Coronavirus: Europe and US in desperate search for medical supplies as virus rates soar

The hunt for ventilators and other medical supplies has consumed Europe and America, as new coronavirus infections soared and political paralysis stalled efforts for a quick aid package from US congress. Asian markets and US futures both sank as more governments tightened restrictions to fight the pandemic. Fears grew that densely-crowded New York could become […]

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Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe rapporteur: Instead of aiding Romani people during COVID-19, some European politicians are promoting antigypsyism

František Kopřiva, the Czech MP (Pirates) who is the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe rapporteur on discrimination against Roma and Travellers in the field of housing (2020). (PHOTO: http://assembly.coe.int/) “Throughout Europe, there are Roma and Travellers living in desperately inadequate, insalubrious, unsafe conditions, without access to running water, sanitation or other public utilities, […]

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Fruit and veg ‘will run out’ unless Britain charters planes to fly in farm workers from eastern Europe

Charter flights to bring in agricultural workers from eastern Europe are needed as a matter of urgency, otherwise fruit and vegetables will be left unpicked in Britain’s fields, the government is being warned. Some large farms have already been chartering planes to bring in labour from eastern Europe. But farming organisations and recruitment agencies say […]

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