Lessons from Mongolia about COVID-19

Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh, Prime Minister of Mongolia  by John Grogan, Chairman of the Mongolian British Chamber of Commerce On the evening of Saturday 25th January I organised the annual Burns supper in Ulaanbaatar where the night-time temperature can drop to -40c. A piper from Glasgow dressed in a kilt and fortified by the finest Scotch whisky…

Celebrating European Solidarity

Today is the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Schuman Declaration, which was originally presented by French foreign minister Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950. The Declaration proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) between France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, to enable these countries to pool…

Emerging from Lockdown

As we move into the next stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries across Europe are beginning to ease their respective lockdowns, and this is causing challenges to all of our communities as it is an experience unprecedented in recent human history.  But there are examples of how to reopen, and reopen safely. In recent weeks,…

Serbia Prepares for Elections

There has been a week of opposition protests in Belgrade as the political campaigns start to crank up in anticipation of rescheduled elections in Serbia on 21 June. These were due to be held in April, but have been delayed because of the crisis facing the country with the COVID-19 pandemic. Commenting on recent developments Tanja…