EU increases humanitarian assistance for Palestine to over €34 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU has increased its humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people in Palestine by €8 million, taking the total to €34.4 million this year. The additional funding will be dedicated to supporting victims of the recent violence. EU humanitarian funding for 2021 […]

Parliament demands democratic scrutiny over national recovery efforts

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want to receive all relevant information on national recovery efforts, ensuring democratic oversight of the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). In a resolution adopted on Thursday with 602 votes in favour, 35 against and 56 abstentions, MEPs restated that, in […]

Id ego x superego

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ándrew Suguru Sato, a 22 years old second-year medical student. He is affiliated with 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 on […]

Having a baby during COVID-19 gave me new respect for the job ‘mom’

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirsten Salyer, Opinion Editor, World Economic Forum Mothers have been among the hardest hit by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Women lost almost twice as many jobs around the world as men, largely as a result of […]

This ‘citizen science’ project means anyone can help map the Great Barrier Reef – from the comfort of home

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark McCord, Writer, Formative Content The Great Reef Census is asking the global community to help assess the health of Australia’s coral reef system. The project is collecting data on the 13,000 images of reef life taken by […]

The hidden downside to ocean data and how to make it more sustainable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linwood Pendleton, Senior Vice-President; Head, Science, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Ocean & Asgeir J. Sørensen, Director, Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems, NTNU (NTNU AMOS) Data technology can help us monitor and preserve the ocean. […]

When will life return to ‘pre-COVID normal’?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content A majority of people expect life to return to something like ‘normal’ within the next 12 months, according to a new World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey. There are large differences between countries on this, […]

COVID-19 has been a setback for women. Gender-responsive policies can stem the losses

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ruma Bhargava, Project Lead, Fourth Industrial Revolution for Health, India, World Economic Forum, C4IR India & Dr Megha Bhargava, Deputy Commissioner Income Tax, Ministry of Finance, Government of India COVID-19 pandemic has exposed socio-economic inequalities in health, income, […]

Palliative Care: a human right

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Geetika Gaekwad, a 23 year old medical student, interning at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore, India. 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 […]

Commission welcomes entry into force of EU4Health programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the entry into force of the EU4Health programme today. This follows the Council adoption on 17 March and the vote on the programme by the European Parliament on 9 March. It marks the final step towards making €5.1 billion available to strengthen […]

Erasmus+: over €28 billion to support mobility and learning for all, across the European Union and beyond

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission today adopted the first annual work programme of Erasmus+ 2021-2027. With a budget of €26.2 billion, (compared to €14.7 billion for 2014-2020), complemented with about €2.2 billion from EU’s external instruments, the new and revamped programme will fund learning mobility and cross-border […]

Fit for Future platform selects EU initiatives for simplification and modernisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission’s Fit for Future Platform has now selected 15 initiatives with the aim of helping to simplify EU law, cut red tape for citizens and businesses, and ensure that EU policies respond to new and emerging challenges. These efforts will be part of […]

Team Europe partners with Equity Bank to support Kenyan business and agriculture amid COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union and the European Investment Bank, working together as Team Europe, are providing €120 million (KES 15.8 billion) of new support for Equity Bank to enhance financing to Kenyan companies most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The financing package will support access […]

State aid: Commission approves Danish support for Thor offshore wind farm project

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Danish support for the Thor offshore wind farm project, which will be located in the Danish part of the North Sea. The measure will help Denmark increase its share of electricity produced from renewable […]

Hurdles on creating effective vaccine campaigns against COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Eulália Santos Gomes, 23 years old, a 3rd-year medical student of the University Center of Valença in Valença, Rio de Janeiro, 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 […]

Six months after the Beirut port explosion: reflections from a first responder

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Georges Kettaneh, Secretary-General, Lebanese Red Cross • The Beirut port explosion overwhelmed the Lebanese Red Cross despite its crisis experience. • The LRC had to adjust its aid measures to meet local sensitivities. • The toll of successive […]

