How to give start-ups a head-start

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rapelang Rabana, Founder and Chairperson, Rekindle Learning & Tony Pan, Chief Executive Officer, Modern Electron Today, it’s cool to be an entrepreneur. Many people across the globe admire the great entrepreneurs of our time such as Bill Gates, Elon […]

Afghanistan: EU reinforces humanitarian support with €40 million as crisis worsens

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has allocated an additional €40 million in emergency assistance for those affected by the worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, as well as for Afghan refugees in neighbouring Pakistan and Iran. This brings total EU humanitarian aid for the Afghan crisis to […]

Why we need to start a new pro-vaccine movement

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Thomas Breuer, Chief Medical Officer, GSK Vaccines We are living through extraordinary times. Yet, just as it’s difficult to notice whether your hair has grown when you see it every day, it is easy to underestimate the nature and […]

The world’s impact in a small Brazilian town and the increased demand for mental health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Paula Costa Guimarães, a twenty years old second year Brazilian medical student at UNP, Rio Grande do Norte, 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 […]

Pushing for tax fairness in a digital world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marcello Estevão, Global Director, Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment, The World Bank Every two days, a unicorn is created. I’m referring, of course, not to the mythical animal but to the hugely successful startup companies that are less than 10 […]

ACP-EU : Agreement on climate change, migration and post-Cotonou

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific MPs agreed on climate change, migration, sustainable growth and the post-Cotonou agreement. Carlos Zorrinho (S&D, PT) Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly said: “We are all convinced that the only way to manage migration within a legal […]

Future-proofing the European banking market – removing the obstacles to exit

This article was first published by European Central Bank Speech by Yves Mersch, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB and Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the ECB, at the S&P Global’s European Financial Institutions Conference, Paris Consolidation seems to be something of a buzzword. It is associated with discussions of the profitability […]

Suicide in postpartum depression

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hyale Melo Lima, a second period medical student at UNICEPLAC – Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido dos Santos in 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 […]

This Scottish forest is both a home for wildlife and a boost for the local economy

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 Craigvinean forest provides sustainable timber and a home for wildlife Forestry generates £285 million for the Scottish economy each year, and employs 30,000 people in the country Plantations like this could also help […]

These four countries are the happiest in the European Union

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 Eurostat survey shows Europeans are happier than five years ago Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria are the happiest EU nations Spain has the highest share of people who claim to be happy all […]

Can alternatives to rhino horn save these gentle giants?

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 Alternatives to rhino horn are being created to undermine illegal trade Conservationists have voiced concerns that disrupting the market won’t help Nearly 9,000 rhinos in Africa killed by poachers in 2006-2015 Some people […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Metallo by Aurubis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Metallo by Aurubis, under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the acquisition may reduce competition in the purchasing of copper scrap for refining. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, responsible […]

We need a new approach to cutting greenhouse gas emissions: and it’s all about innovation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Andrén, Director General, Swedish Energy Agency, Sweden & Max Correa Achurra, Executive Director, Solar and Energy Innovation Committee, CORFO Chile Getting on track to limit global temperature increases to 1.5°C requires us to think beyond business as usual. […]

Autumn Fiscal Package: Commission adopts Opinions on euro area Draft Budgetary Plans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today presented its Opinions on euro area Member States’ 2020 Draft Budgetary Plans, taken steps under the Stability and Growth Pact and adopted the fourth Enhanced Surveillance Report for Greece. Since July this year and for the first time since […]

Eurobarometer survey: Majority of EU citizens positive about international trade

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The results of a special Eurobarometer survey published today by the European Commission show that 60% of Europeans feel that they personally benefit from international trade, 16 percentage points more than 10 years ago at the time of the previous poll. The survey also […]

Africa: Urgent action needed to mobilise domestic resources as tax revenues plateau

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The average tax-to-GDP ratio for the 26 countries participating in the new edition of Revenue Statistics in Africa was unchanged at 17.2% for the third consecutive year in 2017. This was lower than the averages for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) at 22.8% and for the OECD at […]

€200 million to promote European agri-food products in and outside the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission will allocate €200.9 million in 2020 to fund promotion activities for EU agri-food products at home and abroad. The 2020 promotion policy work programme adopted by the Commission outlines the main priorities for support. EU policy on the promotion of agri-food […]

