On Brussels: a Bigger Problem than Brexit

Over the past few weeks, the response to COVID-19 has gone from being an internationally coordinated effort, to a series of largely domestic political and socio-economic issues. Ending the lockdown in Denmark is now very much a Danish issue, salvaging…

Drought in Times of Corona: Old Inequities Exacerbated

As the number of reported cases of COVID-19, or “Coronavirus”, continues to proliferate around the world, governments have enacted a number of policies intended to mitigate the worst impacts of the virus. These measures range from quarantines / lockdowns, social…

What will change after the pandemic?

Life under lockdown, to contain the pandemic, has started to normalize. The newsworthy part is that now countries like Austria, Norway and New Zealand are planning to ease up their restrictions. The aim is to make a gradual recovery back…

Sweden: a Unique Approach to COVID-19 – or a Country in Denial?

Sweden is the Nordic country worst-hit by the COVID-19 virus. As of 14 April, Sweden has 10,948 confirmed cases, which have resulted in 919 deaths. Sweden’s neighbours – particularly Denmark – have repeatedly accused the Swedish government – led by…

The Problem with Pandemic Bonds

In 2017, the World Bank launched “Pandemic Bonds”, specialized bonds to provide financial support to the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF). The creation of the PEF was announced by the World Bank in May 2016 at the meeting of G7…

On Brussels: A Tricky Response to Another Crisis

On 31 January 2020, the UK left the EU – bringing the tumultuous three-and-a-half year process to an end. As the EU prepared to begin negotiating a new UK-EU trade deal, it was also hoping for a period of recalibration.…