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Politics • European
2020-04-08T21:09:38+00:00
France's to extend lockdown, coronavirus death toll close to 11,000

France reported the increase of hospital death fatalities slowing again, but the presidential palace said nonetheless the national lockdown aimed at containing the disease would be extended. The lockdown, that took effect on March 17 and has already been extended once, will now go beyond April 15. The total death toll, including Tuesday's nursing homes' figures, is up 5% at 10,869.

Politics • European • European Union
2020-04-08T09:36:32+00:00
Spanish government official warns European Union's future at risk over financial response to coronavirus

Government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said Europeans will begin to lose trust in the EU if it does not act together in the crisis, which she compared to the Second World War. "We need the help of other countries, and that's why the European Community was originally formed, at that time after a physical war, now we are fighting a war against an epidemic," she said in an interview on Antena 3 TV channel.

Politics • European • European Union
2020-04-08T07:54:55+00:00
European Central Bank urges measures worth 1.5 trillion euros to tackle virus crisis in euro zone

The European Central Bank told euro zone finance ministers that the euro zone could need fiscal measures worth up to 1.5 trillion euros to tackle the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, officials told the news agency Reuters. But at a videoconference that ended on Wednesday without a deal after 16 hours of talks, Germany, the Netherlands and other northern European countries were ready to support EU measures worth only 500 billion euros, officials who participated in the meeting said.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-04-08T07:41:15+00:00
Boris Johnson stable after second night in intensive care battling COVID-19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent a second night in intensive care and was in a stable condition after receiving oxygen support for COVID-19 complications while his foreign minister directs the country's battle against the outbreak. "He is comfortable, he's stable, he's in good spirits," Edward Argar, a junior health minister, said on Wednesday. "While he's had oxygen, he hasn't been on a ventilator."

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-04-07T23:38:22+00:00
Boris Johnson, battling coronavirus, set for second night in intensive care

The prime minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson is receiving oxygen support but is stable, in good spirits and breathing without assistance, said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is standing in Johnson, adding that he had not needed mechanical ventilation.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-04-06T19:27:16+00:00
Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care

After being admitted to a London hospital the prime minister of the United Kingdom has been moved to an intensive care unit as his condition worsens following his infection with the coronavirus.

Politics • European
2020-04-06T09:10:02+00:00
Spanish government is working on universal basic income plans

The Spanish deputy prime minister and minister for economy has announced that the government is working on rolling out a version of a universal basic income. The government's social security minister Jose Luis Escriva is working on the project with the aim of rolling the universal basic income out as soon as possible. Furthermore, the income is designed to become "a permanent instrument" that stays after the coronavirus pandemic.

Politics • European
2020-04-06T09:10:34+00:00
Irish Prime Minister goes back to practicing as a doctor amidst coronavirus pandemic

Before his career as a politician, Leo Varadkar, the Irish Prime Minister has been practicing as a doctor for seven years. In order to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, the prime minister has now re-registered as a doctor in the medical register in order to help with "one session a week in areas that are within his scope of practice", his office has announced.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-04-05T21:14:08+00:00
Boris Johnson admitted to hospital over virus symptoms

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests with "persistent symptoms" - including a temperature. Johnson tested positive for Coronavirus 10 days ago and has been in self isolation ever since. For the moment, the prime minister will remain in charge of the government, but the foreign secretary is expected to chair a coronavirus meeting on Monday morning.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-04-04T21:55:03+00:00
Berlin regional government accused U.S. government of "modern piracy"

German officials said a shipment of 200.000 N95 face masks destined for Berlin was seized at Bangkok airport and diverted to the U.S.
Berlin Interior Minister Andreas Geisel called the incident an act of “modern piracy.” Berlin Mayor Michael Müller, a Social Democrat, said: “the actions of the U.S. president are…inhumane and unacceptable.”

Politics • European • Germany
2020-04-03T17:34:57+00:00
Poll: German government at 72% approval for their crisis management

With the country having movement restrictions and social distancing measures in place, and 51% of the German citizens fearing that they or their relatives could contract the coronavirus, around 72% of people responded in a survey that they are satisfied with the work of the government.

Politics • European
2020-04-02T20:15:22+00:00
North Macedonia joins NATO as 30th membership state

The European country North Macedonia has officially joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that he thinks North Macedonia joining NATO "is good for the stability of the Western Balkans and it is good for international peace and security" and that "friends and Allies are more important than ever".

Politics • European • European Union
2020-04-01T10:08:37+00:00
EU politicians deem Hungary's emergency law "incompatible with EU membership"

Politicians from the liberal group in the European parliament have claimed that the legislation that enables the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban to rule by decree without time limits is incompatible with an active membership in the European Union. The chair of the European parliament's rule of law group, Sophie in’t Veld, who's a Dutch member of parliament and part of the liberal group in the MEP said in a statement that Orban has succeeded with "killing democracy and the rule of law in Hungary".

Politics • European
2020-03-30T18:42:09+00:00
Hungary suspends parliament and enables Orban to rule by decree

In order to fight the coronavirus, the Hungarian parliament has suspended itself indefinitely and provided the prime minister Viktor Orban with the power to rule by decree. While this rule is in place no elections or referendums can be held, reporting that is judged to be false can be punished other measures can be taken without the need to go through the regular democratic processes. The legislation reached the necessary majority of two-thirds with 138 votes in favor and 53 votes against.

