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Coronavirus crisis: Commission launches #CreativeEuropeAtHome

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.

A fiasco in the making?

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

The dramatic situation is revealing the fragility of global supply chains. It is hard to believe that developed nations will continue to accept a situation in which they have to import most of their vital medical supplies.

In times of emergency people look to their national government

It is clear, in times of emergency people look to their national government, which has financial, organisational and emotional strengths that supra-national organisations and institutions are lacking

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?

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.

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

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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EU opens accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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The rise of cryptocurrency could threaten the dominance of the US dollar and cost the United States trillions in increased debt financing charges.

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"..The Commission was very fast in launching a special call for expressions of interest from Horizon 2020 and involving relevant stakeholders under the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) public-private partnership".

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In times of emergency people look to their national government

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

It is clear, in times of emergency people look to their national government, which has financial, organisational and emotional strengths that supra-national organisations and institutions are lacking

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Coronavirus crisis: Commission launches #CreativeEuropeAtHome

Coronavirus crisis: Commission launches #CreativeEuropeAtHome

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

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

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

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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