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 […]

Agreement on EU instrument supporting border management and common visa policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Thursday, Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the border management fund for 2021-2027, worth 6.241 billion EUR. The fund will support strong and effective European integrated border management at the external borders, as well as a common visa policy to […]

Deal on financing a just energy transition in EU regions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, EP and Council reached a provisional agreement on setting up the Just Transition Fund to mitigate the social impact of greening the economy. The Just Transition Fund (JTF), worth 17.5 billion EUR, is one of the EU’s key tools to support regions […]

The European Climate Pact: empowering citizens to shape a greener Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today launched the European Climate Pact, an EU-wide initiative inviting people, communities and organisations to participate in climate action and build a greener Europe. As part of the European Green Deal, the Climate Pact offers a space for everyone to share information, […]

Web Summit: EIB finances Worldsensing with €10 million to develop next-generation industrial monitoring solution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU bank supports the start-up’s R&D strategy, focused on innovative growth and market expansion. The company’s product Loadsensing increases reliability, efficiency and safety of critical infrastructures through monitoring within mining, construction and The project is supported by the Investment Plan for Europe and […]

Stop violence against women: Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the European Commission and High Representative/Vice-President, Josep Borrell, issued the following statement: “Violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights, and has no place in the […]

Balancing The Broken See-Saw of Gender Power Dynamics as a Medical Student

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Divya Naisheril, a second year MBBS student from Government Medical College and Hospital, Jalgaon. 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 […]

How the Female Medical Students in Gen Z are Changing the Patriarchy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Marcelle Rodrigues Carneiro de Souza Reis, a 3rd-year medical student at Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido dos Santos -UNICEPLAC in Brasília, Brazil.. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with BioNTech-Pfizer alliance to ensure access to a potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission approved a fourth contract with pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and Pfizer, which provides for the initial purchase of 200 million doses on behalf of all EU Member States, plus an option to request up to a further 100 million doses, to […]

Speak up for health care workers’ safety

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Omnia Bakry, a 2nd year medical student from Sudan, studying at Ahfad university for women. 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 […]

European Vocational Skills Week: ‘VET for Green and Digital Transitions’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Vocational Skills Week 2020 will take place digitally across the European Union from 9 to 13 November 2020. It is organised by the European Commission in partnership with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, as part of the German Presidency […]

Protecting Health Workers’ Safety Around the World

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Leah Sarah Peer is a medical student at Saint James School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois class of 2022. 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 […]

Commission report: Europe’s nature under threat as world suffers worst year on record for forest fires

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Joint Research Centre of the Commission presented the 20th edition of its Annual Report on Forest Fires in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, covering 2019. In what was the worst-ever year for forest fires around the world in recent history, […]

The 2020 Sakharov Prize awarded to the democratic opposition in Belarus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The democratic opposition in Belarus has been awarded the 2020 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. European Parliament President David Sassoli announced the laureates in the Brussels plenary chamber at noon on Thursday, following an earlier decision by the Conference of Presidents (President and […]

There is no patient safety without healthcare workers’ safety

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr Aahil Damani, a medical student at King’s College London (KCL), intercalating in Control of Infectious Diseases. He 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 […]

“911, What’s your emergency?”

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Model Diana-Maria, a 3rd year medical student at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, faculty of Medicine, located in 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 […]

Here’s how sustainability can make you stand out from the crowd

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shalini Unnikrishnan, Managing Director & Partner, Boston Consulting Group The COVID-19 crisis has heightened awareness of the importance of addressing environmental challenges. Companies are seeking to increase the environmental and social resilience of supply chains. To make the […]

NextGenerationEU: Commission presents next steps for €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility in 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has set out strategic guidance for the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility in its 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy (ASGS). The Facility is the key recovery instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU which will help the EU emerge stronger […]

The technological revolution has changed the way of saving lives

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hyale Melo Lima, fourth period student of medicine at UNICEPLAC-Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido dos Santos, Brazil. 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 […]

There’s a single-use plastic you’ll throw away today without realising

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Hombersley CEO, Xampla Microplastics the size of a grain of sand are hidden in everyday products like laundry detergent and cosmetics. In the EU, 17 million tonnes of these particles are produced every year, many of which […]

Cambodia loses duty-free access to the EU market over human rights concerns

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of today, 12 August, some of Cambodia’s typical export products such as garments, footwear and travel goods are subject to the European Union’s customs duties. The EU’s decision to partially withdraw Cambodia’s duty-free quota-free access to the EU market is now effective. The […]

COVID-19 creates a perfect storm for the extreme weather season

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Scott, Head of Sustainability Risk, Zurich Insurance Group COVID-19 will hamper preparations for and responses to extreme weather events this year. Even a relatively small natural hazard event will place disproportionate stress on already overstretched systems. Agility […]

Post the pandemic: keeping our worlds turning

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hannah Vrolijk, a second-year medicine student (KU Leuven, Belgium) driven by mental health awareness. 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 […]