Reusing 10% will stop almost half of plastic waste from entering the ocean. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Zara Ingilizian, Head of Shaping the Future of Consumption; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum & Mayuri Ghosh, Head of Consumers Beyond Disposability, Strategy & Public Private Partnerships, Future of Consumption Platform, World Economic Forum & […]

Mental health: these songs are proven to reduce stress

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Scientists say listening to music reduces stress and even pain. Last year, 57% of Americans said music helped their mental health, more than watching TV or doing exercise. Researchers have discovered the […]

State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Spanish recapitalisation scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by 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, Spanish plans to set up a €1 billion recapitalisation fund that will invest through debt and equity instruments in certain companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid […]

The historical performance of women in human health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Eulália Santos Gomes, 23 years old, a 3rd-year medical student of the University Center of Valença in Valença, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

A woman leader from a small town

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Darja Popkova, a 3rd year medical student, living in Riga, Latvia two first-year medical student in The Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Paraná, Brazil. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

Being a woman: surgical coldness cannot take it away

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Clara Marques Santana, a student in the eighth period of the Medicine course at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora Brazil. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

Human rights: MEPs want corruption punished under EU sanctions regime

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has adopted a resolution welcoming the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, while calling for corruption to be included as a punishable offence. Corruption has a devastating impact on the state of human rights, and often undermines the functioning and legitimacy of institutions […]

The automotive market is changing. Can China show us the future?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Wolf-Dieter Hoppe, Partner, Arthur D. Little & Klaus Schmitz, Partner, Arthur D. Little The automotive sector is at a crossroads owing to changing customer behaviour and demand; A new study suggests the move away from petrol and diesel-fuelled […]

A new, stronger Asylum Agency for a more consistent asylum policy across the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. With enhanced operational and technical powers, the new EU Asylum Agency will facilitate cooperation among member states and contribute to converging asylum standards. The provisional agreement reached on Tuesday between EP negotiators and the Portuguese Presidency of the Council puts an end to several […]

EU farm policy reform: press conference on outcome of latest round of talks

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following this week’s trilateral talks on EU farm policy reform, lead EP negotiators Lins, Jahr, Müller and Andrieu plan to hold a press conference on Friday. The press conference takes place in the Anna Politkovskaya press room (SPAAK 0A50) in the European Parliament. The […]

Strong support for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s integration into the European Union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In a report adopted on Thursday, Parliament welcomes Bosnia and Herzegovina’s commitment to advancing on its EU path, but demands further substantial reforms. Reacting to the 2019-2020 Commission reports on Bosnia and Herzegovina, MEPs call on the European Council to continue backing Bosnia and […]

The feminization of medicine in Brazil and the current need to combat gender stereotypes in relation to medical specialties

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Beatriz Alvarez Mattar, a medical student at Faculdade Evangélica Mackenzie do Paraná, Brazil and Ms. Alicia Batista de Almeida Barbos, a medical student at Universidade Estadual do Centro Oeste do Paraná. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Belgium’s €5.9 billion recovery and resilience plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a positive assessment of Belgium’s recovery and resilience plan. This is an important step towards the EU disbursing €5.9 billion in grants under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). This financing will support the implementation of the crucial […]

COVID-19 has devastated India’s self-employed women. Here’s how to support them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mirai Chatterjee, Chairperson, SEWA Cooperative Federation, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) Self-employed women in India have been facing the brunt of the pandemic. The informal sector plays a pivotal role in the Indian economy – accounting for 55% of […]

Questions & Answers on the latest update regarding the coordination of COVID-related measures restricting free movement in the European Union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Why was the Recommendation adopted in the first place? To limit the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in the course of 2020, the EU’s 27 Member States have adopted various measures, some of which have had an impact on citizens’ right to move freely […]

How tech is helping Egypt’s informal recyclers build a circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Laila Iskandar, Founder and Member of the Board, CID Consulting Cairo’s informal waste collectors (zabbaleen) are a distinctive part of the city’s street culture and currently collect 50-60% of its waste. A group of multinationals, backed by Egypt’s […]

Can a TikTok star or autonomous trucks reverse the global shortage of commercial drivers?

