11 innovations protecting life below water – and above it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nathalie Chalmers, Head of Topic Curation, UpLink UpLink, a platform for scaling innovation, unveils its second cohort of ocean innovators. Solutions tackle a range of ocean challenges including coral reef restoration, scaling restorative aquaculture, unearthing technologies for marine […]

3 ways ASEAN can build a stronger future post-pandemic

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 Before COVID-19, ASEAN was on track to become the fourth-largest economy in the world. Here’s how the region can come together for sustainable, resilient growth. Key priorities include […]

New US President: MEPs hope for a new dawn in transatlantic ties

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs welcome the inauguration of Joe Biden as an opportunity for Europe to strengthen EU-US ties and tackle common challenges and threats to the democratic system. On Wednesday morning, MEPs debated the inauguration of Joe Biden as new US President and the political situation […]

College meeting: European Commission reorganises the “Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom” into the “Service for the EU-UK Agreements”.

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The conclusion of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on 24 December 2020 means that the very successful mandate of the Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom (UKTF) will come to an end. The UKTF will cease to exist on 1 March […]

European Parliament, Council Presidency and Commission make progress towards a political agreement on new EU rules for attracting highly qualified employees from third countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The German Council Presidency, the European Parliament and the Commission  today discussed in a constructive atmosphere the main political elements of the reform of the EU Blue Card directive. The three institutions consider the reform of the EU Blue Card a key element to […]

Deal on financing a just energy transition in EU regions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, EP and Council reached a provisional agreement on setting up the Just Transition Fund to mitigate the social impact of greening the economy. The Just Transition Fund (JTF), worth 17.5 billion EUR, is one of the EU’s key tools to support regions […]

Fair Taxation: Member States agree on new tax transparency rules on digital platforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the recent compromise reached by Member States to extend EU tax transparency rules to digital platforms, making sure that those who make money through the sale of goods or services on platforms also pay their fair share of tax. This […]

EU consumers will soon be able to defend their rights collectively

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament today endorsed a new law that will allow groups of consumers to join forces and launch collective action in the EU. The new rules introduce a harmonised model for representative action in all member states that guarantees consumers are well protected against mass […]

Renovation Wave: doubling the renovation rate to cut emissions, boost recovery and reduce energy poverty

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today its Renovation Wave Strategy to improve the energy performance of buildings. The Commission aims to at least double renovation rates in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency. This will […]

Joint statement following the 22nd EU-Ukraine Summit, 6 October 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, and Josep Borrell, Vice-President of the European Commission on behalf of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, met in Brussels today for the 22nd EU-Ukraine Summit and issued the […]

Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the countries aiming to join the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission adopted its Communication on EU enlargement policy and the 2020 Enlargement Package: The annual reports, assessing the implementation of fundamental reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey, are presented together with clearer and more precise recommendations and guidance on the next […]

Western Balkans: An Economic and Investment Plan to support the economic recovery and convergence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans, which aims to spur the long-term economic recovery of the region, support a green and digital transition, foster regional integration and convergence with the European Union. EU High Representative […]

How to describe chronic pain beyond numbers? A Brazilian measuring instrument

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Kamila Blaka, a fourth-year medical student from Santa Catarina Federal University (UFSC) in Florianópolis, Brazil and Ms. Nubia Gabrieli Kukla, a degree in Computer Information Systems at Iguaçu Valley University Center, in União da Vitória, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students […]

“China needs to convince the EU that it is worth having an investment agreement” but not the EU to convince China? China-EU Leaders’ Meeting 2020 calls for mutual “transparency, reciprocity and respect”

Last Monday, the very important China-EU Leaders’ Meeting took place through videoconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic, between China’s President Xi, the President of the EU Council Michel and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. There is no doubt that after the wide criticism regarding the EU’s mistakes during June’s China-EU […]

Mobile Technology in Nowadays Medical Practice: Is It a Safe Path?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Isabela Lucchesi Rangel and Ms. Ana Beatriz Venturini Santos, two fourth year medical students at UniCesumar in Maringá, Brazil. They are 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 […]

