Europe

boris johnson

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

empty cities london

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

boris johnson intensive care

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

hospital

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

frexit

Could coronavirus lead to Frexit?

April 5, 2020 11:11 am

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

covid-19

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

liberte

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

christine lagarde euro eurozone

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

unemployment

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

testing

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

curtain-twitchers

The corona curtain-twitchers are watching

April 2, 2020 1:18 am

A few weeks sitting on the sofa guzzling packets of crisps does not equate to life in East Germany

keir starmer

Keir Starmer may have a better chance of taking Labour to power than anyone expected

April 2, 2020 12:38 am

In some ways Starmer will be in a better position than he could have hoped for at the start of this contest

swedish

No lockdown, please, we’re Swedish

April 1, 2020 11:26 pm

It’s a question of liberty, not epidemiology

coronomics

Coronomics: ordinary remedies won’t be enough for a surreal crash

April 1, 2020 11:17 pm

The economic crystal ball has never seemed murkier

spain italy eu

Spain and Italy have been abandoned by the EU

April 1, 2020 9:41 am

‘If what you’re waiting for is coronabonds, they’re never going to arrive’

experts

Yes, we need experts. But let’s not politicize expertise

March 31, 2020 12:19 pm

Their expertise lies in science. But how to respond their advice? That’s for politicians to decide — and for democracies to question

french

Macron’s updated coronavirus statistics will test French morale

March 31, 2020 11:57 am

Napoleon thought that ‘in war, moral power is to physical as three parts out of four’

jews

Why are Britain’s Jews being so hard hit by coronavirus?

March 31, 2020 11:32 am

We could simply be unlucky

parliamentary

Whatever happened to parliamentary democracy?

March 30, 2020 1:03 pm

A national emergency ought to be a moment to strengthen democracy not dispense with it