The pandemic has made clear how important are elderly people in our society. Not just their knowledge and experience are what counts, but also their courage and mindfulness have been a reference for us. In countries like Spain old people participate in social life, independent from the pandemic. In Madrid, they go to the theatre and restaurants, many times hand in hand with their couple.
Coronavirus has made finding employment hard over the past year, especially for new graduates. Malta has the highest graduate employment rate across Europe! With a whopping 93.4% of recent graduates employed, it seems Malta’s workforce is strong – the pandemic’s effects on these numbers will be interesting to see. In second place is Germany with graduate employment at 92.7%. The stats are a testament to Germany’s impressive education system and decade-long employment boom.
We have art expositions, galleries, and Instagram and we have the urban walls to show our feelings in a creative way. Right now they are very powerful superficies to express oneself, privately or publically. José Félix Valdivieso, head of the “IE China Center”, has recently published a book about the force of graffiti, many of them are not from as famous artists like Banksy, but even anonymous. As a real fanatic about cultures and languages his bilingual version of “Grafitis del mundo” (Premio Internacional “Cuadernos de laberinto” de Pensamiento, 2020) in Spanish and English, tells us stories, sometimes fiction and sometimes real, about the art on the walls in big cities around the planet. However, the reader gets an idea that there is a global link between all of them. It is a protest most of the time and sometimes an expression of love.
Monaco is the European country with the longest duration of alien visits, with UFO sightings lasting an average of 45 minutes. Liechtenstein, Latvia and Ukraine follow closely behind with the average sighting exceeding 20 minutes. San Marino stands as the European country where UFOs visit for the least amount of time,with no official sightings, followed by Georgia. Ireland has the most alien visits with 105 recorded UFO sightings, followed by France and Spain.
Americans have a new president but not a new country. While most Europeans rejoiced at Joe Biden’s victory in the November US presidential election, they do not think he can help America make a comeback as the pre-eminent global leader. This is the key finding of a pan-European survey of more than 15,000 people in 11 countries commissioned by the European Council on Foreign Relations and conducted in November and December by Datapraxis and YouGov.
A survey shows that Europeans’ attitudes towards the United States have undergone a massive change. Majorities in key member states now think the US political system is broken, that China will be more powerful than the US within a decade, and that Europeans cannot rely on the US to defend them. They are drawing radical consequences from these lessons. Large numbers think Europeans should invest in their own defence and look to Berlin rather than Washington as their most important partner. They want to be tougher with the US on economic issues. And, rather than aligning with Washington, they want their countries to stay neutral in a conflict between the US and Russia or China.