# Europe

A gravedigger wears protective clothing at the Recanto da Paz Municipal Cemetery during the burial of a victim of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in the city of Breves, southwest of Marajo Island, an island at the mouth of the Amazon River in the Brazilian state of Para, on May 30, 2020. - The pandemic is spreading across Brazil under a cloud of confrontation, as governors and mayors implement restrictive measures while President Jair Bolsonaro, who has pinned his hopes of re-election on a booming economy, has berated them for imposing what he calls "the tyranny of total quarantine." (Photo by Tarso SARRAF / AFP)
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Outside Europe, nations floundering in virus’ first wave

As Europe begins its cautious reopening after weathering the pandemic's first wave in lockdown, many developing countries continue to be battered by skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 cases
(FILES) This file photo taken on January 15, 2019 shows pine trunks piled near Brocas, in the Landes area, southwestern France, 10 years after Klaus storm devastated the forest. - Climate change, with drier summers, endanger the young pine trees and the renewal of the forest, a highly significant economic product for the region, AFP reports on June 2, 2020. (Photo by GEORGES GOBET / AFP)
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Forest harvesting in Europe threatens climate goals: study

A dramatic shift in forest harvesting to meet increased demand for wood could threaten the European Union's climate goals, according to a study by the European Commission
People drive their cars and motorbikes on the ring road of Paris also called the peripherique, on December 20, 2019, on the 16th day of a nationwide multi-sector strike against the government's pensions overhaul. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP)
People drive their cars and motorbikes o […]

French, Greeks are Europe’s rudest drivers: poll

Drivers in most of Europe say they have adopted safer and more courteous behaviour behind the wheel, with the notable exception of the French and Greeks, polling data shows
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament, during a session to answer MPs questions on July 1, 2020 in Berlin. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks a […]

Merkel’s legacy at stake as Germany takes EU reins

Germany has taken over the European Union's presidency, with Chancellor Angela Merkel staking her legacy on a massive economic recovery plan to help the bloc with the coronavirus fallout
Some of the 67 migrants rescued by members of French NGO SOS Mediterranee chartered-boat Ocean Viking off the coast of Lampedusa island are helped off a speedboat on June 25, 2020. Photo: Shahzad Abdul / AFP
Some of the 67 migrants rescued by membe […]

‘I’m going to jump’: tensions on Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship

After over a week at sea, tensions are running high on the Ocean Viking, the charity ship that has pulled 164 migrants from the Mediterranean but which is now marking time, waiting for a safe port
Paolo Gentiloni, European Economy Commissioner, speaks at a press conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: Dati Bendo/European Commission/dpa
Paolo Gentiloni, European Economy Commis […]

EU report laments lack of progress on gender equality, climate goals

The "United Nations Sustainable Development Goals" is a global initiative to help the world achieve more sustainability and equality. Accordingly, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office, has evaluated and examined the European Union's performance towards implementing and achieving these goals.
People enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont in Paris during a heatwave on June 23, 2020. Photo: Christophe Archambault / AFP
People enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Pa […]

Europe basks in hot weather as experts fear virus risk

Recently released from lockdown, many Europeans thronged shady parks as temperatures soared during a heat wave experts fear will lead to new infections as people flout social distancing rules
A photo released on June 12, 2020 by Rewilding Europe shows a Eurasian grey wolf (Canis lupus) at a vulture-watching site in the Madzharovo valley, Bulgaria on May 19, 2013. Photo: Rewilding Europe / Staffan Wildstrand / AFP
A photo released on June 12, 2020 by Rew […]

In virus lockdown, Europe’s predators regain turf

Across Europe and around the world, stay-at-home orders since early March have allowed some animals to recolonise -- or at least revisit -- urbanised spaces, in which their kind once roamed free
Funeral service workers Howard Jackson (L) and Wesley Weibrecht (C) prepare to load the coffin of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 into a hearse at their funeral home in Manchester, northern England on May 26, 2020. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP
Funeral service workers Howard Jackson ( […]

Why does the UK have Europe’s highest official coronavirus toll?

While the British government insists it has been "guided by the science" and taken "the right decisions at the right time", the toll of 42,000 coronavirus deaths has fuelled criticism