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Europe's masked corona ball

Response from the Cabinet of Commissioner Lenarčič: At the end of January, as the outbreak intensified in Wuhan coronavirus epicentre, President von der Leyen triggered...

Europe's infectious disease agency says coronavirus is likely to survive warmer weather

As of 25 March 2020, more than 416,916 cases of COVID-19 were reported worldwide by more than 150 countries, with 204,930 cases and 11,810...

Locked down, without answers

Most European governments are turning to increasingly harsh lockdowns to confront the coronavirus pandemic. They did so in the wake of watching Italy’s attempt...

Von der Leyen calls for united front against Coronavirus

Speaking to an extraordinary European Parliament Plenary held in Brussels on Thursday, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen slammed the lack of solidarity...

France launches special train to relocate coronavirus patients

France launched a new high-speed TGV train to relocate patients infected by the coronavirus from the hard-hit east of the country to other regions,...

Gulf nations have been quick to prevent economic downturn and Europe must do the same

From the outset of the novel coronavirus outbreak, it became clear that its repercussions would go far beyond public health. As countries have scrambled...

Elderly found dead and abandoned in care homes in Spain

Elderly people were found abandoned and in some cases dead at nursing homes in Spain, during disinfection operations carried out by soldiers, in response...

A few of us might die from COVID-19, but the current worldwide lockdown will kill many more people

Since January, COVID-19 has taken the planet by storm, causing an unprecedented panic that frequently borders on hysteria. Footage of Chinese people allegedly falling dead...

Eurocarers warn over informal carers in vulnerable situation amid coronavirus outbreak

As older adults and individuals with chronic conditions are the ones at high risk of getting severely ill from a coronavirus infection, informal carers...

MEPs call for comprehensive budgetary package for COVID-19 emergency

MEPs of the Budgetary Committee in the European Parliament have urged the EU Commission and Council for the adoption of a coordinated and bold...

In desperate times, EU approves new Balkan Enlargement steps

Moving on a trajectory that senior EU leaders publicly outlined at the Munich Security Conference in mid-February, the EU’s General Affairs Council (GAC) agreed...

MEPs urge evacuation of hotspots on Greek islands to stop COVID-19 spread

As Lesvos island has confirmed its first COVID-19 case, MEPs are urging the European Commission to evacuate migrant camps, the so-called 'hotspots' on Greek...

Trials for coronavirus vaccine could start next month in the UK

The British government’s health agency said that safety trials of a coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers at Oxford University could start on humans next...

Czech Republic sends masks to Italy after Chinese shipment seized by mistake

The Czech Republic is due to send 110,000 masks to Italy after a Chinese shipment of medical equipment heading to Italy to help tackle...

European Parliament to hold extraordinary plenary on March 26

With the number of COVID-19 cases dramatically rising every day across the EU27 bloc, the European Parliament decided to hold an extraordinary plenary session...

First Coronavirus-related death in EU institutions recorded

A 42-year-old external contractor to the European Parliament is the first victim of COVID-19 in the EU institutions, a spokesperson of the Parliament confirmed...

EU enables immediate support to hard-hit fisheries sector

As the novel Coronavirus pandemic has driven several member-states across the European bloc to impose a nationwide lockdown, with restaurants and canteens closing down...

Spain moves to extend state of emergency as virus death toll rises

Spain's prime minister Pedro Sanchez said Sunday he would ask parliament to extend a state of emergency until April 11 in a bid to...

Chancellor Merkel into self-quarantine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel went into self-quarantine on Sunday, after coming into contact with a doctor who tested positive for COVID-19. Merkel, 65, had received...

MEP Asimakopoulou sees up to 18-month transition for 'return to normality'

As the novel Coronavirus hits the EU and the death toll continues to climb each day, Anna Michelle Asimakopoulou, an MEP of the European...

Commission announces creation of 'rescEU' stockpile of medical equipment

Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič announced on Thursday the creation of a 'rescEU' stockpile of medical equipment with the aim of tackling shortages...

With Covid-19 travel restrictions, US takes a further step towards isolation

While having not completely terminated international travel, the US took a major step in that direction on March 19 with the issuance of a...

UK to close schools and cancel exams amid Coronavirus pandemic

Schools, colleges and nurseries across the UK are to close on Friday for an unspecified period of time, in an effort to stem the...

Following talks with Brussels, Netflix cuts streaming quality to ease internet congestion in Europe

Netflix will reduce its streaming quality across Europe for at least 30 days, to reduce the strain on internet service providers, following talks with...

