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A special edition on the coronavirus pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 24 novembre 2020

Welcome to the newsletter highlighting The Economist ’s best writing on the pandemic and its effects. We have two covers this week. In Britain we look at the efforts of the ruling Conservative Party to redesign the British state in order to centralise power in the cabinet and speed up decision-making. Will it work? In our other editions we look at the rivalry between America and China. The achievement of the Trump administration was to recognise the authoritarian threat from China. The task for the Biden administration will be to work out what to do about it. We argue that America should aim to strike a grand bargain with its allies.In our coverage of covid-19 we analyse the continuing good news coming out of vaccine trials. We investigate the links between health outcomes and race and argue that, for the sake of fairness, governments ought to overcome their qualms about collecting data by ethnicity.We look at how Japanese health care is embracing telemedicine and how, in America, charter schools seem to be better at remote learning than public schools. We also report on Walmart’s success in turning the pandemic to its advantage. Our mortality tracker uses the gap between the total number of people who have died from any cause and the historical average for the time of year to estimate how many deaths from the virus the official statistics are failing to pick up. We have been covering the pandemic in Economist Radio and Economist Films, too. This week we have a film about a rise in the mistrust of vaccines. Will that threaten the effectiveness of the vaccines for covid-19? These are strange times. Amid the unexpectedly good news about treatments and vaccines, comes the rapidly mounting totals of infection—a dismal prelude to the deaths that lie between us today and the easing of the pandemic next year. I hope that our coverage helps you take stock of it all. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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EU survey confirms citizens’ call for EU to have more powers to tackle pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 novembre 2020

Bruxelles. In the grip of the second wave of coronavirus, two thirds of EU citizens call for more EU competence and an EU budget with sufficient means to tackle the crisis.The European Parliament released today the full results of its third survey this year asking European citizens their views on the Coronavirus crisis and their attitudes towards the European Union. Although 50% of Europeans feel ‘uncertainty’ again as their key emotional state as the economic impact of the pandemic takes its toll, more people now have a positive image of the EU than in the Spring.With an increasing number of EU citizens feeling uncertain about their future, two thirds of respondents (66%) agreed that the EU should have more competences to deal with the pandemic. In addition, a majority of respondents (54%) think that the EU should have greater financial means to tackle the consequences of the pandemic.However, it is of the utmost importance to EU citizens that EU funds only go to Members States with a functioning judicial system and a robust respect of shared European democratic values. More than three-quarters of respondents (77%) agree that the EU should only provide funds to Member States conditional upon their government’s implementation of the rule of law and of democratic principles. Public health should be the key spending priority, followed by economic recovery and new opportunities for businesses (42%), climate change and environmental protection (37%) as well as employment and social affairs (35%).Attitudes towards the EU have become more positive in comparison with the first survey in April/May 2020 this year. The proportion of respondents who hold a positive image of the EU has increased steadily, from only 31% in April 2020 to 41% in the present survey. However, a majority of respondents remain dissatisfied with the solidarity, or lack thereof, between EU Member States. Around half of the respondents (49%) say they are satisfied with the measures their government has taken so far against the Coronavirus pandemic, while a similar proportion (48%) are not satisfied. Attitudes have become more negative since the last wave of the survey, with a fall in satisfaction with government measures.EU-wide, more than a third of respondents (39%) say that the COVID-19 pandemic has already impacted on their personal income. A further 27% say that they expect such an impact on their finances in the future. Young people and families with children appear to be hit worst by the crisis: 64% of citizens between 16 and 34 years have experienced some form of financial difficulties, 27% of respondents with children have used their personal savings sooner than planned. In five Member States (Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Romania and Bulgaria) more than half of respondents say that the pandemic has already affected their personal income.

