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Economy & Jobs 16-05-2022

China’s economy skids as lockdowns hit factories, retailers

China's retail and factory activity fell sharply in April as wide COVID-19 lockdowns confined workers and consumers to their homes and severely disrupted supply chains, casting a long shadow over the outlook for the world's second-largest economy.
Health 03-05-2022

Impact of pandemic on childrens’ mental health to be surveyed in France

The two years of the pandemic have put the mental health of the youngest to the test, but there is not enough data to create an adequate response, according to Santé Publique France, which launched a national survey on the well-being of children on Monday 2 May.
Coronavirus 26-04-2022

Beijing to test 20 mln for COVID as Shanghai lockdown misery looms large

Three-quarters of Beijing's 22 million people began lining up for COVID-19 tests on Tuesday as authorities in the Chinese capital raced to stamp out an outbreak and avert the kind of city-wide lockdown that has shrouded Shanghai for a month.
Brexit 31-01-2022

UK vows ‘Brexit Freedoms Bill’ to scrap EU laws

The UK government will introduce new legislation allowing it to change or scrap retained European Union laws, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday (31 January) to mark two years since Brexit.
Elections 11-01-2022

Boris Johnson’s staff invited to ‘bring own booze’ during COVID lockdown party

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's staff were invited to a "bring your own booze" party in the garden of his Downing Street residence during the first nationwide coronavirus lockdown in 2020, according to a leaked email seen by broadcaster ITV.
Politics 08-12-2021

UK’s Johnson under pressure over lockdown party video

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced intense pressure Wednesday (8 December) after a video emerged of his senior aides joking about holding a Christmas party at Downing Street last year when social gatherings were banned under Covid-19 rules.
Coronavirus 23-11-2021

Germany considers more COVID-19 curbs, compulsory vaccines as cases soar

German Health Minister Jens Spahn called on Tuesday (23 November) for further restrictions as Germany's rate of coronavirus infections hit a record high and more politicians backed compulsory vaccinations.
Health 09-11-2021

COVID-19 hit mental health of French students hard – report

France's students have reported an increase in anxiety and depressive disorders, as well as suicidal thoughts during the COVID-19 pandemic, a study by France's national health and medical research institute (INSERM) and the University of Bordeaux published on Tuesday (9 November) has found. EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 26-05-2021

France to buff up COVID-app to ensure gradual reopening ‘as secure as possible’

French citizens will be able to use the "TousAntiCovid" app from 9 June, the day sports halls and the interior of bars and restaurants are to reopen, to report their presence in establishments open to the public - and to be contacted if they have come across a person infected with COVID-19.
Road safety 30-04-2021

EU has world’s safest roads, recorded fewest traffic-related deaths in 2020

In 2020, 4,000 fewer people died in the EU as a result of road accidents compared to the year before, according to the European Commission, making the bloc the safest region compared to the rest of the world and the global average of road traffic deaths. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 16-04-2021

Tweets of the Week: Open Bars, Vaccine News, Halloumi

Those Brussels bar terraces better be roomy, the EU vaccine news is a smidgen less gloomy and delivering world peace, all hail Halloumi!
Coronavirus 12-04-2021

Pints, shopping and haircuts: English shops and pub gardens reopen as lockdown eases

People queued up outside retailers across England to release their pent-up shopping fever and some grabbed a midnight pint or even an early haircut as England’s shops, pubs, gyms and hairdressers reopened after three months of lockdown.
Politics 26-03-2021

Tweets of the Week: Vaccine diplomacy, massive boat stuck, lockdown

Vaccine diplomacy is going très mal, massive boat gets stuck in the Suez canal, and lockdown is a blow to everyone’s morale.
Agrifood 04-02-2021

Restaurants face ‘wave of bankruptcies’ after lockdowns

The food services sector has been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic, but governments are struggling to find ways to reopen safely.
Coronavirus 17-12-2020

Spain ready to implement tougher measures as ‘Christmas clock’ is ticking

With the virus not going away ahead of the Christmas season, the Spanish government is ready to implement tougher measures, Spain’s socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told parliament on Wednesday, EFE reports.
Climate change 09-12-2020

Global emissions fell by 7% in 2020 due to COVID lockdowns, says UN report

Reduced travel, industrial activity and electricity generation during COVID-19 has meant global emissions fell by up to 7% in 2020, but the impact of COVID-19 will be negligible without a green recovery, according to the United Nations.
Energy 24-11-2020

Oil hits highest since March, but still drastically down from last year

The oil price has reached its highest point since it plummeted in March due to COVID-19 lockdowns, as market confidence grows in coronavirus vaccines.
Politics 17-11-2020

COVID-19: Europe’s youth call on politicians to stop looking for scapegoats

Europe’s youth have called on EU leaders to stop putting the blame on them for the second wave of the pandemic.
Coronavirus 02-11-2020

Austria to enter ‘partial’ November lockdown

Austria's government will impose a second "partial lockdown" for November, forcing restaurants to close but allowing the retail and services sector to remain open. A night curfew from 8pm will also be implemented. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 30-10-2020

Tweets of the Week: Macron-Erdogan row, Poland Non-mention, Lockdown 2

Erdogan and Macron row like only Presidents can, VDL's wishy-washy on Polish abortion ban, and lockdown two is the only Covid plan!
Coronavirus 29-10-2020

Merkel institutes ‘lockdown light’ until the end of November

Until the end of November, Germany will be in lockdown, albeit a milder one than in spring. Restaurants, bars, entertainment and sports facilities will have to close. Stores, schools and daycare centers will remain open. Only people from two households will be allowed to meet in public. EURACTIV Germany reports.

French cross-border commuters eager to see improved EU border management plan

EU ministers adopted today (13 October) a recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restrictions of free movement in response to the COVID-19 crisis, a hot topic for France's border residents who have suffered from their closure during the lockdown. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 26-08-2020

Spain won’t declare another national state of alarm, allows regions to lockdown if necessary

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez ruled out declaring another national state of alarm over the coronavirus following his first cabinet meeting after the summer vacation. Regional governments have the power to impose local measures if necessary, he said. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 21-08-2020

Europe can contain virus without second lockdown, says WHO

It is possible to keep the coronavirus pandemic in check in Europe while also keeping the economy running and an education system in operation, the WHO said on Thursday (20 August).