GCC: EU unveils Strategic Partnership with the Gulf

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the High Representative and the European Commission adopted a Joint Communication on a ‘Strategic Partnership with the Gulf’ with the aim to broaden and deepen the European Union (EU)’s cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and its Member countries. High Representative/Vice-President, Josep […]

Metsola: Europe is fit for the next generation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In her speech ‘Is Europe fit for the next generation?’, she encouraged European citizens and leaders to believe, to be confident and to use this difficult moment in time as an opportunity for change. The full speech can be found below. Dear Distinguished guests, […]

This is what the world’s first floating city will look like

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 The world’s first prototype floating city that adapts to sea level rise has just been unveiled at UN headquarters in New York. OCEANIX Busan, in South Korea, aims to provide breakthrough technology […]

EU COVID Certificate: committee backs one-year extension to ensure free movement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the Civil Liberties Committee endorsed proposals to keep the EU Digital COVID Certificate framework in place for another year. To ensure that EU citizens can benefit from their right to free movement regardless of the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee […]

Vaccine hesitancy in COVID-19: how can we approach it with efficient communication strategies

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. CYUBAHIRO Karangwa Verite, MD’25, and UWASE Sandrine, MD’26, two medical students from the University of Rwanda, Rwanda. They are 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 writers and […]

These countries are paying people to move to the countryside

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content Portugal, Ireland and Australia are some of the countries offering rural relocation incentives. In 2020, an Italian village with just 115 residents offered more than €44,000 ($47,000) in relocation funding. COVID-19 and […]

EU Budget 2023: “significant funding” needed to address the consequences of Ukraine war

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The priorities for 2023’s EU budget, according to MEPs, should be the economic recovery, health, youth and climate action, and dealing with the impact of the invasion of Ukraine. The resolution adopted by Parliament on Tuesday calls for a “future-oriented budget that matches the […]

Parliament organises the Ukraine Solidarity Days

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. From Monday to Thursday, Parliament is organising the “Ukraine Solidarity Days” to show its support for Ukraine’s parliament following the Russian invasion. While seeking to support Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) in defending freedom, peace and democracy, the events taking place this week also aim […]

Chronic disease during a pandemic: how can health systems become more resilient during crises and how can medical students advocate and support it?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Katumi Jimoh, a level 500 medical student at Bayero University Kano, Kano state, Nigeria. 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 writers and do not necessarily […]

How inclusive innovation could transform food systems – and help to end world hunger

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 Two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and now the invasion of Ukraine have disrupted global food systems. The World Economic Forum and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization have published a roadmap […]

How universities can support student mental health and wellbeing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Razan Roberts, Senior Director, Strategic Engagement and Communication, Salesforce.org The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in mental health struggles among many students. Education institutions should respond to the mental health and wellbeing issues faced by students. […]

Commissioner Schmit’s opening remarks at the Conference on the Right to Disconnect and Telework

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Dear chair, Madame la Ministre, dear participants, First, let me express our very strong solidarity with the Ukrainian people. It is my pleasure to participate in the opening of this joint conference of the European Parliament and the Commission on telework and the right […]

Health program’s resilience and chronic disease during COVID-19 pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Behnaz Rahati, a 5th-year medical student from the Golestan University of Medicine, Iran and a member of the Medical Students Iranian Association (a member of (IFMSA)). She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

EU disburses €300 million in emergency Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission disbursed today €300 million in emergency Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) to Ukraine. The disbursement of funds has been fast-tracked to help enhance Ukraine’s macroeconomic stability in the context of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion. This is the initial part of a first […]

MEPs demand a ban on ‘golden passports’ and specific rules for ‘golden visas’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Concerned that EU citizenship is for sale, Parliament proposes new common rules to address the many problems linked to ‘citizenship/residence by investment’ schemes. On Wednesday, MEPs adopted a legislative initiative report calling on the Commission to table a proposal by the end of its […]

How does the war in Ukraine affect oil prices?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maciej Kolaczkowski, Manager Oil and Gas Industry – Energy, Materials, Infrastructure Platform, World Economic Forum Geneva On 24 February 2022 Russia launched a military invasion on Ukraine. Already inflated oil prices have since skyrocketed to over $110 per […]

4 things you need to know about the metaverse this week

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Torkington, Senior Writer, Formative Content This regular roundup brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the development of the metaverse. Below you’ll find insights and opinions on how this emerging technology could transform […]

