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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
Israelis shows their "green pass" proving vaccination before entering a concert for vaccinated seniors in Tel Aviv on February 24. Photo: Jack Guez / AFP
Israelis shows their "green pass" provin... […]

EU to propose vaccine ‘green pass’

The European Commission will propose rules for an EU vaccine "green pass" this month, as the bloc prepares to ramp up its Covid-19 immunisation drive, Ursula von der Leyen said
Rockit CEO Sarune Smalakyte pictured during an interview with AFP at the Rockit office hub for fintech founders in Vilnius on February 12, 2021. Photo: Petras Malukas / AFP
Rockit CEO Sarune Smalakyte pictured dur... […]

UK fintechs seek ‘cure for Brexit’ in Lithuania

Due in part to Brexit, Lithuania is becoming a fintech hub as a growing number of UK-linked digital financial companies get licences there so they can continue to operate in the EU
Aircraft stored by Tarmac Aerosave at the firm's aerodrome in Azereix, southwestern France, on February 4, 2021. Photo: Lionel Bonavenure / AFP
Aircraft stored by Tarmac Aerosave at th... […]

At the foot of the Pyrenees planes put out to pasture

Under the snow-capped Pyrenees, dozens of planes are lined up like toys on a shelf at one of several airports in southern Europe where parking planes has become big business
An employee works on the vaccine packing line at the factory of British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) where the Covid-19 CureVac vaccine will be produced in Wavre, Belgium on February 8, 2021. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
An employee works on the vaccine packing... […]

Pandemic showcases Belgium as Europe’s Vaccine Valley

A small country with an outsize reputation in research and pharmaceuticals, Belgium has emerged with a strategic role in the world's battle against the coronavirus