MEPs debate high energy prices, rule of law, migration ahead of EU summit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on European Council to tackle the energy price crisis and deal with rule-of-law offenders at its 21-22 October summit meeting. In a debate on Wednesday with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar, representing the Slovenian […]

New EU farm to fork strategy to make our food healthier and more sustainable

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs present plans revamping the EU’s food systems, to produce healthier food, ensure food security, a fair income for farmers and reduce agriculture’s environmental footprint. Parliament welcomes the Farm to Fork strategy and underlines the importance of producing sustainable and healthy food to achieve […]

Alexei Navalny awarded the European Parliament’s 2021 Sakharov Prize

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have awarded Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny the European Parliament’s 2021 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Parliament Vice-President Heidi Hautala announced the 2021 laureate in the Strasbourg plenary chamber on Wednesday afternoon, following an earlier decision by the Conference […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: Plenary to discuss citizens’ contributions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. This weekend, the Conference Plenary will discuss reports from the European Citizens’ Panels, national panels and events, the EYE and the Platform. This Conference Plenary meeting represents two major milestones in the context of the Conference. On the one hand, the 80 representatives of […]

2021 Enlargement package: European Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the Western Balkans and Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted its 2021 Enlargement Package, providing a detailed assessment of the state of play and the progress made by the Western Balkans and Turkey on their respective paths towards the European Union, with a particular focus on implementing fundamental reforms, […]

Moldova: EU highlights the need for continued implementation of the reform agenda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union has published a report on the Association Implementation of the EU-Republic of Moldova Association Agreement. The report is published ahead of the 6th EU-Moldova Association Council on 28 October. It concludes that, while the second half of 2020 saw Moldova […]

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

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hijab Mustunsar, a Final Year student of Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakitsan. 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 […]

How steel is proving a critical component in transport’s journey to net zero

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer, AB Volvo Radical decarbonization is possible if the steel, transport and infrastructure industries work together. Hydrogen has the potential to deliver far-reaching change, replacing fossil fuels in everything from steel production to transportation. […]

What is tuberculosis and why are deaths rising?

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 Deaths from tuberculosis (TB) have risen for the first time in a decade, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization estimates the number of people developing TB and dying from […]

These bike shelters are made from wind turbines

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 Wind turbines have a service life of around 20 years. 85% of them can be recycled. But the plastic polymer blades pose a special challenge. 100% recyclable blades are just around the […]

Poland: MEPs call for the primacy of EU law to be upheld

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament asks the Commission to act immediately to defend Polish citizens and the foundations of EU law, by triggering the conditionality mechanism. In a heated plenary debate with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Slovenian Foreign Affairs Minister […]

Top-down or bottom-up? How to cultivate a digital culture in your organization

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samanntha DuBridge, VP, Global Benefits, Culture & Engagement, HR Mergers and Acquisitions, Employee Mobility, Hewlett Packard Enterprise & Brian Tippens, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the shift to a digital-first world which […]

COP26, getting to net-zero: How clean electrification can be crowdsourced by digitalizing the grid

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amina Hamidi, Chief Technology Officer, Electrification, ABB & Philip New, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Systems Catapult As we head towards COP26, clean electrification would get us three-fourths of the way to net zero. Digitalization offers the chance to […]

Flood risk is rising. Here’s where – and what can be done

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 & Andrew Berkley, Lead, Immersive Technology and Content, World Economic Forum Floods linked to climate change disproportionately devastate poor areas. Efforts are underway to use technology to address this […]

Why empathy is a must-have business strategy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Belinda Parmar, Chief Executive Officer, The Empathy Business The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated issues of work-life balance, financial pressures and fears about job security. Greater empathy within organizations as part of everyday culture can help address these problems. […]

Chart: Europe’s airlines take to skies again but don’t expect a return to ‘normal’

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark McCord, Writer, Formative Content At its worst, the pandemic reduced flights in Europe by 91%, and movements are still down a third compared to August 2019. Airlines have been helped by vaccination rates in the region that […]

