The European Union and Central Asia: New opportunities for a stronger partnership

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is outlining its vision for a renewed partnership with Central Asia, updating its strategy on relations with the region first set out in 2007. The new Joint Communication adopted today by the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign […]

This credit card has a carbon-emission spending limit

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content From bananas and sausages to flights and fuel, we all like to keep a tally of what we spend. But whether we monitor the price in dollars, rupees or yuan, it’s unlikely we are also […]

Digital Single Market: Cheaper calls to other EU countries as of 15 May

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As of 15 May, a new maximum price will apply for all international calls and SMS within the EU. As a result, consumers calling from their country to another EU country will pay a maximum amount of 19 cents per minute (+VAT) and 6 […]

Japan’s agro-food sector would benefit greatly from policies to boost innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable resource use

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Japan’s agriculture sector has traditionally been characterised by small-scale rice production, but has recently begun to respond to new market opportunities for higher value food products across a rapidly growing East Asia. Today, rice represents less than 20% of the value of agriculture production, and larger, […]

Are e-cigarettes as safe as they claim to be?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Zineb Ajarra, a second year medical student at the faculty of medicine and pharmacy of Marrakech. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

3 ways to fight stress at work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tristan Elizabeth Gribbin, CEO, FlowVR People across the world are experiencing more worry and sadness. And while stress levels have gone down slightly, anger levels have gone up by just as much. Those are findings from the new 2019 […]

5 things to know about African migration

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 Africa is so big that Europe, the US, India and China could comfortably fit inside its landmass. It is home to huge amounts of the world’s mineral resources. And by 2050, one in […]

AI-assisted recruitment is biased. Here’s how to make it more fair

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Julius Schulte, Research and Analysis Specialist, Future of Digital Economy and Society, World Economic Forum Chances are that you have sent hundreds or even thousands of resumes and cover letters over the years to potential employers. This observation […]

It’s time to end the stigma around mental health in the workplace

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Poppy Jaman, Chief Executive Officer, CMHA & Garen K. Staglin, Co-Founder, Board Chairman, One Mind By 2030, it is predicted that mental health problems will be the leading cause of mortality and morbidity globally. Currently, untreated mental health problems account for 13% of […]

In Sweden you can roam anywhere you like, without the landowner’s permission

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Beale In Sweden, you can walk, ride, cycle, ski and camp on any land you like, without the landowner’s permission. You can also forage, picking as many flowers, berries and mushrooms as you wish. And you can […]

UK voters sent strong message to May and Corbyn for soft Brexit

Most political analysts agree that the results of last Thursday’s local elections in Britain were a strong slap by voters primarily to the governing Tory PM Theresa May and, secondly, to the major opposition Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. There is also widespread acceptance that the impressive electoral gains of the Liberal Democrats come mainly […]

Working when sick is rising and harms you and your employer. This is why

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 If you’ve been ill enough to call in sick, but felt pressure to turn up at work, you’re not alone. Working when you’re physically or mentally unwell is called presenteeism – and […]

From DIY editing to matchmaking by DNA: how human genomics is changing society

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Clarissa Rios Rojas, Fellow, Geneva Centre for Security Policy Would you like to understand how your DNA, genes and genomics play a role in business? Would you like to know who the big players in this new field […]

The growing cyber-risk to our electricity grids – and what to do about it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Karime Kuri Tiscareno, Project Lead, IoT, Robotics and Smart Cities, World Economic Forum Last month, the social, political and economic crisis in Venezuela rose to new levels as power outages affected more than 70% of the country. While […]

3 ways activists are being targeted by cyberattacks

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Friedhelm Weinberg, Executive Director, HURIDOCS When activists open their inboxes, they find more than the standard spam messages telling them they’ve finally won the lottery. Instead, they receive highly sophisticated emails that look like they are real, purport […]

This Japanese town has banned urban sprawl

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Waves of up to 50 feet virtually wiped the Japanese port town of Onagawa off the map in 2011. At a magnitude of 9.0, Japan’s largest-ever quake and resulting tsunami killed 16,000 people and destroyed 122,000 […]

