World / Politics Apr 2, 2020

Finland is told its welfare state can’t cope with virus fallout

One of the world’s best-funded welfare states is starting to crack as the fallout of the coronavirus triggers mass unemployment. Finland’s system of jobless benefits can’t cope with the sudden surge in demand, the country’s biggest unemployment fund, YTK, said. There are more than 300,000 Finns ...

National Apr 1, 2020

151 Japanese nationals to return on plane chartered by Poland

A total of 151 Japanese nationals will return home from Poland on a flight chartered by the Polish government, the Polish Embassy in Japan said Wednesday. The flight will carry back Polish nationals who have been unable to leave Japan because direct flights between the ...

Countries crack down on basic rights amid COVID-19 pandemic

World Mar 31, 2020

Countries crack down on basic rights amid COVID-19 pandemic

Soldiers patrol the streets with their fingers on machine gun triggers. The army guards an exhibition center-turned-makeshift-hospital crowded with rows of bunks for those infected with COVID-19. And Serbia’s president warns residents that Belgrade graveyards won’t be big enough to bury the dead if ...

Off to the cafe: Sweden is outlier in virus restrictions

World Mar 30, 2020

Off to the cafe: Sweden is outlier in virus restrictions

The streets of Stockholm are quiet, but not deserted. People still sit at outdoor cafes in the center of Sweden's capital. Vendors still sell flowers. Teenagers still chat in groups in parks. Some still greet each other with hugs and handshakes. After a long, dark ...

Virus forces Europeans to ask: How united do we want to be?

World Mar 30, 2020

Virus forces Europeans to ask: How united do we want to be?

Europe’s fractured union came under new pressure this weekend, as Italy and Spain pleaded for urgent European help to withstand the virus ordeal but Germany showed reluctance to plunge into any radical new solutions. The north-south divide that has dogged the European Union for years ...

Coronavirus lockdowns give Europe's cities cleaner air

World Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus lockdowns give Europe's cities cleaner air

Air pollution has decreased in urban areas across Europe during lockdowns to combat the coronavirus, new satellite images showed on Monday, but campaigners warned city-dwellers were still more vulnerable to the epidemic. Cities including Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Milan and Frankfurt showed a reduction in average ...