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Future EU 09-04-2020

Italy PM warns virus puts EU project at stake

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned Thursday (9 April) that the European integration project was at risk if EU member states do not find an economic response to the coronavirus crisis.
Economy & Jobs 09-04-2020

Denmark dishes out salaries to virus-hit companies

Denmark has always prided itself on its "flexicurity" model that marries the free market with a welfare society, but in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has chosen another strategy.

Germany caught up in mask fraud scheme

Authorities in Germany have fallen victim to a multi-million-euro fraud involving masks much needed in the coronavirus pandemic, prosecutors said Tuesday (7 April).
Economy & Jobs 08-04-2020

ECB eases bank funding rules in ‘unprecedented’ step

The European Central Bank on Tuesday (7 April) announced an "unprecedented" easing of collateral requirements in a bid to boost bank lending during the coronavirus crisis.
Coronavirus 08-04-2020

EU to debate strategy to exit virus lockdown

The European Commission will on Wednesday (8 April) consider how to craft a plan to ease the bloc out of a virus lockdown that has dealt a body blow to the economies of EU members.
Development Policy 08-04-2020

EU announces €15 billion to fight virus in developing countries

The European Union is to put up €15 billion to help poor countries fight the coronavirus epidemic, the bloc's chief announced on Tuesday (7 April).
Future EU 07-04-2020

EU ministers to agree virus rescue plan, not ‘coronabonds’

EU countries are nearing an economic rescue plan for European countries worst hit by the coronavirus outbreak, sources said on Monday (6 April), but not at the level of ambition called for by Italy and Spain.
Global Europe 07-04-2020

Merkel warns on EU’s future as US braces for worst of virus

European leaders battling a deadly coronavirus outbreak are facing the "biggest test" to their union, Germany's leader said Monday (6 April), as the United States braced for what authorities warned would be its hardest week in living memory.
Coronavirus 06-04-2020

Italy’s virus deaths plunge to lowest since 19 March

Italian officials said Sunday (5 April) they may soon have to consider easing restrictions after seeing the daily coronavirus death toll plunge to its lowest in over two weeks.
Brexit 04-04-2020

Keir Starmer elected new UK Labour leader

Pro-European centrist Keir Starmer was on Saturday (4 April) unveiled as new Labour party leader, heralding a shift in Britain's main opposition party after a crushing election defeat under veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn and years of ideological infighting.
Data protection 04-04-2020

Smartphone vs virus, is privacy always going to be the loser?

In Europe, officials, doctors and engineers are looking at how smartphones could be enlisted in the war against the spread of the new coronavirus.
Future EU 03-04-2020

Orban has ‘no time’ for EU allies’ criticism

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Friday (3 April) he has "no time" for scathing criticism by EU allies of sweeping powers he took on this week to tackle the coronavirus threat.
Economy & Jobs 03-04-2020

Slovenia confirms €3 billion package to help overcome coronavirus

The Slovenian parliament on Thursday (2 April) approved measures worth about €3 billion, or 6% of GDP, to help companies and individuals overcome the coronavirus epidemic.
China 03-04-2020

Politics aside, US relies on China supplies to fight virus

US politicians have voiced fury over Beijing's handling of the coronavirus crisis but they face a harsh truth -- the United States desperately needs China's supplies.

Von der Leyen ‘concerned’ over Hungary virus emergency law

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen expressed "particular" concern on Thursday (2 April) over a coronavirus emergency law in Hungary that has given nationalist premier Viktor Orbán sweeping powers.
Economy & Jobs 02-04-2020

Virus lockdowns put Europe’s invisible workers on front line

As the coronavirus outbreak confines millions of Europeans to their homes, others still show up every day to perform jobs too often undervalued -- from truck drivers and checkout clerks to security guards and street sweepers.
Economy & Jobs 02-04-2020

Von der Leyen apologises to Italy but baulks at ‘coronabonds’

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen told Italy on Thursday (2 April) that European nations were ready to help it deal with the coronavirus after initially focusing on "their own home problems".
Coronavirus 02-04-2020

‘No gloves, no masks’: Romania medical workers fear for lives in virus fight

"We don't have gloves, masks, anything," says one of the medical team at southeastern Romania's Râmnicu Sărat hospital, one of those designated to treat COVID-19 patients.
Future EU 02-04-2020

Orbán seeks EPP backing for his absolute powers

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is seeking conservative support to remain within Europe's main centre-right political bloc despite concerns over his adoption of emergency powers to rule by decree.
China 02-04-2020

Serbia sets the stage for Beijing’s mask diplomacy

When six Chinese doctors landed in Belgrade two weeks ago, Serbia's president greeted them with elbow-bumps before laying a kiss on their country's flag, a gesture of gratitude that sent Chinese social media aflutter.
Global Europe 01-04-2020

In Venezuela shift, US offers sanctions relief for transitional government

The United States on Tuesday (31 March) offered a path for Venezuela's leftist leadership to remove sanctions in the face of a mounting humanitarian crisis by accepting a transitional government that excludes US ally Juan Guaidó.
Global Europe 01-04-2020

As Europe reels, US braces for staggering virus death toll

Americans were told Tuesday (31 March) to brace for "very painful" weeks ahead in a worsening coronavirus pandemic projected to claim up to a quarter million US lives, as fatalities spiked in European hotspots Spain, France and Britain.
Economy & Jobs 31-03-2020

EU lists ‘critical workers’ needing to cross borders

The EU on Monday (30 March) released a list of "critical workers" it says must be allowed continued freedom of movement across its internal borders, despite emergency coronavirus measures.
Economy & Jobs 31-03-2020

Austria imports workers from Bulgaria, Romania to plug gaps in COVID-19 care

Chartered flights brought more than 200 health workers to Austria on Monday (30 March) to ensure that care was not disrupted by COVID-19 travel restrictions, a regional official said.

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