The invisible pandemic: Mental health of youth in Bangladesh during Covid-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fariha Hoque Rimu, a meticulous and analytical Researcher who is a research associate. 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 […]

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 […]

Investment, bans and goals: Everything to know about the environment this week

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 This weekly round-up brings you some of the key environment stories from the past seven days, to help keep you up to date. Top stories: Call for urgent action on biodiversity; IEA calls […]

Second-Class Doctor: Online Doctor

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Dilara Dimbaş, a second-year medical student at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. 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 […]

Sakharov Prize 2021: introducing the finalists

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Afghan women, Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and Bolivia’s former interim president Jeanine Áñez were shortlisted for the 2021 Sakharov Prize on Thursday. Following a joint vote by Members on the Foreign Affairs and Development committees on Thursday 14 October, the finalists for the […]

Public health: Commission proposes a progressive roll-out of the new In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has proposed a progressive roll-out of the new In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation to prevent disruption in the supply of these essential healthcare products. The unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have diverted resources from Member States, health institutions […]

The effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of the youth

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Thi Ngoc Huyen, a fresh graduate from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. 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 […]

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 […]

Risks to kids online are growing. Here’s what we can do 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Farah Lalani, Community Lead, Global Coalition for Digital Safety, World Economic Forum Apple delayed its rollout of child safety features, and Instagram delayed Instagram for Kids. Facing accusations that its platforms harm children, Facebook says it will introduce […]

5 insights to guide ASEAN’s digital generation in a post-pandemic world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joo-Ok Lee, Head, Regional Agenda – Asia-Pacific; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum & Santitarn Sathirathai, Group Chief Economist, Sea We surveyed 86,000 people from six ASEAN countries about their views for a post-pandemic world. The […]

Essential infrastructure: new rules to boost co-operation and resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs endorse new rules to better protect essential services like energy, transport and drinking water. With 57 votes in favour and 6 against (no abstentions), the Committee adopted its negotiation position on new rules on EU critical infrastructure entities. MEPs are […]

Essential infrastructure: new rules to boost co-operation and resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs endorse new rules to better protect essential services like energy, transport and drinking water. With 57 votes in favour and 6 against (no abstentions), the Committee adopted its negotiation position on new rules on EU critical infrastructure entities. MEPs are […]

Facebook Files: MEPs to invite whistleblower Frances Haugen to a hearing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Lead MEPs from the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee decided to invite Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen to a hearing on 8 November. The decision to organise a public hearing in the European Parliament on “Whistleblowers’ testimonies on the negative impact of big tech […]

Joint  EU-US Statement on  the Global Methane Pledge 

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, who leads the EU’s international negotiations on climate, and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry hosted a virtual ministerial meeting to mobilise further support for the Global Methane Pledge. The co-convenors and Executive Director of the United Nations […]

Too Young to Feel Hopeless – Mental Health of the Youth and the Effects of COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Carlotta Oltmanns, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Vienna in Austria. 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 […]

Climate-vulnerable populations are suffering a mental health crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dharrnesha Inbah Rajah, Global Shaper, Kuala Lumpur Hub There’s a clear link between climate change threats and poor mental health outcomes in developing countries. Slow progress on mental health and climate change emergency response mechanisms research remains concerning. […]

Zero pollution: Commission report shows more needs to be done against water pollution from nitrates

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The latest Commission Report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive (based on data for 2016-2019) warns that nitrates are still causing harmful pollution to water in the EU. Excessive nitrates in water are harmful to both human health and ecosystems, causing oxygen depletion […]

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 […]

Contribution of Future Health Care Professionals in Health Governance

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Laveeza Fatima, a 19 years old medical student at Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakistan. 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 […]

The Silent Pandemic: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Camila Marie Ramos, a third-year medical student at the Iberoamerican University (UNIBE) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 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 […]

The Effects of COVID-19 on The Mental Health of Youth

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Boonyavee Wongwisetsuk, a second year medical student in Thailand trying to navigate her way through the stress of medical school and the pandemic. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

COVID-19: how does living in a pandemic impact youth’s mental health?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Bianca Costa Dias, a 2nd year medical student at the Faculdade de Medicina de Marília (FAMEMA), in 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 […]

Human rights breaches in Myanmar and Rwanda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions on the human rights situations in Myanmar and Rwanda. The human rights situation in Myanmar, including the situation of religious and ethnic groups Parliament condemns the Burmese military’s (Tatmadaw) widespread violent response to any kind of […]

European Commission reaffirms the primacy of EU law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today’s oral presentation of the ruling by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal raises serious concerns in relation to the primacy of EU law and the authority of the Court of Justice of the European Union. The Commission upholds and reaffirms the founding principles of the […]

COVID-19 Effects on The Youth’s Mental Health and Daily Routine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Baraa Alhendawi, a third-year medical student at Al-Quds University, Al-Azhar Branch, Gaza, Palestine. 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 […]

Disability rights: A European Disability Card to harmonise status across the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Mobility, education, housing and active inclusion in public life are key areas where Europeans living with disabilities would benefit from reform, say MEPs. The EU should have a common definition of disability and introduce a European Disability Card to mutually recognise disability status across […]

The Case of Increased Anxiety in Youth Due to the Uncertainty Associated with the Pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Aysha Noor, 3rd year MBBS student from Shifa College of Medicine in Islamabad, Pakistan. 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 […]

WHO: This is how we can keep schools COVID-safe

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 With schools reopened around the world, the World Health Organization offers advice on how to do it safely. The key is to take prompt action if a child or teacher becomes infected. […]

Energy costs: MEPs debate measures to limit impact of price rises

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. With gas prices surging, and concerns over the impact on consumers and businesses, MEPs, the Council and the Commission debated how to address the crisis. Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said the EU should react in a quick and coordinated manner, and highlighted the measures […]

Citizens’ engagement: Launch of new centre for designing policies with citizens, for citizens

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission is launching a competence centre on participatory and deliberative democracy in its Joint Research Centre (JRC). The competence centre will foster partnerships and provide guidance, tools and resources to strengthen citizen engagement in policy. The rise in citizens’ assemblies, juries, and […]

High-Level Forum on providing protection to Afghans at risk

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Tomorrow, High-Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson are convening a High-Level Forum focusing on providing protection to Afghans. The forum is a follow-up to discussions in G7 and in the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council on Afghanistan. The aim […]

Urgent measures needed to protect victims of partner violence in custody battles

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs say child custody disputes constitute a form of gender-based violence when used by violent partners to continue to harm their victims. In a report adopted on Wednesday with 510 votes in favour, 31 against and 141 abstentions, MEPs call for urgent measures to […]

Parliament sets up new delegation to the EU-UK Parliamentary Assembly

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, a large majority of MEPs voted in favour of setting up the European Parliament’s new standing delegation to the EU-UK Parliamentary Assembly. Following a proposal by the Conference of Presidents (EP president and chairs of political groups), plenary set up the new […]