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Germany to tighten COVID controls at French border

Germany on Sunday (28 February) declared France's Covid-battered Moselle region a high-risk area for virus variants, prompting tougher entry rules for visitors at the border.

Tighter virus controls at France-Germany border

France and Germany agreed Thursday (25 February) to require coronavirus tests for workers commuting across their shared border, aiming to avoid a full closure of the frontier while controlling the outbreak's spread.

Six EU countries warned over border restrictions

The European Commission said Tuesday (23 February) it has formally warned six EU countries that their virus-related border curbs could undermine free movement within the bloc.

The slow death of Schengen

The continuing spread of the Coronavirus in Europe has led to a situation where there is no longer any point to talk about the free movement of people in the Schengen area. In essence, it has collapsed, writes Urmas Paet....
Coronavirus 22-01-2021

EU leaders ‘strongly discourage’ travel, eye tougher border rules

EU leaders on Thursday (21 January) "strongly discouraged" Europeans from non-essential travel and warned tougher restrictions on trips could come within days if efforts to curb the coronavirus fell short.

Gibraltar joins Schengen as Spain, UK ink 11th-hour deal

Gibraltar will become part of the Schengen zone to ensure fluidity on its border with Spain in a landmark deal inked just hours before the Brexit deadline, Spain's top diplomat said Thursday (31 December).

Commission says closing EU borders ‘won’t stop’ terror

The EU's top home affairs official on Monday (30 December) said putting up borders within Europe was ineffective against terrorism and would only hurt the bloc's post-Covid economic recovery.

EU to present anti-terror plan in December

EU interior ministers on Friday (13 November), promised a coordinated crackdown on Islamist extremism after last month’s attacks in Paris, Nice and Vienna, as the bloc walks a fine line between tackling the threat of terror attacks and stigmatizing its Muslim...

Swiss voters refuse immigration cuts, EU sees ‘great future’ in relationship

Swiss voters on Sunday (27 September) rejected a bid to slash immigration from the EU, leaving free movement in the heart of Europe intact, and embraced offering paid paternity leave for the first time.
Coronavirus 14-09-2020

COVID-19: Time to show citizens that they can count on Europe

European citizens have been exemplary in their fight against COVID 19. They have bravely overcome an acute sanitary threat and paid the high economic, social and psychological price of the lockdown, write a group of European lawmakers.
Coronavirus 04-09-2020

European Commission pushes member states for common travel rules

The European Commission on Friday (4 September) proposed a set of recommendations to prevent discriminatory measures applied by member states in a new attempt to harmonise fragmented COVID-19 travel restrictions across the bloc.

Brussels writes to Budapest over discriminatory border measures

The European Commission warned Hungary not to discriminate against EU citizens and residents after new border measures were introduced that favour tourists from the four Visegrád countries.

Germany wants end to virus border chaos in EU

Germany wants to put an end to the chaotic approaches by EU member states to travel restrictions within Europe as a new wave of coronavirus cases gains momentum across the continent.

EU to start opening external borders from July

The European Union will fully open internal borders by the end of June and begin lifting restrictions on travel to and from other countries in July, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said on Friday (5 June).

Commission calls for full reopening of borders within EU

The European Commission on Thursday (4 June) called on EU member states to lift all border restrictions by the end of June, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told Euronews, saying the virus situation was “fast improving” in many countries. “We...

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.
Coronavirus 03-06-2020

Germany to lift travel warning for Europe

On 15 June, the German travel warnings for EU countries including the extended Schengen area and UK will end, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Wednesday (3 June). EURACTIV Germany reports.

Nicosia struggles with migrants crossing from Northern Cyprus

In the thick of the coronavirus lockdown in Cyprus, authorities gave a group of asylum seekers a stark choice: move to an overcrowded camp or go home.

Sadness on the border as France turns back Belgian trippers

For hundreds of Belgians hoping to spend time with French friends and relatives after almost three months of lockdown, the sunny holiday weekend proved a grim disappointment.

Germany prepares to open up to 31 European countries on 15 June

The German government wants to end a travel warning for tourist trips to 31 European countries from 15 June if the coronavirus situation allows, magazine Focus on Tuesday (26 May) cited dpa news agency as reporting.

Baltics open Europe’s first pandemic ‘travel bubble’ as curbs ease

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia opened their borders to each other at the stroke of midnight, creating the first "travel bubble" within the European Union in a bid to jump-start economies broken down by the coronavirus pandemic.

Austria’s Kurz aims to lift border controls to Switzerland by June

Austria aims to ease some border controls with Switzerland within days and to end all controls by June, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Swiss broadcaster SRF on Tuesday (12 May), as countries push ahead with loosening COVID-19 restrictions.
Economy & Jobs 13-05-2020

Merkel: Germany must help other EU states get back on their feet

Germany must help its European Union neighbours revive their economies after the coronavirus crisis, Chancellor Angela Merkel told a meeting of lawmakers from her conservative bloc on Tuesday (12 May), according to several participants.

France says won’t quarantine EU, Schengen area citizens

France said Sunday (3 May) that it would not quarantine anyone arriving from the EU, the Schengen area or Britain due to the coronavirus, as it prepares to start easing confinement measures after two months of lockdown.
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