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A healthcare worker uses a swab to collect a sample at a temporary testing centre for the novel coronavirus in Madrid on August 17, 2020. - Just seven weeks after bringing its first coronavirus wave under control, experts say Spain is once again in a "critical" situation with the worst infection rate in Western Europe. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)
A healthcare worker uses a swab to colle […]

Why is Spain once again on the frontline of the pandemic?

Despite a tight lockdown and the mandatory use of face masks, Spain is once again a hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic. Why has the pandemic worsened in Spain?
Honduran woman, Sonia Herrera, 52, pictured during an AFP interview at her home in Madrid on June 25, 2020. Photo: Javier Soriano / AFP
Honduran woman, Sonia Herrera, 52, pictu […]

Jobless and desperate: the post-lockdown reality for many

Many workers' lives have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic, as job losses in tourism, air travel, food and drink or other industries hit those both on fixed contracts and in the informal sector
European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen (L) and European Council President Charles Michel bump elbows after a news conference following a four-day European summit at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, early July 21, 2020. Photo: Stephanie Lecocq / Pool / AFP
European Commission President Ursula Von […]

EU’s virus recovery plan: historic but imperfect

The 750-billion-euro coronavirus recovery deal struck by EU leaders may be a historic landmark, but analysts are already warning it comes with substantial flaws
Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrives for the second day of a special European Council summit in Brussels on February 21, 2020, held to discuss the next long-term budget of the European Union (EU). (Photo by Ludovic Marin / various sources / AFP)
Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsota […]

Coronavirus praise as Greek PM completes first year in office

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been praised for his government's response to COVID-19 but tackling the economic impact of the lockdown will be the true test of his leadership, analysts say
A gravedigger wears protective clothing at the Recanto da Paz Municipal Cemetery during the burial of a victim of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in the city of Breves, southwest of Marajo Island, an island at the mouth of the Amazon River in the Brazilian state of Para, on May 30, 2020. - The pandemic is spreading across Brazil under a cloud of confrontation, as governors and mayors implement restrictive measures while President Jair Bolsonaro, who has pinned his hopes of re-election on a booming economy, has berated them for imposing what he calls "the tyranny of total quarantine." (Photo by Tarso SARRAF / AFP)
A gravedigger wears protective clothing […]

Outside Europe, nations floundering in virus’ first wave

As Europe begins its cautious reopening after weathering the pandemic's first wave in lockdown, many developing countries continue to be battered by skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 cases
Funeral service workers Howard Jackson (L) and Wesley Weibrecht (C) prepare to load the coffin of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 into a hearse at their funeral home in Manchester, northern England on May 26, 2020. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP
Funeral service workers Howard Jackson ( […]

Why does the UK have Europe’s highest official coronavirus toll?

While the British government insists it has been "guided by the science" and taken "the right decisions at the right time", the toll of 42,000 coronavirus deaths has fuelled criticism
The mayor of the Slovenian town of Nova Gorica Klemen Miklavic (L) and his Italian counterpart, mayor of Gorizia Rodolfo Ziberna, cut a symbolic ribbon to inaugurate the reopening of the border between Slovenia and Italy in Nova Gorica, Slovenia on June 15, 2020. Photo: Jure Makovec / AFP
The mayor of the Slovenian town of Nova […]

EU’s haphazard route to post-lockdown border reopenings

As European countries emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and lift travel restrictions, the EU has aimed to coordinate border reopening among members - but the process has been far from harmonious
Visitors check out Italian Vespa scooters and Alfa Romeo cars in Town Hall Square in Lithuania's capital Vilnius during a tourism event to mimic the Italian holiday experience on June 6, 2020. Photo: Petras Malukas / AFP
Visitors check out Italian Vespa scooter […]

Roman Holiday: Lithuania capital turns Italian as virus stops travel

With virus travel restrictions preventing summer holidays abroad, Lithuania's capital is offering a low-cost alternative by mimicking the look and feel of different countries at weekends
People wearing face masks walk past a Euro sign in front of the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on April, 24, 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Yann Schreiber / AFP
People wearing face masks walk past a Eu […]

Europe boosts aid to virus-hit economies as UN seeks ‘people’s vaccine’

The European Central Bank has ramped up efforts to help its coronavirus-hit economies as the UN's chief called for a "people's vaccine" to battle the pandemic