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Coronavirus 29-09-2020

Global coronavirus deaths pass ‘agonising milestone’ of 1 million

The global death toll from COVID-19 rose past 1 million on Tuesday (29 September), according to a Reuters tally, a bleak milestone in a pandemic that has devastated the global economy, overloaded health systems and changed the way people live.
Global Europe 09-09-2020

Europeans still more worried about climate change than pandemics, report finds

The risk of climate change and the spread of infectious diseases are seen as the top threats by the majority of people in 14 economically advanced nations, a recent study by the Pew Research Center has found.
Health 20-08-2020

French, Swiss and Germans partner up in fight against disease-spreading tiger mosquito

Faced with the rapid rise in disease-spreading tiger mosquitoes, a team of French, German and Swiss scientists have combined forces and knowledge to halt their expansion. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 11-08-2020

COVID-19 cases in Spain overtake Britain, EU urges action to curb virus resurgence

Spain's government defended its response to the coronavirus pandemic on Monday (10 August) after official data showed the country had overtaken Britain to register the highest total number of cases in Western Europe.
Non-discrimination 17-07-2020

Structural discrimination against elderly increased during COVID-19, says FRA study

The coronavirus pandemic has hit older people hard, with age-related stereotypes reinforced and freedom of movement restricted, according to a study published by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) at the end of June. However, the pandemic may have brought generations closer together again in the short term. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-07-2020

Have German tourists in Mallorca created a second Ischgl-like ‘hotspot’?

Beer and sangria flowed in abundance in Mallorca as German tourists celebrated at the 'Ballermann' party strip, ignoring coronavirus hygiene rules. Now the island is drawing the consequences, and threatening with penalties. EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

EU’s trade deals can put an end to deforestation

The EU must take an aggressive “stick and carrot” approach to trade deals in order to put an end to deforestation and avert a next pandemic, writes Fazlun Khalid.
Coronavirus 02-07-2020

Resurgence of COVID-19 observed in some EU countries, says EU disease centre

Several European countries have reported a resurgence of cases or large localised outbreaks of COVID-19, and there is still 'community transmission' in most EU/EEA countries, according to a report released on Thursday (2 June). The report called for continued vigilance despite noting decreasing trends in incidence across Europe overall.
Economy & Jobs 29-06-2020

Achieving a digital and sustainable recovery

The COVID-19 crisis led to new creative solutions and long-term policies to make society more resilient to future shocks.
Non-discrimination 18-06-2020

Discrimination against LGBTI community in Germany higher than EU average

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has severely limited the celebrations of Pride Month. However, it may be necessary to pay attention to the LGBTI community given that discrimination based on sexual identity is not uncommon in Germany, according to several studies. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 16-06-2020

Coalition of countries aims to keep COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing in Europe

On the eve of the European Commission's Vaccines Strategy launch, four EU countries clinched a deal with Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca for the supply of a potential COVID-19 vaccine in a bid to keep production in Europe.
Global Europe 10-06-2020

Europe demands better pandemic plan while worldwide toll passes 400,000

France and Germany on Tuesday (9 June) urged the European Union to better prepare for the next pandemic after chaotic responses to the coronavirus, as worldwide, COVID-19 deaths have passed 407,000, with more than seven million infections.

Greece prolongs confinement of migrant camps ahead of tourism re-start

Greece has extended confinement on overcrowded migrant camps by two weeks to curb the spread of coronavirus. Meanwhile, the country is also preparing to resume tourism, which is essential to its economy. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.

Coronavirus: Swedes risk being excluded from travelling abroad

With summer approaching, many countries are preparing plans to reopen borders despite the lingering coronavirus pandemic. Sweden, however, could become a pariah because of the COVID-19's ongoing spread. EURACTIV Italia reports.
Coronavirus 12-05-2020

Little is known of how COVID-19 will fare in summer weather conditions

Could France witness a second COVID-19 wave this summer? For now, this is difficult to work out, since the possible rebound from the pandemic will depend on how the virus responds to summer weather conditions. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'environnement reports.

Merkel reaffirms support for raising EU’s 2030 climate target to 50-55%

Chancellor Angela Merkel has insisted that the European Green Deal must be the driving force behind Europe's economic recovery plan. However, Germany has, so far, bailed out its fossil fuel industry like no other EU member state - and it's still a long way away from presenting its national climate plan. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 13-04-2020

Pope Francis: EU is facing epochal challenge on which depends the future of the world

Pope Francis prayed for tens of thousands of coronavirus victims in an unprecedented livestream Easter Sunday message delivered from a hauntingly empty Vatican to a world under lockdown.
Economy & Jobs 10-04-2020

World faces new ‘Great Depression’ as virus toll mounts

World powers scrambled on Thursday (9 April) to build a global response to the human tragedy and once-in-a-century economic collapse caused by the coronavirus epidemic, as the worldwide death toll topped 90,000.
Economy & Jobs 08-04-2020

Germany’s post-virus forecast better than expected, say top economists

Germany's five most important economic institutes insist an economic upturn is on the horizon, as part of their biannual spring forecast published on Wednesday (8 April). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 08-04-2020

Austria says it still prefers dialogue with Hungary

After the Hungarian parliament adopted an emergency law that gave Prime Minister Viktor Orbán extensive powers on 30 March, 13 EU member states issued a joint statement on the need to protect rule of law. Austria, however, did not join as it prefers to seek dialogue, the country's EU minister, Karoline Edtstadler, told EURACTIV Germany.
Coronavirus 07-04-2020

COVID could turn Moria camp into ‘ticking time bomb’, aid organisations warn

The Greek authorities have largely sealed off Camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos to prevent a coronavirus outbreak as massive restrictions apply to its approximately 18,000 inhabitants. Aid organisations are raising the alarm about the conditions in the camp. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 26-03-2020

Three billion people under lockdown as UN warns virus threatens humanity

More than three billion people are living under lockdown measures as soaring death tolls in Europe and the US on Wednesday (25 March) underlined a United Nations warning that the coronavirus pandemic threatens all of humanity.

German CO2 emissions dive amid coronavirus slump

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a dramatic impact on Germany's demand for electricity. According to initial projections, Germany could emit between 50 and 120 million tons less CO2 this year, meaning it could even exceed its climate target. EURACTIV Germany reports.
China 18-03-2020

It’s official: Europe’s virus deaths have exceeded Asia toll

The European Union sealed off its borders Wednesday (18 March) to try to put the brakes on the ferocious spread of the coronavirus pandemic, as the number of deaths on the continent soared past the toll in Asia.
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