How upskilling could help cities rebuild after Coronavirus

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rory Heilakka, Principal, Oliver Wyman Cities, impacted by COVID-19, will need to retrain workers who have lost jobs in the pandemic or risk losing residents. Targeted programs and partnerships can steer workers toward fields where employers are hiring. […]

EU should set goal to end homelessness by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament approved a series of recommendations to combat homelessness and end housing exclusion in the EU. In the resolution adopted with 647 votes in favour, 13 against and 32 abstentions, Parliament highlights the precarious living situation of over 700,000 persons who face […]

Marked improvement in Europe’s air quality over past decade, fewer deaths linked to pollution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Better air quality has led to a significant reduction of premature deaths over the past decade in Europe. However, the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest official data show that almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution, leading to about 400,000 premature deaths across […]

5 ways social entrepreneurs are helping farmers feed the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pavitra Raja, Community Specialist, Social Entrepreneurs – Europe and the Americas, World Economic Forum The world is facing a food crisis that threatens lives and livelihoods around the globe, as well as our planet. Here are five innovative […]

How has technology changed – and changed us – in the past 20 years?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Madeleine Hillyer, U.S. Media Specialist, World Economic Forum Since the dotcom bubble burst back in 2000, technology has radically transformed our societies and our daily lives. From smartphones to social media and healthcare, here’s a brief history of […]

Closing the gaps in accelerating women’s rights:the role of medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr.Aazil Naseer, a student of MBBS 2 nd year studying in JSS Medical College, Mysore, Karnataka, India. 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 […]

Sanctions: Commission further expands Guidance on COVID-19-related humanitarian aid in sanctioned environments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission further expanded its Guidance Note on how COVID-19-related humanitarian aid can be provided to countries and areas around the world that are subject to EU restrictive measures (sanctions). This Guidance now also has a self-standing chapter on Nicaragua. The aim is […]

European Union backs peace and security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with new aid for police reform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union (EU) is maintaining its commitment to the security of the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by earmarking €20 million from the 11th European Development Fund for the Police Reform Support Programme over five years. This brings EU […]

Coronavirus: Commission holds first meeting of EU COVID-19 national scientific advice platform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed Member States’ COVID-19 scientific advisors to the first meeting of the EU scientific advice platform on COVID-19. The platform will facilitate more co-ordinated scientific advice on the approach to Member State COVID-19 public health measures across the […]

The pill of gender bias – hard to swallow

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Manali Sarkar, a 2nd year MBSS student at MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai. 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 […]

Medical Students Can Help to Protect Women Rights

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ahmet Kayhan KORKUSUZ, a first-year medical student at Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey. 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 IFMSA’s […]

How the Female Medical Students in Gen Z are Changing the Patriarchy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Marcelle Rodrigues Carneiro de Souza Reis, a 3rd-year medical student at Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido dos Santos -UNICEPLAC in Brasília, Brazil.. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

Speak up for health care workers’ safety

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Omnia Bakry, a 2nd year medical student from Sudan, studying at Ahfad university for women. 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 […]

Commission welcomes agreement on the modernisation of EU export controls

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 its proposal for a modernisation of EU export controls on sensitive dual-use goods and technologies. The changes agreed today will upgrade and strengthen the EU’s export control toolbox to […]

The silent code blue- a call for health worker’s safety

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Nefal Numair, a 3rd year student of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Medical and Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

Equal Pay Day: Statement by Vice-President Jourová and Commissioners Schmit and Dalli

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Women in the European Union still earn less than men. The gender pay gap in the EU-27 has slightly improved since last year: from 14.5% to 14.1% according to the latest Eurostat findings. The European Equal Pay Day marks the day when women symbolically […]

The European Union provides additional €17.2 million to support health systems in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union has approved an additional €17.2 million through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) to support coronavirus preparedness in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. The EUTF support to the emergency health response in the Horn of Africa now reaches almost […]

