European Parliament approves new copyright rules for the internet

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to new copyright rules which also contain safeguards on freedom of expression. MEPs adopted the directive in plenary by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions. This marks the […]

New rules to help consumers join forces to seek compensation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Rules allowing groups of consumers harmed by illegal practices to launch collective actions and seek compensation were confirmed by plenary on Tuesday. Currently, only 19 member states provide some form of legal remedy to victims of mass harm and proceedings can often be lengthy […]

Safer roads: EU lawmakers agree on life-saving technologies for new vehicles

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance and advanced emergency-braking system will have to be installed in new vehicles as from May 2022. After sealing the deal with the Romanian Presidency of the Council on Monday night, Parliament’s rapporteur Róża Thun (EPP, PL) said: […]

Parliament makes EU electricity market cleaner and more consumer-friendly

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules to create a Europe-wide market for electricity that is cleaner, more competitive and better able to cope with risks, were approved by Parliament on Tuesday. MEPs adopted four new laws on the EU electricity market, agreed informally with EU ministers in late […]

Questions and Answers on issues about the digital copyright directive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This Q and A provides answers to some of the more regularly raised issues regarding the directive on copyright in the digital single market. The text as adopted by the European Parliament plenary can be found here . What is the Copyright Directive about? […]

5 ways governments can unleash the power of young entrepreneurs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: James Dacosta, Director, Hult Prize Foundation Meeting the sustainable development goals (SDGs), addressing youth unemployment and promoting entrepreneurship are all top issues on global and national agendas. But do governments have a plan to address them in a cohesive […]

Climate change is a security threat. We must act now

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh For three years in a row, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report has identified climate change as the gravest threat for global business and industry. The report notes that “failure in climate […]

Logo Mania: A call to action to our crisis of connection

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by one of our readers, Dr. Paul L. Hokemeyer, an internationally renowned clinical and consulting psychotherapist. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writers’ views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue.  At this year’s Fashion Week in Paris, the runways and sidewalks were littered not with luxurious materials, […]

An analysis of the impacts of climate change on human health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Anna Paula Janeiro, a 5th year medical student from 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 to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor […]

Car rentals: EU action leads to clearer and more transparent pricing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following a call from the European Commission and EU consumer authorities, five industry leaders, Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt, have changed the way they present car rental prices, making them fully transparent to consumers. Until now, the companies concerned had not fully implemented […]

Brexit preparedness: EU completes preparations for possible “no-deal” scenario on 12 April

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April, the European Commission has today completed its “no-deal” preparations. At the same time, it continues supporting administrations in their own preparations and urges all EU […]

We can build an inclusive workplace, and it starts with empathy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Freakley, Chief Executive Officer, AlixPartners “Genius draws no color lines.” In 1939 US Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes said those words as he welcomed renowned contralto Marian Anderson to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Her performance […]

There is a mental health crisis in entrepreneurship. Here’s how to tackle it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marcel Muenster, Founder and Director, The Gritti Fund & Paul Hokemeyer, Clinical and Consulting Psychotherapist, Author I am one of 582 million people, almost 8% of the global population, who have devoted their lives to entrepreneurship. This means that […]

Deal agreed to protect consumers against misleading and unfair practices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Updates to EU consumer protection rules to tackle misleading rankings in online marketplaces and dual quality of products were provisionally agreed on Friday. Daniel Dalton (ECR, UK), who steered this legislation through Parliament, said: “Today’s agreement updates consumer rights for the internet age, ensuring […]

Five ways to increase trust in e-commerce

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ioannis Lianos, Professor of Global Competition Law and Public Policy, University College London & Kimberley Botwright, Community Lead, Global Trade and Investment SI, World Economic Forum Trust between consumers and suppliers is often a bigger issue online than it […]

In Japan, if you’re 76 you’re biologically 65

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Beale People experience the health problems of the average 65-year-old at different ages around the world, with citizens in some countries suffering them 30 years earlier than in others. Japan and Switzerland have the healthiest ageing people, […]