Politics • European
2020-03-29T10:30:46+00:00
Spanish Princess Maria Teresa has died from Covid-19

On March 26, Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma (86), cousin of King Felipe IV, has died after being infected with the novel Coronavirus. She died in Paris and a funeral was held in Madrid on Friday. She is the first royal to die from Covid-19.

Politics • European
2020-03-28T17:06:09+00:00
Portugal government announces to treat migrants as residents during Covid-19 pandemic

In order to allow migrants and asylum seekers, that are currently living in Portugal, access to the public services of the country during the coronavirus pandemic, the government has announced to treat them as residents. Being treated as such they can use social security services such as healthcare or welfare, but also open bank accounts, close rental contracts and work. The only requirement is an ongoing request for residency.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-03-27T11:47:39+00:00
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for Coronavirus

Boris Johnson has tested positive for the Coronavirus. The British Prime Minister revealed the news in a self-filmed video posted on his Twitter account. Johnson said, "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus."

Politics • European • Germany
2020-03-26T14:48:39+00:00
Seasonal and harvest workers no longer allowed to enter Germany

The German government is barring entry to seasonal workers from abroad, including other EU countries, in order to stem the coronavirus outbreak. Around 300,000 seasonal workers come to Germany each year to help with harvesting crops such as asparagus and strawberries.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-03-26T00:12:03+00:00
Julian Assange denied bail by London court

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail on Wednesday after his defense lawers argued a release from Belmarsh Prison in London would mitigate his "high risk" of catching coronavirus.
Assange's lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, told Westminster Magistrates Court Assange has prior chest and tooth infections and osteoporis, placing him at a higher risk from the virus.
However, Judge Vannessa Baraitser rejected the arguments, arguing that based on Assange's prior conduct, there are "substantial grounds" to believe that if released he would not return to face extradition hearing. "As matters stand today, this global pandemic does not, as of itself, yet provide grounds for Mr Assange’s release," she said.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-03-25T22:58:12+00:00
London's ExCeL conference centre to house 'Nightingale' field hospital

The ExCeL Conference Centre in London's East End is being transformed into a temporary hospital with the capacity for up to 4,000 beds as part of the UK's efforts to fight the Coronavirus outbreak. Named the 'Nightingale Hospital', the halls of the 100,000m² facility — which normally house large exhibitions and trade shows — will initially hold around 500 beds with oxygen and ventilators, with capacity for more spaces and equipment as they become available.

Politics • European
2020-03-25T14:55:27+00:00
Death toll rises to 3,434 in Spain

The number of deaths in Spain as a result of the novel Coronavirus rose to 3,434 on Tuesday. 47,610 people have been infected and 3,166 are being treated in ICU. Spain has called for a nationwide lockdown on March 14th, and health authorities hope that these measures will soon result in decreasing numbers.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-03-25T11:06:34+00:00
Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, tests positive for Coronavirus

Prince Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, has tested positive for the Coronavirus. A spokesperson said that the prince is showing mild symptoms but is otherwise in good health. His wife, Camilla, tested negative.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-03-24T16:38:09+00:00
Over 32,000 cases and 150 deaths in Germany

According to recent figures, Germany now counts 32,400 coronavirus infections. Particularly affected states are North Rhine-Westphalia with more than 9000 cases, Bavaria with more than 6300 and Baden-Württemberg with more than 5800 cases. 150 total deaths have been reported.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-03-24T11:26:08+00:00
German Chancelor Angela Merkel tested negative for Coronavirus

The Press and Information Office of the Federal Government of Germany announced on Monday that Merkel's first Coronavirus results came back negative. According to Steffen Seibert, the Government spokesman of Germany, further tests would follow in the coming days. Merkel, who has been in quarantine since Sunday, is currently governing remotely from her own home.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-03-24T07:28:25+00:00
United Kingdom goes into lockdown

In a televised address to the nation on monday evening, prime minister Boris Johnson informed the public of a lockdown starting monday night. Public spaces will be closed and people will only be allowed to leave their homes for grocery shopping, one form of exercise per day and if travel to work can´t be avoided. The lockdown will last for at least three weeks, after which the government will reexamine the situation.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-03-23T19:11:54+00:00
Germany wants to support businesses with 750 billion Euros in Emergency Aid

The German government presented a plan to help all kinds of businesses, including small companies, freelancers as well as large businesses. The plan includes credit guaranties as well as direct investments into companies and special financial support for hospitals. Regulations regarding Germanys short-time work and welfare programs as well as bankruptcy rules will be eased, and landlords will no longer be able to evict due to missing rent payments. The German Bundestag and Bundesrat still needs to accept the plans.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-03-23T14:52:42+00:00
Angela Merkel went into self-quarantine

After getting a vaccination on March 20th, the doctor that gave the German Chancellor Angela Merkel the vaccination got tested positive for the coronavirus. As a consequence the German Chancellor went into self-quarantine.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-03-21T21:13:09+00:00
London has rented 300 hotel rooms so homeless people can self-isolate

In order to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that 300 hotel rooms have been secured to give homeless people a place to self-isolate. All rooms are booked for 12 weeks and an operation to bring homeless people in has already started. The project is supported by the British government.

Politics • European
2020-03-21T12:23:37+00:00
Italy government uses military to enforce lockdown

After announcing 627 new deaths from the coronavirus, the highest number in a single day worldwide so far, on Friday 20th, the Italian government has now called the military in to enforce the lockdown of the Lombardy region. Attilio Fontana, the Lombardy region president, said that the request for military help has been accepted and "114 soldiers will be on the ground throughout Lombardy", which is according to him still too little since no slowing down in the infection and death numbers can be seen so far.