Tag: Europe

Spain Is Creating Isolation Facilities For ‘Silent Carriers’ of Coronavirus

Spain’s coronavirus lockdown appears to be paying off, with the number of new deaths falling for the fourth consecutive day Monday. Now, as the government looks to ease the lockdown, it’s announced plans to isolate asymptomatic “silent carriers” of the virus in centers across the country — with one minister suggesting the quarantine could be […]

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Autocrats’ Dilemma: You Can’t Arrest a Virus

CAIRO — When the virus hit, the strongmen hit back as they know best. For Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, that meant deploying chemical warfare troops, clad in protective suits and armed with disinfectant, to the streets of Cairo, in a theatrical display of military muscle projected via social media. Russia’s leader, Vladimir V. Putin, […]

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European Banks Prepared for a Crisis. But Not This One.

FRANKFURT — It was supposed to be a drill. Government overseers would test whether European banks could survive a hypothetical perfect storm that included a steep economic downturn, plunging stock prices and a collapse in consumer spending. But before bank regulators could begin their planned stress test this year, they were confronted with the real […]

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How Did the E.U. Get the Coronavirus So Wrong?

Few countries have covered themselves with glory in the battle against Covid-19. Western Europe, currently the center of the pandemic, has had its share of poor preparation, planning, and coordination. It been hit hard: Italy has more than 120,000 cases and more than 15,000 dead — the highest number in the world. Spain is not […]

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Right to Repair and Ventilators: Saving COVID-19 Patients

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The United States faces a dire shortage of ventilators for treat ing its COVID-19 patients.  The coronavirus crisis has elevated the importance of the right to repair, since keeping machines currently in […]

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Swift Aid Payments Keep Berlin’s Self-Employed Afloat Despite Shutdown

BERLIN — When Germany shut down public life to halt the spread of the new coronavirus last month, Laurenz Bostedt, a freelance photographer, watched as one contract after another was canceled, until his entire expected income had disappeared. On Tuesday, 5,000 euros, or about $5,400, landed in his bank account, just three days after he […]

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Portent for U.S.? Ford Says European Production Offline Until ‘At Least’ May 4th

The novel coronavirus pandemic took hold in Europe before invading the U.S., which is why anyone hoping for a quick restart of the domestic manufacturing sector might want to forget about the month of April. On Friday, Ford said its European assembly operations will remain offline until at least the first week of May. Only […]

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Scientists are using AI to predict which coronavirus patients need ventilators

Computer scientists from the University of Copenhagen are using AI to calculate which coronavirus patients need ventilators and intensive care. The system will help doctors identify the symptoms that seriously ill patients have in common. Hospitals could use the insights provided by the AI to work how many patients will need a ventilator at specific […]

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Peaks, Testing, Lockdowns: How Coronavirus Vocabulary Causes Confusion

Making sense of the coronavirus pandemic requires getting up to speed on semantics as much as epidemiology. Government officials and health-care professionals toss off mentions of mortality rates, flattening the curve and lockdowns, assuming that we know what they mean. But the terms mean different things from country to country, state to state, even city […]

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Turning the Tables, Russia Sends Virus Aid to U.S.

MOSCOW — In the early 1990s, amid the poverty-ridden collapse of the Soviet Union, American food aid in the form of a flood of cheap chicken thighs — Russians called them “Bush legs” — symbolized the humiliating downfall of a superpower. Three decades later, Moscow got a chance to turn the tables. A giant An-124 […]

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Rare Rides: A 1979 Volvo 242 GT, Ready for Sports Driving

<img data-attachment-id="1715758" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/04/rare-rides-a-1979-volvo-242-gt-ready-for-sports-driving/5-95/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/5.jpg" data-orig-size="1093,900" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1979 Volvo 242 GT" data-image-description=" Volvo ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/5-425×350.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/5-610×502.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1715758 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/5-610×502.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”502″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/5-610×502.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/5-75×62.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/5-425×350.jpg 425w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/5-768×632.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/5-120×99.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/5.jpg 1093w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Today’s Rare Ride is from a time when a few of the sensible people at the Volvo […]

