President von der Leyen joins the Global Citizen campaign to end COVID-19 and kick start a global recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “We have to fight the pandemic right now, but we also have to address its broader impact on the most vulnerable and tackle the root causes,” said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, as she supported today the launch of the […]

Feel no shame, change the game

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Naheed Khan, an aspiring first year medical student studying in N.K.P. Salve institute of medical sciences, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. 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 […]

MEPs strongly condemn continuing violence in Yemen and military coup in Myanmar

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Humanitarian aid for Yemen must be increased, MEPs say, and urge the military in Myanmar to immediately reinstate the civilian government. Parliament condemned in the strongest terms the ongoing violence in Yemen that has, since 2015, “degenerated into the worst humanitarian crisis in the […]

Vaccination challenges for middle and low-income countries

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Angelo Moreno, a 20-year-old medical student from Ecuador studying at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. 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 […]

3 reasons why embracing the circular economy can be powerful for middle income countries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maria Carolina Schmidt Zaldívar, Minister of Environment of Chile and President of COP25, Ministry of Environment of Chile The circular transition is crucial to building a resilient economy, protecting social wellbeing, and mitigating the climate crisis. The move […]

If you want to make progress on all the major global challenges, start with water

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Madeleine Bell, Strategy & Special Projects, Desolenator No individual, city or business is exempt from needing clean water in the long run. We are perilously close to 2025, when it is predicted that half of the world’s population […]

How digital identity can improve lives in a post-COVID-19 world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Julie Dawson, Director, Regulatory and Policy, Yoti & Cristian Duda, Project Lead, Digital Identity, World Economic Forum Industries from travel to health to education will recover more quickly if solutions once primarily associated with the finance sector are […]

COVID-19 showed the importance of 5G for the economy and the environment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Börje Ekholm, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ericsson Through COVID-19, connectivity has become an even bigger part of critical infrastructure, helping people in an unprecedented way work, study and socialize online. Looking forward, governments need to do more […]

This surprising change can help the auto industry tackle emissions goals

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Eric Hannon, Partner, McKinsey & Company & Bernd Heid, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company & Christoph Wolff, Head of Shaping the Future of Mobility, World Economic Forum To reach emissions goals, the automotive industry must make large-scale changes. […]

14 innovative projects helping to save the planet and make the world a better place

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 Digital crowdsourcing platform UpLink was created to address the world’s most pressing problems. The initiative seeks sustainable solutions to tackle issues such as climate change and social injustice. Projects are also aimed at […]

Trade MEPs promise thorough scrutiny of the EU-UK agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Trade MEPs on Monday welcomed the achievements of the agreement between the EU and the UK but promised detailed scrutiny of the deal before a consent decision. At the first discussion of the EU-UK trade and partnership agreement concluded on 24 December 2020, MEPs […]

Eco-anxiety during the Pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Eshwar Rajesh, a medical student pursuing MBBS from Madras Medical College, Chennai, 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 not necessarily reflect […]

COVID-19 a year later: What have we learned?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dario Gil, Director of IBM Research, IBM In the year since COVID-19 emerged, the world has seen 85 million cases of the disease and counting. The pandemic showed the power of collaboration to create solutions quickly. Such collaborations […]

Medical students against male supremacy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Zahra Awaly and Rim Chehab, two third-year medical students in the Lebanese University. 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 the writers and do not necessarily reflect […]

How a start-up in India is pioneering a way to tackle the global e-waste problem

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 Electronic waste is one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental challenges – and opportunities. Currently the world is only processing 20% of e-waste appropriately. Indian start-up, Karo Sambhav, is helping to tackle the […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission decides to register an initiative for ‘a ban on biometric mass surveillance practices’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Civil society initiative for a ban on biometric mass surveillance practices’. The organisers of the ECI urge the Commission to propose a legal act to permanently end indiscriminate and arbitrarily-targeted uses […]

Coronavirus response and recovery: EU support for regions to work together in innovative pilot projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has announced the winners of a new EU-funded initiative for interregional partnerships in four areas: coronavirus-related innovative solutions, circular economy in health, sustainable and digital tourism, and hydrogen technologies in carbon–intensive regions. The aim of this new pilot action, which builds on […]

European Innovation Council Fund: first equity investments of €178 million in breakthrough innovations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has announced today the first round of direct equity investment through the new European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund. 42 highly innovative start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) will together receive equity financing of around €178 million to develop and scale up breakthrough […]

European Commission authorises second safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by Moderna, the second COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU. This authorisation follows a positive scientific recommendation based on a thorough assessment of the safety, effectiveness and quality […]

Think you’re safe at home? Think again. 5 household demons to be mindful about

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare With more than half of working adults experiencing anxiety relating to their jobs and home-working patterns, Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director at Aster DM Healthcare, identifies five specific dangers of […]

Sex education in Schools conducted by medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Udita Ganguly, a second year medical student of Dr DY Patil Medical College who likes to bombard people frequently with her views on women’s rights and health. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions […]

Paliative care and Universal Healthcare

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Manisha Das, a medical student in Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, Bangladesh. 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 […]

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

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Tishtar Chindhy, a final year student (MBBS) at RCSM GMC Kolhapur, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. 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 […]

Coronavirus and sourdough – this is what we searched for online in 2020

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content Billions of Google searches show some topics had a surge of interest in 2020. Many searches reflect global impact of the COVID pandemic. Kobe Bryant, Joe Biden, Zoom, dalgona coffee and fostering […]

Q&A: EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. What are the benefits of the CAI for the EU? It will significantly improve the market access conditions for EU companies in China, in terms of predictability and new market openings; it will help to rebalance the current asymmetry in our respective market openness; […]

Key elements of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The cumulative EU foreign direct investment (FDI) flows from the EU to China over the last 20 years have reached more than €140 billion. For Chinese FDI into the EU the figure is almost €120 billion. EU FDI in China remains relatively modest with […]

The circular economy could forever change how cars are made – here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christoph Wolff, Head of Shaping the Future of Mobility, World Economic Forum & Thomas Deloison, Director, Mobility, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) The auto industry has driven technological and manufacturing revolutions. With the shift to electric […]

EU-China Leaders’ meeting: Delivering results by standing firm on EU interests and values

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union (represented by President of the European Council, Charles Michel and President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen held a leaders’ meeting with China (represented by President Xi Jinping) via videoconference on 30 December 2020. The European Union (represented by […]

Women’s rights and how medical students can act as aides of progressive change

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Tanaya Agrawal, a 22 year old third year Medical Student from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), India. 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 […]

4 priorities for a better built environment in the post-COVID city

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Tompkins, Global CEO, RICS • Cities are the engine rooms of global prosperity, but they must be properly managed. • The trend towards ESG investments will impact urban infrastructure. • A strong regulatory environment is needed for […]

This is why we should test everyone for COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Reda Cherif, Senior Economist, IMF & Fuad Hasanov, Senior Economist, IMF The potential benefits of a universal testing programme far outweigh any downsides. The barriers – such as a lack of expert consensus and the costs involved – […]

Commission adopts €70 million package for early access to EU COVID-19 vaccines in the Western Balkans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted a package of €70 million under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II) to help fund the access of Western Balkans partners to COVID-19 vaccines procured by EU Member States. Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi said: “Throughout the […]

Can we crack the hydrogen puzzle this time around?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tony Pan, Chief Executive Officer, Modern Electron Hydrogen is back on the agenda as a potential decarbonization solution – but several fundamental challenges remain to be solved. These are the same barriers that stymied the last hydrogen hype […]