Europe coronavirus: Merkel’s spokesman pleads with people to take AstraZeneca jab

Germany has been reduced to pleading with citizens to take AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine after scaremongering about the jab led people to reject it. Steffen Seibert, Angela Merkel’s chief spokesman, said this week that the British-made jab is ‘both safe and highly effective’ and will ‘save lives’ as he urged people to take it, just weeks … Read more

Microsoft calls for Australian-style laws to be introduced in Europe

Microsoft has backed calls for Australia-style rules to be introduced in Europe that will force big tech companies to pay for news content.  The company announced on Monday that it will join forces with four leading European media lobby groups to work on laws that mirror those in Australia. Casper Klynge, vice president of Microsoft, … Read more

Premier League: Players and staff will have to self-isolate for 10 DAYS when returning from Europe

New UK government guidance means Premier League players and coaches will be required to isolate for 10 days following any overseas trip, complicating the schedules of teams still in the Champions League and Europa League. Prior to Sunday’s new restrictions being detailed to all 20 Premier League clubs, revealed by the Athletic, there were no … Read more

Premier League: Players and staff will have to self-isolate for 10 DAYS when returning from Europe

New UK government guidance means Premier League players and coaches will be required to isolate for 10 days following any overseas trip, complicating the schedules of teams still in the Champions League and Europa League. Prior to Sunday’s new restrictions being detailed to all 20 Premier League clubs, revealed by the Athletic, there were no … Read more

Coca-Cola is testing paper bottles in Europe as part of its mission to go plastic-free by 2030 

Fizzy drinks giant Coca-Cola is testing paper bottles in Europe as part of its mission to eliminate plastic waste by the year 2030.  The US company’s first-ever paper bottle prototype will be available this summer through a limited online trial in Hungary.  A run of 2,000 bottles of the company’s ‘plant-based snacking drink’ AdeZ will … Read more

Canada faces delays in vaccine shipments from Europe

Canada has been dragged into the EU’s vaccine chaos with Pfizer and Moderna both cutting back deliveries from Europe while Brussels goes to war on jab exports to rescue its own stumbling vaccine roll-out.   With no home-grown vaccines in Canada and no jabs being shipped from the United States, the country is reliant on factories … Read more

Microsoft Surface Duo coming to Canada and Europe, here’s when

Microsoft’s Surface Duo may not be the best hybrid phone-tablet we know today but it certainly one of the more intriguing devices introduced in 2020. The software giant first released the product in the United States and was promised to be available in other markets. Earlier this week, we mentioned its prices are now discounted … Read more

British shoppers in Europe are left with NO custard creams due to Brexit customs chaos

British shoppers in Europe are struggling to get their hands on everything from custard creams and M&S food products to Fortnum & Mason hampers as post-Brexit export rules continue to cause chaos. Stonemanor, a small chain of British food stores in Belgium, is unable to source classic items including digestive biscuits, Walker’s shortbread, oatcakes and … Read more

Covid pandemic: Aussies don’t realise they are luckier than anyone in Europe

Life in Australia during Covid has been marred by border closures, restrictions on lifestyle and travel bans – but for me, a hardy Pom, it’s a thousand times better than what my family and friends are enduring back home. As I sat down for my weekly FaceTime with my folks on Sunday, it dawned on … Read more

Europe coronavirus: Damning timeline of EU vaccine shambles revealed

A damning timeline of the EU’s vaccine shambles has revealed how smug satisfaction in Brussels turned to panic, a witch-hunt and ultimately two humiliating climbdowns within only a matter of days. Diplomatic notes and briefings by those in the room as the bloc’s vaccine roll-out fell apart show how officials were warned as far back … Read more