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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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Nigerian activists seek EU backing to end nation’s ‘silent slaughter’

Tue, 2020-03-31 04:18
Dr Richard Ikiebe has led recent efforts to get international community backing to stop nearly two decades of ethnic and religious killing in Nigeria. “Now, people are listening to us”, he says.
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Orbán to rule by decree with new powers to ‘silence critics’

Mon, 2020-03-30 15:46
The Hungarian Parliament approved new emergency powers on Monday (30 March) that will allow the ruling Fidesz party the right to rule by decree, without a set time limit, in a move that prompted an outcry from human rights groups.
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Severe COVID-19 cases to be offered new clinical trial programme

Mon, 2020-03-30 15:34
Clinical trials of the efficacy of using rheumatoid arthritis drug, Kevzara, in patients hospitalised with severe COVID-19 have been expanded to include the EU.
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Austria announces new COVID-19 restrictions

Mon, 2020-03-30 15:04
From Wednesday (1 April) at the latest, mouth and nose protection masks will be obligatory in Austria's supermarkets. People in COVID-19 risk groups are no longer allowed to go to work, and hotels are closed to tourists. Random sample tests are set to bring clarity to the country's unrecorded cases.
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The Brief – Don’t let Italians feel abandoned

Mon, 2020-03-30 14:59
It’s not a good time for anyone being pro-European in Italy these days. In the thick of the COVID-19 crisis, a different one is looming in the country: an increasing sentiment of mistrust in the EU.
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EU announces COVID-19 help for Balkans, Eastern neighbours after criticism

Mon, 2020-03-30 14:45
The EU on Monday (30 March) announced nearly €40 million to help Western Balkan countries deal with the coronavirus, after Brussels came under fire for not doing enough for its neighbours.
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COVID-19 pandemic raises questions on preparedness for biological threats

Mon, 2020-03-30 14:17
As Europe is grappling to find a response to the coronavirus pandemic, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has criticised Europe’s lack of preparedness against biological threats. Speaking at a press briefing on Saturday (28 March), Borissov criticised, amongst others, NATO...
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