Coronavirus

Germany

Let The Games (Re)Begin? Sports In Post-Lockdown World

Sports are an important part of the fabric of local communities as well as a multi-billion dollar global industry, and their absence in recent months has been conspicuous. The coronavirus ...

Italy

How The Pandemic Poked A Hole In North-South Stereotypes

-Essay- Among the many things that COVID-19 taught us, one is to not measure the world by latitude. Take the case of Milan, a shining example, we're told, of northern Italian industriousness ...

Brazil

Brazil's Stranger-Than-Fiction Descent Under Bolsonaro

The Brazilian president's antics were cause for alarm even before the deadly pandemic. But with t...

France

A Recovery Recipe For French Restaurants

Some of the country's eateries may not survive. Others are having to adapt — and quickly —...

Italy

Italy's Hospital Backlog Risks 20,000 New Deaths

MILAN — In March, the first coronavirus outbreak in the West put Italy's hospitals under unprecedented strain, with health authorities facing what they described as a "tsunami" of new ...

France

From Paris To The World, An End And New Beginning For COVID-19

By now, our regular readers know that Worldcrunch works hard at being of and for and about no one particular place or people or subject matter. Our beat and our audience are written in our name, ...

Egypt

The Pandemic Has Been Merciless On Refugees In Egypt

Life was difficult enough for refugees even before the coronavirus outbreak. But with the lockdow...

Chile

Winners And Losers In The Coronavirus Economic Crisis

The pandemic will stress existing trends toward digitalization and wealth concentration — oth...

Ukraine

Adoption, IVF, Surrogacy: COVID-19 Puts New Lives On Hold

We must remember the many lives lost to coronavirus. But we should also not forget the fate of many new lives that have been left up in the air as travel bans and strained health care systems have ...

France

EU Recovery Plan, A Turning Point Or Same Old Deal?

Today, the European Commission will unveil plans for an unprecedented EU economy recovery package in the face of the coronavirus crisis. The proposed EU rescue fund comes on the heels of last ...

Czech Republic

Coronavirus And The Czech Republic's Geopolitical Crossroads

-Analysis- PRAGUE — From a geopolitical perspective, the Czech Republic is a case apart. After four decades of being "abducted" to the East (as writer Milan Kundera, for one, described the ...

India

COVID-19 And The Case For Taxing India's Rich

To mitigate the high economic costs of the pandemic, it's time to demand greater contributions fr...

France

After The Lockdown: Dreams Of A Simpler Life

For a number of French people, the two-month confinement period offered time to reflect and reass...

France

How The World Of Design Is Embracing The New Normal

Around the world, creative minds are coming up with bright (or at least, new) ideas to help peopl...

China

West Berlin To Hong Kong, When Freedom Is At Stake

After months of quiet amid the COVID-19 crisis, Hong Kong demonstrators attended an unauthorized ...

Argentina

Trump And Co., A World Desperately Lacking Leadership

U.S. President Donald Trump has failed spectacularly in his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bu...

Colombia

How Pandemic Shutdowns Can Turn Into A Political Weapon

The pandemic, and especially the fears whipped up by states and the media, may be pushing society...

France

COVID-19 Sparks First Signs Of Worldwide Bicycle Revolution

Across the globe, the coronavirus crisis has forced people to change not only the ways they work and interact with each other, but also how they travel. And in several countries, one of the ...

France

Face Masks And A Flâneur In Paris

PARIS — There's a price to be paid, in euros and other things, when you choose to live in a city like Paris. But there's a reason people pay: There's only one Louvre, one Opera Garnier and ...

Germany

Coronavirus And The Problem With Cheap Sausages

Advertising has us convinced that cheap meat is something we can't live without. But the meat ind...

France

Face Masks: Conflicting Science, Laws, Attitudes Around The World

After Italy, Spain was one of the first countries in Europe to feel the full, crushing weight of the coronavirus pandemic, and is currently approaching 30,000 deaths. Now, as governments around ...

Egypt

Tingling And Numbness: What A Pandemic Does To Human Touch

A reflection from Egypt, where a culture of warmth and feeling is suddenly shut down.