Vandalism, violence, arson and destruction characterized protests in various US cities, promulgated by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Many of the protestors were wearing masks to prevent infection from the Covid-19 virus, but nothing seemed to prevent the demonstrations from turning violent and destructive.
“As businesses begin to open, you’re going to see the demand side of the economy rebound,” says Treasury Secretary Steve Mnucin. But Kevin Hassett, advisor to Pres. Trump, doesn’t expect a V-shaped recovery. The economic impact of the coronavirus lockdowns have been felt around the world, and the US is no exception.
Public health experts have warned that reopening the country too soon could prompt a second wave of coronavirus cases and undercut mitigation efforts, overwhelming the health-care system. Trump said that some states were in “good shape” to open quickly, before May 1st, if they wanted to, though other states may need to take longer.
As the world’s largest economy reels from the pandemic, businesses have been shut down, schools and colleges have been emptied and society’s social life has been suspended. And Trump announced an extension of the anti-virus guidelines until April 30th. But after all is said and done, what will “normal” look like in the months ahead?
You must be literally sick of stories about the coronavirus, but this news item might have far-reaching implications in the European Union and the US.
Trump’s 4.8 Trillion dollar budget proposes slashing the Environmental Protection Agency funding by 26% and a rearmament program worth billions. Meanwhile the Democrats are slugging it out at their caucuses. Contact the US Embassy nearest to you for Voter Registration Information!
This was the third impeachment trial of a president and the third acquittal in American history and as the New York Times put it, “it ended the way it began: with Republicans and Democrats at odds.” The bitterness of the process was exemplified by the fact that Trump didn’t shake House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand when he entered to deliver his State of the Union speech, and Nancy Pelosi shredded his written speech into pieces. Too bad our politicians can’t just forgive and forget!
The European integration, as we know it today – i.e., the EU – is responsible for the unprecedented economic prosperity in Europe. Moreover, during all this time no European major power has gone and waged a war, giving rise to the longest reign of peace in over 2000 years of European history. Perversely, as if to reward the Brits for Brexit, US President Donald Trump has dangled a “massive” trade deal in front of them.