Coronavirus

14-01-2021

The Brief – Travel in EU, the obstacle course

Travel has become a nightmare lately. In my journalistic capacity, I still do some travel in the EU during COVID-19, although sometimes I come to regret it. Because every country has its own rules. One requires that you bring a...
Elections 13-01-2021

The Brief – Of German vaccines and dark horses

Germany's Christian Democrats are set to elect their new leader among the three candidates vying for top post this weekend. But the winner might not necessarily go on to become the party's designated candidate to run for the chancellorship in this year’s general election.
21-12-2020

‘If European governments do not act now, expect further waves of infection’

More than 300 scientists mostly from EU countries published on Saturday (19 December) in the prestigious general medical journal The Lancet a proposal for a joint European strategy for the COVID-19 pandemic. EURACTIV re-publishes the full text.
16-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – Christmas conundrum

If you’re really pressed for time, here is the gist of this Brief: In case you’re thinking of driving home for holidays, think twice and, if you decide to go, brace for impact because, right now, confusion reigns supreme. The...
14-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – Where have the populists gone?

Where have Europe’s far-right populists disappeared to? Where are Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, Matteo Salvini and the others? There has not been a peep from them for a long time – almost since COVID-19 came about.
Digital 07-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Journalism from the couch

Nine months have elapsed since journalists have had no other choice but to exercise their profession from the couch. Press briefings are held online, leaders speak in front of a microphone with no one behind it. Even institutional leaks are...
Digital 24-11-2020

COVID disinformation in Bulgaria: When mainstream media are no better than Facebook

While in most other countries experts blame disinformation on social media like Facebook or foreign powers such as Russia or China, in Bulgaria, the country’s own mainstream media and politicians have contributed the most to spreading confusion and ignorance, write Julia Rone and Georgi Hristov.
23-11-2020

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Vaccines, the next battle

It is no coincidence that COVID-19 vaccines dominated the agenda of the last EU summit and of the more recent G20 summit, both held as teleconferences.

A one-health approach to prevent COVID-21, COVID-22 and other future pandemics

While still in the grips of a global pandemic, it has become painfully apparent that addressing the complex interactions of human, animal, and environmental health needs multilateral and national adoption of a fully integrated One Health approach, write Cristián Samper and Niels Annen.
26-10-2020

The Brief, powered by ENTSO-E – There is a deeper wave than this

By Thursday, when EU leaders will hold their online summit to discuss the coronavirus situation, we could take a guess at how many of them will already be COVID-positive. The second wave, which was predicted but not averted, is sweeping through European societies and taking its toll.
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.
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