Africans can fight COVID-19 with stakeholder capitalism

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Myriam Sidibe, Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School & Carl Manlan, Chief Operating Officer, Ecobank Foundation Stakeholder capitalism will help companies rebuild their businesses faster after COVID-19. Africa can learn from other countries […]

The racial wealth gap in the US is affecting its citizens and its economy – this is how

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 The US has spent the past century expanding its economic power. As it has grown, so too has the wealth of American families. But not everyone has benefitted, according to a new report. […]

This Japanese TV show about work-life balance is a big hit – here’s why

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 The first series of Japanese network TBS’s Watashi, Teiji de Kaerimasu (“I Will Not Work Overtime, Period!”) ended in June, having built up a firm following on social media: 74,000 Twitter followers and 93,000 […]

Drought in Europe: the Commission offers further support to European farmers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission is offering support to farmers faced with the waves of drought afflicting Europe. Firstly, farmers will be able to receive a higher percentage of their direct and rural development payments in advance. Secondly, to be able to feed their animals, they will […]

10 reasons why today’s cyber leaders are tomorrow’s world leaders

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Francesca Bosco, Project Lead, Cyber-Resilience, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum & Rebekah Lewis, Project Lead, Governance and Policy, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum Throughout the world, unprecedented levels of innovation, interdependence and change call for strong and […]

Where will evolution take us in the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Juliana Chan, Chief Executive Officer, Wildtype Media Group & Benjamin Seet, Executive Director, Biomedical Research Council, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore The study of evolution allows us to reconstruct the past and to understand how life evolved […]

Blue bonds: What they are, and how they can help the oceans

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maram Ahmed, Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London Seventy-one percent of the Earth’s surface is ocean, and billions of people depend on the oceans for their livelihoods. Maritime transport remains an essential part […]

Biblioburro: The amazing donkey libraries of Colombia

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 Nestled on the banks of the Magdalena River in the heart of rural Colombia, around 600km north of Bogota, lies the small town of La Gloria. It has two main industries – fishing […]

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 […]

6 charts that show how Japan’s economy stacks up as it enters a new era

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 Japan has entered a new era: following the abdication of his father, Emperor Akihito, Emperor Naruhito has ascended to the throne. He may have no political power under the Japanese constitution, but […]

We need to measure innovation better. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Gann, Vice President, Imperial College & Mark Dodgson, Professor of Innovation Studies, University of Queensland Innovation drives productivity, and productivity is what drives jobs growth and the wealth that pays for our health, education, defence and social security […]

The world is getting angrier, according to a new poll

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 If you’re reading this with a niggling sense of dread, you’re not alone. More than a third of the world’s adults are worried or stressed, according to a new poll that’s found 2018 […]

These are the world’s most positive countries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday? Almost three-quarters of the world did. The yes or no answers to this question, and four others about positive emotions from 151,000 adults in 143 countries, have […]

How civil society can adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvia Magnoni, Head of Civil Society Communities , World Economic Forum & Antony Declercq, Research Consultant, Pact It is a time of transformation for the civil society sector – and it should be perceived as such by those civil […]

The business case for diversity in the workplace is now overwhelming

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Vijay Eswaran, Executive Chairman, QI Group of Companies We live in a complex, interconnected world where diversity, shaped by globalization and technological advance, forms the fabric of modern society. Notwithstanding this interconnectedness, there is also growing polarization – both […]

The EU’s trading partners: US, China and the rest

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content One-third of all EU trade last year was with the US and China. Combined, EU countries conducted €674 bn ($750 bn) worth of trade with the US in 2018. Import and export deals with China […]

Transparency is key to inclusive employment and government integrity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvina Moschini, Co-founder, TransparentBusiness, Inc. Digital transformation, or more precisely The Fourth Industrial Revolution, has inspired tremendous advances in business and government, and has created significant advancement opportunities for both sectors. It is transforming every aspect of both the […]

