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Economy & Jobs 06-04-2020

Portugal’s coronavirus cases grow, half a million workers at risk of lay off

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Portugal pushed past the 10,000 mark on Saturday (4 April), while government data showed more than half a million Portuguese workers were at risk of being temporarily laid off due to the outbreak.
Politics 06-04-2020

UK PM Johnson hospitalised for tests after ‘persistent coronavirus symptoms’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday (5 April) after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus, though Downing Street said he remained in charge of the government.
5G 05-04-2020

5G coronavirus conspiracy theory is dangerous fake nonsense, UK says

A conspiracy theory that links 5G mobile telecommunications masts to the spread of the novel coronavirus is dangerous fake news and completely false, Britain said on Saturday (4 April) after masts in several parts of the country were torched.
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.
Coronavirus 03-04-2020

UK opens first COVID hospital but criticism of testing plans mount

The UK opened its first emergency field hospital to combat the coronavirus pandemic on Friday (3 April) but the government continues to face growing criticism about its plans to increase testing for the virus.
Global Europe 03-04-2020

COVID-19: Worst is yet to come in conflict zones, UN chief warns

In countries stricken by conflict, where health systems have already collapsed, "the worst is yet to come" as the coronavirus continues to spread, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Friday (3 April), reiterating his call for a global ceasefire to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Economy & Jobs 03-04-2020

COVID-19: Commission paves way to draw €37 billion from structural funds

The European Commission proposed numerous changes to its cohesion policy rulebook on Thursday (2 April) in order to draw €37 billion of unused funds to finance various measures during the coronavirus pandemic. But these measures can only help to a limited extent. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 03-04-2020

Europe must be the frontrunner to avoid Africa’s corona boomerang

It's in the EU's interest to step up humanitarian, social and economic aid and do whatever it takes to support African economies about to be hit by the coronavirus, writes Luca Jahier.
Climate change 03-04-2020

Spain finally sends 2030 climate plan to Brussels

The Spanish government has submitted its energy and climate plan for 2030 to the European Commission, three months after the deadline, while five EU countries, including France, still need to turn in their strategies.
Economy & Jobs 03-04-2020

Limitations of economic forecasting during coronavirus pandemic

Germany's economy has gone into artificial hibernation to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Initial forecasts suggest this will be expensive but opinions about the extent vary widely. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, the head of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Marcel Fratzscher, explains the limitations of economic forecasts.
Agrifood 03-04-2020

Sinkevicius: Commission’s measures bring relief to troubled EU fisheries

The new support mechanism for the temporary storage of fishery and aquaculture products for human consumption will foster greater market stability and reduce the risk of having such products wasted or redirected to non-human food purposes, Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius told EURACTIV.com
Coronavirus 03-04-2020

UN chief: Post-coronavirus world will be even more digital

The post-coronavirus world will be different and much more digital than before, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE in an interview.

NATO tells top commander to speed up medical aid in response to pandemic

NATO foreign ministers on Thursday (2 April) tasked Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Tod Wolters, with coordinating the air transport of medical equipment and personnel to fight the “invisible enemy” of the coronavirus. “NATO was created to deal with...
Coronavirus 03-04-2020

Spain’s job market hammered by COVID-19

With more than 800,000 jobs lost in March, Spain’s labour market has suffered its worst month on record due to the coronavirus, the Spanish government said on Thursday (2 April). EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 03-04-2020

Being a doctor is quite a commitment, says MEP working on the ‘front line’

Some MEPs are getting personally involved in the fight against the coronavirus. EURACTIV France spoke to one of them, French centrist MEP Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, who is currently on the 'front lines' at a military hospital near Paris.
Digital 02-04-2020

Commission to probe COVID-19 apps in Europe 

The European Commission is monitoring the use of mobile applications used in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic to make sure that the bloc's "values and rules" are not being infringed upon, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Thursday (2 April).
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.
Agrifood 02-04-2020

Innovation spurred by COVID-19 crisis highlights ‘potential of small-scale farmers’

the recent coronavirus outbreak has put an enormous strain on the EU whole agri-food sector and especially on small-scale producers. However, farmers have been rapidly innovating to create novel means of selling their produce to keep themselves afloat.
Economy & Jobs 02-04-2020

Netherlands, Austria push for tougher conditions for corona-loans

The Hague and Vienna are insisting on including stricter conditionality attached to loans for coronavirus-hit countries, toughening up the formula proposed by the eurozone’s bailout fund (ESM) and seen by EURACTIV.com.
Economy & Jobs 02-04-2020

Von der Leyen: EU budget should be the Marshall plan we lay out together

The EU's next long-term budget should be a key instrument in the recovery plan to confront the huge economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday (2 April).
Transport 02-04-2020

German auto chiefs hold crisis call with Merkel

The bosses of BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen held a crisis call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (1 April) to discuss how to get production restarted, according to Handelsblatt.
Economy & Jobs 02-04-2020

Debts can be returned unlike human lives, Tsipras says

Human lives do not come back unlike public debts which can be returned, former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote in an op-ed for Le Monde.
Agrifood 02-04-2020

EU recommends keeping borders open as agri-labour conundrum looms large

Following concerns regarding a shortage of labour in the agri-food sector, the Commission has issued new practical advice to ensure that seasonal workers can travel to work in critical occupations.
Digital 02-04-2020

Austrian digital expert: Well-made disinformation is emotionally intelligent

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a flood of disinformation: Fictitious numbers of infection, ineffective treatments or false insider information. The Austrian author and digital expert Ingrid Brodnig, who monitors such cases, explains to EURACTIV Germany how and why coronavirus created a breeding ground for disinformation.

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