Water reuse: Commission welcomes the provisional agreement on minimum requirements for water reuse in agriculture

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The new rules, proposed by the Commission in May 2018, will set out harmonised minimum water quality requirements for the safe reuse of treated urban wastewaters in agricultural irrigation. Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said: “With this provisional agreement, we […]

Young migrants: Is Europe creating a lost generation?

This article is brought to you in association with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. Delays and serious challenges integrating young refugees who have fled war and persecution risk creating a lost generation, finds a new Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) report. While it identifies some good practices, it urges Member States to learn from […]

Industrial policy: recommendations to support Europe’s leadership in six strategic business areas

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission publishes recommendations by a group of experts, the Strategic Forum on Important Projects of Common European Interest, to boost Europe’s competitiveness and global leadership in six strategic and future-oriented industrial sectors: Connected, clean and autonomous vehicles; Hydrogen technologies and systems; Smart […]

Health privatization to blame for health inequality or poor investment in public health?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Camila Assunção, a second-year medical student at Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás, 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 and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on […]

Services are the hidden side of the US-China trade war

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres, Senior Fellow , University of International Business and Economics in Beijing Discussions about the trade war between the United States and China have largely focused on goods. This is not surprising, given that tariffs have been […]

The scheming of Boris: win an election after a no-deal Brexit

Quite blatantly Boris Johnson, the unrepentant Brexiteer Prime Minister of Britain suspended the function of the UK Parliament, openly lying about the reasons for doing so. He really wants to silence the voice of the majority of MPs and therefore of the British people who oppose a no-deal Brexit. Instead, Boris slyly offered a number […]

Turning Europe into a giant wind farm could power the entire world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Torkington, Formative Content On windy days, Europe’s growing number of wind farms can run entire nations on clean energy. But what if there were turbines in every potential location? Scientists have calculated that in such a scenario – […]

The US starts an intense currency war to protect its global standing

One month ago this newspaper’s title was: “Trump after marginalizing G20 attacks Europe and China where it hurts, brandishes currency war”. Since then, the American President intensified his attacks on money parities, mainly against China. At the same time, he continues pressing the American central bank, the Fed, for not taking tough measures to actually […]

Drought in Europe: the Commission offers further support to European farmers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission is offering support to farmers faced with the waves of drought afflicting Europe. Firstly, farmers will be able to receive a higher percentage of their direct and rural development payments in advance. Secondly, to be able to feed their animals, they will […]

Juncker Plan reaches almost €410 billion in triggered investment across the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of June 2019, the deals approved under the Juncker Plan amount to €75 billion in financing and are located in all 28 Member States. Some 952,000 start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are expected to benefit from improved access to finance. Currently, […]

Will the EU be condemned by the International Criminal Court for violating migrants’ human rights?

It was two days ago when a group of lawyers sued the EU for the deaths of Libyan migrants who attempted to cross the Mediterranean. The case is being investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC) which will have to rule whether or not EU nations violated human rights and are responsible for thousands of […]

This is what a Green New Deal for Europe could look like

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 Overhearing teenagers passionately discuss the climate crisis, while working for the British government, was a game-changer for one of the key architects of the Green New Deal for Europe. Pawel Wargan quit […]

How to get young people in Europe to swipe right on voting

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirsten Salyer, Media Relations Specialist, World Economic Forum Young people by definition have the most at stake in the future. But in Europe as elsewhere, Millennials are all too often failing to vote. As crunch European Parliament elections approach […]

Europeans are living beyond Earth’s means

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content If everyone consumed at the same rate as the average European, we would need a planet three times the size of Earth. EU residents are using the world’s resources faster than it can replenish them. […]

Can the Notre-Dame fire freeze the ‘Yellow Vests’ uprising?

Can the fire that partially destroyed Notre-Dame act as a game changer in the French socio-political scene? Probably yes, but let’s see to the forces in motion, the national grief and the anger of the left behind. Luckily on the Seine river islet, in the heart of Paris, the eight hundred year monument still stands. […]

Erasmus+ 2021-2027: more people to experience learning exchanges in Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs confirmed on Thursday that funds for the next Erasmus+ programme should be tripled to allow more people to take part, better adapting grants to their needs. For the next generation of the Erasmus+ programme, one of Parliament’s main objectives is that more young […]

Europe is no longer an innovation leader. Here’s how it can get ahead

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Iliyana Tsanova, Deputy managing director, European Fund for Strategic Investments & Roger Havenith, Deputy chief executive, European Investment Fund When it comes to technological innovation, Europe is now lagging behind not only the US and Japan, but also China. […]

