Europe on the Move: Commission completes its agenda for safe, clean and connected mobility

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Juncker Commission is undertaking the third and final set of actions to modernise Europe’s transport system. In his State of the Union address of September 2017, President Juncker set out a goal for the EU and its industries to become a world leader in […]

Vote at 16 in Malta: next stop Europe

European Youth Insights is a platform provided by the European Youth Forum and the European Sting, to allow young people to air their views on issues that matter to them. The following article is written by Mr Luis Alvarado Martinez,  President of the European Youth Forum, the biggest umbrella youth organisation in Europe and the world. […]

The EU clears Bayer-Monsanto merger amid wide competition and environmental concerns

Bayer’s cross at night (Copyright: Bayer AG)

Last week, the European Union formally gave its approval to Germany multinational company Bayer’s $62.5 billion acquisition of US-based Monsanto. Bayer AG, leader in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, got one step closer to take over the world’s largest seed company, after agreeing to bolster BASF SE by selling to it seeds, pesticides and digital […]

Congrats to the #FutureofMalta: a new age of voting

   The future of young generations in Malta was voted on today, with a positive outcome for youth rights. From now on in Malta, 16 and 17 year olds will have the right to have their voice counted.    Malta is now the second country in the EU to legally lower the voting age in […]

Mental Health: starting with myself

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Tessa Noijons, a fourth year medical student at the University of Utrecht. Ms Noijons is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the […]

The issue of mental health for modern young doctors

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Maria Alejandra Fuentes Barrera, a first year of medicine at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. Ms Fuentes is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect […]

The 27 EU leaders did nothing to help May unlock the Brexit talks

President Abraham Lincoln has said “when someone says it’s a matter of principles not money, then it’s a matter of money”. This famous saying was flagrantly confirmed last week in Brussels, when the 27 EU leaders – with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron prominent amongst them – made it clear to Theresa May she has […]

Memoirs from a unique trip to China: “my new old dragon” (Part II)

Suite from Part I This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Claudia Ribeiro, PhD in History and Philosophy of Sciences (University of Lisbon) and one of the winners of the China Unlimited competition/trip to China in 2016. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect The European […]

PM May fosters chauvinism, declares trade war on Europe

  Theresa May, the British PM seems to be so badly cornered by the dreadful reality she and her Brexiteer colleagues have driven their country into, that they have now started acting as if in a collective delusion. Reportedly, they have officially informed the business leaders of the entire UK, that the government may abandon […]

Time to be welcome: Youth work and integration of young refugees

On World Refugee Day 2017, we believe that the time is now for Europe to stand together and welcome the integration of refugees. Today, the European Youth Forum and the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, with support from the partnership in the field of youth between the European Union and the Council of Europe […]

Belgium: Youth Forum takes legal step to ban unpaid internships

In a milestone in the fight against unpaid internships, today (12th May) the European Youth Forum lodges a legal complaint on the issue of unpaid internships in Belgium. The complaint aims to challenge and ultimately change Belgian legislation, seeking a legal decision that will set a precedent across Europe and beyond to make this unfair […]

JADE Spring Meeting 2017 – day 3: JADE Academy trainings, networking session and gala dinner – Excellence Awards winners revealed

Endorsed content On their third day of the JADE Spring Conference, Junior Entrepreneurs started by attending workshops hold by Alumni, selected Junior Enterprises or JADE Academy trainers in Solvay University. They then had the opportunity to meet partners and sponsors in a networking session and to exchange their best practices with thematic tables. There was […]

JADE Spring Meeting 2017– day 1: Excellence awards, panel discussion, keynote speeches

Endorsed content Many people were waiting impatiently for this day to come: The day of JADE Spring Conference, the celebration of JADE’s 25th anniversary and the 50th of the Junior Enterprise concept. After their check-in in the Event’s Hotel des Colonies (situated in the center of Brussels), our guests went to the KU Leuven University […]

How will EU look after French, Dutch and German Elections and what will be the implications for Youth Entrepreneurship?

