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Researchers have long been searching for a more comprehensive way to assess national progress than GDP. erhui1979 via Getty Images

Pandemic recovery will take more than soaring growth – to fuel a more equitable economy, countries need to measure the well-being of people, too

GDP only measures economic growth – not inequality, poverty or unpaid work like elder care. So researchers in the Netherlands developed a new way for governments to see how people are actually doing.
Swiss Federal councillor Ueli Maurer has struggled to find a place for his right-wing party. EPA/ Alessandro Della Valle

How COVID caused the Swiss far right to tie itself in knots

Switzerland is a key case study for understanding how a global health crisis affects the stability of well-established democratic institutions and shifts political debates.
On December 8, 2020, Paris’s Olympia Theatre protested that cultural venues were seen as “not essential” by the government. Philippe Dufreigne/Twitter

Debate: France, the nation where culture was left behind

The French government, by prioritizing only "essential" sectors during the Covid-19 pandemic, is ignoring the importance of its culture and cultural assets.
Migrants found off the coast near Dover being brought to safety on a royal lifeboat after hundreds attempted Channel crossings in August 2020. Andy Rain/EPA

‘Welcoming’ European welfare states are forcing refugees through mazes of harmful rules

For many fleeing their home countries, destinations in northern Europe were the ultimate goal. But what happened when they got there?
The U.S. banned travel from China early, but the late timing of other travel bans meant the coronavirus had other routes into the U.S. AP Photo/John Minchillo

Travelers coming from Italy may have driven first US COVID-19 wave more than those from China, study suggests

The results from an emerging study suggest governments should act quickly if they plan to impose travel bans – before the virus can spread widely to other countries.
Can Joe Biden restore U.S. world leadership? Agela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

Biden faces the world: 5 foreign policy experts explain US priorities – and problems – after Trump

Biden wants to restore US global leadership after four years of Trump's isolationism and antagonism. These are some of the challenges and opportunities he'll face, from China to Latin America.
The Caban Coch dam, in Wales’ Elan Valley, is just one of the estimated 1.2 million river barriers in Europe. Sara Barrento/Nature

Europe’s natural waterways: death by a million cuts

New research published in the journal Nature reveals that more than 1.2 million flow barriers exist on European rivers and that approximately 10% are obsolete.

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