Explainer: What is a yield curve and why does it matter right now?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content A key bond market signal – the US yield curve – is displaying warning signs. A yield curve is a visual representation of bond investors’ feelings about risk. 2-year US Treasury yields […]

Normal life after the COVID-19 pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Burhansyah Azhar, a medical student from Indonesia at his 6th medical year in Kasr el Ainy Medical School, Cairo University, Egypt. 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 […]

Cybersecurity of 5G networks: EU publishes report on the security of Open RAN

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, EU Member States, with the support of the European Commission and ENISA, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, published a report on the cybersecurity of Open RAN. This new type of 5G network architecture will in the coming years provide an alternative way of […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises a further €9 billion in support of Europe’s recovery and resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today issued a further €9 billion in a dual tranche transaction under the NextGenerationEU recovery instrument. The deal is the 9th syndicated transaction under NextGenerationEU, and the 4th of 2022. It consisted of a new 3-year bond of €6 billion […]

Hesitance of COVID-19 vaccination: how to tackle with effective communications strategies

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Anthony Collins, a third year Medical Student from UWI Mona in Kingston, Jamaica. 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 necessarily reflect […]

17 ways technology could change the world by 2027

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Saemoon Yoon, Community Lead, Technology Pioneers, World Economic Forum Innovation is critical to the future well-being of society and to driving economic growth. The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer community is composed of early to growth-stage companies from […]

Here’s why hybrid working means more stress for women

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content Stress and burnout are at “alarming levels”, according to a new report by Deloitte. A third of the women surveyed have taken time off work in the past year because of mental […]

Mergers: Commission seeks feedback on proposed simplification measures regarding merger procedures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has launched today a public consultation inviting all interested parties to comment on the draft revised Merger Implementing Regulation (‘Implementing Regulation’) and the Notice on Simplified Procedure. In August 2016, the Commission launched a thorough review process of the merger procedural […]

The power of data: how Helsinki is improving citizens’ lives

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. By securely taking advantage of the power of data, authorities are helping residents in Finland’s capital city access the services they need. This new approach separates the storage, anonymization and processing of data from all the tasks performed by […]

There’s a way to create 300 million jobs and boost equality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Ellerbeck, Senior Writer, Formative Content Significant gaps in global care policies have left hundreds of millions of people without sufficient support, a new report says. Around 649 million women have inadequate maternity protection, the International Labour Organization […]

MEPs say solidarity within EU is key to helping Ukraine and ending the war

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a debate with French Minister Delegate Klinkert and President von der Leyen, MEPs said internal EU unity and solidarity is crucial now and for the future reconstruction of Ukraine. On Wednesday morning, MEPs discussed the social and economic consequences for the EU of […]

Discharge: MEPs delay signing off on

accounts of EU border control agency Frontex This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament signed off on the 2020 budgets of most EU bodies, except for Frontex, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Council. In a vote by show of hands, Parliament withheld their approval of the management […]

How ports can be transformed into energy hubs of the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO, Port of Antwerp To create fundamental societal change to mitigate the climate crisis, we need cross-sector collaboration and collective commitment. But lack of trust in modern society is increasingly hindering this type of approach. The […]

‘Open’ technology can tackle the world’s biggest problems – here’s what’s holding it back

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Varad Pande, Partner | Strategy, Impact & New Initiatives, Omidyar Network India & Keyzom Ngodup Massally, Head – Asia Pacific Region, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Open source approaches to technologies can help governments more efficiently develop […]

MEPs begin revising rules on EU elections, calling for pan-European constituency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has started the reform of the EU’s Electoral Act, seeking to turn the 27 separate elections and their diverging rules into a single European election. On Tuesday, Parliament adopted a legislative initiative report that seeks to overhaul the rules for European elections. The […]

‘Agile governance’ could redesign policy on data protection. Here’s why that matters

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nicholas Davis, Professor of Practice, Thunderbird School of Global Management and Visiting Professor in Cybersecurity, UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, Mark Esposito, Professor, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University & Landry Signé, […]

Why doesn’t the EU notice the new double digit growth of EU-China trade?

