NHS: A great healthcare system but how accessible is it to migrants?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr.Ahmed Al-Tameemi is a second-year Iraqi medical student at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

Global aid needed for healthcare

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mahum Sohail, a 3rd year MBBS student affiliated with IFMSA-Pakistan and its Publications Division at one of the top ranking medical universities, i.e. King Edward Medical University in Pakistan. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions […]

Food safety: New rules to boost consumer trust approved by MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules to ensure reliability and transparency in EU food safety risk assessment procedure were adopted on Wednesday. MEPs have approved new rules, already agreed with EU ministers, which ensure the EU’s risk assessment procedure for food safety is more reliable, transparent and objective, […]

EU, Latin America and the Caribbean: Partnering for prosperity, democracy, resilience and global governance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is strengthening its political partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean by focusing it on four priorities – prosperity, democracy, resilience and effective global governance – for common future. The vision for a stronger and modernised bi-regional partnership focused on trade, […]

US-EU trade negotiations: pointless tariffs against real economic growth

The European Council approved last Monday the European Commission’s proposals authorizing the latter to start negotiating with the US in order to eliminate industrial goods tariffs and reach an agreement on conformity assessment. Most of the member states were in favour of the commencement of the bilateral trade negotiations except for France. However, the fact […]

Brexit: Six more months of political paralysis or a May-Corbyn compromise?

      Last Thursday in Brussels the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May felt it was necessary to tell the 27 EU leaders, who had gathered there to meet her, that “Britain is a serious country”. Until some months ago such an observation from a British PM would have been unimaginable. Until very recently nobody […]

“We need to accelerate our negotiation on the China-EU Investment Treaty”, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang highlights from the 21st EU-China summit in Brussels

The presidents of the European Commission and EU Council welcomed the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang yesterday at the 21st EU-China summit in Brussels where the two sides acknowledged their Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. EU and China agreed to a joint statement confirming their strategic intent and efforts for a more resilient cooperation in the framework of […]

Scotland wants to create an ethical stock exchange (Post Brexit)

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 It was 1973 when the last Scottish Stock Exchange executed its final trade and merged with London to create a single bourse for the UK. Now a group of Edinburgh-based investors say they […]

Brexit update: Will Theresa May’s last-minute desperate efforts procrastinate Brexit?

After a long seven-hour meeting with her cabinet, Theresa May decided to meet Jeremy Corbyn in order to agree on a common plan for the future UK-EU relations, but practically ask for an extention of Article 50. The recent inability of the members of the Parliament (MPs) to get a majority on twelve indicative votes […]

Malta and Slovakia: MEPs warn of lack of judicial independence and corruption

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore serious shortcomings in the rule of law in Malta and Slovakia, also warning of rising threats for journalists throughout the EU. Parliament passed on Thursday, with 398 votes to 85 and 69 abstentions, a resolution summarising the conclusions of the working group […]

EU Copyright Directive: Will US tech giants comply or ditch the EU market?

The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) approved yesterday the new Copyright Directive by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions. Should the member states accept this vote, the reforms will be effective immediately and EU countries will have two years to implement them. The copyright changes will affect mainly big online platforms […]

The UK remains in the EU until a new Brexit date is set

Last Thursday, the EU’s 27 leaders unanimously agreed to delay the departure of Britain from the club by at least a fortnight. The exit date had been fixed on 29 March 2017 for exactly two years on. However, the postponement of the divorce sets a tough task for Jeremy Corbyn, the head of the major […]

Your morning cup of coffee contains 140 litres of water

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 The next time you casually turn on a tap, fill a kettle and make a cup of coffee, take a moment to consider how important water is to your life. While we are […]

EU and China in search of a win-win agreement through strategic cooperation ahead of the EU-China summit

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini together with the 28 EU Foreign Ministers met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi last Monday to discuss the agenda of the EU-China Strategic Dialogue. During the meeting, both parties had the opportunity to enhance and promote their mutual cooperation on several international topics. Both sides […]

The Ultimate Career Choice: General Practice Specialist

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Irmina Morawska is a 5th year medical student of Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. 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 […]

Human Rights breaches in Iran, Kazakhstan and Guatemala

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore human rights violations and all forms of political repression in Iran, Kazakhstan and Guatemala. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Iran, Kazakhstan and Guatemala. Iran must stop criminalising the work of women’s […]

