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Italy to extend coronavirus lockdown until Easter as new cases fall

Tue, 2020-03-31 08:29
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 08:13
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 08:12
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 07:49
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 07:32
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 06:55
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 06:21
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 06:18
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 17:46
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 17:34
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 17:04
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 16:59
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 16:45
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 16:17
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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Strengthening EU cohesion with European responses to corona crisis

Mon, 2020-03-30 15:25
The number of people infected with the coronavirus is increasing daily across Europe. The top political priority must be to take targeted measures to slow down infections, in order to protect high-risk groups and avoid overburdening health systems, write Anna...
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Greek PM asks lawmakers to donate half of salary to coronavirus fight

Mon, 2020-03-30 13:37
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis today (30 March) called on the lawmakers of his New Democracy party (EPP) to set aside half of their salary for the coronavirus special account for the next two months.
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France puts dividends payments into ‘confinement’ amid COVID-19 crisis

Mon, 2020-03-30 13:07
The French government intends to prohibit the payment of dividends to companies receiving state funding. While this would remain a partial ban, many are eager to see it become generalised in the context of the health and economic crisis. EURACTIV France reports.
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After the pandemic: COVID-19 exposes threat of biological warfare

Mon, 2020-03-30 12:20
The global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has shaken confidence in governments’ capacity to respond to threats that the scientific and health communities have long have well aware of. From Asia to Europe to North America, health authorities are struggling to cope, writes Ellen Laipson.
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Portugal slams Dutch finance minister for ‘repugnant’ comments

Mon, 2020-03-30 08:49
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Germany continuing its measures to contain COVID-19, people having to go back to work soon in Belgium, and so much more.
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German Bundesrat approves new fertiliser regulation after decade of stalemate

Mon, 2020-03-30 08:48
At the last minute, the German Bundesrat approved a new fertiliser regulation to avoid having to pay high penalties to the EU on Friday. But many farmers are afraid of going bankrupt, now that they will not be allowed to use as much fertiliser, starting in 2021. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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