If the Pelosis of this world don’t chill asap, a war between China and the US could make Ukraine look like peekaboo

So, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, had planned her summer break in the Indo-Pacific by stopping by traditional American friends and bases in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea. The US press release hadn’t mentioned any other stops, which really made sense as those are the countries in the region that watch “Friends” […]

State aid: Commission approves Spanish and Portuguese measure to lower electricity prices amid energy crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €8.4 billion Spanish and Portuguese measure aimed at reducing the wholesale electricity prices in the Iberian market (MIBEL) by lowering the input costs of fossil fuel-fired power stations. The measure was approved under […]

Earth Day 2022: 3 amazing projects that are tackling climate change with trees

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 950 million hectares of new forests will be needed to help arrest climate change, according to IPCC data. To mark Earth Day 2022, we highlight three projects tackling climate change with tree-based […]

Common charger: MEPs agree on proposal to reduce electronic waste

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs support a common charger for portable electronic devices, reducing e-waste and making the use of different mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras more convenient. On Wednesday the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopted its position on the revised Radio Equipment Directive with […]

Valuing women’s work and the value of working women

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Claudia Nayibe López Hernández, Mayor of Bogota, Office of the Mayor of Bogota, Kathleen Sherwin, Interim President and CEO, Women Deliver Gender equality and women’s rights are central components of economic justice and governments should drive these through […]

15 innovations bringing nature back into our cities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marina Ruta, Community and Project Lead, BiodiverCities, Climate Initiatives, World Economic Forum & Gianluca Gygax, Community Specialist, Uplink, 1t.org As cities expand faster than in any point in history, so does their ecological footprint UpLink’s BiodiverCities Challenge called […]

Sakharov Prize 2021: interviews with Alexei Navalny’s representatives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The award ceremony for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, conferred upon Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, will be held on 15 December at noon. Mr Navalny is currently imprisoned in Russia and can therefore not attend the award ceremony in the […]

This is how oil spills damage our environment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sarah Keohane Williamson, Chief Executive Officer, FCLT Global Huntington Beach, California has been undergoing a clean-up operation after a major oil spill. The effects will be long-lasting. Oil can kill surface-dwelling animals and birds by poisoning or suffocation, […]

MEPs call for better protection of migrants from human rights violations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament criticises the European Commission and some EU countries for overusing informal agreements on the return and readmission of irregular migrants. On Wednesday, Parliament adopted a report by 358 votes in favour, 309 against, with 26 abstentions providing recommendations on human rights protection in […]

Why 2021 is the year to highlight how critical water sources are for the climate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Madeleine Bell, Strategy & Special Projects, Desolenator Water sources on earth drive how weather and climate are regulated. Human activity is currently altering ocean acidity, temperature and circulation. By bringing water to the forefront of COP26’s climate discussions, […]

Global forces shaping the future of mining and how to navigate them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Aidan Davy, Chief Operating Officer, International Council on Mining and Metals There are many reports analysing the risks facing the mining industry, but how should companies consider the implications for their business? Rather than focusing on complex risks […]

Why rent controls won’t solve the urban housing crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jaime Luque, Professor, ESCP Business School & Kian Starsberg, Master’s student, Management, ESCP Business School Rent controls were at the heart of the recent Paris and London mayoral battles. Recent research suggests that rent controls negatively impact the […]

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 […]

Philanthropy must face a reckoning on race in 2021

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Abdullahi Alim, Specialist, Africa and Middle East, Global Shapers Community, World Economic Forum 2020 has marked an important turning point for conversations on race. The police killing of George Floyd in the US in May, following too many […]

Asylum: more solidarity among EU member states and funds for frontline countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Current asylum legislation neither ensures fair responsibility sharing among member states nor gives swift access to asylum procedures, to the frustration of MEPs. According to MEPs, the 2013 Dublin III Regulation puts a “disproportionate responsibility on a minority of member states, in particular when […]

2020: a year for the history books, in visuals

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 The pandemic and other calamities endured in the past 12 months underscore the need to rebuild in more sustainable ways. The World Economic Forum has compiled a visual recap of what’s been […]

Parliament approves seven-year EU budget 2021-2027

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament gave its consent on Wednesday to the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) so that EU support can get to citizens as from the start of next year. On Wednesday, the text agreed with Council on 10 November on the long-term EU budget for […]

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 […]

Green Deal: Sustainable batteries for a circular and climate neutral economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission proposes to modernise EU legislation on batteries, delivering its first initiative among the actions announced in the new Circular Economy Action Plan. Batteries that are more sustainable throughout their life cycle are key for the goals of the European Green […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes report on implementation of Damages Directive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Commission has published a report on the implementation of the Antitrust Damages Directive which helps citizens and companies claim damages if they are victims of infringements of EU antitrust rules, such as cartels or abuses of dominant market positions. Based on the […]

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 […]

COVID-19 put 1.6 billion children out of school. Here’s how to upgrade education post-pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amel Karboul, CEO, Education Outcomes Fund • Many of the 1.6 billion children out of school during the pandemic may never return. • Of those who do, more than half will not receive the education required for basic […]

Health Care Workers’ Safety and Health as Assets in the Fight Against COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Silmi Zahra, currently working a medical clerkship in Hasan Sadikin General Hospital, Padjadjaran University, Indonesia. 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 […]

From underestimation to valorization: how mobile technology is transforming global health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Lucas Gheller Machado and Mr. Mateus Magalhães Crippa, two 19 year-old medical students at the third year of their studies in Brazil. They are 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 […]

Click and Download: your app is ready to help you save lives

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. João Gilberto Wobeto and Ms. Bárbara Okabaiasse Luizeti, two 4th year medical students at Federal University of Pelotas, in southern Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

Do not jeopardise future-oriented EU programmes, say EP’s budget negotiators

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. During the third round of talks on Friday, Parliament’s negotiators reiterated their key demands, based on a strong plenary mandate. “We continue our trilateral talks with the German Council Presidency. It is positive to have seen eventually some movement from them today. There was […]

George Floyd: these are the injustices that led to the protests in the United States

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joseph Losavio, Community Specialist, Infrastructure and Development Initiatives, World Economic Forum George Floyd’s death followed several widely publicized incidents that exposed the deep racial fissures in American society. The current demonstrations are the result of a series of […]

Tax and fiscal policies central to governments’ responses to Covid-19 crisis

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. With global economic activity facing a historic drop and government spending rising dramatically, the implications of the Covid-19 crisis on public finances and tax revenues are significant. Drawing on its multi-disciplinary expertise, the OECD is deploying its data gathering and analytical capacities to help governments face […]

COVID-19 shows we need a broader definition of safe mobility

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tim Dawkins, Project Lead, Automotive and Autonomous Mobility, World Economic Forum & Michelle Avary, Head of Automotive and Autonomous Mobility, World Economic Forum We must redefine “safe mobility” beyond reducing vehicular crashes to consider factors such as biosafety […]

Budgetary Control Committee asks for stronger measures to protect EU spending

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the Budgetary Control Committee signed off on the Commission’s 2018 budget, but rules to fight fraud and conflict of interest must be strengthened. The Budgetary Control Committee recommends granting discharge of the Commission’s accounts for 2018 (corresponding to 97% of the whole […]

Why exporters need to mind the trade finance gap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marc Auboin, Counsellor, Economic Research, World Trade Organization (WTO) & Violeta Gonzalez, Head, Partnerships, Outreach and Resource Mobilization, Enhanced Integrated Framework Executive Secretariat, World Trade Organization Trade finance is one of the top three export obstacles for half […]