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2021 EU budget must focus on supporting a sustainable recovery from the pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 31 ottobre 2020

Next year’s budget – the first of the 2021-2027 financing period – should “promote fair, inclusive and sustainable growth, high-quality job-creation and its long-term goal of socioeconomic convergence”, MEPs state in their draft resolution, which reflects and accompanies the outcome of the vote on budgetary figures of 15 October.They have set the overall level of the 2021 EU budget at just under € 182 billion in commitment appropriations, representing an increase of € 15 billion compared to the Commission’s proposal. Most of these increases will benefit the EU’s 15 flagship programmes, boosting many programmes and projects that will support the young, researchers, health workers, entrepreneurs, and many other citizens.Other major additions to next year’s budget were voted on in areas such as climate change, energy, digital and transport interconnectivity, SMEs, tourism, security, migration, fundamental rights, and external action. MEPs also aim to achieve a biodiversity spending level of 10% and a climate mainstreaming spending level of 30% for 2021.Details about the different headings, programmes and projects can be found in the draft resolution. The resolution prepared by the General Rapporteur for the Commission’s budget, Pierre Larrouturou (S&D, FR), and the rapporteur for the other institutions’ administrative budget, Mr Olivier Chastel (RENEW, BE), was adopted with 35 votes to 2 and 4 abstentions.

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Welcome to the newsletter highlighting The Economist’s best writing on the pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 ottobre 2020

Our cover this week examines the Republican claim that, as president, Joe Biden would succumb to the plans of the radical left—dramatically expanding the role of government and crippling American business. How much of a danger is that? In our writing on the pandemic we focused on the ramifications of the virus in different countries. We have an analysis of the news that President Donald Trump and the first lady have contracted the disease. Our lead note in Asia tries to get to the bottom of why Pakistan has recorded so many fewer deaths and infections than India, in spite of being poorer. We report on the second wave in Spain and the problems in Iraq. We catch up with the election campaign in New Zealand, where Jacinda Ardern has been riding a covid-19 high. And we trace the connections between the pandemic and booming rich-world house prices. Our mortality tracker uses the gap between the total number of people who have died from any cause and the historical average for the time of year to estimate how many deaths from the virus the official statistics are failing to pick up. We have also been covering the pandemic in Economist Radio and Economist Films. We have a film this week that looks at how covid-19 has disrupted world trade, which was already faltering before the virus struck. The pandemic will not kill off globalisation, but it will deepen the cracks in it. The weather in the northern hemisphere is turning cold. If you are spending more time indoors with people from outside your household, don’t forget your mask! By Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief

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Welcome to the newsletter highlighting The Economist’s best writing on the pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 settembre 2020

Our cover this week examines the huge impact that the virus has had on the office and working life. Around the world employees, governments and firms are trying to work out if the office is obsolete—and are coming to radically different conclusions. Before the pandemic only 3% of Americans worked from home regularly; now vast numbers do. How much of this change will stick when a vaccine arrives? The emerging picture is of an “optional office”, which people attend, but less frequently. That will have huge economic costs, from the collapse of city-centre cafés to the $16bn budget shortfall that New York subway’s system faces. Still, rather than turning the clock back, governments and firms need to adapt.Although the plight of mega-cities gets much of the attention, the pandemic is changing suburbs, too. We report from the front line of Britain’s commuterland. Meanwhile the implications of lockdowns continue to extend far beyond work. Our sister publication, 1843, looks at the revival of the drive-in cinema. Latin America is in the midst of an education crisis: more than 95% of the region’s 150m pupils remain at home and most countries have set no date for school reopening. At least the coronavirus pandemic has eliminated the flu season in the southern hemisphere. As we explain in this week’s Graphic detail, lockdowns and social distancing have changed the pattern of this illness dramatically. In the first two weeks of August, the World Health Organisation (WHO) processed nearly 200,000 influenza tests, and found just 46 were positive. In a typical year the number would be closer to 3,500. The WHO itself has been the subject of bitter criticism, not least from the White House. But as we report from Geneva, it has done reasonably well against covid-19. And to perform better it needs more muscle and money. Alongside our analysis we have also published one of our periodic By Invitation essays, this time by Tedros Adhanom, the WHO’s director-general. He outlines the risks from vaccine nationalism but also strikes an optimistic note, as long as countries co-operate rather than fight. “Although we absolutely must not let down our guard, it is possible to imagine the beginning of the end of the health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus.” By Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief – Font: The Economist.

