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March 2021

Since the end of Spain's first national lockdown in June last year, Madrid has kept its doors firmly open to foreign visitors. Photo: Gabriel Bouys / AFP
Since the end of Spain's first national ... […]

Madrid: Haven for fun-starved Europeans… but locals can’t leave

With bars and restaurants open and an 11:00 pm curfew, Madrid has become a haven for leisure-starved Europeans in a reality that has rankled residents who remain restricted from leaving the region
A nurse takes care of a Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit of the Centre Hospitalier Privé de l'Europe in Port-Marly, France, on March 25, 2021. Photo: Martin Bureau / AFP
A nurse takes care of a Covid-19 patient... […]

Pandemic upsurge hits Europe recovery hopes

An upsurge in new coronavirus cases is forcing governments across Europe into new, damaging lockdowns that threaten to delay a much hoped-for return to growth, economists say
Under the latest changes, the European Commission will weigh the vaccine needs of the destination country against those in the EU. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto / AFP
Under the latest changes, the European C... […]

EU vaccine export-vetting scheme: 5 things to know

The European Commission has toughened up its Covid-19 vaccine export vetting scheme. Here are the five main things to know about the "transparency and authorisation mechanism"