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Health 25-02-2020

COVID-19: European Parliament staff recently visiting northern Italy asked to stay home

European Parliament employees who have travelled in areas of Italy affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) within the last fortnight are asked not to go to their offices and instead work from home in the next two weeks, according to an email sent by the human resources bureau and seen by EURACTIV.
Health 25-02-2020

Coronavirus – How should the EU respond?

With the most recent outbreak of coronavirus, now known by its official name COVID-19, announced over the weekend in Italy, the EU is taking precautions to stem the spread of the virus. And as of 24 February, 178 cases of...
Health 24-02-2020

Commission calls for coordination before any border measures for coronavirus

Any border restriction related to coronavirus in the EU should be based on a thorough risk assessment and scientific advice, two European Commissioners said on Monday (24 February), highlighting that it must be a proportional response and above all, one that is coordinated among different member states.
Global Europe 24-02-2020

Iran’s leader says enemies tried to use coronavirus to impact vote

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday (23 February) Iran's enemies tried to put people off voting in Friday's parliamentary election by exaggerating the threat of the new coronavirus but that participation had been good.
Global Europe 24-02-2020

Global spread of coronavirus raises pandemic fears

Fears mounted on Monday (24 February) that the coronavirus outbreak in China will grow into a pandemic with disruptive and deadly consequences for countries around the world, after sharp rises in infections in South Korea, Italy and Iran.
Economy & Jobs 24-02-2020

G20 finance heads wrap up Riyadh meeting overshadowed by virus outbreak

Finance leaders of the world's top 20 economies wrapped up their two-day meeting on Sunday (23 February) in Riyadh that was dominated by growing concern over the widening fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.
Health 21-02-2020

Italy’s Conte urges people not to panic as coronavirus outbreak grows

The number of people confirmed having contracted the coronavirus in northern Italy rose to 16 on Friday (21 February) but Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the country is prepared to manage the outbreak and people don't need to be worried.
Economy & Jobs 18-02-2020

Eurozone ministers discuss fiscal boost options as coronavirus worries weigh

Euro zone finance ministers discussed ways to pursue a more growth-friendly fiscal policy mix on Monday (17 February), in a potential nudge to Germany and the Netherlands to spend more as fears of a downturn grow in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.

Munich Security Conference – Day #1

As high-ranking security leaders gather in Bavaria for the annual Munich Security Conference this weekend, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into what is driving the conversation on foreign, defence and security policy. Here's Day 1 in a nutshell.
Health 14-02-2020

Cambodia stages PR stunt with passengers of ‘coronavirus’ cruise ship

Passengers on a cruise ship that was turned away from ports around Asia over fears they could be carrying the new coronavirus finally began disembarking in Cambodia on Friday (14 February). Cambodia’s strongman premier Hun Sen welcomed around 100 tourists...
Politics 14-02-2020

Tweets of the Week: VLD vs Boris, Coronavirus, and Irish elections

Welcome to Euractiv’s EU Tweets of the Week VDL issues Boris an Ozzie correction, efforts continue to stop coronavirus infection and Irish give tight result in general election. This episode is supported by ACI Europe, find out more about them...
Economy & Jobs 13-02-2020

EU leaves economic forecast unchanged despite risks

The European Commission kept unchanged its economic forecast for moderate eurozone growth for this year and 2021 despite the impact of looming risks, especially the coronavirus.
Digital 13-02-2020

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona cancelled over coronavirus fears

The Mobile World Congress (MWC), the annual telecoms industry gathering that draws more than 100,000 visitors to Barcelona, was cancelled on Wednesday (12 February) after a mass exodus by exhibitors due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak.
Economic governance 12-02-2020

‘Too early to assess’ the economic impact of coronavirus, Commission says

The European Commission won't consider the effects of the coronavirus outbreak in its updated growth forecast, expected on Thursday (13 February), saying it is "too early" to estimate the impact of the virus on the region’s output, EU sources told EURACTIV.
Health 12-02-2020

Barcelona won’t cancel Mobile World Congress despite fears over coronavirus

The Barcelona city council has said there will be neither cancellation nor delays to the Mobile World Congress (BMWC), due to start on 24 February, despite concerns over the coronavirus crisis and a cascade of cancellations from tech giants, EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reports. 
Health 11-02-2020

EU to test its readiness to face Coronavirus at extraordinary meeting

The European Union will hold an extraordinary meeting of health ministers on Thursday (13) to assess its preparedness in case Coronavirus hits for good the bloc.  
Economy & Jobs 10-02-2020

Germany should be more Chinese – at least a bit

While China has shown it needs a few days to build a hospital, infrastructure projects in Germany are making no progress. But politicians from the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) now want to change this. EURACTIV's partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
Economy & Jobs 07-02-2020

Coronavirus could hurt German economy due to its reliance on China

Since the coronavirus outbreak started, the Chinese economy has begun to suffer. As a result, Germany, and particularly its car industry, could also lose out as China is its most important trading partner. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 05-02-2020

Huawei taking coronavirus ‘precautions’ ahead of Barcelona MWC

Following the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China, telecommunications giant Huawei has put in place a series of 'precautions' and 'internal rules' for international travel ahead of the company's appearance at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the end of February.
Economy & Jobs 04-02-2020

Coronavirus threatens EU-China agreement in 2020

Concluding an EU-China investment deal this year would be a “real challenge”, even more as the coronavirus will force both sides to cancel negotiation rounds, warned the EU Chamber of Commerce in China.
Health 03-02-2020

China says US creating, spreading fear after virus outbreak

The United States has acted to create and spread fear following a coronavirus outbreak in China instead of offering any significant assistance, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday (3 February).
Health 01-02-2020

Chinese ambassador: Panic could be a more fearful adversary than coronavirus

In fighting an epidemic, it is quite befitting to say that the only thing to fear is fear itself. In other words, panic could be a more fearful adversary than the virus itself, the Chinese Ambassador to the EU Zhang...
Health 31-01-2020

China virus death toll rises to at least 212 as WHO declares global emergency

The United States warned Americans not to travel to China as the death toll from a new virus reached 213 on Friday (31 January) and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency.
Health 30-01-2020

600 Europeans seeking to leave China amid virus: EU

Nearly 600 European citizens in China want to be repatriated because of the coronavirus epidemic, the EU said on Wednesday (29 January), as airlines began suspending flights to and from the Asian giant.

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