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E. Coli Outbreak. From Produce Markets And McDonald's To Local Hospitals, Germany Asks: What Now?

The desperate search to find the source of what is a particularly virulent new strain of the bacteria has begun again from square one, and a sense of panic is beginning to spread.

A file photo of a produce market in Freiburg, Germany (Lendog)
A file photo of a produce market in Freiburg, Germany (Lendog)
By Ulrich Exner

HAMBURG - Empty produce markets, full hospitals, ever more infected people, and the certainty that Spanish cucumbers can't be blamed for causing the E. Coli epidemic. Bad news continued to outweigh the good, particularly in the northern part of Germany.

In Hamburg, for example, where—surprisingly, given the circumstances—the long rows of stalls at the weekly Isemarkt, a green market, were open for business as usual. However, at vegetable stalls where produce from Vierlanden, Niedersachsen, Schleswig-Holstein, and also from the local wholesale market, was on sale, much was amiss: not the usual, pressing throngs of customers; unsold tomatoes and cucumbers; only a few takers for lettuce.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

Protesters against the war in Ukraine demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in London

Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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