Sanctions: Commission further expands Guidance on COVID-19-related humanitarian aid in sanctioned environments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission further expanded its Guidance Note on how COVID-19-related humanitarian aid can be provided to countries and areas around the world that are subject to EU restrictive measures (sanctions). This Guidance now also has a self-standing chapter on Nicaragua. The aim is […]

Mobile technology facilitating social distance in the middle of a pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Pedro Henrique Graciotto Pontes Ivantes and Ana Flávia Cury Ivantes, two fourth-year medical students at a university in southern Brazil. 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 […]

Employment and Social Developments in Europe review: why social fairness and solidarity are more important than ever

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission’s services have published the 2020 edition of the Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review dedicated to the theme of social fairness and solidarity. The review provides evidence-based analysis on how to achieve greater fairness across the EU in the […]

Building back business: Avoiding a trade-off between resilience and growth

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christopher Alessi, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum “The question is: how do we achieve resilience in a new global environment, including a pandemic-prone global environment, as well as growth – how do we avoid a sharp trade-off between […]

Could electric vehicles pose a threat to our power systems?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gerhard Salge, Chief Technology Officer, Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd & Alexandre Oudalov, Manager, Power Systems of the Future, Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd The electrification of road transport will shift our energy requirements from petrol to power […]

The Mental Health Hero in You

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Viegas, a medical student who is the NPO of ANEM-Portugal. 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 the post-COVID workplace will change business for the better

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark Pringle, Senior Vice President of Corporate Real Estate, Global Facilities and Environment, Health and Safety, Dell Technologies Businesses that prioritize their return to work strategies and change how they operate will outpace their peers; As we emerge […]

Italian divers just rescued a whale caught in ‘ghost’ fishing nets

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content Italian divers have freed a sperm whale caught in discarded fishing nets. It is just one of many whales, dolphins, turtles and other marine mammals that get caught in ghost nets each […]

10 lessons from the COVID-19 frontline for a more gender-equal world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katja Iversen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Women Deliver Women and girls must be front and centre of coronavirus response and recovery. • Sex-disaggregated data is needed to understand the impact on men and women. • Economic opportunities, […]

COVID-19 shows we need a broader definition of safe mobility

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tim Dawkins, Project Lead, Automotive and Autonomous Mobility, World Economic Forum & Michelle Avary, Head of Automotive and Autonomous Mobility, World Economic Forum We must redefine “safe mobility” beyond reducing vehicular crashes to consider factors such as biosafety […]

What is true and not true about the new Coronavirus?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Florea Danut-George, a second year medical student at “Gr. T. Popa” Iasi, Romania. 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 […]

Trump’s Pandemic Failure: A Missed Opportunity

This article was written for The European Sting by our guest writer, Dr. Alon Ben-Meir, a professor of international relations at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. For a man who is a self-absorbed, power […]

Two refugees explain what COVID-19 means in their precarious world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maxwell Hall, Media Lead, Broadcast and Programming, World Economic Forum Inequality and daily living conditions in refugee camps are amplifying the threat posed by COVID-19. We spoke to two refugees from Kakuma, a camp of 192,000 people in […]

This chart shows the total number of COVID-19 cases and recoveries so far

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Niall McCarthy, Data Journalist, Statista Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China there have been more than 100,000 confirmed cases. Infections in China are finally starting to slow down. When looking at the number of […]

Discussions kick off among MEPs and national MPs on economic governance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs and members of national parliaments kicked off their two-day yearly gathering on Tuesday, dedicated to discussing EU economic governance. The opening, chaired by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee Chair Irene Tinagli (S&D, IT), saw interventions from top European politicians leading the implementation of […]

Zero carbon buildings are possible following these four steps

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Clay Nesler, Vice-President, Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Johnson Controls With increasing numbers of countries, states, cities and organizations committing to carbon neutrality by mid-century, zero carbon buildings are finally getting the attention they deserve as a critical […]

Global leaders must take responsibility for cybersecurity. Here’s why – and how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marie Sophie Müller, Programme and Engagement Lead, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum & Alois Zwinggi, Managing Director and Head, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum “Don’t find fault, find a remedy”, as the industrial pioneer Henry Ford […]