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Coronavirus: What’s happening in Europe

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 08:00
The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is spreading through Europe. Apart from the health risk, it is also forcing businesses, as well as EU institutions, to cancel travel and public events and switch to teleworking, in the hope of slowing the epidemic....

EPP calls for further postponement of Farm to Fork strategy

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 20:49
The European People's Party (EPP) group has called for another postponement of the planned Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F) until at least after the summer, citing the "crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic", but its position has been met with criticism from some stakeholders.

Belgium extends COVID-19 lockdown by two weeks until 19 April

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 19:34
Belgium's National Security Council (CNS) decided on Friday (27 March) to extend the coronavirus containment measures by two weeks until 19 April, after France applied the same time frame only hours earlier.

Cashless payments versus the pandemic

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 18:26
Authorities are encouraging the use of electronic payments as a safer measure to maintain social distance and contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus-hit carmakers urge EU to pull legislative handbrake

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:32
Europe’s largest auto manufacturers have argued that the coronavirus outbreak will limit their ability to comply with EU rules aimed at cleaning up the sector’s carbon footprint.

Negotiating a new EU-UK partnership in challenging times

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:35
It is now nearly two months since the United Kingdom left the European Union. It left with the legal certainty and clarity provided by the Withdrawal Agreement and the accompanying Political Declaration, writes MEP David McAllister.

The Brief – Comrade Corona

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:33
A few months ago, the universal basic income was a left-wing pipedream. Now governments across Europe and beyond are preparing to pay people between 60% and 80% of their salary for the next few months.

Happy as a ‘sandbox’: Bulgaria’s tech upsurge

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:27
The creation of a "sandbox" - a safe environment where FinTech companies can test their products - is big news for Bulgaria and the entire tech community in Central and Eastern Europe, write Eduard Tsvetanov and Filip Genov.  

Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19 with ‘mild symptoms’

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:18
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the first European leader confirmed to have contracted the virus.

Grounded virus flights could skew weather forecasts

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:05
Europe’s ability to predict the weather will suffer because of the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on aviation, a leading research institute warned this week, explaining that fleets of grounded aircraft mean forecasters have less meteorological data to work wit

Italian papers slam ‘Ugly Europe’ over delayed economic plan

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:03
The failure of EU leaders to come up with a joint economic response to the coronavirus crisis unleashed widespread criticism in Italy on Friday, with newspapers slamming Europe's foot dragging.

Astronaut tips to survive lockdown: Talk, teamwork and treats

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 11:30
Stick to a daily routine, stay connected with family and treat yourself occasionally - those are some of the tips German astronauts gave for surviving lockdown during the coronavirus crisis, which they said was much like their time in space.

EU leaders back ‘green transition’ in pandemic recovery plan

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 11:26
While attention continues to focus on the urgent health aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak, EU leaders have called on the European Commission to start preparing “a comprehensive recovery plan” that integrates green and digital aspects.

EU farm chief: Post-coronavirus recovery should be green and sustainable

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 10:08
The Green Deal remains a flagship policy of von der Leyen Commission and the EU should aim for a post-COVID-19 recovery that is green and sustainable, Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski told in an exclusive interview.

Kazakhstan takes decisive steps to stop the spread of coronavirus

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 08:59
Despite the relatively small numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and a first death reported on Thursday (26 March), the authorities in Kazakhstan, a country neighbouring China, are taking the coronavirus pandemic very seriously.

British government blames lost emails for coronavirus EU procurement chaos

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 08:55
In today's edition of the Capitals, read about how the curfew imposed on the Austrian ski resort, which received criticism earlier for not having acted fast enough following warnings from Iceland. Bulgaria is set to help media outlets in the midst of the crisis.

BELGRADE – Serbia struggling with Convention on Social Rights, says Council of Europe

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 08:54
When it comes to being harmonised with the EU Social Charter which applies to children, families and migrants, Serbia ranks at the bottom of the list, the European Committee of Social Rights announced on Thursday (26 March). In the Committee’s...

HELSINKI – Political parties differ on whether government did enough on COVID-19

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 08:53
A survey commissioned by the Finnish Broadcasting Company shows that 49% of citizens consider the Government’s actions to tackle the coronavirus timely and appropriate, while 46% said that restrictions could have been tighter.  Although there were no considerable differences in...

VIENNA – Curfew in virus-ridden Tyrol prolonged

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 08:52
As Austria’s COVID-19 infection rate climbed to 6,398 on Thursday afternoon (26 March) with 49 deaths, authorities decided to prolong the curfew until 13 April in Tyrol, the city, in which political negligence led to a massive spread of the...

BRUSSELS – Special powers approved, more lockdown clarification to come

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 08:51
After the main political parties broke the government formation stalemate earlier this month and agreed to grant the government under Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes special powers for the next six months to bridge the coronavirus health crisis, the Belgian parliament...