Children in wealthy countries are less optimistic about their future than those in developing nations – here’s why

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 Economic pessimism among the youth is more likely in high-income countries, compared with middle- and low-income ones. A new survey, the Changing Childhood Project, asked what it’s like growing up now. While […]

Black Friday – Consumers are still shopping but searching harder for bargains

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 This year there are specific challenges to the traditional festive gift-buying season. Despite inflation and shortages, Black Friday sales are rising in countries free of lockdowns. The bad news for retailers is […]

European Semester Autumn Package: rebounding stronger from the crisis and making Europe greener and more digital

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has launched the 2022 European Semester cycle of economic policy coordination. The European Semester Autumn Package includes the Annual Sustainable Growth Survey, Opinions on euro area Draft Budgetary Plans (DBPs) for 2022, policy recommendations for the euro area and the […]

Gender gap at education level is shrinking, but women are still under-represented in research and innovation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The number of female students and graduates at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels has grown steadily over the last years. However, women are still under-represented in research and innovation careers. These are some of the key findings of the European Commission’s She Figures 2021 […]

Digital Markets Act: ending unfair practices of big online platforms

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The draft law blacklists certain practices of large platforms and enables the Commission to carry out market investigations and sanction non-compliant behaviours. The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopted this morning by 42 votes in favour, two against and one abstention its position […]

Healthcare and Prejudice: Breaking the Glass Ceiling of Intersectionality

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Sneha Das, a 21 year old third year medical student from the Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education & Research, Kolkata, Indi. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

Intersectionality and tackling barriers to health care

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rajvi Chaudhary, a fresh graduate from Medical College Baroda and SSG Hospital, India. She is affiliated with 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 […]

3 ways to expand EU taxonomy and accelerate green transition

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ulrike Decoene, Group Chief Communications; Brand and Sustainability Officer, AXA & Olivier Blum, Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Schneider Electric The EU taxonomy is a recently adopted classification system, establishing a list of environmentally sustainable economic activities. The […]

What South Korea’s vaccine industry success teaches us about global trade policy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jennifer Brant, CEO and Founder, Innovation Insights & Godfrey Firth, Director, Government Relations, GE Healthcare South Korea has positioned itself as a global vaccine hub, with its biologics industry benefitting from investment. The investments will be complemented by […]

Turning urban sprawl into a net-zero city. Lessons from Melbourne

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Adams, City Architect, City of Melbourne How our cities grow can have an impact on the climate crisis. Sprawling cities influence the social and financial health of urban communities. Here are six aspects to consider for a […]

The bridge to gap itnersectionality within health care

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Jibin Chacko, an incoming senior clerk & a bonafide medical student of Gullas College of Medicine , University of the Visayas, Philippines. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

3 ways policymakers can make EV batteries more sustainable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Benedikt Sobotka, Co-Chair of the Global Battery Alliance and CEO, Eurasian Resources Group & Mathy Stanislaus, Director, Public Policy, Global Battery Alliance There is growing concern about the increased demand for commodities and metals used in electric vehicle […]

These economies have the best ‘brand’

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Nation Brands Index has ranked economies by brand appeal since 2008. 2021 is the seventh year that Germany has topped the Index for its brand. Canada, Japan and Italy are amongst […]

EU Budget 2022 deal: investing more for a strong recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have fought for and obtained better support for health, research, climate action, SMEs and the young in next year’s EU budget, after talks with Council on Monday. On Monday evening, the negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement […]

Commission welcomes agreement on EU Annual Budget 2022

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Monday evening, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, on a proposal from the European Commission, have reached an informal political agreement on the EU budget for 2022, the second under the 2021-2027 EU multiannual financial framework. The agreement is […]

COP26 deal: Reactions from MEPs in Glasgow

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following the deal reached in Glasgow, the MEPs leading Parliament’s delegation to the COP26 commented on the outcome of the negotiations. An official delegation from the European Parliament has been in Glasgow to take part in the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, which ended […]

Commission adopts contingency plan for food supply and food security in times of crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the COVID-19 crisis and as announced in the Farm to Fork Strategy, the EU intends to step up coordination at European level to ensure citizens do not face food shortages during crises. The contingency plan adopted today acknowledges the overall resilience of the […]

