How has technology changed – and changed us – in the past 20 years?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Madeleine Hillyer, U.S. Media Specialist, World Economic Forum Since the dotcom bubble burst back in 2000, technology has radically transformed our societies and our daily lives. From smartphones to social media and healthcare, here’s a brief history of […]

Commission introduces surveillance of imports of bioethanol, and remains open to examining requests from other sectors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As from today, the Commission is introducing surveillance of imports into the EU of renewable fuel ethanol (‘bioethanol’). In the context of the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, imports of bioethanol have significantly increased in the last months, at low prices. The European bioethanol […]

EP launches Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism on anniversary of her murder

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To commemorate the third anniversary of the assassination of the Maltese investigative journalist, the prize will reward journalism reflecting EU principles and values. The launch will take place online on Friday 16 October, 12.30-13.00 CET on the EP’s Facebook page. It will be led […]

Digital Finance Package: Commission sets out new, ambitious approach to encourage responsible innovation to benefit consumers and businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a new Digital Finance Package, including Digital Finance and Retail Payments Strategies, and legislative proposals on crypto-assets and digital resilience. Today’s package will boost Europe’s competitiveness and innovation in the financial sector, paving the way for Europe to […]

State aid: Commission approves €840 million German guarantee scheme to protect consumers and support the travel industry in the context of the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a German State guarantee scheme worth €840 million to cover vouchers issued by travel operators for cancelled travel packages booked prior to 8 March 2020. This scheme is in line with the objectives pursued […]

Mental and comportamental health in the pandemic context

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Nícolas Patrícius de Medeiros Leite, a third year medicine student from the State University of Rio Grande do Norte and member of IFMSA Brazil – UERN, Brazil. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The […]

MEPs want the EU to play a stronger role in improving public health

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a debate on the EU’s future public health strategy, MEPs said COVID-19 has shown that the EU needs stronger tools to deal with health emergencies. In the plenary debate with Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and the Council, preceding Friday’s vote on a resolution […]

Financial markets appear to have rallied. Here’s one way to mitigate further shocks due to COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ben Weisman, Project Lead, Financial Innovation, World Economic Forum & Matthew Blake, Head of Shaping the Future of Financial and Monetary Systems, World Economic Forum While fiscal, monetary, and regulatory policy-makers have moved quickly since March to preserve […]

The planet’s health is our health: why healthcare must go green

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jason Snape, Head of Environmental Protection, AstraZeneca The biopharmaceutical industry is one among many looking to implement a circular economy. Pharmaceuticals are currently approved irrespective of environmental risks – a special status that may have to change. By […]

Antitrust: Commission consults stakeholders on a possible new competition tool

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today an inception impact assessment as well as an open public consultation inviting comments on exploring the need for a possible new competition tool that would allow addressing structural competition problems in a timely and effective manner. Stakeholders can […]

EP negotiators: recovery plan crucial, but do not trade long-term for short-term

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. It is high time to start negotiations on the MFF with the Council without delay, said the EP’s negotiating team for the long-term EU budget and Own Resources reform. The six members of the MFF/OR negotiating team commented on the Commission’s proposals for a […]

Here’s how to check in on your AI system, as COVID-19 plays havoc

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maxwell Hall, Media Lead, Broadcast and Programming, World Economic Forum COVID-19 has disrupted our behaviours, playing havoc with AI systems. Subject matter experts, who understand the context in which an AI system is operating, should assess how the […]

Coronavirus: 4 tips for parents who are homeschooling

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Darren Thackeray, Writer, Formative Content With coronavirus lockdowns set to continue, parents around the world are trying their best to teach their children while juggling work and other commitments. British psychotherapist Philippa Perry is among those offering advice […]

A new tidal energy project just hit a major milestone in Scotland

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content Four turbines off the north coast of Scotland generated enough energy to power nearly 4,000 homes in 2019. Sitting in a natural channel, they harness the energy of the changing currents and […]

The business case for investing in sustainable plastics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Audrey Choi, Chief Sustainability Officer, CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Investing and Chief Marketing Officer, Morgan Stanley Plastics reduction and climate change are sustainable investors’ top priorities. Solutions to plastic waste must come from all sectors. Financial […]

EU report: Implementation of reforms continues to bring EU and Ukraine closer together

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The new President, Parliament and Government of Ukraine have all stated their commitment to the continued implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. A report published today by the EU finds that, over the past year, Ukraine has adopted important legislation and strengthened institutions, as […]

