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Belgium ends supermarket discounts ban

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:56
Belgium will end a two-week ban on supermarket promotions and discounts designed to discourage panic-buying after complaints that consumers were facing higher prices at a time of economic hardship due to the coronavirus.
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Ukraine opens up land market in bid for $8 bln IMF package

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:43
Ukrainian lawmakers voted on Tuesday (31 March) to lift a ban on the sale of farmland that has stood for nearly two decades, clearing one of the hurdles needed to unlock an $8 billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund.
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Domestic violence increases in France during COVID-19 lockdown

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:40
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the increase of domestic violence cases in France since the country went on lockdown, the Czech Republic launching its 'smart quarantine' system in one of its regions, and so much more.
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Airlines hunt for parking spaces as virus grounds flights

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:40
Global airlines are scrambling to find parking spots as the coronavirus outbreak slashes demand for air travel. More than 10,000 aircraft have been mothballed since the start of the crisis, according to data published on Monday (30 March).
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Return to borderless Europe after COVID-19 will be difficult but not impossible.

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:39
If we do not start creating the conditions for the return to a border free Schengen zone now, the temporary measures introduced to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic risk becoming permanent, writes Alena Kudzko.
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BELGRADE – Serbs suffer coronavirus concern

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:38
While close to 60% are worried about the coronavirus, 48% feel the government is handling the situation very well, compared to 42% who think otherwise, according to a Gallup International poll published on Monday. The poll carried out in 30...
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SOFIA – Bulgaria still wants the euro

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:37
Bulgaria will postpone its plans to enter the eurozone waiting room (ERM II) for at least one year, the governor of Bulgaria’s National Bank, Dimitar Radev, told Nova TV in an interview. According to the governor, the economic crisis will...
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ZAGREB – Agreement on the earthquake aftermath

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:36
Croatian PM Andrej Plenković announced that the government and Zagreb authorities have agreed on joint activities to deal with the earthquake aftermath. “We have agreed on three points of our joint activities which are aimed at continuing the work on...
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WARSAW – Election debacle continues

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:34
As Poland crossed the 2,000 coronavirus-case-threshold but recorded a total of 31 deaths, the country continues to have a debate on whether the presidential elections, which are scheduled for 10 May, should be held anyway. Although there is no sign...
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STOCKHOLM – Lockdown: A cumbersome experiment

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:33
Head of Sweden’s public health agency Johan Carlson said in a TV interview on Sunday (29 March) that the country’s approach to coronavirus was the right one, adding that the authorities “remain pretty confident it is the best way to...
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HELSINKI – Extending emergency legislation until 13 May

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:32
On Monday, the Finnish government decided to extend its emergency legislation for a month until 13 May. Restaurants will have to close immediately, while ferries between Finland and Sweden will carry only goods and freight and passenger traffic is terminated. ...
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VIENNA – Austria tightens measures restricting social life

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:31
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced new and stricter measures to combat the spread of coronavirus on Monday. In supermarkets, shoppers will be obliged to wear protective mouth-nose-masks (as opposed to medical-quality masks used by doctors) which will be distributed at the...
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Domestic violence increases in France during COVID-19 lockdown

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:30
Secretary of State for Gender Equality, Marlène Schiappa, has revealed a dramatic increase in domestic violence cases since the lockdown started about two weeks ago. While domestic violence across France increased by “32% in one week”, in Paris it rose...
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Italy to extend coronavirus lockdown until Easter as new cases fall

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:29
Italy's government on Monday (30 March) said it would extend its nationwide lockdown measures against a coronavirus outbreak, due to end on Friday, at least until the Easter season in April, as the number of new infections declines.
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The ‘super year for biodiversity’: Undermined by a wildlife market?

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:13
This year's meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is being curtailed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Ironically, the pandemic most likely first emerged from wildlife being traded in a live animal market in Wuhan, China, writes Janice Weatherley Singh.
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EU lists ‘critical workers’ needing to cross borders

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:12
The EU on Monday (30 March) released a list of "critical workers" it says must be allowed continued freedom of movement across its internal borders, despite emergency coronavirus measures.
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EU Commission expects deeper recession than in 2009

Tue, 2020-03-31 05:49
The economic slump caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 is expected to be deeper than the 2009 Great Recession, according to a European Commission document seen by EURACTIV.
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Austria imports workers from Bulgaria, Romania to plug gaps in COVID-19 care

Tue, 2020-03-31 05:32
Chartered flights brought more than 200 health workers to Austria on Monday (30 March) to ensure that care was not disrupted by COVID-19 travel restrictions, a regional official said.
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Brussels seeks ‘consensual’ economic response to COVID-19 crisis, shifting away from coronabonds

Tue, 2020-03-31 04:55
With "all options on the table", European Commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen is looking at a consensual response among member states to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, her spokesman said on Monday (30 March), shifting away from controversial debt mutualisation advocated by Italy.
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Don’t let COVID-19 become a hunger game

Tue, 2020-03-31 04:21
The health impacts of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic on some of the poorest countries are still unknown and any ensuing food crisis as a result of poor policy-making will be a humanitarian disaster to avert, writes FAO secretary-general Qu Dongyu.
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