CARTOON OF THE MONTH

CARTOON OF THE MONTH

Nikola Hendrickx
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FEE-FI-FO-FUM! One woman tackles a 4-headed giant Europe’s competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

FEE-FI-FO-FUM! One woman tackles a 4-headed giant Europe’s competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

  There are a number of commonly-used acronyms that suggest things that are worrying and possibly dangerous: AIDS, of course,...
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TURKEY’S LATEST POLITICAL BATTLEGROUND The Byzantine basilica becomes a mosque

TURKEY’S LATEST POLITICAL BATTLEGROUND The Byzantine basilica becomes a mosque

Empires have fallen, religions have been replaced, the city itself has changed names. But the dome of the Hagia Sophia...
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KILLER ROBOTS – WHOSE FINGER ON THE TRIGGER? The controversy over ‘lethal autonomous weapons’

KILLER ROBOTS – WHOSE FINGER ON THE TRIGGER? The controversy over ‘lethal autonomous weapons’

Artists and activists participate in a Campaign to Stop Killer Robots event outside Germany’s parliament, February 2020. © 2020 Human...
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NEWS IN BRIEF

NEWS IN BRIEF

Click here to read the 2020 August edition of Europe Diplomatic Magazine
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STILL GOING STRONG AT 70 – The birthday of the European Convention on Human Rights

STILL GOING STRONG AT 70 – The birthday of the European Convention on Human Rights

“In the centre of our movement stands the idea of a Charter of Human Rights, guarded by freedom and sustained...
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HERO OR DESPOT The ever-changeable rule of President Aleksandar Vučić

HERO OR DESPOT The ever-changeable rule of President Aleksandar Vučić

Aleksandar Vučić presenting the Belgrade-Nish high-speed railway project © predsednik “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” That...
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“THE UNITED NATIONS OF EUROPE” Europe likely to recover faster than anywhere else, thanks to the European model

“THE UNITED NATIONS OF EUROPE” Europe likely to recover faster than anywhere else, thanks to the European model

Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom literally translated from Greek) was built in the 6 century in the imperial capital of the...
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SCHADENFREUDE FOR FUN AND PROFIT – the surprising fall of Wirecard an emerging German giant

SCHADENFREUDE FOR FUN AND PROFIT – the surprising fall of Wirecard an emerging German giant

It had been hailed as the high-flying darling of Germany’s stock exchange: a huge provider of high-tech financial services and...
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EUROPEAN COMMISSION SECURES EU ACCESS TO REMDESIVIR FOR TREATMENT OF COVID-19

EUROPEAN COMMISSION SECURES EU ACCESS TO REMDESIVIR FOR TREATMENT OF COVID-19

The European Commission has signed a contract with the pharmaceutical company Gilead to secure treatment doses of Veklury, the brand...
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EUROPEAN COMMISSION SECURES EU ACCESS TO REMDESIVIR FOR TREATMENT OF COVID-19

The European Commission has signed a contract with the pharmaceutical company Gilead to secure treatment doses of Veklury, the brand name for Remdesivir. Veklury was the first medicine authorised at EU level for treatment of…


AstraZeneca to supply Europe with up to 400 million doses of Oxford University’s vaccine at no profit

Company exploring further additional global capacity to provide broad and equitable access AstraZeneca has reached an agreement with Europe’s Inclusive Vaccines Alliance (IVA), spearheaded by Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands, to supply up to…


Johnson & Johnson Announces Acceleration of its COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate; Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial to Begin in Second Half of July

The study will take place in the U.S. and Belgium. Johnson & Johnson announced that through its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies (Janssen) it has accelerated the initiation of the Phase 1/2a first-in-human clinical trial of its…




BOMB-SNIFFING ELECTRONIC NOSES TO DETECT COVID-19 IN AIRPORTS AND AIRPLANES

Airbus and Koniku Inc. have made a significant step forward in the co-development of a solution for aircraft and airport security operations by extending research activities to include biological hazard detection capabilities, as well as…



Hongkong Airport first in the world to install a full body disinfection device

Persons using the facility will have a temperature check before entering an enclosed channel for the 40-second disinfection and sanitizing procedures Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) is applying the latest disinfection technologies, including disinfection channels,…


SHAMING CAESAR The corona virus changes the world

© Moderna Julius Caesar simply couldn’t understand fear, according to William Shakespeare.  “Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,” he says in the eponymous play (Act 2, Scene 2),  “It seems to me…


Ramping Up Manufacturing to Help Address COVID-19

Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round magenta objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus that causes COVID-19. The…


NASA Develops COVID-19 Prototype Ventilator in 37 Days

A new high-pressure ventilator developed by NASA engineers and tailored to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients passed a critical test Tuesday at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, an epicenter of…



NHS UK: HEALTH FOR THE MANY, WEALTH FOR THE FEW?

The man credited with creating Britain’s National Health Service is Aneurin Bevan, the son of a poor coal miner, born in Tredegar, Wales, in 1897.   His father, David, along with two thirds of the men…


EDITORIAL CANNABIS LEGISLATION IN EUROPE

Cannabis is Europe’s most commonly used illicit drug. It is estimated that at least one in every eight young adults (aged 15–34 years) used cannabis in the last year across the European Union. At the…



DOWN ON THE PHARM Raising drug prices is addictive

It would seem that for pharmaceutical companies, addiction comes easily.   You put the price up steeply one minute, and before the effect has had time to wear off you just can’t wait to give it…