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Right on: Boris Johnson’s Britain and the new political reality

April 8, 2020 5:32 pm

Neoliberalism was a ruling-class project that was never popular with working-class citizens

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Coronavirus is straining an already fractured EU

April 8, 2020 1:11 pm

The EU is splitting between a group of ‘giving’ countries in the north and less successful ‘receiving’ countries in the south

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Is Germany treating its coronavirus patients differently?

April 8, 2020 9:41 am

One German doctor has described his astonishment at the extent to which ventilators have been used to treat patients in Italy

europe

The coronavirus crunch leaves Europe facing terrible choices

April 7, 2020 6:06 pm

Leaving Italy to fend for herself could cause widespread Italian defaults, triggering defaults by those who have lent to the Italian government and banks

shinzo abe japan

Japan’s ‘state of emergency’ is anything but dramatic

April 7, 2020 12:35 pm

The move runs counter to the general mood in Tokyo, where it remains quiet but calm, with no sense of impending doom in the air

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Britain needs Boris, the extraordinary man I’ve known for 35 years

April 7, 2020 11:48 am

He cannot resist the pull of obligation to his country, the need to be of service

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Geopolitical jockeying in a time of pandemic

April 7, 2020 11:18 am

It’s business as usual in Asia’s vital seas

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The haunting beauty of empty cities

April 6, 2020 6:24 pm

Deserted modern cities are usually the realm of post-apocalyptic sci-fi movies. Now, many of us live in them

dominic raab

Who is Dominic Raab?

April 6, 2020 4:27 pm

A karate black-belt and former Foreign Office lawyer working to prosecute war criminals is deputizing for Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson taken into intensive care

April 6, 2020 4:12 pm

Dominic Raab will be assuming the PM’s day-to-day responsibilities

germany

How Germany has managed to perform so many COVID-19 tests

April 6, 2020 11:20 am

Since February, between 200 and 300 German laboratories have become involved in the rapid testing scheme

open borders

Coronavirus marks the end of open borders in Europe

April 6, 2020 11:05 am

Economically Europe may move to the left, but socially, the direction will be to the right

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Can Boris run Britain from his hospital bed?

April 6, 2020 9:55 am

The British PM is good at delegating and trusting his appointees to get on with the job he’s given them

middle east

Coronavirus is a ticking time-bomb for the Middle East’s old guard

April 5, 2020 12:07 pm

Conflict won’t end and over-centralized states will struggle to reform

jews

Jews have always been blamed for plagues — coronavirus is no different

April 5, 2020 11:31 am

Coronavirus has shrunk the world’s attention to a degree previously unseen in our lifetimes

frexit

Could coronavirus lead to Frexit?

April 5, 2020 11:11 am

The Frexit debate, like a sea serpent, surfaces and submerges

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How many people have COVID-19 and don’t even know it?

April 5, 2020 10:57 am

We know that the cases which are being recorded are only the tip of an iceberg

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Italy gave China PPE to help with coronavirus — then China made them buy it back

April 4, 2020 3:17 pm

Reports of Beijing’s diplomacy go from bad to worse

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Liberté, égalité and fraternité are being put to the test in France

April 3, 2020 12:32 pm

Memes have started circulating on social media, among which is one inviting people to name the day when they’ll crack

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Coronavirus has again exposed the euro’s fatal flaw

April 3, 2020 11:53 am

Across the eurozone, the response is always far slower than it should be

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Coronavirus has already caused a huge spike in unemployment

April 3, 2020 11:14 am

Nearly a million Brits — 850,000 more than usual — have applied for Universal Credit in the last two weeks

british government

The British government needs an ‘exit strategy’ from this crisis

April 3, 2020 10:03 am

If the daily numbers of deaths start to fall significantly in, say, a month’s time, then there might be public pressure for some restrictions to be lifted

world

How will the world be changed by the war against coronavirus?

April 2, 2020 1:06 pm

Will March 2020 be remembered like the Great Crash of 1929 or the end of World War Two in 1945?

boris johnson

The vocal minority celebrating Boris Johnson’s COVID-19 diagnosis

April 2, 2020 11:46 am

I’m not the only one to have noticed the increased level of vitriol on social media since the lockdown begun

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Britain’s coronavirus testing is bogged down in bureaucracy

April 2, 2020 11:27 am

On March 14, the UK was the fifth best country for quantity of COVID-19 viral tests performed per capita. By March 30 it had fallen to 26th