The link between migration and technology is not what you think

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marie McAuliffe Head of Migration Policy Research Division, International Organization for Migration The Fourth Industrial Revolution is fundamentally reshaping our economies, social interactions and collective security. Alongside these changes, and most obviously in the political sphere, international migration is […]

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 […]

Chart of the day: The internet has a language diversity problem

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart,” former South African President Nelson Mandela said. […]

Online radio and news broadcasts: Parliament and Council reach deal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP negotiators agreed on Thursday with Council on new rules facilitating online broadcasting of current affairs and radio programmes across the EU. The agreement includes mechanisms to facilitate the clearance of copyright and related rights of radio and TV content for cross-border digital broadcast […]

Human rights breaches in Iran, Egypt and Tanzania

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs urge Iran to release jailed Sakharov laureate Nasrin Sotoudeh, and deplore state attacks on human rights defenders and LGTBI people in Egypt and Tanzania. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Iran, Egypt and […]

India’s economy is an ‘elephant that is starting to run’, according to the IMF

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer How do you supercharge one of the fastest-growing economies in the world? India – heralded by the International Monetary Fund as an “elephant starting to run” – now makes up 15% of global growth, fueled by […]

Member states jeopardising the rule of law will risk losing EU funds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Governments interfering with courts or going easy on fraud and corruption will risk being stripped of EU funds, according to a draft law endorsed in committee on Thursday.   Assisted by a panel of independent experts, the EU Commission would be tasked with establishing […]

MEPs want to fund crucial areas to stimulate European growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for EU resources that match ambitions on research, environment, transport, energy, telecom, defence, space and digitalisation under the 2021-2027 EU budget. Following Parliament’s adoption of its position on the EU’s long-term budget (2021-2027 multiannual financial framework – MFF), MEPs are this week […]

MEPs agree on new rules to tax digital companies’ revenues

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The plenary proposed widening the scope of the directives on taxing digital businesses operating in the EU. The European Parliament adopted both its two opinions on the proposals for Council directives on the corporate taxation of a significant digital presence and a Digital Services […]

Sweden’s forests have doubled in size over the last 100 years

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Senior Writer, Formative Content Sweden is a land of trees. More than 70% of its landscape is covered by forest and in less than 100 years, Sweden’s forest assets have doubled. Yet this is also a country […]

How blockchain can cut the cost of new medicine

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Corley, Co-founder and CEO, DHB Global Developing a new drug today takes anywhere from 10 to 12 years and costs between $1 billion and $2 billion. One source of these ever-expanding costs is the data compliance issues due […]

The movement of anti-vaccers: taking humanity back 200 years

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms. Diana-Elena Nistor, a sixth year medical student at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in 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 […]

‘Fire-fighting approach’ to humanitarian aid ‘not sustainable’: Deputy UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With around one in every 60 people across the world caught up in a crisis that requires urgent humanitarian assistance, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a top panel on the issue on Wednesday that maintaining a “fire-fighting approach is not sustainable” in […]

EU joint response to disasters: deal reached with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The aim of the new legislation, agreed on Wednesday, is to help member states to respond faster and more effectively to natural and man-made disasters, by sharing civil protection assets more efficiently. RescUE The draft law would also set up, upon Parliament’s request, a […]

UN space-based tool opens new horizons to track land-use on Earth’s surface

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Satellite-based tracking to chart how land is being used on the earth’s surface is about to get much easier and more accessible, the UN food agency has announced, launching a new online portal developed in collaboration with the United States Space Agency, NASA. The […]

MEPs want to ensure sufficient funding for Connecting Europe’s future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want €43.85 billion to be invested in continued development of trans-European transport, energy and telecom networks and to foster innovation with a €11.5 billion EU Defence Fund. Connecting Europe Facility The proposal to renew the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) between 2021 and 2027 […]

MEPs take stock of the EU’s foreign, security and defence policy priorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions reviewing key EU foreign, security and defence policy choices. Following Tuesday´s debates with EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini, Parliament´s annual resolutions on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Common Security and Defence […]

Prisoner executions in Belarus ‘simply unacceptable’, says UN rights body

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The continued use of the death penalty in Belarus has been condemned by an authoritative UN rights body after three men were reportedly executed there, despite its requests for clemency. The Human Rights Committee, one of 10 UN treaty bodies that meet regularly in […]

Parliament endorses landmark EU-Japan free trade agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU’s trade agreement with Japan, the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated by the EU. The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan, approved with 474 votes to 152 with 40 abstentions on Wednesday, will […]

Easing US-China trade tensions could save millions of jobs: Asia-Pacific UN report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Millions of jobs in the Asia and Pacific region have been put at risk by conflicts over trade, despite a recent agreement not to escalate tit-for-tat tariffs by the United States and China, according to a new regional UN report. The 2018 Asia-Pacific Trade […]

This is the world’s greenest football club – and you’ve probably never even heard of it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content They might not have won the FA Cup – or even be in the Premier League – but UK football team Forest Green Rovers has been honoured by the UN for being as […]

Failing to agree climate action would ‘not only be immoral’ but ‘suicidal’, UN chief tells COP24

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With roadblocks continuing at the COP24 climate change conference over how to implement the  historic 2015 Paris Agreement, United Nations chief António Guterres returned to Poland on Wednesday, to challenge the more than 100 Government leaders gathered in Katowice to find consensus and “finish […]

MEPs commend Ukraine‘s reform efforts and denounce Russian aggression

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs acknowledged Ukraine‘s positive reform track, while condemning Russia‘s aggression in the Kerch Strait and the construction of Nord Stream 2. Parliament adopted a resolution by 433 votes to 105, with 30 abstentions, evaluating the latest developments related to the EU-Ukraine association […]

UN pushes for universal health care on International Day

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Universal health care for all, leaving no one behind, by 2030: that’s the call going out on International Universal Health Coverage Day, which this year falls on Wednesday. Why 2030? Because that’s the target date for completion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one […]

EU budget 2019 approved: focus on the young, innovation and migration

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. For next year’s budget, MEPs have secured better support for students, unemployed youngsters and researchers. Commitment appropriations for 2019 total €165.8 billion; payment appropriations total €148.2 billion. After Council formally approved the conciliation agreement with Parliament on the 2019 budget on 7 December, Parliament […]

COP24: World sports join team UN in race against climate change

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Major organizations from the world of sport are joining an increasing number of private sector businesses in the race to beat global warming. At the United Nations’ COP24 conference in Poland on Wednesday, 17 major players representing sporting bodies, athletes and fans, added their […]

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for more efforts to ensure adoption of security proposals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission is today reporting on progress made in building a genuine and effective Security Union since the October European Council. Good progress is being achieved on a number of security initiatives, including the proposals to remove terrorist content online and to reinforce the […]

Combatting terrorism: Parliament sets out proposals for a new EU strategy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Based on a thorough assessment, Parliament sets out recommendations to tackle radicalisation, improve data interoperability and support victims of terrorism. In a non-legislative resolution discussed on Tuesday and adopted on Wednesday with 474 votes to 112 and 75 abstentions, Parliament suggests reinforcing the role […]

EP Group leaders on Brexit: “the agreement is not open to renegotiation”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Conference of Presidents indicated that the Withdrawal Agreement is fair and balanced and the only deal possible. It is therefore one not open to renegotiation. The Conference of Presidents, together with the Brexit Steering Group, discussed today the state of play of the […]

Increased levels of carbon dioxide could reduce brainpower, study finds

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 Climate change could affect our ability to think, according to new research that found a link between rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and reduced cognitive abilities in humans. Scientists at University College London (UCL) […]