Is the issuing of the join debt instrument ‘Eurobonds’ merely a mirage for political unity within the Eurozone? Suchin I argues that not only will increasing inter-state tension and underlying euroscepticism eventually result in issuance becoming unviable, but that it further empowers populist parties across the continent. Link in bio.
As tensions rise across the world over governments’ differing approaches to dealing with COVID-19, the author argues that cultural differences between Western and Asian societies could explain the contrast in their reactions over mask policies. She proposes that individuals in the West should take this as an opportunity to remember that “a functional nation requires individual sacrifice” and Westerners should work to “rebuild our sense of community before we are required to make even larger sacrifices for it in the future.”
In Nicaragua, ‘express burials’ where the fallen victims of COVID-19 are buried as soon as possible, often in the middle of the night, with no filming allowed and only a small number of family members able to attend, are common practice as part of President Daniel Ortega’s bid to downplay the severity of the virus. The author explores the situation in one of Central America’s worst performing economies and whether the handling of the COVID crisis could be a catalyst for widespread political change in the country.
What lies ahead for democracy outside the doors of lockdown? Could the impending economic crisis and the growing inequalities deliver a fatal blow to freedom and fairness? The author looks at how the economic shock of COVID-19 may impact the political landscape and tries to draw lessons from Europe’s turbulent past.
Italy was among the first countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. How has the government responded and what is it doing to face this crisis?