Your morning cup of coffee contains 140 litres of water

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 The next time you casually turn on a tap, fill a kettle and make a cup of coffee, take a moment to consider how important water is to your life. While we are […]

European creativity and digital economy are drowning in a copyright swamp

This article was written for The European Sting by one of our readers, Professor Dr. Mindaugas Kiskis at Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writers’ views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue.  The EU copyright reform needs just one last approval by the European Parliament. It is bulldozer driven by the copyright […]

5 things you need to know about water

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brett Walton, Reporter, Circle of Blue Securing adequate supplies of clean water in a changing climate is one of the world’s most urgent social, political, economic, and environmental challenges. World Water Day, an annual UN-sponsored event, calls attention to […]

Council strongly criticised over failing to act to protect EU values in Hungary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs condemned the Council’s inaction relating to EU values in Hungary, following last September’s Article 7 request by Parliament. In the debate with the Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Political and Security Committee Permanent Representative Călin Stoica, on behalf of […]

What happiness can teach us about how we measure human development

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Last week I had the opportunity to visit Bhutan for the first time, a trip I’ve been looking forward to for many years. The country’s quest to buck the global trend […]

ITU Telecom World 2019 will take place on 9-12 September in Budapest, Hungary

Sponsored content ITU Telecom World 2019 takes place from 9 -12 September in Budapest, Hungary, a dynamic hub of innovation and commerce in the heart of Europe. The global event for tech SMEs, corporates and governments, it is a platform for accelerating ICT innovation through partnerships and collaboration to improve lives faster, and make the […]

ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly: strengthening the partnership

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific MPs discussed the future of the partnership and agreed to enhance support for education and the fight against climate change. During the 37th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), which took place from 18 to 20 March […]

Innovating together: connectivity that matters at ITU Telecom World 2019 – in association with The European Sting

Sponsored content What’s the difference between connectivity and connectivity that matters? How can technological innovation increase the well-being of people throughout the world – including the very poorest without access to running water, electricity or education? And why is international collaboration the kingpin of development? These are some of the questions raised by the theme […]

Chart of the day: These countries have the highest share of electric vehicles

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 Electric cars are proving to be a massive hit in Norway. Almost half of all new passenger car sales in 2018 were electric or hybrid vehicles, according to the latest numbers. This figure […]

Why saving our forests should be a global priority

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Justin Adams, Director, Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, World Economic Forum As someone who cares passionately about the future of our planet, I have been cheering on the growing global movement of students in their school strikes for climate. They […]

Primary Health Care: in a world of specializations

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Clara Marques Santana, a second-year medical student at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora in Governador Valadares (UFJF-GV), 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 to the writer and […]

EU budget for 2021-2027: Commission welcomes provisional agreement on Horizon Europe, the future EU research and innovation programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU institutions have reached a partial political agreement, subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council, on Horizon Europe. Investing in research and innovation is investing in Europe’s future, in knowledge and new solutions to maintain and improve the European way […]

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites. Commissioner […]

Everything you need to know about Ireland’s economy (Post Brexit)

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 Image: Statista Ireland’s economy is outperforming most other Eurozone countries with almost full employment and rising real wages. So why are Irish consumers among the most pessimistic in Europe? Although it was among […]

Our poisonous air is harming our children’s brains

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 The World Health Organisation (WHO) says almost 700,000 children under five die each year as a result of air pollution. Millions more are being condemned to a life of ill health because of […]

Portugal’s pension system needs to prepare for rapid population ageing

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Portugal needs to reform its pensions system to address the challenges of a fast-shrinking workforce and high levels of old-age inequality, according to a new OECD report. The OECD Reviews of Pension Systems: Portugal says the country’s rapidly ageing population, a result of low fertility and […]

Seven trends shaping the future of the mining and metals industry

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nicolas Maennling, Senior economics and policy researcher, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Columbia Law School & Perrine Toledano, Head: Extractive Industries, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment The mining and metals industry is recovering from one of its most difficult […]