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Privacy activists on COVID-19 surveillance: Either ineffective or questionable

Thu, 2020-03-26 09:27
In Germany and Austria, there are concrete ideas to monitor their citizens using Big Data, but to be truly effective, the methods would have to be deeply invasive. Even then the added value would not be sufficient, say privacy activists.
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Five complaints against French government over coronavirus handling

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:43
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about how Spain now has the second-most deaths related to the COVID-19 crisis, the cancelling of ski-parties, and so much more.
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BELGRADE – EU allows Serbia to repurpose €94 million to fight COVID-19

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:40
The EU has decided to approve the repurposing of €94 million originally allocated to different projects under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), which can now be used to prevent and curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the Serbian...
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ZAGREB – 95% of companies suffering due to COVID-19

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:39
A survey by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) covering more than 2,700 companies showed that 95% of companies had reported declines in turnover and that 28% had suffered declines of up to 100%, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, state...
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BRATISLAVA – Parliament approves tracking people infected with COVID-19

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:38
The country’s Public Health Office will start tracking the movements of persons infected with COVID-19 with their consent using data from telecom operators after parliament passed the so-called ‘lex corona’ bill. Although the government backtracked from using metadata on calls...
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Spain to receive EU medical equipment within two weeks

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:37
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Wednesday (25 March) the delivery of protective gloves, masks and overalls secured by the EU for Spanish hospitals in within two weeks. Von der Leyen also said that Spain could be...
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MADRID – Spain now has second-most COVID-19-related deaths

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:35
While Spain has become the second-deadliest hotspot for COVID-19 after Italy, after its death toll reached 3,434 on Wednesday (25 March). The head of the country’s emergency health department, Fernando Simon, said that “we are close to the peak, if...
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DUBLIN – Postal workers to the rescue

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:34
Postal delivery workers in Ireland will start ‘checking in’ on elderly and vulnerable people amid the COVID-19 outbreak by knocking on doors and checking if those in need require food or medication. “Postmen and women will now not just deliver...
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LONDON – Parliament shuts down

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:33
The UK Parliament has shut down until 21 April after emergency laws to deal with the coronavirus pandemic were rushed through both Houses and passed into law on Wednesday (25 March). The Scottish Parliament is closed for the remainder of...
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STOCKHOLM – After-ski parties cancelled

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:32
While ski resorts will remain open during the Easter break, after-ski parties will be cancelled and ski lifts must not be too crowded. Sweden is sticking to its chosen, yet different policy when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus...
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Three billion people under lockdown as UN warns virus threatens humanity

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:32
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.
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BRUSSELS – €2.4 billion damage weekly

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:31
The coronavirus pandemic is causing weekly economic damage of 0.55% of Belgian GDP or €2.4 billion, according to calculations by the Federation of Belgian Enterprises (FEB). If the current situation continues for six weeks, it will cost our economy 3.33%...
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Five complaints against French government over coronavirus handling

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:28
In France, not everyone is happy with the way the French government is dealing with the coronavirus crisis. So far, five complaints have been lodged by individuals and medical associations before the French Court of Justice against Prime Minister Édouard...
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EU’s Breton defends COVID-19 telecoms data acquisition plans

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:26
The European Commission's Internal Market chief Thierry Breton has defended plans to obtain mobile data from EU telecom firms during the coronavirus outbreak, saying the acquisition of certain datasets allows for a clearer reading of "the impact of the confinement measures taken by member states."
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Italy coronavirus deaths pass 7,500 amid fears of spread to south

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:21
More than 680 people have died from coronavirus in Italy in the last 24 hours, the Civil Protection Agency said on Wednesday (25 March), as concerns grew that the disease was spreading more towards the south of the country.
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US exports to the EU still three times higher than to China

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:17
The export of US goods to the EU totalled $337 billion in 2019, an increase of 6% on the previous year, according to the Transatlantic Economy 2020 report, published on Thursday (26 March). At the same time, that figure was three times higher than the total of goods exported from the United States to China.
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EU and US in opposite camps as Kosovo government toppled

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:12
Kosovo's government was toppled by a no-confidence vote Wednesday (25 March) less than two months after coming to power, plunging the unstable democracy into political uncertainty as it tries to halt the spread of coronavirus.
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Open-air markets ban: Another blow to struggling small farmers

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:00
Local farmers' markets have become the latest coronavirus casualty after France took the decision to close open-air markets as a further measure curb the spread of coronavirus. However, the move has proved controversial given that it stands to disproportionately affect small producers.
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How a green recovery can help modernise Europe

Thu, 2020-03-26 06:48
EU institutions and member states must act quickly and coherently in response to the COVID-19 crisis, writes Mats Engström. He suggests six points to consider when EU institutions work out post-crisis recovery plans.
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COVID-19 emergency makes EU budget deal more urgent than ever

Thu, 2020-03-26 06:44
The seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak makes hefty cuts to cohesion policy in the EU's next long-term budget all the more unjustified, writes Enrico Rossi, the governor of Italy's Tuscany Region.
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