The impact of the pandemic on mental health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Laura Nakatani Kunioka, a third-year medical student at Unicesumar, Brazil. She 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 […]

As heavy as an elephant: anxiety and loss of life expectancy in young Brazilians

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Laura A. Martinhago, a 18 years old from Maringá-PR Brazil and a medical student at Unicesumar University. She 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 […]

Poland: Constitutional Tribunal is illegitimate, unfit to interpret constitution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Polish Constitutional Tribunal is “a tool for legalising the illegal activities of the authorities”  No EU money for governments who flagrantly, purposefully and systematically undermine EU values  EU must protect the people of Poland, who remain overwhelmingly pro-European  Parliament condemns an attempt to undermine […]

MEPs debate high energy prices, rule of law, migration ahead of EU summit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on European Council to tackle the energy price crisis and deal with rule-of-law offenders at its 21-22 October summit meeting. In a debate on Wednesday with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar, representing the Slovenian […]

COP26, getting to net-zero: How clean electrification can be crowdsourced by digitalizing the grid

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amina Hamidi, Chief Technology Officer, Electrification, ABB & Philip New, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Systems Catapult As we head towards COP26, clean electrification would get us three-fourths of the way to net zero. Digitalization offers the chance to […]

Why the call of Presidents Michel and Xi should help get EU-China relations back on track asap

Last Friday, a much anticipated high level call call took place between EU Council’s President Charles Michel and China’s President Xi Jinping. The call came exactly one month after the European Parliament’s issued “vision” of the China-EU relations and following a year of setbacks in the EU-China relations. Overall, the leaders’ call was positive allowing […]

Rule of law in Slovenia: MEPs conclude their first mission to the country

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A European Parliament delegation travelled to Slovenia, where they met with national authorities, journalists and NGOs, to assess respect of EU values and rule of law. From Wednesday 13 October to Friday 15 October, seven MEPs from the Civil Liberties Committee and one from […]

State aid: Commission approves €31.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €31.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Many companies in Italy have seen […]

Why we shouldn’t overstate the pandemic’s effect on productivity growth 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak, Global Chief Economist, Boston Consulting Group & Paul Swartz, Director and Senior Economist, BCG Henderson Institute The secular growth of services has been a significant drag on aggregate productivity growth – but the shock of COVID […]

European Innovation Council announces new wave of start-up champions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission’s European Innovation Council has selected 65 innovative start-ups and SMEs to receive €363 million of funding for breakthrough innovations. Each company will receive a combination of grant financing and equity investment of up to €17 million to develop and scale up […]

These are the top 10 tech trends that will shape the coming decade, according to McKinsey

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 We’ll experience more technological progress in the coming decade than we did in the preceding 100 years put together, says McKinsey. And 10 tech trends will dominate this shifting landscape. Understanding the […]

Banks can achieve net-zero pledge by 2050. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Colas, Partner; Vice-Chairman, Financial Services, Americas, Oliver Wyman Group (MMC) The UN group, Net-Zero Banking Alliance, have pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions across their lending portfolios by 2050. Banks can influence corporate behaviour by offering loans […]

Commission to provide 60,000 rail passes to young Europeans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission will provide free travel rail passes to 60,000 Europeans aged from 18 to 20 years, thanks to DiscoverEU. Applications open tomorrow, 12 October, at noon and close on 26 October, at noon, for a travel period in 2022, which will be the […]

It’s time to take girls’ digital safety and literacy seriously

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Madeleine Askham, Policy & Advocacy Lead, Plan International, Isobel Fergus, Research Manager, Plan International & Nikita Shubsole Digital Policy & Advocacy Officer, Plan International Girls and young women spend huge amounts of time online. Access to the internet […]

European Youth Event 2021 kicks off

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On 8 and 9 October, 3,000 to 4,000 young people will gather in Strasbourg and online to exchange ideas and contribute to discussions on Europe’s future. Under the motto “The future is ours”, the European Youth Event (EYE) 2021 will feature dozens of activities, […]

Speech by Ambassador Zhang Ming at the Online Celebration of the 72nd Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China

On the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Mission to the EU held online celebrations and Ambassador Zhang Ming delivered a video message. The whole text is as follows: Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends, It’s a great pleasure to get together virtually with both old and […]

