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350,000 EU citizens stranded by coronavirus flown home

Apr 03, 2020 - 11:42 AM

250,000 are still stranded, including the most difficult cases

PROTECT. A passenger wears protective gear, as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, after arriving at Hong Kong International Airport on March 19, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

U.S., eurozone output to crash in Q2 2020 – Fitch

Apr 02, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Fitch Ratings says it does not see US and EU gross domestic product returning to pre-coronavirus levels until late 2021

SHOPS CLOSED. The sculpture 'Torso' by Robert Graham stands on iconic and nearly empty Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

European industry retools to fight coronavirus

Apr 02, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Across Europe, a variety of companies are retooling to produce health equipment, from masks to life-saving ventilators

BCN3D company's communications officer David Martinez checks printers making pieces for face shields destined for sanitary use at their BCN3D 3D Printer Farm in the Mediterranean Technology Park (PMT) in Castelldefels on March 30, 2020. - An army of 3D printers buzzes endlessly at the Spanish company BCN3D. Like dozens of other European companies, they have abandoned their regular production of 3D printers to supply face shields to hospitals waging war on the coronavirus. (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP)

Europe coronavirus death toll tops 30,000

Apr 01, 2020 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) Most of the fatalities come from Italy and Spain

PREPARED. A nurse puts on her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before starting to work on the preparation of the intensive care unit in the new Covid-19 Hospital on March 29, 2020 in Verduno, near Alba, Northwestern Italy. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Europe sends medical gear to Iran in first sanction-bypass deal

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:23 PM

'France, Germany and the United Kingdom confirm that Instex has successfully concluded its first transaction, facilitating the export of medical goods from Europe to Iran,' says the German foreign ministry

CHECK. Members of the Iranian Red Crescent test people for COVID-19 symptoms, as police blocked Tehran to Alborz highway to check every car following orders by the Iranian government, outside Tehran on March 26, 2020. File photo by AFP

EU suspends slot rules for airlines

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:05 PM

The European Council suspends the requirement that airlines use 80% of their slots – takeoff and landing authorizations – or lose them the following year

DESERTED. A general view shows a terminal at Milan-Malpensa Airport in Ferno, in one of Italy's quarantine red zones on March 9, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

ECB asks banks to halt dividends over virus crisis

Mar 28, 2020 - 9:20 AM

The European Central Bank urges banks to lend to households and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic

ECB. The headquarters of the European Central Bank is pictured in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on March 12, 2020. Photo by Daniel Roland/AFP

Italy papers slam 'Ugly Europe' over delayed economic plan

Mar 27, 2020 - 10:00 PM

There is strong criticism in Italy as the European Union has yet to agree on a unified economic response to the coronavirus pandemic

OUTBREAK IN ITALY. Women wearing respiratory masks walk across Piazza del Duomo in central Milan on February 23, 2020. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Eurozone given 2 weeks to find economic response to virus

Mar 27, 2020 - 11:30 AM

European countries have yet to agree on a unified way to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus

CLOSED. People walk past a closed Chinese restaurant under the arcades of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II in the Esquillino district of Rome on March 9, 2020. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Britain, eurozone face 2% recession in 2020 – S&P

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:30 PM

S&P says a 2% recession for Britain and the eurozone would amount to a loss in real GDP of about 420 billion euros ($460 billion) in 2020

A man wearing a mask walks past the Regional Science Centre in Oldham, Lancashire on March 26, 2020, during a country-wide lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

EU warns virus could expose firms to foreign buyouts

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:00 AM

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says 'critical assets and technologies' must be protected

MORE DEATHS. A lonely Italian National policeman patrols near St. Peter's Square (Rear) at the border between Italy and the Vatican, on March 19, 2020 in Rome during the lockdown within the new coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

As virus leaves borders shut, European farmers sound alarm

Mar 25, 2020 - 11:35 PM

Hundreds of thousands of seasonal workers are unable to help with fruit and vegetable harvests in Germany due to travel restrictions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic

Workers are seen in an asparagus field in Senden near Coesfeld, western Germany, on March 20, 2020. - According to the German Farmers' Association (DBV), the spread of the coronavirus and the measures taken throughout Europe to contain the chain of infection have 'a significant impact on domestic agriculture'. Fruit and vegetable producers, who are dependent on the use of foreign seasonal workers, are currently particularly affected. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

EU finance ministers split on coronavirus rescue plan

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Italy, with the backing of France and Spain, wants a massive response from European Union partners. But northern countries, led by Germany and the Netherlands, are not in a hurry.

