Coronavirus

14-10-2020

The Brief, powered by logos – Back to square one?

The COVID-19 crisis is back at full speed, with a steady stream of incoming news about new risk areas and regions, new quarantine measures and curfews. We’ve been there, done that, but is there anything new in all of this?...
14-10-2020

To overcome COVID-19, we need to show leadership on seasonal flu vaccination

As we approach the 2020-2021 winter season, we are facing a potential “twindemic” of COVID-19 and seasonal flu. That is why we need to show strong political leadership and take concrete policy measures to secure seasonal flu vaccine uptake, writes MEP Dolors Montserrat.
Economy & Jobs 01-10-2020

Science and Innovation as the way out of the crisis

The only plausible exit strategy for our current global challenges is science and innovation. We need EU funding for science and innovation more than ever… yet the Council wants to cut Horizon Europe, warn Pascal Lamy and Carlos Moedas.
30-09-2020

The biggest challenge for COVID-19 vaccines is the cold supply chain

Medical authorities and governments around the world should not only embrace one or more of the approved COVID-19 vaccines but must also be ready for the logistics of delivery, which includes a gigantic cold chain, possibly for temperatures as low...
Stakeholder Opinion
17-09-2020

COVID-19 vaccines: Why safety always comes first

The news that clinical trials of one of the candidate vaccines against COVID-19 had been halted may have caused hearts to sink. In reality, it underlined the priority commitment to the safety of everyone involved in fighting the coronavirus, writes Nathalie Moll.
14-09-2020

COVID-19: Time to show citizens that they can count on Europe

European citizens have been exemplary in their fight against COVID 19. They have bravely overcome an acute sanitary threat and paid the high economic, social and psychological price of the lockdown, write a group of European lawmakers.
10-09-2020

The Brief, powered by amfori – Rush to promise vaccines is foolish at best

As news broke on Tuesday that trials on one of the leading contenders for a COVID-19 vaccine have been paused over a potential health risk, leaders around the world are still scrambling to offer false hope and promises. Between US...
03-09-2020

The Brief – Treaties over common-sense?

MEPs have packed their bags, ready to get back to Strasbourg after a forced six-month hiatus. But moving the entire EU circus to another country may not be the brightest idea right now. In an unprecedented move, European Parliament President...
24-08-2020

The Brief – On to next season

Life in a COVID-19 world may be hard to recognise but there are some norms that even COVID-19 can’t change. The adage that football is played by two teams and, at the end, the Germans win, was confirmed by Sunday’s...
19-08-2020

Is there a link between air pollution and the coronavirus?

Early signs suggest the spread of COVID-19 is facilitated by air pollution, and if so, why not clean the air by using alternative fuels, such as ethanol?, writes Angela Tin and Zoltán Szabó. Angela Tin is from the American Lung...
24-07-2020

The Brief – Breaking (for) summer

This summer will be different. Travelling in the time of COVID-19 is not a pleasure, even inside Europe, and especially if you live in the EU and want to go to another continent. Intercontinental travel has almost completely stopped, only...

EU’s trade deals can put an end to deforestation

The EU must take an aggressive “stick and carrot” approach to trade deals in order to put an end to deforestation and avert a next pandemic, writes Fazlun Khalid.
08-07-2020

The Brief, powered by BSEF – The price of delay

Boris Johnson’s UK government has been widely flayed, quite rightly, for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Slow to lockdown and slow to test and trace, the result is the highest death toll in Europe. But Johnson and his Finance...
Health 25-06-2020

A Covid-19 vaccine must have a ‘global public good’ guarantee

A coronavirus vaccine must be accessible to all. EU leaders must ensure that patents do not put profits ahead of people, writes Marc Botenga.
23-06-2020

The Brief – Keep the taps flowing

A cold beer always tastes best when drunk with friends after work on a summer’s day. As most of Europe continues to emerge from the deprivations of lockdown, this pillar of basic human happiness is returning to the social calendar.
Climate change 18-06-2020

Climate action is key to fighting pandemics

A recovery that doesn’t protect the planet will be a disaster for health. I should know – I’m a doctor at the centre of Italy’s COVID-19 crisis, writes Roberto Romizi. Roberto Romizi is a general practitioner and neurologist in Italy....
Brexit 17-06-2020

The Brief – Ambition alone won’t pay the EU’s COVID-19 bill

Back in the dog days of 2012 and 2013, even the best friends of Jose Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy – then running the EU show – would have struggled to argue that their EU budget blueprint was ambitious. It was deliberately and consciously timid.
Freedom of thought 17-06-2020

Does the EU care about democracy at home?

While the whole world has been trying to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and looking for ways how to fine-tune the response to the virus and its consequences, one element is missing in the picture and it is the support to democracy and restoration of civil rights and fundamental freedoms, writes Pavel Havlicek.
Economy & Jobs 12-06-2020

Let us not confine global trade

COVID-19 has stalled economies in the EU and the world, revealing vulnerabilities and shortcomings in global value chains. We need a resilient and sustainable European recovery by fostering sustainable and digital industrial ecosystems that diversify trade, stimulate sustainable growth and create jobs, write Reyes Maroto and Simon Kollerup.
11-06-2020

Europe, we need to talk about care

Carers have been at the front-line of the coronavirus pandemic. A European Carers Strategy to address their needs, and ensure that their work is recognised and valued within our societies, argue Frances Fitzgerald and Dennis Radtke.
Development Policy 29-05-2020

The EU steps up for a more equal post-corona future

The EU's ambitious new budget proposal to drive recovery following the coronavirus pandemic is a good start. But long-term investment will also be needed in health, social protection, and human development, writes Emily Wigens.
Development Policy 08-05-2020

The UN and the EU: together for a sustainable future beyond the crisis

The coronavirus an unprecedented wake-up call on the need for global action. The EU and international agencies must work together to shape a better future, writes Barbara Pesce-Monteiro.
08-05-2020

Call for Action: Time to strengthen the EU’s public health policy powers

Europe is going through an unprecedented challenge caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a health crisis, an economic crisis, and, potentially, a social crisis. It presents an existential challenge to the European project: are we doing enough to protect the health of our citizens? write Klaus Hänsch, Violeta Bulc and Vytenis Andriukaitis.
08-05-2020

It’s the long-term, stupid!

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic there is a temptation to revert to nationalism and close borders. But working together and eschewing damaging short-term measures is the best response to the crisis, writes Henning vom Stein.
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