Human Rights and Democracy: striving for dignity and equality around the world

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the High Representative set out the priorities and way ahead on Human rights and Democracy, adopting a Joint Communication and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2020-2024. Further, they put forward a joint proposal to […]

Taj Mahal closes as European Union considers non-essential travel ban – Today’s COVID-19 updates

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the latest headlines, resources and stories to help you arm yourself with the best information. Restrictions tightened around the globe On Monday a range of national and […]

A pandemic of solidarity? This is how people are supporting one another as coronavirus spreads

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 COVID-19 continues to spread – but it’s bringing out the best in people across the globe. Volunteers are looking out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours. Across Europe, people are singing to one […]

This is how Europe is helping companies and workers as the coronavirus crisis deepens

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 People working in the gig economy may not be able to afford to follow health advice to self-isolate. Some countries have changed the rules around sick pay to ensure universal access. Other […]

The Red Cross’s health chief explains how business must respond to coronavirus

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 A continuity plan is vital for your business to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. The plan should assess and adopt best practices to slow the disease’s spread. Companies need to be prepared to […]

Long-term EU budget: It is not possible to do more with less, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore that member states are not ready to give the EU the necessary resources to deal with the European Union’s challenges. “Better no agreement than a bad agreement”, MEPs stress, considering the recent EU summit which ended with member states still not being […]

Making Europe’s businesses future-ready: A new Industrial Strategy for a globally competitive, green and digital Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission presents a new Strategy to help Europe’s industry lead the twin transitions towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. The Strategy aims to drive Europe’s competitiveness and its strategic autonomy at a time of moving geopolitical plates and increasing global competition. The […]

Making Europe’s businesses future-ready: A new Industrial Strategy for a globally competitive, green and digital Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission presents a new Strategy to help Europe’s industry lead the twin transitions towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. The Strategy aims to drive Europe’s competitiveness and its strategic autonomy at a time of moving geopolitical plates and increasing global competition. The […]

How tech can lead reskilling in the age of automation

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 Manufacturing as we know it isn’t quite dead – but it will be soon. We’re at the cusp of a major transformation where the classic factory worker’s tasks will soon be digitized and […]

A Union that strives for more: the first 100 days

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The new Commission led by President Ursula von der Leyen took office on 1 December 2019. Within its first 100 days, the Commission focused on delivering its most important priorities set in the President’s political guidelines. President of the European Commission, Ursula von der […]

Some endangered languages manage to thrive. Here’s how

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 Most of the world speaks one of 20 languages. Two-fifths of the world’s languages are poised to die out. The UN says learning languages could help promote peace. Of the more than […]

Commissioner Hogan announces new transparency package

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan announced his intention to further step up the European Commission’s transparency commitments by, among others, systematically reporting on the work of all committees established under EU trade agreements. Speaking to civil society representatives in Brussels, Commissioner Hogan said: […]

Energy: EU priority projects should be aligned with 2050 climate objectives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission should update its guidelines to select priority energy projects so that the next EU list is in line with its climate policy, said the Energy Committee. The revision of the TEN-E guidelines, to be proposed by the European Commission later this year, […]

A healthy human future depends on healthy oceans. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gunhild A Stordalen, Founder and Executive Chair, EAT, and member of Friends of Ocean Action Blue food could have a huge role to play in feeding the planet sustainably and healthily. As we turn to the oceans, we […]

Taxation: Commission refers Portugal to the Court for discriminatory legislation on car registration tax

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission decided to refer Portugal to the Court of Justice of the European Union for taxing used cars that are imported from other Member States more heavily than used cars purchased on the Portuguese market. Under EU rules, no Member State can […]

Young activists share four ways to create a more inclusive world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Pierce, Interactions and Programming Lead, Global Shapers Community, Foundations, World Economic Forum Young people around the world are calling for change. Existing systems too often cause inequality and marginalize communities. Young activists propose four ways to fight […]

Cohesion Policy: involving citizens to ensure better results

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission decided to launch two new pilot actions to involve citizens more when rolling out cohesion projects on the ground. The aim is to support active involvement of citizens and civil society organisations in the way the EU funds are planned, invested and […]

