How Finland is fighting fake news – in the classroom

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 Content1 Finland has an effective weapon to combat fake news: education. The Nordic nation tops a list of European countries deemed the most resilient to disinformation, the Media Literacy Index, compiled by the Open […]

Aviation Strategy for Europe: Commission signs landmark aviation agreements with China

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union and China have today signed an agreement on civil aviation safety and a horizontal aviation agreement to strengthen their aviation cooperation. The agreements follow up on the EU-China Summit of 9 April and will serve to boost the competitiveness of the […]

Electronic cigarettes: is it really a safe alternative to smoking?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Tahreem Khalid, a student of second year BDS at Army medical college. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, […]

How we can embrace the electrical vehicle transition by adopting smart charging

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Wolfgang Ketter, Professor of Information Systems for Sustainable Society, University of Cologne The age of the electric vehicle (EV) is dawning, with two million of them sold in 2018. Whether EV purchases are motivated by environmental concerns, lower operating […]

What’s going on in Chernobyl today?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer, Formative Content For more than three decades Chernobyl has been a byword for the potential dangers of nuclear power. The world’s worst nuclear accident had a devastating effect on the surrounding area in what is […]

SMEs are driving job growth, but need higher investment in skills, innovation and tech to boost wages and productivity

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been a significant driver of employment growth in recent years, mainly through the creation of new firms, including in high-growth sectors such as information and communication technologies (ICT). But the new OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook highlights that most SME […]

Poliomielitis: climatic changes and impossibility in border control

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ana Flávia Cury Ivantes and Rariane Bernardino Marani, two third-year medical students from a private university in south region of Brasil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writers and […]

Erasmus+: a turning point in the lives of 5 million European students

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. New evidence shows that Erasmus+ makes students more successful in their personal and professional lives and helps universities to become more innovative, according to two new independent studies released today by the European Commission. The large-scale studies based on the feedback from nearly 77 […]

Joint OECD and World Bank report urges governments to improve resilience to disasters and related fiscal risks

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Rapid economic development and climate change are increasing our vulnerability to natural disasters, and a new joint OECD-World Bank report calls for pro-active management of the financial costs of those disasters before they strike. Released during the annual OECD Forum in Paris, Fiscal Resilience to Natural Disasters estimates that natural […]

Advanced economies still have plenty of work to do to reach Sustainable Development Goals

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. With only 11 years left to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, some of the most economically advanced countries have still not met targets in areas like poverty reduction, youth employment, education and training, gender equality and numerical literacy, according to a new OECD report. Measuring […]

Here’s how blockchain could stop corrupt officials from stealing school lunches

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cathy Barrera, Founding Economist, Prysm Group & Stephanie Hurder, Partner, Founding Economist, Prysm Group & Ashley Lannquist, Project Lead, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum Around the world, the potential for corruption is often exploited where there […]

SMEs are driving job growth, but need higher investment in skills, innovation and tech to boost wages and productivity

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been a significant driver of employment growth in recent years, mainly through the creation of new firms, including in high-growth sectors such as information and communication technologies (ICT). But the new OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook highlights that most SME […]

How to make primary healthcare a favourable career choice for medical students: strategies and reflections

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Alaa Abusufian E. Dafallah, a 6th year medical student from University of Khartoum, Sudan with 5 years of experience in the field of student advocacy and medical education development in Sudan and Africa. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The […]

Now’s the time to take up cycling – here are 6 reasons why

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 It’s good for you and great for the environment. So, as millions of cyclists around the world mark Bike to Work Day, here’s why life on two wheels makes sense. 1. Cycle […]

E-cigars: Improbable ally or enemy in disguise?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Eleni Bouziani, a 1 st year medical student of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily […]

This is what the world’s waste does to people in poorer countries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Knowles, Digital Media Specialist, World Economic Forum It’s contaminating our oceans. It’s clogging our drains and causing flooding. It’s transmitting diseases, causing respiratory infections, and harming animals. Welcome to the global trash heap. Our cities generate more than […]

