We must move from egocentric to ecocentric leadership to safeguard our planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shruthi Vijayakumar, Global Shaper, Auckland Hub & Robyn Seetal, Global Shaper, Calgary Hub, Egocentric leadership is at the root of our environmental crisis. We must change the way we understand and relate to the natural world. To do […]

Beyond trust: Why we need a paradigm shift in data-sharing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nadav Zafrir, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Team8 The promise of the data economy is being jeopardized by mistrust and new regulation. Economic growth, scientific discovery and innovation are all at risk. Privacy-enhancing technologies could be the answer. […]

Commission presents first reflections on building a strong social Europe for just transitions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission today presents a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback […]

Drought in southern Africa: EU releases over €22 million in humanitarian aid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is mobilising a humanitarian aid package of €22.8 million to help address emergency food needs and support vulnerable people in Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The funding comes as large parts of southern Africa are currently in the grip of […]

Von der Leyen in Ireland: Our mutual solidarity is here to stay

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met with Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar in Dublin on 15 January. They discussed among others Brexit, the European Green Deal and the negotiations on the EU’s future budget. President von der Leyen thanked the Prime Minister […]

Human rights breaches in Nigeria and Burundi

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions taking stock of the human rights and rule of law situation in Nigeria and Burundi. Nigeria Following the recent terrorist attacks in the country, the European Parliament strongly condemns the repeated violations of human rights and […]

Rule of law in Poland and Hungary has worsened

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU’s discussions with Poland and Hungary have not yet led these countries to realign with the EU’s founding values, Parliament warned on Thursday. In a resolution adopted with 446 votes to 178 and 41 abstentions, MEPs note that reports and statements by the […]

Venezuelan crisis: MEPs reaffirm their support for Juan Guaidó

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament condemns the recent attempted coup to prevent Juan Guaidó from being re-elected President of the Venezuelan National Assembly. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, the European Parliament strongly condemns the attempt by Nicolas Maduro’s regime to install pro-government candidate […]

To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in […]

EU Ombudsman must continue push for more transparency in Council and Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Thursday, MEPs approved the annual report on the European Ombudsman’s investigations in 2018. The text (approved with 563 in favour, 3 against and 63 abstentions) commends the Ombudsman’s role in making the EU legislative process more transparent to the public in order to […]

It’s not enough to respond to crises. We need to take action before they happen

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark Lowcock, Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) The humanitarian system needs to adopt an anticipatory approach. This will involve greater use of insurance, Catastrophe Bonds, […]

I accidentally went viral on TikTok. I learned we failed our youngest generation.

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anna Grajales, Global Shaper, Leon Hub It’s 7:05 AM. I’m waiting to board a flight, coffee in hand – but I’m filled with dread. I’ve never understood why people make a line before the flight allows passengers to […]

Why “de-learning” is equally important as reskilling in conversations about the future of work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kathy Bloomgarden, Chief Executive Officer, Ruder Finn De-learning has been overlooked in the discussion about the future of work. Employees must learn to forget the job description and past ways of working Traditional, purely finance-focused leadership is out […]

Climate resilience is make or break for businesses. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Crawford, Project Lead, Environmental Resilience, World Economic Forum & Lindsey Prowse, Specialist, Environmental Resilience, World Economic Forum Even with strong climate action, we cannot avoid all of the consequences of climate change. Companies must place a greater […]

How can emerging economies navigate the mobility transition?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra Group In a world characterised by rapid urbanization, inadequate infrastructure, congestion and deteriorating air quality, as well as economic inequality and an evolving rural landscape, an improved mobility ecosystem should be fundamentally accessible, […]

Here’s how to achieve growth in the Middle East and North Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim A thriving private sector is essential to drive sustainable economic growth. Economic integration will make MENAP a more competitive region. Selective deregulation, free movement of resources and common standards will […]

The future looks bright for solar energy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gerard Reid, Founder and Partner, Alexa Capital Over the past decade, the cost of solar has fallen dramatically. New technologies promise to increase efficiency and lower costs further. Solar energy will soon be unbeatable compared to fossil fuels. […]

