Coronavirus

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.
Transport 08-05-2020

Truck drivers deserve an honest discussion, away from protectionist stereotypes

In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, the truck transport industry that ensures the security of supplies and food on our tables deserves praise, and an honest and transparent discussion, away from protectionist stereotypes, writes Petar Vitanov.
Future of mobility 08-05-2020

How to keep cities pollution-free after virus lockdowns lift

As authorities across Europe prepare for a stepwise lift of coronavirus lockdown measures, they are facing a make-or-break moment for urban mobility. Yoann Le Petit details four proven strategies that should keep cities free of pollution as normality starts to return.
China 07-05-2020

Time for Europe to beef up its China strategy

The recent controversy over whether Beijing pressured the European External Action Service to water down a critical report on Chinese disinformation is just one piece of a bigger puzzle, write David Fernandez and Fabrice Pothier. David Fernandez is a junior...
06-05-2020

The only way out is together

Protecting the EU's single market and Recovery Fund capable of delivering massive investment and promoting convergence are among the measures needed to ensure that EU countries recover from the coronavirus pandemic together, writes Elisa Ferreira.
05-05-2020

Lessons learned: We need a permanent EU medical emergency unit

As national health policies remain a member state prerogative, in the medical area, the EU is simply powerless, lacking the legal basis or resources to coordinate the fight against the epidemic, writes MEP Victor Negrescu.
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Azerbaijan 05-05-2020

Non-Aligned Movement is ‘United Against Covid-19’

On Monday (4 May), an online Summit of the Non–Aligned Movement (NAM) states was held at the initiative of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. Dr. Esmira Jafarova shares her impressions from this event.
04-05-2020

New health tools for COVID-19

How to ensure access for all to a coronavirus vaccine should be the priority for world leaders. Dr Bernard Pécoul offers five ideas leaders should consider this week as they aim to raise €7.5 billion to fund vaccine research.
Electric vehicles 04-05-2020

Out with the old (engines), in with the new

Europe is at a crossroads, thanks in part to the coronavirus outbreak's massive impact on the economy. Julia Poliscanova explains which fork in the road the car industry should take and the role electric vehicles should play.
28-04-2020

Facemasks against COVID-19: Why Slovakia became the trailblazer

During the first half of March, as Slovakia went through an early stage of the COVID-19 crisis, it managed to take fast and critical measures. The country's largest cities were the first places in the EU that enforced compulsory facemasks in public, writes Andrej Šteňo.
Economy & Jobs 23-04-2020

Only through historic transformation can global tourism beat COVID-19

In recent years, a growing number of countries have been busy scaling up tourism’s place in their economic agendas. Yet tourism is probably the single biggest economic casualty of COVID-19, writes Zurab Pololikashvili.
Future EU 22-04-2020

Time for governments to listen to their European citizens

Amid the range of appeals and open letters on the policy-changes need to combat the coronavirus, one constant is that all are demanding an effective common EU response to the pandemic, writes Roberto Castaldi.
Future EU 20-04-2020

By surrendering to autocracy in the fight against COVID-19, Hungary poisons European ideals 

The EU must swiftly propose and adopt sanctions against the latest 'democratic backsliding' by the Hungarian government, say leading European politicians, media and civil society leaders in an open letter whose signatories include former Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, and EURACTIV founder Christophe Leclercq.
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