Italy's 'time to smile’ as travel allowed again

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte offered a hopeful message as the country moved to its final stage in easing lockdown restrictions. "We deserve to smile, to be cheerful, after weeks of great sacrifice," he said. He added that now…

Poland picks new date for rescheduled presidential election

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Poland has announced June 28 as a new date for a presidential election that was postponed last month due to the coronavirus pandemic, setting the stage for a short campaign that could weaken the country's nationalist government. Planning…

Coronavirus: Italy faces worst recession since WWII

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Facing its deepest recession since World War II and with business confidence collapsing, the coronavirus pandemic is hitting Italy's economy hard. Business confidence in the eurozone's third largest economy in May plummeted to its lowest…

Coronavirus protection kit pollutes French coast

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Video shot by a French NGO in the Mediterranean shows masks and gloves littering the seabed. Opération mer propre (Operation clean sea) is trying to clean up the coast near the resort of Antibes. It is alarmed by this new coronavirus…

Spain tightens mask rules for all older than five

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Wearing masks is being made compulsory in Spain both indoors and out in public if social distancing is not possible. Only children under six and people with health issues are exempt from the law, which comes into force on Thursday. Many…

Macron loses majority as defectors form new party

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The party of French President Emmanuel Macron has lost its outright majority in parliament, after a group of MPs broke away to form a new party. Ecology, Democracy, Solidarity will be largely formed of seven MPs from La République en Marche…

Coronavirus pushes German economy into recession

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Germany's economy shrank by 2.2% in the first three months of this year as the coronavirus pandemic pushed it into recession, official figures indicate. It was the biggest quarterly fall since 2009, when the country was engulfed in the global…

UK-EU trade talks resume ahead of June summit

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Talks between the UK and EU over a post-Brexit trade deal will enter their third round later, ahead of a decisive summit next month. Both sides are due to decide by the end of June whether the current deadline for negotiating an agreement…

EU Urges Travel Ban to be Extended

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The European Commission urged EU member states to extend the temporary ban on non-essential travel into the bloc by one month until June 15, a statement said. Despite an initial easing of measures to combat the new coronavirus pandemic within…

Europe to mark WWII anniversary despite virus crisis

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(Paris) - A continent devastated by the coronavirus will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, as the economic destruction of the current global crisis was laid bare. Large-scale parades that had been envisaged to…

UK Economy Heads for Biggest Recession in 300 Years

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The British economy is set to plummet into its worst recession for 300 years because of the coronavirus crisis, the Bank of England warned. In a bleak assessment, the Bank said economic output will shrink by 14 percent this year in the worst…

UK could start easing virus lockdown next week: PM

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(London) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he could begin to ease a nationwide coronavirus lockdown next week, but warned he would do nothing that would risk a new surge of cases. He was speaking the day after Britain overtook Italy…

UK death toll passes Italy to be highest in Europe

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The UK now has the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe, according to the latest government figures. There have been 29,427 deaths recorded across the UK - a figure Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said was "a massive tragedy". The…

France to extend coronavirus emergency for two months

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France will extend a health emergency imposed to fight the new coronavirus pandemic for another two months until July 24, Minister of Health Olivier Veran has said. A draft law says a lifting this month of the emergency, which began on March…