Recently the results of the EU-China trade for the first quarter of 2022 came out and scored an impressive 15.3% growth and yet the EU media and policy makers remained mute. Why is that so? Obviously, the world economy has been hit hard by an explosive mix of the war in Ukraine coupled with the […]

Fisheries: EU and Norway strengthen cooperation for sustainable fishing in the Northeast Arctic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Norway and the EU reached a political understanding in relation to the fisheries in the Northeast Arctic, in ICES subareas 1 and 2. The area concerned includes the waters around the archipelago of Svalbard and the international waters of the Barents Sea. The understanding […]

Why the land use sector will be key to meeting climate change targets

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gert-Jan Nabuurs, Professor European Forest Resources, Wageningen University and Research, Wageningen Netherlands The world is currently not on track to meet the target of keeping global temperature rise to under 1.5ºC compared to pre-industrial levels. The land use […]

War in Ukraine: protecting women refugees from violence and sexual exploitation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should protect women fleeing Ukraine from violence and trafficking, and women should have access to essential health services, say Gender Equality Committee MEPs. In a resolution adopted by the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality on Monday by 29 votes in […]

Ukraine’s economy will shrink by almost half this year, says World Bank

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 World Bank: Ukraine economy to contract by 45% in 2022 due to Russian invasion. Sanctions on Russia have forced its economy into a deep recession. Emerging economies in Europe and Central Asia […]

Corporate reporting is evolving: The boardroom approach to ESG is driving change from the top

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lisa Sweet, Head of Future of Protein, COVID Response, and Food-Health, World Economic Forum & Alexia Semov, Community Lead, Food Nature, World Economic Forum The focus on addressing environmental damage is a result of 30+ years of effort […]

Green Deal: EU announces €1 billion worth of commitments to protect the ocean

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the Our Ocean Conference (OOC) in Palau, the EU has renewed its pledges towards international Ocean governance. Presenting a list of 44 commitments for the 2020-2022 period for an amount of almost €1 billion, the EU has brought forward its most important […]

TradeTech has huge potential to boost trade – here’s what policy-makers should know

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mikael Lind, Senior Research Adviser, Research Institutes of Sweden & Wolfgang Lehmacher, Operating Partner, Industrial Innovation Partners, Anchor Group TradeTech aims to ensure the efficient global exchange of goods. Policy-makers should consider global coordination and equal access to […]

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine need not hinder climate progress. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum Many countries don’t want to continue buying Russia’s fossil fuels following its invasion of Ukraine. But efforts to tap other sources and ease prices may hinder climate progress. Previous […]

MEPs back plans to restock gas reserves before next winter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament backs plans to accelerate the refilling of Europe’s strategic gas reserves, so households and businesses have enough gas for the next heating season. The proposal, adopted under Parliament’s urgent procedure process, will now be negotiated with EU ministers. MEPs want to establish a […]

Crypto assets: new rules to stop illicit flows in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, MEPs from the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and the Committee on Civil Liberties (LIBE) adopted, with 93 votes to 14 and 14 abstentions, their position on draft legislation strengthening EU rules against money laundering and terrorist financing. Traceability of […]

An Unstable World Calls for Stronger China-EU Cooperation

This article was published first at The European Sting and was written by Mr. Wang Hongjian, the Chargé d’Affaires ad Interim of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. The 23rd China-EU Summit will be held tomorrow. Chinese President Xi Jinping […]

The 1973 energy crisis sparked the idea for the IEA. What have we learned since then?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content Today’s energy crisis is far from the world’s first – an oil embargo in 1973 led to fuel rationing and a global recession. That resulted in the creation of the International Energy […]

Humanitarian aid: EU releases €48.4 million to support people in Bangladesh, Myanmar and the region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has announced today €48.4 million in humanitarian aid to address the most pressing needs of people in Bangladesh, Myanmar and the region facing displacement, the consequences of protracted conflict and the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis. This humanitarian funding consists of €24 […]

How the Ukraine war is driving up food and energy prices for the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robin Pomeroy, Podcast Editor, World Economic Forum The war in Ukraine is having a big impact on food and energy prices worldwide. Two experts explain why, and suggest what might be the longer-term implications. Subscribe to the podcast: […]

Deal on Digital Markets Act: EU rules to ensure fair competition and more choice for users

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Thursday evening, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed new EU rules to limit the market power of big online platforms. The Digital Markets Act (DMA) will blacklist certain practices used by large platforms acting as “gatekeepers” and enable the Commission to carry out market […]

Artificial intelligence: the EU needs to act as a global standard-setter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA) adopted its final recommendations on Tuesday, concluding 18 months of inquiries. The adopted text says that the public debate on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) should focus on this technology’s enormous potential […]