EU founding values: Commission starts legal action against Hungary and Poland for violations of fundamental rights of LGBTIQ people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “Europe will never allow parts of our society to be stigmatised: be it because of whom they love, because of their age, their ethnicity, their political opinions, or their religious beliefs.” President Ursula von der Leyen, (European Parliament, 7 July 2021) Equality and the […]

EU-Turkey relations are at a historic low point, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU-Turkey relations have deteriorated to such an extent that the EU needs to profoundly reassess them, MEPs say in a report adopted on Wednesday. In recent years, the Government of Turkey has distanced itself increasingly from EU values and standards. As a result, relations […]

Devastating natural disasters show the need for resilient, sustainable and inclusive infrastructure

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nick O’Regan, Director of Implementation Practices and Standards, UNOPS The eruption of the La Soufrière volcano is touching every aspect of life on St Vincent and Gerardines, impacting food security, marine ecosystems and the ecotourism sector. The eruptions […]

Plant-based diets will be essential to the planet’s future, report says

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 A new report explores the role of the global food system and its role in accelerating biodiversity loss. The quest for ever cheaper food prices leads many farmers to adopt unsustainable practices, […]

The UK is building the world’s first airport… for flying cars

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 A pop-up airport for electric flying taxis will be in operation later this year near the UK city of Coventry. The market for electric air taxis could be worth $500 billion in […]

Portuguese Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ministers outlined the priorities of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Portugal holds the Presidency of the Council until the end of June 2021. The hearings took place between 25 January and 4 […]

A 3-way dynamic for SRHR and ending HIV

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Francisco Duarte, a 5th-year Medical Student from the University of Beira Interior, Portugal. 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 […]

MEPs: Access to adequate housing should be a fundamental European right

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call on the EU to recognise access to decent and affordable housing as an enforceable human right and to push for measures to eradicate homelessness. The resolution – adopted by352 votes in favour, 179 against and 152 abstentions on Thursday – states that […]

Reimagining the future of the tax system

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Barton, Global Vice Chair – Tax, EY Tax authorities are fast becoming the data centres of government, with all the associated risks and responsibilities. They can use enhanced digital capabilities to improve the taxpayer’s experience and increase […]

Sexuality and ageing: challenges of achieving sexual rights in people with HIV

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms.  Bruna Teixeira da Costa, a second-year medical student at the Federal University of Bahia, in Vitória da Conquista, BA – 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 […]

The zero that every investment portfolio needs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Günther Thallinger Member of the Board of Management, Investment Management, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Allianz To address climate change effectively, investors must steer their entire portfolios towards climate neutrality. Portfolios that do not evolve in the right […]

Developed and developing financial markets are more similar than you think. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel J. Barker, Director for Research, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth & Carlos Monteverde, Manager, Product Management, Mastercard As the economic divide grows between developed and developing markets, so do the opportunities for learning from one another. While […]

Coronavirus: Commission concludes exploratory talks with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission concluded exploratory talks with the pharmaceutical company Valneva with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The envisaged contract with Valneva would provide for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase together 30 million doses, and […]

Eco-anxiety during the Pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Eshwar Rajesh, a medical student pursuing MBBS from Madras Medical College, Chennai, India. 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 […]

Confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine grows in UK and US, but global concerns about side effects are on the rise

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirsten Salyer, Opinion Editor, World Economic Forum The latest World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey on vaccine confidence shows that strong intent to get a COVID-19 vaccine has risen in the UK and the US, two countries where vaccines have […]

2020: a year for the history books, in visuals

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 The pandemic and other calamities endured in the past 12 months underscore the need to rebuild in more sustainable ways. The World Economic Forum has compiled a visual recap of what’s been […]

Commission welcomes political agreement on EU4Health

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the provisional political agreement on the new ambitious EU4Health programme reached by the European Parliament and Council. EU4Health will make a significant contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery by making the EU population healthier, strengthening the resilience of health systems, and promoting […]

Team Europe contributes €500 million to COVAX initiative to provide one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for low and middle income countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Fair and equitable access to a successful COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of income, for millions of people across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Pacific, and in Europe’s eastern and southern neighbourhood, has been enabled by €500 million of new European financial support for the global […]

Relations with the UK: Commission proposes targeted contingency measures to prepare for possible “no-deal” scenario

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. While the Commission will continue to do its utmost to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with the UK, there is now significant uncertainty whether a deal will be in place on 1 January 2021. The European Commission has today put forward a set of […]

6.1 billion EUR for sustainable fisheries and safeguarding fishing communities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Friday, EU legislators reached a provisional agreement on how EU countries will be able to spend funds allocated to fisheries and aquaculture for 2021-2027. The European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) for the period 2021-2027 amounts to 6.1 billion EUR (6.108 billion […]

MEPs call on EU leaders to end MFF deadlock without giving in on rule of law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP group leaders and the Commission advise Hungary and Poland to take the EU to Court on rule of law, instead of penalising EU citizens by blocking the budget. In the debate on the European summit of 10-11 December, Commission President Ursula von der […]

Stop violence against women: Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the European Commission and High Representative/Vice-President, Josep Borrell, issued the following statement: “Violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights, and has no place in the […]

Spread Her Wings: Let Her Fly

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Asadur Rahman Nabin, National Officer on Human Rights and Peace from BMSS Bangladesh, medical student of Bangladesh Medical College. 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 […]

Women Empowering inside Medical Schools

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fernanda Pacheco Mendes Coelho and Marcelle Rodrigues Carneiro de Souza Reis, two 3rd-year medical students at Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido dos Santos – UNICEPLAC at Brasília, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. […]

Balancing The Broken See-Saw of Gender Power Dynamics as a Medical Student

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Divya Naisheril, a second year MBBS student from Government Medical College and Hospital, Jalgaon. 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 […]

China and the EU agree to protect each other’s food and drink specialities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament backed an agreement between the EU and China to protect the names of 200 European and Chinese food specialties from counterfeiting. Parliament consented to an agreement by 645 votes, with 22 against and 18 abstentions, signed in September 2020 between the […]

5 ways the WTO can make investment easier and boost sustainable development

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Matthew Stephenson, Policy and Community Lead, International Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum The WTO is negotiating an international framework to facilitate investment for development. This effort was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January. […]

Meeting the basic needs of our healthcare workers

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gabriela Yee Guzmán a 22-year old fifth-year medical student at Universidad Interamericana de Panamá. 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 […]

A greener, fairer, and more robust EU farm policy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU’s future farm policy should be more flexible, sustainable, and crisis-resilient, so that farmers can continue to deliver food security across the EU. MEPs on Friday adopted their position on the post-2022 EU farm policy reform. The EP negotiating team is now ready […]

Rude work emails are bad for your health and on the rise – here’s what you need to know

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 Researchers have found that rude emails can impact wellbeing, causing insomnia. Increased digital communication due to COVID-19 restrictions is worsening workplace rudeness, studies suggest. 98% of people say they have experienced uncivil […]

The technological revolution has changed the way of saving lives

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hyale Melo Lima, fourth period student of medicine at UNICEPLAC-Centro Universitário do Planalto Central Apparecido 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 strictly to the writer […]

Do not jeopardise future-oriented EU programmes, say EP’s budget negotiators

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. During the third round of talks on Friday, Parliament’s negotiators reiterated their key demands, based on a strong plenary mandate. “We continue our trilateral talks with the German Council Presidency. It is positive to have seen eventually some movement from them today. There was […]

Robots, Artificial intelligence and Dentistry

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. I Mamoona Habib a 3rd year student studying BDS in Army Medical College, Pakistan. 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 […]