Europeans are living beyond Earth’s means

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content If everyone consumed at the same rate as the average European, we would need a planet three times the size of Earth. EU residents are using the world’s resources faster than it can replenish them. […]

How trade tariffs could help combat climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shang-Jin Wei As Australia heads toward a federal election on May 18, the national debate on cutting carbon dioxide emissions is heating up. Yet the discussion highlights the limits of what Australia or any other individual country can […]

Electronic cigarettes, a better alternative or a well-advertised product

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maha Mezouar, a second year medical student in Marrakech, Morocco. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The […]

Italy should boost spending and strengthen cooperation and integration of employment services to help more people into work

Mr Giuseppe CONTE, Italian Prime Minister. Copyright: European Union Event: Special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50) This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Italy should boost spending and cooperation at national and regional levels as part of broader efforts to help more people into work and reduce the country’s high unemployment […]

What the Fifth Industrial Revolution is and why it matters

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pratik Gauri, India President, 5th Element Group PBC & Jim Van Eerden, President, 5th Element Group PBC Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore posed a piercing question to us at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in […]

How India is solving its cooling challenge

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Radhika Lalit, Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute & Ankit Kalanki, Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute Today, 40% of the world’s population resides within the hot tropical regions, where many of whom are exposed to potentially life-threatening temperatures for at least 20 […]

2 trillion drinks containers are made every year – so where do they go?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Be honest – how many drinks containers have you used today? A carton of orange juice at breakfast, a plastic bottle of water for your morning run, a takeaway coffee, maybe a can […]

The global suicide rate is growing – what can we do?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christine Moutier, Chief medical officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention & Patrick J. Kennedy, Founder, The Kennedy Forum We are living in a time of urgency: suicide is a global, leading cause of death with a staggering loss of […]

What does strategy have to do with a platform approach?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anil Menon, Managing Director, World Economic Forum Nearly 300 of the world’s leading strategy executives and futurists are meeting at the World Economic Forum’s Industry Strategy Meeting. We have convened chief strategy officers in the past, but never at […]

Electronic cigarette: a still controversial qualitative imbalance

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Lucas Gheller Machado is 18 years old and he courses the second year of medicine. Currently, he is a member and analyst of the Nucleus of Scientific Research (NUPEC) by IFMSA Brazil UniCesumar, member of the Academic League of Intensive Medicine of Maringá (LAMIM) and member […]

What if big-tech companies became non-profits?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jonathan Wichmann, Co-founder, Wichmann/Schmidt After years of misinformation, security breaches, abhorrent labor practices and election meddling, politicians have decided it’s finally time to regulate the major tech companies. It’s almost impossible to think that, as recently as a […]

These artists created a huge open library – and their idea’s gone global

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 You might be used to reading words written by your favourite authors in bed, on a train, or even in the park. But have you ever seen them posted on a lamppost, […]

This incredibly detailed map of Africa could help aid and development

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 Can a map save lives? Facebook thinks so. Using satellite photos and artificial intelligence (AI), the company has created a high-resolution map of population density in Africa that it says is more […]

How a more integrated approach could help to end energy poverty

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ashvin Dayal, Associate VP & Managing Director, Power Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation With almost four years completed since the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we face a narrowing window of opportunity to mobilize the disruptive […]

Education in Emergencies: EU announces record humanitarian funding for 2019 and launches #RaiseYourPencil Campaign

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Commission has announced today an unprecedented €164 million for Education in Emergencies projects in 2019. Together with international and Belgian celebrities as well as around 400 students, the Commission has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness and solidarity among young […]

This credit card has a carbon-emission spending limit

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content From bananas and sausages to flights and fuel, we all like to keep a tally of what we spend. But whether we monitor the price in dollars, rupees or yuan, it’s unlikely we are also […]

5 key themes for reforming the EU, as elections loom

  This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.  Author: Grace A. Ballor, Max Weber postdoctoral fellow, European University Institute Whether you are a supporter of more or less Europe, one thing is clear: citizens want change. Debates about which way forward have become highly polarized between defenses […]