Rapid growth in China post-COVID makes it ripe for investment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mohammed Alardhi, Executive Chairman, Investcorp In January 2020 as the world began to learn of COVID-19, many market observers predicted a challenging year for Asia. While there continue to be headwinds from the health and economic crisis, Asia, […]

State aid: Commission approves Greek public funding for construction and operation of North section of E65 motorway

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Greek public funding of €442 million for the construction of the North section of the Central Greece Motorway (E65). The Commission also approved support estimated at €38 million to cover the operating and maintenance […]

This Canadian start-up turns millions of chopsticks into sustainable furniture

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 ChopValue recycles old bamboo chopsticks into a stylish range of homewares and furniture. Founder Felix Böck came up with the idea when he was looking for sustainable ways of using waste wood. […]

How Japan can build a sustainable future post-COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Makiko Eda, Chief Representative Officer, World Economic Forum Japan, Member of the Executive Committee The business culture in Japan has been resistant to change. There is a traditional preference for seniority and lifelong employment and a lack of […]

New European Bauhaus: Commission launches design phase

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launched the design phase of the New European Bauhaus initiative, announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union address. The New European Bauhaus is an environmental, economic and cultural project, aiming to combine design, sustainability, accessibility, […]

Creative Europe: 30 years of support to European films and cultural and creative media works

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The MEDIA strand of the EU programme Creative Europe, designed to support European film and audiovisual industries, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021. To mark this, the European Commission is launching a campaign to celebrate the 30 years of support, as well as […]

SRHR and HIV: is maternity a right?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Beatriz Rocha Cuzzuol is a 2nd year medical student at Federal University of Bahia, 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 to […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: European Commission replies to ‘Minority Safepack’ initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission responded to the European Citizens’ Initiative ‘Minority Safepack – one million signatures for diversity in Europe’, the fifth successful Initiative supported by over 1 million citizens across the EU. The Initiative aims to improve the protection of persons belonging to national […]

Work is on the brink of a revolution – we need office buildings to match

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Coen van Oostrom, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EDGE, OVG Real Estate COVID is ushering in a new era of flexible working; it is an opportunity to rethink office design. • Smart facilities in buildings are currently poorly […]

SRHR and Ending HIV : Can one be achieved without the other ?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Babu Chaudhary, a student at Baroda Medical College, Vadodara, Gujarat, 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 IFMSA’s view […]

COVID-19 showed the importance of 5G for the economy and the environment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Börje Ekholm, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ericsson Through COVID-19, connectivity has become an even bigger part of critical infrastructure, helping people in an unprecedented way work, study and socialize online. Looking forward, governments need to do more […]

New EU-UK agreement is welcome but thorough scrutiny remains, insist lead MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Foreign Affairs and Trade MEPs welcome the new EU-UK agreement as a good deal but demand proper parliamentary scrutiny powers and thorough access to information. On Thursday morning, members on the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committees held a first joint meeting on the […]

EU files WTO panel request against illegal export restrictions by Indonesia on raw materials for stainless steel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU has requested the establishment of a panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to seek the elimination of unlawful export restrictions imposed by Indonesia on raw materials necessary for the production of stainless steel, notably nickel ore and iron ore. The […]

14 innovative projects helping to save the planet and make the world a better place

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content Digital crowdsourcing platform UpLink was created to address the world’s most pressing problems. The initiative seeks sustainable solutions to tackle issues such as climate change and social injustice. Projects are also aimed at […]

Agriculture must rethink carbon to deliver natural climate solutions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Chuck Magro, President and Chief Executive Office, Nutrien Agricultural industry is well positioned to make a significant contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Huge green investment opportunity set to propel innovation through unlocking carbon financing solutions. […]

How we can build our way out of the crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kim Fausing, President and Chief Executive Officer, Danfoss Improving the energy efficiency of buildings is vital if we want to reduce emissions. Optimizing heating, ventilation and air conditioning saves energy, with a payback time of just two to […]

