The Covid crisis, looking back, created a de facto revolutionary moment as a whole society shut down and opened a strange window of opportunity. It seemed like Nature had had enough and opened a window of opportunity: creating a path to a postcapitalist society, a society in which the destruction of nature was the business of business. Yet it was also the moment of the fascists, and with Trump the path to undermine democracy and foment genocide attempted a stealth counterrevolution. The moment passed and the genocidal implications of capitalist economic restart darkened the social scene once again.
That moment however did point to what is necessary and will come again, stronger and stronger.
The silver lining in the gloomy cloud of the pandemic was the opportunity it gave the West to mend its ways. During 2020, rays of light shone through. The European Union was forced to contemplate a fiscal union. Then, it helped remove Donald Trump from the White House. And a global Green New Deal suddenly appeared less far-fetched. Then 2021 came along and drew the blackout curtains.
Source: Opinion | How Europe and the US Wasted the Opportunity Presented by the Covid and Climate Crises | Yanis Varoufakis
Demonstrators angry about the new measures gathered in Austria, Croatia, Italy, Northern Ireland, the French territory of Guadeloupe and the Netherlands to protest.
Source: Europe’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates spark violent protests
The devastation caused by the rapid massive flooding in the region of Western Europe at the confluence of the borders of Germany, Belgium, France and Luxembourg during the third week of July 2021, when three times the monthly average of rainfall was dumped in only a day or two. More
Source: Even Noah Would Be Amazed – CounterPunch.org
Nearly 100,000 new coronavirus infections were reported in Europe on Thursday—more than in the U.S., India, and Brazil, the world’s Covid-19 case leaders.
Source: ‘A Definite and Sustained Increase’: Europe Leads Record Single-Day Worldwide Covid-19 Infection Surge | Common Dreams News
Early interventions were effective at stamping out coronavirus infections before they spread, according to a new study. Combining virus genomics with epidemiologic simulations and travel records, the research shows that in both the United States and in Europe, sustained transmission networks became established only after separate introductions of the virus that went undetected.
Source: How coronavirus took hold in North America and in Europe — ScienceDaily
Protests for racial justice after George Floyd’s death have spread to Europe and the southern hemisphere.
Source: Alarm mixed with glee as world is glued to U.S. protest coverage – POLITICO
In both large cities and small towns, in Europe and across the world, we are every day heading deeper into a scenario straight from a dystopian film, as if empty streets, latex gloves, face masks and self-isolation have become the new normal.
Source: We Were Warned Again and Again – We Did Nothing | Portside