ECB announces €750 bn Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP)

A surprise €750 bn scheme for the purchase of "emergency" bonds was announced on Wednesday night by the European Central Bank (ECB), in an...

Prince Albert of Monaco tests positive for COVID-19

Prince Albert II of Monaco has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an announcement issued by the Prince's Palace on Thursday. According to the statement,...

Italy reports 475 new coronavirus deaths in a day

Italy reported new 475 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, as the European Union, now at the epicenter of the pandemic, sealed off its borders. The total...

EU's chief Brexit negotiator Barnier tests positive for COVID-19

Michel Barnier, EU's chief Brexit negotiator announced he has tested positive for COVID-19. In a tweet published on Thursday, the 69-year-old official said he is...

Von der Leyen optimistic about COVID-19 vaccine before autumn

In a video published prior to Tuesday's teleconference meeting with EU27 leaders, Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President and a trained doctor herself...

European Commission's latest response to COVID-19

After having faced sharp criticism from within the EU over its inactivity in assisting the country's within the bloc that have been the hardest...

EIB to mobilise €40 bn to fight COVID-19 crisis

On Monday, Eurozone finance ministers held a videoconference on the response to the crisis cause by COVID-19 outbreak in Europe, as the EU and...

EU27 leaders greenlight European border shutdown

The leaders of the EU27 bloc gave the nod on Tuesday to the Commission's proposal for a 30-day non-essential travel ban from third countries...

Why everyone is buying toilet paper and how you can manage this period of isolation due to Coronavirus

The trigger for writing this article was the difficulty we had in understanding why so many people are buying big quantities of toilet paper. ...

The Coronavirus III

This article originally referred to the Coronavirus Covid-19 as Chinese Flu, not as a political statement but as a geographic indication of origin. The...

Belgium in lockdown until April 5

A few hours after Sophie Wilmès’ emergency government was sworn in by King Philippe, the Prime Minister announced that as of Wednesday 11am GMT,...

EP Civil Liberties Chairman Aguilar demands proportionality and solidarity within the EU

Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, a member of the Socialists and Democrats group in the European Parliament and Chairman of the Committee on Civil Liberties,...

MEPs ready to respond to COVID-19 emergency, deplore 're-use' of existing funds

MEPs of the European Parliament's Budget committee, labelled the Commission's proposals for a coordinated response to COVID-19 emergency in the field of economy as...

Commission offers financing to German biopharma CureVac for COVID-19 vaccine

The European Commission announced on Monday it had offered €80bn of financial support to the German pharmaceutical company CureVac, to speed up the development...

The Coronavirus II

This article originally referred to the Coronavirus Covid-19 as Chinese Flu, not as a political statement but as a geographic indication of origin. The...

Ireland to ban menthol cigarettes and rolling tobacco from May

Ireland will ban the selling of menthol cigarettes and rolling tobacco from May 20, to be in compliance with the EU Tobacco Product Directive,...

EU Council President calls for second online summit on COVID-19

Charles Michel, EU Council President has called for another EU summit on Coronavirus response, to be held on Tuesday, March 17, through videoconference. "Containing the...

European Parliament President: COVID-19 most dramatic crisis since Second World War

"Not since the end of the Second World War have we faced such a dramatic crisis," European Parliament President, David Sassoli said on Friday,...

WHO declares Coronavirus outbreak a ‘pandemic’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Coronavirus (now known as COVID-19) outbreak as a “pandemic”. A pandemic is a disease that is spreading...

European Parliament to 'shut down'

All European Parliament's meetings and activities were suspended until March 30 and staff were asked to telework as much as possible, due to the...

External trainer in Brussels diagnosed with COVID-19

An external trainer giving classes to staff in Brussels has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an internal communications e-mail circulating in the European...

European Parliament’s President Sassoli in quarantine

David Sassoli, EU Parliament’s President has decided to put himself into quarantine, following the Italian government's emergency measures to place entire Italy on lockdown...

Portuguese president to enter preemptive isolation amid fears of COVID-19 exposure

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will be quarantined for the next two weeks after hosting students from school affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus)...

COVID-19: European Parliament holds one-day plenary session

After moving its plenary session from Strasbourg to Brussels last week as a precautionary measure, the European Parliament eventually is holding a special one-day...

COVID-19: EU Health Ministers call for solidarity after member states restrict medical exports

Health Ministers across the EU27 bloc have raised concerns over the unilateral moves of France, Germany and the Czech Republic to restrict the export of...

Most of Northern Italy under quarantine in latest effort to halt coronavirus

Italy has placed up to 16 million people under quarantine, in the government’s effort to contain the spread of coronavirus across the country. Prime minister...

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