Climate adaptation could make the world more peaceful

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Pearson, Graduate of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, CUSP As communities around the globe, especially those in poorer regions, are suffering increasingly from the negative impacts of climate change, the importance of climate adaptation is becoming […]

Autumn Fiscal Package: Commission adopts Opinions on euro area Draft Budgetary Plans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today presented its Opinions on euro area Member States’ 2020 Draft Budgetary Plans, taken steps under the Stability and Growth Pact and adopted the fourth Enhanced Surveillance Report for Greece. Since July this year and for the first time since […]

How private equity can fund the fight against climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jennifer Wong, Research Analyst, Private Investments – Impact, Glenmede Trust Company Technological advances in wind and solar now make renewable energy cost-competitive with traditional forms of energy generation. However, despite decreasing costs, renewables have not reached grid parity in […]

These are the world’s 10 most competitive economies in 2019

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Thierry Geiger, Head, Benchmarking Practice, World Economic Forum & Roberto Crotti, Economist, World Economic Forum Since 1979, the World Economic Forum has been taking the temperature of long-term economic growth and productivity in its Global Competitiveness Report. The 2019 […]

This is why obesity is classified as a type of malnutrition

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Briony Harris, Senior Writer, Formative Content The word ‘malnutrition’ conjures up images of painfully thin children with protruding ribs and swollen bellies. And many children – especially in war-torn countries such as Yemen – are living on the brink […]

What makes a good healthcare professional?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Felipe Mazaro Matheus, born in 1992, a biomedical and fourth year medical student at Unicesumar in Maringá (Brazil). 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 not […]

If the Current Situation in Hong Kong Arose in the West

This article was written for The European Sting by a Chinese Visiting Scholar in Europe, Mr. Eric Wu. The opinions expressed herewith reflect exclusively the writer’s views. Some Western countries have recently closely watched the situation in Hong Kong. Quite a few politicians and media outlets have made their comments. What is on earth happening? It is […]

The world needs carbon-neutral flying. Here’s how to bring it one step closer

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lauren Uppink, Head of Aviation, Travel and Tourism Industries, World Economic Forum & Nikolai Khlystov, Community Lead, Aerospace Industry; Co-Lead, Global Future Council on Space Technologies, World Economic Forum In the year when the Swedish word “flygskam” (flight-shaming) hit […]

Portugal wants its emigrants back – so it’s paying them to return

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Elliott, Chief Sub-Editor, Formative Content Portugal boasts pristine beaches, thousands of hours of annual sunshine and cuisine that includes little custard tarts that are enjoyed far beyond its borders. Despite these attractions, the percentage of its citizens living […]

The India–U.S. trade dispute and India’s evolving geopolitical role

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) While the strategic partnership between the United States and India remains robust, some analysts see the relationship as becoming significantly strained if current trade disagreements are not managed properly. To examine […]

Why financial services can kickstart Africa’s digital economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Herman Smit, Director, Cenfri & Chernay Johnson, Engagement manager, insight2impact Africa’s largely informal economy is digitizing. Improved internet and smartphone penetration have given rise to virtual marketplaces, also known as digital platforms, where millions of workers and enterprises have […]

4 steps to developing responsible AI

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Wei Zhu, Chairman, Accenture Greater China Artificial intelligence (AI) is arguably the most disruptive technology of the information age. It stands to fundamentally transform society and the economy, changing the way people work and live. The rise of […]

European Commission increases support for the EU’s beekeeping sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission will provide €120 million to the EU’s beekeeping sector over the next three years to support its essential role in agriculture and the environment. This represents an increase of €12 million compared to the support provided for the period from 2017 to 2019. […]

Clean Mobility: Commission tables proposal on car emissions testing in real driving conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In response to a ruling by the General Court, today the Commission proposes to reinsert certain aspects of Real Driving Emissions testing (RDE) into legislation to be adopted by the European Parliament and Council.  The European Commission has been very active in promoting air quality, […]

A Europe that protects: EU reports on progress in fighting disinformation ahead of European Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission and the High Representative report on the progress achieved in the fight against disinformation and the main lessons drawn from the European elections, as a contribution to the discussions by EU leaders next week. Protecting our democratic processes and institutions from […]

A quarter of Americans have no retirement savings

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content A quarter of non-retired adult Americans have no retirement savings or pension at all. Only 36% think their savings are on track. While financial preparedness increases with age, a new report from the US Federal Reserve […]

Where America’s refugees came from in 2018

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Historically, the United States has resettled more refugees than any other country. Since the creation of the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) in 1980, it has taken in 3 million of the […]