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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 ...

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...

Germany

West Berlin To Hong Kong, When Freedom Is At Stake

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

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

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 ...

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

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,...

France

COVID-19, The Weight Of The Animal Factor

Preventing an epidemic like the coronavirus doesn't just require a robust human healthcare system, it also demands a full rethinking of our relationship with the animal kingdom. Just a few ...

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

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 ...

Brazil

Indigenous People: Isolated And Exposed To Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus currently sweeping the globe can, of course, infect any of us. But it poses particular dangers for indigenous and forest-dwelling communities attempting to live isolated from ...

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

The Meaning Of A Haircut

We have all, at some point, thought about the very first thing we'd do once lockdown restrictions start to lift. Going for a cup of coffee, dining out, meeting friends in the flesh (not on Zoom). ...

France

Making Their Mark: How Brands Are Coping With COVID-19

PARIS — Nothing illustrates the current need for brand dexterity like the "The Quarantine Whopper," a joint campaign led by Burger King, Carrefour and Uber Eats, and with backing from the ...

Greece

Greece And The Dark Forces Of Modern Mobility

The word krisis was coined by the Greeks three millennia ago, meaning "turning point in a disease." The meaning of course has evolved and expanded since, even if our pandemic has brought the word ...

Egypt

The Pandemic's Lose-Lose Impact On Egypt's Private Schools

Egyptian students won't attend in-person classes again until September. In the case of most priva...

France

Seoul To Stockholm, Living With The Cycles Of A Virus

Today, you may read about lockdowns being loosened in COVID-19 hotspots like France or Spain or the U.K. But you may also discover that Germany, widely lauded for keeping infection rates ...

France

Bracing For A Second Wave Next Winter

PARIS — The rate of transmission and death toll of the coronavirus finally seem to be slowing, and various national and local lockdown measures are beginning to loosen. In a best-case ...