Europe

emmanuel macron

Emmanuel Macron is experiencing the calm before the storm

May 1, 2020 8:47 am

Bonne chance, Monsieur le president, you have won your ‘war’ but the peace may be harder to master.

certainty

We crave certainty over COVID-19. There isn’t any

April 30, 2020 3:08 pm

There is no scientific truth to COVID-19, as yet — and perhaps never will be

eyam

Lessons from Eyam, the plague village that isolated from the world

April 30, 2020 2:57 pm

Estimates of mortality range between a third and two-thirds of all the inhabitants

testing

Should we be testing everyone in Britain?

April 30, 2020 12:00 am

Only the infectious would have to be kept at home

lockdown boris

Boris has found a path out of lockdown — but it won’t be smooth

April 29, 2020 11:15 pm

The UK government is adopting the South Korean approach

germany angela merkel

Germany offers a worrying lesson in lifting the lockdown

April 29, 2020 9:41 am

Berlin fears that five weeks of confinement were for nothing if the numbers go up again

bureaucracy

How British doctors are hamstrung by bureaucracy in their COVID-19 response

April 28, 2020 9:41 am

Hard-pressed consultants are reportedly being forced to swap news in WhatsApp groups about possible cutting-edge treatments

italy

Why Germany is reluctant to bail out Italy

April 27, 2020 8:28 am

Coronavirus is breathing new life into old European divisions

boris johnson

Boris Johnson’s new approach to lockdown easing

April 27, 2020 8:15 am

Johnson talked of firing up parts of the economy one by one with public health remaining the driving priority

markus söder

Germany’s coronavirus crisis may have just revealed Merkel’s successor

April 26, 2020 11:08 am

Markus Söder does not lack the self-confidence to think he can take over Merkel’s job

britain china

Britain’s bid to become China’s best friend in the West is over

April 25, 2020 11:54 am

Hawkishness on China is going to be one of the issues that binds together the new Tory electoral coalition

antibody test

Could this antibody test offer Britain a route out of lockdown?

April 24, 2020 9:42 am

Over the next few days, testing kits are being sent to 20,000 randomly-selected households

political agony

The difficult balance of public vs political agony

April 23, 2020 3:18 pm

Along comes a crisis that offers a Conservative government a historic chance to show that they care

brexit extension

There is nothing to lose from a Brexit extension

April 23, 2020 10:44 am

The British government can afford to extend the transition process at no significant political cost whatsoever

brexit britain

Could the COVID crisis be an economic opportunity for Brexit Britain?

April 22, 2020 11:43 pm

The way we buy and sell things will change

boris lockdown lifted

Boris’s difficult decision: when should lockdown be lifted?

April 22, 2020 11:10 pm

The COVID crisis has split the cabinet into two groups

banlieues

Paris’s banlieues are burning once again

April 22, 2020 12:06 pm

There have now been four successive nights of rioting

scientific

How Britain can overcome its scientific illiteracy

April 21, 2020 11:04 am

People have a completely false concept about the nature of science

swedish

The Swedish experiment looks like it’s paying off

April 20, 2020 5:53 pm

As the world went into lockdown, Sweden opted for a different approach

v-shaped

France and Britain shouldn’t bank on a V-shaped recovery

April 20, 2020 12:14 pm

The V-shape is premised on the expectation that a vertiginous demand-led recovery can be satisfied on the supply-side upstroke

patients

The forgotten patients of the coronavirus lockdown

April 20, 2020 11:28 am

As a doctor I am passionate about saving lives, but I am also passionate about preventing disability and improving people’s quality of life

larrey

Meet the Frenchman who shaped the world’s response to coronavirus

April 20, 2020 10:57 am

Not only did Larrey’s methods save soldiers’ lives but they also boosted troop morale

A restaurant in Stockholm during Covid-19, Credit: Getty

Will Sweden’s social distancing-lite work?

April 19, 2020 1:12 pm

Epidemiologists are themselves deeply divided on how to handle coronavirus

macron

Macron talks grandly about Europe — and then cuts a deal with Germany

April 18, 2020 11:36 am

Over the last four years there has not been a single significant reform of the EU

lockdowns derangement lockdown

Five measures that could prevent future lockdowns

April 18, 2020 11:33 am

Avoiding draconian lockdowns was perhaps not possible for many countries with insufficient testing or intensive care capacity