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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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BUCHAREST – Diaspora stay away

Fri, 2020-03-20 07:36
President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday that during the outbreak, it is better that Romanians living abroad do not come back to Romania for the Easter vacation. “We must tell Romanians living in the diaspora, with deep sadness but also...
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LONDON – New law urges retired doctors to return to work

Fri, 2020-03-20 07:33
65,000 retired doctors and nurses will be asked to return to the NHS to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak as part of a new law published Thursday (19 March). The move is one of a series of emergency measures included...
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Austria’s EU Minister: ‘I am not a diplomat’

Fri, 2020-03-20 07:33
A week before the European Council, the coronavirus is dominating the agenda. The EU is struggling to find solutions - but the world is not standing still and other challenges remain acute. Austria's EU Minister Karoline Edtstadler (ÖVP) tells EURACTIV Germany how the virus will affect the summit and explains Austria's position in the crisis.
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Heavy-emitting firms ‘off-track’ from 2C climate target

Fri, 2020-03-20 07:27
More than 80% of the highest-emitting listed companies are failing to deliver emissions reductions aligned to the Paris Agreement's 2C global warming limit, with many of them also failing to account for climate mitigation and risk strategies. EURACTIV's media partner,, reports.
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EU leaders to hold coronavirus video conference on 26 March

Fri, 2020-03-20 07:25
European Union leaders will hold another video conference on 26 March to discuss the impact of coronavirus, a top official said on Thursday (19 March), the same day the European Parliament plans to increase EU aid to the economy.
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Paralysis for Latin America with Argentina lockdown, Rio beach closures

Fri, 2020-03-20 07:01
Brazil on Thursday (19 March) announced it was closing land borders and prohibiting entry to people from European and many Pacific Asian countries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as Mexico and Peru reported their first virus deaths.
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China rejects US ‘stigma’ over coronavirus, winks at EU

Fri, 2020-03-20 06:51
Beijing strongly condemned US President Donald Trump’s latest habit to call the coronavirus a “Chinese virus” and urged everyone to follow the science instead. At the same time, China has stepped up efforts to send equipment and experts to Europe, now the epicentre of the pandemic, in what AFP described as 'mask diplomacy'.
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Spain to close all hotels, help nursing homes as coronavirus deaths climb

Fri, 2020-03-20 06:39
The Spanish government on Thursday (19 March) ordered the closure of all the country’s hotels and promised to implement special measures in nursing homes after a surge in the country’s coronavirus cases and deaths.
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Bulgarian authorities struggle to enforce containment with Roma population

Fri, 2020-03-20 06:30
In Bulgaria, home to a large Roma population, the authorities are struggling to enforce the strict containment measures generally respected by the majority of the population. On top of that, many Bulgarian Roma are said to have returned from Western Europe in recent days.
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Netflix to scale down European network traffic after EU pressure

Fri, 2020-03-20 06:25
The online streaming giant Netflix has pledged to lower the quality of its videos in a bid to reduce traffic on European networks by 25%. The aim is to preserve the smooth operation of the internet amid an increase in usage during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
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How an Austrian ski paradise became a COVID-19 hotspot

Fri, 2020-03-20 06:17
Ischgl, an Austrian ski resort, has achieved tragic international fame: hundreds of tourists are believed to have contracted the coronavirus there and taken it home with them. The Tyrolean state government is now facing serious criticism.
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France’s budget deficit could skyrocket to 7% of GDP in COVID-19 aftermath

Fri, 2020-03-20 05:49
The French government continues to announce stimulus spending, as well as support measures for companies, employees and the research sector worth billions to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis. Although necessary, those measures could send the country's budget deficit through the roof, EURACTIV France reports.
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