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Stock markets rise on huge economic support plans

Fri, 2020-03-20 15:15
Global stock markets pushed higher Friday (20 March) at the end of another volatile week, as weary investors welcomed a worldwide fightback against the coronavirus fallout by governments and central banks. In the eurozone, markets jumped after the European Central...
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COVID-19: Agri-food sector calls on EU to avert agricultural disruption

Fri, 2020-03-20 14:34
Europe's ability to provide food depends on the preservation of the Single Market, agri-food stakeholders stressed in a joint statement published on Thursday (19 March) and directed to the European Commission.
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Commission proposes unprecedented suspension of EU’s fiscal rules 

Fri, 2020-03-20 14:12
The European Commission proposed for the first time on Friday (20 March) the activation of the general escape clause that would ‘pause’ the adjustments member states have to do to meet their fiscal targets and allow them to spend "as much as they need".
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WHO expert: Finding and distributing COVID-19 vaccine in 18 months would be ‘historic’

Fri, 2020-03-20 13:53
It would be “historic” to find a vaccine that can be distributed to all countries in 18 months to defeat the coronavirus, a high-ranking researcher at the World Health Organisation told EURACTIV’s partner EFE in an interview. “We are all...
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Polish farmers push to keep Ukrainians in agriculture after border closure

Fri, 2020-03-20 13:26
After Poland closed its borders to slow down coronavirus spread, agriculture unionists are demanding that the government allow Ukrainians to remain in the country and help to keep agri-food production going. EURACTIV Poland reports.
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EU Council joins fight to bust coronavirus ‘ghost flights’

Fri, 2020-03-20 12:24
The European Council agreed on Friday (20 March) to waive EU 'use it or lose it' rules that obligate airlines to fulfil at least 80% of their airport take-off and landing slots in a calendar year. The member states want the rules put on ice longer than the Commission suggested.
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How self-isolation can bring us closer together

Fri, 2020-03-20 12:23
A strange side effect of government-mandated self-isolation is that it can bring you closer to people than ever. When Spain ordered a nationwide lockdown last weekend, friends and family I hadn’t spoken with in months, and sometimes years, reached out on social media to ask after my safety.
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EU open to ‘coronabonds’ to cushion economic fallout – von der Leyen

Fri, 2020-03-20 12:02
The European Commission is ready to consider backing common debt issuance in the eurozone to help the bloc weather the massive economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, its president said on Friday (20 March).
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Enel says digital drive has given it hedge on coronavirus threat

Fri, 2020-03-20 11:35
Italy’s biggest utility, Enel, does not expect the coronavirus epidemic to have any major impact on its results and says its drive to digitalise operations has given it an advantage. Enel has been ramping up spending on digital networks to...
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Only five member states meet key money laundering deadline

Fri, 2020-03-20 11:00
A large majority of members states failed to introduce by 10 January public registers to reveal the true owners of all companies based in their countries, as part of the fight against money laundering, a report published on Friday (20 March) revealed.
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As COVID-19 cases grew, US Senators sold off stocks and downplayed risks

Fri, 2020-03-20 10:37
After receiving classified briefings about the coronavirus, some US Senators sold off stocks and then downplayed the virus’ risk to the public. Financial reporting currently shows that five senators have sold major holdings in recent months. Public outrage is high and calls for resignations are mounting.
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YouTube to reduce streaming quality in Europe due to coronavirus

Fri, 2020-03-20 09:36
Alphabet's YouTube said on Friday (20 March) it will reduce its streaming quality in the European Union to avert internet gridlock as thousands of Europeans, constrained by the coronavirus outbreak, switch to working from home.
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Italy’s Conte calls for EU’s ‘full firepower’ against virus

Fri, 2020-03-20 08:43
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called Friday (20 March) for the European Union to tap the "full firepower" of its rescue fund to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
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Incident in a hospital in Mostar favoured the spread of COVID-19

Fri, 2020-03-20 08:06
As of Thursday evening (19 March), there are 63 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is 24 more than yesterday. The disease has been spreading uncontrollably due to the irresponsible acts of the hospital staff in the city of Mostar. The...
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Trump cancels G7 at Camp David over coronavirus, to hold video-conference instead

Fri, 2020-03-20 07:52
President Donald Trump will cancel an in-person meeting of G7 leaders at Camp David in June because of the coronavirus and will hold a video-conference instead, the White House said on Thursday (19 March).
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China rejects US ‘stigma’ over coronavirus, winks at EU

Fri, 2020-03-20 07:41
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Romanian president urging the diaspora not to return home for the Easter holidays, Italy overtaking China when it comes to the COVID-19 death toll, and so much more.
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BELGRADE – SMEs in vulnerable sectors are the most affected

Fri, 2020-03-20 07:39
Small and medium-sized businesses in vulnerable sectors are the most affected by the current state of emergency in Serbia, Serbian Association of Managers president Dragoljub Damjanovic said during an online conference in Belgrade. During the conference called “Business in Challenging...
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BELGRADE – Fabrizi: Brussels looking for ways to help Serbia

Fri, 2020-03-20 07:38
Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Sem Fabrizi, announced on Thursday that Brussels was looking into ways to help Serbia in its struggle against the coronavirus, adding that it wasn’t true that the EU had banned the sale of...
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ZAGREB – A different kind of Croatia

Fri, 2020-03-20 07:37
As of midnight, one of the most widespread traditions in the country, drinking coffee in the sun, has been suspended for at least 30 days. Restaurants, fitness centres, beauty salons and other services businesses have followed that lead. “The measures...
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Virus frontier closures hamper cross-border workers

Fri, 2020-03-20 07:36
Return home or stay to earn a living far from your loved ones? That's the dilemma being thrown up for workers who rely on shuttling across frontiers in Central Europe now that the coronavirus pandemic has seen several countries shut their borders.
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