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Global Europe 05-06-2020

Europe’s COVID crisis does little to disparage Mediterranean migrants

Alfa Jafo has spent the last few months working in the kitchen at a restaurant in the historic city of Agadez in Niger, a launchpad for irregular migration in the Sahel. Asked if the COVID-19 pandemic has killed his dream of going to Europe, Jafo looks genuinely puzzled and says 'No'.
Digital 04-06-2020

European Digital Media Observatory launched in Florence to analyse disinformation

The European Digital Media Observatory, which aims to analyse disinformation, was launched on Monday (1 June) in Florence. Funded by the EU, it brings together researchers and experts in media literacy. EURACTIV Italy reports.

Austria lifting coronavirus border checks with all neighbours bar Italy

Austria is lifting coronavirus-related border restrictions including quarantines for all neighbouring countries except Italy as of Thursday (4 June), the foreign minister said on Wednesday.
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2020

ECB seen beefing up eurozone support as pandemic persists

Most analysts expect the European Central Bank on Thursday (4 June) to beef up its emergency bond-buying scheme with hundreds of billions of euros to weather the coronavirus pandemic, providing governments with the breathing space to decide their own response.
Coronavirus 29-05-2020

Italians least satisfied with EU’s coronavirus response

According to a survey carried out for the European Parliament, Italians are the least satisfied EU citizens when it comes to the EU's response to the coronavirus crisis. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Economy & Jobs 27-05-2020

Reclaiming the future for cities after COVID-19

Cities have been hit the hardest by the corona pandemic. Dario Nardella, the mayor of Florence, declares a state of social and economic emergency for his city and many others across Europe. And he argues that cities are key for a sustainable recovery in Europe.
Energy 19-05-2020

Coronavirus creates repair headache for oil and gas industry

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted maintenance at oil and gas projects and refineries from Russia’s Far East to the coast of Canada, storing up problems for an industry already reeling from slumping prices, analysts say.
Coronavirus 18-05-2020

Italy to reopen borders for EU tourists in early June

Italy will reopen to European tourists from early June and scrap a 14-day mandatory quarantine period, the government said on Saturday (16 May), as it quickened the exit from the coronavirus lockdown.

Fears mount over migrants dying ‘out of sight’ in Mediterranean

More and more migrants are crossing, Europe is closing its ports and no humanitarian ships are carrying out rescues. As the coronavirus pandemic dominates headlines, activists fear the Mediterranean is the scene of an overlooked "tragedy".
Economy & Jobs 13-05-2020

EPP proposes law to protect small farmers against oligarchs

The European People's Party group called on Wednesday (13 May) for an EU law to prevent oligarchs and land-grabbers drawing on EU subsidies at the expense of small and medium-sized farming businesses. The practice is widespread in countries in Eastern Europe and Italy.
Agrifood 12-05-2020

Migrant workers regularisation puts strain on Italy’s ruling coalition

A standoff between Italy's ruling parties on the regularisation of illegal migrants working as agricultural labourers is slowing down the adoption of the latest aid package aimed at supporting families and companies during the lockdown.
Economy & Jobs 11-05-2020

Italy to give further support to companies including tax incentives, hybrid bonds

Italy's government is readying new measures to support companies struggling due to the coronavirus crisis, including tax incentives and hybrid bonds, and aims to access the European Recovery Fund in the second half of the year, Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri said on Sunday (10 May).
Economy & Jobs 08-05-2020

EU proposes scrapping usual conditions for ESM use in virus battle

The European Commission on Thursday (7 May) proposed scrapping the usual conditions for countries using the eurozone’s bailout fund as they try to revive their economies hit by the coronavirus epidemic. The proposal may make the fund more palatable for...

Russian COVID-19 aid to Italy: PR stunt or covert operation?

Russia’s aid operation to Italy over the Covid-19 crisis was named “From Russia with Love”, after a James Bond movie. Ironically, what was assumed to be a public relations stunt looks more like espionage, according to sources quoted by EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Coronavirus 04-05-2020

Italians go back to work amid uncertainty over virus restrictions

Over 4 million Italians are going back to work on Monday (4 May) amid continued uncertainty over which activities are allowed and which ones are forbidden in the so-called 'phase two' of Italy's fight against the pandemic.
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2020

Italy pledged aid to 2.3 million workers. Just 29,000 have got it

Looking to save lives and stop the coronavirus by shutting down the nation, the Italian government told workers in March: you stay home and we will pay most of your lost wages.
Coronavirus 30-04-2020

Coronavirus board game to teach and entertain Italian kids

One board says: "You do the shopping for your neighbours: throw the dice again”. Another orders: “You go out without a face mask: go back to the previous square”. Those are some of the rules of a new, educational cum fun, ‘coronavirus board game’ designed for kids in Italy.
Economy & Jobs 29-04-2020

Fitch cuts virus-hit Italy’s credit rating to just above junk

Rating agency Fitch cut Italy's credit rating to "BBB-minus" on Tuesday (28 April), just one notch above junk, saying the downgrade reflects the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the euro zone's third largest economy.

EU asylum policy: In search of solidarity in times of coronavirus

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, health and financial policies, in particular, have increasingly become the focus of the EU's solidarity debate. But what about EU asylum and refugee policy? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 29-04-2020

From Prosecco to Chianti, coronavirus sours Italy’s wine sales

With Italy's restaurants and bars closed for another month and global trade snuffed out by the coronavirus, the world's top wine producing country is experiencing an existential crisis.
Economy & Jobs 24-04-2020

COVID-19 hits Italy’s finances: New deficit target set at 10.4% of GDP

Italy is bracing for a major financial blow from the COVID-19 crisis. The government is now planning a budget deficit of 10.4% of gross domestic product this year and sees the public debt rising to 155.7% of GDP, according to a draft forecasting document.
Coronavirus 22-04-2020

Conte signals longer lockdown

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte prepared Italians for a longer lockdown Tuesday (21 April) despite a second successive drop in the number of registered coronavirus cases.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2020

Conte doubles down on demand for coronabonds

The "full firepower" of the European Union will be needed to overcome the historic shock of the coronavirus crisis, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told German media Sunday (19 April), repeating calls to pool European debt.
Coronavirus 20-04-2020

Italy’s daily coronavirus death toll hits one-week low

Italy said on Sunday (19 April) that deaths from the coronavirus pandemic rose by 433, the lowest daily tally in a week, and the number of new cases slowed to 3,047 from a previous 3,491.
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