Doing the right thing at the worst time: this is why protecting human rights protects businesses

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Enrique Lores, President and Chief Executive Officer, HP Businesses need to take real action on racial justice here in America and stand up for human rights across the world. An ethical, sustainable, and resilient supply chain protects businesses […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of Fitbit by Google

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Fitbit by Google under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the proposed transaction would further entrench Google’s market position in the online advertising markets by increasing the […]

How AI is bringing the ‘dark matter of nutrition’ to light, unlocking the power of plants

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jim Flatt, CEO & Co-founder, Brightseed Humans lack a molecular understanding of plants and do not fully understand their nutritional potential. Emerging technologies, such as AI and machine learning, are helping us see and understand the full power […]

Coronavirus is creating retirement insecurity. These 10 steps can diffuse the timebomb of an ageing population

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andre Belelieu, Head of Insurance and Asset Management, World Economic Forum & Yvonne Sonsino, Partner MCG, Mercer (MMC) To redesign a retirement that builds the necessary financial resilience for longer lives, the World Economic Forum and Mercer have […]

How can we overcome the racial barriers to global health parity?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bertram L. Scott, Chairman, American Heart Association & Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association The pandemic has laid bare longstanding racial health inequalities. A host of factors lie behind these disparities. Targeted funding and communications can […]

Why patients need access to global data: a patient’s view

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brad Power, Founder, Reengineering Cancer Treatment Patients need to be able to access real-world data from other patients about treatments so they can determine, with their physicians, the best treatment options for themselves. Barriers to global data sharing, […]

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 […]

Mergers: Commission clears Alstom’s acquisition of Bombardier, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation by Alstom. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by Alstom. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Alstom and Bombardier […]

EU-Vietnam trade agreement enters into force

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. EU exports to Vietnam will be taxed less as of tomorrow, 1 August. This is the immediate effect of the entry into force of the EU-Vietnam trade agreement that will ultimately scrap duties on 99% of all goods traded between the two sides. Doing […]

Powering through the pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rebecca Bugeja, a 3rd-year medical student currently enrolled in the University of Malta. 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 […]

Mental health in the pandemic: how to stay emotionally stable?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rebeca Feitosa Dória Alves and Renata Carvalho Almeida, currently second year medical students from Tirandentes University of Aracaju, located in the state of Sergipe, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

Member States’ compliance with EU law in 2019: more work needed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Annual Report on Monitoring the Application of EU Law sets out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2019, and the performance of Member States  in various policy areas. The effective enforcement of EU law matters to citizens as it upholds […]

Coronavirus: Commission concludes talks to secure future coronavirus vaccine for Europeans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has concluded exploratory talks with a pharmaceutical company to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. The envisaged contract with Sanofi would provide for an option for all EU Member States to purchase the vaccine. It is envisaged that, once a vaccine […]

What is environmental racism?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Beech, World Economic Forum writer, Poisoned tap water in Flint, Michigan. Toxic waste dumps in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. A town in China where 80% of children have been poisoned by old computer parts. What do […]

What can smallpox teach us about how we’ve managed COVID-19?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bill Foege, Presidential Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Health, Emory University, Emory Smallpox killed an estimated 300 million people in the 20th century alone. In 1980, smallpox was the first disease to be officially eradicated. Lessons from dealing […]

The four pillars of self-care in times of Covid 19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rariane Bernardino Marani and Ana Flávia Cury Ivantes, two fourth-year medical students at a private university in southern Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to […]

As people return to work, here’s how we can make commuting more inclusive and sustainable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Seán Doyle, Project Lead, Industry Solutions, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum As people return to work after COVID-19 lockdowns, we face a common challenge of improving the commuting experience for everyone. Employers and public partners need to […]

After John Lewis: 21 civil rights leaders who are shaping America

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content Civil rights leader John Lewis is survived by a generation of changemakers, ready to take up the baton. Twenty-one are listed here, representing intersections of civil rights causes including policing, LGBTQ rights […]