3 ways social innovators are driving systemic change, from creating sustainable fashion to supporting refugees

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pavitra Raja, Programme and Engagement Lead, Europe and Americas – Schwab Foundation, World Economic Forum Social innovators are helping address some of the most pressing issues of today. For example, they are providing solutions to fight climate change, […]

Inside my COVID-19 Diary: is the youth mental health still intact or fractured?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Goodluck Issa Nchasi, a 3rd-year medical student at Catholic University Of Health And Allied Sciences, faculty of Medicine, located in Mwanza, Tanzania. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

Children face life with more heatwaves, floods, droughts and wildfires than their grandparents

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Inger Ashing. Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children International The climate crisis is a child-rights crisis. The adverse weather events caused by a warming planet affect children first and worst. Children born in 2020 will be harder hit […]

Why the call of Presidents Michel and Xi should help get EU-China relations back on track asap

Last Friday, a much anticipated high level call call took place between EU Council’s President Charles Michel and China’s President Xi Jinping. The call came exactly one month after the European Parliament’s issued “vision” of the China-EU relations and following a year of setbacks in the EU-China relations. Overall, the leaders’ call was positive allowing […]

Renewable energy is cheaper than previously thought, says a new report – and could be a gamechanger in the climate change battle

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Renewable energy prices have fallen far more quickl than the industry anticipated, says a new report. And they are fast becoming cheaper than fossil fuels. A rapid transition to emissions-free ‘green’ energy could […]

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology supports the New European Bauhaus with €5 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is today launching the ‘EIT Community Booster – Scaling New European Bauhaus Ventures’ in order to support the New European Bauhaus initiative. This first call will support 20 innovative companies with a budget of up to […]

EU-US Trade and Technology Council: Commission launches consultation platform for stakeholder’s involvement to shape transatlantic cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launched an online consultation platform on the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC), allowing stakeholders to share their views and provide common proposals on the work ahead. Following their first meeting in Pittsburgh last month, representatives of the European Union and […]

The EU Digital COVID Certificate: a global standard with more than 591 million certificates

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission adopted a report on the EU Digital COVID Certificate  and its implementation across the EU. The report shows that the EU certificate has been a crucial element in Europe’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 591 million certificates generated. […]

Aviation: EU and Qatar sign landmark aviation agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Union and the State of Qatar today signed a comprehensive air transport agreement, upgrading rules and standards for flights between Qatar and the EU. The agreement sets a new global benchmark by committing both sides to fair competition, and by including social […]

Could blockchain be the key that unlocks the SDGs?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rodney Prescott, Strategy Consultant, IO Global & Leon Molchanovsky, Managing Director, IO Global & Kaj Burchardi, Managing Director and Head of Platinion Netherlands, BCG Platinion Although much effort has gone into meeting the SDGs, significant barriers remain – […]

Why eye care is key to an active, healthy life

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristina Dziekan, Head, Market Access, Government Affairs and Tendering, Surgical Europe, Alcon Good eye health is a pillar of healthy ageing. Eye conditions are remarkably common. Those who live long enough will experience at least one eye condition […]

What is ‘eco-anxiety’ and how can we ease young people’s fears for the planet?

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 Experts at Imperial College London have warned ‘eco-anxiety’ is growing among children. More than 45% of young people in a survey of 10 countries said their feelings about climate change “negatively affected […]

Rule of law in Slovenia: MEPs conclude their first mission to the country

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A European Parliament delegation travelled to Slovenia, where they met with national authorities, journalists and NGOs, to assess respect of EU values and rule of law. From Wednesday 13 October to Friday 15 October, seven MEPs from the Civil Liberties Committee and one from […]

Overcoming myself during a pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gabriela Leon U., a medical graduate from Panama City, Panama, and current NMO President of the International Federation of Medical Student’s Associations – Panama (IFMSA Panama). She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

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 […]

Tell me who you are, I’ll tell you what you suffer from

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Antonio Guevara Lopez , a third-year medical student at the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. 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 […]

State aid: Commission approves €31.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €31.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Many companies in Italy have seen […]