Direction Wakanda: finance methods to make Africa a superhero continent

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Collins Kimaro, Co-founder, Obuntu Hub. In January 2018, the Black Panther film lit a spark of what a transformed Africa could resemble. Wakanda: a fictional African country that is the most technologically developed in the world. Wakanda was […]

Night owls, rest easy

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 Night owls. They stay up late. They wake up late. They lead edgier, cooler lives than the rest of us – going out and doing exciting things in the dead of night […]

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 […]

State aid: Commission approves €431 million public support for cleaner transport in German cities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found German plans to support the retrofitting of municipal and commercial diesel vehicles to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure should contribute to reducing nitrogen oxides emissions by 1,450 tonnes per year, while limiting distortions of […]

David Attenborough’s worried about this ocean threat – and it’s not plastic

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 If the ocean was an economy, it would be the seventh largest in the world. But instead of fostering it as a resource, humans are jeopardising its future – using it as […]

The world’s largest bus system is starting to go electric

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 Jakarta is trialling electric buses on some routes as part of a strategy to make the city more eco-friendly. With almost 200 million passengers a year, the Indonesian capital has the world’s largest […]

Fossil fuel support is rising again in a threat to climate change efforts

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Fossil-fuel subsidies are environmentally harmful, costly, and distortive. After a 3 years downward trend between 2013 and 2016, government support for fossil fuel production and use has risen again, in a threat to efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and the transition to cleaner […]

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. […]

Barriers to trade: as protectionism rises, EU continues opening up export markets for European firms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission’s report released today confirms the continuous rise in barriers encountered by European companies in foreign markets. Thanks to the EU’s firm response, 123 such barriers have been eliminated since the beginning of the current Commission mandate, allowing for more than €6 […]

The metamorphosis of the categorical imperative in medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Lucas Gheller Machado, a 18 year old student at the second year of medicine in 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 necessarily reflect […]

Israel is joining forces with Arab states to save coral from climate change destruction

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Scientists from Israel and neighbouring Arab countries are joining forces to save Red Sea coral reefs from the threat of climate change. The alliance is the brainchild of Moaz Fine, an Israeli professor […]

It’s time for global businesses to accept local responsibility

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Lochbihler, Global head of public affairs, Booking.com The term ‘globalization’ has become increasingly divisive in the recent past. It is high time to redefine it and make globalization a term that emphasizes local opportunities on a global scale, […]

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 […]

Ebola: EU releases additional €3.5 million to tackle epidemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues, with the first cases emerging in neighbouring Uganda this week, the EU has announced further emergency funding of €3.5 million, of which €2.5 million is for Uganda and €1 million for […]

How fintech is setting Southeast Asia’s SMEs free

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Benedict Carandang, Vice President, First Circle Around 1.7 billion people globally are still unbanked – either having no proper savings or access to credit – according to the 2017 Global Findex Database. In Southeast Asia, only 27% of adults […]

Data Protection Regulation one year on: 73% of Europeans have heard of at least one of their rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the occasion of a stock-taking event to mark the first year of application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the European Commission is publishing the results of a special Eurobarometer survey on data protection. The results show that Europeans are relatively […]

Unemployment is down across the world’s largest economies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond,  Formative Content The number of employed people in the world’s largest economies is on the rise, as workers enjoy an increasingly healthy job market. Statistics from the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook, which measures the number […]

Hydrogen isn’t the fuel of the future. It’s already here

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brad Page, CEO, Global CCS Institute When the leaders of the world’s economic powerhouses meet at this year’s G20 in Japan, two important decarbonization options are expected to finally garner the attention they deserve: carbon capture and hydrogen. The […]

Localized microfactories – the new face of globalized manufacturing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amar Hanspal, CEO, Bright Machines The way products have been manufactured has evolved significantly over the past decades. Today, most are built in large factories in low-cost regions, primarily in Asia but also increasingly in eastern Europe and […]

Commission’s report shows that targeted investment and robust digital policies boost Member States’ performance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is releasing the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.  Countries that have set up ambitious targets in line with […]

Medical ethics in the age of the social media influencers

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Sonica Minhas, a second-year medical student in London interested in maternal and infant health, nutrition, climate change, human rights and healthcare policymaking. 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 […]

OECD presents revised Codes on capital flows to G20

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Cross-border capital flows are an integral component of international finance, but require a balanced framework for removing unnecessary barriers to the movement of capital while providing governments flexibility to cope with instances of economic or financial instability,  OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria said today. The recently revised […]

The new ethical dilemmas in medicine of the 21st century

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Bárbara Okabaiasse Luizeti, a 20 year old third year medical student from Brazil. 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 reflect IFMSA’s view […]

Antibiotics are contaminating the world’s rivers

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 om the Mekong to the Seine, the first global study of antibiotics in the world’s rivers has revealed that some contain concentrations up to 300 times above ‘safe’ levels. Antibiotic pollution was found in […]

Implementation of tax transparency initiative delivering concrete and impressive results

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. International efforts to improve transparency via automatic exchange of information on financial accounts are improving tax compliance and delivering concrete results for governments worldwide, according to new data released today by the OECD. More than 90 jurisdictions participating in a global transparency initiative under the OECD’s […]

European Semester 2019 Spring Package: Commission issues recommendations for Member States to advance sustainable and inclusive economic growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European economy is growing for the seventh consecutive year and is set to continue expanding in 2020, with all Member States’ economies growing despite less favourable conditions and global uncertainties. The number of people in employment is at a record high and unemployment […]

It’s time for cybersecurity to go pro bono

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Dobrygowski, Head of Governance and Policy, Global Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum As asylum seekers and other vulnerable people are required to give up more and more of their personal information to agencies charged with protecting them, the […]

5 ways to #BeatAirPollution

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 It’s #WorldEnvironmentDay and the theme for this year is #BeatAirPollution – urging people to “be part of the solution, not part of the pollution”. But while many of us agree air quality needs […]

EU budget 2020: Commission focuses its proposal on jobs, growth and security

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed an EU budget of €168.3 billion for 2020 for a more competitive European economy, and for solidarity and security in the EU and beyond. This budget is the seventh and last one under the current 2014-2020 long-term EU budget […]

Does upgrading our minds mean losing the spark of genius?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: George Church, Professor of genetics, Harvard Medical School & Murali Doraiswamy, Professor, Duke University Health System No two human brains are identical – each one of the 7.5 billion humans on earth has a unique pattern of neural wiring […]

Rare earths are the new battlefront in the US-China trade war. But what are they?

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 China dominates the rare earth market, responsible for around 80% of the world’s supply – something it is keenly aware of. As the trade war between the US and China rolls on, rare […]

Commission pledges €100 million to help Mozambique recover from cyclones Idai and Kenneth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU has pledged €100 million to help Mozambique recover from the devastating effects of cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which hit the country in March and April this year. Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, made the announcement on June 1 at the […]

The US will impose tariffs on Mexico, says President Trump

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Steve Holland, Reuters & Frank Jack Daniel, Reporter, Reuters U.S. President Donald Trump, responding to a surge of illegal immigrants across the southern border, vowed on Thursday to impose a tariff on all goods coming from Mexico, starting at […]