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UK opens first COVID hospital but criticism of testing plans mount

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 18:43
The UK opened its first emergency field hospital to combat the coronavirus pandemic on Friday (3 April) but the government continues to face growing criticism about its plans to increase testing for the virus.
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COVID-19: Worst is yet to come in conflict zones, UN chief warns

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 17:17
In countries stricken by conflict, where health systems have already collapsed, "the worst is yet to come" as the coronavirus continues to spread, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Friday (3 April), reiterating his call for a global ceasefire to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Brief – Deadly viruses and narratives

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 16:37
The coronavirus outbreak hit the world just a few weeks after Robert Shiller published ‘Narrative economics'. Europe now presents the American economist a unique case study.
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COVID-19: Commission paves way to draw €37 billion from structural funds

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 16:15
The European Commission proposed numerous changes to its cohesion policy rulebook on Thursday (2 April) in order to draw €37 billion of unused funds to finance various measures during the coronavirus pandemic. But these measures can only help to a limited extent. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Europe must be the frontrunner to avoid Africa’s corona boomerang

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 16:04
It's in the EU's interest to step up humanitarian, social and economic aid and do whatever it takes to support African economies about to be hit by the coronavirus, writes Luca Jahier.
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Orban has ‘no time’ for EU allies’ criticism

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 15:19
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Friday (3 April) he has "no time" for scathing criticism by EU allies of sweeping powers he took on this week to tackle the coronavirus threat.
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Spain finally sends 2030 climate plan to Brussels

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 13:32
The Spanish government has submitted its energy and climate plan for 2030 to the European Commission, three months after the deadline, while five EU countries, including France, still need to turn in their strategies.
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PGE President: In the new strategy, we will definitely accelerate the green direction [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 12:00
Wojciech Dąbrowski, the newly appointed President of the Management Board of PGE, Poland's largest energy sector company, sat in an interview with the Polish Press Agency.
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Eastern European sex workers stranded in Germany as coronavirus shuts brothels

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 10:59
Thousands of foreign prostitutes working in Germany have been made homeless after brothels closed due to the coronavirus outbreak and borders snapped shut, making it difficult for them to return home.
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Limitations of economic forecasting during coronavirus pandemic

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 10:51
Germany's economy has gone into artificial hibernation to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Initial forecasts suggest this will be expensive but opinions about the extent vary widely. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, the head of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Marcel Fratzscher, explains the limitations of economic forecasts.
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German trade unionist: Stronger worker participation helps in times of crisis

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 10:39
The coronavirus pandemic has caused a rapid transformation of the workplace at a time when digitalisation and the Green Deal were beginning to restructure entire industries. In an interview with EURACTIV, trade unionist Karin Erhard describes how workers should go forward in these uncertain times and how a strong system of codetermination can help chart the way.
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A resilient EU economy must be built on strong local communities

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 08:54
The political and economic measures taken to revive our economy following the Corona crisis need to ensure long-term resilience of the system. Strengthening local communities will be the key to achieving this objective, says Dirk Vansintjan.
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EU tells insurers to suspend dividends, avoid bonuses in pandemic

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 08:53
Insurers and reinsurers in the EU should temporarily suspend dividends and share buybacks, and consider postponing bonuses as well to ensure continuity in services during the coronavirus pandemic, the bloc's insurance regulator said on Thursday (2 April).
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Serbia to bring in Russian experts to help fight coronavirus

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 08:41
Serbia will bring in Russian doctors and experts to help it fight the coronavirus outbreak and undertake a major disinfection effort, President Aleksandar Vučić said on Thursday (2 April).
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Lithuania says Belarus could be ‘uncontrolled hotspot’ of COVID-19

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 08:34
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Czech PM Andrej Babiš completely dismissing the CJEU's decision on migration relocation, all Italian students being given a pass because of coronavirus, and so much more.
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BELGRADE – Foreign Minister Dacic says China helped Serbia the most

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 08:31
China has so far helped Serbia the most in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic and Russia is preparing to deliver aid, said Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic on Thursday (2 April).  “This is a fact at this time and...
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ZAGREB – Finally, unanimity

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 08:30
The government has adopted the second round of economic measures designed to ease the burden that the private sector is experiencing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Croatian PM Andrej Plenković announced that his cabinet has decided to postpone the procurement of...
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Sinkevicius: Commission’s measures bring relief to troubled EU fisheries

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 08:29
The new support mechanism for the temporary storage of fishery and aquaculture products for human consumption will foster greater market stability and reduce the risk of having such products wasted or redirected to non-human food purposes, Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius told EURACTIV.com
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LONDON – COVID testing pledge under fire

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 08:28
The government’s promised to conduct 100,000 coronavirus tests a day in England by the end of April, has come under fire over the lack of clarity and detail about how it will be reached. The new target includes swab tests,...
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HELSINKI – New fighter planes in a new light

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-04-03 08:27
Finland is about to decide the successor to its current Hornet fighter plane fleet in 2021 but an expected recession and budget cuts in many sectors are casting doubt over the purchase. The rethink comes as no surprise since the...
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