The Guardian view on foreign travel: holidays mustn’t jeopardise progress at home | Editorial

Plans for relaxing restrictions will soon be announced. While rates in Europe have declined, the risks are real Improvements at home will soon lead to more Britons venturing away. Until now, foreign travel has been allowed only under exemptions such as those for business or on compassionate grounds. Now, with the drop in Covid rates […]

Fear of rising interest rates sends shares tumbling in both US and Europe

Comments from US treasury secretary sends tremors through already jittery financial markets Fears of rising interest rates to dampen inflationary pressure as the global economy bounces back from Covid-19 has sent shares tumbling on both sides of the Atlantic. Comments from the US treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, that a modest increase in borrowing costs might […]

Covid vaccine rollout rapidly gathering pace across Europe

EU now confident that supply – the biggest problem in early months of year – should not be an obstacle to further acceleration Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The restaurant and cafe terraces spilling out into the streets of the pretty Dutch medieval town of Sluis were teeming over the weekend […]

More than 100 lone children rescued trying to cross Mediterranean

Unicef warns many child refugees and migrants picked up off the coast of Libya will be sent to ‘appalling’ detention centres Fears are rising over the numbers of lone children risking their lives to reach Europe after 114 were pulled from the Mediterranean Sea in one day this week. The unaccompanied minors were among 125 […]

Heroin to Holyrood? Man behind ‘illegal’ drug van runs for Scottish parliament – video

Peter Krykant, who operates a van in Glasgow where people can safely take illegal drugs, is running for Holyrood as part of a campaign calling for the Scottish government to establish legal sites.  A former heroin addict, he is pushing for drug reform in Scotland, which has a reported drug deaths rate 15 times higher than the […]

Coronavirus live news: pandemic not over but accelerating, WHO warns; Poland to lift lockdown

Accelerating pandemic makes equitable access to vaccines crucial, WHO warns; Polish PM announces lifting of lockdown from next week Tourism to EU this summer may require multiple Covid certificates Europe pins hopes on vaccine campaigns as Covid curbs relaxed World has failed India, says US expert Dr Fauci UK sends oxygen concentrators and ventilators to […]

Europe pins hopes on vaccine campaigns as Covid curbs relaxed

Leaders across continent look to gathering pace of vaccinations as key to easing restrictions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage European leaders are lifting restrictions across a lockdown-weary bloc as they take what Italy’s prime minister, Mario Draghi, has admitted is a “calculated risk” that accelerating vaccination campaigns will keep stubbornly high […]

Nestlé plans to cut almost 600 UK jobs and shut Newcastle factory

KitKat maker could move some production to Europe as GMB union warns ‘lives are being ruined’ Nestlé is planning to cut almost 600 jobs in the UK, close a factory and switch production of some products to Europe. The Swiss-owned confectioner said it was considering closing its site in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne, in late […]

‘I wanted to capture the joy’: J’Ouvert writer Yasmin Joseph on bringing Europe’s biggest carnival to the stage

Joseph’s soca-saturated play about three young women losing themselves to the best and worst at Notting Hill carnival parades into the West End and on to our screens In the summer of 2019 a tiny south London theatre staged a play by an unknown writer, directed by an actor who had never taken charge of […]

The G7 must act to end ‘vaccine apartheid’ or everyone in the world will suffer | Rowan Williams

Future generations will condemn the richest countries if they don’t use their power to make vaccines universally available Rowan Williams is the chair of Christian Aid and a former archbishop of Canterbury Until the later part of the 19th century, what we regard today as the fundamentals of public health were mostly unknown. Clean water […]

Long Covid is very far from ‘all in the mind’ – but psychology can still help us treat it | Carmine M Pariante

As a specialist in biological communication between the body and brain, I know it can be hard to draw a line between the two As the UK nears what will hopefully be the end of lockdowns and high death tolls, our doctors and nurses are left to deal with a worrying secondary aspect of the […]

EU in vaccine passport talks with US but not UK

Vaccinated Americans could be let into Europe this summer, while UK talking to member states such as Greece Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The EU is at an advanced stage of talks with the US over mutually recognising vaccine passports to boost transatlantic tourism this summer, but Brussels is yet to […]

UK replaces France as Europe’s second largest electric car market

About 31,800 battery electric cars were sold in Britain in first three months of 2021 The UK overtook France to become Europe’s second largest electric car market in the first quarter of the year, amid rising demand for cars with zero exhaust emissions. About 31,800 battery electric cars were sold in the UK in the […]

‘We did what fans do best – we united’: how supporters’ groups fought the ESL

A small group of volunteers – and the army of fans behind them – helped defeat giants’ masterplan Joe Blott was at his mother-in-law’s last Sunday. It was her 83rd birthday and Blott, the chair of the Liverpool supporters’ group Spirit of Shankly, and his wife had popped into the garden to say hello. His […]

Was Nero cruel? British Museum offers hidden depths to Roman emperor

Nero: the man behind the myth brings together more than 200 artefacts from across Europe Nero, one of the most notorious Roman emperors of them all, murdered his mother and two wives, ruthlessly persecuted early Christians, including Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and even set fire to Rome itself – famously fiddling amid the flames […]

