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Politics 27-03-2020

British government blames lost emails for coronavirus EU procurement chaos

In today's edition of the Capitals, read about how the curfew imposed on the Austrian ski resort, which received criticism earlier for not having acted fast enough following warnings from Iceland. Bulgaria is set to help media outlets in the midst of the crisis.
Politics 26-03-2020

Capitals Special Edition – How effective is China’s ‘mask diplomacy’ in Europe?

In this Special Edition of the Capitals, the EURACTIV Network looks into how China's 'mask diplomacy' has been perceived by the different EU member states facing the COVID-19 crisis.
Politics 26-03-2020

Five complaints against French government over coronavirus handling

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about how Spain now has the second-most deaths related to the COVID-19 crisis, the cancelling of ski-parties, and so much more.
Politics 25-03-2020

EU Council asks ‘exit strategy’ from coronavirus crisis

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Romania's lockdown proposal, a spat between medical professionals and the Belgian government's handling of the COVID-19, and so much more.
Politics 24-03-2020

Spain distributes rapid coronavirus testing kits to ‘hotspots’

In today's edition from the Capitals, find out more about Austria prolonging its public life restriction measures and about how Slovakia's government dismissed the chief rejection of the State Reserve chief for overpricing public procurement of healthcare materials related to COVID-19, and so much more.
Politics 23-03-2020

Johnson eyes stricter measures as Brits ignore social distancing rule

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Germany implementing new restrictions against COVID-19, the Czech Republic sending the 'stolen' shipment of facemasks to Italy after it had been confiscated at Czech customs last week, and so much more.

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Politics 20-03-2020

China rejects US ‘stigma’ over coronavirus, winks at EU

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Romanian president urging the diaspora not to return home for the Easter holidays, Italy overtaking China when it comes to the COVID-19 death toll, and so much more.
Politics 19-03-2020

Flanders fumes at Commission over coronavirus funds distribution

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Spain urging tourists to return despite being in lockdown, Italy's biggest surge in COVID-19-related cases within a single day, and so much more.
Politics 18-03-2020

Cracks appear in Nordic response to COVID-19 crisis

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Italy urging EU member states to issue so-called 'Corona-bonds', PM Babiš apologising for the shortage of medical equipment in hospitals for the first time, and so much more.
Politics 17-03-2020

Irish focus on mental health in times of coronavirus self-isolation

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about French President Emmanuel Macron saying we are currently "at war" with COVID-19, the Romanian government being formed amidst a health crisis, and so much more.
Coronavirus 16-03-2020

Sisters flee Madrid, only to be stranded in Catalonia summer retreat

Carmen and Ana Ibáñez fled Madrid last week to escape the threat of coronavirus in Spain's hardest-hit region. But for the two elderly sisters, it was not the end of the nightmare as the pandemic quickly spread to the rest of the country, forcing authorities to confine people to their homes. EURACTIV's media partner EFE reports.
Politics 16-03-2020

EU adopts exports control of protective equipment to contain coronavirus

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about US President Trump's interest in a German company producing vaccines for COVID-19 and why he wants just his country to benefit, and so much more.

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