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Politics 06-12-2021

Clashes erupt at Brussels protest against COVID rules

Belgian police fired water cannon and used tear gas Sunday (4 December) to disperse protesters opposed to compulsory health measures against the coronavirus pandemic.
Non-discrimination 06-12-2021

More than 40,000 march in Vienna against coronavirus lockdown

More than 40,000 people marched through Vienna on Saturday (4 December) to protest against a lockdown and plans to make vaccinations compulsory to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
Health 03-12-2021

Germany cracks down on unjabbed as US eyes winter battle

Germany on Thursday (2 December) unveiled strict curbs on public life for the unvaccinated as alarm fanned worldwide over the Omicron variant and the US readied to ramp up its winter battle against Covid-19.
Health 23-11-2021

‘Jabbed, cured or dead’, Germany warns as Europe battles COVID surge

Germans faced the stark warning Monday (22 November) that they would be either "vaccinated, cured or dead" from Covid by the end of winter, while Austria returned to a partial lockdown as Europe battles a fourth wave of the pandemic.
Health 16-11-2021

Latvia toughens rules for unvaccinated people

Employers in Latvia are allowed to dismiss employees who refuse to get vaccinated against Covid-19 from Monday (15 November), under new rules aimed at taming the pandemic in the EU member state.
Health 12-11-2021

Dutch consider new partial lockdown as coronavirus cases hit record

The Dutch government on Thursday (11 November) was considering whether to impose Western Europe's first partial lockdown since the summer, as new coronavirus cases jumped to the highest level since the start of the pandemic.
Health 05-11-2021

Latvia allows businesses to fire the unvaccinated

The Latvian parliament on Thursday (4 November) allowed businesses to fire workers who refuse to either get a COVID-19 vaccine or transfer to remote work, as the country battles one of the worst COVID-19 waves in European Union.
Coronavirus 04-11-2021

‘Grave concern’ over COVID in Europe as German cases soar

The World Health Organization expressed "grave concern" Thursday (4 November) over the rising pace of coronavirus infections in Europe, as Germany registered its biggest daily increase since the start of the pandemic.
Coronavirus 19-08-2021

Spain court orders end to Barcelona virus curfew

A Spanish court on Thursday lifted a coronavirus curfew imposed on most of Catalonia, including the capital Barcelona, leaving it in place in just a fraction of the northeastern region.
Coronavirus 06-08-2021

Tourists caught short as Italy ushers in Covid ‘green pass’

"Do you have your green pass?" Visitors across Italy were being asked the question on Friday as new coronavirus rules for museums and indoor dining came into force -- with those answering 'no' left frustrated.
Global Europe 05-08-2021

US working on plan to reopen to fully-vaccinated foreigners

The United States, which closed its borders to much of the world as the pandemic took hold, plans eventually to begin allowing fully vaccinated foreigners back in, a White House official said Wednesday (4 August).
Brexit 05-08-2021

England to drop quarantine rule for fully jabbed arrivals from France

The UK government said late Wednesday (4 August) it will ease English entry rules requiring arrivals from France to quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated, following its latest review of travel curbs.
Elections 26-07-2021

Protesters opposed to COVID measures clash with police in Paris

French anti-riot police fired teargas on Saturday (24 July) as clashes erupted during protests in central Paris against COVID-19 restrictions and a vaccination campaign, television reported.
Global Europe 28-06-2021

Delta variant spread upsets EU plans for return to relative normality

Moscow and Indonesia recorded their worst daily coronavirus death toll due to the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant, while various EU countries envisaged new restrictions, likely to upset their plans for a return to relative normality this summer.
Global Europe 24-06-2021

EU envoy urges US to ease travel restrictions

The European Union's top diplomat in Washington said the United States should safely ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on Europeans, calling it a mistake to prevent European business executives from overseeing their US investments.
Global Europe 22-06-2021

COVID eases but US won’t reciprocate EU in opening borders

As the COVID pandemic recedes dramatically in the West, Europe is opening its doors to Americans – but the reverse is not holding true, with the United States not budging on restrictions imposed 15 months ago.
Politics 14-04-2021

Belgium looks towards ‘cautious’ relaxations, with hospitality sector to open on 8 May

Belgium's Consultation Committee on Wednesday (14 April) decided to 'cautiously' loosen certain COVID-19 restrictions, including lifting a travel ban, reopening outdoor terraces for the hospitality sector and extending social bubbles.

Germany to tighten COVID controls at French border

Germany on Sunday (28 February) declared France's Covid-battered Moselle region a high-risk area for virus variants, prompting tougher entry rules for visitors at the border.

Tighter virus controls at France-Germany border

France and Germany agreed Thursday (25 February) to require coronavirus tests for workers commuting across their shared border, aiming to avoid a full closure of the frontier while controlling the outbreak's spread.
Coronavirus 27-01-2021

UK arrivals face ten day hotel quarantine as Johnson imposes new restrictions

Residents arriving in England from 22 ‘red list’ hotspot countries with new variants of COVID-19 will have to quarantine in hotels at their own expense, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday (27 January).
Elections 04-12-2020

Farmers angered by pandemic rules to play key role in Romanian election

Romanians vote in a parliamentary election on Sunday (6 December) with rural voters’ anger over coronavirus restrictions set to complicate efforts by its centrist prime minister to restore judicial independence and the country’s reputation among investors.
Politics 02-12-2020

Caught in gay ‘sex party’ in Brussels, Fidesz MEP resigns

Hungarian MEP József Szájer apologised on Tuesday (1 December) following reports that he was caught trying to flee what was described as a 25-man gay orgy last Friday that was shut down by Brussels police for breaching COVID restrictions on large gatherings.
Coronavirus 29-10-2020

‘We are submerged’: France and Germany thrust into second COVID-19 lockdown

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered their countries back into lockdown on Wednesday (28 October), as a massive second wave of coronavirus infections threatened to overwhelm Europe before the winter.
Coronavirus 24-08-2020

Madrid judge questions legality of fresh COVID-19 measures

A Madrid judge's ruling scrapping the regional government's new coronavirus restrictions has thrown up questions about the legality of implementing such extraordinary measures, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.