5 things you need to know about water

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brett Walton, Reporter, Circle of Blue Securing adequate supplies of clean water in a changing climate is one of the world’s most urgent social, political, economic, and environmental challenges. World Water Day, an annual UN-sponsored event, calls attention to […]

What happiness can teach us about how we measure human development

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Last week I had the opportunity to visit Bhutan for the first time, a trip I’ve been looking forward to for many years. The country’s quest to buck the global trend […]

Primary Health Care: in a world of specializations

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Clara Marques Santana, a second-year medical student at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora in Governador Valadares (UFJF-GV), 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 to the writer and […]

In Tunisia, budding entrepreneurs can take a year off their job

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 Tunisia has introduced a law that aims to make it easier for entrepreneurs to launch, run and liquidate businesses. Part of a wider plan to turn the country into a digital hub and […]

If people aren’t responding to climate warnings, we need to change the message

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kok Kwang Phoon, Director, Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk, National University of Singapore & Olivia Jensen, Lead Scientist, Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk, National University of Singapore Top decision-makers […]

Portugal’s pension system needs to prepare for rapid population ageing

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Portugal needs to reform its pensions system to address the challenges of a fast-shrinking workforce and high levels of old-age inequality, according to a new OECD report. The OECD Reviews of Pension Systems: Portugal says the country’s rapidly ageing population, a result of low fertility and […]

European research priorities for 2021-2027 agreed with member states

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A provisional deal on Horizon Europe that bridges the EU research gap, prioritises SMEs and broadens thematic research was agreed with member states on Tuesday night. The European Parliament’s negotiating team agreed a partial provisional deal on Horizon Europe and its specific programme with […]

Primary Healthcare should be strongly connected with initial education

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. María Cedeño & Ms. Julia E. Acosta, a second and first-year medical students respectively at the Iberoamerican University (UNIBE) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the […]

Fairer and clearer rules on social benefits for EU mobile workers agreed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules aim to ensure access to social security for EU workers who have moved to a different EU country, while fairly distributing obligations among member states. An agreement on modernised rules to coordinate national social security systems was reached by Employment Committee negotiators […]

EU and China in search of a win-win agreement through strategic cooperation ahead of the EU-China summit

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini together with the 28 EU Foreign Ministers met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi last Monday to discuss the agenda of the EU-China Strategic Dialogue. During the meeting, both parties had the opportunity to enhance and promote their mutual cooperation on several international topics. Both sides […]

European Commission calls on national political parties to join efforts to ensure free and fair elections in Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In September 2018, as part of the State of the Union, President Juncker proposed measures to bolster European democracy and protect free and fair elections in Europe. Ahead of the European elections, Commissioner Vera Jourová has written to national political parties calling on them […]

Capital Markets Union: Commission reports on progress achieved ahead of European Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission takes stock of the progress achieved in building a Single Market for capital, including as regards sustainable finance, and calls on EU leaders to keep up the political engagement to lay down the foundation of the Capital Markets Union. The Capital […]

Europe is no longer an innovation leader. Here’s how it can get ahead

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Iliyana Tsanova, Deputy managing director, European Fund for Strategic Investments & Roger Havenith, Deputy chief executive, European Investment Fund When it comes to technological innovation, Europe is now lagging behind not only the US and Japan, but also China. […]

Smart devices must come with trust already installed

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Phillipa Hunt, Interim Director General, Consumers International Many of the 7 billion interet of things (IoT) products in the world are owned, used and relied upon by consumers. From smart watches and connected speakers to fitness bands and home […]

Mind the (gender) gap: why we should stand together on inclusion

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Beth Bovis, Vice President & Partner, A.T. Kearney The theme of International Women’s Day 2019 was building a gender-balanced world. In a way, we are living through a time of great hope for equality. It’s now very clear that […]

Mali just took a huge step towards universal healthcare

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 When the World Health Organization reports that half the global population does not have access to essential healthcare, it’s easy to be pessimistic about the chances of giving all of Africa’s children a […]

MEPs vote to limit negative impact of no-deal Brexit on citizens

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To ensure the least possible disruption, MEPs on Wednesday vote on travel, transport, Erasmus, social security and fisheries measures. At the request of the European Parliament and the Council, the European Commission proposed urgency measures to mitigate the effects of a withdrawal of the […]

