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 […]

Apple Vs. EU: Will the US tech giant ever pay for taking advantage of Ireland’s taxation?

Apple Inc. together with the Irish government showed up yesterday at the EU’s second-highest court to appeal for the 13 billion euros EU tax order. The US corporation has decided to legally challenge the 2016 European Commission’s decision by claiming that its products and services are created in the US and thus the profits were […]

This is why obesity is classified as a type of malnutrition

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Briony Harris, Senior Writer, Formative Content The word ‘malnutrition’ conjures up images of painfully thin children with protruding ribs and swollen bellies. And many children – especially in war-torn countries such as Yemen – are living on the brink […]

Children are forgetting the names for plants and animals

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 How nature-oriented was your childhood? Do you remember admiring flowers in full bloom, while chasing the butterflies and bugs hovering nearby? That may not be an experience shared by youngsters today. A recent […]

EU-Turkey relations: Erdogan plays the refugee card while beefing up gas operations in the Eastern Mediterranean sea

EU accession talks with Turkey have been suspended as Turkey is showing poor results in upholding human rights, the rule of law, media freedom and the fight against corruption. Turkey is attempting though to change this situation and enhance its relations with the EU discussing current matters with the EU officials and especially with Germany […]

It’s a frenzied clash between moderates and no-deal Brexiteers

Despite a series of defeats in Parliament, British Premier Boris Johnson is still stuck on his line, aiming at a no-deal Brexit. Last week he lost all the parliamentary votes and then single handedly expelled 21 MPs from the Conservative Party, including two former chancellors of the Exchequer and the grandson of Winston Churchill, Sir […]

Africa is launching the world’s largest free trade area – but these are the stumbling blocks

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kim Cloete, Official Writer, World Economic Forum on Africa The African Union has launched the operational phase of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which will be the world’s largest free trade area by number of countries once […]

The scheming of Boris: win an election after a no-deal Brexit

Quite blatantly Boris Johnson, the unrepentant Brexiteer Prime Minister of Britain suspended the function of the UK Parliament, openly lying about the reasons for doing so. He really wants to silence the voice of the majority of MPs and therefore of the British people who oppose a no-deal Brexit. Instead, Boris slyly offered a number […]

Why a global recession isn’t inevitable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Beñat Bilbao-Osorio, Senior Economist, European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation The end of this week will showcase two important events for global economic governance. First, central bankers, leading academics and representatives of international organizations from around the world […]

Sustainable development funding is broken. Here’s how to fix it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent an urgent call for action to end poverty and reduce inequality, while protecting our planet, […]

Almost all businesses expect to face a crisis. And how they deal with them really counts

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 Death and taxes. Two of life’s great certainties. But maybe it’s time to add another to the list – corporate crises. After all, according to PwC, you can’t avoid them, you can […]

Do we really understand the value of independent journalism?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by one of our readers, Mr. Antonio C. Luque Ambrosiani. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. Latest news from the Cambridge Analytica scandal should prompt the following question: do we truly acknowledge newspapers as […]

LGBTQI+ and health care: do they deserve more attention from medical universities?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Elena Colonnello, a 5th year medical student in the International Medical School (IMS) of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. 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 […]

3 things to know about India’s space programme

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 India’s bid to join a select group of nations who have landed on the moon has taken off. The country’s Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft has successfully launched from the Sriharikota space centre – […]

Humanitarian Aid: EU announces €18.5 million additional package for Latin America and the Caribbean

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As numerous natural disasters threaten vulnerable communities in the Latin American and Caribbean region, the Commission has announced today new humanitarian funding of €18.5 million. This includes €15 million to support preparedness of local communities and institutions for natural disasters throughout the region: Central […]

GSMA Mobile 360 in Kuala Lumpur– Digital Societies, in association with The European Sting

Sponsored content Mobile 360 – Digital Societies examines the components of a successful digital society and analyses what can be done to progress economies towards this goal. Focusing on the digital platforms enabling new and innovative services, the event focuses on the key metrics defining a digital society: digital citizenship, digital commerce, digital identity, digital lifestyle […]

How can the EU hit net-zero emissions?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stokes, Co-founder, Managed Security Forum, Prevalent AI The recent failure of EU leaders to commit to a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 exposes remaining political divisions. The bloc’s major economies are pledging to […]

Turkey remains numb while its economy is expected to shrink further due to a cocktail of EU and US sanctions

The EU Council decided to impose sanctions on Turkey for continuing its illegal drilling operations in the Cypriot territorial waters violating the EU member’s sovereignty rights. The Turkish side however keeps claiming the natural sources in the area and insists on the myth that they have equal rights with the Republic of Cyprus. The under […]

EU-Turkey relations: EU considers imposing sanctions while Turkey keeps violating Cyprus’ sovereignty

Turkey continues violating the sovereignty rights of Cyprus by conducting a new illegal drilling operation on the northeast of the island. The EU had already urged Turkey last month to stop its gas drilling in waters around Cyprus. Thus the EU bloc will now have to intervene to resolve such disputes. However, Turkey kept on […]

Trump after marginalizing G20 attacks Europe and China where it hurts, brandishes currency war

Last week’s G20 meeting in Osaka confirmed that the forum’s commonly shared concern about our future on the planet is definitively a thing of the past. Last week, the cacophony at the table of the 20 heads of the largest countries of the world – which first appeared last December in Buenos Aires – became […]

How to make trade single windows more efficient with blockchain

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alejandra Radl, Integration and Trade Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank, Fellow, Digital Trade, World Economic Forum & Jesse Lin, Project Specialist, Digital Trade, World Economic Forum International trade is of critical importance for economic and social development worldwide. A major […]

How multistakeholder platforms can strengthen our multilateral system

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joo-Ok Lee, Head of International Organizations, World Economic Forum Geneva At the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum earlier this year, António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, pointed out the trend of weakening coordination within the […]

Juncker Plan reaches almost €410 billion in triggered investment across the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of June 2019, the deals approved under the Juncker Plan amount to €75 billion in financing and are located in all 28 Member States. Some 952,000 start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are expected to benefit from improved access to finance. Currently, […]

These 5 countries plan to slash their CO2 emissions. But how will they do it?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content Around the planet, countries are announcing ambitious plans to cut their emissions and decarbonise their economies. But once you’ve talked the talk, how do you walk the walk (no polluting car journeys allowed)? Here’s […]