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The Economist’s best writing on the pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 24 agosto 2020

Our cover this week looks at the resilience of the Chinese economy under Xi Jinping as confrontation between America and China escalates. China’s state capitalism is entering a new stage—call it Xinomics—involving tight control over the economic cycle, a more efficient state and a blurring of the boundary between state and private firms. America and its allies must prepare for a long contest between open societies and China’s ruthless mix of autocracy, technology and dynamism.
In our coverage on the pandemic, we report on how photographers who document the impact of covid-19 must grapple with thorny ethical problems. An online “By invitation” column by Nicholas Christakis sets out the epidemiological factors that make SARS-CoV-2 (as the virus is called) so much deadlier and harder to control than the other six coronaviruses that infect humans. Governments are pumping vast amounts of money to sustain crippled economies. In America, though, gridlock in Congress is holding up a second fiscal-stimulus bill. In the euro zone, the European Central Bank is testing the limits of monetary stimulus. And poor countries are suffering from a crunch in microfinance. The pandemic’s consequences for global demand are being felt by firms including Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer. Social distancing has profoundly changed the way people behave. Our writers bemoan the decline of the office romance and of gossip. In Economist Films, meanwhile, our experts analyse whether enough money is being spent on the development of vaccines .To keep up to speed, visit our coronavirus hub. We also track official cases and deaths in Europe and America. Separately, our mortality tracker estimates how many deaths from the virus the official statistics are failing to pick up.Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist’s best writing on the pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 luglio 2020

Our cover this week is about the profound shift taking place in economics as a result of covid-19. It will be characterised by government borrowing, money-printing and intervention in capital markets—all underpinned by low inflation. Each era of economics confronts a new challenge. After the 1930s the task was to prevent depressions. In the 1970s and early 1980s the holy grail was to end stagflation. Today policymakers must learn how to manage the business cycle and fight financial crises without a politicised takeover of the economy.In our coverage of the pandemic we report on new speculation that the virus may have started spreading many years ago across the border from China, in Vietnam, Laos or Myanmar. In the rich world nearly half of all deaths from the coronavirus have taken place in care and nursing homes, even though they contain less than 1% of the population. We draw some lessons for the elderly. Elsewhere, we dig into the causes of America’s runaway caseload of covid-19—and how it depends on geometric growth. Our correspondents in Israel and Central Asia write about how, in their own way, both places are struggling with the disease. We catch up with recent progress in vaccines and treatments. And our data journalists take the chance offered by crowd-free football games to answer an age-old question: what explains home advantage?Our mortality tracker uses the gap between the total number of people who have died from any cause and the historical average for the time of year to estimate how many deaths from the virus the official statistics are failing to pick up. And we have plotted the march of covid-19 across America and Europe , exploring which places are successfully battling the disease.
We have also been focusing on the pandemic in Economist Radio and Economist Films. This week we have a film on its impact on American stockmarkets, and why they have enjoyed a record-breaking streak even though the country faces the deepest recession in living memory.Almost seven months into the pandemic there is still so much to learn about the virus and its impact. (By Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist)

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EMD In My Country events 2020 despite Covid-19 pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 luglio 2020

Although the European Maritime Day (EMD) 2020 Conference (foreseen to be held in Cork, Ireland) had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis and the related social distancing measures, our EMD In My Country partners managed to organise many open air or virtual events. This year, 200 EMD In My Country events have been initially registered, covering all the EU sea basins. The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation of several workshops, seminars and conferences, but many organisers managed to keep their events alive, be it often in a virtual format. Other EMD in my Country activities were taking place in open air, like eco-tours, excursions in coastal areas, beach-cleaning activities etc. At all times, the safety of the participants was of course the main priority.Wild seabass: new report on the market trends of one of Europe’s top fish
For many small vessels in the EU, seabass represents more than 10% of landing value, peaking at 50% in the Netherlands and 40% in France, according to a new report released today by the European Commission and the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture (EUMOFA). These fleets, mainly passive gears and hooks and liners, are profitable and can value their catch at the highest price. Seabass caught with hooks and line can reach the price of up to 35€/kg on the French market – the largest market for wild seabass in Europe.The report highlights the main market trends for wild seabass in Europe, including the fleets’ economic dependency on seabass, the impact of recreational fisheries, as well as the significant market segmentation depending on production methods (wild-caught or farmed), size of the catch and type of gear used.