World Cancer Day: Here’s how perceptions about the disease differ around the world

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 Three in five people surveyed globally say they have been affected by cancer, whether personally or through family and friends. Seven out of 10 say they have taken steps to reduce their […]

Future EU-UK Partnership: European Commission takes first step to launch negotiations with the United Kingdom

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today issued a recommendation to the Council to open negotiations on a new partnership with the United Kingdom. This recommendation is based on the existing European Council guidelines and conclusions, as well as on the Political Declaration agreed between the […]

EU Presidents lay out priorities for future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP President Sassoli: “Without rules, the strongest will prevail and the weakest will be excluded”. President Sassoli, in his replies to journalists after the statement, said: “Ask yourselves this: why does everyone want to divide us today? Because when there are common rules, we […]

Nothing about us without us: how youth empowerment creates lasting change in the climate meltdown

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fatima Ali, a fifth-year medical student at Imperial College London who has also undertaken a degree in Business Management in Healthcare at Imperial College Business School. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions […]

EU helps tackle air pollution in Kosovo with €76.4 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As part of his first visit to Kosovo, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell will launch today a major EU-financed project to improve the environmental performance of the “Kosovo B” thermal power plant, Kosovo’s largest electricity generator. The project will significantly lower emissions, contribute to reliable […]

A new dawn for Europe: Joint op-ed by President von der Leyen, President Michel and President Sassoli

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As the night draws in this evening, the sun will set on more than 45 years of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. For us, as Presidents of the three main EU institutions, today will inevitably be a day of reflection and […]

European Commission 2020 Work Programme: An ambitious roadmap for a Union that strives for more

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission adopted its 2020 Work Programme. It sets out the actions the Commission will take in 2020 to turn the Political Guidelines of President von der Leyen into tangible benefits for European citizens, businesses and society. The driving force behind this […]

This is Germany’s $45 billion, 18-year plan to move away from coal

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 Germany has said it will phase out coal by 2038 as it looks to renewable energy sources for its power generation. A $45 billion compensation fund will assist the closure of lignite […]

Humanitarian aid: EU steps up support in Nigeria for conflict victims

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As millions of people continue to be affected by the conflict in Nigeria’s Lake Chad region, European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič has announced a first emergency aid package of €26.5 million for 2020 whilst visiting north-east Nigeria today. Speaking in north-east Nigeria, […]

Artificial intelligence: EU must ensure a fair and safe use for consumers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want a strong set of rights to protect consumers in the context of artificial intelligence and automated decision-making. Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee approved on Thursday a resolution addressing several challenges arising from the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) and […]

The business case for investing in sustainable plastics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Audrey Choi, Chief Sustainability Officer, CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Investing and Chief Marketing Officer, Morgan Stanley Plastics reduction and climate change are sustainable investors’ top priorities. Solutions to plastic waste must come from all sectors. Financial […]

The company of the future must do well by doing good

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Feike Sijbesma, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board, Royal DSM The world has got richer, but one billion people still go to bed hungry. Helping society should be a core part of business, not an […]

We must move from egocentric to ecocentric leadership to safeguard our planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shruthi Vijayakumar, Global Shaper, Auckland Hub & Robyn Seetal, Global Shaper, Calgary Hub, Egocentric leadership is at the root of our environmental crisis. We must change the way we understand and relate to the natural world. To do […]

Why “de-learning” is equally important as reskilling in conversations about the future of work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kathy Bloomgarden, Chief Executive Officer, Ruder Finn De-learning has been overlooked in the discussion about the future of work. Employees must learn to forget the job description and past ways of working Traditional, purely finance-focused leadership is out […]

Climate resilience is make or break for businesses. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Crawford, Project Lead, Environmental Resilience, World Economic Forum & Lindsey Prowse, Specialist, Environmental Resilience, World Economic Forum Even with strong climate action, we cannot avoid all of the consequences of climate change. Companies must place a greater […]

Mergers: Commission approves Synthomer’s acquisition of Omnova, 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 proposed acquisition of Omnova by Synthomer, both manufacturers of specialty chemicals. The approval is conditional on the divestment of a remedy package. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Specialty […]