Member states jeopardising the rule of law will risk losing EU funds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Governments interfering with courts or failing to tackle fraud and corruption will risk suspension of EU funds, according to a draft law endorsed by MEPs on Thursday. Assisted by a panel of independent experts, the EU Commission would be tasked with establishing “generalised deficiencies […]

How Africa’s entrepreneurs are changing the direction of globalization

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rapelang Rabana, Founder & CEO, Rekindle Learning Africa has not been spared from the impact of globalization as the world’s economies and societies have become more and more integrated. There has however, been more movement of ideas, technology and […]

MEPs spell out priorities for the European Central Bank and on banking union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs on Wednesday set out their priorities for the European Central Bank’s actions in the coming year and those for moving ahead with completing the banking union. In two separate resolutions, the first on the work of the European Central Bank (ECB) drafted by […]

EU Elections: new rules to prevent breaches of data used to influence elections

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A proposal introducing penalties on European political parties deliberately breaching data protection to tamper with EU elections was informally agreed on Wednesday. The new provisions agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators are aimed at protecting the electoral process from online disinformation campaigns based on […]

Promoting rule of law and fundamental rights in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should do more to promote democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights across the EU, including through support to civil society organisations. MEPs endorsed on Thursday the position of the Civil Liberties Committee to triple the funds allocated in the long-term EU […]

8 things we need to do to tackle humanitarian crises in 2019

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) In Timbuktu, Mali this month I met with families without food whose crops have failed and whose children have been killed by improvised explosive devices (IED). I couldn’t help […]

Insurer CEOs Reveal Marketing Strategies that Communicate the True Value of Insurance Products & Services to the Customer

Sponsored content The game has changed. Agile start-ups, and truly innovative insurers have proved that the customer is responding to products and services that match their lifestyle choices and inspire engagement. Should your organisation have the courage to make innovation a reality there is a huge opportunity to both secure your customers’ future loyalty and […]

Four ways we can fix economics in 2019

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director, Head of Social and Economic Agendas, World Economic Forum “It was a chance… for us to send pain the other way. And we took it.” A Brexiteer’s statement in the wake of the referendum in […]

MEPs call for safety and liability rules for driverless cars

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs welcome focus on automated mobility, but call for further efforts to ensure road safety and support for EU industry. Europe has to be innovative, but faster. China and the USA are not waiting,” said rapporteur Wim Van de Camp (EPP, NL). Several countries […]

Commission launches debate on a gradual transition to more efficient and democratic decision-making in EU tax policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today kick-started the debate on reforming decision-making for areas of EU taxation policy, which currently requires unanimity among Member States. This unanimity often cannot be achieved on crucial tax initiatives, and can lead to costly delays and sub-optimal policies. The Communication […]

3 megatrends for the factories of the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content What will the factories of tomorrow look like? It’s a question that has no simple answer as the Fourth Industrial Revolution continues apace and new technologies transform the manufacturing landscape. As with any revolution, […]

UK Labour Party leader Corbyn readies to change Brexit political backdrop

Tomorrow, Tuesday, the British Parliament, the Commons, is to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal, for a kind of soft Brexit withdrawal agreement. As everybody agrees, it’s most likely this PM’s plan will be rejected by the majority of the parliamentarians, as they have also voted down her other proposals during the past critical […]

Modern society has reached its limits. Society 5.0 will liberate us

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman, Keidanren The world is now facing a great tide of change. The trend of digital transformation cannot be stopped and is drastically changing many aspects of society, including public administration, industrial structure, employment and people’s private […]

We must stop choking the ocean with plastic waste. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jim Fitterling, Chief Executive Officer, Dow Chemical Company The ocean can’t take any more. For centuries we have dumped our unwanted waste into the seas, creating a crisis that threatens not only marine life, but everything that depends on […]

Globalization 4.0 must provide for the poorest, or it risks causing chaos for everyone

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sara Pantuliano, Acting Executive Director , Overseas Development Institute Globalization has helped lift millions out of poverty and improved living standards across the world, including in some of the poorest regions and states. But it has also deepened inequalities, […]

These are the world’s best countries to retire in, as of 2019

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Retirement should be a time to kick back and forget the stress of the daily grind. While some people plan their post-work days down to the smallest detail, others may need a little help […]

