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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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EU warns virus could expose firms to foreign buy outs

Thu, 2020-03-26 06:44
The head of the European Commission warned Wednesday (25 March) that the economic aftermath of the coronavirus could leave strategic private sector firms exposed to foreign takeovers.
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Germans and Dutch set to block EU ‘corona bonds’ at video summit

Thu, 2020-03-26 06:35
Germany and the Netherlands will lead opposition to issuing joint bonds to help revive the European Union economy from a deep slump caused by the coronavirus when the bloc's national leaders discuss emergency assistance on Thursday (26 March).
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German parliament suspends debt brake to fight coronavirus outbreak

Thu, 2020-03-26 06:30
The German lower house on Wednesday (25 March) suspended the country's constitutionally enshrined debt brake, approving a massive stimulus package by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to weather the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.
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MEPs join call for ban on live animal transport amid COVID-19 border delays

Thu, 2020-03-26 06:23
More than 40 members of the European Parliament have joined a coalition of NGOs calling for a ban on long-distance animal transport during the coronavirus crisis. They argue that the reintroduction of border controls has resulted in delays which risk affecting animal welfare and, by extension, human health.
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Smokers likely to be more at risk from coronavirus

Thu, 2020-03-26 06:21
Smoking can make people more susceptible to serious complications from a coronavirus infection, the European Union agency for disease control said on Wednesday (25 March), citing scientific studies, although available data is still limited.
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Poland says virus fallout makes it ‘even more difficult’ to hit EU climate goal

Thu, 2020-03-26 05:35
Poland, which relies heavily on coal-fired power stations, will find it even tougher to achieve the European Union’s climate goals because of the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on the economy and companies, the government said on Wednesday (25 March).
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Commission charts end to execution and torture in human rights plans  

Wed, 2020-03-25 17:27
The European Commission is calling on member states to work together on the world stage to put an end to capital punishment and torture.
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London airport shuts down to curb virus spread

Wed, 2020-03-25 15:58
London City Airport announced on Wednesday (25 March) that it would cease operations until the end of April, in response to the UK government's latest coronavirus outbreak instructions.
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Is Bulgaria getting EU help to fight coronavirus impact?

Wed, 2020-03-25 15:54
Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov has made public statements about the EU not providing adequate help in Bulgaria's fight with the coronavirus crisis. Former Deputy Prime Minister Ivailo Kalfin, who is the chairman of EURACTIV Bulgaria's board of directors, looked into these statements.
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The Brief – Every state for themselves?

Wed, 2020-03-25 15:28
Just as the World Health Organisation warned that the United States will become the next COVID-19 epicentre, US President Donald Trump wants a deadline for lockdowns to end. In two weeks, Americans could be back to work, according to his...
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EU demands access to Donbas for international organisations during coronavirus restrictions

Wed, 2020-03-25 15:26
Russian-backed armed formations in the breakaway Donbas region have since Saturday (21 March) denied access to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) mission monitoring the conflict, Ukraine's State Border Guard Service reported on Tuesday.
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Russia joins UN’s appeal for global ceasefire, lists conflicts by name

Wed, 2020-03-25 15:23
Russia’s foreign ministry published a statement on Wednesday (25 March) urging all parties to regional armed conflicts to immediately stop hostilities, secure a ceasefire, and introduce a humanitarian pause, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
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COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of our economies

Wed, 2020-03-25 14:51
The human dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic reach far beyond the critical health response, as all aspects of our future will be affected - economic, social and developmental. Our response must be urgent and coordinated on a global scale, and should immediately deliver help to those most in need, writes Guy Rider.
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A new type of virus is upon us, and it is not corona

Wed, 2020-03-25 13:34
The whole world is preoccupied with the coronavirus pandemic.  Every day, we experience apprehension and our thoughts focus on how we can protect ourselves, our families and countries. Yet, while nations struggle to mobilise their resources to fight this unparalleled epidemic, another virus is spreading almost undetected, Daniel Milo argues. 
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Commission touts importance of ‘data for common good’ amid COVID-19 privacy concerns

Wed, 2020-03-25 13:30
The European Commission will task EU governments with establishing structures that facilitate the use of data for the 'common good' before the end of the year. The executive is hoping that the response to the Coronavirus crisis can demonstrate the power of data analytics.
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Italy tries to prevent petrol pump virus shutdown

Wed, 2020-03-25 12:44
Italy’s government is trying to broker a deal to head off a move by petrol station operators to close down pumps on the country’s motorway network due to the coronavirus epidemic. In a statement on Tuesday (24 March), three operator...
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Nine member states ask for Eurobonds to face coronavirus crisis

Wed, 2020-03-25 12:21
Nine member states sent a letter today (25 March) to the President of the EU Council Charles Michel asking for a common debt instrument to mitigate the damage caused by the coronavirus crisis, Greek media reported.
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New measures for coping with coronavirus crisis

Wed, 2020-03-25 12:10
Agriculture Minister Marija Vuckovic on Tuesday (23 March) unveiled measures for the agricultural sector, which are part of the government’s initial set of measures designed to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy. The ministry is...
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COVID-19: France calls unemployed to work in fields as borders stay closed

Wed, 2020-03-25 11:33
The French government has called on the technically unemployed French to make themselves available to help farmers with seasonal harvests. But such 'agricultural patriotism' does not bode well with the tightening of containment. EURACTIV France reports.
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