Parliament wants to suspend EU accession negotiations with Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following years of severe political and democratic backsliding, the European Parliament recommended suspending EU accession negotiations with Turkey. The European Parliament remains seriously concerned about Turkey’s poor track record in upholding human rights, the rule of law, media freedom and the fight against corruption, […]

Parliament makes it easier to organise a European Citizens’ Initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs update Citizens’ Initiative rules to increase chances of requests being successfully tabled. The European Parliament adopted on Tuesday new rules for the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), by 535 votes in favour, 90 against and 41 abstentions. The updated mechanism intends to enable as […]

The world’s most expensive places to own a home

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 cost of living is made up of lots of life’s essentials. It includes the food we eat, transport and the energy we use to heat and power our homes. But it’s our […]

New York City has a plan to fight fast fashion waste. Here’s how it works

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 Each year, 200 million pounds (90.7 million kg) of clothing ends up in New York City’s landfill sites – the equivalent of filling the Statue of Liberty with garments 440 times. To combat […]

Pharmaceuticals in the environment: Commission defines actions to address risks and challenges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission adopted yesterday a Communication outlining a set of actions addressing the multifaceted challenges that the release of pharmaceuticals poses to the environment. The “Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment” that the Commission presents today, identifies six action areas concerning all […]

Climate change: cutting the good by the root?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Luiza Merigo Santa Rosa, a second year medical student and Local Coordinator within 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 […]

International Women’s Day 2019: more equality, but change is too slow

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day, the Commission has published its 2019 report on equality between women and men in the EU. The good news is that Europe is making progress; however, we must speed up change. The Juncker Commission has […]

EU elections: Can EU citizens’ awareness eradicate fake news more efficiently than Facebook, Twitter and Google?

Last Thursday, the European Commission published the reports of Facebook, Google and Twitter regarding the progress made in January in their voluntary pledges to tackle disinformation. Disinformation is a major challenge globally and for Europe and all stakeholders have to be actively involved in order to address citizens’ exposure to it. However, the US tech […]

Closing the loop: Commission delivers on Circular Economy Action Plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. All 54 actions under the plan launched in 2015 have now been delivered or are being implemented. This will contribute to boost Europe’s competitiveness, modernise its economy and industry to create jobs, protect the environment and generate sustainable growth. The European Commission today published […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Cybersecurity Act for a cyber-bulletproof EU”, by EU Vice-President Ansip

This article was exclusively written and published for The European Sting by Mr. Andrus Ansip, the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Single Market. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. Malicious cyber-activity has proliferated across the globe. It has become more brazen and sophisticated, imaginative and international. Multi-country incidents […]

These are the countries where most adults still don’t have a smartphone

  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 On 3 April 1973, Motorola employee Martin Bell made the world’s first mobile phone call. Nearly 50 years on, more than 5 billion people are connected to mobile services – and […]

Towards a climate-neutral Europe: EU invests over €10bn in innovative clean technologies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission today announces an investment programme worth over €10 billion for low-carbon technologies in several sectors to boost their global competitiveness. EU innovative climate action, as announced today, has a range of benefits for the health and prosperity of Europeans with an immediate, […]

These are the world’s healthiest nations

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Spain has many attractions – delicious cuisine, a balmy climate, sublime music and a fascinating history. And now it can add another accolade: it has just been named the healthiest country in the […]

What data dominance really means, and how countries can compete

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Governance of the digital economy was a key topic on the global agenda at Davos 2019, from panel discussions to Shinzo Abe’s announcement of a G20 track for data governance. It seems as though we are […]

Safer roads: More life-saving technology to be mandatory in vehicles

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance, advanced emergency-braking system and emergency stop signal will have to be installed in new vehicles. In a drive to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on EU roads, Internal Market Committee MEPs approved on Thursday a […]

MEPs urge the EU to lead the way to net-zero emissions by 2050

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Environment and Industry Committee MEPs outlined their ideas on the EU’s long-term emissions reduction strategy. Environment Committee MEPs said on Wednesday that only two of the eight scenarios (“pathways”) proposed by the European Commission in its November communication would enable the EU to reach […]

EU-US trade war? EU calls for logic while Trump’s administration is a loose cannon in a dangerous lose-lose situation for global prosperity

The European Parliament (EP) voted yesterday for the kick-off of the negotiations with the US government in an attempt to eliminate the industrial goods tariffs and harmonise conformity assessment. These mandates need to be supported by the EU member states in order to bridge the current trade differences between the European Union and the United […]