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The EU’s Green Deal: Bismarck’s ‘What Is Possible’ versus Thunberg’s ‘What Is Imperative’ in the Age of Covid-19

Yves here. While you were busy with impeachment and then coronavirus, the EU has been moving forward with a “Green Deal”. But what to make of it? By Servaas Storm, Senior Lecturer of Economics, Delft University of Technology. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website The unstoppable global health emergency has ripped […]

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Will the Coronavirus Threaten Our Food?

Two terminals for the Port of Houston were shut down for a day this month after an employee tested positive for coronavirus, and Pennsylvania briefly closed most of its truck stops and service areas to slow the spread of the virus, threatening to also slow the distribution of food and other goods. Some meat packagers […]

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Rare Rides: A 1988 Bentley Eight, the Ace of Base

<img data-attachment-id="1715588" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/03/rare-rides-a-1988-bentley-eight-the-ace-of-base/s-l1600-7-30/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/s-l1600-7.jpg" data-orig-size="999,666" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1988 Bentley Eight" data-image-description=" https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264653497607 ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/s-l1600-7-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/s-l1600-7-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1715588 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/s-l1600-7-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/s-l1600-7-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/s-l1600-7-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/s-l1600-7-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/s-l1600-7-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/s-l1600-7-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/s-l1600-7.jpg 999w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Recently we featured a flagship Bentley in the Azure convertible, which was among the most expensive production cars […]

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Rich Europeans Flee Virus for 2nd Homes, Spreading Fear and Fury

ÎLE DE NOIRMOUTIER, France — On their peaceful island off France’s Atlantic Coast, some of the locals watched, with growing dread and rage, the images from Paris. As rumors began circulating about an imminent nationwide lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak, hordes of Parisians jammed into trains, an odd surfboard sometimes sticking out of the […]

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Migrant Farmworkers Whose Harvests Feed Europe Are Blocked at Borders

PARIS — When Europe tightened its borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, France’s biggest farmers sounded an alarm: The workers they rely on from other countries to harvest much of the nation’s food could no longer make the trip. The concern is widespread. In Britain, farmers are struggling to find people to pick […]

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Why Is America Choosing Mass Unemployment?

Thursday’s news that more than three million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, a total far higher than in any previous week in the modern history of the United States, has been greeted with surprising equanimity by the nation’s political leaders. They appear to regard mass unemployment as an unfortunate but unavoidable symptom of […]

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Europe Fumbled Coronavirus at First. Can It Manage the Pandemic Now?

BRUSSELS — With the rapid spread of the new coronavirus, the flattened world has developed a few speed bumps. With trade disrupted and economies paralyzed, some consider that the nation-state is back, as if it ever went away. For countries like the United States, China and Russia, that is normality. But for the European Union, […]

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The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Letter to G20 Leaders (“The G20 must act now”)

Lambert here: “Narrator: They didn’t act.” I hope I’m wrong! By Erik Berglöf, Director, Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and CEPR Research Fellow, and Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust. Originally published at VoxEU. To G20 leaders, Advanced countries have started now to see the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and […]

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Europe’s Leaders Ditch Austerity and Fight Pandemic With Cash

LONDON — A British prime minister from the party of Margaret Thatcher has effectively privatized the national railway system, while forsaking budget austerity in favor of aggressive public spending. Germany has set aside its traditional detestation for debt to unleash emergency spending, while enabling the rest of the European Union to breach limits on deficits. […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Senate Moves Toward Passing Sweeping $2 Trillion Aid Deal

Here’s what you need to know: ImageTreasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, center, heading to meet the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, in Washington on Tuesday.Credit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times The $2 trillion relief package is the biggest in American history. The Senate on Wednesday moved toward a vote on a sweeping bipartisan deal to deliver $2 […]

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