‘All hands should be on deck’ – key quotes from leaders on the fight against COVID-19

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 As the world wrestles with the unprecedented implications of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, “we are facing a human crisis unlike any we have experienced” and our “social fabric and cohesion is […]

Coronavirus: Commission Statement on consulting Member States on proposal to further expand State aid Temporary Framework to recapitalisation measures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal to further extend the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The Temporary Framework […]

Why informal networks will be key to the COVID-19 recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mouchka Heller, Project Manager, Seamless Integrated Mobility System, World Economic Forum Informal networks including community organizations and faith-based groups are stepping in to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic. They often fill gaps in resources and services to […]

Lockdown is the world’s biggest psychological experiment – and we will pay the price

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dr Elke Van Hoof, Professor, health psychology and primary care psychology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel With some 2.6 billion people around the world in some kind of lockdown, we are conducting arguably the largest psychological experiment ever; This will […]

Coronavirus: a cultural escape goat or the next Big Five

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Guilherme Wandall, currently in the fourth semester of medicine at FURB in Brazil. 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 […]

Coronavirus: EU global response to fight the pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the High Representative set out plans for a robust and targeted EU response to support partner countries’ efforts in tackling the coronavirus pandemic. The EU’s collective action will focus on addressing the immediate health crisis and resulting humanitarian needs, […]

ESCALAR: up to €1.2 billion to help high potential companies grow and expand in Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is launching ESCALAR, a new investment approach, developed together with the European Investment Fund (EIF), that will support venture capital and growth financing for promising companies, enabling them to scale up in Europe and help reinforce Europe’s economic and technological sovereignty. […]

Antitrust: Commission provides guidance on allowing limited cooperation among businesses, especially for critical hospital medicines during the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published a Temporary Framework Communication to provide antitrust guidance to companies cooperating in response to urgent situations related to the current coronavirus outbreak. In this context, the Commission is also issuing a “comfort letter” concerning a specific cooperation project aimed […]

How COVID-19 is throttling vital migration flows

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered border controls that hinder economically vital migration. COVID-19 also threatens vulnerable migrants caught in limbo at crowded camps. Migration normally helps keep the global […]

How can we prepare for the post-coronavirus era? A view from Japan

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ryan Takeshita, Editor-in-Chief, HuffPost Japan In a survey of more than 10,000 Japanese business, more than 63% projected that COVID-19 would have a “negative impact on their business performance”; But going online and remote working is creating opportunities […]

State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Greek scheme providing repayable advances to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €1 billion Greek aid scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020. Executive […]

A letter from Italy: Our insecurity in COVID-19 times

This article was written for The European Sting by one of our passionate 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. Billions of people are locked up at home all over the world. Afraid, insecure. There are no vaccines or medicines to stop this […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Asia-Pacific response to COVID-19 and climate emergency must build a resilient and sustainable future”, by the United Nations Under-Secretary-General

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writers. The unprecedented public health emergency triggered by the COVID -19 […]

COVID-19’s isolated world is the norm for people for disabilities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Caroline Casey, Founder, #valuable The 1.3 billion living with disabilities worldwide are no stranger to the kind of exclusion the coronavirus has forced on the rest of the population. • The shift in working practices proves that similar […]

On World Health Day, new report says the world needs 6 million more nurses

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Josephine Moulds, Freelance journalist The world needs 6 million more nurses to achieve global health targets. Low and lower middle-income countries suffer the most acute nurse shortages. On World Health Day, WHO calls for investment in a massive […]

COVID-19: Stopping the rise in domestic violence during lockdown

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Women’s Rights committee Chair, Evelyn Regner, urges the EU and member states to increase support to victims of domestic violence during the COVID-19 crisis. Both globally and in some EU countries, it has been reported that cases of domestic violence rose by a third […]

Remarks by Commissioner Lenarčič on the deployment of EU Medical Teams to Italy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In these challenging times, when the whole world is struggling with the novel coronavirus, I am particularly proud that today I can announce a team of European doctors and nurses from Romania and another one from Norway to (have been) be deployed to Italy. […]