Aung San Suu Kyi suspended from the Sakharov Prize Community

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s Conference of Presidents decided on Thursday to formally suspend Sakharov Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from the Sakharov Prize Community. The decision by the Conference of Presidents (President and political group leaders) to exclude Aung San Suu Kyi formally from all activities […]

Statement by the European Commission following the extraordinary meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the publication by the UK government of the draft “United Kingdom Internal Market Bill” on 9 September 2020, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič called for an extraordinary meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee to request the UK government to elaborate on its intentions and to […]

This project is using AI and drones to track and protect great white sharks

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 Marine scientists are using AI and drones to better understand the habits and movements of sharks. Artificial intelligence can identify different shark types on video footage and warn officials of pending danger. […]

Is flexible working here to stay? We asked 6 companies how to make it work

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 Working from home or teleworking during the pandemic has ushered in a new era of productivity, inclusiveness and connectedness. Six business leaders discuss what has changed in the way they communicate and […]

Can we prevent a surge in pandemic-related homelessness?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 crisis has exposed people around the world to eviction. Many places have implemented emergency protections for renters. But some protections haven’t been comprehensive, and others are expiring. […]

3 leadership lessons from the age of coronavirus

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content Female leaders including New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern have provided strong leadership models during COVID-19. It’s thought compassionate leadership can help sustain productivity gains. Research also shows agile organizations have performed best […]

These countries have the most doctors and nurses

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andy Dunn, Writer, Formative Content Norway tops the list of OECD countries that have the most doctors and nurses. Globally, 40% of WHO member states have fewer than 10 medical doctors per 10,000 people. The African region shoulders […]

COVID-19 has hit Black Americans hardest. Healing this divide would lift the nation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nick Noel, Consultant, McKinsey & Company & Jason Wright, Partner, McKinsey & Company & Shelley Stewart III, Partner, McKinsey & Company • Black Americans are nearly twice as likely to live in areas that would be disproportionately disrupted […]

Achieving an optimal student-to-tutor ratio during the COVID-19 pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Marisel Reyes González and Ms. Lisbeth R. Sosa Pinedo, two fifth-year medical students at Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU) 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 […]

State aid: Commission approves €30 million Estonian measure to support Nordica in the context of the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €30 million Estonian measure to provide a share capital increase and a subsidised interest loan to the state-owned aviation company “Nordica Aviation Group AS” (“Nordica”). The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President Margrethe […]

Turbocharging scientific discovery: with bits, neurons, qubits – and collaboration

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dario Gil, Director of IBM Research, IBM Artificial intelligence (AI), high-performance computers (HPC) and quantum computing are turbocharging science. These cutting-edge technologies can accelerate material discovery and address challenges like pandemics, climate change and cybersecurity. Through public-private partnerships, […]

Outbreaks and pandemics periods can be stressful, but how can we turn it to a positive life-changing experience?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Samah Khierbeik, a newly three-month graduated medical student at Tishreen University in Syria. 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 […]

Doing the right thing at the worst time: this is why protecting human rights protects businesses

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Enrique Lores, President and Chief Executive Officer, HP Businesses need to take real action on racial justice here in America and stand up for human rights across the world. An ethical, sustainable, and resilient supply chain protects businesses […]

New poll shows what people think coronavirus will do to their economies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Willige, Senior Writer, Formative Content A YouGov survey uncovers wide variation in people’s economic circumstances and outlook ahead of the looming recession. The global recession is the biggest concern for people in all economies surveyed. Mexicans are […]

Mental health in the pandemic: how to stay emotionally stable?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rebeca Feitosa Dória Alves and Renata Carvalho Almeida, currently second year medical students from Tirandentes University of Aracaju, located in the state of Sergipe, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

The impact of COVID-19 on the life of the elderly

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Nathalia Sbardellini Sidou Ponte, medical student of the third period, from UNICEPLAC- Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Aparecido dos Santos, 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 […]

Humanitarian Aid: €64 million for most vulnerable in Southern Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is providing €64.7 million in humanitarian aid for countries in the southern Africa region to help support people in need dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, extreme weather conditions such as persistent drought in the region and other crises. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis […]

Understanding our own garden that we call mind

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Marcelo Costa Martins Moura, a third-year Brazilian 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 […]