3 reasons why Singapore is the smartest city in the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sharmishta Sivaramakrishnan, Community Specialist, Young Global Leaders – Asia, World Economic Forum Geneva It’s official: Singapore is the world’s smartest city. That’s according to a new survey Published by Swiss business school IMD and the Singapore University of Technology […]

Why your next car is a bike

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Carlo Ratti, Director, SENSEable City Lab, MIT & Ida Auken, Member of Parliament, Parliament of Denmark (Folketinget) On the window of a bike shop in Copenhagen, a sign reads: Your next car is a bike. More than 62% of […]

This is how New York plans to end its car culture

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 Walking or cycling in Manhattan should soon be a lot safer following a vote by New York City councillors to build about 400 km of protected bike lanes and redesign 2,000 road junctions […]

Brazil must immediately end threats to independence and capacity of law enforcement to fight corruption

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The OECD Working Group on Bribery urges Brazil, one of the founding Parties to the Anti-Bribery Convention since 1997, to preserve the full capacity and independence of law enforcement authorities to investigate and prosecute foreign bribery and corruption. Despite being recognised by the Working Group for […]

MEPs condemn criminalisation of sex education in Poland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution put to the vote on Thursday, MEPs express their deep concern over a Polish draft law that could put teachers who provide sex education in prison. In the text adopted by 471 votes in favour, 128 against and 57 abstentions, MEPs […]

Brexit: Citizens’ rights remain a key priority for MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Brexit Steering Group met on Tuesday 12 November with several committees to look at the part of the Withdrawal Agreement on citizens’ rights. The focus of this meeting with the LIBE, EMPL, JURI, PETI and AFCO committees was on the implementation in the […]

‘Our goal is to democratize the air.’ How aerial transportation will shape cities of the future

Urban Aerial Mobility – the movement of goods and people through the skies – has long been a focus for city builders, policymakers, engineers and urban designers trying to understand how unlocking the elusive third dimension of transportation could positively impact people’s lives. Might Urban Aerial Mobility be the key to reducing congestion, removing people […]

Amsterdam has a bubble barrier to catch canal plastic

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 The latest innovation to tackle plastic pollution? A bubble barrier. A wall of bubbles can intercept plastics in rivers and canals without blocking the passage of boats and marine wildlife. Tests of a […]

Humanitarian aid: EU announces additional €35 million for Africa’s Sahel region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A rise in the number and spread of conflicts in countries across Africa’s Sahel region is putting further strains on already fragile communities. To help those most in need, the European Commission is stepping up its support with a further €35 million in humanitarian […]

Mental health: what can be done to diminish increasing suicide rates?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Alvija Kučinskaitė, a second-year medical student at Vilnius University, Lithuania. 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 view on the topic, nor […]

Onagawa’s spirit of togetherness: lessons from the 2011 tsunami

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Naoko Tochibayashi, Public Engagement Lead, World Economic Forum, Japan November 5 is World Tsunami Awareness Day. According to the United Nations: “In the past 100 years, 58 tsunamis have claimed more than 260,000 lives, or an average of 4,600 […]

Illegal fishing plagues the Pacific Ocean. Here’s how to end it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jim Leape, William and Eva Price Senior Fellow, Woods Institute; Co-Director, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University The ocean is a lawless frontier. Nation states hold jurisdiction over waters within 200 miles of their coasts, but for many countries, […]

4 innovative renewable energy projects powering Europe’s green future

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 Between 2007 and 2017, the volume of renewable energy produced in the European Union’s 28 member states rose by 64%. That energy comes from diverse sources, from the burning of wood and biomass […]

EU Charter of Fundamental Rights marks its 10th anniversary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 1 December 2019, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights will celebrate its 10th anniversary since it became legally binding, with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009. To mark this anniversary, the European Commission, together with the Finnish […]

Autumn 2019 Economic Forecast: A challenging road ahead

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European economy is now in its seventh consecutive year of growth and is forecast to continue expanding in 2020 and 2021. Labour markets remain strong and unemployment continues to fall. However, the external environment has become much less supportive and uncertainty is running […]

Europe divided: 30 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Berlin Wall separated a city and its people. It was also a seemingly permanent symbol of the partition of the world along Cold War ideological lines. Its fall 30 years ago took […]

Industrial policy: recommendations to support Europe’s leadership in six strategic business areas

