The crisis trap: why the EU must not sideline democracy as it tackles coronavirus

History shows that when leaders are forced to take emergency action, power tends to be relocated to small and opaque groups. “The worst defect weak republics can have is to be indecisive, so that all their decisions are taken out of necessity, and if any good comes to them, it comes through force of circumstance rather than through their own prudence.” Machiavelli’s words seem especially apposite today, as governments around the world are accused of dithering before the coronavirus threat. Indecision followed by hurried adaptation seems the rule. In Europe, this applies not just to national governments but to the supranational institutions of the European Union, to whom many have… Read More

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New York Gov. Cuomo extends order advising residents to stay at home for at least another two weeks

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday afternoon he was extending the state’s PAUSE order for another two weeks. The policy, now in place until at least April 15, will be re-evaluated in another two weeks, Cuomo said on Twitter. The state of New York has been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in the US. Trump had suggested he could place New York and neighboring states in an “enforceable quarantine” on Saturday, though he later backtracked. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced he would extend his “PAUSE” program by more than two weeks — until at least until April 15… Read More

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Pope Francis Supports UN Appeal Of Global Ceasefire For Coronavirus

Watch Video Pope Francis is backing a call by a top United Nations leader for an “immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.” While delivering his weekly address on Sunday, Francis said he hoped a ceasefire would “inspire a renewed commitment to overcome rivalries in the leaders of nations and the parties involved.” Last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a global ceasefire to “end the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world.” Speaking from the official papal library, Francis also encouraged nations to protect humanitarian aid efforts and give special attention to “vulnerable” people such as prison inmates and residents of… Read More

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Ben Higgins: Engaged to Jessica Clarke!

If at first you don’t succeed in front of the camera… … try, try again in private. This is the lesson on love Ben Higgins can now vouch for, as the former Bachelor star announced this weekend that he’s engaged to Jessica Clarke. Clarke actually shared photos of the proposal in Instagram, penning as a caption to the picture down below: “I don’t remember everything you said, but I know that I said yes. “I woke up in a dream today and I get to live in this dream every day from now on (eeeep).” Higgins himself spoke with Entertainment Tonight about popping the major to Clarke in Franklin, Tennessee,… Read More

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