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Heimat: Home, identity and belonging

Emily Schultheis

How a word illustrates the challenges facing modern Germany.

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Pandemic exposes divisions in El Salvador

Elizabeth Hawkins
Engaged in a power struggle, President Bukele accuses his opponents of being ‘on the side of the virus.’

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Poland’s ‘ghost’ election offers lessons for democracy under the pandemic

Emily Schultheis
Accused of a power grab, the governing party delayed a presidential vote. But the crisis is far from over.

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Women on the front lines of India’s battle with Covid-19

Astha Rajvanshi
As the government eases restrictions, female medical workers will shoulder the growing burden.

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Pandemic response is a real-life audition for German leader

Emily Schultheis
The coronavirus outbreak is providing some Christian Democrats hoping to succeed Merkel a chance to demonstrate their crisis-management skills.

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In El Salvador, pandemic management turns political as virus spreads

Elizabeth Hawkins
After praise for his early response, the president is prompting concerns about authoritarianism.

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Berlin under coronavirus

Emily Schultheis
Although Germany has received praise for its handling of the pandemic, the way forward remains unclear.

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