3 ways the circular economy is vital for the energy transition

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: James Pennington, Associate Director, Circular Economy Lead, Deloitte Reaching net-zero goals is a massive undertaking, requiring an urgent systems-wide change in how we live and work. Making the needed changes at speed to support the energy transition is […]

3 ways technology can enhance training for unconnected farmers

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dave Hale, Director of TechnoServe Labs, TechnoServe The scope and scale of digital transformation has meant that remote training is being increasingly adopted. Levelling the playing field for unconnected farmers to access training tools can be done by […]

Toy safety: Parliament wants stronger EU rules to protect children

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want to strengthen current rules and market surveillance to ensure that all toys sold on the EU market, including from non-EU countries and online, are safe. Parliament stresses that, while the Toy Safety Directive (TSD) provides children with a high level of safety, […]

Which countries could become the world’s hydrogen superpowers?

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 Climate change and net-zero commitments are accelerating the shift from fossil fuels to alternatives such as clean hydrogen. The race is on to adopt hydrogen technologies, with some countries positioning to become tomorrow’s […]

How markets can help spur innovation to solve the water crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Milgrom, Nobel laureate 2020, Professor of Humanities and Sciences, co-founder and Chairman of Auctionomics, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Zachary Bogue, Managing partner and co-founder, DCVC, Silvia Console Battilana, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Auctionomics, Stanford […]

How private capital can be leveraged to fight climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brad Handler, Researcher and Program Lead, Sustainable Finance Lab, Payne Institute for Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines & Morgan Bazilian, Director of the Payne Institute and Professor of Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines The $100 billion […]

Valuing women’s work and the value of working women

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Claudia Nayibe López Hernández, Mayor of Bogota, Office of the Mayor of Bogota, Kathleen Sherwin, Interim President and CEO, Women Deliver Gender equality and women’s rights are central components of economic justice and governments should drive these through […]

The Challenges and Questions that must be addressed before we embrace Digital Health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Jainil Devani, a Second Year Medical Student at GMERS Gotri Medical College, Vadodara, India. 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 and do not necessarily […]

E-Health and telemedicine: Opportunities and obstacles surrounding digital medical services

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Cyubahiro Karangwa Vérité is a 20-year-old second-year medical student at the University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health sciences in Rwanda. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

Digital Services Act: regulating platforms for a safer online space for users

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs agreed a draft set of measures to tackle illegal content, to ensure platforms are held accountable for their algorithms, and improve content moderation. The text approved today by Parliament with 530 votes to 78, with 80 abstentions, will be used as the mandate […]

How female inventors can fix STEM’s gender gap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cynthia Tregillis, Senior Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel, Western Digital & Sabra Truesdale, Associate General Counsel, Western Digital Just as a gender gap exists in the STEM workforce, a gender gap also exists in patenting activity. Increasing women’s […]

New Pact on Migration and Asylum: new mandate, new start for the European Union Agency for Asylum

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the new European Union Agency for Asylum starts work with its reinforced mandate, building on the achievements of its predecessor, the European Asylum Support Office. The new agency is a key deliverable under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. It will help ensure […]

MWC22 BARCELONA RUNS FROM 28 FEBRUARY – 3 MARCH 2022

At the outset of the pandemic, the mobile ecosystem demonstrated genuine leadership to keep vital lines of communication open. Two years later, as we learn to live with the virus, it is time for the industry to come together and collectively build a vision for a connected recovery. Earlier this week, the GSMA made an […]

Technology is the key to transforming least developed countries. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. About the author: Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director, Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) & Taffere Tesfachew, Acting Managing Director, UN Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries Limited use of technology is inhibiting LDCs’ path towards structural transformation. These countries can implement […]

In 2022, make your working life healthier, happier and more creative

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ian Sanders Author, The Ian Sanders Co. We can improve our working lives by making small adjustments, and challenging our own perceptions of what is doable. Writing things down, taking exercise and rest, and being curious about the […]

Commission proposes partial suspension of visa waiver agreement with Vanuatu to address risks linked to golden passport schemes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is proposing today a partial suspension of the application of the agreement with the Republic of Vanuatu allowing citizens of Vanuatu to travel to the EU without a visa for stays of up to 90 days in any 180-period. This is necessary […]