Data is the new gold. This is how it can benefit everyone – while harming no one

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Derek O’Halloran, Head of Shaping the Future of Digital Economy and New Value Creation, World Economic Forum & Francisco D’Souza, Co-Founder, Cognizant; Fellow, World Economic Forum Digitalization is yielding vast quantities of data, which offer opportunities for business, […]

Trade barriers are slowing plastic-pollution action. Here’s how to fix it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristin Hughes, Director, Global Plastic Action Partnership, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva & Kimberley Botwright, Community Lead, Global Trade and Investment SI, World Economic Forum Cross-border frictions prevent economies of scale in tackling plastic […]

Importance of Mental Health and keeping it together in a Pandemic 

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Rao Ahsan, a medical student from Pakistan struggling to become a good doctor. 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 writers and do not necessarily […]

Coronavirus global response: 45 EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flights deliver over 1,000 tonnes of medical aid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following a new EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight to South Sudan today carrying 41 tonnes of supplies, the Commission has now coordinated and financed the delivery of over 1,100 tons of medical equipment to critical areas in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Countries supported […]

What does ‘excess deaths’ mean – and can it give a clearer picture of the number of coronavirus fatalities?

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 Each country records deaths slightly differently – the excess mortality measure smoothes out some of these discrepancies and helps us compare countries more accurately. There was a substantial number of excess deaths […]

Mental distress during the pandemic: is there a way out?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Rafael Mosconi de Freitas and Ms. Isabella Beltramia, 2 Brazilian medical students who believe that there is nothing more beautiful than the human side of the human being. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. […]

Empathy and human connection: how businesses can respond to COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Scott Frisch, Chief Operating Officer, AARP The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to adapt quickly to ensure operational continuity and employee safety; Employers must take the personal impact of the pandemic on employees into consideration as they support […]

LGBTIQ people have been hit hard by COVID-19. Here’s how we can provide support

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tiernan Madorno, Business Program Manager and Worldwide Pride Co-Director, Microsoft & Elise Colomer-Cheadle, Director of Corporate Engagement, OutRight Action International & Salah Husseini, Associate Director, Human Rights, BSR The world’s LGBTIQ communities have been hit disproportionately hard by […]

How a different kind of investment could transform Latin America

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Eric Parrado, Chief Economist; General Manager, Research Department, Inter-American Development Bank & Bridget Hoffmann, Economist, Inter-American Development Bank & Tristany Armangue i Jubert, Research Fellow, Inter-American Development Bank The pandemic is ravaging Latin America, but it also offers […]

COVID-19 has disrupted cybersecurity, too – here’s how businesses can decrease their risk

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Isabelle Mauro, Head of Telecommunications, World Economic Forum & Jonathan Bahmani, Platform Curator, Digital Communications, World Economic Forum COVID-19 is accelerating the digital transformation of business, especially retail, education and healthcare. Rapid, unplanned digitisation increases the risk and […]

Conquering COVID-19 through Collaboration

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rabia Riasat, currently enrolled in Army Medical College, Pakistan in the penultimate year of her medical education. 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 writers […]

4 key trends on how COVID has impacted women in business

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Philippe Le Houérou, Chief Executive Officer, International Finance Corporation Recent surveys highlight the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on businesses owned by women. One of the surveys identified four key trends among female-owned businesses in Asia, Africa and the […]

Coronavirus global response: EU Humanitarian Air Bridge to Iraq and new funding

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The latest in a series of EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flights with over 40 tons of medical and emergency supplies to reinforce the humanitarian response has arrived in Iraq. The flight is part of the ongoing Team Europe support to deliver assistance to the […]

Coronavirus: Commission launches call for innovative response and recovery partnerships between EU regions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is launching a call for expressions of interest for thematic partnerships to pilot interregional innovation projects that support the response and recovery following the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the call is to help regions catch the opportunities emerging from […]

We need to talk about big data and genomics. Here’s why – and how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anna Middleton, Professor and Head, Society and Ethics Research Group, Wellcome Genome Campus (Sanger Institute), University of Cambridge & Mavis Machirori, Research Associate, Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences, Newcastle University & Jenniffer Mabuka-Maroa, Consultant, The African Academy of […]