The Threat Posed by Europe’s Far-Right Surge Is Much Bigger Than One Election

There are equally worrying trend lines emerging elsewhere in Europe. The German state of Bavaria holds elections in October, and its long-ruling Christian Social Union (CSU), the sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union, has been pushing Merkel’s government to the right for months, demanding that the border with Austria be closed […]

Drive-thru funerals are being held in the epicenter of Spain’s coronavirus pandemic

Across the small parking lot, next to a shuttered flower-stand, Félix Poveda paces back and forth in a smart black pea-coat, dark tie and white surgical mask. He contracted the virus himself at a family lunch a few weeks ago. His brother and his mom got it too — all three were eventually hospitalized. His […]

Export expectations in Germany’s car sector at lowest since 2009 – Ifo

BERLIN (Reuters) – Export expectations in Germany’s car sector have fallen to their lowest level since March 2009, when Europe’s largest economy was in the throes of the global financial crisis, Germany’s Ifo institute said on Monday.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks give up meagre gains as virus anxiety prevails

The number of coronavirus infections globally headed toward 800,000. In a positive development, Deutsche Bank analysts noted the global growth in new cases was below 10% for two consecutive days, having exceeded that rate for most of the past two weeks.

Japan PM to declare state of emergency of up to 6 months: media

SIX MONTHS? Sounding alarm over the high rate of cases that could not be traced, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike indicated last week that she would favour a state of emergency as a way to help her urge residents to adhere to stronger social-distancing measures.

ANALYSIS-Dollar may be set for another damaging bout of strength

In the 10 days from March 9, the dollar leapt against almost every other currency as companies and banks bought it to pay their creditors, trade partners and suppliers. Money market funding rates jumped and share prices plunged as those desperate for the U.S. currency liquidated investments.

HSBC HK shareholders mull legal action over dividend suspension

“At this stage, we must call an EGM (extraordinary general meeting) to let the management explain to us,” H.T. Chan, a 46-year-old retired driver who holds the bank’s stock and is part of the Facebook action group, told Reuters.

Accused of ‘piracy’, U.S. denies diverting masks bound for Germany

“The United States Government did not take any action to divert any 3M supplies that were destined to Germany nor did we have any knowledge of such a shipment,” Jillian Bonnardeaux, the spokeswoman for the U.S. embassy in Bangkok, told Reuters.

Sue Communist China for Coronavirus Pandemic, Says British Think Tank

Overall, the think tank’s report found that China “failed to disclose data that would have revealed evidence of human-to-human transmission for a period of up to three weeks from being aware of it”; provided the WHO with “erroneous information” on the number of infections between January 2nd and 11th; and allowed five million people to leave […]

Spain’s pace of coronavirus deaths slows again

“I’d love to be in a bar, listening to good music and accompanied by many litres of beer – but no, I’m lying in bed and already sick of this confinement,” tweeted Robert from Zaragoza. “I only hope at some point we return to normality.”