Europe’s vaccine roll-out is ‘unacceptably slow and prolonging the pandemic’, WHO warns

Europe’s vaccine roll-out has been condemned for being ‘unacceptably slow’ and blamed for ‘prolonging the pandemic’ by the World Health Organisation. ‘Vaccines present our best way out of this pandemic … However, the rollout of these vaccines is unacceptably slow’ and is ‘prolonging the pandemic’, WHO director for Europe Hans Kluge said today. He added … Read more

How royal inbreeding led to Europe’s darkest days

For centuries European royals and nobles often married their close relatives.  The practice, which stretched across countries including France, Spain and Austria, helped consolidate power, titles and thrones. But it also led to inbreeding, with close relatives of ruling dynasties frequently marrying each other. Offspring born to mothers and fathers who share their ancestry are more … Read more

Britain’s international travel ban will probably stay in place until Europe’s vaccine drive picks up

Britain’s international travel ban will probably stay in place until Europe’s vaccine drive picks up pace, SAGE adviser says Sir Jeremy Farrar said the biggest threat to the UK now came from abroad Wellcome Trust chief added the continent was facing a ‘terrible month or two’ Ministers are yet to approve holidays this summer with … Read more

Coronavirus UK: Patients ‘are cancelling Covid vaccinations’ because of Europe’s AstraZeneca row

British patients are cancelling appointments for their coronavirus vaccine because the EU’s mass revolt against AstraZeneca‘s jab over unproven blood clot fears has scared them off. Doctors involved in the UK’s rollout say Brits due their second dose have called with concerns about the vaccine, despite the EU’s own drug regulator, as well as the … Read more

DANIEL HANNAN: Europe’s playing politics with lives. They banned our Covid jab and fought to keep it

This was the week that the EU utterly lost its head. To the incredulity of its health chiefs, and the horror of its friends overseas, it has dragged its vaccine policy to the level of the Kindergarten. On the one hand, we’ve seen member states ban the export of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and threatening legal … Read more

Europe’s Covid crisis: Spain plans ‘green corridor’ as Greece says UK tourists may skip border queue

Spain is considering its own ‘green corridor’ for vaccinated Britons to allow them to visit this summer if there is no EU agreement on vaccine passports, the country’s tourism minister has said.  Fernando Valdés said his government is in talks with the UK about making travel easier between the two countries in time for the summer … Read more

Story of Europe’s ‘most violent haunting’ is re-examined in BBC podcast

It was just a normal semi-detached house on a quiet street in West Yorkshire.  But in the late 1960s 30 East Drive in Pontefract became the site of what was known as ‘Europe’s most violent haunting’ after the family living there reported being shoved, dragged and slapped by a spirit they named ‘Fred’. And now there … Read more

Europe’s oldest person survives Covid-19 to mark her 117th birthday

Europe’s oldest person survives Covid-19 to celebrate her 117th birthday as French nun insists she ‘wasn’t scared to die’ Lucile Randon, also known as Sister Andre, is turning 117 years old this Thursday She tested positive for COVID-19 last month but has displayed no symptoms   Born in 1904, the French nun is the world’s second-oldest … Read more

Heartwarming snaps show two rescue dogs enjoying trips to some of Europe’s most stunning landscapes

Absolutely paw-some! That’s one way to describe these images of two rescue dogs enjoying trips to some of Europe’s most mesmerising landscapes. The beautiful photos feature former Romanian street dogs Finn (the brown dog) and Yuri (the black and white dog) and were snapped by their Austrian owner, Anne Geier, in countries such as Italy, Norway … Read more

How Europe’s lockdowns compare to Britain

As the UK beds in for a tough new lockdown that could last months until enough people are vaccinated against Covid-19, some of its European neighbours are taking similarly strict measures while others have their eye on relaxing the current rules.  Germany is expected to extend a national lockdown today in order to drive the … Read more