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 […]

3 ways to protect LGBTI rights across the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Melisande Schifter, Project Lead, Inclusive Business, World Economic Forum May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. The theme of the day is “Together, we Resist, Support and Heal.” Here are three ways to tackle […]

The US pipeline attack shows the energy sector must act now on cybersecurity. Here are 6 ways how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Leo Simonovich, Vice President and Global Head, Industrial Cyber and Digital Security, Siemens Energy & Filipe Beato Lead, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum • The recent ransomware attack on a major US pipeline owner outlines the vulnerability […]

COVID-19 Third Wave: Were the lessons even learnt?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fatima Ayaz Zuberi, a third-year medical student in Army Medical College, Pakistan. 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

HIV: embrace not disgrace

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Aafaq Amjad, a medical student from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan. He 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 […]

What NBC not airing the Golden Globes means for media and diversity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marcus Burke, Research Analyst, Media, Entertainment and Sport, World Economic Forum & Mélisande Kingchatchaval Schifter Project Lead, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, World Economic Forum NBCUniversal will not air the 2022 Golden Globes after a diversity and ethics scandal. […]

Coronavirus variants: Commission calls for limiting essential travel from India

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission calls on EU Member States to take coordinated action to further restrict travel from India on a temporary basis, with a view to limiting the spread of the B.1.617.2 variant first detected in India. This follows a proposal of the World Health […]

How to build public trust in a sustainable energy future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Julie Sweet, Chief Executive Officer, Accenture & Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Total Delivering the transition rests on inspiring public trust – and this will be good for the bottom line, too. To […]

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Apple on App Store rules for music streaming providers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has informed Apple of its preliminary view that it distorted competition in the music streaming market as it abused its dominant position for the distribution of music streaming apps through its App Store. The Commission takes issue with the mandatory use […]

Universal Health Coverage in Palliative Care: a long way to go in Latin America

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Sebastian Abanto-Urbano, a 5th year medical student at Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal in Lima, Perú. He 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 writers and do not […]

This is why mental health should be a political priority

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 Depression and anxiety are up to three times as likely for those on low incomes. 55% of women report a significant impact from COVID-19-related income loss. Unemployed people are less mentally […]

Coronavirus: Commission concludes exploratory talks with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission concluded exploratory talks with the pharmaceutical company Valneva with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The envisaged contract with Valneva would provide for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase together 30 million doses, and […]

Glass ceiling being broken into pieces

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Talyta Thibes Tecilla and Ms. Bruna Braga Kapusta, two 21 year old medical students in the 8th period of medicine at Unicesumar, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

Unequal burden: how the COVID-19 pandemic is adding to women’s workloads

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 COVID-19 restrictions mean both men and women spend longer doing jobs around the home. Women have seen a larger increase in unpaid work than men. Evidence shows that COVID-19 is reinforcing traditional […]

This Belgian restaurant is following COVID rules using camper vans

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yves Herman, Reporter, Reuters A Belgian restaurant has started serving its customers in camper vans, to keep operating during lockdown. COVID-19 restrictions have banned indoor dining, but restaurants can still do takeaways and serve food outside. Belgium is […]

Beyond 2020: How the world might recover and rebuild, according to experts

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 Panellists at a session on Rebuilding and Recovering from 2020 were split between being optimistic and cautious about tackling the challenges ahead. They discussed the impact of Brexit, how Europe has fared […]

Fair transition to digital and green economy: a new social agenda for Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In order to complement the changes that the European economy is currently undergoing, clear objectives should be put in place to ensure social justice in the labour market. In a resolution that was adopted today by 616 votes in favour, 22 against and 58 […]

Creative Europe: 2.2 billion EUR support secured for artists

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Monday, Parliament and Council agreed on the next ‘Creative Europe’ programme, making the biggest ever commitment to support EU cultural and creative sectors. ‘The new programme is excellent news for the European cultural and creative sectors. We were able to secure more funds […]

The silent epidemic that is three times as deadly as COVID

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 Diabetes is rising across the globe, killing 4.2 million people last year. Middle- and low-income countries are seeing the biggest increases. Over 460 million people already live with diabetes. By 2045 over […]

Gender equality: Breaking the glass ceiling

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Raluca Corina Oprea, the President of the Romanian Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (FASMR), a national member organization of IFMSA and is a doctor who has just experienced graduating during the coronavirus pandemic at Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi, Romania. She […]

New volunteering programme for young people in Europe and beyond agreed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Friday, Parliament and Council reached a political agreement on the European Solidarity Corps for 2021-2027, worth more than one billion EUR. “Today’s agreement is excellent news for young people in the EU and beyond. The programme will start in January 2021 and Parliament […]