How video games can reunite a divided world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Susanna Pollack, President, Games for Change & Stanley Pierre-Louis, President & CEO, Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Unlike most other entertainment platforms, video games can connect people of all backgrounds and beliefs. When people engage in play of any […]

Eurobarometer: protecting human rights tops citizens’ list of EU values

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. This Eurobarometer survey, published on Tuesday, asked citizens, among several topics, which political issue the Parliament should deal with as a matter of priority. Parliament’s autumn Eurobarometer survey traditionally asks citizens which political issue the European Parliament should deal with as a matter of […]

State aid: Commission approves €400 million of public support for very high-speed networks in Spain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €400 million of public support to deploy very high-speed broadband networks in Spain. The scheme will benefit consumers and businesses in areas with insufficient connectivity in Spain. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of […]

Agreement on linking the emissions trading systems of the EU and Switzerland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As ministers gather at the COP25 in Madrid to discuss the rules for international carbon markets, the EU and Switzerland finalised the process that allows for the link of their emissions trading systems to enter into force. As of 2020 allowances from both systems […]

EuroLat plenary in Panama: control of trade talks and fight against crime

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The scrutiny role of parliaments in trade talks and EU-Latin American cooperation against organised crime will be debated this week in Panama. The 150 members of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat), 75 MEPs and 75 representatives of the Latin American and Caribbean parliaments, […]

Here’s how tech can help governments fight corruption

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Carlos Santiso, Director for Digital Innovation in Government, Development Bank of Latin America Technology is changing and challenging governments around the world. With data analytics and artificial intelligence, new technologies present governments with tremendous opportunities to improve public […]

The 8 pieces of digital DNA we need to thrive in the AI age

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Goleman, Co-Director, Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey If you had a symptom of cancer, what kind of doctor would you look for? Would you look for a […]

What do refugees really need from those who want to help? A refugee explains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joelle Hangi, Director, Refugee Artists and Authors, Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya When I fled my home and sought shelter in Kakuma refugee camp, I was at one of the lowest points in my life. But not the lowest. […]

The importance of Yellow September and suicide prevention in Brazil

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ridson Guilherme Parente de Aguiar and Francisco Emanoel Albuquerque de Souza Júnior, medical students at Christus University Center (UNICHRISTUS). They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to […]

A common fight against Antimicrobial Resistance: how can we react and what should we do

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Oumaima Mazouz, a third-year medical student in the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Marrakesh, Morocco. 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 […]

What you need to know about 5G

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Derek O’Halloran, Head of Shaping the Future of Digital Economy and New Value Creation, World Economic Forum 5G, the fifth generation of mobile communications that enables global connectivity, is predicted to contribute $13.2 trillion to the global economy […]

India: step up reform efforts to increase quality jobs and incomes

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. India is set for a modest recovery after a loss of momentum, as reforms to simplify taxation, lighten business regulations and upgrade infrastructure start to bear fruit. Further reforms to modernise the economy are now needed to drive the creation of high-quality jobs, as well as […]

These social entrepreneurs are lighting up Africa

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 Easy Solar provides solar lighting and chargers to power energy-deprived homes in Sierra Leone. The pay-as-you-go devices provide electricity to even the least-well-off families. A reliable energy grid is the foundation for […]

One Health approach to combating Antimicrobial Resistance – how can professionals from different backgrounds unite in this common fight?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Aistė Jurkonytė, a 19 years old medical student at 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 necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

How venture capital can transform global health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dr Nina Rawal, Founder and Managing Director, Emerging Health Ventures Venture capital can turn scientific discoveries into consumer products for patients in LMIC. It has transformed the market for rare disease medicines, bringing huge benefit to patients worldwide. […]

Military Medicine and its Relationship with Antibiotic Therapy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Pedro Henrique Della Garza Oiticica Moreira, a Brazilian academic in the 6th Semester of Medical School of the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora – Campus Governador Valadares. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The […]

Encryption is under attack. Here’s why that matters

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adrien Ogée, Project Lead, Cyber Resilience, World Economic Forum & Marco Pineda, Head of Security and Innovation, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum The news that Interpol is about to “condemn” the spread of strong encryption is just […]

