After being stuck at home for seven weeks, Anthony Martin and his family now have a little freedom to move around in their Barcelona neighborhood. While grateful for his family’s safety, the 55-year-old American real estate agent has already noticed changes in the rental market in his city now that tourists aren’t visiting.
Ida Sandberg lives in the Netherlands. Her job, which is offering roadside assistance to travelers in need, just got a lot tougher as some European countries plan to ease border restrictions next month without having figured out how best to do so. How is that affecting her own plans?
Guillermo Donato lives in Manerbio, a small town in the northern Lombardy region of Italy, which was the hardest hit by the coronavirus in the country. For months, it kept him from doing little other than enjoying his outdoor garden. But with some Italian restrictions now being lifted, the 48-year-old floral designer is slowly getting back to work. How does he think Italy will bear up after the first wave of the pandemic?
For Joanna Bridges, 59, and her husband, who live in a picturesque market town in the Pyrenees foothills, one challenge is the clampdown on being outdoors.
Bridges’ new job as a caregiver for a British woman suffering from dementia has become a balancing act.
Manfred Kirschner runs Crystal Ball, a small gallery in Kreuzberg. The 53-year-old just had his first art opening since the coronavirus outbreak shut down galleries and museums. The exhibition by artist Gabriele Regiert — a mix of canvases, drawings and objects — is called: “Plan B.”
The coronavirus has forced Berliners to readjust their day-to-day lives and activities over the past weeks. Rico Todzi, on the other hand, has had to do so since birth, as he is in a wheelchair in a city that isn’t the friendliest to people who use them. This piece originally aired on April 8, 2020.
Lawmakers from across the European Union are urging transparency from China, with growing calls for an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus. How will the COVID-19 pandemic change Europe and Germany’s relationship with Beijing? And among the many challenges to globalization, is this pandemic the biggest?