These innovations could keep us cool without warming the planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Radhika Lalit, Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute The global demand for air conditioning is growing fast. Most air-conditioning units are highly inefficient and use environmentally damaging refrigerants. The Global Cooling Prize was launched in 2018 to drive innovation in […]

Mergers: Commission approves Synthomer’s acquisition of Omnova, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Omnova by Synthomer, both manufacturers of specialty chemicals. The approval is conditional on the divestment of a remedy package. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Specialty […]

Our indispensable problem: the paradox of modern plastics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jim Fitterling, Chief Executive Officer, Dow Plastics have brought enormous benefits along with enormous challenges. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the issue of plastic waste. To tackle it will require a multi-pronged, circular economy-based response. Here’s an […]

Number of members in Parliament’s committees to change after Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs voted on the post-Brexit size of Parliament’s 20 committees and two subcommittees. Following the vote in Parliament’s plenary meeting on Wednesday, the European Parliament redefined the number of members sitting in its committees and subcommittees as shown below, to become effective […]

Medical deserts in the European Union: the practicalities of universal health coverage

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Cristina Doran, a 6th year medical student from Bucharest, Romania. 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 […]

Parliament supports European Green Deal and pushes for even higher ambitions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs support the European Green Deal, but highlight challenges, including ensuring a just and inclusive transition and the need for high interim targets. Parliament adopted on Wednesday its position on the European Green Deal, unveiled by Commission President von der Leyen in a plenary […]

Citizens to be the cornerstone of the Conference on the Future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Citizen and Youth meetings should set the tone for EU reform, according to the resolution adopted on Wednesday. Following a debate with Dubravka Šuica, Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography and Nikolina Brnjac, representing the Croatian Presidency of the Council, Parliament adopted a resolution […]

Brexit: MEPs concerned about citizens’ rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament highlights that assurances are needed on the protection of citizens’ rights to ensure its consent to the Withdrawal Agreement. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, MEPs take stock of citizens’ rights in the context of Brexit and highlight that their consent to the […]

DiscoverEU: 20,000 more young people will explore Europe in 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Around 20,000 18-year-olds are set to receive a travel pass under the fourth and latest round of DiscoverEU, which attracted some75,000applications from across Europe. These young Europeans, selected on the basis of established award criteria and specific Member State quotas, can travel between 1 […]

It’s time to build a responsible media supply chain

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, Procter & Gamble The digital media revolution has been transformative – but it has a dark side. As millions more come online, these negative aspects will become magnified. All stakeholders must collaborate to […]

15 years of risk: from economic collapse to planetary devastation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emilio Granados Franco, Head of Global Risks and Geopolitical Agenda, World Economic Forum Risk perception has shifted from the economy to the climate. Greater knowledge and experience of climate change prompted the shift. Short-termism could create blind spots […]

B-I-R-D: 4 digital technologies that can help supply chains take flight

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tarek Sultan Al Essa, Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of the Board, Agility The number of potentially disruptive technologies in logistics is daunting. This makes it difficult for supply chain businesses to know where to look. Blockchain, IoT, […]

Croatian Presidency priorities discussed in the European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Prime Minister Andrej Plenković presented the priorities of the Croatian presidency to the European Parliament and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Under the motto “A Strong Europe in a World of Challenges”, the Croatian presidency intends to provide pertinent answers to European citizens’ […]

Civil society can make sure no one is left stranded by the skills gap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christopher Worman, Vice-President, Alliances and Programme Development, TechSoup & Hector Mujica, Regional manager, Google.org & Melissa Huerta, Senior program officer, Mozilla Foundation Closing the skills gap in areas such as Latin America will require cross-sector effort. Community-based organizations […]

3 steps to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness in the digital age

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Lochbihler, Global Director, Public Affairs, Booking.com Europe’s economic advantages include cultural diversity, an educated workforce and public services to support a stable and prosperous business environment. The Digital Single Market (DSM) can help traditional industry sectors take […]

A 3-step plan for carbon-neutral cars

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Lightfoot, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, LeasePlan While greener than traditional cars, EVs are not yet truly sustainable. More renewable energy on the grid will lower their environmental impact. Governments must incentivize EV ownership until it becomes the […]