Analysis


    • COVID-19 spotlighted European migrants’ vital role

      COVID-19 spotlighted European migrants’ vital role

      Six years ago, British author Hanif Kureishi wrote searingly of Europe’s fear of migrants who “invade, colonise and contaminate”. Migrants, he mused, had “no face, no status, no protection and no story”. Kureishi’s angry reflection still resonates. But another more encouraging migration story may, finally, be emerging.

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    • Tip-hungry journalists and Bulgaria's 111th position on the World Press Freedom Index

      Tip-hungry journalists and Bulgaria's 111th position on the World Press Freedom Index

      How much does the conscience of a journalist cost? Everything and nothing. Because it is not for sale. Of course, if we are talking about good conscience, and if it is the conscience of a journalist. However, a breed of tip-hungry species have multiplied themselves in the guild (the comparison was drawn by a certain high-paid sample of that same breed, who decided to pose herself as a taxi driver). These people can no longer be qualified as journalists and their conscience is quite elastic. Because they have sold off both their conscience and their profession.

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    • Systemic rivalry beyond pandemic

      Systemic rivalry beyond pandemic

      Europe is in the nascent stages of a new debate about China. Last year, the European Union published a strategic outlook paper in which it labelled China as a “systemic rival”, reflecting a sharp change in its balance of assumptions about the Sino-European relationship. The pandemic is tilting that balance further. This is certainly not happening out of preference: European policymakers would rather address the urgent health and economic challenges they face with geopolitical competition largely suspended.

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    • Europe squeezed between China and America

      Europe squeezed between China and America

      If handling the coronavirus crisis was not enough for Europeans to be getting on with, another tremendous challenge awaits: the threat of economic coercion from both the US and China, as competition between the two great powers escalates. Europe has recently strengthened its instruments of control over strategic investments coming from outside the EU, but it will now also need to build its resilience to direct threats and collateral effects from the US-China rivalry.

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    • The EU must cure itself of its fatal addiction to good news

      The EU must cure itself of its fatal addiction to good news

      The European Commission is addicted to good news, to say nothing of spin, self-indulgent slogans and flashy videos. Sadly, it’s a preference that may prove fatal to the EU in these times of bad news and worse. In our noisy and competitive dog-eat-dog world, the EU’s ‘faceless bureaucrats’ understandably seek to fight against oblivion. But they shouldn’t confuse spin with authoritative messages.

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    • The post-coronavirus world is already here

      The post-coronavirus world is already here

      Whenever I catch sight of myself wearing a mask as I walk through the deserted streets of Brussels or the empty corridors of the European Commission, I cannot help but be overcome by a feeling of shock. Especially since, no matter where you go and no matter where you are, this sense of shock is palpable. It is palpable on Saint Mark’s Square in Venice – now deserted by humans while the fish return to the waters of the lagoon, which are clear once again. It is palpable in Spain and Italy, where no fewer than 45,000 people had died by the end of April.

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    • What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on atmospheric CO2

      What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on atmospheric CO2

      Recent weeks have seen a number of estimates of how the coronavirus pandemic has affected CO2 emissions in China, the UK, Europe and the world as a whole in 2020. But a key question for climate change is what impact this has had on the overall amount of CO2 in the atmosphere - the principal driver of global temperature rise. In our analysis for Carbon Brief, we assess whether the global drop in emissions will have a noticeable impact on atmospheric CO2 concentrations this year.

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    • Finally, a virus got me

      Finally, a virus got me

      Virologist Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, fell ill with COVID-19 in mid-March. He spent a week in a hospital and has been recovering at his home in London since. Climbing a flight of stairs still leaves him breathless.

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    • Extremist and terrorist groups thrive during pandemic chaos

      Extremist and terrorist groups thrive during pandemic chaos

      Terrorists and extremist groups are taking advantage of the chaos caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To stop their ideologies from spreading further and prevent violent attacks, the EU and its member states should intensify their counter violent extremism efforts, on the ground in Europe and in cooperation with partner countries.

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