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HELSINKI – Face masks made of fabric only give 20-40% protection

Fri, 2020-05-15 06:34
While proper respirators made of polyester can remove some 90% of the droplets in the air, the level of protection afforded by fabric face masks lies somewhere between 20% and 40%, according to a new study published on Thursday (14...
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VIENNA – Opposition criticises Chancellor Kurz for holding lockdown event

Fri, 2020-05-15 06:33
 When Chancellor Sebastian Kurz visited a village in the far-west of Austria on Wednesday (13 May), he had been followed by a crowd of villagers, many of whom had failed to respect the mandatory one metre social distance rule between...
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BRUSSELS – Open borders soon?

Fri, 2020-05-15 06:32
Belgium aims to reopen its borders to tourists by 15 June, but this would largely depend on neighbouring countries’ decisions, according to Belgian interior minister Pieter De Crem. In Germany, “the aim is that, if the evolution of the infections...
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PARIS – Vaccine controversy in France

Fri, 2020-05-15 06:31
French President Emmanuel Macron indicated on Thursday (14 May) he plans to meet Sanofi company officials next week to clear the air regarding the controversy surrounding a COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier this week, Sanofi’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Hudson had suggested...
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Russia probes FT, NYT after virus death toll reports

Fri, 2020-05-15 06:26
Russia on Thursday (14 May) launched a probe into the Financial Times and the New York Times after the newspapers said local authorities could be vastly under-reporting deaths from the coronavirus in the country.
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EU top diplomat wants independent probe into coronavirus origins

Fri, 2020-05-15 06:12
The European Union's foreign policy chief called on China on Thursday (14 May) to contribute significantly to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and said there should be an independent scientific investigation into the origins of the pandemic.
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Baltics open Europe’s first pandemic ‘travel bubble’ as curbs ease

Fri, 2020-05-15 05:49
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia opened their borders to each other at the stroke of midnight, creating the first "travel bubble" within the European Union in a bid to jump-start economies broken down by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Tweets of the Week: Hungary Debate, Summer Holidays, Brexit Talks

Fri, 2020-05-15 05:35
Orban’s dictatorship makes MEPs mad, summer holidays would make everyone glad, and resumed Brexit talks are going pretty bad.
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Beware of jobs vs. climate clash in virus aftermath, EU warned

Fri, 2020-05-15 05:30
Governments in Europe and beyond should pay “utmost attention” to avoid a “jobs versus climate” confrontation in the recovery phase from the COVID-19 crisis, said Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA).
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Fears mount over migrants dying ‘out of sight’ in Mediterranean

Fri, 2020-05-15 05:25
More and more migrants are crossing, Europe is closing its ports and no humanitarian ships are carrying out rescues. As the coronavirus pandemic dominates headlines, activists fear the Mediterranean is the scene of an overlooked "tragedy".
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With almost €100 billion in tax losses, Scholz announces another stimulus package

Fri, 2020-05-15 05:10
For the German budget, the pandemic means greater expenditures and less income. For the first time since the financial crisis, tax revenues are falling but Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) is not thinking about austerity. On the contrary, another economic stimulus package is planned in June to help boost the economy, EURACTIV Germany reports.
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LGBTI discrimination still going strong in Europe, warns EU rights body

Fri, 2020-05-15 05:05
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people's organisations have denounced a lack of progress in the recognition of sexual minorities in the EU ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on Sunday (17 May). 
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#KeepMedicinesMoving during COVID-19 [Promoted content]

Fri, 2020-05-15 05:00
Our Call for action calls for a European coordination to ensure the supply and circulation of medicines to deliver equitable patient access by acting in the four main areas. Medicine Supply, Transport, International trade and workforce.
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Slovenia calls an official end to its coronavirus epidemic

Fri, 2020-05-15 04:52
The Slovenian government late on Thursday (14 May) called an official end to its coronavirus epidemic, becoming the first European country to do so, after authorities confirmed less than seven new coronavirus cases each day for the past two weeks.
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The Brief, powered by IPA Europe – Vaccine wars

Thu, 2020-05-14 14:39
Have you seen the latest James Bond movie, ‘No Time To Die’? Don’t worry, nobody else has after the coronavirus pandemic delayed its release. This story is about what could possibly be the premise of the next one. It’s not...
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A ‘marathon’ needed to avoid a mental health pandemic

Thu, 2020-05-14 14:37
As the infection and death rates from coronavirus continue to decline across Europe, policy makers are beginning to take stock of the widespread impact of the pandemic on mental health.
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US ambassador accuses Germany of ‘eroding’ NATO solidarity

Thu, 2020-05-14 14:34
In an op-ed published this morning (14 May) in the German newspaper Die Welt, US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell had strong words for the country’s leadership regarding its NATO commitments. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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EU files charges against Austria: Minister calls family benefits indexing a ‘question of justice’

Thu, 2020-05-14 14:29
The European Commission opened an infringement procedure against Austria in January 2019, and now a lawsuit is following after the government failed to allay Commission concerns that the indexation of family benefits are discriminatory. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Environmental NGOs launch appeal for green reconstruction

Thu, 2020-05-14 13:59
An association of ten major European environmental organisations today (14 May) launched an appeal to the European Union to come up with a green and fair reconstruction plan. Today, the EU Parliament will vote on its position on this issue.
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CAP budget increase, state aid, no mandatory labelling in F2F

Thu, 2020-05-14 13:57
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. Agriculture Commissioner backs Poland’s plan to hike CAP spending The EU’s Agriculture Commissioner,...
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