surinenglish

16:52

Intruders

So why are the Spanish - and French and Germans - so enthusiastic about maintaining endless rules and regulations? It can only be to reduce the competition

ANDREW J. LINN

16:46

THE MUSIC MAKER

Masking for a friend

To be fair, most citizens are sporting the uncomfortable appendage correctly, even in banks, which must be quite scary if you work there

Peter Edgerton

16:44

THE BOTTOM LINE

We're all Swedes now

I realised that I was no longer in the Carrefour I had known but in some sort of social-distancing Paradise. It was bliss

NEIL HESKETH

14:22

THE BOTTOM LINE

The big stats race

Keeping up with the figures has kept us so busy we've put up a barrier to protect us from the drama behind each and every one of those numbers

Rachel Haynes

14:20

THE MUSIC MAKER

No particular place to go

One of the many joys that this phase of the lockdown easing has brought is the permission to potter aimlessly about once again

Peter Edgerton

14:19

food & drink

Swim or sink

Bars and restaurants need to take a revolutionary approach and the ability to think outside the box may be the difference between life and death

ANDREW J. LINN

14:17

THE EURO ZONE

No business as normal

As normality slowly starts to unfurl after a weird couple of months, the latest INE statistics are a brutal reminder that Spain was closed for any kind of business during April

Mark Nayler

17:33

THE BOTTOM LINE

We were going to be better

When all this started we had certain expectations that the experience could make us better as a society

Héctor Barbotta

17:32

THE MUSIC MAKER

Gecko chamber

Around the globe, Mother Nature has been busying herself reclaiming lost ground since we scurried away to batten down the hatches

Peter Edgerton

17:31

THE EURO ZONE

A bad idea

The government's stealthily-made pact with Bildu highlights, once again, their readiness to promise anything to anyone so long as they receive much-needed votes in return

Mark Nayler

17:24

food & drink

Champagne has its moments

To the chagrin of the French, sales are not buoyant anywhere during this pandemic

ANDREW J. LINN

15:40

THE BOTTOM LINE

Just the beginning

Now is the time to use the lessons we have learned

ANA BARREALES

15:39

Critical mass

World leaders have been faced with an impossible, thankless task that not one of them has been able to do perfectly and some have done poorly. All have tried their best

Peter Edgerton

15:38

THE EURO ZONE

What's the plan?

According to the Bank of Spain's flexible predictions, public debt could rise from its current level of just under 100% of GDP to around 124% in 2021

Mark Nayler

15:36

food & drink

No-one left to rate

Never before have restaurant inspectors been forced to take time off and live like normal people, ergo, not eating in restaurants twice a day

ANDREW J. LINN