Sanna Marin: Europe needs strategic autonomy in energy, food, defence and technology

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Addressing MEPs in Strasbourg as part of the “This is Europe” debate series, Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin said that Ukrainians have proven their bravery and endurance and they must win the war – there is no alternative. Europeans must therefore continue supplying […]

5 unexpected impacts of drought in Europe

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 Record-breaking droughts are being declared around the world. Europe has experienced prolonged hot weather and heatwaves, which have impacted lives and livelihoods. From nuclear power plants that can’t be cooled to unexploded […]

How energy efficiency can break Europe’s gas addiction

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Philippe Delorme, Executive Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer, Europe Operations, Schneider Electric The new REPowerEU plan tries to reconcile the need to reduce dependency on Russian gas with Europe’s climate targets. Yet more can be done to maximize […]

Going green could save Europe €1 trillion in fossil fuel costs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content Modelling by think-tank Ember suggests the potential for decarbonizing Europe’s power system. It could be 95% by the middle of the next decade – at no extra cost – researchers found. The fossil […]

Commission sets out first analysis of the proposals stemming from the Conference on the Future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a Communication setting out how it can follow up on the outcome of the Conference on the Future of Europe. After a year of deliberations, the Conference came to an end on 9 May 2022. In the closing […]

Commission welcomes Member States’ targets for a more social Europe by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At their meeting today, EU employment and social affairs ministers presented their national targets to deliver on the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan by 2030. The Commission welcomes the Member States’ strong commitment to making Europe fair, inclusive and full of opportunities. […]

First-ever New European Bauhaus Festival starts today in Brussels and around Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Starting today and for the first time, the Commission is organising a Festival dedicated to the New European Bauhaus (NEB). Designed around three pillars, Forum, Fair and Fest, and based physically in Brussels, at Gare Maritime and at the Mont des Arts, and equally […]

EU budget 2023: Empowering Europe to continue shaping a changing world

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed an annual EU budget of €185.6 billion for 2023, to be complemented by an estimated €113.9 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. The EU budget will continue to mobilise significant investments to boost Europe’s strategic autonomy, the ongoing economic recovery, […]

Junior Enterprises Europe Winter Conference 2023: how can students make a difference in Europe? 

This article was published in cooperation with our partner Junior Enterprises Europe. This year’s edition of the Junior Enterprises Europe  Winter Conference – the biggest  event of the European Network of Junior Enterprises – took place virtually due to the pandemic between the 2nd and the 5th of March and it gathered over 180 higher education […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises an additional €5 billion in support for Europe’s recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In its first bond syndication of 2022, the European Commission has today raised a further €5 billion in NextGenerationEU funds on behalf of the EU in yet another successful deal. Due on 6 July 2051, the 30-year bond – executed as an increase to […]

Reviewing EU insurance rules: encouraging insurers to invest in Europe’s future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a comprehensive review of EU insurance rules (known as “Solvency II”) so that insurance companies can scale up long-term investment in Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s review also aims to make the insurance and reinsurance (i.e. […]

Europe’s hottest summer, climate change’s ‘existential threat’: What to know about the planet this week

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content This weekly round-up brings you some of the key environment stories from the past seven days, to help keep you up to date. Top stories: Europe sees hottest summer ever; US President Biden […]

How long until you retire? Across Europe, people’s working life is getting shorter

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 For the first time this century, the expected average duration of working life for Europeans has dropped. The pandemic is partly to blame, according to the European Commission. People are living longer […]

Coronavirus: EU supports Member States with transport of essential supplies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission continues to provide further financial support to six Member States through the Mobility Package of the Emergency Support Instrument amounting to over €14 million, for the transport of COVID-19 vaccination-related equipment and COVID-19 therapeutics. This comes on top of the €150 million […]

This is the most popular type of home in Europe right now

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Torkington, Senior Writer, Formative Content Almost half the population of the European Union lives in apartments. Seven out of 10 people in EU member states own their house or flat. But across Europe and indeed the world, […]

Slovenian Presidency to focus on digital and green reforms and future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs discussed the planned activities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU with Prime Minister Janez Janša and Commission President von der Leyen. Prime Minister Janša recalled the various crises that the EU has experienced over the last few years, ranging […]

