European media needs support to recover from pandemic and face future challenges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Parliament voices concerns about attacks on EU media in some member states and calls for urgent action to help news media be fit for the “Digital Decade”. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday by 577 votes to 47 and 76 abstentions, MEPs push for […]

MEPs want protection for media, NGOs and civil society from abusive lawsuits

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU needs rules against vexatious legal actions intended to silence critical voices, according to the Parliament’s Civil Liberties and Legal Affairs committees. In a draft report endorsed on Thursday with 63 votes for, 9 against, and 10 abstentions, MEPs propose measures to counteract […]

Risks to kids online are growing. Here’s what we can do 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Farah Lalani, Community Lead, Global Coalition for Digital Safety, World Economic Forum Apple delayed its rollout of child safety features, and Instagram delayed Instagram for Kids. Facing accusations that its platforms harm children, Facebook says it will introduce […]

Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the wood pulp sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 12 October 2021, the European Commission is conducting unannounced inspections in locations in several Member States at the premises of companies active in the wood pulp sector. The Commission has concerns that the inspected companies may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit […]

Climate change: raise global ambitions to achieve strong outcome at COP26

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Environment Committee calls on all countries to implement a green recovery and increase their 2030 climate targets in line with the Paris Agreement. Ahead of the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021, on Tuesday the […]

Namibia is poised to become the renewable energy hub of Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hage G. Geingob, President of Namibia, Office of the President of Namibia Namibia launched its Second Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPPII) in March 2021. The country is on course to develop a green and blue economy as articulated under […]

4 ways to improve the lives of older people

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Prakash Tyagi, Founder-Director, GRAVIS Hospital; Executive Director, GRAVIS By 2050, it is expected there will be more humans over 60 than under 15 for the first time in history. Older people are harder hit by poverty and ill-health, […]

Changes in the mental health status of the younger population over the pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Aida Marie Taveras Del Rosario, in her pre-internship to become a medical doctor, born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 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 2030 Agenda: The Contribution of Future Healthcare Professionals

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Sowmya Kruttiventi, a recent graduate of Coimbatore Medical College, India with an interest in Paediatrics. 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 writer and do not necessarily […]

Why being humble is so important in the world of work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christoph Seckler, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Strategy, ESCP Business School Recent research shows that people who effectively learn from mistakes share one common characteristic: humility. Humble people see value in errors and the information that they provide for […]

Rule of law in Hungary: MEPs to meet government, NGOs, and opposition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A delegation of MEPs is travelling to Hungary to assess the respect for press and academic freedom, the rights of minorities and the wider rule of law context. During their three-day visit to Budapest (Wednesday 29 September-Friday 1 October), MEPs are scheduled to meet […]

Is menstrual hygiene a game-changer in the 2030 Agenda?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Poojita Avula, a fourth-year MBBS student in Kurnool medical college, India. 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 writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on […]

To lead the green energy future, solar must clean up its supply chains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Morgan Bazilian, Director, Professor of Public Policy, Payne Institute for Public Policy & Dustin Mulvaney, Professor, San José State University (SJSU) The rapid growth of the solar energy industry seen in recent years is expected to continue. Solar […]

Reduce, reuse, compost: Why recycling alone won’t solve the plastic crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daphna Nissenbaum, Co-Founder and CEO, TIPA About 8 billion tons of plastic has been produced globally since the 1950s, but only 10% has actually been recycled. Recycling is increasingly seen as an unsuitable solution to the growing volume […]

EU announces €25 million for education in crisis contexts and €140 million to support research in sustainable food systems

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Speaking at the Global Citizen Live event, President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced that the European Union is pledging €140 million to support research in sustainable food systems and tackle food hunger via CGIAR, formerly also known as Consultative Group […]

The Future Health Professionals: Continuity of the Goals in Brazil

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria L. C. Meurer, a 4th year medical student of UNINGÁ and a member of IFMSA Brazil. 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 writer and do not […]

Yemen: EU allocates €119 additional million for humanitarian crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission announced an additional €119 million in humanitarian and development aid to alleviate vulnerable Yemenis’ suffering from over 6 years of conflict. Yemen is the country with the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with close to 70% of the population in need of […]

