A brief history of cryptography and why it matters

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 Image: Statista Cryptography, cyphers, secret codes. Words that summon up images of a world of covert messages, clandestine meetings and international espionage. Those associations were reinforced recently when Queen Elizabeth II of the […]

New Erasmus: more opportunities for disadvantaged youth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Erasmus+ should triple its funds, allow more people to take part and adapt its grants to the needs of the participants. The Culture and Education Committee approved on Wednesday the next generation Erasmus+ programme, proposing a detailed set of measures to lift all economic, […]

EU Visa Policy: Commission welcomes agreement to strengthen EU visa rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today Member States endorsed the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission’s proposal to modernise the EU’s common visa policy, adapting the rules to evolving security concerns, challenges linked to migration and new opportunities offered by technological developments. The […]

The digital transformation is a skills and education opportunity for all. Companies must use it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Global Sales, Marketing and Operations; Executive Vice-President, Microsoft Corporation, Mario Greco, Chief Executive Officer, Zurich Insurance Group, Johnny C. Taylor Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Society for Human Resource Management & Shea Gopaul, Founder and […]

Supercomputing could solve the world’s problems, and create many more

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Georgia Frances King, Ideas Editor, Quartz Supercomputers have the potential to turn us into superhumans. Our potential and power increase in lockstep with to the tools we have to serve us. The World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on […]

We need a fresh approach to climate change migration. This is why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Carol Farbotko, Human Geographer, CSIRO Human mobility associated with climate change is a growing global reality. There are regular warnings about climate change impacts creating significant numbers of displaced people, and presenting an international security risk. We hear significantly […]

Malta and Slovakia: serious shortcomings in the rule of law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have serious concerns over the fight against corruption and organised crime, impartiality of law enforcement and judicial independence in Malta and Slovakia. The Civil Liberties Committee adopted on Tuesday a draft resolution summarising the conclusions of the working group set up within the […]

Migration and asylum: EU funds to promote integration and protect borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs backed on Tuesday increasing the EU budget for migration and asylum policies and to reinforce borders. The Civil Liberties Committee endorsed the renewed Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), the 2021-2027 budget of which will increase up to €9.2 billion (€10.41 billion in […]

Parliaments broadly agree on next steps for economic, monetary union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Concluding the banking union, beefing up democratic accountability, and developing a budget for the Eurozone were raised regularly in a meeting between parliaments. The debate on Tuesday, held within the yearly conference on the European Semester bringing together MEPs and national MPs, allowed participants […]

Cutting CO2 emissions from trucks: MEPs reach deal with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This agreed new legislation is the first ever regulation on CO2 emissions for lorries in the EU. The deal reached between MEPs and the Romanian Presidency of the Council on Monday night provides for a legally binding 30% CO2 reduction target for new lorries […]

Cohesion Policy after 2020: preparing the future of EU investments in health

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, Commissioners Crețu and Andriukaitis have brought together health professionals to kick-start the reflection on future EU investments in health under the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy programmes. In the context of the roundtable held today at the Commission with health associations such as European Health […]

Trade negotiations with US can start under certain conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Trade Committee on Tuesday endorsed the mandate to start limited EU-US trade talks, but set conditions on the conclusion of a deal. Starting talks is in the interest of European citizens and companies, as it would ease current tensions in EU-US trade relations, […]

Commuters in these cities spend more than 8 days a year stuck in traffic

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 Ask any motorist about traffic congestion and they will regale you with tales of long queues, wasted time, and mounting frustration. It’s a global problem with some of the world’s greatest cities also […]

At this Italian bookshop, children swap their recycling for something to read

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Would you swap your recycling for a book? Sounds too good to be true? Well, that’s what one bookseller in Italy is offering children, with a plan he hopes will become a blueprint for raising environmental […]

Fighting cybercrime – what happens to the law when the law cannot be enforced?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: William Dixon, Head of Operations, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum The widespread loss of trust in the internet is the fifth greatest strategic risk facing the world, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2019. The […]

The relationship between Dengue and the rainfall in Boa Vista, Brazil

This article was exclusively co-authored for The European Sting by Ms. Ms. Luana de Miranda a graduate in medicine course in Federal University of Roraima since 2016 & Mr. Adriano Augusto de Miranda, a graduate in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) in 1993 and master degree in Water and Environmental Engineering in the […]