SLOWDOWN. Eurozone growth is only at 0.2% in the 2nd quarter of 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. could overtake Europe as coronavirus epicenter – WHO

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:19 AM

WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris says 85% of the new cases reported to the global body overnight have come from Europe and the United States, now the two 'main drivers of the outbreak'

NEW EPICENTER? A nearly empty Times Square is seen on March 23, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

Coronavirus sparks 'unprecedented collapse' in eurozone economy

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Figures show a slump in eurozone activity in March 2020 'far exceeding that seen even at the height of the global financial crisis'

EU ministers suspend budget rules to fight virus impact

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The escape clause will allow European Union countries to spend without limit on medical equipment, enforcing containment measures, and expanding hospitals

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Windows of hope: Life in Europe under lockdown

Mar 23, 2020 - 9:00 PM

From Rome to London, people in Europe try to move on with their lives despite the coronavirus threat

A man (L) walks along a deserted Via Galvani in the Testaccio district of Rome on March 20, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

'Let it go!' Disney streams to virus-stricken Europe

Mar 22, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The platform will start streaming in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Britain on March 24

ECB says banks now have extra 1.8 trillion euros to lend in virus fight

Mar 21, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The European Central Bank eases rules to free up more funds that financial institutions can use for loans to households and corporate customers

ECB. The European Central Bank, based in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

Netflix to reduce stream quality in Europe to avoid internet overload

Mar 20, 2020 - 9:54 AM

The streaming giant says it will 'begin reducing bit rates across all our streams in Europe for 30 days'

NETFLIX. This illustration picture taken on July 24, 2019 in Paris shows the logo of the US Online Streaming giant Netflix logo application on the screen of a tablet.  Martin Bureau/AFP

ECB brings 750-billion-euro bazooka to virus fightback

Mar 19, 2020 - 9:30 AM

The European Central Bank's Pandemic Emergency Purchase Program involves buying government and corporate bonds to keep liquidity flowing

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 12, 2020 The headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) is pictured in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 12, 2020. - The European Central Bank on Wednesday announced a surprise 750-billion-euro scheme to purchase government and corporate bonds, as it joined other central banks in stepping up efforts to contain the economic damage from the coronavirus. (Photo by Daniel ROLAND / AFP)

Leaders shut Europe's borders to fight outbreak

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The decision is the most significant emergency measure yet from the EU, which has scrambled to come up with a unified response to the deadly epidemic that is sweeping the continent

EU. European Union flags flutter in the breeze during the second day of a special European Council summit in Brussels on February 21, 2020. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Europe now 'epicenter' of coronavirus pandemic – WHO

Mar 14, 2020 - 12:13 AM

'More cases are now being reported every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

'EPICENTER.' Hospital employees wearing a protection mask and gear work at a temporary emergency structure set up outside the accident and emergency department, where any new arrivals presenting suspect new coronavirus symptoms are being tested, at the Brescia hospital, Lombardy, on March 13, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

ECB rushes to clear up Lagarde stumble on virus response

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, comes under fire for the ECB's response to the novel coronavirus

WHAT'S AHEAD? Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, addresses a news conference in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on January 23, 2020. Photo by Daniel Roland/AFP

Travelers rush into U.S. ahead of ban on Europe arrivals

Mar 13, 2020 - 3:18 PM

Travelers who had hurried to leave Europe before the travel ban is implemented braced themselves for chaos at New York's JFK but on their arrival find the airport calmly serene

A woman places her luggage on a cart beside a flight onformation screen at Los Angeles International Airport on March 12, 2020 one day before a US flight travel ban hits 26 European countries amid ongoing precautions over the Coronavirus. US President Donald Trump announced a shock 30-day ban on travel from mainland Europe over the coronavirus pandemic that has sparked unprecedented lockdowns, widespread panic and another financial market meltdown Thursday.The announcement came as China, where the outbreak that first emerged in December, showed a dramatic drop in new cases and claimed "the peak" of the epidemic had passed. Frederic J. BROWN / AFP

Chiding governments, European Central Bank brings big guns to virus fight

Mar 13, 2020 - 12:50 AM

The European Central Bank launches a flurry of measures to cushion the impact of the coronavirus, including increased bond purchases and cheap loans to banks

