# Poland

A sprinkler irrigates a corn field as sun rises over the Oderbruch region in Lebus, northeastern Germany, on July 26, 2019. Photo: Patrick Pleul / DPA / AFP
A sprinkler irrigates a corn field as su […]

Climate change to bring longer droughts in Europe: study

Two-year droughts like the record-breaking one that gripped Central Europe from 2018 to 2019 could become much more frequent if the region fails to curb greenhouse gas emissions, researchers say
(L-R) Dutch PM Mark Rutte, European Council President Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen participate in a last roundtable discussion following a four-day European summit at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, early July 21, 2020. Photo: Stephanie Lecocq / Pool / AFP
(L-R) Dutch PM Mark Rutte, European Coun […]

EU leaders agree to link funds to rule of law

EU leaders have for the first time agreed to link payment of funds to a member state with respect for the bloc's legal norms -- though Poland and Hungary say they blocked tougher planned measures
The mayor of the Slovenian town of Nova Gorica Klemen Miklavic (L) and his Italian counterpart, mayor of Gorizia Rodolfo Ziberna, cut a symbolic ribbon to inaugurate the reopening of the border between Slovenia and Italy in Nova Gorica, Slovenia on June 15, 2020. Photo: Jure Makovec / AFP
The mayor of the Slovenian town of Nova […]

EU’s haphazard route to post-lockdown border reopenings

As European countries emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and lift travel restrictions, the EU has aimed to coordinate border reopening among members - but the process has been far from harmonious
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARIETTE LE ROUX (FILES) This file photo taken on December 6, 2008 shows a prostitute, waiting for clients behind her window in the red light district of Amsterdam. Dutch prostitute Terry van der Zijden proudly points to a photo she took of the bedroom in which she plies her trade; a sexless still-life neatly mounted on the wall of an Amsterdam art gallery. "There is my bed, that is my bureau" she states matter-of-factly in front of a picture of a room with tranquil green linen, scatter cushions and potted flowers -- part of an exhibition entitled "This is my workplace" by sex workers who completed a photography course in June. AFP PHOTO/ANOEK DE GROOT (Photo by ANOEK DE GROOT / AFP)
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Sex workers’ hands tied under virus lockdowns

Across Europe, the coronavirus pandemic has forced many sex workers to rely on hardship funds and online platforms to make ends meet with many worried about the future after lockdowns are lifted
A man wearing a face mask works in a fruit and vegetable shop in Puente de Vallecas, one of the poorest districts in Madrid, on April 20, 2020 during the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Gabriel Bouys / AFP
A man wearing a face mask works in a fru […]

Europe’s fresh food prices in flux as virus impact bites

Food growers across Europe are grappling with the ripple effects of coronavirus lockdowns that have snarled supply chains and upended demand, with many shoppers feeling the squeeze
A medical professional wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 carries a tank as a patient is taken from an ambulance into St Thomas' Hospital in north London, on April 1, 2020. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP
A medical professional wearing personal […]

Lives behind grim coronavirus numbers

As the coronavirus death toll spirals in country after country, the sheer scale of the pandemic sweeping the globe can sometimes obscure individual tragedies
An Italian soldier wearing a protective mask checks transit to and from a restricted area at a check-point near the small town of Castiglione d'Adda, southeast of Milan, on February 27, 2020 amid the coronavirus outbreak.
An Italian soldier wearing a protective […]

Coronavirus: Europe readies plans for worst-case scenario

From calling in the army to requisitioning hospital beds, European nations are drawing up emergency plans should the coronavirus outbreak reach pandemic proportions