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr João Malhadeiro, member of LisbonPH, the Junior Enterprise of Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Lisbon. Mr Malhadeiro is affiliated to the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE).  JADE is a cordial partner of The European Sting. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position […]

The global issue of migration in 2017

Exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Ude Ucha Kalu, a medical student at the Federal  University of Lagos, Nigeria. Ms Kalu is affiliated with the International Federation of  Medical  Students Association (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one. In the world today not only has there been an unseen increase in migration of people into countries like […]

The impact of refugees on the European healthcare system

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Stavroula Papaeleftheriou. The writer is a fifth year medical student at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Gr. T. Popa, in Iasi, Romania. She is also affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

Global health challenges require global medical students

  This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Apeksha Kakkar. The writer is a 5th year student of Medicine at Grant Gov’t Medical College (GGMC) & Sir J.J Group of Hospitals, India. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). The word Global conveys a significance quite contrary to its length. Random words like Humanity Healthcare, Culture, […]

Fostering global citizenship in medical students through exchanges

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Sheharyar Zameer. The writer is is currently a student at Army Medical College, Pakistan and a co-ordinator at Together We Can Foundation.  He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). Youth Exchanges is a relatively newer concept, yet one that has easily become one of the most considered opportunities […]

The importance of exchanges for the medical students of the world

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Anton Sundberg. The writer is a first-semester medical student at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.  Mr Sundberg is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). Systems of any kind are naturally a reflection on the culture and history they are based on. As a result, nuanced schemes have been formed […]

Commission’s Youth Initiative fails first hurdle by not sufficiently consulting young people

The European Commission has today launched its new flagship initiative “Investing in Europe’s Youth”. Whilst the European Youth Forum welcomes action on young people’s issues at such a high level, we believe it would have benefitted from further engagement and consultation with youth organisations. One of the main parts of the new initiative, “Investing in […]

How populist and xenophobic movements in the EU tear apart European businesses and startups

Exclusively written for the Sting by Mr João Malhadeiro, a young entrepreneur affiliated to the European Confederation of Junior Entreprises (JADE). The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. Europe’s values and ideologies are under serious threat. Everyday, they are being challenged by the rise of intolerance, racism, xenophobia and […]

Manufacturers Get Smarter for Industry 4.0

Sponsored Content Imagine a factory floor with no operators in sight, machines receiving orders, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) moving products from one machine to the next, machines performing self-diagnosis and predicting failures and finally delivering a unique, customized product based on the customer’s specifications.  This is the future of manufacturing! The world of manufacturing is […]

Who is responsible for public health? The tendencies and its benefits –or not– on Health Education around the world

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Gabriela Amaral, medical student from Brazil. Mrs Amaral is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). Since the Ancient Greece, when Hippocrates instituted a new concept of medical analysis – Normality x Pathology – until nowadays where the scientism rules, medicine has acquired different roles into people’s lives […]

Franchise India 2016, returns in 14th year 

Sponsored Content  Over 400 + Leading Indian and Global Brands to meet 37,000 + Business Investors over two days  October 15-16,2016 , Pragati Maidan , New Delhi As Entrepreneurship and franchising have become an increasingly viable business ownership opportunity, nearly 37,000 prospective business owners and entrepreneurs from throughout India and 11 countries across the globe are gearing up to […]

The Council of Europe adopts Recommendation on young people’s access to rights

In a big step for youth rights, Ministers of the Council of Europe yesterday adopted a Recommendation on Young People’s Access to Rights. The European Youth Forum calls on Member States to now act on this and give young people full access to their rights so that they can live the kind of independent lives, […]

Unanswered questions for Europe’s youth in President Juncker’s State of Union

Whilst highlighting the plight of young people in his State of the Union speech, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker left many questions unanswered after his welcome statement that he cannot accept Europe as the continent of youth unemployment. His good words are at odds with the subsequent announcement of an effective cut in […]

The reason the world showed limited empathy to the Orlando victims

Exclusively written for the Sting by one of our passionate readers Mr Luca Arfini. The opinions expressed within reflect only the write’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. On the 12th of June this year Omar Mateen committed a terrible massacre against the LGBT community. He entered in the Pulse, one of the most famous […]

A Sting Exclusive: “One year on from the VW scandal and EU consumers are still in the dark”, BEUC’s Head highlights from Brussels

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Monique Goyens, the Director General of The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) At the end of June, Volkswagen car drivers in the US heard that the car company had agreed to provide compensation payments of up to $10,000 to each driver and promised to buy back the […]

China Unlimited: the dragon’s long and winding road

This article was written for the Sting by Mrs Claudia Ribeiro, one of the winners of the China Unlimited competition. Mrs Ribeiro took part in the China Unlimited trip from 22 July to 02 August 2016. When the Portuguese seafarers opened the sea route to India, and then to Ming Dynasty China, thus opening the world to global trade, China […]

China Unlimited: an exclusive interview with the former Ambassador of Hungary to China

On the aftermath of the China Unlimited trip that was completed a few days ago, Mr Panos Katsampanis, Co-Founder of The European Sting took an interview from one of the most prominent members of the delegation, Mr Sandor Meszaros, an experienced diplomat and former Ambassador of Hungary to China. Mr Meszaros was called to give […]