A continent in fragments: Europe mulls re-opening borders after Covid-19

As coronavirus pandemic fears subside, European countries have begun reopening borders shut to protect their nationals at the height of the outbreak. But their decisions are a study in contrasts. To open or not to open?

British institutions need protecting from Tories

The idiocy of the Westminster conga line is part of a pattern of arrogance and disregard

Britain’s remarkable Hong Kong move

Source: www.ft.com --- Friday, June 05, 2020
As a symbol of where a post-Brexit, mid-pandemic UK could be heading, this is encouraging ...

Brexit: Little sign of progress in latest EU/UK trade talks


Bank boss tells lenders to be ready for no-deal Brexit risk; David Frost on EU policy position in UK trade talks; UK warns 'very little progress' made in EU trade talks; And the l ...

Brexit: NI #Businesses ‘desperately need’ sea border detail


"While the ambitions of the UK government are laudable, there is a need for technical detail to allow business to prepare for the changes that will come into force on 1 January 20 ...

Will there be a happy ending for Swiss cinemas?

With cinemas able to re-open on June 6, owners are wondering not only whether they should re-open immediately but also what films to show and whether anyone will actually turn up to watch them. One Swiss cinema-owner explains the psychological drama facing the industry since March 16, when all cinemas and theatres were ordered to close. “I think at that point we were all relieved – the days before the lockdown were very difficult because of all the uncertainty,” says Edna Epelbaum, president of the Swiss Cinema Association, referring to the government’s decision to declare an “extraordinary situation” and basically close the country in an attempt to contain Covid-19.  “Each canton was deciding for itself, which made it very difficult for our industry, where we are all dependent on national and international releases. So at one point, the Sunday evening [March 15], half the country was already in lockdown and the other half didn’t know yet. It got to the point where we were ...

Swiss help push for Covid-19 ceasefires in conflict zones 

The UN Secretary General’s call for a global ceasefire to help fight the coronavirus pandemic was echoed in May by a similar call from the Swiss parliament. Switzerland and some Swiss NGOs are using their “good offices” and conflict mediation experience to try and help make this a reality. But are armed groups really laying down their guns, and could the pandemic bring more peace in the longer term?   “It's a moment of opportunity,” says David Harland, executive director of the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre). “I think that the UN Secretary General chose the moment really well. Because if we fail in the war zones, then I think not only do millions of very vulnerable people run the risk of getting sick or dying, but there is also a major chance that they will export the virus to the rest of the world. And there's a real chance that they will export conflict to other parts of the world.”    HD Centre specialises in confidential mediation in conflict zones ...
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