CORONAVIRUS IN EUROPE. Tourists wearing protective masks visit Venice on February 25, 2020, during the usual period of the Carnival festivities which have been canceled following an outbreak of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in northern Italy. Photo by Andrea Pattaro/AFP

Italy shuts all stores except pharmacies and food shops

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:18 AM

'As soon as the emergency has passed, we will organize a free carbonara day for doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers,' a closing note by a restaurant says

CLOSED. A man wearing a protective mask walks past a restaurant in Codogno, southeast of Milan, on March 11, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Cyprus reports first 2 coronavirus cases, all EU states now hit

Mar 10, 2020 - 12:07 AM

All 27 European Union member states have now reported infections

FIRST CASES. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu stands in front of a screen showing the president of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, during a video conference with European leaders in order to discuss challenges and cooperation between various countries in dealing with the coronavirus, at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on March 9, 2020. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Out of ammo? European Central Bank on the spot in coronavirus fightback

Mar 06, 2020 - 2:30 AM

Critics question how much more the European Central Bank can do to deal with the economic impact of the novel coronavirus

Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) addresses a news conference following the meeting of the governing council of the ECB in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on January 23, 2020. - ECB chief Christine Lagarde said risks to the eurozone economy had become "less pronounced" in the wake of a US-China trade truce. (Photo by Daniel ROLAND / AFP)

Erdogan threatens Europe with 'millions' of migrants

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:47 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to reach a deal on a ceasefire in Syria when he meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin following intense fighting in the last rebel holdout of Idlib

RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN. President of Turkey and leader of Justice and Development (AK) Party, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaks during his party's group meeting at Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara, on February 26, 2020. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Luxembourg becomes first country with free public transport

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The free transport affects approximately 40 percent of households and is estimated to save each one around 100 euros

A photo taken on February 29, 2020 shows a tramway in Luxembourg as the country inaugurates its free public transports policy. - Luxembourg has become the first country in the world on February 29, 2020 to offer a free public transport system as the government tries to reduce particularly dense car traffic. Some cities have already taken similar partial measures but the transport ministry said it was the first time such a decision would cover an entire country. (Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP)

Scramble to contain coronavirus as infections spread in Europe

Feb 26, 2020 - 11:17 PM

New cases linked to Italy have emerged in several countries in Europe and beyond, amid warnings from health experts that nations are not ready to contain a global outbreak

Borders stay open as Italy coronavirus outbreak spreads south

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:16 AM

'We're talking about a virus that doesn't respect borders,' says Italy's Health Minister Roberto Speranza

REPATRIATES. A military personnel sits in a coach transporting Italian citizens repatriated from the coronavirus hot-zone of Wuhan on February 3, 2020. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Critics slam U.K. post-Brexit immigration plans

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:48 AM

The new measures will make it easier for more qualified, English-speaking workers to get visas, and harder for low-skilled migrants to do so

BREXIT DISCORD. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near Big Ben. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

U.S., Europe clash over Washington's global retreat

Feb 16, 2020 - 12:20 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron warns of a 'weakening of the West,' as the world leaders face a more assertive China and Russia

SECURITY. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo adresses the audience on the podium during the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 15, 2020. Pool photo/AFP

Coronavirus is 'new layer of uncertainty' for European economy

Feb 06, 2020 - 2:10 AM

European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde's remarks place the novel coronavirus on the same level of menace to growth as trade tensions and geopolitical flashpoints

A military personnel (Front) sits in coach transporting Italian citizens (Rear) repatriated from the coronavirus hot-zone of Wuhan, leaves the Mario De Bernardi military airport in Pratica di Mare, south of Rome, on February 3, 2020 after landing from China, to be placed in quarantine at the nearby Cecchignola center. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP)

Brexit is here, what changes?

Feb 01, 2020 - 8:23 AM

While there are some practical changes, London and Brussels will work on completing negotiations on new arrangements to guide future relations

BREXIT SUPPORTERS. Brexit supporters wave Union flags as the time nears 11 pm, in Parliament Square, venue for the Leave Means Leave Brexit Celebration in central London on January 31, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain leaves the EU – then what?

