Tag: Draghi, Mario

Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated: Europe’s Covid Culture War

ANNABERG-BUCHHOLZ, Germany — Sven Müller is proudly unvaccinated. He thinks Covid vaccines are neither effective nor safe but a way to make money for pharmaceutical companies and corrupt politicians who are taking away his freedom. Under state rules to stem coronavirus infections, he is no longer allowed to go to restaurants, to the bowling alley, […]

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Center of Italy’s Anti-Vaccine Protests Is Now a Covid Hot Spot

TRIESTE, Italy — When Italy introduced Europe’s toughest and most expansive health pass last month, the northeastern port city of Trieste, once a cosmopolitan maritime hub of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, became the epicenter of protests as vaccine skeptics marched alongside dock workers who shouted that the measure infringed on their right to work. Now, two […]

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Pressure Grows on G20 Nations to Get Covid Vaccines to the Poor

ROME — From the opening moments of the Group of 20 summit on Saturday, the leaders of the world’s largest economies wanted to send a strong message about ending the coronavirus pandemic: During an unconventional group photograph, they were joined on the dais by doctors in white coats and first responders from the Italian Red […]

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Biden Eases Fray with France and Savors Meeting with Pope as Europe Trip Begins

ROME — After a six-week diplomatic uproar over a scuttled submarine deal and accusations of American duplicity, President Biden made a one-on-one effort Friday to mend fences with President Emmanuel Macron of France by admitting that, yes, the matter could have been handled better. “What we did was clumsy,” Mr. Biden told reporters hours after […]

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‘America Is Back,’ Biden Declared in June. The World Is About to Test Him.

WASHINGTON — When President Biden gathered with world leaders at an English seaside resort in June, it was a backslapping celebration of America’s return to diplomatic stability after four years of public dressing-downs and impulsive policy withdrawals under President Donald J. Trump. “America is back at the table,” Mr. Biden declared at that meeting, the […]

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After Merkel, Europe Will Be Led By No One

But the attempt failed. After China retaliated against the European Union’s sanctions on four Chinese officials because of human rights violations in Xinjiang, the agreement went unratified. In any case, the bloc is far from unified on what economic and technological engagement with China should look like. For Germany, economically dependent on China and pivotal […]

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An Italian Politician’s Quest for Attention Gets a Boost From Richard Gere

ROME — Matteo Salvini, the nationalist leader who as interior minister exercised enormous influence in Italy, lost his position in the cabinet and at the center of the spotlight, particularly after a new establishment prime minister effectively sidelined the country’s populists. But this weekend, Mr. Salvini’s efforts to regain attention received a star-powered lift when […]

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Italy Puts in Force Tough New Law Requiring Workers to Test or Vaccinate

ROME — Italy on Friday set a new bar for major Western democracies seeking to move beyond the pandemic by enacting a sweeping law that requires the nation’s entire work force — public and private — to have government-issued health passes, essentially forcing Italians to choose between getting a pass and earning a living. With […]

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Italy Enacts Law Requiring Workers to Test or Vaccinate

ROME — Italy on Friday set a new bar for major Western democracies seeking to move beyond the pandemic by enacting a sweeping law that requires the nation’s entire work force — public and private — to have government-issued health passes, essentially forcing Italians to choose between getting a pass and earning a living. With […]

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