Coronavirus

Covid-19 vaccine contracts: EU has hands tied, experts say 

Wednesday 03 February 2021 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop

The clash between the EU and AstraZeneca over delayed vaccines has revealed a stack of questionable contracts signed with Big Pharma. Problems include manufacturers’ ambiguous delivery dates, but lawyers investigating the deals show that companies have a clear advantage over the EU. 


The pandemic is bringing back “traditional” gender roles 

Wednesday 24 February 2021 | Daniele Ruzza
| VoxEurop

Gender inequality in the labour market has been an issue for years, and it has only gotten worse with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, to the point that it is rolling back on the achievements made in the last 30 years.


Pandemic has opened prisons across Europe 

Wednesday 24 February 2021 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

The prison population fell in almost all European countries last year. Many detainees were released to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and meanwhile the crime rate also declined. The largest drop in prison numbers was in Turkey. However, in certain countries the incarcerated population increased.


The uncountable: How Covid-19 affected migrants and refugees’ health 

Friday 15 January 2021 | Emanuela Barbiroglio
| VoxEurop

With COVID-19 in the spotlight, refugees and undocumented migrants disappeared from public attention. Precisely what swept these communities away from the agenda, however, disproportionately affected them.


Eloi Laurent: “An alliance between social justice and ecological sustainability must take over” 

Monday 01 February 2021 | Catherine André
| Alternatives Economiques

The Covid-19 pandemic is a cruel reminder that ecosystem vitality and human health are closely linked. For Eloi Laurent, "the best economic policy is a good health policy and the best health policy is a good environmental policy. We see that there is no trade-off between economy and environment."


The impact of EU funds on Covid-19 crisis management 

Friday 19 February 2021 | Openpolis

Before the implementation of additional allocations such as the recovery fund, one of the first instruments put in place by the EU was the possibility for states to redirect their own European funds to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. Let's see how this process played out, in Italy and in other countries.


One in three European regions have higher COVID-19 deaths in second wave 

Monday 14 December 2020 | Clara Guibourg
| Newsworthy

Compared to the first wave in spring, excess deaths this autumn are less concentrated in a few hard-hit regions. As Europe’s second wave begins to pass its peak, we’ve gathered data from over 750 regions in Europe so as to track the real toll of the pandemic.


Homicide and suicide rates in the EU are falling 

Wednesday 17 February 2021 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Over the last ten years, there were significantly fewer homicides in the EU. Suicide rates have also dropped. While the situation in certain northern countries is less rosy, there were considerably fewer violent deaths per 100,000 people in the South.


Biometric IDs and health passports: Safety at the expense of personal freedom 

Monday 08 February 2021 | Andreas Vou
| VoxEurop

Digital IDs and health passports are being talked up as the only way to return to normal amid COVID-19 but open the door to an unprecedented central surveillance system and an end to personal autonomy through coercion. And while they are being pitched as optional, those who opt out face exclusion from the most fundamental freedoms.


The risks and opportunities of “remote democracy” 

Tuesday 12 January 2021 | Openpolis

In recent months, Covid-19 has put Western democracies to the test. In the larger European countries, the space for democratic deliberation has been greatly reduced. In this regard, new technologies represent a major opportunity.