19 and psychiatric support

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by one of our passionate readers, Dr. Unsa Athar. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. As the pandemic of COVID-19 keeps on digging deeper roots in the world, we as health care providers need […]

OECD Secretary-General: coronavirus “war” demands joint action

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría called today for sweeping joint action by governments to defeat the health, economic, and social threats of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  In calling on governments to better coordinate their efforts, Gurría announced that the OECD would channel its efforts into immediate support […]

2 ways to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mazen S. Darwazeh, Executive Vice-Chairman; President, Middle East and North Africa, Hikma Pharmaceuticals & Alexandre Raffoul, Head of Business Engagement, Middle East and Africa, World Economic Forum The spread of COVID-19 comes with a tragic outlook for vulnerable […]

Nearly 3 billion people around the globe under COVID-19 lockdowns – Today’s coronavirus updates

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the latest headlines and resources to help you arm yourself with the best information. COVID-19’s impact around the globe […]

Parenting in the time of COVID-19? Consider these 6 tips from the WHO

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 Millions of families around the world are isolating together or social distancing. The World Health Organization has six tips to help make it a positive experience. It recommends spending quality time together […]

6 ways social innovators are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: François Bonnici, Head of Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, World Economic Forum & Pavitra Raja, Community Specialist, Social Entrepreneurs – Europe and the Americas, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 pandemic increases the need for social innovations to help […]

Coronavirus: Commission stands ready to continue supporting EU’s agri-food sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the outbreak of coronavirus, the European Union’s agri-food sector is showing its resilience and continues to provide Europeans with high quality and safe food. Nonetheless, farmers and producers are facing difficulties and increasing pressure. Ensuring food security and an effective food supply chain […]

To Fight the Pandemic, Put Trust and Cooperation Before Politics

This article was published first at The European Sting and was written by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Head of Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, His Excellency Mr. Zhang Ming. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. This spring is never going to be […]

How COVID-19 shows the urgent need to address the cyber poverty gap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: William Dixon, Head of Operations, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum & David Balson, Director of Intelligence, Ripjar Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic requires secure vital services, networks and capabilities. Yet recent cyberattacks against organizations including the World […]

Coronavirus: harmonised standards for medical devices to respond to urgent needs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, the Commission adopted decisions on harmonised standards which will allow manufacturers to place on the market high performing devices to protect patients, health care professionals and citizens in general. The standards will facilitate a faster and less expensive conformity assessment procedure. The revised […]

Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021 over coronavirus concerns

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Josephine Moulds, Freelance journalist The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus, ending weeks of speculation over whether they would go ahead in July. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the decision after Japanese Prime […]

State aid: Commission approves €20 billion Spanish guarantee schemes for companies and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found two Spanish guarantee schemes for companies and self-employed workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules. The schemes, with a total budget of approximately €20 billion, were approved under the State aid […]

Women lose most from the climate crisis. How can we empower them?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tharanga Gunawardena, Communications Manager, Room to Read • Low-income communities are more vulnerable to climate change – especially women. • Women working in agriculture bear the brunt of extreme weather events. • Schemes in Zambia, Latin America and […]

‘Act fast and do whatever it takes’ to fight the COVID-19 crisis, say leading economists

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Leading economists urge governments to bring out the ‘big artillery’ to fight the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unconventional policy options such as ‘helicopter money’ should be on the table, […]

From memes to mourning, how Europe is dealing with its darkest hour since World War II

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Josephine Moulds, Freelance journalist Europe has more than 150,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Italy’s death toll now exceeds China’s. To get through the crisis, Europeans are finding ways to connect with one another, from rooftop exercises (with social […]

Will the coronavirus break the internet?

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 Internet usage is up 50% in some parts of the world as more aspects of our daily lives have moved online. Some remote-work platforms and services have struggled to keep up […]

The EU’s outermost regions: strengthened partnership bears fruit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission adopted a report on progress made under the 2017 Strategic Partnership with the EU’s outermost regions, which strengthened the cooperation between the EU outermost regions, the respective Member States and the European Commission. The report shows that this strengthened partnership […]

Coronavirus: European standards for medical supplies made freely available to facilitate increase of production

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In the context of the Coronavirus crisis, the Commission is working with industry and Member States to maximise the availability of masks, gloves, gowns and other medical supplies. Efforts include increasing production by existing manufacturers, facilitating imports and activating alternative ways of producing equipment. […]

State aid: Commission approves €50 million Italian support scheme for production and supply of medical equipment and masks during Coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €50 million Italian aid scheme to support the production and supply of medical devices, such as ventilators, and personal protection equipment, such as masks, goggles, gowns, and safety suits. The scheme will help Italy provide the necessary medical […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The truth against the myths

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Laura Regelskytė, a third-year medical student at the Medicine Faculty of Vilnius University, 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 […]

How responsible businesses can step forward to fight coronavirus

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Polman, Co-Founder and Chair, Imagine Governments, central banks and the WHO will not defeat coronavirus alone; the private sector must play a key role. As companies respond to COVID-19, business leaders who back moral statements with practical […]

State aid: Commission approves Danish public financing of Fehmarn Belt fixed rail-road link

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has concluded that the public financing model of the Fehmarn Belt coast-to-coast infrastructure between Denmark and Germany is in line with EU State aid rules. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy said: “The Fehmarn Belt fixed link will […]

How women in developing countries can harness e-commerce

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Annette Ssemuwemba, Deputy Director, Enhanced Integrated Framework, World Trade Organization • E-commerce has the potential to level the economic playing field for women in developing countries. • Government, the private sector, aid programmes and civil society need to […]

Costa Rica has improved its foreign bribery legislation but must strengthen enforcement and close legal loopholes

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Costa Rica recently strengthened its anti-bribery laws by introducing corporate criminal liability. Despite this achievement, loopholes in the definition of the foreign bribery offence and its enforcement raise significant concerns, according to a new report by the OECD Working Group on Bribery. The 44-country Working Group […]

Future EU-UK relations: EU is offering ‘cooperation of an unprecedented nature’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Statement by David McAllister, Chair of the European Parliament’s UK Coordination Group, on the publication of a draft legal agreement on the future EU-UK partnership. ”I welcome the fact that the European Commission has transmitted to the United Kingdom a draft agreement on a […]

COVID-19: Commission creates first ever rescEU stockpile of medical equipment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has decided to create a strategic rescEU stockpile of medical equipment such as ventilators and protective masks to help EU countries in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. President Ursula von der Leyen said: “With the first ever common European reserve […]

We are stronger than this pandemic (COVID-19)

This article was written for The European Sting by one of our passionate 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. Anguish and fear. For our life and our loved ones. But not only. Fear that our little world will blow up. Our […]

St Patrick’s Day during a pandemic – how people celebrated this year

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 Social distancing measures have led to many parties, parades and celebrations being cancelled. People have posted videos of their makeshift celebrations online to help bring people together, virtually. Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo […]

Coronavirus: 5 ways to work from home with your kids (and stay sane)

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stewart Friedman, Practice Professor of Management, University of Pennsylvania & Alyssa Westring, Associate Professor of Management, Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University • Managing the closures of schools, offices and care facilities can be overwhelming for working parents. […]