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The pandemic has shown that Amazon is essential—but vulnerable

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 giugno 2020

We have three covers this week. In our Americas edition we report on the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos. He is perhaps the 21st century’s most important tycoon: a muscle-ripped divorcé who finances space missions and newspapers for fun, and who receives adulation from Warren Buffett and abuse from Donald Trump. Amazon is no longer just a bookseller but a digital conglomerate worth $1.3trn that consumers love, politicians love to hate, and investors and rivals have learned never to bet against. The pandemic has fuelled a digital surge that shows how important Amazon is to ordinary life in America and Europe, because of its crucial role in e-commerce, logistics and cloud computing. Superficially it could not be a better time for Amazon, but the world’s fourth-most-valuable firm faces problems: a fraying social contract, financial bloating and re-energised competition.In our UK edition we analyse why Britain has come to have the highest overall death rate of any country in the rich world. Britain was always going to struggle with covid-19. London is an international hub, Britons are fatter than their fellow Europeans and the United Kingdom has a high share of ethnic-minority people, who are especially vulnerable to the disease. Yet the government played a bad hand badly. It has been slow to increase testing, launch a contact-tracing app, stop visits to care homes, ban big public events, provide health workers with personal protective equipment, and require people to wear face coverings on public transport. The painful conclusion is that Britain has the wrong government for a pandemic.
In our other editions we look at the state of the world, 75 years after the creation of the United Nations. The UN is struggling, as are many of the structures, like the World Trade Organisation and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, designed to help create order out of chaos. The system is beset by internal problems, by the global struggle to cope with the rise of China and most of all by the neglect—antipathy even—of the country that was its chief architect and sponsor, the United States. The threat to the global order weighs on everyone, including America. But if the United States pulls back, then everyone must step forward. If they do not, the world risks a great unravelling, much like the nightmare in the 1920s and 1930s that first impelled the Allies to construct a global order. (by Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-In-Chief font: Yhe Economist)

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Cannabis sales have stalled in California during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 giugno 2020

Toronto, Ontario Halo Labs Inc. (“Halo” or the “Company”) (NEO: HALO, OTCQX: AGEEF, Germany: A9KN) is pleased to announce that retail sales of the Company’s Hush™ branded products have been have been growing in the state of California. In addition progress has been made on other initiatives in California.Cannabis sales have stalled in California during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to BDS Analytics, in April 2020, cannabis sales for state licensed retailers and delivery services reached $252 million, declining by nine percent from the trailing month and growing four percent compared to April 2019. Concentrate sales were $78.1 million, down 9.9% from April 2019. Marijuana Business Daily postulates that while not affected by tourism, the nascent legal California market is dealing with high prices, an entrenched black market, and lack of retail stores. Despite the flat overall trend and downward category trend, Hush™ vape cartridges have been growing rapidly with unaudited wholesale sales in April of $298,000. Unaudited May 2020 wholesale sales of Hush™ branded products were $417,000. Furthermore the Company anticipates this growth rate will be sustained as the California menu expands, the Company penetrates more stores, and onboards additional sales reps to the team. Halo has quadrupled the team and plans to launch one, ten, and twenty piece gummy varieties with multiple flavors and infused pre-rolls before the end of Q3 2020. Halo is supporting further brand recognition initiatives through its inclusion on Weedmaps and is targeting becoming a top 20 cannabis brands across the state of California by Q4 2020. Halo is in 75 of approximately 600 dispensaries statewide meaning there is ample runway to grow.Kiran Sidhu, CEO and Co-Founder of Halo stated, “With high unemployment in the United States, I believe consumers are flocking to affordable products. Hush is the product line that brings value to the people.” He continued, “We are focused on growing our market share in California by expanding Hush™ branded cartridges, launching our edibles and tincture product offerings to include recreational focused gummies, mints, syrup and chocolates, and a terpene enhanced gram pre-roll line.” Andreas Met, COO and Co-Founder commented, “We are thrilled at the progress made expanding our California sales team from two to eight individuals in the last six weeks. At the current expansion rate, and with the launch of more value-based product lines, we hope that Hush will be on of the top cannabis brands in California sales-wise by the end of August. It’s an exciting time for Halo Labs.”The Company has had success with Super Filtration and is progressing towards full commercialization, having yielded 35,000 grams of distillate from previously unsaleable product. The Company plans to use Super filtered distillate to power Hush™ vape cartridges and edibles. If successful, the Company anticipates that its Super Filtration capabilities will help establish Halo as a low cost producer by enabling the Company to make distillate from by-product of previously written off inventory.