Here’s what happened when a charity gave $1,000 each to poor households in Kenya

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 Charity GiveDirectly gave $1,000 to poor households across Siaya County, Kenya. The money had a ripple effect on the region’s economy, as every $1 of cash delivered generated $2.60 in additional spending. […]

Malta: MEPs conclude fact-finding visit to assess Caruana Galizia murder inquiry

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following recent developments in the investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, MEPs visited Malta between 3-4 December to take stock of the situation on the ground. The delegation of MEPs, led by Sophie in ‘t Veld (Renew Europe, NL), met […]

Climate adaptation could make the world more peaceful

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Pearson, Graduate of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, CUSP As communities around the globe, especially those in poorer regions, are suffering increasingly from the negative impacts of climate change, the importance of climate adaptation is becoming […]

This tech company is aiming to plant 500 billion trees by 2060 – using drones

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 UK company Dendra plans to plant 500 billion trees by 2060 – using AI and drones. The drones can plant 120 seedpods per minute. The WWF estimates we’re losing 27 football fields […]

Young people struggling in digital world, finds latest OECD PISA survey

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. One in four students in OECD countries are unable to complete even the most basic reading tasks, meaning they are likely to struggle to find their way through life in an increasingly volatile, digital world. This is one of the findings of the OECD’s latest PISA […]

Mergers: Commission approves Varta AG’s acquisition of Energizer’s divestment business, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, Varta AG as a suitable purchaser of assets divested by Energizer in order to acquire Spectrum Brands’ batteries and portable lighting business. The Commission also approved Varta AG’s acquisition of the divested assets under […]

Confronting antimicrobial resistance of animal origin

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Angeliki Moutafi, Mr. Dimitrios Samaras, Mr. Ioannis Saperas and Mr. Lampros Fountoulis, all medical students from Greece. They are 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 writers […]

EU allocates €50 million to fight Ebola and malnutrition in the Democratic Republic of Congo

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The European Commission has today announced €50 million to help the most vulnerable people affected by the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The funding will address urgent needs and provide continued support to the Congolese population, notably to improve food security and access […]

Warsaw wins 2020 Access City Award for making the city more accessible to citizens with disabilities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The 2020 Access City Award goes to the city of Warsaw, in Poland. By involving people with disabilities and accessibility needs in its endeavour to make the city more accessible, Warsaw was able to make a substantial overall improvement to the city’s ease of […]

Roaming market review: use of mobile phones abroad has surged since end of EU roaming charges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has published today the first full review of the roaming market, showing that travellers across the EU have benefitted a lot from the end of roaming charges in June 2017. The use of mobile data while travelling in the EU has increased […]

Global Cooperation for Local Action: Fighting antimicrobial resistance

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Paula Pacheco Rocha, a student of the sixth period of Medicine of the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas- PUC Campinas 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 […]

Going climate-neutral: expert-group recommendations to help energy-intensive industries contribute to the EU’s 2050 target

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission publishes recommendations by a group of experts on how to transform the EU’s energy-intensive industries so they help reach EU-wide objectives for a circular and climate-neutral economy by 2050. These objectives were put forward in the Commission’s A Clean Planet for […]

MEPs call on Russia to stop illegitimate prosecution of Lithuanian judges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Russia should stop illegitimately prosecuting Lithuanian judges and EU countries should refuse any legal assistance, says European Parliament. In the text adopted by 493 votes in favour, 43 against and 86 abstentions on Thursday, MEPs call on Russia to end the politically motivated prosecution […]

Paid paternity leave should be the norm in the US

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cara Brennan Allamano, Senior Vice-President, HR, Udemy There’s no question the United States is far behind other countries when it comes to supporting new mothers, but the idea of maternity leave, at least, is normalized in our culture. […]

These Dutch tomatoes can teach the world about sustainable agriculture

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 To feed 10 billion people by 2050 at the current level of food production efficiency, we’d have to clear most of the world’s forests. The Netherlands is a leader in efficient and […]

How the inventor of the internet plans to make it safe and accessible for everyone

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 Half the world is connected to the internet today. Concerns about civility, bullying and hate speech on the internet are growing. Contract for the Web includes nine principles to fix the internet […]