Japan’s holiest shrine is pulled down and rebuilt every 20 years – on purpose

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 Shinto is Japan’s indigenous religion, blending formal, elaborate ceremonial practices from the imperial tradition with local, community-based beliefs. Followers of Shintoism worship their ancestors and regard them as the guardians of the family. […]

These vending machines are giving out free short stories to London commuters

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 Once upon a time, in one of the busiest parts of one of the busiest cities in the world, the people were so busy, they didn’t have time to finish reading lengthy works […]

Why global collaboration is needed to protect against a new generation of cyber threats

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amy Jordan, Delivery Lead, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum The internet is a vastly complicated patchwork of protocols, data and codes, which only a limited number of true tech geeks really understand. And yet it pervades our […]

The future of manufacturing is smart, secure and stable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Erik Josefsson, Head of Advanced Industries, Ericsson Manufacturers today are seeking efficiencies in production, and the ability to deliver a broader mix of customized products to their customers. They know that staying competitive will require operational processes and […]

Better sanitation for India is in the pipeline

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sharmishta Sivaramakrishnan, Community Specialist, Asia, World Economic Forum Recently, I had the privilege of spending a day in Patna, Bihar. Beautiful as it is, Bihar is one of India’s poorest states, with a record 70% of its population under […]

These countries have the most expensive childcare

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 More than one billion people in this world are living with some form of disability. That’s one in seven of us. Eighty percent of these people acquire their disability between the ages of […]

We need to protect 30% of the planet by 2030. This is how we can do it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nicole Schwab, Director of International Relations, Last Wild Places, National Geographic Society & Kristin Rechberger, Chief Executive Officer, Dynamic Planet At a time when the world is grappling with meeting the Paris Climate Agreement and trying to prevent the […]

16 foods that are good for you – and the planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Agriculture is already one of the biggest contributors to global warming. The greenhouse gases released in the form of methane from cattle and rice farms, nitrous oxide from fertilized fields, and carbon dioxide from deforestation […]

These are the world’s most fragile states in 2019

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 There are some rankings no nation wants to lead. Yemen has just been named most fragile nation in the Fund For Peace’s 2019 Fragile States Index. The least fragile state is Finland. Between […]

Meet the man who drove from the Netherlands to Australia without visiting a gas station

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer , Formative Content How far could you drive without gas? That’s the question answered by a 32-year-old Dutchman who drove from his home nation to Australia in an electric car. “For almost two years I […]

Scientists are growing meat on blades of grass

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer , Formative Content What if you could grow a burger in the same way you grow grass? Sounds implausible? Scientists at the University of Bath are taking cells from pigs and cows and growing them […]

Is this 3D-printed building the future home for astronauts on Mars?

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 In one of his last acts as President of the United States, Barack Obama committed the United States to landing humans on Mars in the late 2030s. NASA has already test-flown its Orion […]

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: third annual report shows continued vital and tangible support for refugees and their host communities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The third annual report on the implementation of the Facility shows solid results on EU support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, including: monthly transfer to 1.5 million refugees for their basic needs, 5 million primary health care consultations, access to school for […]

Drones are saving lives in Tanzania’s remote communities

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 The largest inland island in Africa sits just a few kilometres from mainland Tanzania and is the centre of a life-changing programme using drones to deliver vital medical aid. Ukerewe measures 530 […]

This is why mountains matter more than you think

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Mountains have long held a certain mystique for those living in their shadows. From the Mayans and Greeks to Japan’s Shinto religion, mountain gods appear in cultures and belief systems throughout history and around the […]

4 key ways countries can finance their SDG ambitions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gavin E.R. Wilson, Co-Chair, Global Future Council on Development Finance A new global framework for financing sustainable development was established in 2015. Every country on earth signed up to the Global Goals, having recognized the critical importance of attracting […]

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Do the giant banks ‘tell’ Britain to choose a good soft Brexit and ‘remain’ or else…?

