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EU supports Iran, Venezuela bids for IMF support in fight against coronavirus

Mon, 2020-03-23 16:47
The EU backs Iran and Venezuela in their requests for emergency funding from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help them fight the coronavirus outbreak, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said on Monday (23 March).
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Keep on trucking: EU deploys ‘green lanes’ to unclog freight

Mon, 2020-03-23 16:21
The European Commission issued instructions on how to unclog bottleneck border crossings on Monday (23 March), with new ‘green lanes’ aiming to keep freight moving during the coronavirus outbreak.
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EU citizens stranded as repatriation efforts face obstacles

Mon, 2020-03-23 16:07
EU citizens are facing increasing challenges to return to the bloc due to the escalating number of travel restrictions announced across the globe as a result to the coronavirus outbreak. Foreign ministers in their first-ever video conference on Monday (23...
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The Brief – Hamilton versus coronavirus

Mon, 2020-03-23 16:06
The coronavirus COVID-19 is the most serious crisis Europe has faced since World War II, we heard over the past days in many capitals. In addition to the worrying number of victims, the European economy is plunging to “war-like times”....
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EU moves to start membership talks with North Macedonia, Albania

Mon, 2020-03-23 14:00
The European Council is set to give the green light this week for starting accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, in a long-awaited move for the Western Balkans after the enlargement process was effectively put on hold last year....
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There is room to democratize EU integration process in Kosovo

Mon, 2020-03-23 13:38
It is not surprising why Kosovo lags behind in the EU enlargement process, having in mind that many civic society actors were excluded from previous consultation processes, write Svjetlana Ramic Markovic and Agon Demjaha. Svjetlana Ramic Markovic is MA International...
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Germany set to foot massive but ‘necessary’ coronavirus bill

Mon, 2020-03-23 12:15
Coronavirus will cost Germany several hundred billion euros, according to new figures from research centre the ifo institute released on Monday (23 March). Production losses and unemployment will hurt, so Berlin will have to dig deep into its pockets. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
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How coronavirus brought realism back

Mon, 2020-03-23 11:45
The coronavirus has already done more to unravel a borderless Europe than all the far-right politicians combined. The pandemic only reaffirmed Politics 101: only strong and effective states are able to cope with crises, writes Hamza Karčić.
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COVID-19 stimulus should address health, economy and climate together

Mon, 2020-03-23 11:07
Governments around the globe are quickly designing some of the biggest economic stimulus plan ever seen in peacetime in response to the COVD-19 pandemic. But while the health crisis has forced all concerned to take swift action, we are still moving too slowly when it comes to  the climate crisis, writes María Mendiluce.
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The story behind the Commission’s new emphasis on encryption

Mon, 2020-03-23 10:37
The European Commission has begun taking more decisive steps toward secure, encrypted communications. But while all of these steps may be positive, not all of them are identical.
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Austria puts its economy on ice

Mon, 2020-03-23 09:40
Austria's economy has come to a standstill since the government closed down almost all its businesses due to the corona pandemic. To get companies through the dry spell, it is filling a crisis fund with €38 billion to keep them afloat until the economy restarts after the crisis.
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UN to create global coronavirus fund to assist developing countries

Mon, 2020-03-23 07:57
The United Nations will create a fund to support the treatment of coronavirus patients worldwide, Norway’s foreign ministry said on Monday (23 March).
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UK scientists to track mutations in coronavirus to map spread

Mon, 2020-03-23 07:40
UK scientists are to track the spread of the new coronavirus and watch for emerging mutations by using gene sequencing to analyse the strains causing thousands of COVID-19 infections across the country, Britain said on Monday (23 March).
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EU cost-benefit study seen backing 55% emissions cut by 2030

Mon, 2020-03-23 07:32
In the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak, the European Commission published last week what would have otherwise been a high-profile initiative: the launch of a cost-benefit analysis of increasing the EU’s climate ambition for 2030 in view of reaching net-zero emissions by mid-century.
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Johnson eyes stricter measures as Brits ignore social distancing rule

Mon, 2020-03-23 07:24
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Germany implementing new restrictions against COVID-19, the Czech Republic sending the 'stolen' shipment of facemasks to Italy after it had been confiscated at Czech customs last week, and so much more.
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Coronavirus pandemic batters tourism in Georgia

Mon, 2020-03-23 07:23
Spring has arrived in Tbilisi but its picturesque old town -- a whimsical mixture of Art Nouveau buildings and medieval churches -- is gloomy.
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BELGRADE – Vučić meets Orbán in Budapest

Mon, 2020-03-23 07:19
Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest on Sunday (22 March) to discuss bilateral relations, cooperation and solidarity in the fight against coronavirus, as well as plans to support the economic development of both states...
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ZAGREB – Two parallel crises

Mon, 2020-03-23 07:17
“We have two parallel crises that contradict each other,” Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said after an emergency meeting of Croatia’s top officials. He referred to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and the earthquake of a 5.5 Richter magnitude that hit Zagreb...
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BRATISLAVA – A new government in place, old crisis

Mon, 2020-03-23 07:16
Prime Minister Igor Matovič of the centre-right party Ordinary People was appointed by President Zuzana Čaputová to lead the new government on Saturday (21 March), and the new PM already took a jab at the previous government for having deliberately...
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Italy bans internal travel as a further 651 die from coronavirus

Mon, 2020-03-23 07:15
Italy banned travel within the country on Sunday (22 March) in yet another attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, as data showed a further 651 people had died from the disease, lifting the number of fatalities to 5,476.
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