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Half of Europe’s Smaller Businesses Risk Bankruptcy Within Year (Bloomberg)

Half of Europe’s Smaller Businesses Risk Bankruptcy Within Year (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg title: Half of Europe’s Smaller Businesses Risk Bankruptcy Within YearBy: Lucy MeakinDate: 22 October 2020"Over half of Europe’s small and medium-sized businesses say they face bankruptcy in the next year if revenues don’t pick up, underscoring the breadth of damage wrought by the Covid-19 crisis. One in five companies in Italy and France anticipate...

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A century-old treaty haunts the Mediterranean (WaPo)

Washington Post title: A century-old treaty haunts the Mediterranean By: Ishaan Tharoor Date: 10 August 2020 "A hundred years ago, French, British and Italian officials convened in a famous porcelain factory southwest of Paris to carve up the Ottoman Empire. The Treaty of Sèvres, signed Aug. 10, 1920, concluded months of fitful negotiations among the victors of...

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Lockdown supporters cannot bear the thought that Sweden has got it right (Telegraph)

Telegraph title: Lockdown supporters cannot bear the thought that Sweden has got it right Telegraph subtitle: An honest appraisal of how the Scandinavian country has fared raises plenty of awkward questions for politicians in the rest of Europe Date: 9 August 2020 "Sweden has fulfilled the same role during the Covid-19 crisis as Argentina fulfils in every World Cup....

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Why did our governments forget about care homes?

A recent Guardian heading caught my attention: "More than half of England’s coronavirus-related deaths will be people from care homes". Back in April, the Guardian already reported: "Half of coronavirus deaths happen in care homes, data from EU suggests" (eg, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden). America made the same mistake (NYT). Why did Western...

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‘Het is tijd om mentaal afscheid te nemen van Amerika’ (FD)

Noot LO: een lezenswaardig recent FD artikel met een interessante en overtuigende analyse van de Portugese oud-minister Bruno Maçães. Hierin komen ook een aantal thema's voor waarover ik zelf regelmatig schrijf: - de onherroepelijke opkomst van socialisme in Amerika (2015, 2018, 2019-1, 2019-2, 2020); - het geloofssysteem Data/Info dat het geloofssysteem de...

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Democracy: a micro vs macro perspective

There are many Western complaints about attacks on democracy in Hungary and Poland (eg, courts, elections). Yet, there are hardly complaints about Southern European countries attacking their citizens’ democratic rights, following their military type of lockdowns. Apparently, the micro perspective on democracy is (very) different from its macro perspective. Why? In...

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