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Tracing apps: MEPs assess privacy challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 giugno 2020

Legitimate public health measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus need to be balanced against the right to privacy and personal data, say MEPs.Members of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights held a debate on Friday with invited experts on the widespread use of digital technologies to fight the spread of COVID-19, notably by retrieving, locating and logging personally identifiable data from mobile devices. Several countries have introduced dedicated apps or are tracking citizens via their mobile devices in an attempt to curb the pandemic.
MEPs and the experts discussed, among other things, South Korea’s experience in dealing with the pandemic. The country has both been praised and at the same time criticised for the use of digital technologies to fight the coronavirus, and highlighted as an example of how oversight and the upholding of human rights standards risk being compromised through such measures.
The subcommittee also examined the effectiveness of mobile tracing technologies, the existing conventions and principles being used and developed to balance public health policy goals with fundamental rights, personal data requirements, and how civil society can play a role in monitoring the situation and maintaining a dialogue with authorities and international organisations on these issues.MEPs also quizzed the guest speakers on a number of aspects, including if a universal legal framework regulating the use of such technologies should be put in place, whether the apps being used should be considered temporary or a permanent fixture, and how more vulnerable groups in society can be properly informed about the new technologies, in order to be fully aware of their impact.The EU, as a leader in global standard-setting on privacy and data protection should establish best practices both for intra-EU use and as solutions to emulate worldwide, they conclude. This should also be an integral part of the EU Action Plan and applied in the EU’s human rights toolkit applicable for third countries.

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EP supports local authorities fighting the effects of the pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 maggio 2020

Brussels. Besides Parliament’s core activities, President Sassoli has offered EP support to local authorities providing meals, shelter and a COVID-19 testing centre. The current precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 have not affected the European Parliament’s capacity to ensure the legislative, budgetary and scrutiny functions of the Institution.Besides its core activities, the European Parliament contacted the local authorities to offer its support in addressing the socio economic consequences of the crisis in its three main places of work. As result, different agreements with local authorities are in place to address specific requests and needs due to the current circumstances.“We are all involved in an emergency which touches people’s lives. This crisis must push all of us, including the institutions, to set a good example” said European Parliament President David Sassoli.Thanks to its logistical services, the European Parliament provides about 7,000 meals per week, since 14 April, distributed in collaboration with various charitable associations: Resto du Coeur Saint Gilles, DoucheFLUX, the Red Cross, Mother Teresa and CPAS Ixelles. Parliament has also started to deliver meals for medical staff at Saint Pierre hospital.In addition, 100 vulnerable women have been offered a shelter on EP Brussels premises. The Samusocial of the Brussels Region has been running the fully equipped installations in EP’s Kohl building since 29 April. The Parliament also provides the associated catering 7 days a week to them in a cafeteria reorganised to respect all precautionary measures.The European Parliament has also made available part of its car and truck fleet for the transportation of supplies and delivering meals to nurses and doctors.

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A special edition on the coronavirus pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 maggio 2020

In most of our editions we lead with a lament for globalisation. World goods trade may shrink by 10-30% this year. Don’t be fooled that the diminished movement of people, goods and capital will make the world more humane or safer. With globalisation in reverse, it will become harder to deal with planet-wide problems, including finding a vaccine and securing an economic recovery.Our Europe edition focuses on the European Union. The pandemic is not just causing an economic crisis there, as it is elsewhere in the world, it is fast creating a political and constitutional crisis, too. Europe’s difficulties are solvable, but the EU’s members cannot agree on what they want, nor on how to bring about reform.Our coverage of the disease this week includes a look at the safety and efficacy of contact-tracing apps, a data-rich analysis setting out the threat of a second wave of infections in well-connected towns and cities and a report on why Africa appears to have escaped lightly—so far. We set out how researchers have found a way to dip into patients’ data to extract information about the disease without compromising their privacy. And we describe how the virus that causes covid-19 might attack colonies of great apes.We also have a mortality tracker, which uses the gap between the total number of people who have died from any cause and the historical average for the time of year to estimate how many deaths from covid-19 the official statistics are failing to pick up. We have been focusing on the pandemic in Economist radio and Economist films, too. This week we released a short film on how the pandemic could change the world’s financial order. (by Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief – font: The Economist)

