What can the private sector do to alleviate the refugee crisis?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michel Botzung, Manager, IFC, Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations Africa Imagine arriving in a city, only to find that most (if not all) of the adults can’t work, start a business, or buy goods and services? This is true for […]

Antitrust: Commission fines US chipmaker Qualcomm €242 million for engaging in predatory pricing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Qualcomm €242 million for abusing its market dominance in 3G baseband chipsets. Qualcomm sold below cost, with the aim of forcing its competitor Icera out of the market. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of […]

How can the EU hit net-zero emissions?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stokes, Co-founder, Managed Security Forum, Prevalent AI The recent failure of EU leaders to commit to a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 exposes remaining political divisions. The bloc’s major economies are pledging to […]

Strengthening the rule of law through increased awareness, an annual monitoring cycle and more effective enforcement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Building on the lessons learnt since 2014 and detailed consultations since April this year, the Commission has today decided on a series of measures to further strengthen the rule of law in Europe. Over the past five years, the European Commission has had to […]

Rule of Law: European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to take the next step in an ongoing infringement procedure against Poland, by sending a reasoned opinion regarding the new disciplinary regime for Polish judges. On 3 April 2019, the Commission launched this infringement procedure on the grounds that the […]

Public Policies for LGBT in Brazil

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Gustavo Mendes e Silva, a student of the 5th Year of Medicine, and currently National Officer in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

Is blockchain overhyped? 5 challenges to getting projects off the ground

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sheila Warren, Project Head, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum & Sumedha Deshmukh, Project Specialist, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum Over the past few years, there has been a great deal of excitement around […]

Finnish Council Presidency priorities debated in plenary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. MEPs discussed the priorities of the incoming Finnish presidency with Prime Minister Antti Rinne and Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen. In his speech, Prime Minister Antti Rinne outlined that climate leadership, common values and the rule of law, competitiveness and social inclusion, and comprehensive security […]

Parliament’s interparliamentary delegations established

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament will have 44 interparliamentary delegations this legislative term, maintaining relations with parliamentarians in other countries, regions and organisations. MEPs voted on the composition of interparliamentary delegations on Wednesday at midday. The proposal put forward by Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (i.e. the EP President […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct of Amazon

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is in breach of EU competition rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “European consumers are increasingly shopping […]

Fashion’s hot new trend: clothes you don’t need to wash (very often)

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Stella McCartney doesn’t wash her suits. In fact, the UK fashion designer tries to avoid washing her clothes altogether, preferring the idea of brushing off dirt to throwing them in the machine after each wear. […]

An open letter to Europe’s leaders

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic & Beatrice Weder di Mauro, Professor of Economics, University of Mainz 2019 is a critical year for Europe. The rise of populist, nationalistic […]

10 expert predictions for the next decade in Chinese AI

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nina Xiang, Co-founder, China Money Network. Over the past several years, we have witnessed the blossoming of China’s artificial intelligence industry. Thanks to generous government policy support, and enthusiastic entrepreneurs and venture investors, China commandeered a position that […]

Russia’s permafrost is melting and it could have a devastating global effect

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 An environmental vicious circle is taking hold in Russia and other parts of the Arctic as permafrost – the frozen ground beneath a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere and almost 20% of Earth’s landmass […]

How Islamic finance can build resilience to climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maram Ahmed, Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London In arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), extreme weather manifestations such as droughts caused by prolonged dry spells, among other climate stressors, put ASALs at risk and intensify […]

Why the way of loving closes doors of health?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Bruna C. Nichelatti, a 2nd year medical student at the University of Blumenau (FURB) 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 and do not necessarily reflect […]

Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. With 383 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen President of the next European Commission in a secret ballot on 16 July. She is set to take office on 1 November 2019 for a five-year term. There were 733 votes […]

Weather reports could soon be telling us about the role of climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content “It will be largely cloudy in the north-west today, with a medium risk of extreme flooding because of climate change…” Is this the weather forecast of the future? Forecasters may soon be adding information about […]

Can cybersecurity offer value for money?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stokes, Co-founder, Managed Security Forum, Prevalent AI Cybersecurity looks like a waste of money. Companies set new global records with $37 billion invested in security in 2018, with spending expected to surpass $42 billion by 2020. Gartner research found […]

Should we be worried about third-hand smoke?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Elaine ThelenWriter, Formative Content The dangers of smoking are well known – heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. And they impact both on smokers, through directly inhaling nicotine and other chemicals, and non-smokers, who are exposed to exhaled ‘secondhand’ […]

Would you want to live to 150? Top quotes on what it means to grow old

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jamie Fullerton, Official Writer at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019 Last year, the World Health Organization defined ageing as a condition that could be treated. Scientific research suggests that a future in which humans live […]

Impact investment favours expats over African entrepreneurs. Here’s how to fix that

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christie Peacock, Founder and Executive Chairman, Sidai Africa Ltd & Fiona Mungai, Managing Director, Endeavor, Kenya Rows of white faces stare out from the social media meme showing tech start-up executives circulating among young Kenyans, who are angry that foreign entrepreneurs […]

Your next pair of sneakers could be made from coffee

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 Coffee is a big deal. While just a handful of countries dominate production, it’s consumed in vast amounts almost everywhere on the planet: around 2 billion cups are drunk every day. All that […]

Invisibility outside the closet: health as a right for all

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lesley Roks, a third year student of medicine working as LVPI in IFMSA Brazil UniCesumar. 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 […]

These clothes were designed by artificial intelligence

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 Getting an algorithm to create a cutting-edge fashion collection may seem like a big ask. But two design students have done just that by starting the world’s first AI-designed fashion brand. Glitch is […]

Sexual education in a school at the Brazilian Amazon

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Clara Pinheiro da Silva, an academic of the medical course at the Federal University of Pará 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 and […]

Barriers to healthcare: are they real?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ana Laura Dutra Queruz, a 18 years old and a second year medical student from 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 […]

Donor countries set international standard for preventing sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment in development sector

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Members of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) – 29 donor countries and the EU – agreed on a comprehensive set of recommendations aimed at preventing sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment in the aid sector. The DAC Recommendation on Ending Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment in […]

‘Business as usual’ will not achieve global education goals

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvia Montoya, Director, UNESCO Institute for Statistics & Manos Antoninis, Director, Global Education Monitoring report, UNESCO The generation that should finish secondary school by 2030 is now entering classrooms. But based on current trends, one in six children will […]

The online junk information grows, but so we shall

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Muhsin Öznaneci, a 4th grade Medical Student in Istanbul Medeniyet University, which is based in Istanbul Turkey. 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 […]

Brexit must not put UK university research at risk

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Arthur, President and provost, University College London UK universities are at the forefront of some of the greatest discoveries and innovations shaping our world today. They are home to extraordinary academics from around the world who are carrying […]

EU consumer rules: Airbnb cooperates with European Commission and EU consumer authorities improving the way it presents offers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission announced today that, as a result of negotiations with Airbnb, the platform has improved and fully clarified the way it presents accommodation offers to consumers, which is now in line with the standards set in EU consumer law. This follows the […]

GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers for 2019 “MWC Los Angeles, in Partnership with CTIA”

Sponsored content The GSMA announced the first confirmed speakers for the third gathering of MWC19 Los Angeles taking place October 22-24, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The GSMA also released additional event details including new programs, exhibitors and participating companies. “The mobile industry touches the lives of billions of people around the world, […]