Boeing WTO case: The EU puts in place countermeasures against U.S. exports

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission’s regulation increasing tariffs on U.S. exports into the EU worth $4 billion will be published in the Official Journal of the EU. The countermeasures have been agreed by EU Member States since the U.S. has not yet provided the basis for […]

European Vocational Skills Week: ‘VET for Green and Digital Transitions’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Vocational Skills Week 2020 will take place digitally across the European Union from 9 to 13 November 2020. It is organised by the European Commission in partnership with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, as part of the German Presidency […]

Countries are piling on record amounts of debt amid COVID-19. Here’s what that means

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum Public debt levels and deficits have hit records during the pandemic. Many experts argue it’s a sound means to fund the recovery. Such borrowing has been further enabled and […]

Autumn 2020 Economic Forecast: Rebound interrupted as resurgence of pandemic deepens uncertainty

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The coronavirus pandemic represents a very large shock for the global and EU economies, with very severe economic and social consequences. Economic activity in Europe suffered a severe shock in the first half of the year and rebounded strongly in the third quarter as […]

The world’s poorest people are owed $5.7 trillion, says Oxfam

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Chema Vera, Interim Executive Director, Oxfam International • Last year, OECD members only gave 0.3% of their GNI to aid – less than the 0.7% promised. • 0.7% would help the world’s poorest countries meet the SDGs for […]

Robots and chatbots can help alleviate the mental health epidemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dan Schawbel, Managing Partner, Workplace Intelligence COVID-19 has piled multiple additional pressures on to people’s mental health. • AI is already providing assistance in the mental health domain. • Having mental health technology in place is beneficial for […]

COVID-19, higher education and the impact on society: what we know so far and what could happen

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Conrad Hughes, Campus & Secondary School Principal, La Grande Boissière, International School of Geneva COVID exposes existing tensions regarding the value of university education. COVID means universities might shrink or implode. Universities are cornerstones of society and must […]

Team Europe: EU provides €100 million to Mozambique for education, health and social protection

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the Government of Mozambique have today signed a budget support programme worth €100 million to respond to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19. Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, commented: “With this contribution, the European Union will support Mozambique’s Government in […]

Protecting Health Workers’ Safety Around the World

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Leah Sarah Peer is a medical student at Saint James School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois class of 2022. 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 […]

Can we ensure patients’ safety without taking care of healthcare workers?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gabriele Montipó, a second-year medical student at the UniversidadeEstadual do Oeste do Paraná, in Francisco Beltrão, 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 […]

Healthcare workers’ safety: a forgotten necessity

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms Fatina Munawar, a final year medical student at Quaid e Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, Pakistan. 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 […]

Latest Eurobarometer survey (July-August): Economic situation is EU citizens’ top concern in light of the coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In a troubled period marked by the coronavirus pandemic, trust in the EU remains stable and Europeans trust the EU to make the right decisions in response to the pandemic in the future. In the new Standard Eurobarometer survey released today, European citizens identify […]

Coronavirus: additional ventilators dispatched to Czechia via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following Thursday’s announcement by President von der Leyen that the EU is sending 30 ventilators from the rescEU medical reserve, Austria and the Netherlands are now also answering Czechia’s request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. With 15 ventilators from Austria, 105 […]

COVID-19: MEPs call for measures to close the digital gap in education

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs called for the digital gap in Europe to be closed, as the pandemic exacerbated inequalities in the EU, making it difficult for many to access school education.  The resolution was adopted on Thursday by 593 votes in favour, 58 against and 36 abstentions. […]

Parliament leads the way on first set of EU rules for Artificial Intelligence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, MEPs adopted proposals on how the EU can best regulate Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to boost innovation, ethical standards and trust in technology. The European Parliament is among the first institutions to put forward recommendations on what AI rules should include […]

White Coat, Stained red

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Aramva Bikram Adhikari, a 3rd year medical student at Maharajgunj Medical Campus Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal. 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 […]