Nordic companies prove doing good is good for the bottom line

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Wendy Woods, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Global Leader, Social Impact Practice at The Boston Consulting Group The Business Roundtable, which represents many of the largest US-based companies, surprised a lot of people when it publicly endorsed the idea […]

Practicing healthcare: Skills of a good healthcare professional and its effects

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Caroline Negrão dos Santos and Camila Zurlo Pianca, two third-year students of medicine from 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

Microplastics have been found in Rocky Mountain rainwater

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Scientists have found tiny plastic particles in rainwater samples taken from the Rocky Mountains. Their discovery, set out in a new US Geological Survey (USGS) study titled It is Raining Plastic, adds to […]

Why tourism policy needs to use more imagination

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 For too long, tourist destinations have focused on things like growth in arrivals, number of beds, receipts and revenue: a race to keep up with the competition. At the same time, the existing […]

4 ways to become a ‘business baobab’ on the African economic landscape

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Acha Leke, Director, McKinsey The ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on 7 July is a major milestone in the integration of Africa’s markets – and a big opportunity for business. Provided critical parts of the […]

How the digital economy is shaping a new Bangladesh

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Azaz Zaman, Lecturer of Finance, Bangladesh Army International University of Science and Technology With the advent of rapid digitalization, many developing countries like Bangladesh are focusing on the digital economy: a global market for digital outsourcing. The digitalization of […]

These EU countries have the most government debt

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 Greece has the highest government debt-to-GDP ratio of any European Union member state, according to new figures from Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office. At the end of 2018, its debt stood at 181% of […]

3 ways activists are being targeted by cyberattacks

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Friedhelm Weinberg, Executive Director, HURIDOCS When activists open their inboxes, they find more than the standard spam messages telling them they’ve finally won the lottery. Instead, they receive highly sophisticated emails that look like they are real, purport […]

Data is the oil of the digital world. What if tech giants had to buy it from us?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Agnes Budzyn, Managing Director, Global Growth, Consensys AG In 2017, the Economist published a widely referenced article claiming that oil had been replaced as the world’s most valuable resource by data – specifically, data captured from users by tech […]

Parliament criticises Council’s rejection of money laundering blacklist

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs expressed concern on Thursday that member states have scuppered the Commission’s plan to place new countries on the EU money-laundering blacklist. The resolution was adopted by a show of hands with an overwhelming majority. The adopted resolution comes one week after member states […]

Ηealth’s foundation is falling apart: what can we do about it?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Larisse Leal, a fourth year medical student at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF-GV), 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 strictly to the writer and do not necessarily […]

Parliament proposes policy toolbox to curb air pollution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A resolution adopted on Wednesday sets out proposals to tackle air pollution from transport, agriculture and energy sectors. In a non-binding resolution adopted with 446 votes to 146 and 79 abstentions, MEPs underline that air pollution has a local, regional, national and cross-border dimension […]

International Women’s Day 2019: women’s power in politics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ahead of the European elections, MEPs and national MPs will discuss women’s power in politics during an inter-parliamentary committee meeting on Thursday. MEPs and more than 20 MPs from 15 EU national parliaments and Norway will attend this meeting marking International Women’s Day (IWD). […]

Portugal can use its economic recovery to build up resilience

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Portugal’s economic recovery is now well established, with GDP back to pre-crisis levels, a substantially lower unemployment rate and renewed investment and domestic consumption now joining a robust export sector to drive the economy. Efforts should now focus on reducing vulnerabilities to build resilience to future […]

MEPs adopt new Fisheries Partnership with Morocco including Western Sahara

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A new agreement on the legal, environmental, economic and social governance of EU vessels’ fishing activities in Morocco and Western Sahara waters was approved on Tuesday. The new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) includes the waters of Western Sahara and aims to take into […]

This project in India helps people and tigers co-exist peacefully

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer , Formative Content Tigers need large areas to roam and hunt unmolested. But Bengal tigers live in one of the most populous areas on Earth – and the resulting conflict with humans and destruction of […]

Why the 21st century’s biggest health challenge is our shared responsibility

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Group Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are one of the 21st century’s major health and development challenges, both in terms of human suffering and the damage they cause to a country’s socioeconomic fabric. NCDs carry […]

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 […]

Medical training without borders: what’s still missing?

