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US President Donald Trump called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the news to congratulate him that he’ll be forming Israel’s next government, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel closed in on a unity government with rival Gantz

Israeli people get a new government. Negotiating teams representing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz met recently as talks continued to hammer out the details of a national unity government, Israeli media reported

In the field of global governance, the Covid-19 crisis appears first of all as a crisis of anticipation capacity by the international community.

Is COVID-19 a Geopolitical Game-Changer?

Ought we not however begin to think of the possible impacts the virus will have on international politics?

"Now they’re all sharing their surroundings 24/7 with no breathing space. It will be tougher than normal."

Coronavirus: ’Domestic abuse pandemic likely due to shutdown’

The coronavirus outbreak will lead to a "domestic abuse pandemic" as vulnerable people spend all day with their abuser during the UK’s lockdown, campaigners have warned

After two months of a travel ban and a lockdown lasting several weeks, buses and subways are running again, and shops are also open. Trains are bringing people who had made it out of the city shortly before the total lockdown in January back to their homes.

In China, the time ‘after’ COVID-19 is beginning – but fear remains

For weeks, China has hardly reported any new cases of coronavirus infections. The economy is showing signs of recovery, but the fear of a “second wave” remains

To support factual and reliable information, there is a joint EU page about Europe’s response to the virus, which will soon include special information to correct common myths linked to the outbreak.

How to recognise and tackle Covid-19 myths

The outbreak of the coronavirus has led to disinformation that hampers efforts to contain the pandemic. Read on to find out what you can do

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The response to the pandemic illustrates five actions we can take to address the global climate change crisis.

Analyses

How COVID-19 might help us win the fight against climate change

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has elicited a global response unlike anything we’ve seen before

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It is clear that the world is entering a phase of ‘Big Government’ in which nation states have to become the main employers by underwriting companies and jobs.

Europe

Why the EU will play a greater global role post-Corona

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Pundits in the noisy Covid-19 debate divide broadly into two schools of thought

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The hold-up started with a tweet of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, leader of the ‘socialist’ Democrats in the House. It says, ‘Mitch McConnell & the GOP are pushing a crony capitalists slush fund for friends and donors.’

World

Trump signs $2trillion Coronavirus stimulus bill after an ‘ideological and left wing’ hold-up by Democrats

Monday, March 30, 2020

Friday March 27, President Trump signs a roughly $2trillion stimulus package into law, the largest relief package in US history to extend aid to many struggling Americans through direct payments and expanded unemployment insurance

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"These days where Europeans are confined to their homes we need more than ever the passion, freedom, creativity and generosity of our Artists and cultural institutions..."

Europe

Coronavirus crisis: Commission launches #CreativeEuropeAtHome

Friday, March 27, 2020

The European Commission has launched #CreativeEuropeAtHome, a social media campaign running on its Creative Europe accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Draconian countermeasures have been adopted in many countries. If the pandemic dissipates — either on its own or because of these measures — short-term extreme social distancing and lockdowns may be bearable.

Analyses

A fiasco in the making?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data

“Opening of accession talks sends a loud and clear message not only to the two countries, but to the Western Balkans as a whole..."

Europe

Commission welcomes the green light to opening of new accession talks

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The European Commission welcomes the Council’s decision to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, subject to final endorsement by the European Council members

"Most countries were caught largely unprepared. Some, including the United States, were even outright complacent. The time will come to draw the proper lessons."

World

Flatten the Curve of Infection and the Curve of Recession at the Same Time

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Now Is the Time to Inoculate Against the Economic Mutation of COVID-19

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Within the EU, we have already seen the ECB launch a new  Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme representing over 7% of GDP, a €37 billion “Corona Response Investment Initiative” from the European Commission, and liquidity support schemes by member states covering up to 13% of euro area GDP, according to the Eurogroup.

Business

Support for business to ensure this economic crisis is short-lived

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Even by the standards of the 2008 financial crisis, the economic policy response by governments and central banks across the globe to the present crisis has been rapid and dramatic

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"In the midst of a crisis, the EU has overcome divisions and demonstrated a genuine solidarity with our friends and partners. I welcome the belated decision to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia, while regretting that we had to wait till now for this important step..."

Europe

EU opens accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Foreign Affairs Committee Chair welcomes EU member states’ decision to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia

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Logically, the coronavirus now ravaging parts of Italy and Spain and sweeping across the continent should be the ideal opportunity for the EU to move away from complacency and national individualism to solidarity and European integration. Instead, the pandemic, so far, has proved the opposite.

Europe

The Coronavirus Pandemic Should End Europe’s Comfort Zone

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The deadly coronavirus that has killed so many Europeans, especially in Italy and Spain, ought to jolt Europe out of its complacency. Don’t bet on it

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"European solidarity, already fragilised by discord over migration, faces ever-stronger daily tests."

World

Three scenarios for a Covid-19 world: we can still make the right choices

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Adjusting to life in a Covid-19 world is difficult. Daily disruptions impair thinking beyond today. Last week was history, yesterday another country. Tomorrow is unknown, the day-after, unknowable

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Could users define proactively what their data can be used for, such as accelerating the cure for COVID-19, or dementia or cancer?

Analyses

How personal data could help contribute to a COVID-19 cure

Monday, March 23, 2020

The entire state of California just joined San Francisco and Silicon Valley in a "shelter at home" order from the state’s governor. Restaurants, movie theatres and schools are just some of the parts of our everyday lives that must be temporarily interrupted to curb the spread of Covid-19

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EU Actually

‘This is the hour of the memberstates, not so much of the EU’

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

Commission President Von der Leyen slammed the egoism of the EU member states; failing to coordinate their initial responses to the pandemic

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How to recognise and tackle Covid-19 myths

How to recognise and tackle Covid-19 myths

The outbreak of the coronavirus has led to disinformation that hampers efforts to contain the pandemic. Read on to find out what you can do

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