It is impossible to end HIV without SRHR

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ahmet Kayhan KORKUSUZ, a first-year medical student at Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey. 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 […]

This is what emerging technologies mean for the future of infrastructure

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Blair Chalmers, Director, Marsh & McLennan Advantage & Lawrence Slade, CEO, Global Infrastructure Investor Association The emerging technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are disrupting traditional infrastructure markets and creating new ones; This change coupled with the impact […]

4 ways family businesses can lead the pandemic recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jiawei Ye, Community Lead, Family Business Community, World Economic Forum COVID-19 pandemic has revealed an intergenerational crisis and urgent need for a better model of capitalism. With its long-term vision, stewardship and values-driven strategy, the family business model […]

Pandemic fuels culture of institutional mistrust

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard Edelman, President, Edelman 2020 was the year of two equally destructive viruses: the pandemic and the infodemic. Global report highlights that government and media, the usual sources of verifiable information in a crisis, have failed to meet […]

The priority for workplaces in the new normal? Wellbeing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Liz Hilton Segel, North America Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company Businesses should treat wellbeing as a tangible skill, a critical business input and a measurable outcome. Forward-thinking companies will embrace wellbeing as an index of learnable actions and […]

3 priorities to shape the post-pandemic financial system

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Huw van Steenis, Senior Adviser to the Chief Executive Officer, UBS & Alice Law Shing-Mui, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director, Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund Authority COVID-19 has sharpened the understanding that climate change could upend the financial […]

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Refinitiv by London Stock Exchange Group, 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 acquisition of Refinitiv by the London Stock Exchange Group (‘LSEG’). The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by LSEG. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, […]

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 […]

‘Trickle-down’ tax cuts don’t work, study says

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A study claims that taxing the richest less doesn’t strengthen economies and worsens inequality. London-based academics have analysed 50 years of growth, income and employment data covering 18 countries. The study comes as governments are considering raising taxes to repair the economic damage of […]

Bosses perform better when they are appreciated by their staff, according to a new study

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 Managers were surveyed over 10 days about how much they felt appreciated, for a study by the University of Central Florida. Feeling more appreciated led to more energy, which translated into higher […]

COVID-19 vaccines: MEPs call for more clarity and transparency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Lack of transparency has recently fuelled uncertainty and disinformation regarding COVID-19 vaccination in Europe, say MEPs. On Tuesday, members of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety quizzed Sandra Gallina, the EU’s lead negotiator on COVID-19 vaccine contracts, on the latest developments […]

Trade MEPs promise thorough scrutiny of the EU-UK agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Trade MEPs on Monday welcomed the achievements of the agreement between the EU and the UK but promised detailed scrutiny of the deal before a consent decision. At the first discussion of the EU-UK trade and partnership agreement concluded on 24 December 2020, MEPs […]

I created a class to teach zero waste. It turned into so much more

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sage Lenier, Student, UC Berkeley This activist created and teaches a course at UC Berkeley about how to achieve zero waste. In an interview with the Forum, she discusses the course and its aims – and her hopes […]

Questions & Answers on vaccine negotiations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For months, the European Commission has been building a portfolio of several vaccines, based on different technologies, at a fair price. A common, diversified portfolio of vaccines maximises our chances of securing them at the scale needed and as quickly as possible. Choosing several […]

SRHR and ending HIV: Can one be achieved without the other?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Agilandiswari Arumuga Jothi, currently a 3rd year medical student at the University of Glasgow. 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 […]

Social enterprises can change entire industries. This is how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bas van Abel, Founder & Board Member, Fairphone & Wineke Haagsma, Director Corporate Sustainability, PwC & Stefan Panhuijsen, Director Social Enterprise NL, Board member Euclid Social enterprises have the potential to change entire industries. An example from the […]

COVID-19: Commission supports blood services to increase COVID-19 convalescent plasma collection

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has selected 24 projects that will build new programmes, or expand existing ones, for the collection of plasma from donors recovered from COVID-19. The plasma donations will be used for the treatment of patients with the disease. These grants are the […]