Business in Times of Corona – COVID-19 Coverage #coronavirus


The Summer Before Dark 2.0

Paris is under a curfew and Madrid under a state of emergency. In the Benelux, bars and cafés have been

Brexit Nears, Hedge Funds Flip Sides, and IMF Urges Spending

The yield on the benchmark 10-year German bund this week dipped to minus 0,63 percent as investors scrambled for safety

Canada – This Is Our Time to Be Kind

‘Peace, order, and good government’, the leitmotif of the British Empire, seems to trump the American ‘life, liberty, and the

Uruguay: A Near-Perfect Country to Live, Work, and Play Post-Covid-19

The best countries to build a prosperous post-corona life include obvious choices such as Australia (#1), New Zealand (#3), and

US Election – Trump and Biden Crush Policy Ideas and Initiatives in Televised Clash

In the US, the number of covid-19 deaths has rushed past 200,000 whilst worldwide more than one million people succumbed

Africa – Unity Key to Remarkable Success in Fighting Covid-19

The corona scare has passed, and most countries of Africa are reopening their borders and businesses. Infection rates never reached

Perfect Storm Brewing: The Winter of Our Discontent

Winter is coming. Instead of setting the stage for another spell-binding episode of an epic television drama, the ominous phrase

The Twilight Zone of Fiscal Stimulus

Now in its second iteration, the corona pandemic no longer inspires the blind fear it did just six months ago.

Middle East – Business Trumps Politics

Joint business ventures, and the pragmatism required for success, laid the groundwork for the normalisation of relations between Israel and

Vietnam – No Stopping Country on the Ascendancy

After two decades of recording full employment and boisterous growth rates, Vietnam has taken a significant, though far from fatal,

Sweden – A Controversial Approach Belatedly Vindicated

The Swedes are a trusting lot. Asked if they usually confide in ‘other people’, almost two-thirds of Swedes answered ‘yes’.

Women’s Brain Project on COVID-19: Sex and Gender Differences Paving the Way for Precision Medicine

On February 10, an executive committee member of the Women’s Brain Project (WBP) travelled to China, taking medical aid and

Chinese Tech Companies Face US Ban

This is perhaps not the best time to confront China. The corona pandemic is far from over and its effects

Interest Rate Hike Key to Turkey’s Economic Fortune

Amidst the cacophony produced by Messrs Trump and Jinping, the drumbeat of a small war was almost drowned out. Last

The Right Side of History: Germany Occupies the Moral High Ground

The latest annual Gallup poll on the standing of nations seems to indicate that President Donald Trump has failed to

EU Cements Union and Recovery Package

EU leaders have agreed on a landmark €750 billion post-corona recovery deal that authorises the European Commission to issue bonds

Global Markets Stall as Future Remains Uncertain

In this era of big and bigger numbers, the size of the US budget deficit – $864 billion in June

EU Prime Ministers Beat a Path to The Hague

This month, The Hague has become the destiny of choice for European prime ministers and presidents embarking on a pilgrimage

IMF Blog: Sub-Saharan Africa’s Difficult Road to Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented health and economic crisis for sub-Saharan Africa. Within months, the spread of the virus has

WTO: Members discuss intellectual property response to the COVID-19 pandemic

At the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 15-16 October 2020, WTO members

European Parliament News: COVID-19 – MEPs call for measures to close the digital gap in education

COVID-19 crisis has exposed severe inequalities in the EU in terms of access to education Closing the digital education gap

UN News: A few ‘green shoots’, but future of global trade remains deeply uncertain

Although global trade is making a frail recovery, the outlook remains uncertain, UN trade and development body UNCTAD said on Wednesday, in

UN News: UN urges people to #PledgetoPause before sharing information online

With the COVID-19 pandemic sparking a “communications emergency” caused by false information disseminated on social media, the UN Secretary-General is

European Parliament News: MEPs on EU-UK negotiations, COVID-19, climate goals and a decent budget

Parliament discussed the outcome of last week’s EU summit with European Council President Michel, Commission Vice-President Šefčovič and EU Brexit

IMF Podcasts: Michael Kremer – Investing in Vaccines Now Would Buy Time, Save $Billions

In the early 2000s, Nobel Laureate, Michael Kremer helped develop the design of advance market commitment models (AMCs). They were

IMF Blog: Europe Needs to Maintain Strong Policy Support to Sustain the Recovery

The pandemic is exacting a heavy toll on Europe. More than 240,000 people have lost their lives. Millions have suffered

Latest results from a UN-coordinated international trial on four COVID-19 therapeutic drugs, indicate that they have “little or no” positive impact on preventing deaths in patients

UN News – COVID-19 vaccine: UNICEF to stockpile more than half a billion syringes by year’s end

With countries and pharmaceutical companies around the world gearing up to distribute COVID-19 vaccines following trials, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF

Kim Sledge and the World We Want partner with WHO Foundation to re-record unity anthem “We Are Family” in response to COVID-19 and to focus on global public health needs

Special edition cover of the classic song “We Are Family’ will be accompanied by a worldwide viral video starring celebrities,

European Commission on Coronavirus: EU interoperability gateway goes live, first contact tracing and warning apps linked to the system

To exploit the full potential of contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections across borders

Germany: EIB backs Atriva Therapeutics with €24 million for the development of a potential COVID-19 treatment

European Investment Bank and Atriva Therapeutics sign financing agreement of €24 million for the research, development and clinical testing of

Germany: EIB provides Immunic with up to €24.5 million to support ongoing development of a potential COVID-19 therapy

European Investment Bank and Immunic sign a financing agreement of up to €24.5 million to support the development of Immunic’s

Spain: EIB Group and Santander provide over €900 million to support SMEs affected by the COVID-19 crisis

The EIB Group is subscribing a total of €198 million of the securitisation issued by Santander to support SMEs and mid-caps

UNDP and EIB expand partnership to support governments in tackling global crisis

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a new partnership agreement to scale

New WTO publication addresses common questions about trade and the environment

The WTO launched a new publication to answer commonly raised questions about trade and the environment at a virtual event

The World Bank: Laying the Foundations for a Resilient Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate countries, overwhelming health systems, disrupting productivity, threatening food security, multiplying job losses, and reducing