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In Belgrade, Serbia, residents and visitors queue to be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus (March 28, 2021). Oliver Bunic/AFP

Small countries and Covid-19 vaccination: the example of Serbia

While Serbia's Covid-19 infection rate continues to be worrisome, the country has shown the ability to vaccinate a higher proportion of its population than EU nations.
Students at Ecole Polytechnique. Their alumni network is one of the most powerful and may lead some to the top of a large French company. J. Barande/École Polytechnique

France’s elite schools and their alumni networks: a flaw in the governance of French companies

When the directors of a company are graduates of the same school as the executive, their ability to hold the executive accountable for his or her decisions becomes compromised.
On the occasion of a 2011 match between Portugal and Argentina, Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Lionel Messi (right) show off a pair of high-end watches. The riches have only continued to flow in. Fanny Schertzer/Wikipedia

Top football stars: famous because they’re rich, or rich because they’re famous?

A new study explores the how the celebrity and status of professional footballers in the "Big Five" European leagues can affect both performance and pay.
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.

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