Upgraded EU visa information database to increase security at external borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The improvements to the Visa Information System (VIS), agreed on Wednesday by MEPs, would ensure a better EU response to security and migratory challenges. The Visa Information System (VIS) is an EU database used by authorities to check non-EU nationals who need a visa […]

Parliament wants to suspend EU accession negotiations with Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following years of severe political and democratic backsliding, the European Parliament recommended suspending EU accession negotiations with Turkey. The European Parliament remains seriously concerned about Turkey’s poor track record in upholding human rights, the rule of law, media freedom and the fight against corruption, […]

UK must make clear what it wants, MEPs say in Brexit debate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs today commented on yesterday’s rejection of the Brexit deal in the House of Commons. Most members underlined that the UK must make up its mind and say what it wants. Click on names of speakers to watch the individual statements. “We are not […]

Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2019, in association with The European Sting

Sponsored content We are entering the era of Intelligent Connectivity – Where speed, convenience, and intelligence converge; inspiring innovations that keep us connected to everything and everyone. An era defined by highly contextualised and personalised experiences, delivered when and where you want them. Join us 26-28 June 2019 for MWC Shanghai 2019 and discover how […]

Why protectionism spells trouble for global economic growth

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jonathan D. Ostry, Deputy Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF) It is sometimes alleged that for all the microeconomic distortions that protectionist policies inflict, there can be a silver lining in terms of macroeconomic gains: more jobs, more output and […]

Primary Healthcare: Back to the Basics

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lilian Teresa Pimentel, a fourth-year medical student at O&M Medical School in the Dominican Republic. 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 […]

Fighting crime: faster EU-wide exchange of non-EU nationals’ criminal records

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A new EU database, approved today by MEPs, will enable EU countries to exchange the criminal records of non-EU citizens’ more quickly. MEPs agreed in a vote on Tuesday to create a new database on the past convictions of third country nationals (ECRIS-TCN), to […]

Russia can no longer be considered a ‘strategic partner’, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, MEPs agreed that the EU should remain open to imposing further sanctions if Russia continues to violate international law. Parliament adopted on Tuesday a resolution by 402 votes to 163, with 89 abstentions, assessing the current state of EU-Russia political relations. Sanctions […]

Commission reviews relations with China, proposes 10 actions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Against the backdrop of China’s growing economic power and political influence, the European Commission and the High Representative review European Union-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges. Today, they are setting out 10 concrete actions for EU Heads of State or Government to […]

From farms to supermarkets: MEPs approve new EU rules against unfair trading

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New EU rules to protect farmers against unfair trading practices by buyers were approved, on Tuesday. New rules, approved by 589 votes in favour to 72 against, with nine abstentions, blacklist practices, such as late payments for delivered products, late unilateral cancellations or retroactive […]

Italy should boost investment in training for the future of work

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The government, business and workers in Italy will need to invest substantially more in training to prepare for the future world of work, according to a new OECD report. Adult Learning in Italy: what role for training funds? says that the skills needed by workers for […]

Climate change: cutting the good by the root?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Luiza Merigo Santa Rosa, a second year medical student and Local Coordinator within IFMSA Brazil Unicesumar. 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 […]

The challenge of maintaining interest in Primary Health Care in medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Guilherme Pitol, a 21 years old medical student now in the third year in Catholic University of Pelotas, Brazil. 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 […]

Capital Markets Union: Making it easier for insurers to invest in the real economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission adopted today new rules to help insurers to invest in equity and private debt and to provide long-term capital financing. The insurance industry is well-equipped to provide long-term finance by investing in equity and private debt, including of small and medium […]

OECD sees global growth slowing, as Europe weakens and risks persist

The global economy is slowing and major risks persist, with growth weakening much more than expected in Europe, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Outlook.‌ Economic prospects are now weaker in nearly all G20 countries than previously anticipated. Vulnerabilities stemming from China and the weakening European economy, combined with a slowdown in trade and […]

The European Agenda on Migration: EU needs to sustain progress made over the past 4 years

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the March European Council, the Commission is today taking stock of progress made over the past 4 years and setting out the measures still required to address immediate and future migration challenges. Faced with the most severe refugee crisis the world has […]