To build a circular economy, we need to put recycling in the bin

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexandre Lemille, Co-founder and general secretary, African Circular Economy Network Too often the concept of a circular economy is muddled up with some kind of advanced recycling process that would mean keeping our industrial system as it is and […]

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 […]

From Model T to EV: a short history of motor vehicle manufacturing

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 You can have any colour you like – as long as it’s black. That’s how Henry Ford is said to have explained the way his mass-manufacturing processes brought affordable, standardized motoring to the […]

How Kolkata is tackling its air pollution with public transportation

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 Kolkata is pioneering greener commutes citywide – and thanks to an innovative project to deploy more electric buses and ferries, the city now ranks fifth on a list of places that are reducing […]

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 […]

European Commission launches infringement proceedings against the UK following its failure to name a candidate for EU Commissioner

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As the Guardian of the Treaties, the European Commission has today sent a letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breaching its EU Treaty obligations by not suggesting a candidate for the post of EU Commissioner. The UK authorities have until Friday […]

Labels for tyres: deal for greener and safer road transport

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new labelling scheme for car and truck tyres aims to increase consumer awareness and fuel savings, improve safety and decrease noise pollution. The legislation was informally agreed by MEPs from the Industry and Research Committee and the Finnish Presidency of the Council, on […]

3 reasons why Singapore is the smartest city in the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sharmishta Sivaramakrishnan, Community Specialist, Young Global Leaders – Asia, World Economic Forum Geneva It’s official: Singapore is the world’s smartest city. That’s according to a new survey Published by Swiss business school IMD and the Singapore University of Technology […]

This fascinating map shows how food moves around the US

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 In a country as big as the United States, you might expect food to travel hundreds of miles before it reaches the dinner table. But the first-ever map of America’s food supply chain […]

The mental health of our society

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Sanem ERGEN, a second year medical student at Istanbul University. 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 IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor […]

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 […]

Improving coverage of mental health services

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Juan Pablo Robles Carrasquilla, a 19 year old and second year medical student at Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia. 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 […]

This is how New York plans to end its car culture

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 Walking or cycling in Manhattan should soon be a lot safer following a vote by New York City councillors to build about 400 km of protected bike lanes and redesign 2,000 road junctions […]

Brazil must immediately end threats to independence and capacity of law enforcement to fight corruption

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The OECD Working Group on Bribery urges Brazil, one of the founding Parties to the Anti-Bribery Convention since 1997, to preserve the full capacity and independence of law enforcement authorities to investigate and prosecute foreign bribery and corruption. Despite being recognised by the Working Group for […]

Closing VAT loopholes for sales through online platforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs on Thursday voted on measures specifying how large online platforms are to contribute to closing loopholes that hinder the collection of VAT. The new rules, led through Parliament by Ondřej Kovařík (Renew, CZ), would help member states recover around €5 billion in tax […]

MEPs condemn criminalisation of sex education in Poland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution put to the vote on Thursday, MEPs express their deep concern over a Polish draft law that could put teachers who provide sex education in prison. In the text adopted by 471 votes in favour, 128 against and 57 abstentions, MEPs […]

Wolfgang Schäuble: “Without European unification, there would be no German unity”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP President David Sassoli and President of the German Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble commemorated the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989. The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, paid tribute to courageous European citizens “who peacefully, without any violence, but through […]

‘Our goal is to democratize the air.’ How aerial transportation will shape cities of the future

Urban Aerial Mobility – the movement of goods and people through the skies – has long been a focus for city builders, policymakers, engineers and urban designers trying to understand how unlocking the elusive third dimension of transportation could positively impact people’s lives. Might Urban Aerial Mobility be the key to reducing congestion, removing people […]

The European reaction to the neo-fascist wind

This article was written for The European Sting by one of our 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. Italian neo-fascism manifests itself in various forms. First of all, organizational. Salvini’s party is dictatorial. At the top there is Salvini who is the […]

Amsterdam has a bubble barrier to catch canal plastic

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 The latest innovation to tackle plastic pollution? A bubble barrier. A wall of bubbles can intercept plastics in rivers and canals without blocking the passage of boats and marine wildlife. Tests of a […]

This Dutch butcher makes plants taste just like meat

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 Jaap Korteweg was brought up on meat. That’s what happens when you grow up surrounded by cows on a farm in Holland. But the ninth-generation farmer has swapped slaughtering (and eating) animals for […]

These are the countries that have made their climate commitments law

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 New Zealand has joined an elite group of countries that has enacted emissions-target legislation, aiming to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050. The new law commits the country of 4.9 million people to achieve […]

Happy workers are more productive, research shows

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 How are you feeling? Your answer to this deceptively simple question will likely determine how productive you will be at work today, according to new research. A team at the University of Oxford’s […]

New OECD work to support citizen engagement with governments

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. OECD Observatory of Civic Space will measure access, recommend steps to safeguard public role in policy The OECD unveiled at the Paris Peace Forum today a new Observatory of Civic Space, an initiative to support countries in promoting and protecting an environment that enables citizens and […]

Austria: reforms will be necessary to uphold high well-being levels

‌ This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Austria stands out for its high levels of economic and social well-being. Preserving these will require reforms to improve competition in the service sector, increase access to risk capital for firms of all sizes, encourage more women and migrants into the workforce and lengthen work […]

This is what’s happening to the Amazon, according to NASA

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 Human activity is drying out the air above the Amazon, according to a new study, raising fears the planet’s biggest and most biodiverse rainforest will soon be unable to sustain itself. Researchers from […]

Stop wars disguised as peace missions

This article was written for The European Sting by one of our 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. European soldiers are still in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, but we only remember them when a bomb explodes, and they return home in […]

Mental health: what can be done to diminish increasing suicide rates?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Alvija Kučinskaitė, a second-year medical student at Vilnius University, Lithuania. 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 IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor […]

5 facts about the world’s most valuable company, Saudi Aramco

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 The world’s biggest oil firm Saudi Arabian Oil Co., known as Aramco, has confirmed it is pushing ahead with what is expected to be the world’s biggest initial public offering (IPO). The state-owned […]

Onagawa’s spirit of togetherness: lessons from the 2011 tsunami

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Naoko Tochibayashi, Public Engagement Lead, World Economic Forum, Japan November 5 is World Tsunami Awareness Day. According to the United Nations: “In the past 100 years, 58 tsunamis have claimed more than 260,000 lives, or an average of 4,600 […]

From G7 announcement in August to Paris Peace Forum, Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) coalition gains momentum

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. An ambitious initiative against inequality sponsored by French President Emmanuel Macron Powered by the OECD, spearheaded by Danone, and driven forward at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Biarritz in August 2019, B4IG is a coalition of leading multinational enterprises committed to tackling inequalities and promoting inclusive […]

Mergers: Commission clears Telia’s acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting by Telia. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by Telia. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “We have today […]