How India’s globalized cities will change its future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Glenn Maguire, Principal Asia Pacific Economist, Visa Business and Economic Insights Consumer spending in India is on the cusp of remarkable transformational change over the next decade. The emerging middle class in Indian cities is at the forefront of […]

Millions of young people need better job skills. Here’s how businesses can help

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Globalization, technology, expanding webs of trade and commerce, automation and the rise of artificial intelligence are changing labour markets at a rapid, uneven pace around the world. As a […]

Is this a turning point in the fight against slavery?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Monique Villa, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation When Apple won the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Stop Slavery Award in November, the business world took notice. Arguably the most famous brand in the world, Apple had not only publicly taken steps to […]

Why a cash-free future might not be as close as you think

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 Millions of people in the developed world already live in a de facto cashless society. From the smart watch on your wrist to the contactless card in your wallet, being able to pay […]

The three biggest challenges for India’s future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.   Author: Mayuri Ghosh, Project Lead, System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Consumption, World Economic Forum India is at a tipping point, both in terms of economic growth and in the human development of its more than one billion […]

Confronting neo-mercantilism: why regulation is critical to global trade

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Rawlinson, Global Chair, Baker McKenzie The regulation of international trade is under the spotlight like never before. Trade tensions between the US and China, a fractious Brexit negotiation, the rewiring of NAFTA and a deadlocked World Trade Organization […]

Here are three ways organizations can prepare for tomorrow’s world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Carmine Di Sibio, Managing Partner – Client Service, Ernst & Young What will the world look like in 2030? In 2050? No one can predict the future exactly, but if you can imagine it, you can help shape it. […]

Chart of the day: These countries have the largest carbon footprints

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henry Bewicke, Formative Content How much CO₂ does your country emit per capita (person)? And how does it compare with the rest of the world? This chart by Statista highlights the enormous variations between the major world economies in […]

Brexit: Is there anybody supporting a non-violent separation?

Like Christopher Clark’s ‘Sleepwalkers’, Britain alone on the one side and the European Union led by Germany and France on the other are walking apart, without a deal to jointly settle their future relations. One and a half years have elapsed since the 23 June 2016 referendum, with endless talks and self-complacency. Still, neither side […]

Euro celebrates its 20th birthday

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The euro, Europe’s common currency, turns 20 on 1 January 2019. Exactly 20 years ago, on 1 January 1999, 11 EU countries launched a common currency, the euro, and introduced a shared monetary policy under the European Central Bank. The historic moment was a […]

2019: An unpredictable, confrontational and financially ominous year

The global outlook for 2019 was already looking unpredictable and dangerously confrontational, but the firing of US Defense Secretary, the moderate retired general Jim Mattis makes it exponentially more so. During the past few months ‘America first’ President Donald Trump has dismissed all the top three reasonable American policy makers. First it was the State Department […]

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Second review shows improvements but a permanent Ombudsperson should be nominated by 28 February 2019

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission publishes its report on the second annual review of the functioning of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. This year’s report shows thatthe U.S. continues to ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred under the Privacy Shield from the […]

EU deal on electricity market rules to benefit both consumers and environment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The creation of a genuine EU electricity market to better integrate renewable energy was provisionally agreed between MEPs and EU member states on Tuesday. An overhaul of EU electricity market rules was informally agreed to tackle barriers to cross-border trade of electricity and create […]

MEPs take stock of the EU’s foreign, security and defence policy priorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions reviewing key EU foreign, security and defence policy choices. Following Tuesday´s debates with EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini, Parliament´s annual resolutions on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Common Security and Defence […]

MEPs commend Ukraine‘s reform efforts and denounce Russian aggression

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs acknowledged Ukraine‘s positive reform track, while condemning Russia‘s aggression in the Kerch Strait and the construction of Nord Stream 2. Parliament adopted a resolution by 433 votes to 105, with 30 abstentions, evaluating the latest developments related to the EU-Ukraine association […]

EU budget 2019 approved: focus on the young, innovation and migration

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. For next year’s budget, MEPs have secured better support for students, unemployed youngsters and researchers. Commitment appropriations for 2019 total €165.8 billion; payment appropriations total €148.2 billion. After Council formally approved the conciliation agreement with Parliament on the 2019 budget on 7 December, Parliament […]

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for more efforts to ensure adoption of security proposals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission is today reporting on progress made in building a genuine and effective Security Union since the October European Council. Good progress is being achieved on a number of security initiatives, including the proposals to remove terrorist content online and to reinforce the […]