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Elections 31-03-2020

Von der Leyen warns against democratic backsliding without mentioning Hungary

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen warned on Tuesday (31 March) that coronavirus emergency measures by EU countries must be "limited", in a veiled reference to Hungary's nationalist leader Viktor Orbán, who used the pandemic to take on sweeping powers.
Transport 31-03-2020

Watch: Transport Vlogs archive

Here you can find every Transport Vlog in one handy archive. Sent out with the weekly Transport Brief at 11am on Tuesdays, this is your essential visual dose of either the biggest story of the week or one that slipped under the radar.
Digital 31-03-2020

Huawei: Chinese government would not let us get ‘slaughtered’ by US

A top official of the telecommunications giant Huawei has said that Beijing may consider counter-measures should the United States choose to impose further restrictions on exports of American equipment to be used by the Chinese firm.
Global Europe 31-03-2020

EU finalises ‘Operation Irini’ to enforce Libya arms embargo

The EU will launch its new naval mission to enforce an UN arms embargo on Libya by the end of the month, but it still needs to be determined which member states will contribute to the operation, EU's chef diplomat Joseph Borrell said on Tuesday (31 March).
Agrifood 31-03-2020

EU Parliament wants plenary vote on new CAP after summer break

The coordinators of political groups on the European Parliament’s agriculture committee agreed on Monday (30 March) to hold a plenary vote on the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)  “after the summer break”, according to a document seen by EURACTIV.
Transport 31-03-2020

Watch this space, coronavirus weather & penguin-spotting

Welcome to EURACTIV’s weekly Transport Brief – your one port of call for all the news moving the world and much more! This edition has a special focus on space!
EU-China 31-03-2020

In China, the time ‘after’ COVID-19 is beginning – but fear remains

For weeks, China has hardly reported any new cases of coronavirus infections. The economy is showing signs of recovery, but the fear of a "second wave" remains.
Economy & Jobs 31-03-2020

Belgium ends supermarket discounts ban

Belgium will end a two-week ban on supermarket promotions and discounts designed to discourage panic-buying after complaints that consumers were facing higher prices at a time of economic hardship due to the coronavirus.
Politics 31-03-2020

Domestic violence increases in France during COVID-19 lockdown

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the increase of domestic violence cases in France since the country went on lockdown, the Czech Republic launching its 'smart quarantine' system in one of its regions, and so much more.
Aviation 31-03-2020

Airlines hunt for parking spaces as virus grounds flights

Global airlines are scrambling to find parking spots as the coronavirus outbreak slashes demand for air travel. More than 10,000 aircraft have been mothballed since the start of the crisis, according to data published on Monday (30 March).
Europe's East 31-03-2020

Ukraine opens up land market in bid for $8 bln IMF package

Ukrainian lawmakers voted on Tuesday (31 March) to lift a ban on the sale of farmland that has stood for nearly two decades, clearing one of the hurdles needed to unlock an $8 billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund.
Coronavirus 31-03-2020

Italy to extend coronavirus lockdown until Easter as new cases fall

Italy's government on Monday (30 March) said it would extend its nationwide lockdown measures against a coronavirus outbreak, due to end on Friday, at least until the Easter season in April, as the number of new infections declines.
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

EU Commission expects deeper recession than in 2009

The economic slump caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 is expected to be deeper than the 2009 Great Recession, according to a European Commission document seen by EURACTIV.
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.
Economy & Jobs 31-03-2020

Brussels seeks ‘consensual’ economic response to COVID-19 crisis, shifting away from coronabonds

With "all options on the table", European Commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen is looking at a consensual response among member states to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, her spokesman said on Monday (30 March), shifting away from controversial debt mutualisation advocated by Italy.
Global Europe 30-03-2020

Orbán to rule by decree with new powers to ‘silence critics’

The Hungarian Parliament approved new emergency powers on Monday (30 March) that will allow the ruling Fidesz party the right to rule by decree, without a set time limit, in a move that prompted an outcry from human rights groups.
Coronavirus 30-03-2020

Severe COVID-19 cases to be offered new clinical trial programme

Clinical trials of the efficacy of using rheumatoid arthritis drug, Kevzara, in patients hospitalised with severe COVID-19 have been expanded to include the EU.
Coronavirus 30-03-2020

Austria announces new COVID-19 restrictions

From Wednesday (1 April) at the latest, mouth and nose protection masks will be obligatory in Austria's supermarkets. People in COVID-19 risk groups are no longer allowed to go to work, and hotels are closed to tourists. Random sample tests are set to bring clarity to the country's unrecorded cases. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 30-03-2020

The Brief – Don’t let Italians feel abandoned

It’s not a good time for anyone being pro-European in Italy these days. In the thick of the COVID-19 crisis, a different one is looming in the country: an increasing sentiment of mistrust in the EU.
Eastern Europe 30-03-2020

EU announces COVID-19 help for Balkans, Eastern neighbours after criticism

The EU on Monday (30 March) announced nearly €40 million to help Western Balkan countries deal with the coronavirus, after Brussels came under fire for not doing enough for its neighbours.

COVID-19 pandemic raises questions on preparedness for biological threats

As Europe is grappling to find a response to the coronavirus pandemic, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has criticised Europe’s lack of preparedness against biological threats. Speaking at a press briefing on Saturday (28 March), Borissov criticised, amongst others, NATO...
Coronavirus 30-03-2020

Greek PM asks lawmakers to donate half of salary to coronavirus fight

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis today (30 March) called on the lawmakers of his New Democracy party (EPP) to set aside half of their salary for the coronavirus special account for the next two months.
Economy & Jobs 30-03-2020

France puts dividends payments into ‘confinement’ amid COVID-19 crisis

The French government intends to prohibit the payment of dividends to companies receiving state funding. While this would remain a partial ban, many are eager to see it become generalised in the context of the health and economic crisis. EURACTIV France reports.

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