Women in leadership: shattering the glass ceiling

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Vivian Waissmann Lederman and Mr. Luis Othavio da Rocha Pavaneli, two Brazilian second year medical studenta at Faculdade de Medicina de São José do Rio Preto, Brazil. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

How creative are you? This simple test will tell you in under 4 minutes

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 Divergent Association Task was designed by researchers from McGill, Harvard and the University of Melbourne to assess divergent thinking, a key component of creativity. An algorithm estimates the average semantic distance […]

Forest fires: EU mobilises planes to support Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 1 August, Turkey, ravaged by unprecedented forest fires, activated the EU Civil Protection Mechansim. In an immediate response, the European Commission has already helped mobilise 1 Canadair plane from Croatia and 2 Canadairs from Spain. These firefighting aeroplanes are part of rescEU, the […]

Vaccinating the world: ‘Team Europe’ to share more than 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with low and middle-income countries by the end of 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ensuring access to safe and affordable COVID-19 vaccines around the world, and notably for low and middle-income countries, is a priority for the European Union. At the Global Health Summit in Rome, on 21 May 2021, President von der Leyen announced that ‘Team Europe’ […]

Less than 50% of Latin America has fixed broadband. Here are 3 ways to boost the region’s digital access

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Franz Drees-Gross, Director of Infrastructure, Latin America and Caribbean Region, World Bank & Pepe Zhang, Associate Director, Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center • Latin America and the Caribbean have uneven and costly digital access. • Promoting […]

Summer 2021 Economic Forecast: Reopening fuels recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European economy is forecast to rebound faster than previously expected, as activity in the first quarter of the year exceeded expectations and the improved health situation prompted a swifter easing of pandemic control restrictions in the second quarter.  Faster economic growth as economies […]

The elephant and the mouse: how corporate giants can avoid trampling on their stakeholders

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silja Baller, Insights Lead, Frontier Insights, World Economic Forum • Business is increasingly keen to be seen to be doing due diligence on ESG. • The ‘affected stakeholder’ concept is a key way of identifying those most impacted […]

COVID-19 and the uncertainties of tomorrow

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Jhonatan Guilherme Fernandes and Ms. Daniela Lorenset, two medical students from the Ingá University Center, Maringá – PR, Brazil. 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 […]

What is ‘circular denim’ and why are top brands redesigning jeans?

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 It takes 3,781 litres of water to make a single pair of jeans. Circular production methods could trim the amount of water and other resources denim consumes. Many leading brands are backing […]

Public Health: EU Tobacco Products Directive is delivering but stronger action is needed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission published its first report on the Tobacco Products Directive, five years after it became applicable in 2016. Thanks to the Directive, the EU has witnessed steady decreases in smoking rates and tobacco use. However, more efforts are needed. The report […]

EU Digital COVID Certificate: European Parliament and Council reach agreement on Commission proposal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes today’s provisional political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the Regulation governing the EU Digital COVID Certificate. This means that the certificate (previously called the Digital Green Certificate) is well on track to be ready end of June, as […]

COVID-19 and its empathic social lessons

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Isabella Martins Canuto Pontes da Silva and Ms. Nura Terek Ali Abdel Aziz, two 2nd-year medical students at Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Aparecido dos Santos (Uniceplac) in Gama-DF, Brazil. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The […]

Global trade after COVID-19: From fixed capital to human capital

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexis Crow, Global Head, Geopolitical Investing, PwC & Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) The current trade environment is in a state of flux – but globalization is proving to endure, despite the rising protectionism of the […]

EU-Turkey relations are at a historic low point, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU-Turkey relations have deteriorated to such an extent that the EU needs to profoundly reassess them, MEPs say in a report adopted on Wednesday. In recent years, the Government of Turkey has distanced itself increasingly from EU values and standards. As a result, relations […]

Threatened by rising sea levels, the Maldives is building a floating city

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content The waterfront residences will float on a flexible grid across a 200-hectare lagoon. Such innovative developments could prove vital in helping atoll nations, such as the Maldives, fight the impact of climate change. […]

State aid: Commission publishes results of evaluation of EU State aid rules for agriculture, forestry and rural areas

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published a Commission Staff Working Document summarising the results of an evaluation of the State aid rules for the agriculture and forestry sectors and for rural areas. The evaluation concludes that, overall, the existing rules work well, are fit for […]