It may be true that the world is tired watching Britain being completely confused about choosing the way to exit from the European Union. Yet, the almost schizo division plaguing the Brits and their political elites alike still paralyzes to this date the divorce negotiations. Countries to be most affected by Brexit like Holland are […]

EU-US ties to break over Iran; Democrats’ electoral win may not change it

After last Tuesday’s midterm elections in the United States, the Republicans of President Donald Trump lost the House of Representatives to the Democratic Party. The vote was turned out into a referendum for the Trump administration, and the GOP lost the full control of the two chamber Congress. From now on, the White House will […]

German banks suffer of nausea amidst rough seas

Earlier this week, Dr Andreas Dombret, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, responsible for financial stability and risk controlling, delivered an open lecture in Hamburg, entitled “In the year 2013 – Challenges from a financial stability perspective” . Apart from the burning questions he posed for a number of Eurozone countries’ sovereign debt, […]

Draghi’s ‘quasi’ announcement of a new era of more and cheaper money

Mario Draghi, the ECB President, was more than explicit last week, that the European Central Bank will live up to its duty and do in June whatever it takes to help the Eurozone economy grow again and push inflation a bit upwards, back in line with the institutional target, which is below but close to […]

Should trade continue to be global after the pandemic?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Cooper, Chief Executive, Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking, Standard Chartered Bank The advantages China offers will not become available closer to home and the costs of reshoring are high and often prohibitive. Opportunities for global trade will […]

Record-breaking heatwaves killed about 1,500 people in France

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 In late July, a heatwave engulfed Europe, breaking temperature records in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. It was the second episode of extreme heat to hit the continent since June. […]

An Easter Special: Social protection of migrants in Europe as seen through the eyes of European youth

European Youth Insights is a platform provided by the European Youth Forum and the European Sting, to allow young people to air their views on issues that matter to them. The following entry is written by Arif Shala,  doctoral student at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. Migration is one of the most pressing issues of our […]

Germany’s fiscal and financial self-destructive policies

IMF Mission’s “Concluding Statement” (Article IV Consultation) on the German economy which was published yesterday, contains almost the same basic recommendations as the European Commission’s assessment aired at the Semester Press Conference in Brussels on 29 May. Both reports had references to Germany’s over stretched fiscal consolidation (meaning unneeded austerity) and the need to increase […]

What is behind the wide reach of  fake news about Coronavirus?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Carolina Vissoci Lima, a 2nd year medical student at Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB) and a member of IFMSA Brazil since 2018. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

The EU responds to US challenges by fining Apple with €13 billion

Last Tuesday, the White House and the US Treasury in concerted actions issued farfetched statements against the EU Commission. The EU executive’s decision ordered the US giant technology company Apple Inc. to pay additional taxes of up to €13 billion in Ireland. These instant and strong reactions clearly denote that the US sees this Brussels […]

The story of 2018, in 10 charts

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer It was the year The Avengers topped the movie charts, France won the World Cup for the second time and Prince Harry married Meghan Markle. It was also the year of the strong jobs market and […]

Climate change as determinant of health: the 21st Century challenge

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Gianluca Ceccarelli, medical student at University of Pisa, Italy. 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 on the topic, nor […]

Trade protectionism and cartels threaten democracy

Trade protectionism is a very dangerous medicine for economic illnesses. On most occasions it is like a drug that kills the pain and the symptoms but at the same time it dilutes the possibility to cure the illness that causes them. If an economy loses its competitiveness in a certain sector or in the entire […]

Palliative care and Universal Health Coverage: how to advocate for the inclusion of palliative care in UHC

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mary AlMadani, a 3rd-year medical student at Mutah University, Jordan. 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on […]

Companies can help build a more inclusive world. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adaire Fox-Martin, Executive board member, SAP We live in a world of smart, connected ovens, but one in which 795 million people do not have enough food to eat. We are witnessing exponential growth, but also great inequality. Addressing […]

Is the EU’s enlargement over-stretched?

