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Politics 27-05-2020

COVID-19 lockdown: The EU leaders who didn’t lead by example

In the UK and in many countries in Central and Eastern Europe leaders have shown lack of respect for the lockdown measures – the EURACTIV network looked into how some prime ministers and presidents have conducted themselves through the pandemic so far.
5G 25-05-2020

Huawei faces potential UK backlash in new probe

Bolstered US sanctions against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei have prompted UK authorities to launch a fresh probe into the company, a government spokesperson said on Sunday (24 May).
Coronavirus 10-05-2020

Johnson eases UK lockdown, accused of ‘lacking clarity’

The United Kingdom will gradually begin to relax confinement measures this week, with people encouraged to return to work and unlimited exercise to be allowed, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Sunday (10 May).
Global Europe 08-05-2020

Putin uses WW2 anniversary for bridge-building with US, Britain

President Vladimir Putin sent telegrams on Friday (8 May) to US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggesting the need to rekindle their nations’ cooperation during World War Two to solve today’s problems.
Coronavirus 30-04-2020

UK is ‘past coronavirus peak’, says Johnson

The UK is past the peak of the coronavirus pandemic and the government will next week unveil plans to phase the country out of lockdown, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday (30 April).
Coronavirus 12-04-2020

Boris Johnson says medics saved his life as UK deaths pass 10,000 mark

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson left hospital on Sunday (12 April) and thanked staff for saving his life from COVID-19, but his government was forced to defend its response to the coronavirus outbreak as the national death toll passed 10,000.
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.
Politics 06-04-2020

PM Johnson’s health worsens, taken to intensive care

Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care on Monday evening (6 April) after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.
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.
Coronavirus 27-03-2020

Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19 with ‘mild symptoms’

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the first European leader confirmed to have contracted the virus.
Coronavirus 26-03-2020

UK ‘putting Brexit over breathing’ as Johnson opts out of EU COVID scheme

The UK government has been accused of ‘putting Brexit over breathing’ after it confirmed it had opted out of an EU joint procurement scheme for urgently needed medical equipment to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus 23-03-2020

‘You must stay at home,’ UK cracks down on movement to curb COVID

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told people that "you must stay at home" and drastically restricted movement on Monday (23 March) to curb the spread of coronavirus, as fears grew that people were not sufficiently respecting guidance on social distancing.
Brexit 22-03-2020

Macron threatens UK entry ban in lieu of more stringent measures

French President Emmanuel Macron threatened to close France's border with Britain on Friday if Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to take more stringent measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, a French newspaper reported.
Global Europe 18-03-2020

Erdogan discusses migrant crisis, Syria with Macron, Merkel and Johnson

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday (17 March) discussed the migrant crisis and the situation in Syria's rebel enclave of Idlib, with the leaders of France, Germany and Britain.
Global Europe 18-03-2020

US, UK ‘going big’ in economic fightback against virus

The United States and Britain led a multi-billion-dollar global fightback against economic havoc wreaked by the coronavirus as the European Union shut its borders to travellers from outside for 30 days to stem the pandemic's ferocious spread.
Coronavirus 17-03-2020

UK unveils ‘wartime’ €400 billion COVID bailout programme

The UK unveiled an unprecedented £350 billion (€400 billion) financial rescue package to “support jobs, incomes and businesses” on Tuesday (17 March), in a bid to offset the economic damage unleashed by the coronavirus crisis.
Coronavirus 16-03-2020

Johnson puts UK in lockdown in Coronavirus U-turn

Prime Minister Boris Johnson performed a dramatic U-turn on Monday (16 March) and put the UK on lockdown to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, dropping his controversial 'herd immunity' approach and following the lead of continental Europe.
Brexit 02-03-2020

Talking about life after the divorce: EU and Britain kick off new talks

Britain and the European Union kick off talks on Monday (2 March) on how their relationship will shape up after Brexit, with half a trillion euros worth of annual trade and close security ties at stake in what are bound to be tense talks.
Digital 26-02-2020

‘Prepare for all eventualities’ on UK-EU data transfers, EDPS says

There could be a series of 'obstacles' in terms of securing an EU-UK adequacy agreement on post-Brexit data transfers and the bloc should therefore 'take steps to prepare for all eventualities,' the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has said this week.
Brexit 18-02-2020

Johnson’s touch of Frost spoils for Brexit battle

Boris Johnson’s government is anxious to make sure that EU leaders understand that the days of compromise under Theresa May are over. On Monday night (17 February), his EU adviser David Frost delivered that message without fear or favour.
Brexit 13-02-2020

Johnson asserts power but loses chancellor in brutal reshuffle

Six cabinet ministers resigned or were sacked from Boris Johnson's government in a surprisingly brutal ministerial reshuffle on Thursday (13 February) as the maverick prime minister asserted his dominance in the post-Brexit United Kingdom
Railways 12-02-2020

UK approves new high-speed line despite rising costs

Britain said Tuesday (11 February) it will begin full construction work on its new high-speed railway line in April following years of delays, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson backed the project despite soaring costs.
Digital 07-02-2020

UK press freedom worries European journalist organisations, NGOs, politicians

Media freedom watchdogs, journalists associations and politicians have cried foul at the worsening media policies in the UK, following the banning of certain journalists from a press briefing by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and plans to decriminalise failure to pay BBC licence fees.
Transport 04-02-2020

UK plans to bring forward ban on new petrol and diesel cars

Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035, five years earlier than previously planned, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce on Tuesday (3 February) as he launches a major UN climate summit due to take place in Glasgow in November.
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