February 2020

Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a road during a Lunar New public holiday in Hong Kong on January 27, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Photo: Anthony Wallace / AFP
Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a r […]

20th century pandemics more deadly than today’s epidemics

Before the emergence of the new coronavirus, which has caused global alarm, other epidemics struck earlier this century but were less deadly than the previous century's pandemics
Ein Mann schaut bei einer Demonstration für ein «europäisches Mazedonien» vor dem anstehenden Referendum über die Namensänderung Mazedoniens durch einen Riss in einer Mazedonien-Fahne. Die Bürger müssen entscheiden, ob der offizielle Name ihres Landes von heute Mazedonien auf dann Nord-Mazedonien geändert werden soll. Ein entsprechendes Abkommen hatten Zaev und sein griechischer Kollege Tsipras erzielt. Die Namensänderung könnte den Weg zu einem Beitritt Mazedoniens zur EU und der NATO ebnen
Ein Mann schaut bei einer Demonstration […]

Von der Leyen wants to connect Balkan countries closely to EU

The term Western Balkans - an EU-creation - refers to Albania and those successor states of Yugoslavia which have not joined the EU yet.
European flags are waving in front of the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels. Two days before Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, the European Parliament also ratified the EU withdrawal agreement at a meeting in Brussels and finally sealed the brexit.
European flags are waving in front of th […]

EU seeks to reform membership process to unblock Skopje, Tirana talks

North Macedonia and Albania both welcome changes proposed by the European Commission to the EU accession process, expressing hope that these will clear the way for them to begin formal membership talks soon.
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