Lifting the lid on policy decisions across Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adeola Akinremi, Director of Strategic Communications, Policy Vault Africa As a leader on a policy reform project I worked on in Africa a few years back, I learned many things. First, finding policies of African national governments in the […]

Passwords should become a thing of the past. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adrien Ogée, Project Lead, Cyber Resilience, World Economic Forum & Parker Crockford, Director of Policy & Strategic Accounts, Onfido When the man who invented passwords says it’s time to move on, it probably is. Four years ago, Fernando Corbato, […]

Italian archaeological trafficking group dismantled

This article was first published at The European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit An international police operation carried out today, supported by Eurojust and Europol, dismantled an international organised crime group involved in large-scale trafficking of Greek archaeological items looted from Calabria, Italy, resulting in 23 arrests and 103 searches and seizures, yielding approximately 10 000 […]

Young migrants: Is Europe creating a lost generation?

This article is brought to you in association with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. Delays and serious challenges integrating young refugees who have fled war and persecution risk creating a lost generation, finds a new Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) report. While it identifies some good practices, it urges Member States to learn from […]

EU Budget 2020 deal: Investing more in climate action, youth and research

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have fought for and obtained better support for climate action, research, SMEs and the young in next year’s EU budget, after a second round of talks with Council on Monday. On Monday evening, the negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council reached […]

How to push out of our comfort zones – an extract

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Vijay Eswaran, Executive Chairman, QI Group of Companies This is an extract from Vijay Eswaran’s book: Two Minutes from the Abyss: 11 Pillars of Life Management. He is the Executive Chairman of QI Group, based in Malaysia. My friend […]

How health privatization increases health inequities

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Diana Marcela Mantilla Barrera, a 21 year old fourth-year medical student at Universidad Industrial de Santander in Bucaramanga, Colombia. 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 […]

The world needs a grand coalition to tackle climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency This article first appeared on LinkedIn. More than 40 years after the International Energy Agency published the first edition of the World Energy Outlook, the report’s overarching aim remains the same – […]

Two-thirds of employees would trust a robot boss more than a real one

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 Have you ever commiserated with your colleagues that your boss acts like an automaton? This soon might be more than just a figure of speech – and some employees don’t necessarily think that […]

Make the internet safer: stop using passwords

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ori Eisen, Founder and CEO, Trusona This article is not simply meant to be read. It is meant to be read and acted upon. I am here to recruit you.   I have dedicated my life to fighting online […]

Revamp collective bargaining to prevent rising labour market inequalities in rapidly changing world of work

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Collective bargaining and worker’s voice are key labour rights but can also improve labour market performances, according to new OECD findings. Yet both these rights are under pressure from the general weakening of labour relations in many countries and the rise of new and often precarious […]

How artificial intelligence is redefining the role of manager

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dan Schawbel, Partner and research director, Future Workplace Artificial intelligence (AI) will impact every job, in every industry and every country. There are significant fears that AI will eliminate jobs altogether. Many reports have exposed the harsh realities of […]

Making the most of our ‘extra time’ – for ourselves and society

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Camilla Cavendish, Contributing Editor and Weekly Oped Columnist, FT Weekend, The Financial Times Group This is an extract of Camilla Cavendish’s book Extra Time: 10 Lessons for an Ageing World. In 2018, a Dutchman began a court battle to […]

European Commission statement on the adoption of the new energy lending policy of the European Investment Bank Group

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission supports the new energy lending policy of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group adopted at the EIB Board meeting today, which will help the Bank achieve full alignment with the Paris Agreement. The Commission voted in favour of the proposal. The Commission […]

Commission and OECD present recommendations to help EU countries and regions achieve industrial transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) present a report on an initiative launched in 2017 to help 12 EU regions and Member States achieve industrial transition and hold their own in a globalised economy. Teams of OECD and […]

Why your next car is a bike

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Carlo Ratti, Director, SENSEable City Lab, MIT & Ida Auken, Member of Parliament, Parliament of Denmark (Folketinget) On the window of a bike shop in Copenhagen, a sign reads: Your next car is a bike. More than 62% of […]