Managing third-party risks? Here’s how a holistic approach can help

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ali H. Asseri, Head, Cybersecurity Risk Management, Saudi Aramco, Mansur Abilkasimov, Director, Cybersecurity Governance, Schneider Electric, Dennis Frio, Managing Director, PwC, Filipe Beato Lead, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum Supply chain attacks affect multiple global victims and […]

Reduce, reuse, compost: Why recycling alone won’t solve the plastic crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daphna Nissenbaum, Co-Founder and CEO, TIPA About 8 billion tons of plastic has been produced globally since the 1950s, but only 10% has actually been recycled. Recycling is increasingly seen as an unsuitable solution to the growing volume […]

Work can be better post-COVID-19. Here’s what employers need to know

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stephen Ratcliffe, Partner, Employment & Compensation, Baker McKenzie & Julia Wilson, Partner, Employment & Data Protection, Baker McKenzie Returning to a physical workplace post-COVID-19 brings a myriad of legal, employee and public relations complexities for businesses; To ensure […]

Europeans strongly support science and technology according to new Eurobarometer survey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A new Eurobarometer survey on ‘European citizens’ knowledge and attitudes towards science and technology’ released today shows that 9 in 10 EU citizens (86%) think that the overall influence of science and technology is positive. They expect a range of technologies currently under development to […]

An Ambitious Agenda, a Debilitating Pandemic and how Medical Students fit into it

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Jainil Devani, a First Year Medical Student at GMERS Gotri Medical College, Vadodara, India. 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 […]

Role of Medical Students towards Achieving the 2030 Agenda

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Iftekhar Ahmed Sakib, currently studying at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 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 […]

What does the future hold for quantum computing? Experts explain

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 World Economic Forum issue briefing on quantum computing explored the technology, where it’s come from and where it’s heading. Experts from academia and industry discussed the challenges, next steps and where we […]

Innovative debt financing could close the digital access gap. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Burke Norton, Senior Managing Director; Co-Head, Perennial Investing, Vista Equity Partners and Bill Horton, Senior Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Verizon Communications Digitization of services is on the rise, with digital inclusion affecting access to healthcare, […]

Why age inclusive workforces play a crucial role in building back a better society post-COVID

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stuart Lewis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rest Less A thriving jobs market that works for people of all ages is an essential component of any plan to build back better post-pandemic. Demographic changes mean there are enormous […]

Automatic handwashing tech can help provide a resilient return to work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stanislav Varich, Founder and CEO, Connectome.ai The proven benefits of automation – reduced errors, lower costs, improved resource allocation – are all advantages that can be gained by applying it to mitigate hygiene risk. Due to its unbiased […]

This weather index measures climate-related risks. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Renzo Avesani, Chief Innovation Officer, Unipol Gruppo & Antonio Tirri, Service Innovation Engineer, Leithà The European Extreme Events Climate Index (E3CI) is a new data tool which uses AI to more accurately measure climate-related weather risks. By monitoring […]

The final countdown towards achieving the 2030 Agenda: the contribution of health care professionals

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Thamires Manzano Fernandes and Ms. Abhirami Das, a 21-year-old, third year medical student enrolled in Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, India. She 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 […]

Coronavirus: The EU and AstraZeneca agree on COVID-19 vaccine supply and on ending litigation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the EU and AstraZeneca have reached an agreement which will secure the delivery of the remaining COVID-19 vaccine doses to Member States under the terms of the Advance Purchase Agreement concluded on 27 August 2020 with AstraZeneca. The agreement will also end the […]

Desertification has been devastating for this region of Africa. One nonprofit thinks it has the solution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content The Azawak region of West Africa has badly suffered from desertification and water scarcity due to the impact of climate change. The water crisis has had a severe impact on both the local […]

This powerful tool will help corporates make the switch to 100% renewables

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Justine Roche, Program Analyst – Energy, Materials Infrastructure Platform, World Economic Forum, Natalie Adomait, Senior VP, Impact Investment, Brookfield Asset Management & Michael Hayes, Global Head, Renewables, KPMG Corporate demand for clean electricity has the potential to drive […]

People who speak more are more likely to be considered leaders

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content US scientists found that quantity, rather than quality, of talking determines who is perceived as a leader in small groups. The ‘babble hypothesis’ was tested on university students working together on a task. […]

These Dutch cities are using the circular economy to conserve water

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 The Netherlands has a national strategy to fully embrace the circular economy by 2050. Amsterdam is working with utility companies to recycle used water. Rotterdam is filtering medicine residues from wastewater to […]