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By the end of April, 19 EU member states, including France, had approved the text paving the way for the launch of the recovery plan. Shutterstock

Why the European recovery plan funds have not yet been released

National procedures for approving the financing of the European recovery plan are delaying its implementation. But the horizon seems to be clearing.
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.

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