Ebola: EU releases additional €3.5 million to tackle epidemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues, with the first cases emerging in neighbouring Uganda this week, the EU has announced further emergency funding of €3.5 million, of which €2.5 million is for Uganda and €1 million for […]

Europe faces economic turmoil as Italy gets closer to the Excessive Debt Procedure

Italy is in serious trouble as the EU deputy finance ministers seem to support the European Commission’s opinion on the actions required to reduce the country’s public debt. The huge growing debt together with the centre-right and euroskeptic alliance government is causing turbulences as regards its relations with Brussels. However, the Italian coalition leaders have […]

The ethical dilemmas of medicine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Dr. Unsa Athar graduated from King Edward Medical University, Lahore in 2018. 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 […]

Trump in London poisons UK and Europe

The unbelievable American President, while on a full state visit to Britain, didn’t hesitate to target the British crown jewel which is the country’s health system, the National Health Service. Trump plainly said he wants Britain out of the European Union, in order to open the NHS budget for the American health contractors to scavenge. […]

5 reasons why reading books is good for you

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 It’s official – reading is good for you. With many successful people connecting reading to their good fortune, here are five reasons to pick up a book today. 1. Reading could help you […]

Why your next work meeting should be a ‘walk-and-talk’

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 If you’ve worked in an office environment, you’ll probably be aware of how easily just a few meetings can eat into your time. Some meetings are important, of course. If you need […]

EU elections update: Can the EU voters vote unaffected from fake news and online disinformation?

EU elections already kicked off yesterday in the UK and the Netherlands with several EU citizens abstaining in Britain due to clerical errors by local councils. The old continent is now following the EU elections closely, worrying about the effect of fake news and growth of far-right parties. The EC published last week various reports concerning […]

Where labour costs the most (and least) in the European Union

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Knowles, Digital Media Specialist, World Economic Forum The difference between the European Union’s most costly labour and its cheapest might surprise you. At more than 38 euros, or $42, the spread is fairly wide, bookmarked at one end […]

Are e-cigarettes as safe as they claim to be?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Zineb Ajarra, a second year medical student at the faculty of medicine and pharmacy of Marrakech. She 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 […]

EU elections 2019: Rise of nationalist trends and populism in Europe challenges the EU edifice

The European elections are going to be held in just two weeks’ time and far-right propaganda is gaining momentum creating concerns to everyone regarding the future of the EU, which is at stake. Populism and nationalism have dramatically risen in the EU during the last years menacing democratic institutions within a number of European member […]

UK voters sent strong message to May and Corbyn for soft Brexit

Most political analysts agree that the results of last Thursday’s local elections in Britain were a strong slap by voters primarily to the governing Tory PM Theresa May and, secondly, to the major opposition Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. There is also widespread acceptance that the impressive electoral gains of the Liberal Democrats come mainly […]

How civil society can adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvia Magnoni, Head of Civil Society Communities , World Economic Forum & Antony Declercq, Research Consultant, Pact It is a time of transformation for the civil society sector – and it should be perceived as such by those civil […]

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 […]