Russia can no longer be considered a ‘strategic partner’, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, MEPs agreed that the EU should remain open to imposing further sanctions if Russia continues to violate international law. Parliament adopted on Tuesday a resolution by 402 votes to 163, with 89 abstentions, assessing the current state of EU-Russia political relations. Sanctions […]

Draghi: ECB to flood Eurozone and the world with more zero cost money; risk of drowning in cash

Last Thursday, the European Central Bank decided to start again feeding the bankers with more zero cost trillions. This was a surprise to many, because everybody thought the €2.6 trillion the ECB has already handed to banks free of charge were enough. Seemingly, Mario Draghi thinks it is not and hurried to invite the bankers […]

OECD sees global growth slowing, as Europe weakens and risks persist

The global economy is slowing and major risks persist, with growth weakening much more than expected in Europe, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Outlook.‌ Economic prospects are now weaker in nearly all G20 countries than previously anticipated. Vulnerabilities stemming from China and the weakening European economy, combined with a slowdown in trade and […]

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte: “Europe must listen to the people”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Europe is facing “a fork in the road”, as “the people are urgently asking to be heard,” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told MEPs on Tuesday. In a plenary debate on the future of Europe, the Italian Prime Minister said: “This is a valuable […]

Deal on tightening the rules to stop terrorists from using homemade explosives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to update and tighten rules on the use and sale of chemicals that could be used to make homemade explosives, were informally agreed with Council negotiators on Monday. The current rules restrict access to a number of chemicals that could be used to […]

Erasmus+ will finance existing UK-EU mobility in the event of no-deal Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Culture Committee will support continued funding to all current Erasmus+ learning mobility activities, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The European Parliament’s Culture Committee discussed with the EU Commission the proposed new contingency measures for the Erasmus+ programme, should the UK leave […]

Property regimes for international couples in Europe: new rules apply in 18 Member States as of today

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU Regulations clarifying the rules applicable to property regimes for international married couples or registered partnerships apply as of today. The regulations establish clear rules in cases of divorce or death and bring an end to parallel and possibly conflicting proceedings in various […]

Davos on Climate Change: citizens demanding more actions while CEOs tried to balance profit with sustainability

Climate change was one of the hot topics during the annual World Economic Forum which took place in the Swiss Alps last week. Sir David Attenborough, English broadcaster and natural historian, outlined the serious impact that humanity is causing to the environment and underslined the urgency of immediate action in order to reverse the ongoing […]

Mario Draghi quizzed for last time by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. European Central Bank President and Chair of the EU’s economic risk watchdog Mario Draghi appeared for the last time in Parliament before the European elections. Mr Draghi took the opportunity to reiterate his calls for structural reforms to be prioritised in order to complete […]

It’s time to stop talking about ethics in AI and start doing it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dharmesh Syal, Chief Technology Officer, BCG Digital Ventures Everyone from Stephen Hawking to Bill Gates and Elon Musk have discussed the philosophy of AI. Now that companies around the world are creating AI products at an incredible rate, it’s […]

Talent is worldwide. Opportunity is not. How can we redistribute it?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Igor Tulchinsky, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, WorldQuant LLC Talent – for math, science, music, sports, finance, you name it – is evenly distributed around the world, even at its most rarefied levels. Opportunity, however, is not. This […]

These are the biggest risks facing our world in 2019

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Formative Content & Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content What keeps you up at night? For leaders surveyed for the latest edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report, environmental threats dominate the list for the […]

We could be sleepwalking into a new crisis. How should the business world prepare?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alison Martin, Group Chief Risk Officer, Zurich Insurance Group The World Economic Forum has released its annual Global Risks Report (GRR), which in particular highlights: – We will need to find new ways of practicing globalization that respond to […]

Pedro Sánchez: We must protect Europe, so Europe can protect its citizens

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU needs to be defended in the face of new challenges and against those who want to destroy it, said Pedro Sánchez on Wednesday to the European Parliament. In a plenary debate on the future of the EU, the President of the Spanish […]

Siemens-Alstom merger: Will the EC succumb to Franco-German pressures for the sake of May’s EU Elections?

It was yesterday when executives of Siemens and Alstom met with EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in one of their last attempts to convince her to give the green light for their merge. The European Commission (EC) is now left to decide till February 18 whether or not to approve the merger of the rail operations […]

6th Edition of India m2m + iot Forum to open its door on 14th January, in association with The European Sting

Sponsored content New Delhi, January 02, 2019: India m2m + iot Forum 2019 (www.m2m2iotforum.com), the national forum on machine-to-machine (m2m) and internet of things (iot) is opening its door for one and all from the world of m2m and iot. The two-day forum will be held on Monday, 14th January 2019 and Tuesday, 15th January […]