EU to allow in visitors from 14 'safe' countries

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The EU has named 14 countries whose citizens are deemed "safe" to be let in from 1 July, despite the pandemic - but the US, Brazil and China are excluded. Those named include Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco and South Korea. The EU is…

Second German area locked down after outbreak

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German authorities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have reimposed lockdown restrictions in two districts after a spike in cases, with more than half a million people affected. One area is home to a meatpacking plant where more than…

French, Tunisian heads of state meet in Paris

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Tunisian President Kais Saied is meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Monday evening for discussions that are set to include conflict-torn Libya and the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis. On his first trip to Europe…

William and Kate visit lockdown-hit businesses

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited two independent businesses in Norfolk to hear how they have been affected by the coronavirus lockdown. Earlier, Prince William went to Smiths the Bakers, which reopened its 50-year-old shop in…

UK set to relax quarantine rule for some countries

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The government is planning to relax its travel quarantine rules in early July for some countries. UK officials are talking to their counterparts in Portugal, France, Italy, Greece and Spain. However, the UK hopes to make an announcement…

EU leaders debate post-coronavirus recovery plan

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EU leaders debated a giant post-coronavirus recovery plan as China raced to prevent a second wave that it said may have originally come from Europe. The disease was meanwhile already present in Italy as far back as December, experts said,…

German airline Lufthansa plans to cut 22,000 jobs

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German airline Lufthansa has said it will cut 22,000 jobs as it struggles to deal with the slump in air travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The carrier predicted a slow recovery in demand and expected to have about 100 fewer aircraft…

France presents US$17 billion aid package to aerospace industry

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France launched what it said was a 15 billion euro (US$17 billion) rescue plan for its aerospace industry, warning 100,000 jobs were directly at stake due to the coronavirus crisis travel slump, Reuters reported. The package, which includes…

Spain extends coronavirus emergency until June 21

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The Spanish government secured parliament’s backing for a final extension to the state of emergency imposed to tackle the coronavirus epidemic and which will now last until June 21. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez sought to extend the state…

Fourth round of post-Brexit trade talk ends

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The European Union and the United Kingdom have failed to make significant progress during the fourth round of post-Brexit trade talks as the deadline for a possible extension of the transition period looms. Following four days of video discussions,…

EU eyes return to free travel by early July

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The European Commission hopes that travel restrictions within the Schengen European free travel area will be lifted by the end of June and to end a ban on entry into the EU by early July, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said today. “I…

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…