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Coronavirus 04-04-2020

Coronavirus: What’s happening in Europe

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is spreading through Europe. Apart from the health risk, it is also forcing businesses, as well as EU institutions, to cancel travel and public events and switch to teleworking, in the hope of slowing the epidemic....
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.
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.
Economy & Jobs 03-04-2020

German trade unionist: Stronger worker participation helps in times of crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a rapid transformation of the workplace at a time when digitalisation and the Green Deal were beginning to restructure entire industries. In an interview with EURACTIV, trade unionist Karin Erhard describes how workers should go forward in these uncertain times and how a strong system of codetermination can help chart the way.
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

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).
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.
Agrifood 02-04-2020

Seasonal workers, CAP and COVID-19, Farm to Fork

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. Following concerns regarding a shortage of labour in the agri-food sector, the European...
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.
Coronavirus 02-04-2020

Spain tops 100,000 COVID-19 infections, with record death toll

Spain topped 100,000 coronavirus infections and registered its highest daily death toll Wednesday as health authorities race to deploy hospital beds to deal with the pressure of the pandemic.
Banking union 01-04-2020

Authorities call on bankers to adjust bonuses in response to pandemic

Banking authorities are calling on European banks to cut their bonuses for this year in order to reflect the impact of the coronavirus and dedicate more resources to the real economy.

Coronavirus has changed the future of national security forever. Here’s how

Nuclear war was the great fear of the 20th century and our institutions were built to respond to such threats. But Covid-19 has shown the world’s defence experts that we were blind, writes Stephan Blank.
Economy & Jobs 01-04-2020

Eurogroup to discuss EU-wide unemployment reinsurance scheme

The European Commission is planning to present to EU finance ministers next week its pan-European unemployment reinsurance scheme proposal to support the most affected countries by the coronavirus.
Coronavirus 01-04-2020

Belgian MEP criticises ‘xenophobic sauce’ in discourse over coronavirus crisis

As the debate over distribution of EU funds continues in Belgium, nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) and Vlaams Belang parties are consciously spreading disinformation about the coronavirus crisis and spicing it up with 'xenophobic sauce', Belgian MEP Parliament Kathleen Van Brempt (SP.A/S&D) criticised in a statement.
Agrifood 31-03-2020

The effects of COVID-19 on agriculture in the EU

In this special edition of the agrifood podcast, EURACTIV's agrifood team explores the impact of the recent coronavirus outbreak on EU agriculture and the bloc's main farming subsidies programme, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Economy & Jobs 31-03-2020

Spain unveils fresh economic relief measures for vulnerable groups

The Spanish government approved on Tuesday (31 March) a fresh package of economic relief measures to mitigate the negative effects of the full suspension of non-essential activities enforced as part of the country’s efforts to fight the coronavirus outbreak. “What...
EU-China 31-03-2020

In China, the time ‘after’ COVID-19 is beginning – but fear remains

For weeks, China has hardly reported any new cases of coronavirus infections. The economy is showing signs of recovery, but the fear of a "second wave" remains.

The ‘super year for biodiversity’: Undermined by a wildlife market?

This year's meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is being curtailed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Ironically, the pandemic most likely first emerged from wildlife being traded in a live animal market in Wuhan, China, writes Janice Weatherley Singh.

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