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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.
AirBNB IPO share price as at December 10, 2020.

Airbnb going public is a maverick move

Airbnb is taking a very bold step by issuing a multi billion dollar IPO during a global economic slowdown – something that was unthinkable a few years ago.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, connected via video with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold a news conference after a virtual summit with China’s President in Brussels on September 14, 2020. Yves Herman/AFP

As Trump fades, the EU and US find common cause in facing up to China

The October launch of the "EU-US Dialogue on China" shows that the two shores of the Atlantic have come to recognise the importance of coordination and cooperation when facing up to Xi Jinping.
The push to tighten Poland’s restrictive abortion laws has proved a lightning bolt moment for protesters. Wojtek Raadwanski/AFP via Getty Images

Poland’s anti-abortion push highlights pandemic risks to democracy

Tens of thousands of people have defied bans on gatherings to protest abortion restrictions. A scholar of democracy says the policy push during a pandemic has echoes elsewhere.

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