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  • “There Is No Other Way Out of the Pandemic”: British Public Health Expert on the Need to Get Vaccinated
    In many countries, the number of new COVID-19 infections is skyrocketing. Did governments move too quickly to loosen the lockdowns? And what is the role of the Delta variant? In interview, British researcher Devi Sridhar warns of the dangers of the new wave and argues that vaccination is our only way out.
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    Published on 07-28-21
    14 hours ago
  • Catastrophic Flooding Spotlights Germany’s Poor Disaster Preparedness
    The recent floods in western Germany show how poorly prepared the federal and state governments are for major natural events. The country’s efforts at disaster management have been highly convoluted, but pressure is growing following last week’s flooding catastrophe.
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    Published on 07-23-21
    5 days ago
  • In the Valley of the Warriors: Growing Anxiety as the Taliban Approaches in Eastern Afghanistan
    Silently and strategically, the Taliban are gaining ground in eastern Afghanistan – and without even firing shots. As they advance, they are forming grotesque alliances against forces even more radical than themselves.
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    Published on 07-23-21
    6 days ago
  • Germany: Herd Immunity is Impossible. Now What?
    Faced with declining vaccination rates and persistent skepticism, Germany is now preparing for another autumn of living with COVID-19. Politicians are looking at several measures, including air purifiers for schools, compulsory testing for travelers and a pro-vaccine ad blitz.
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    Published on 07-21-21
    1 week ago
  • Interview with Former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu: “Parts of the Government Are Mafia-Like”
    As prime minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu was one of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s closest allies. In an interview, he now accuses the Turkish president of driving his country into the ground.
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    Published on 07-20-21
    1 week ago
  • Dealing with Europe’s Autocrats: It’s Time to Cut Funding for Orbán
    Hungarian President Viktor Orbán and other like-minded populists are trampling on the EU’s values with growing disregard. Europe has an effective option for taking action and it is time to use it: We need to cut Hungary’s EU funds.
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    Published on 07-12-21
    2 weeks ago
  • Netherlands – Attack on Journalist Peter R. de Vries: “No Story Is Worth as Much as My Life”
    Did “cocaine baron” Ridouan Taghi commission a hit job on Dutch star reporter Peter R. de Vries? The assassination attempt casts new light on the power of drug gangs in the Netherlands.
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    Published on 07-09-21
    3 weeks ago
  • A Journey Through the Troubled Former Yugoslavia: “They Will Never Stop Hating Us”
    The disintegration of the socialist multiethnic state of Yugoslavia began 30 years ago. Today, its successors still lack stability, and nationalists are increasingly setting the tone. Are the young democracies drifting away from Europe? A journey through a torn region.
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    Published on 07-09-21
    3 weeks ago
  • Germany's Vaccination Campaign: The Race for Herd Immunity
    Early this year, Germans were frustrated and angry at the slow pace of vaccination in the country. Now? The rate has vastly sped up and the country is awash in vaccine. The problem has now become finding enough people willing to get their jab.
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    Published on 07-02-21
    4 weeks ago
  • Afghanistan: The Afghans Who Helped Germany Only To Be Left Behind
    Germany's armed forces officially pulled out of Afghanistan this week. They left behind many Afghan workers who could face persecution or even death at the hands of the Taliban for the help they provided the Germans, despite political pledges to provide protection.
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    Published on 07-01-21
    4 weeks ago