Medical deserts in the European Union: the practicalities of universal health coverage

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Cristina Doran, a 6th year medical student from Bucharest, Romania. 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 […]

Global migration, by the numbers: who migrates, where they go and why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content There are an estimated 272 million international migrants – 3.5% of the world’s population. While most people leave their home countries for work, millions have been driven away due to conflict, violence […]

Cobalt mining is a global scandal. We must build an ethical battery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anna Pienaar, Global Vice-President, Corporate and Government Affairs, International Justice Mission (IJM) The thirst for green batteries is fuelling exploition in countries like the DRC. Exploitation is deeply rooted in the cobalt industry, but it is not inevitable. […]

From Policy to Reality: Discrepancies in Universal Health Care Systems across the EU

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr Giovanni Cuce’, a first-year medical student at the University of Catania, Italy. He us 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 […]

Rohingya crisis: EU strengthens humanitarian support with €10 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is releasing a further €10 million in humanitarian aid to address the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar. This comes on top of the €33 million funding already announced earlier this year and aims to ensure life-saving assistance to refugees, displaced […]

Will Boris Johnson’s victory lead to a no-deal Brexit or is there still time?

The leader of the Conservative party was the big winner of the UK elections held last Thursday. Boris Johnson has not only won but also secured the majority that will allow him to promote his Brexit deal and leave the European Union by next January. Mr Johnson’s campaign promises regarding the end of the transition […]

EU steps up economic partnership with Kenya to boost job creation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission announced two new programmes totalling €31 million to boost investment and create jobs in Kenya. In Nairobi, European Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen said: “We have a close and valued partnership with Kenya, driven by common objectives and aligned with the […]

The 8 pieces of digital DNA we need to thrive in the AI age

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Goleman, Co-Director, Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey If you had a symptom of cancer, what kind of doctor would you look for? Would you look for a […]

Putting a price on carbon will help New York state achieve a clean energy future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard Dewey, President and CEO, NYISO New York State, the 11th-largest economy in the world, recently enacted the US’ most aggressive climate change legislation. By 2040, according to the new law, the state must get all of its […]

These four countries are the happiest in the European Union

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 Eurostat survey shows Europeans are happier than five years ago Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria are the happiest EU nations Spain has the highest share of people who claim to be happy all […]

Here’s what you need to know about Bangladesh’s rocketing economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Bangladesh’s GDP growth rate is forecast to be 8% in 2020 The figures put it ahead of other Asian countries, including India It could shed its ‘least developed country’ status in five years […]

Brexit update: can the UK General Election of 12 December 2019 lead to a Brexit extension to 2030?

Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are debating ahead of the general elections in the UK which will be held on December 12th, 2019. The polls show a clear advantage of the conservative party with Tories’ leader to offer a way out of the EU. UK business trembles about how things will evolve and is […]

Two-thirds of employees would trust a robot boss more than a real one

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Have you ever commiserated with your colleagues that your boss acts like an automaton? This soon might be more than just a figure of speech – and some employees don’t necessarily think that […]

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 […]

Humanitarian aid: EU announces additional €35 million for Africa’s Sahel region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A rise in the number and spread of conflicts in countries across Africa’s Sahel region is putting further strains on already fragile communities. To help those most in need, the European Commission is stepping up its support with a further €35 million in humanitarian […]

Illegal fishing plagues the Pacific Ocean. Here’s how to end it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jim Leape, William and Eva Price Senior Fellow, Woods Institute; Co-Director, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University The ocean is a lawless frontier. Nation states hold jurisdiction over waters within 200 miles of their coasts, but for many countries, […]

EU Charter of Fundamental Rights marks its 10th anniversary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 1 December 2019, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights will celebrate its 10th anniversary since it became legally binding, with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009. To mark this anniversary, the European Commission, together with the Finnish […]

Europe divided: 30 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Berlin Wall separated a city and its people. It was also a seemingly permanent symbol of the partition of the world along Cold War ideological lines. Its fall 30 years ago took […]

