Health

Facing new risks
Food safety, air quality, endocrine disruptors, GMOs, working conditions, the fight against epidemics, drug evaluation: there are many topics on which the EU tries to coordinate the policies of EU member states to protect European citizens' health. In an aging Europe where the burden of chronic diseases is rising, how to ensure good health for all, while encouraging economic progress?
Doctor Michael Grosse takes a sample from a driver through a car window at a drive-through testing point for the coronavirus in Halle, eastern Germany, on March 27, 2020. Photo: Ronny Hartmann / AFP
Doctor Michael Grosse takes a sample fro […]

Germany bets on S. Korean model in virus fightback

In the race against the coronavirus, Germany is betting on widespread testing and quarantining to break the infection chain, a strategy borrowed from South Korea
Civil Defence members carry a patient on a stretcher as they arrive at the Severo Ochoa hospital in Leganes, Spain, on March 26, 2020. Photo: Javier Soriano / AFP
Civil Defence members carry a patient on […]

Brutal choices, loneliness, death: on the frontline with Spain’s medics

Meet Sara, Regina, Sonia and Irene, healthcare workers on the front line of the battle against the coronavirus that has brought Spain's hospitals to the brink of collapse
A man touches the coffin of his mother during a funeral service in the closed cemetery of Seriate, near Bergamo, Lombardy, on March 20, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Piero Cruciatti / AFP)
A man touches the coffin of his mother d […]

Rapid virus spread pushes cases past half a million

The coronavirus pandemic has now infected 500,000 people, ravaged the global economy and confined billions to their homes
A woman waves from the window of her flat in the Trastevere district of Rome on March 20, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Photo: Andreas Solaro / AFP
A woman waves from the window of her fla […]

Windows of hope: Life in Europe under lockdown

From the woman in Rome who lines up glasses of water to drink every day, to the British composer leading a virtual orchestra, life for Europeans under lockdown is a mix of resilience and creativity
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