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 There are too few drivers entering the commercial trucking sector, says a new survey. Global supply chains rely on there being enough drivers to keep goods moving. Over a quarter of truck […]

World leaders must put women at centre of COVID-19 recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Undersecretary-General and Executive Director, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN) The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the economic gender divide around the world. As G7 leaders meet this week, they […]

EU job-search aid worth €11.6 million for 3,700 dismissed workers in 4 countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In total, 3 700 workers who lost their jobs in Belgium, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands will receive €11.6 million in EU aid, following a plenary vote. MEPs approved four EU countries’ requests for support from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help […]

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 […]

Towards a stronger and more resilient Schengen area

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is presenting a new Strategy to make the largest free travel area in the world – the Schengen area – stronger and more resilient. The Schengen area is home to more than 420 million people across 26 countries. The removal of […]

Zero Pollution: Vast majority of Europe’s bathing waters meet the highest quality standards

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The annual Bathing Water report published today shows that in 2020 almost 83% of Europe’s bathing water sites met the European Union’s most stringent ‘excellent’ water quality standards. The latest assessment, put together by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in cooperation with the European […]

Home-office, HQ, hybrid or work-from-anywhere? This is what businesses are planning

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gayle Markovitz, Editor, World Economic Forum As vaccination programmes are rolled out, businesses are starting to redefine the future for their office workers. Experiences of remote work diverge depending on personal situations – such as space, childcare responsibilities, […]

This start-up is using blockchain to help smallholder farmers prosper

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content Many workers in emerging economies are unbanked because they can’t prove their existence in the supply chain. A US-based start-up wants to help by using blockchain to give everyone access to their work […]

Recovery and Resilience Facility: Finland submits official recovery and resilience plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has received an official recovery and resilience plan from Finland. This plan sets out the reforms and public investment projects that Finland plans to implement with the support of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The RRF is the key instrument at […]

Mobile World Congress 2021: Barcelona 08 June-01 July

The world’s biggest connectivity event goes fully hybrid This year you can connect in-person or online. From technicians and regulators, to founders and government delegations – whether it’s with a click of a button, a smile on screen, a friendly elbow bump, or a knowing nod, 2021 offers even more ways to seal that deal […]

EU Blue Card: Commission welcomes political agreement on new rules for highly skilled migrant workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the agreement reached today by the European Parliament and the Council on new rules for the entry and residence of highly skilled workers from outside the EU under the revised Blue Card Directive. The new scheme will introduce efficient rules for […]

Here’s how private investors can turn plastic into gold

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rob Kaplan, Chief Executive Officer, Circulate Capital A lack of capital is a significant barrier to creating a profitable plastics recycling market in emerging economies. But attractive returns are there for the taking – while tackling plastic pollution […]

Why rent controls won’t solve the urban housing crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jaime Luque, Professor, ESCP Business School & Kian Starsberg, Master’s student, Management, ESCP Business School Rent controls were at the heart of the recent Paris and London mayoral battles. Recent research suggests that rent controls negatively impact the […]

Why novels deserve a spot on your post-pandemic bookshelf

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mo Chatterji, Project Fellow, Scale360° and Senior Consultant at Kearney, World Economic Forum While business and self-help books remain popular among executives, they have limitations. Novels can help busy professionals see the world through a new lens – […]

Business success depends on mindset. This study of African entrepreneurs explains why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, Chief Executive Officer, The Tony Elumelu Foundation Most entrepreneurs in Africa are women – yet their businesses are less profitable. The reasons might be linked to mindset. For entrepreneurs in Africa, success can depend largely on […]

Industrial clusters using green hydrogen can drive clean energy transition in Europe and China

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kevin Tu, Senior Advisor China , Agora Energiewende, Matthias Deutsch, Senior Associate, Agora Energiewende & Gniewomir Flis, Senior Advisor Hydrogen, Agora Energiewende Hydrogen produced with renewable resources will become cheaper than fossil fuels by 2030 across a range […]

Looking for European Youth at 2021 Youth Day “European Youth in China”: Short Video Contest Announcement