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Response to pandemic is vital for the sustainable future of the transport sector

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 maggio 2020

Transport Committee MEPs supported the urgency procedure for proposed measures. However, they noted also that there is a need for greater transparency and deliberation before rushing any legislative proposals through:
Aviation: Contracts with ground-handling services should be flexible, as should modified air carrier licensing rules. The measure mostly received support in the debate.
Maritime: Ports should be able to defer, reduce or lift port infrastructure charges for port users. Many MEPs underlined that it is not clear who would benefit from this proposal and it is difficult to see its added value in a very competitive environment. This might cause unfair competition. The Commission said that it remains an optional tool to provide additional flexibility and keep supply lanes open.
Rail: the deadline to transpose EU law on rail safety and interoperability should be extended. Transport Committee MEPs agree with the extension; however, the timeframe remains under discussion.
Relieving the administrative burden: the validity of certain certificates and licences should be extended by providing temporary derogation from 15 legal acts. Many MEPs supported the changes by the Council, i.e. for the less affected member states to opt out from the relief measures.The MEPs also reiterated the need for a coordinated approach to easing COVID-19 lockdown measures as well as the need for additional support measures for both the transport and tourism sectors.
Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans acknowledged that transforming the transport sector is essential to the success of the European Green Deal. “COVID-19 or not, there is still a climate crisis. That will not go away. We have to do everything we can to stop the temperatures rising”, he said. “We want to make sure that, in the recovery plan, we save jobs and at the same time make the transition to sustainability. We will have to invest as much as possible at the EU and national level. This is the most challenging part of our mandate.”Many MEPs raised doubts about whether a strong economy is compatible with a fair transition to sustainability. “Can we afford a green deal in this crisis? There is no contradiction between the need to recover economically and to do it in line with the Green Deal. We cannot succumb to short-term expediency”, explained the Executive Vice-President, adding that it is already evident that investments into sustainable energy now outpace the investments in old energy. Several questions also tackled the loss of jobs in the car industry, the lack of infrastructure for electric vehicles, the aviation sector’s struggles in the current crisis and a possible additional tax burden, the importance of rail transport, as well as rethinking transport systems in cities.

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Welcome to the newsletter highlighting The Economist’s best pandemic coverage

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 maggio 2020

“Our cover this week looks at what to expect from life after lockdowns. What we call the 90% economy will be missing large chunks of everyday life—at least until a vaccine or a treatment is found. People are weighed down by financial hardship and the fear of a second wave of covid-19. Businesses are short of money. The unemployed could face a lost decade.Our coverage of the disease this week sleuths into the genetic origins of the virus. SARS-CoV-2 almost certainly travelled from a bat to a person via an animal in the wet market in Wuhan—but it could conceivably have escaped from one of the town’s biological laboratories. We estimate how many years victims lose to covid-19 and weigh up the costs and benefits of closing schools. We look at the immune system, China’s determination to stamp out the disease and how nicotine may affect the rate of infection by competing with the virus to bind with human cells.We also have a mortality tracker, which uses the gap between the total number of people who died from any cause and the historical average for the time of year to estimate how many deaths from covid-19 the official statistics are failing to pick up.We have been focusing on the pandemic in Economist radio and Economist films, too. In Babbage, our science podcast, Pascal Soriot, chief executive of the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, talks about potential treatments. We ask whether people who have recovered from covid-19 can catch it a second time. And Sonja Lyubomirsky, of the University of California, Riverside, tells us how acts of kindness can boost the immune system. For those of us chafing under lockdown, perhaps her words will offer some encouragement”. (by Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief)

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COVID-19: MEPs to quiz Margrethe Vestager on the EU’s response to the pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 maggio 2020