EU Justice Scoreboard 2019: results show the continuing need to protect judicial independence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission publishes the 2019 EU Justice Scoreboard, which gives a comparative overview of the independence, quality and efficiency of justice systems in EU Member States. It provides national authorities with information to help them improve their justice systems. The results are […]

Japan’s holiest shrine is pulled down and rebuilt every 20 years – on purpose

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 Shinto is Japan’s indigenous religion, blending formal, elaborate ceremonial practices from the imperial tradition with local, community-based beliefs. Followers of Shintoism worship their ancestors and regard them as the guardians of the family. […]

Health equity and accessibility for migrants is a peremptory demand

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Mohamed Shoman, a toxicology and forensic demonstrator at faculty of medicine & Ms. Sara Shoman, a family medicine resident at faculty of medicine at Ain Shams University. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

How young people are shaping the future of sustainable fashion

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirsten Salyer, Media Relations Specialist, World Economic Forum Young people around the world are working to clean up a dirty fashion industry. The $2 trillion industry is responsible for 10% of the global carbon footprint, negative environmental effects including […]

How electrification can supercharge the energy transition

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Davide Puglielli, Senior Manager, Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions, Enel No matter which country you’re in, the energy transition is underway. It is taking slightly different shapes and may progress from different starting points depending on the area, […]

These 3 countries are global offshore wind powerhouses

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 Offshore wind energy is one of the world’s most underused resources, with less than one-tenth of wind power based offshore. But the Global Wind Energy Council projects that by 2023 it will account for […]

Better sanitation for India is in the pipeline

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sharmishta Sivaramakrishnan, Community Specialist, Asia, World Economic Forum Recently, I had the privilege of spending a day in Patna, Bihar. Beautiful as it is, Bihar is one of India’s poorest states, with a record 70% of its population under […]

These countries have the most expensive childcare

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 More than one billion people in this world are living with some form of disability. That’s one in seven of us. Eighty percent of these people acquire their disability between the ages of […]

NHS: A great healthcare system but how accessible is it to migrants?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr.Ahmed Al-Tameemi is a second-year Iraqi medical student at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

Global aid needed for healthcare

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mahum Sohail, a 3rd year MBBS student affiliated with IFMSA-Pakistan and its Publications Division at one of the top ranking medical universities, i.e. King Edward Medical University in Pakistan. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions […]

Chart of the day: Why marine protected sites matter more than ever

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 Our oceans face multiple threats. Climate change, pollution, acidification, overfishing and deep-sea mining all pose an increasing risk to the 80% of our planet’s biodiversity that lives in our seas. In 2015, as one of […]

Japan’s population is shrinking by a quarter of a million people every year

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 How do you stop your country’s population shrinking? While some obvious suggestions may spring to mind, coming up with policy responses is not often simple. Nowhere is this felt more acutely than in […]

The 10 most common types of plastic choking Europe’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 That our rivers and oceans are choked with plastic is well-documented. But where is all this waste coming from? Based on analysis of almost 200,000 objects found in rivers across Europe, including France, […]

Food safety: New rules to boost consumer trust approved by MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules to ensure reliability and transparency in EU food safety risk assessment procedure were adopted on Wednesday. MEPs have approved new rules, already agreed with EU ministers, which ensure the EU’s risk assessment procedure for food safety is more reliable, transparent and objective, […]

Fostering defence innovation through the European Defence Fund

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament on Thursday adopted the partial agreement on the EU Defence Fund for 2021-2027, aiming for a more ‘European’ approach to defence. 328 MEPs voted in favour of the partial deal with EU ministers, with 231 against, and 19 abstaining. The EU […]

Terrorist content online should be removed within one hour, says EP

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Internet companies should remove terrorist content within one hour after receiving an order from the authorities, to combat radicalisation and contribute to public security. With 308 votes in favour to 204 against and 70 abstentions, Parliament backed on Wednesday a proposal to tackle the […]

European Parliament strengthens EU consumer protection rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Updates to EU consumer protection rules to improve ranking transparency in online marketplaces and to tackle dual quality of products were approved by MEPs on Wednesday. The new law, already agreed with EU ministers, updates consumer rights for the internet age, ensuring consumers will […]