Europe

Business • Economy
2020-04-08T10:39:01+00:00
German economy likely shrank by record 9.8% in second-quarter due to coronavirus, institutes say

The German economy, Europe's largest, probably shrank by 9.8% in the second quarter, its biggest decline since records began in 1970, due to measures imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Germany's leading think tanks said on Wednesday. That would be more than double the drop seen in the first quarter of 2009, during the global financial crisis, the institutes said.

Health
2020-03-26T20:40:43+00:00
Greta Thunberg states she believes to be infected with Covid-19

On Wednesday, Greta Thunberg stated on her Instagram account that she believed she had gotten infected with the Coronavirus while travelling through Europe. Both Thunberg and her father experienced symptoms related to the virus – fatigue, coughing and a sore throat.
According to Thunberg, they have been isolating themselves in their home in Sweden upon their return. "I have [...] not been tested for COVID-19, but it’s extremely likely that I’ve had it, given the combined symptoms and circumstances.", so Thunberg in her Instagram post.

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.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-03-25T10:27:50+00:00
Pornhub donates 50,000 surgical masks and offers free premium worldwide

The online platform has announced that it'll donate in total 50,000 surgical masks to different organizations in the state of New York, as well as donating €50,000 to various organizations across Europe including countries like Germany, Italy and Spain. Additionally, the company will donate $25,000 to the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) in order to "to meet immediate requests for support from sex workers impacted by COVID-19".

Health
2020-03-23T14:44:37+00:00
Apple announces donation of 2 million masks

In order to help fight the coronavirus the company has announced that it'll donate "millions of masks for health professionals in the US and Europe", CEO Tim Cook announced in a tweet. Vice President Mike Pence also confirmed the donation during a White House briefing and specified the number of donated masks to the US as 2 million.

Health
2020-03-19T22:12:11+00:00
Netflix reduces streaming quality in Europe

Following the coronavirus outbreak, more and more people in different European countries are voluntarily staying at home or forced due to movement restrictions. With this comes a higher internet usage throughout the whole continent. After talks between Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, and the Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, the streaming service has announced that it would reduce the data consumption by 25% by lowering the picture quality and therefore "preserve the smooth functioning of the internet during the Covid-19 crisis".

Health
2020-03-12T17:37:15+00:00
Donald Trump suspends non US citizens from traveling from Europe to the US

People wanting to come from Europe will be banned from traveling to the United States for the next 30 days. The ban applies to countries inside the Schengen economic and travel zone. The two exceptions are the United Kingdom and Ireland.