Central Asia: the European Union matches political commitment with further concrete support

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.   To underpin the European Union’s political commitment and kick-start the implementation of the new EU Central Asia Strategy, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, at the EU-Central Asia Ministerial meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, today presented a set of EU funded regional programmes. […]

Trump after marginalizing G20 attacks Europe and China where it hurts, brandishes currency war

Last week’s G20 meeting in Osaka confirmed that the forum’s commonly shared concern about our future on the planet is definitively a thing of the past. Last week, the cacophony at the table of the 20 heads of the largest countries of the world – which first appeared last December in Buenos Aires – became […]

How to make trade single windows more efficient with blockchain

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alejandra Radl, Integration and Trade Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank, Fellow, Digital Trade, World Economic Forum & Jesse Lin, Project Specialist, Digital Trade, World Economic Forum International trade is of critical importance for economic and social development worldwide. A major […]

How multistakeholder platforms can strengthen our multilateral system

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joo-Ok Lee, Head of International Organizations, World Economic Forum Geneva At the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum earlier this year, António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, pointed out the trend of weakening coordination within the […]

The digital revolution will transform the steel industry

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yvonne Zhou, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group & Lisa Hu, Partner and Managing Director, BCG Digital technologies are changing the world and dramatically improving the way that organizations operate. Today, steel and metals manufacturers face a huge […]

Juncker Plan reaches almost €410 billion in triggered investment across the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of June 2019, the deals approved under the Juncker Plan amount to €75 billion in financing and are located in all 28 Member States. Some 952,000 start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are expected to benefit from improved access to finance. Currently, […]

Trump blocks US warmongers from bombing Iran

Last week the American military-industrial complex (MIC) was ‘cocked & loaded’ to attack key targets in Iran, after Tehran downed a US military unmanned spy drone. Of course, the two sides clash over the exact position of the drone’s hit. However, the Iranians should have avoided hitting an American war machine outside of their air […]

These 5 countries plan to slash their CO2 emissions. But how will they do it?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content Around the planet, countries are announcing ambitious plans to cut their emissions and decarbonise their economies. But once you’ve talked the talk, how do you walk the walk (no polluting car journeys allowed)? Here’s […]

3 technologies that could define the next decade of cybersecurity

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 In little over a decade, cybercrime has moved from being a specialist and niche-crime type to one of the most significant strategic risks facing the world today, according to the World Economic Forum Global […]

Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit to differ when issued from 10 Downing St.

The British Conservative Party is now busy electing a new President and by the same token the new Prime Minister of UK. This is an exemplary democratic exercise but under the current conditions it also turns to be a tricky procedure. For one thing, the outcome of the long selection process becomes every day more […]

EU and World Health Organisation team up to boost access to health services in developing countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU will sign a €102 million contribution agreement with the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the European Development Days in Brussels today. The EU will invest in building health care systems to provide quality services in more than 80 African, Caribbean, Pacific, and […]

Why flexible workspaces are the key to winning the talent war

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dan Schawbel, Partner and Research Director, Future Workplace While the concept of open office spaces might seem new, they have been around since the 1940s. Back then, architects convinced companies that open-plan spaces would promote community, connection and inclusion […]

Barriers to trade: as protectionism rises, EU continues opening up export markets for European firms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission’s report released today confirms the continuous rise in barriers encountered by European companies in foreign markets. Thanks to the EU’s firm response, 123 such barriers have been eliminated since the beginning of the current Commission mandate, allowing for more than €6 […]

GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers for 2019 “MWC Los Angeles, in Partnership with CTIA”

Sponsored content The GSMA announced the first confirmed speakers for the third gathering of MWC19 Los Angeles taking place October 22-24, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The GSMA also released additional event details including new programs, exhibitors and participating companies. “The mobile industry touches the lives of billions of people around the world, […]

Security Union: Commission receives mandate to start negotiating international rules for obtaining electronic evidence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 06 June 2019, EU Member States agreed to give two mandates to the Commission to engage in international negotiations to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations.The Council agreed to provide the Commission with negotiating mandates for negotiations with the United […]

Now doctors can manipulate genetics to modify babies, is it ethical?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ándrew Suguru Sato, a 20 year old and a first-year medical student. 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 IFMSA’s view on the […]

Trump in London poisons UK and Europe

The unbelievable American President, while on a full state visit to Britain, didn’t hesitate to target the British crown jewel which is the country’s health system, the National Health Service. Trump plainly said he wants Britain out of the European Union, in order to open the NHS budget for the American health contractors to scavenge. […]

EU budget 2020: Commission focuses its proposal on jobs, growth and security

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed an EU budget of €168.3 billion for 2020 for a more competitive European economy, and for solidarity and security in the EU and beyond. This budget is the seventh and last one under the current 2014-2020 long-term EU budget […]

Why your next work meeting should be a ‘walk-and-talk’

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 If you’ve worked in an office environment, you’ll probably be aware of how easily just a few meetings can eat into your time. Some meetings are important, of course. If you need […]

Commission pledges €100 million to help Mozambique recover from cyclones Idai and Kenneth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU has pledged €100 million to help Mozambique recover from the devastating effects of cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which hit the country in March and April this year. Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, made the announcement on June 1 at the […]

Brexit: With May gone the Tory divide is to sink the UK despite Brits wanting to ‘Remain’

When the British Tory Prime Minister Theresa May broke the talks with Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn about Brexit, every analyst wondered what else the Brits could ever think to make things worse. And the Conservative party turned up with a devastating answer to this question; they forced PM May to resign. In this way, the […]

This is what a Green New Deal for Europe could look like

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Overhearing teenagers passionately discuss the climate crisis, while working for the British government, was a game-changer for one of the key architects of the Green New Deal for Europe. Pawel Wargan quit […]

Electronic or conventional cigarettes – which is safer?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mariana Marçal, a 23-year-old medical student from Lisbon, currently attending the 4th year at NOVA Medical School. 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 […]

Time to measure up: 5 ways the fashion industry can be made more sustainable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Antonia Gawel, Head of Circular Economy Initiative, World Economic Forum Clothing is a reflection of our cultural and personal identity. It has helped historians track societal progress, and anthropologists understand cultural and social norms. For women in the West, […]

rescEU: EU establishes initial firefighting fleet for next forest fire season

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the Commission is launching today the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters. So far seven firefighting airplanes and six helicopters will be part of […]

5 things you probably didn’t know about global health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d druther not.” If only the answer to the world’s health concerns […]

The British are the most positive in Europe on the benefits of immigration

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 Do the costs of immigration outweigh the benefits? Not for many British people, who recent research shows are the most positive in Europe about the impact of newcomers arriving in their country. Almost […]

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 […]