Beyond the walls: the intersectionality of care

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Daltro Moreira Iori, a medical student with a scholarship from the University for All program of the Federal Government of Brazil, at the University Center of Maringá, Paraná, Brazil. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. […]

Commission to invest nearly €2 billion from the Digital Europe Programme to advance on the digital transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has adopted three work programmes for the Digital Europe Programme, outlining the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €1.98 billion in funding. This first set of work programmes includes strategic investments that will be instrumental in realising the Commission’s […]

Intersectionality as the driver for health care inequalities

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Carolina Barbosa Veloso, a twenty-one-year-old woman and a fourth-year medical student at the Nova Medical School – Faculdade de Ciências Médicas (NMS – FCM), in the center of Lisbon, Portugal. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The […]

Poland-Belarus border: MEPs alarmed by humanitarian and political crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU must stand united in its response to the Belarusian regime’s inhuman instrumentalisation of migrants, MEPs said in a debate on Wednesday. In a plenary debate with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell on Wednesday afternoon, MEPs expressed their deep worries over the […]

Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission approved the eighth contract with a pharmaceutical company with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The contract with Valneva provides for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase almost 27 million doses in 2022. It […]

In a quantum future, our economy needs to be protected. A cybersecurity expert explains why 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Abhinav Chugh, Acting Content and Partnerships Lead, World Economic Forum The dawn of the quantum computing age brings with it many potential new risks – including those related to security. Government agencies and industry groups have expressed a […]

Commissioner McGuinness announces proposed way forward for central clearing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union Mairead McGuinness announced the Commission’s proposed way forward for central clearing. The Commission remains of the view that over-reliance on UK-based central counterparties (CCPs) for some clearing activities is a source of financial […]

Weapons of mass destruction: concern over the state of global disarmament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Withdrawing from, or abandoning altogether, major arms control treaties would seriously damage the stability provided by international arms control regimes, warn MEPs. In a report adopted on Tuesday, Committee on Foreign Affairs MEPs call for policies to move forward the reduction and elimination of […]

Protecting media freedom from malicious lawsuits: press conference after EP vote

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the co-rapporteurs of the Civil Liberties and Legal Affairs committees will present Parliament’s proposals to curb the use of legal actions to silence critical voices. Roberta Metsola (EPP, MT) and Tiemo Wölken (S&D, DE) will hold a press conference on their report […]

If healthcare doesn’t strengthen its cybersecurity, it could soon be in critical condition

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stéphane Duguin, CEO, CyberPeace Institute A study of healthcare cyberattacks in over 30 countries shows the scale of the rising threat. Ransomware attacks dominate the broadening scope of threats to healthcare providers. More action is needed from actors […]

Antarctica has benefitted from extraordinary global cooperation. Are its days numbered?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Steven Chown, Professor of Biological Sciences, Monash University Global human activities are eroding the isolation of the Antarctic region in major ways, melting the continent’s ice sheets and influencing weather. Regulatory decisions about the Antarctic Treaty System grow […]

Why energy efficiency is the unsung hero of the fight against climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Schneider Electric Decarbonization requires renewable energy, electrification and energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is harder to visualize, measure, aggregate, incentivize or legislate – but the impact would be immense. We already have […]

Industry Transition Goals: Setting up COP26 for success

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anthony Robert Hobley, Co-Executive Director, Mission Possible Partnership and an Executive Fellow, WEF, World Economic Forum COP26 is a decisive moment to spur industrial decarbonisation. Progress on the Glasgow Industry Transition Goals is needed to reach global net […]

The effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of young people

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Shekinah Amaka Obinna, a Nigerian and currently a medical student at Sumy State University, Sumy, Ukraine. She is affiliated with 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 […]

A third of humanity could be on the move if climate change isn’t curbed, scientists say

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 Extreme heat could force a third of humanity to move to cooler regions. A new report says most of us live in a temperature “niche,” but it’s starting to shrink. As climate […]

Joint Statement on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Vice-President Věra Jourová issued the following statement: “A few weeks ago, Maria Ressa and Dimitri Mouratov received the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize as a […]