The world’s economy is only 9% circular. We must be bolder about saving resources

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Janez Potocnik, Co-chair, International Resource Panel & Antonia Gawel, Head of Circular Economy Initiative, World Economic Forum The immense progress in human development over the past century has provided incredible opportunities for many, yet it has been largely fuelled […]

5 things weighing on the world economy, according to the IMF

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 “Sluggish and precarious. But it doesn’t have to be this way because some of this is self-inflicted.” That’s how the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Chief Economist Gita Gopinath recently summed up the state […]

What has a year of experiments taught us about basic income?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Guy Standing, Professorial research associate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London As a long-time proponent of basic income, and as someone who has been involved in pilots in four continents, the past year has been a […]

How banks should prepare for robots going rogue

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Elizabeth St-Onge, Partner, Financial Services, Oliver Wyman & Ege Gürdeniz, Principal, Digital, Technology, and Analytics, Oliver Wyman Banks are rolling out machine-learning applications to handle all manner of tasks once reserved for humans, from customer service to automated […]

The two big uncertainties shaping our future

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Olivier Woeffray, Project Lead, Knowledge Networks and Analysis, World Economic Forum Geneva When we think about the future, most of us try to predict it by extrapolating from a wide range of assumptions that we make about today. […]

Who is to pay the dearest price in a global slowdown?

What happens in China is more important for the European economy than a meagre fall of unemployment in the Eurozone. Last Tuesday, China said its February exports dived by a record 25.4%, fuelling new fears for a bigger slowdown in the world economy. At the same time, a Press release by Eurostat, the EU statistical […]

The developing countries keep the world going

The developing countries, led by the industrialised nations of Asia, are playing a fast growing role in the world economy and may soon overshadow the developed triangle of US-EU-Japan. Actually they have already overtaken them in key sectors. According to the UNCTAD’s Handbook of Statistics 2012 the share of emerging countries in “the most heavily […]

Trade surplus up production down in Eurozone

Despite the apparent slow-down of the world economy and the drop of external demand for Eurozone products the first estimates by Eurostat, the EU statistical service, show a hefty trade surplus of €13.7 billion for the 17 countries single money zone in November 2012. Not all news however was positive for Eurozone in November. Industrial […]