The myth that the European Union is a seamless economic volume is belied not only after the latest developments, with Berlin and Paris working hard to institutionalise the fragmentation of EU’s financial markets. The dysfunction is also depicted by hard-core macroeconomic and labour market statistics. Again it’s not only the huge differences in the relative […]

These countries are all building brand-new cities

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 In the early years of this century, completely new cities began emerging across Asia and Africa, transforming previously unremarkable expanses of land or reclaimed ocean areas. Could some of these new urban creations […]

Barcelona’s ‘superblocks’ could save lives and cut pollution, says report

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 Residents of Gracia, in Barcelona, live in a neighbourhood virtually free of traffic, where the areas once occupied by cars have been turned over to people and playgrounds. The area is part of […]

Search Engine neutrality in Europe in danger: Are 160.000 Google filtering requests good enough?

The long awaited last public discussion about “the right to be forgotten” took place in Brussels yesterday. This was the last of the seven miracles or otherwise open forums in different European cities that the Californian giant has been organising since last May. The reason for these costly events was to engage civic society in […]

Women’s leadership: has the gender gap completely broken?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Karla Anabel Quichimbo Contreras, a medical student from Cuenca, Ecuador. She is affiliated with 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 on the […]

At last Britain considers a super-soft Brexit

After more than one year, the Brexit road map has been more or less drafted between the two opposing groups of the governing Tories, the hard Brexiteers and the Bremainers. Minister for Finance, Philip Hammond, and Trade minister, Liam Fox, leaders of the Bremainers and Brexiteers respectively, jointly wrote an article published in the last […]

The final countdown towards achieving 2030 Agenda

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Mirza Zain Baig, a 3rd Year MBBS student in Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujrat and a member of IFMSA, Pakistan. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to […]

It’s time to fulfil the promises made to women 25 years ago

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bjorn Andersson, Asia-Pacific Regional Director, United Nations Population Fund International Women’s Day 2019 coincides with the 25th anniversary of a revolution that is unfinished – a revolution that symbolises not only all the aspirations of Women’s Day year after […]

I’m not feeling lucky: The “Right to Be Forgotten” ruling puts Google inside a box

“How should one person’s right to be forgotten be balanced with the public’s right to know?” This is the question that Google is asking to its users with an open form which allows the general public to offer its advice. This happens in a moment that the first effects of the decision of the European Court […]

Is the ECB ready to flood Eurozone with freshly printed money?

The insatiable appetite of the global financial system for more free cash from central banks has now reached the Governing Council of the European Central Bank. After the American central bank, the Fed, announced last month that it discontinues its quantitative easing policy, under which it has supplied the US banks with around $ 4 […]

The EU Commission does nothing about the food retailing oligopoly

The theoretically most competitive of all EU markets, namely the large food retailing business, is accused by its suppliers, regrouped in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) of operating a real oligopoly. Despite this very important development, which poses an issue with ground-breaking repercussions on the way our ‘free competition’ economies operate, the European […]

Privatization and public health: a question of Human Rights

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Caroline Dourado, a first-year medical student at the Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás, 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 reflect IFMSA’s […]

India’s future as a world power depends on 4 key relationships

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) In the 2040s, India is expected to surpass the United States (in PPP terms) and become the world’s second largest economy, behind China. Alongside this Indian emergence, the international order is […]

Macron plans for Europe, Brexit and banks but vague on France

Emmanuel Macron, after yesterday’s quasi formality of the second round of the election, is the new President of France, having defeated Marine Le Pen by 65% to 35%. He commands the military forces of his country, including the not at all small nuclear arsenal of France, he appoints and dismiss the prime minister and can […]

The Commission offers exit from the EU budget stalemate

The European Commission took action yesterday to unlock the double stalemate over the approval of both, the 2014 EU budget and the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020. The MFF sets the spending ceiling of all EU bodies at €960 billion for the next seven years. To overcome the dead-end Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski responsible for budgets, proposed […]