Portugal can use its economic recovery to build up resilience

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Portugal’s economic recovery is now well established, with GDP back to pre-crisis levels, a substantially lower unemployment rate and renewed investment and domestic consumption now joining a robust export sector to drive the economy. Efforts should now focus on reducing vulnerabilities to build resilience to future […]

Turkey needs to step up investment in renewables to curb emissions

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Turkey will see its greenhouse gas emissions continue their steady rise of recent years without concrete actions to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy sources, according to a new OECD report. The OECD’s third Environmental Performance Review of Turkey notes that the […]

Microsoft says the internet is getting a little nicer

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer If you’ve been harassed online, it could be that you know your persecutor. Uncivil behaviour is becoming more common within our inner social networks, according to a Microsoft report, which showed that family and friends accounted […]

Trade is not a weapon. Let’s not use it as one

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Børge Brende, President, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum At the Munich Security Conference last week, I moderated a panel discussion with an intriguing headline: can we make [economic] competitors like the US, Europe and China trade […]

First seat projections for the next European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament released today the first seat projections, based on a cross-section of national polls, for the composition of the next (9th) European Parliament The European Parliament has published a first set of projections on how the next chamber would look like based on national […]

The results of Finland’s basic income experiment are in. Is it working?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content How would you like to get more than $600 a month, no strings attached? Sound too good to be true? Not in Finland, where they’re experimenting with giving unemployed people a basic income, with […]

These are the best cities for tech

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Big Apple has taken a bite out of Silicon Valley to become the world’s top tech city, according to a new index. Savills Tech Cities in Motion 2019 ranks 30 cities by […]

Most leaders are missing this crucial character trait

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark Dodgson, Director, Professor of Innovation Studies, University of Queensland & David Gann, Vice President, Imperial College Many of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs are not known for their grace. Our culture associates a certain type of “robust” personality […]

5 reasons to protect mangrove forests for the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content To the uninitiated, mangroves might appear to be merely coastal cousins of inland forests, but these rich ecosystems support the planet and people in unique ways, from providing breeding grounds for fish to carbon […]

How can we regulate disruptive technologies?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nidhi Singh, Co-Founder & Counsel, BlackPearl Chambers (Advocates & Solicitors) Advances in technology, often referred to as “disruptive innovation” have changed people’s lives. Undoubtedly, they have led to better services and the quality of products being offered to consumers […]

These are the OECD’s most productive economies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Romania boasts the highest productivity of leading world economies, according to the latest available data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The eastern European nation recorded the highest “GDP per hour” […]

MEPs urge EU states to ensure better care of transported animals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and its member states must better enforce existing rules on protecting transported animals and penalise all offenders, Parliament said on Thursday. In a resolution, adopted by 411 votes in favour to 43 against, with 110 abstentions, MEPs renewed Parliament’s 2012 call for […]

This is how AI in video games will change the future of work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Zach Roesler, Senior Program Manager, Frog Design The recent victory of DeepMind’s artificial intelligence (AI) over professional gamers in StarCraft II, may prompt many to wonder why Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is investing hundreds of millions of dollars a […]

EU cross-border payments outside Eurozone: MEPs scrap excessive fees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Banks should charge equally for cross-border payments in euro and domestic payments and make currency conversion costs transparent, say new rules. On Thursday, the plenary adopted by 532 votes in favour, 22 against and 55 abstentions, new rules to end discrimination against payment service […]

Human Rights breaches in Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Zimbabwe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore the arrests of human rights defenders and violent attacks on civil society in Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Zimbabwe. Saudi Arabia must improve women’s rights MEPs condemn the situation of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and express their concern over the government web […]

4 key steps towards a circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Antonia Gawel, Head of Circular Economy Initiative, World Economic Forum Moving towards a more circular economy is a logical proposition. Use less natural resources, reduce pollution, tackle climate change, enhance consumer satisfaction, while also improving the bottom line. The […]

Online platforms required by law to be more transparent with EU businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU lawmakers agreed on a set of measures to halt unfair practices in the digital market. More than a million EU enterprises trade via platforms to reach their customers. Online intermediation services, such as e-commerce market places (e.g. Amazon, eBay) and search engines (e.g. […]