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Italy papers slam ‘Ugly Europe’ over delayed economic plan

Fri, 2020-03-27 12:03
The failure of EU leaders to come up with a joint economic response to the coronavirus crisis unleashed widespread criticism in Italy on Friday, with newspapers slamming Europe's foot dragging.
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Astronaut tips to survive lockdown: Talk, teamwork and treats

Fri, 2020-03-27 10:30
Stick to a daily routine, stay connected with family and treat yourself occasionally - those are some of the tips German astronauts gave for surviving lockdown during the coronavirus crisis, which they said was much like their time in space.
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EU leaders back ‘green transition’ in pandemic recovery plan

Fri, 2020-03-27 10:26
While attention continues to focus on the urgent health aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak, EU leaders have called on the European Commission to start preparing “a comprehensive recovery plan” that integrates green and digital aspects.
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EU farm chief: Post-coronavirus recovery should be green and sustainable

Fri, 2020-03-27 09:08
The Green Deal remains a flagship policy of von der Leyen Commission and the EU should aim for a post-COVID-19 recovery that is green and sustainable, Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski told in an exclusive interview.
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Kazakhstan takes decisive steps to stop the spread of coronavirus

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:59
Despite the relatively small numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and a first death reported on Thursday (26 March), the authorities in Kazakhstan, a country neighbouring China, are taking the coronavirus pandemic very seriously.
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British government blames lost emails for coronavirus EU procurement chaos

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:55
In today's edition of the Capitals, read about how the curfew imposed on the Austrian ski resort, which received criticism earlier for not having acted fast enough following warnings from Iceland. Bulgaria is set to help media outlets in the midst of the crisis.
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BELGRADE – Serbia struggling with Convention on Social Rights, says Council of Europe

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:54
When it comes to being harmonised with the EU Social Charter which applies to children, families and migrants, Serbia ranks at the bottom of the list, the European Committee of Social Rights announced on Thursday (26 March). In the Committee’s...
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HELSINKI – Political parties differ on whether government did enough on COVID-19

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:53
A survey commissioned by the Finnish Broadcasting Company shows that 49% of citizens consider the Government’s actions to tackle the coronavirus timely and appropriate, while 46% said that restrictions could have been tighter.  Although there were no considerable differences in...
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VIENNA – Curfew in virus-ridden Tyrol prolonged

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:52
As Austria’s COVID-19 infection rate climbed to 6,398 on Thursday afternoon (26 March) with 49 deaths, authorities decided to prolong the curfew until 13 April in Tyrol, the city, in which political negligence led to a massive spread of the...
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BRUSSELS – Special powers approved, more lockdown clarification to come

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:51
After the main political parties broke the government formation stalemate earlier this month and agreed to grant the government under Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes special powers for the next six months to bridge the coronavirus health crisis, the Belgian parliament...
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BERLIN – Germans discuss the ‘calm before the storm’ on coronavirus

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:50
In a press conference yesterday (26 March), Health Minister Jens Spahn of the Christian Democrats (CDU) and the president of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler, told reporters that the peak of infections is yet to come and outlined the...
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Belgium says coronavirus peak still ahead

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:50
The peak of Belgium's coronavirus infections still lies ahead, the health ministry said on Thursday (26 March), adding much will depend on how strictly people follow lockdown measures.
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British government blames lost emails for coronavirus EU procurement chaos

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:49
Boris Johnson’s government blamed a communications mix-up for missing the deadline to join an EU procurement scheme to produce ventilators and other urgently needed medical equipment to combat the coronavirus crisis. On Thursday (26 March), ministers were accused of ‘putting...
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EU sticks to carbon reporting deadlines, rejects industry calls for coronavirus delay

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:35
An EU-wide April 30 deadline for firms to surrender emissions trading system (ETS) carbon allowances will stand, the European Commission said, despite calls from the cement and steel industry to extend it due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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MEPs agree to ground coronavirus ‘ghost flights’

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:31
European Parliament lawmakers agreed on Thursday evening (26 March) to put problematic aviation rules on ice until October, as airlines struggle to cope with the impact of the coronavirus on their business.
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Golden passports still widespread in Europe, study finds

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:11
Citizenship and residence-for-pay schemes continue to be widespread across the EU, according to a new report, which calls on the European Commission to propose EU-wide rules to phase out golden passports while taking action against governments that operate schemes in breach of EU law.
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Ukraine struggles to debunk fake virus news

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:04
The water service in Odessa, a port city in southern Ukraine, was suddenly overrun this week with calls from worried residents with a peculiar concern.
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German government concludes ‘freight transport pact’ to ensure food supply

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:00
The German logistics industry and the food trade are taking joint measures to ensure food safety. However, problems still exist with seasonal workers need to work in the fields.
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Tweets of the Week: Teleworking MEPs, Quarantine, EU Actions

Fri, 2020-03-27 06:57
MEPs cast their first remote vote; singing policemen sound the right note; and EU politics more or less stays afloat. 
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‘Printing money’: booming mask producers in China meet global demand

Fri, 2020-03-27 06:41
As the coronavirus pandemic that originated in a central Chinese city has gone global, thousands of factories in China have nimbly turned to a new and very profitable market -- face masks for export.
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