This article was exclusively written for the The European Sting by Ms. Aurimarcia Torres, a second year medical student at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, 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 strictly to the writer and do […]

Politics is failing to protect the Amazon. It’s time for finance to step up instead

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Beatrice Crona, Executive Director Program on Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Global investors issued a stark warning to politicians at COP24, the 2018 United Nations climate summit in Poland. Companies with a combined […]

Why Sweden’s cashless society is no longer a utopia

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cecilia Skingsley, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Sweden (Sveriges Riksbank) The Swedish retail payment market is rapidly moving away from using cash. The outstanding value of cash in circulation has dropped to 1% of Swedish GDP. This development […]

3 natural mysteries that could be explained by quantum physics

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood Writer, Formative Content Have you ever wondered how birds instinctively find their way across thousands of miles of open sky during migration? Or pondered photosynthesis, or how the human sense of smell works? Despite our best […]

Autumn 2018 Economic Forecast: sustained but less dynamic growth amid high uncertainty

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Growth in the euro area is forecast to ease from a 10-year high of 2.4% in 2017 to 2.1% in 2018 before moderating further to 1.9% in 2019 and 1.7% in 2020. The same pattern is expected for the EU27, with growth forecast at […]

How a new approach to meat can help end hunger

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Laudicina, Chairman, A.T. Kearney Global Business Policy Council Today, one in nine people are hungry. And there will be nearly 20% more mouths to feed in 2030 than there are today. But there is a reason to […]

Intervene, don’t overthink – the new mantra of systems design

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tim Brown, Chief Executive Officer, IDEO Architects and urban planners of the mid-20th century believed they had the skill and the right to redesign how cities worked. Enamored with the automobile and challenged by increased urban migration, planners […]

These countries are ranked highest – and lowest – for human development

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Inequality continues to blight the lives of millions, according to the 2018 United Nations Human Development Index (HDI), and it’s holding back development. The HDI ranks 189 countries according to their performance […]

More than just a phone: mobile’s impact on sustainable development

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mats Granryd, Director-General, GSMA Can you live without your mobile phone? We all depend on mobile connectivity in our daily lives, but for many billions of people across the globe, mobile is more than just a useful communications […]

GSMA Announces Latest Event Updates for 2018 “Mobile World Congress Americas, in Partnership with CTIA”

Sponsored content Executives from AEG, AT&T Mobility & Entertainment, Boingo Wireless, T-Mobile US and Verizon Wireless to Keynote; Additional Exhibitors, Sponsors, Partners and Programs Confirmed  The GSMA today announced several additions to the Mobile World Congress Americas event line-up, including new speakers in the conference program, additional participating companies and exhibition experiences, and new programs […]

MEPs back measures to reconcile career and private life

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Employment Committee MEPs today approved paternity leave, non-transferable parental leave and measures to boost women’s chances in the labour market. The draft rules set minimum requirements for member states, in a bid to boost women’s representation in the workplace and strengthen the role of […]

MEPs propose measures to combat mobbing and sexual harassment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Sexual harassment victims should be helped to report cases and perpetrators should face sanctions, say Women’s Rights MEPs in a draft report adopted on Tuesday. In the context of the public debate prompted by the Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo campaign, which helped  to […]

This Netherlands football stadium creates its own energy and stores it in electric car batteries

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Formative Content A massive energy storage system that includes new and used electric vehicle (EV) batteries has just been switched on at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijff Arena, the home of Dutch football club Ajax. It is capable […]

Mining the deep seabed will harm biodiversity. We need to talk about it

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Holly NinerPhD Researcher, University College London; Aline Jaeckel Research Fellow, Macquarie Law School, Sydney; Jeff ArdronPhD Researcher, University of Southampton; Lisa Levin Professor of Biological Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography In 2017, Japan became the first country to […]

Nicaragua: MEPs condemn brutal repression and demand elections

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemned the brutal repression and intimidation of peaceful protesters in Nicaragua, and called for credible elections there, in a vote on Thursday. In a non-legislative resolution, MEPs denounce the decline in democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua over the last decade, […]