The EU needs new sources of revenue, MEPs stress

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New streams of EU revenue to be proposed in July should bring fairer taxation and help repay the debt incurred to finance the EU recovery plan, MEPs said on Tuesday. In a debate in plenary, Commissioner Johannes Hahn confirmed that the Commission will table […]

The need for a united Europe

This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Mr. Tomasso Merlo. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. The epochal political challenge of the European peoples is their unification and the birth of a common continental democracy. The European dream, however, is […]

EU citizens still have broadly positive image of EU but ask for reforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s latest public opinion survey shows support for EU remains high, despite the pandemic, but COVID-19 impact on personal finances felt or expected by more than half of Europeans. A new Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament and conducted between March and April […]

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 […]

Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules and actions for excellence and trust in Artificial Intelligence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission proposes today new rules and actions aiming to turn Europe into the global hub for trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI). The combination of the first-ever legal framework on AI and a new Coordinated Plan with Member States will guarantee the safety and fundamental […]

European Commission welcomes the endorsement of the new €79.5 billion NDICI-Global Europe instrument to support EU’s external action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the endorsement by the European Parliament and the Council this week of the political agreement on the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) – ‘Global Europe’ for the next MFF period (2021-2027). This instrument will support the EU’s external […]

What is digital sovereignty and why is Europe so interested in it?

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 92% of data from the West is hosted in the US. There are no European companies in the Top 20 of global tech brands. Four nations from the EU want to do […]

Commission launches debate on responding to the impact of an ageing population

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today presented a green paper to launch a broad policy debate on the challenges and opportunities of Europe’s ageing society. It sets out the impact of this pronounced demographic trend across our economy and society and invites the public to express […]

Skills: Five new cross-border collaboration projects selected for Erasmus+ funding to develop excellence in vocational training in Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has proposed today Erasmus+ funding for five new Platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence, to meet the needs of an innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy. Funded through Erasmus+ for a maximum budget of €4 million each, the platforms will be active in […]

Europe is progressing most towards these UN Sustainability Goals: A report card for Europe

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 Europe has made significant in-roads on the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Peace & Justice, according to a new report. There’s more work ahead to make progress towards the climate crisis. Some […]

Fair and Simple Taxation: Commission proposes new package of measures to contribute to Europe’s recovery and growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted an ambitious new Tax Package to ensure that EU tax policy supports Europe’s economic recovery and long-term growth. The Package is built on the twin pillars of fairness and simplicity. Fair taxation remains a top priority for the […]

Financing the recovery must not burden the next generation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the start of the German Council Presidency and of the 17 July European Council, Budgets Committee Chair Van Overtveldt set out Parliament’s position on the long-term EU budget. During his press conference on Tuesday, the Chair of the Committee on Budgets, Johan […]

COVID-19: Both WHO and Europe must learn from the current pandemic, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EP Committee responsible for public health quizzed the Director-General of the WHO on its response to COVID-19, underlining the need for global cooperation. Today the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety held a debate with the Director-General of the World Health […]

European Commission adopted Report on the Impact of Demographic Change in Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted it’s first-ever Report on the Impact of Demographic Change. It presents the drivers of this long-term change and the impact it is having across Europe. It also highlights the links between demographic structures and the impact and recovery […]

Quality of Europe’s bathing waters remains high, latest annual assessment finds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The quality of Europe’s bathing water remains high, according to this year’s European bathing water quality assessment published today. Just under 85% of swimming sites across Europe monitored in 2019 met the European Union’s highest and most stringent ‘excellent’ quality standards. The results published […]

Mental Health in the COVID-19 era

This article was written for The European Sting by our one of our passionate readers, Sheharyar Akhtar, a 4th year medical student from Sialkot Medical College, Sialkot, Punjab. Pakistan.. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. No one would ever say that someone with […]

Drones, disinfectant, distancing – Europe’s beaches open up

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 There have been more than 4.9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide. Some European countries are preparing to reopen beaches, seaside cafes and restaurants. Most beach resorts have imposed strict social distancing rules. […]