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Spain returns faulty test kits to China as COVID-19 death toll passes 4,000-mark

Fri, 2020-03-27 06:36
As Spain's death toll hit 4,089, the Chinese embassy in Madrid said on Thursday (26 March) that the Spanish government bought a batch of faulty COVID-19 testing kits from an unauthorised Chinese company. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports. 
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Coronavirus to father EU’s ‘first dicatatorship’?

Fri, 2020-03-27 06:27
A "dictatorship" at the heart of the EU? A draft law to grant anti-coronavirus emergency measures set for adoption by Budapest has alarmed observers who fear it will hand Prime Minister Viktor Orbán unlimited power.
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Developing the value of transatlantic defense industry cooperation [Promoted content]

Fri, 2020-03-27 06:00
On 4 March 2020, Chris Lombardi, Vice President European Business Development at Raytheon, sat down at the German Marshall Fund’s conference in Brussels to discuss Raytheon’s contributions and commitment to ‘Developing the Value of Transatlantic Defence Industry Cooperation.’ Speaking with...
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G20 leaders to inject $5 trillion into global economy in fight against coronavirus

Fri, 2020-03-27 05:53
Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies pledged on Thursday (26 March) to inject over $5 trillion into the global economy to limit job and income losses from the coronavirus and "do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic."
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EU Parliament votes financial assistance for countries affected by COVID-19

Fri, 2020-03-27 05:50
Following an urgent procedure, the European Parliament on Thursday (26 March) almost unanimously backed two packages of financial support for countries affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
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US leads world with most confirmed coronavirus cases

Fri, 2020-03-27 05:40
The number of US coronavirus infections climbed above 82,000 on Thursday (26 March), surpassing the national tallies of China and Italy, as New York, New Orleans and other hot spots faced a surge in hospitalizations and looming shortages of supplies, staff and sick beds.
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Leaders clash over stimulus against pandemic, pass the hot potato to the Eurogroup

Fri, 2020-03-27 05:04
EU leaders continued to disagree over the economic response to the coronavirus, as Northern countries rejected the idea of issuing joint debt, known as ’coronabonds’, as proposed by nine member states, including hard-hit Italy and Spain.
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Bulgaria proposes to transship EU trucks going to Turkey

Thu, 2020-03-26 16:11
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov will propose to EU leaders during their teleconference on Thursday (26 March) that his country would transship goods of trucks from EU countries going to Turkey. The alternative is that EU drivers would wait 14 days before being allowed to enter Turkey.
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UK ‘putting Brexit over breathing’ as Johnson opts out of EU COVID scheme

Thu, 2020-03-26 16:05
The UK government has been accused of ‘putting Brexit over breathing’ after it confirmed it had opted out of an EU joint procurement scheme for urgently needed medical equipment to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Brief – Ode to Schengen

Thu, 2020-03-26 15:53
On this day in 1995, the Schengen Agreement, a cornerstone of the EU’s freedom of movement, entered into force. Who would have thought that only a quarter-century later, it would become one of the main casualties of Europe’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic?
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Digital Brief: Data for the Common Good?

Thu, 2020-03-26 15:13
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The Commission should clearly define the dataset it wants to obtain…” – European Data Protection Supervisor, Wojciech Wiewiórowski, 25...
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COVID-19 fallout, seasonal workers, CAP contingency plan

Thu, 2020-03-26 14:28
Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. EU agriculture ministers have called for further specific and targeted measures to address...
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Global Europe Brief: EU-China rapprochement?

Thu, 2020-03-26 13:50
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski.
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How to save airlines the right way

Thu, 2020-03-26 13:45
As the virus crisis continues to unfold, more and more airlines are grounding flights - some entirely. But carriers must take their responsibilities to society more seriously if they are to be given any public cash, insists William Todts.
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Commission chief, MEPs slam lack of EU solidarity in COVID-19 crisis 

Thu, 2020-03-26 13:39
European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen heavily criticised the lack of solidarity between member states facing the coronavirus outbreak during a debate in the European Parliament about the EU’s response on Thursday (26 March). 
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Farmers warn of far-reaching COVID-19 effects on EU agriculture

Thu, 2020-03-26 13:36
A new report from farmers’ association COPA-COGECA outlines the multi-faceted ways in which COVID-19 is leaving its mark on the agricultural sector, from flower growers to meat producers.
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EXPLAINER: How the ECB can print ‘green money’

Thu, 2020-03-26 13:25
As the European Commission starts preparing a recovery plan to counter the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, pressure is growing on the European Central Bank to play its role and use the opportunity to accelerate the green transition. On...
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MEPs urge Commission to support Western Balkans in coronavirus fight

Thu, 2020-03-26 12:55
Four MEPs have urged the European Commission to support the Western Balkans countries during the coronavirus pandemic by including them in the EU’s medical device export authorisation scheme, in a letter dated 20 March.
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France wants EU to win virus ‘communications battle’

Thu, 2020-03-26 12:45
European solidarity is being put to the test as some EU member states are not supporting the idea of 'corona bonds' and the EU's approach to communicating with the public about the crisis remains too discreet, according to Paris. EURACTIV France reports.
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MEPs demand a new long-term budget in response to coronavirus 

Thu, 2020-03-26 12:38
Leading MEPs are urging the European Commission to update its proposal for the EU's 2021-27 budget and factor in the response that will be needed to tackle the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
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