Plans to keep EU budget funding in 2020 in the event of a no-deal Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. UK Researchers, students and farmers would continue to get EU support in the event of a no-deal Brexit, under provisions adopted by the Budgets Committee on Monday. The Budget Committee approved a measure to make sure that EU funds for 2019 and 2020 are […]

Reading the smoke signals: The long-term consequences of Amazon wildfire on global health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Christos Tsagkaris, a fifth-year medical student at the University of Crete. 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 reflect IFMSA’s view on the […]

‘Eden bonds’: how rewilding could save the climate and your pension

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henry Boucher, Partner and Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Sarasin & Partners Just under a quarter of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions come from our use of the land for things such as farming and forestry. Policymakers have a historic […]

State aid: Commission approves €380 million German rescue aid to Condor

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Germany’s plans to grant a temporary €380 million loan to charter airline Condor. The measure will contribute to ensuring the orderly continuation of air transport services and avoid disruptions for passengers, without unduly distorting […]

EU trade agreements: delivering new opportunities in time of global economic uncertainties

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Despite the difficult global economic climate, European companies have continued to make good use of the opportunities created by the European Union’s trade network – the largest in the world. In 2018 this network covered 31% of Europe’s trade exchanges, a figure that is […]

The world is facing more disasters. This is how data can help us reduce that risk

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexandra Bilak, Director, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre Risk is an everyday feature of our lives. How we react to it, who pays and who benefits, reveals much about our societies and their values. The risk of disaster can never […]

Health inequalities in the 21st century

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Paula Laderuski Wolf, 23 years old, a fouth-year medical student at Unicesumar Brazil – Maringá(Paraná). 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 […]

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. He’s Africa’s youngest leader who ended a conflict that had seemed intractable for decades. And on Friday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Abiy, now 43, took office in April 2018 after the resignation […]

What India’s route to universal health coverage can teach the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, Chairperson, Apollo Munich Health Insurance The goal of universal health coverage (UHC) as stated in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is one of the most significant commitments to equitable […]

Taxation: Commission refers Hungary to the Court for failing to apply the minimum EU excise duty on cigarettes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission decided today to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice for failing to apply the minimum EU threshold for excise duty on cigarettes set out in EU rules on manufactured tobacco. Hungary was allowed a long transitional period until 31 December 2017 […]

Hungary: Commission takes next step in the infringement procedure for non-provision of food in transit zones

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to address a reasoned opinion to Hungary concerning the non-provision of food to persons held in the Hungarian transit zones at the border with Serbia. This concerns persons whose applications for international protection have been rejected, and who are waiting […]

Rule of Law: European Commission refers Poland to the Court of Justice to protect judges from political control

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU regarding the new disciplinary regime for Polish judges, requesting an expedited procedure. On 3 April 2019, the Commission launched this infringement procedure on the grounds that the new […]

This is why retail is such a sore point in India-US trade relations

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 The relationship between India and the United States has been described as one of the most important of the 21st century. India is predicted to be the world’s second-largest economy by 2030, with […]

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 […]

World Mental Health Day is a chance to listen to those with the condition – the biggest experts of all

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katherine L. Switz, Founder and Executive Director, The Stability Network & Peter Varnum, Project Lead, Global Health and Healthcare, World Economic Forum In 2019, mental health is increasingly taking centre stage as governments, foundations, companies and entertainers step up […]

Burnout is a pandemic. Why don’t we talk more about it?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gill Cassar, Programme Lead, Environment and Sustainability, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum and Dominik Breitinger, Project Lead, Climate Governance and Finance, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum Stress – from the Latin “stringere”, to squeeze tight, touch or injure […]

The Amazon is burning and we’re all watching

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Nweke Ozioma Ruth, a Nigerian medical student. 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 view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s […]

MEPs call for decisive action to fight inequalities in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Commission and EU countries have to beef up social rights by delivering on the EU Pillar of Social Rights with legislative proposals and adequate funding. While the euro area’s unemployment rate hit a record low of 7.4% in August 2019, youth unemployment remains unacceptably […]

OECD leading multilateral efforts to address tax challenges from digitalisation of the economy

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Today the OECD Secretariat published a proposal to advance international negotiations to ensure large and highly profitable Multinational Enterprises, including digital companies, pay tax wherever they have significant consumer-facing activities and generate their profits. The new OECD proposal brings together common elements of three competing proposals from […]

Tackling obesity would boost economic and social well-being

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Obesity-related diseases will claim more than 90 million lives in OECD countries in the next 30 years, with life expectancy reduced by nearly 3 years. Obesity and its related conditions also reduce GDP by 3.3% in OECD countries and exact a heavy toll on personal budgets, […]

These are the world’s 10 most competitive economies in 2019

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Thierry Geiger, Head, Benchmarking Practice, World Economic Forum & Roberto Crotti, Economist, World Economic Forum Since 1979, the World Economic Forum has been taking the temperature of long-term economic growth and productivity in its Global Competitiveness Report. The 2019 […]

5 trends in the global economy – and their implications for economic policymakers

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum & Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director; Head of the Centre for the New Economy and Society, World Economic Forum The Global Competitiveness Report 2019 is a much-needed economic compass, building on […]

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 […]

In this ‘wildland’ farm in Britain, species thrive and yields are high

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 Just 25 km from the constant buzz of planes taking off at London’s second busiest airport, Gatwick, there’s a very different cacophony of sound. “When you go out at dawn, you can feel […]

Mediterranean and Black Seas: Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted its first ever proposal on fishing opportunities covering both the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. With this proposal, the Commission is delivering on the political commitments made in the MedFish4Ever and Sofia Declarations to promote sustainable management of fish […]

The Collapse of the Brazilian Health Care System

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Anna Maria Andrade Barbosa, a second-year medical student at Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás, 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 strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect […]

Flying high: how India could lead the world in drones

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harrison Wolf, Project Lead, Aerospace and Drones, World Economic Forum & Vignesh Santhanam, India lead, Drones and Tomorrow’s Airspace, World Economic Forum What will it take for drones and other Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to develop into flourishing, future-oriented […]

European Commission welcomes the positive assessment about how it has managed the EU budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In its latest report about the management of the EU budget,the European Court of Auditors – the independent auditor of EU spending – confirmed that the Juncker Commission had significantly improved the way it administered the EU budget. The auditors gave the EU annual […]

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 […]

These countries have the best work-life balance

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 If you’re frustrated with your work-life balance, you might consider moving to the Netherlands. Dutch people don’t tend to work very long hours and spend more time on leisure activities, as well as […]

Towards a European Republic

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. Only citizens can build a European Republic. National governments have failed because they do not want it. They don’t want to lose their power. […]

Could the EU’s ban on palm oil in biofuels do more harm than good?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shareen Shariza Abdul Ghani, Director and co-founder, Sorga Ventures In an era where trade wars and tariffs are commonplace, it is often the case that developing countries are held to double standards by Western nations. Commodities are among the […]