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Italy is an individual shut up in a room with the urgent voice of the news bulletin.
Under lockdown, the City of Light has been thrown into terrible darkness.
A new law allowing the Hungarian prime minister to rule by decree has left his remaining political opponents toothless.
The New Statesman publishes an unprecedented call for common action to address the economic crisis.
Seven leading German economists call for €1 trillion of European crisis bonds.
History shows that when leaders are forced to take emergency action, power tends to be relocated to small and opaque groups.
Among several possible factors, “testing, testing, testing” is the most significant.
In Russia, we found a country where coronavirus was still a distant rumour. Palaces, churches and restaurants were packed. Bars vibrated with live music.
Virtually overnight, Italians have shifted from dismissive cynicism of their national government to a blind and trusting devotion – even as the nation shut down and residents were shut in.
Overnight, the Caucasus country has been transformed from one of Europe’s most open states to among its most reclusive.
In a world fraught with dangers and uncertainties, there will be a flight to nationalist solutions.