Brussels Monday, 4 May 2020, 14.00 – 15.20 Where: European Parliament, Antall building, room 4Q2, Members of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will be able to participate remotely and can ask for the floor and intervene. Committee Chair Petra De Sutter (Greens/EFA, BE), as well as a few other MEPs, will be present in the meeting room. The Commission’s Executive Vice-President, Margrethe Vestager, will participate remotely. EU measures to tackle the COVID-19 crisis and ways the digital transformation can boost recovery will be discussed with Commission Executive Vice-President Vestager, on Monday.During the debate, Internal Market Committee MEPs are likely to address the role of digital technologies in tackling the COVID-19 crisis, the new EU industrial strategy, and how to ensure that state aid measures to support the economy do not lead to a fragmentation of the EU Internal Market.Members are expected to reiterate the importance of monitoring the implementation of EU rules on e-commerce and online platforms, and of tackling disinformation in times of COVID-19. The impact of the crisis on the Commission’s Work Programme is also due to be discussed in the debate.
The European Parliament, in a resolution approved on 17 April on EU coordinated action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, stressed that the EU’s recovery and reconstruction package should have the European Green Deal and the digital transformation at its core in order to kick-start the economy, make it more resilient and create jobs. This package should also assist in implementing an industrial strategy that preserves core EU industrial sectors.The meeting will be web-streamed here (Parliament’s Multimedia Centre).

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The worst pandemics in history

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 aprile 2020

Where is covid-19 in a list of worst pandemics in history? Never before have we seen a situation where almost the entire global economy has been under lockdown conditions. The covid-19 virus has caused something without precedent in economic history. Having said that, how severe is this pandemic relative to those seen through history? Or how severe could it end up
being? To answer this we’ve looked at 24 pandemics and epidemics over the last 2000 years where the historical literature suggests at least 100,000 fatalities. We have then calculated this as a proportion of the world’s population at the time. We appreciate that the world’s population has grown substantially over time and 100,000 was a much higher percentage at the start of this sample period than at the end. Nevertheless, this criterion covered virtually all of the major outbreaks seen in
the early years of this analysis partly because these viruses were more deadly back then with more rudimentary healthcare and poorer general health. Obviously there is much debate about how many people died from the various viruses, especially those further back through time. However, we have provided the best estimates based on comparing various sources. At the end we’ve included a table detailing the specific numbers for each outbreak. For modern context we’ve added MERS, SARS and Ebola to this even though they don’t qualify for the below analysis given their relatively low fatality tally. In conclusion, this is far from the worst pandemic in history, but its eventual likely lowly place relative to its historical peers in terms of severity will owe much to the lockdowns that probably wouldn’t have occurred in the past, mitigation going forward and perhaps to a future vaccine. Our intolerance in today’s society to anything close to the levels of fatalities seen through history, and our globally
connected world, mean that modern pandemics are likely to consistently be treated in the manner of covid-19 going forward.
As such we will probably have another global lockdown in our lifetimes, when the next pandemic passes through. Over the last century (after the Spanish Flu) if you correctly exclude MERS, Ebola and SARS – which killed fewer than 15,000 people
in total and were highly regional – we’ve now had five pandemics (four if you exclude HIV, which is not transmitted in a respiratory manner). The modern precedent has been set. (Copyright © 2020 Deutsche Bank AG)

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The pandemic is no excuse to weaken democracy and the rule of law, MEPs say