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission publishes recommendations by a group of experts, the Strategic Forum on Important Projects of Common European Interest, to boost Europe’s competitiveness and global leadership in six strategic and future-oriented industrial sectors: Connected, clean and autonomous vehicles; Hydrogen technologies and systems; Smart […]

From start-up to scale: This is how governments can accelerate innovation and build inclusive economies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content, Innovation is at the heart of economic growth and job creation. It can transform productivity and efficiency and address many of the world’s longstanding and emerging challenges, such as climate change, health, education and social […]

From fishing village to futuristic metropolis: Dubai’s remarkable transformation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content, At over 1000m tall, the rocket-shaped Dubai Creek Tower will be the world’s tallest building when it’s completed, stealing the crown from one of the city’s other mega structures, the Burj Khalifa, just down the […]

The EU approves a new package of budget assistance to the Republic of Moldova to support rule of law and rural development reforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has approved the disbursement of almost €25 million in budget support assistance to the Republic of Moldova to help the government deliver key reforms for the benefit of Moldovan citizens in the areas of policing, the fight against corruption and […]

Implementation of EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: EU mobilises €663 million in humanitarian assistance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is mobilising €663 million in humanitarian aid to continue major projects under the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey. €600 million will ensure the continuity of the EU’s largest ever humanitarian programme – the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN). The remaining […]

Heart attacks and strokes are more common on high pollution days, data shows

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 High pollution causes more than 100 extra heart attacks in Britain’s cities each year, while contributing to a higher rate of strokes and new asthma cases in children, according to new research from […]

Here’s how the EU is doing on gender equality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Europe is going to have to wait a long time before there are as many women as men in the corridors of power. The European Institute for Gender Equality has released its Gender Equality Index […]

Brexit update: Will the EU grant extention to Britain preventing economic chaos?

It was only yesterday when the British MPs voted in favor of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal but rejected the three-day legislation timetable which would have speeded up the procedure and met the deadline of October 31st. However, it is up to the EU now to decide whether to provide another extention to the ongoing negotiations […]

Airships, solar planes and Soviet-era sea skimmers … here’s how we fix air travel

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jens Martin Skibsted, Partner, Manyone Air travel and related carbon emissions are responsible for more than 2 % of global emissions. Although it might not sound much, if it were a country, it would rank as the 10th largest […]

OECD and European Commission join forces to further support structural reforms in European countries

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The OECD and the European Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) sealed a new agreement today in Paris that will see the OECD provide wide-ranging policy support to advance structural reforms in European countries. OECD Chief of Staff, Gabriela Ramos, and Director General of the SRSS, […]

These countries spend the most on education

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 Luxembourg leads the way on education spending on a per-student basis, followed by the US and Sweden, according to a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Stripping out […]

MEPs call for decisive action to fight inequalities in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Commission and EU countries have to beef up social rights by delivering on the EU Pillar of Social Rights with legislative proposals and adequate funding. While the euro area’s unemployment rate hit a record low of 7.4% in August 2019, youth unemployment remains unacceptably […]

EU to take action against fake news and foreign electoral interference

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Foreign electoral interference seriously threatens European democratic societies to the benefit of anti-EU, right-wing extremist and populist forces, warn MEPs. Attempts to influence decision-making in the EU put at risk European democratic societies, warn MEPs in the resolution adopted on Thursday with 469 votes […]

Cohesion Policy: EU invests €880 million to improve Poland’s railway system

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted two major Cohesion Policy projects, improving the Polish rail network and increasing its capacity, speed and safety. Both projects should be operational as of January 2023 and will promote railway as a clean and competitive transport mode in the country. Johannes […]

The European Union is strengthening its partnership with Senegal with €27.5 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. During a visit to Senegal, the Member of the Commission in charge of International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, signed cooperation programmes for a total of €27.5 million. The programmes will increase access to electricity and renewable energies, and boost support to civil society and […]

EU investment budget for 2020 must focus on the Europe of tomorrow

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Budget MEPs want the EU to rise to the climate challenge, help the young and strengthen the economy, in a vote on Tuesday on their position on the 2020 EU budget. The Budgets Committee has boosted many programmes and projects, which contribute to fighting […]

Boris to end up in jail if he loses the next elections?

Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, or what is left of them, after the expulsion of important moderates, are heading straight towards a no-deal Brexit. The moderates were explelled centrally by 10 Downing St. without consulting the local branches of the Conservative Party. If the Brits, in the next general election, whenever it is held, vote for this […]