world affairs

China

Hong Kong Crackdown: Xi Prepares For Final Sino-U.S. Showdown

HONG KONG — The Beijing authorities have finally decided to set aside the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government and its Legislative Council and instead craft themselves a ...

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...

France

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

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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

Virus Alert, Protect Your Body And Computer

Worldcrunch is delivering a daily update on this COVID-19 crisis from the best, most trusted international news sources — regardless of language or geography. To receive the daily Coronavirus ...

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...

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 ...

United States

Chinese-American Trump Supporters Explain Themselves

A mix of love and hate mirrors their own feelings about Beijing.

France

COVID-19 Is Bad News For Those Fighting Other Diseases

To call it a "side effect" of the pandemic would miss the point entirely. Beyond the devastating health impacts of coronavirus on those infected is the impact the crisis is having on research and ...

France

Vaccine Nationalism: The Global Race For A COVID-19 Cure

There's a whole lot of money and prestige at stake as researchers across the globe scramble to de...

France

French-German Pact: How COVID-19 Gave Europe A Second Chance

PARIS — The surprise announcement of a massive pact between France and Germany to lead Europe's response to the COVID-19 crisis marks a historic agreement, writes of Paris-based daily Les ...

Argentina

After COVID-19, Urban Planning Will Never Be The Same

Large cities like Buenos Aires are prepping for life after the lockdown and anticipating changes,...

Germany

Germany's Economy Is A Bigger Risk Than Ever For EU Stability

Germany has the resources to weather the storm, but not everyone in Europe is convinced that's a ...

France

Fear And Loathing In The Time Of Contagion

It is, of course, inevitable that governments' stay-at-home orders and other emergency measures to contain the novel coronavirus would generate differences of opinion. And yet, even a few weeks ...

France

The Social Alienation And Ambiguity Of Face Masks

As COVID-19 lingers, protective masks are recommended and even mandatory in certain places. But o...

France

Scientists In Charge? Questions For The "Aristocracy Of The Wise"

Whether or not they were looking for it, the COVID-19 crisis has given epidemiologists bonafide public power. "At this point, if Drosten says it is too early, that carries as much weight as Merkel ...

Venezuela

China, Venezuela And The Limits Of Pandemic Diplomacy

Latin American countries are, for the most part, appreciative of Beijing's donations of much need...

France

From Poland To Uruguay, What The Pandemic Means For Abortion

Across the globe, swamped hospitals and shelter-in-place measures have impacted people's access to healthcare for any number of non-COVID-19 issues. One of them is abortion, a time sensitive ...