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2020

The Civil Liberties Committee hosted four discussions on Thursday on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights. Speakers from across the political spectrum warned that important values such as democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights must not be jeopardised by pandemic-related emergency measures, and that decisive action by the European Commission and the Council is needed to safeguard them.In the morning, MEPs exchanged views with Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders, the Croatian Presidency of the Council and Polish Ombusdman Adam Bodnar. The afternoon debates included an update by the Democracy, Rule of law and Fundamental rights Monitoring Group on recent developments, and two exchanges of views with Commissioner Reynders: one on the emergency measures taken in all member states with a focus on Hungary, and another on the state of play of the EC annual Rule of Law Report.Almost all MEPs who took the floor expressed very serious concerns about the “increasing grip of the executive on the judiciary” in Poland, despite the Polish Minister’s assurances that the reforms were not out of sync with existing provisions in other EU member states. Particular concerns were raised in relation to the implementation of the , ordering the suspension of ongoing disciplinary proceedings against judges. Many MEPs also condemned the adoption on 23 January of reforms that Supreme Court President Malgorzata Gersdorf denounced as a “muzzle law”.Much of the debate focused on the risk posed by holding elections while civil rights are being restricted due to the pandemic and the corresponding media environment, although some arguments were presented about democracy being respected by putting in place postal voting provisions for all citizens. MEPs and some guest speakers highlighted that relevant legal reforms are not in line with Poland’s constitution and the standards set by the international community as regards the organisation of free and fair elections. Similar concerns were voiced in relation to potential legal reforms on hate speech and LGBTI rights, especially as civil society is currently unable to react.Most MEPs are particularly concerned about recent developments in Hungary in relation to the government’s increased powers, with many also worried about other issues, including media freedom, the rights of civil society, discrimination against vulnerable groups and corruption in the country. A majority among them, echoed by Commissioner Reynders, highlighted the need for measures taken in Hungary and all other EU member states in response to the pandemic to be proportional, of limited duration, and necessary.Many committee members also expressed their worry over measures taken by governments across the EU in a diverse range of fields, from access to public documents to social media oversight by national authorities, and from media freedom to sex education, reproductive rights and the rights of the LGBTI+ community. A few speakers, including Committee Chair Lopez Aguilar and Commissioner Reynders, highlighted that respect for data protection and privacy must remain a priority in developing apps to monitor and contain the spread of the pandemic.A majority of MEPs who took the floor criticised the Commission and the Council for failing to act decisively on most fronts, including in completing ongoing Article 7(1) procedures, initiating cases on the infringement of EU law, and issuing rule of law guidelines for COVID-19 emergency measures. Some speakers, including Commissioner Reynders, also drew links between EU funding and adherence to the EU principles enshrined in the Treaty.

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The economist: A special edition on the coronavirus pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 aprile 2020

Welcome to this week’s newsletter highlighting the best of our coverage on covid-19. In an issue dominated by the disease, we had two covers. In most of the world we looked at the spread of the virus in poor countries. So far, recorded cases are few. But make no mistake: they are mounting and societies are terrifyingly underprepared.In America and Britain we wrote about how the pandemic has led to the most dramatic increase in state power since the second world war. For believers in limited government and open markets, covid-19 poses a problem. Only the state can deal with this crisis. Yet history suggests that the state will not give up all the ground it takes—with implications for the economy and surveillance.We develop those themes in this issue. We have in-depth reporting on the threat from the disease in Africa. We also examine the use of personal data to enforce quarantines, track the epidemic and pounce on new outbreaks. We look at how wars and the Depression led to a permanently bigger state with many more powers and responsibilities, and the taxes to pay for them. We describe the unprecedented global collaboration among medics searching for the best way to treat the disease. We look at how China is slowly returning to normal. And for all those long-suffering workers stuck at home, our Bartleby columnist shares the pain.
We have also been reporting on the disease on Economist radio and in Economist films. This week we highlight our science podcast, Babbage. It features items on how some people with covid-19 lose their sense of smell, the scramble to make ventilators and the effect of the pandemic on the environment.We hope that our coverage helps make you better informed, and your isolation more tolerable. By Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-In-Chief.

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The Economist: “In another week dominated by the pandemic, we have two covers”

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 31 marzo 2020

“In Britain and America we examine how the role of governments has expanded to deal with the virus. It is the most dramatic extension of the state since the second world war and it has taken place with almost no time for debate. But it is no accident. Only the state can enforce isolation and business closures to stop the virus; it alone can help offset the resulting economic collapse. Yet for believers in limited government and open markets, covid-19 poses a problem. The state must act decisively. But history suggests that the state does not give up all the ground it takes during crises. Today that has implications not just for the economy, but also for the surveillance of individuals.Everywhere else we look at the damage the disease will do to poor countries, which could be even worse than in the rich world. Official data do not begin to tell the story. As of March 25th Africa had reported only 2,800 infections so far; India, only 650. But the virus is in nearly every country and will surely spread. There is no vaccine. There is no cure. The health-care systems in poor countries are in no position to cope. And their economies will take a battering just as they need to raise spending to reduce the death toll and provide welfare so that workers can isolate themselves without running out of money. It is in rich countries’ interests to think globally. If covid-19 is left to ravage the emerging world, it will soon spread back to the rich one.” by Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-In-Chief The Economist)

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