How COVID-19 could open the door for driverless deliveries

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 The COVID-19 pandemic is putting pressure on deliveries and local logistics. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) could help alleviate the strain on existing delivery services while reducing the risk […]

What is the evidence on wearing masks to stop COVID-19?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Alexander Walcott, Global Shaper, Kingston Hub, Eastern countries have advocated for the use of masks and have begun to contain the virus. Healthcare workers should receive masks first. That does not mean they are ineffective for the […]

In Bangladesh, COVID-19 threatens to cause a humanitarian crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC Bangladesh, BRAC Only 15% of Bangladeshi workers earn more than $6 a day. The economic shutdown sparked by COVID-19 threatens millions of livelihoods in the country imminently. But there are reasons for optimism, […]

How can coronavirus lockdowns end safely and effectively? – WHO briefing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum The World Health Organization held a media briefing to update the public on the COVID-19 outbreak. Streamed live on Monday 6 April. A strategic, “step-wise” approach will be essential to easing […]

How to Create a Clear Vision For the Future of Healthcare

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Dimitris Diakidis Smith, a Greek-American Stage 3 undergraduate medical student studying at University College Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland. 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 […]

How to look after someone with coronavirus

  Strict hygiene is crucial in looking after someone with coronavirus. Keep them apart from other members of the household. Inform your health service and call for emergency help if symptoms worsen. It’s the moment many people fear – someone in your household begins to show symptoms of coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends […]

COVID-19 Update: Solidarity and Joint Efforts Shall be the Main Theme For China and Europe in the Fight Against the Outbreak

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by a Chinese diplomat from the Department of Europe of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The opinions expressed within reflect the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. As the COVID-19 epidemic keeps spreading, Europe has become the epicenter of the global […]

Coronavirus: Commission and European Investment Fund (part of EIB Group) unlock €8 billion in finance for 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has unlocked €1 billion from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) that will serve as a guarantee to the European Investment Fund (EIF), part of the European Investment Bank Group. This will allow the EIF to issue special guarantees to […]

European Defence Fund: EU funds new joint research and industrial projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is opening calls for proposals to finance up to €160 million in joint defence industrial projects in 2020, and announcing seven new defence research projects selected for more than €23 million of funding under the 2019 budget. Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal […]

Coronavirus: Chinese aid to the EU delivered to Italy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU has put international cooperation at the forefront of its response to the Coronavirus. Following an agreement reached between President von der Leyen and Premier Li Keqiang last month, a donation of protective equipment from China to the European Union has now arrived […]

Supply chains have been upended. Here’s how to make them more resilient

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rebecca Liao, Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President, SKUChain & Ziyang Fan, Head of Digital Trade, World Economic Forum LLC Supply chain visibility is crucial to understanding the impact of disruption. Digitizing records will make supply chains more resilient to […]

Refugees in Greece: MEPs demand solidarity, warn about impact of health crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and its member states must help Greece manage its borders, according to Civil Liberties MEPs, who warn about the risk of COVID-19 spreading in refugee camps. MEPs stressed that the current pandemic is yet more evidence that no country can deal with […]

How our Europe will regain its strength: op-ed by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The last few weeks have turned our world upside down. It seems like a lifetime ago that we were going about our everyday business. But by now, some of you reading will have had symptoms, many of you will know someone who is sick […]

Problems Faced by Young Doctors and What We Can Do About Them

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Iqra Nawaz Abbasi, a second year student of MBBS at Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, Pakistan. 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 […]

COVID-19 sparked an economic crisis ‘like no other’ – but these measures can help now: WHO, IMF

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum The World Health Organization held a media briefing to update the public on the COVID-19 outbreak. Streamed live at 18.30 CET on Friday, 3 April. Guest Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of […]

What’s a logarithmic graph and how does it help explain the spread of COVID-19?

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 Exponential lines showing increases in COVID-19 cases might not always show the full story. While the raw numbers don’t change, the way they are represented can affect perceptions. Logarithmic scale charts can […]