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:15 AM

For one, Britain will lose its representation and voting rights in EU institutions

BORIS. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as he launches a Conservative Party general campaign poster at the Kent Showground in Detling, southeast England on December 6, 2019. Photo by Peter Nicholls/AFP

8 EU nations back naval force to patrol Strait of Hormuz

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:15 AM

The move comes amid escalating tensions in the region, especially between Iran and the United States, that have sparked attacks on tankers and other conflicts in a crucial zone for oil shipping

A woman walks along the beach on Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Europe will face terror threat if Tripoli govt falls – Erdogan

Jan 18, 2020 - 6:34 PM

World powers are trying to mediate a lasting ceasefire at the international conference in Berlin

CEASEFIRE TALKS. Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar leaves after talks with Greek Foreign Minister in Athens, on January 17, 2020, days ahead of a peace conference in Berlin which he and the head of Tripoli's UN-recognized government are expected to attend. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Death toll in Europe from storm rises to 8

Dec 22, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Eight people are killed due to Storm Elsa – 6 of the 8 from Spain and 2 from Portugal

STORM ELSA. A man crosses a bridge over the overflooded Mino river in Ourense, on December 21, 2019, following heavy rains over northwestern Spain. Photo by Miguel Riopa/AFP

Trump approves sanctions vs Russia-Europe gas pipeline

Dec 21, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The sanctions target companies building a pipeline that is seen by the United States to increase Russia's influence in Europe

SANCTIONS. US President Donald Trump seeks to weaken Russia's leverage over Europe with sanctions against the gas pipe. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Squabbles overshadow NATO 70th anniversary summit

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:41 AM

The 29 allies descend on London ready to lock horns over spending and how to deal with Russia in a major test of unity as NATO seeks to assert its relevance

NATO SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump (unseen) prepare to disembark from Air Force One after landing at Stansted Airport, northeast of London on December 2, 2019, ahead of the upcoming NATO alliance summit. NATO marks its 70th birthday at a summit next week but the celebration could well turn into an arena of political combat between the alliance's feuding leaders. Heads of state and government will descend on London Tuesday bracing for a scrap over spending and how to deal with Russia, in a huge test of unity within NATO -- billed by its own officials as the "most successful alliance in history". Adrian DENNIS / AFP

6 European countries join barter system for Iran trade

Dec 01, 2019 - 1:47 PM

The entry of the new members 'further strengthens INSTEX and demonstrates European efforts to facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran,' say founding shareholders France, Germany and UK

LIFE IN IRAN. An Iranian cleric walks past a mural painting of the national flag in the capital Tehran. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Billie Eilish wins best song at MTV Europe Music Awards, disappointment for Ariana Grande

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is honored with the 'Rock Icon' award

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 02: Billie Eilish, wearing Gucci, attends the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala Presented By Gucci at LACMA on November 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for LACMA/AFP

Berlin, Paris want to create a European digital 'cloud'

Oct 30, 2019 - 1:44 PM

Dubbed 'Gaia-X', the project 'aims at setting up a secure and trustworthy data infrastructure for Europe,' says the German economy ministry

Vietnam collects DNA samples from relatives of UK missing

Oct 27, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Authorities say they would try to fast track DNA testing, but warned results would not be immediately available

Flowers are pictured by a road sign on Eastern Avenue at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019, after the discovery of a lorry containing 39 dead bodies. - Britain launched a major murder investigation after 39 bodies were found Wednesday in a truck from Bulgaria, as police tried to establish where the victims were originally from. All victims were pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, east of London, triggering revulsion among politicians and once again putting the spotlight on the shadowy people trafficking business. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Ambitious and broke, Vietnam migrants risk lives for riches in Europe

Oct 27, 2019 - 4:26 PM

The dangers of illegal crossings into Europe are laid bare when 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated truck in Britain in October 2019

FEARED DEAD. A portrait of 26-year-old Pham Thi Tra My, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, is kept on a prayer altar inside her house in Vietnam's Ha Tinh province on October 26, 2019. Photo by AFP

'Never give up,' ECB's Draghi says on monetary policy legacy

Oct 24, 2019 - 11:53 PM

'Certainly this experience has been very intense, profound and fascinating, I take this with me,' says outgoing European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi

OUTGOING. Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, leaves a press conference following the meeting of the Governing Council in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on October 24, 2019. Photo by Daniel Roland/AFP

IMF cuts 2019, 2020 eurozone growth outlook as Germany lags

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:55 AM

The International Monetary Fund says Germany, Europe's biggest economy, is laid low by a slumping auto market