From fishing village to futuristic metropolis: Dubai’s remarkable transformation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content, At over 1000m tall, the rocket-shaped Dubai Creek Tower will be the world’s tallest building when it’s completed, stealing the crown from one of the city’s other mega structures, the Burj Khalifa, just down the […]

Implementation of EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: EU mobilises €663 million in humanitarian assistance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is mobilising €663 million in humanitarian aid to continue major projects under the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey. €600 million will ensure the continuity of the EU’s largest ever humanitarian programme – the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN). The remaining […]

Here’s how the EU is doing on gender equality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Europe is going to have to wait a long time before there are as many women as men in the corridors of power. The European Institute for Gender Equality has released its Gender Equality Index […]

Brexit update: Will the EU grant extention to Britain preventing economic chaos?

It was only yesterday when the British MPs voted in favor of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal but rejected the three-day legislation timetable which would have speeded up the procedure and met the deadline of October 31st. However, it is up to the EU now to decide whether to provide another extention to the ongoing negotiations […]

Donald Tusk presents EU summit conclusions for last time

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs discussed the conclusions of the 17-18 October EU summit in plenary this morning with Presidents Juncker and Tusk. During his introductory speech, his last in Parliament as European Council President, Donald Tusk condemned Turkish unilateral military action in north-east Syria and called on […]

These countries spend the most on education

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 Luxembourg leads the way on education spending on a per-student basis, followed by the US and Sweden, according to a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Stripping out […]

Cohesion Policy: EU invests €880 million to improve Poland’s railway system

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted two major Cohesion Policy projects, improving the Polish rail network and increasing its capacity, speed and safety. Both projects should be operational as of January 2023 and will promote railway as a clean and competitive transport mode in the country. Johannes […]

EU-US trade war: Will Trump take advantage of WTO’s decision leading to ominous economic growth?

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is going to back up the US to impose tariffs on EU products over the Airbus case where the aerospace firm received illegal subsidies by EU governments. Thus, the US President Donald Trump will have the upper hand and either impose billions of tariffs or bargain a better trade deal […]

CO2 emissions around the world

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 With all the conversation around climate change, emissions must be starting to fall, right? Well, no actually. Last year, global greenhouse gas emissions actually rose by 2.1%. That’s despite well-publicised commitments, such as […]

UN Climate Action Summit concludes with insufficient EU and global pledges

The UN Climate Action Summit took place last Monday in New York but the commitments announced were not enough to counterbalance the devastating effects of climate change which is damaging our planet with high temperatures and tremendous natural phenomena. Although the EU is an ambitious contributor to the global efforts to fight climate change and […]

Europe must remember its past to build its future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, Parliament insists on the importance of remembering Europe’s tragic past to safeguard Europe’s future. European Parliament paid tribute to the victims of Stalinism, Nazism and other totalitarian and authoritarian regimes in a […]

MEPs boost support for EU research and Erasmus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs approved a €100 million top-up for the EU’s research programmes (€80 million for Horizon 2020) and youth mobility (€20 million for Erasmus+). MEPs approved, by 614 votes in favour, 69 against and 10 abstentions, a €100 million boost to the EU’s […]

European Parliament gives green light to Christine Lagarde

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Christine Lagarde obtained Parliament’s approval to be the ECB’s next President, in a plenary vote on Tuesday. In the secret vote, MEPs voted 394 in favour, 206 against and 49 abstentions to recommend Ms Lagarde to head up the European Central Bank. The European […]

Brexit: new European Parliament reaffirms wholehearted support for EU position

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Withdrawal Agreement is fair, balanced and provides legal certainty, MEPs say in a resolution reiterating Parliament’s support for an “orderly Brexit”. The European Parliament continues to support an “orderly Brexit” based on the already negotiated Withdrawal Agreement, MEPs reaffirmed in the resolution adopted […]

Making the move to more sustainable mobility – three steps for companies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Gridlocked highways, smog over buildings and armies of unhappy and angry commuters are images seen in cities around the world. But a different vision – one of people on bicycles, buses, trains and […]