Europe

How Democracy Falls In East Europe And The Balkans

May 18, 2020

Freedom House says Eastern European and Balkans democracies are in danger. COVID-19 has opened the door to surveillance, and threatens democracies from Hungary to India to Israel.

UK Supreme Court Reverses BDS Ban

May 7, 2020

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the largest British Palestinian solidarity group, successfully petitioned to reverse a 2016 ban preventing local governments divesting from companies involved in the Israeli occupation.

Is Germany Dealing With COVID-19 As Well As We Think?

May 5, 2020

Despite the hype around Chancellor Angela Merkel’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, testing kits are still scarce, medical teams are overworked, and unemployed workers receive less compensation than in other European countries.

Germany Plans To Arm Drones Under Cover Of COVID-19 Crisis

May 4, 2020

Peace groups in Germany are alarmed that the German defense ministry is planning to arm drones while the legally-required debate can’t be held under the COVID-19 shutdown.

Labour Party Plot Against Corbyn Revealed

April 28, 2020

Newly-elected leader Keir Starmer promised to investigate the evidence that senior party members actively undermined Jeremy Corbyn, even at the cost of weakening Labour in the general election.

Reverse Shock Doctrine? Spain Moves Towards Permanent Basic Income

April 10, 2020

Even the business community has signaled support for the proposal as Spain’s economy craters during the coronavirus pandemic.

Boris Johnson Hospitalized With COVID-19 After Dismissing Its Threat

April 8, 2020

Journalist Rachel Shabi discusses Britain’s botched response to the coronavirus pandemic, the precarious state of the underfunded NHS, and whether new Labour leader Keir Starmer will prove a viable alternative to Boris Johnson.

A Doctor In Italy Shares Lessons Learned Battling COVID-19

April 3, 2020

Italian doctors and labor organizers learned painful lessons from the global coronavirus pandemic.

Ireland Vows To Treat All COVID-19 Patients For Free

April 1, 2020

The Irish government nationalized its hospitals, imposed a rent freeze, and authorized state-funded childcare, promising free treatment for patients with COVID-19.

Spain Nationalized Private Clinics To Fight COVID-19—What Happens After The Pandemic?

March 30, 2020

Spain faced the second worst infection rate in Europe, and took control of the country’s private health care companies to improve its response. What does this mean for Spain’s public health care system going forward?