Covid to cost airlines £7bn more than predicted

Slower than anticipated vaccine rollout will raise costs, says International Air Transport Association Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A slower than anticipated global vaccine rollout and wider failure to get Covid under control will cost airlines $10bn (£7.2bn) more than previously predicted, according to the organisation that represents global airlines. The […]

Possible link between J&J Covid vaccine and rare blood clots, EU regulator finds

Watchdog says benefits outweigh risks but that warning should be added to product information Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Europe’s medicines regulator has found a possible link between Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine and rare cases of unusual blood clotting disorders it said were “very similar” to those that had occurred […]

The future of the United Kingdom depends on a Labour revival in England | Rafael Behr

English opinions will not decide a Scottish referendum, but the union would be easier to sell if it offered more than Tory rule Filling in the census recently, I hesitated before choosing British over English from the menu of national identities. The correct answer is both. Team GB for the Olympics, England for the World […]

All credit to Primark for repaying furlough cash as sales resume with a whoosh

Owner Associated British Foods could have pointed to £3bn lost revenue since March 2020 The queues around the block told the story. After reopening, Primark took only six days to beat its previous seven-day record for sales in the UK. More than half the stores beat their previous bests. The official tone from the boardroom […]

Chinese firms prepare to charge into Europe’s electric car market

Tesla could be in for a shock as far-eastern rivals use cheap money to gain traction among affluent western car buyers Tesla boss Elon Musk is not known for admiring his competition, but when Chinese manufacturer Nio made its 100,000th electric car last week, he offered his congratulations. It was a mark of respect from […]

Call My Agent set to return for fifth season and a movie

The hit French comedy about a celebrity talent agency is making a surprise return after its fourth season was scheduled to be its last The acclaimed French comedy Call My Agent is set to return for a fifth season as well as a film. The news comes as a surprise after its recent fourth season […]

‘Where nature needed us the most’: one company’s plan to discover and fund pioneering eco projects

Ecover’s Fertilise the Future fund aims to discover innovative organisations across Europe that are promoting nature-based solutions to the climate crisis When life gives you lemons, make lemonade – so the saying goes. In Belgium, the wording is a little different: when life gives you poop, grow flowers. The Belgium-born cleaning brand Ecover took this […]

‘They’re old but they’re still guilty’: last Nazi hunter in a race against time

Efraim Zuroff watched the Adolf Eichmann trial on TV 60 years ago. It was the beginning of his long quest for justice He describes himself as “the only Jew who prays for the good health of Nazis”. As the last Nazi hunter tracking down the last surviving Nazis from the Holocaust, Efraim Zuroff is in […]

Airlines warn the cost of Covid tests will stop people going abroad

Research shows travellers have to pay twice as much for PCR tests in the UK as they do in much of Europe Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Airlines have called for the competition watchdog to investigate the price of Covid tests for travel, with the travel industry warning that the PCR […]

UK recognition of EU’s vaccine effort would not go amiss, says Brussels

Europe could have fully vaccinated 70% of adults before UK reaches its target, says head of EU taskforce Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK will be reliant on the EU to complete its vaccine rollout and a little recognition of that would not go amiss, the European commissioner leading Brussels’ […]

Alex Sanderson backs Sale to fly under radar to first Champions Cup semi

Sale’s director of rugby hopes a ‘wildcard scenario’ will help his side make club history away to La Rochelle on Saturday The received wisdom in Europe is that success comes only by learning from your failures and there are few better placed to pass judgment than the Sale director of rugby, Alex Sanderson. While on […]

Young people: how have you been affected by the pandemic?

We’d like to hear from people aged 16 to 25 from across Europe, including the UK, about the impact of Covid on their lives and futures, for a new Guardian cross-European project on Gen Z We’d like to understand more about the impact of the pandemic on young people in Europe aged 16 to 25. […]

UK Covid cases could rise again despite vaccine progress – WHO official

Exclusive: Dr Catherine Smallwood says there is potential for surge unconnected to increases in Europe The success of Britain’s vaccine programme is not enough to protect it from another wave of coronavirus unconnected to rising cases in Europe, a senior World Health Organization expert has said. Dr Catherine Smallwood, a senior emergency officer at WHO […]

Ancient human migration into Europe revealed via genome analysis

Genetic sequencing dating back 45,000 years shows intermixing with Neanderthals more common than previously thought Genetic sequencing of human remains dating back 45,000 years has revealed a previously unknown migration into Europe and showed intermixing with Neanderthals in that period was more common than previously thought. The research is based on analysis of several ancient […]

‘They are living maps’: how Richard Mosse captured environmental damage in the Amazon

In a new set of photos, environmental degradation in the Amazon is explored to shine light on ‘a hideously complex story’ In his 20s, Irish photographer Richard Mosse made his first foray into photojournalism by capturing postwar Balkan nations. This experience led to a realisation that the medium was inadequately suited to capture complex, layered […]