Ukraine’s former PM Tymoshenko tests positive for COVID-19

Ukrainian former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus, and is in serious condition, her party’s spokesperson said on Sunday. The announcement, made on Facebook by the spokesperson of the “Fatherland party”, Marina Soroka, reads that “her condition is assessed as serious, her temperature is up to 39 [Celsius degrees]. Tymoshenko, is […]

The pandemic as a pretext for widespread digital surveillance

The COVID-19 response across Europe has seen the widespread introduction of technological surveillance and tracking measures which infringe on civil liberties and human rights, and while some drastic actions could be justified in an unprecedented situation, the broader concern is that the various aspects of digital authoritarianism that have been imposed will remain intact beyond […]

Calgary Flames’ Hamonic becomes 1st NHL player to opt out of league’s plan to play during pandemic

Just hours after the NHL announced it had reached a deal with the NHLPA to resume play amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Calgary Flames issued a statement to say one of the team’s players told them he would not be taking part. Defenceman Travis Hamonic, 29, is the first known player to opt out […]

The Paths Ahead – E-International Relations

Covid-19 has produced changes in all areas and will continue impacting the social, economic and political structures. The field of International Relations is no stranger to this phenomenon, where an already beaten multilateralism faces new challenges that further threaten global interdependence. These new global circumstances force non-central governments to adapt and their internationalization (paradiplomacy) is […]

European Union starts to open its borders publishing a 14 country list

The Council today (30 June) adopted a recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU. Travel restrictions should be lifted for countries listed in the recommendation, with this list being reviewed and, as the case may be, updated every two weeks. Based on the criteria and conditions set […]

A Protracted Crisis of Human Dignity

The last major street protest before the first lockdown measures were introduced in Hungary took place on 23 February (“Human rights”, says the board in the photo taken during the demonstration). It was a manifestation for justice and against discrimination, but above all it was about human dignity. In the following months, spent in the […]

Making things happen | New Europe

Nearly a month ago, due to the growing COVID-19 crisis across EU, Member states began taking decisions in order to safeguard their economies. Unfortunately, not all decisions were adequate and in line with EU rules and regulations. Some of them were rather chaotic and impulsive and as a result legally questionable. One of those decisions […]

Nine new coronavirus cases confirmed in Simcoe Muskoka, bringing local total to 353 – Barrie

Ontario’s Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed nine new cases of novel coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the local total number of cases to 353, including 25 deaths. The new cases are in Barrie, Bradford, Essa, Innisfil, New Tecumseth and Ramara. According to the health unit, one of the new cases is outbreak-related, while two are […]

Thinking in the Time of Coronavirus

Cipher Brief Expert Carmen Medina is a former CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence and a 32-year veteran of the Intelligence Community.  Medina is also author of the book, Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within. Thinking in the Time of Coronavirus – Part One  discussed three important thinking dynamics relevant to our analysis […]