Until the question of the size and role of the EFSF is resolved, the European Central Bank is the only institution that can help. It reluctantly agreed to buy Italian and Spanish debt to bring their borrowing costs down to more manageable levels as bond markets attacked over the summer. But even that relatively modest intervention cost it the resignation of two German members, Axel Weber and Jürgen Stark, and its outgoing president, Jean-Claude Trichet, has been extremely protective of its independence. … [Read more...] about Euro crisis spreads and puts the world economy at risk
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Before the election, Kolesnikova had joined forces with the opposition presidential candidate Tikhanovskaya who later fled to Lithuania, and with Veronika Tsepkalo, who has also since left the country. Another leading activist, Olga Kovalkova, arrived in Poland on Saturday saying she had been told she would face arrest if she stayed in Belarus. … [Read more...] about Maria Kolesnikova: Germany and UK call for release of snatched Belarus opposition figure
What has gone wrong? Sarah-Jane Marsh, the director of testing at NHS test and trace, said on Tuesday that the problem was not a lack of capacity at testing centres themselves but at the labs that process the swabs, which she described as “a critical pinch-point”. When demand is high, access to tests is paused to control the flow of swabs into labs. This prevent backlogs, which can lead to voided tests and delayed results. But it also means people are offered tests at sites further from home. Marsh added that further NHS, Lighthouse, university and partner labs would open “imminently” to alleviate the pressure. … [Read more...] about Why is there a problem with getting a test for Covid-19 in the UK?
He said that the government had eased lockdown prematurely. “I have not wanted to return to ‘normal’ because it terrifies me that I could be asymptomatic and pass on the virus to a much more vulnerable person who would become seriously ill,” he said. “I do not think that I could forgive myself for potentially causing someone else to become seriously ill.” … [Read more...] about Don’t blame us for UK’s coronavirus spike, say young people
“It’s the right thing though for us to do to keep everything under review on a constant basis talking with our scientists, our medical advisers, and if we need to take action as you’ve seen overnight we will of course not hesitate to do that and we’re doing that to protect people’s health.” … [Read more...] about Rishi Sunak: UK will not hesitate to add nations to quarantine list