# COVID-19

(LtoR) Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (up L), President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen meet on the sidelines of a special European Council summit in Brussels on February 20, 2020, held to discuss the next long-term budget of the European Union (EU). (Photo by Virginia Mayo / POOL / AFP)
(LtoR) Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Ku […]

Sweden and Denmark step out of the shadows as EU’s frugals

Normally perceived as team players, Sweden and Denmark have found themselves playing the unaccustomed role of outliers in EU politics, blocking the widely backed COVID-19 recovery plan
Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrives for the second day of a special European Council summit in Brussels on February 21, 2020, held to discuss the next long-term budget of the European Union (EU). (Photo by Ludovic Marin / various sources / AFP)
Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsota […]

Coronavirus praise as Greek PM completes first year in office

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been praised for his government's response to COVID-19 but tackling the economic impact of the lockdown will be the true test of his leadership, analysts say
Former French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (L) and newly-appointed Prime Minister Jean Castex react as they give a speech during the handover ceremony, in the courtyard of the Matignon Hotel in Paris on July 3, 2020. (Photo by Ludovic Marin / AFP)
Former French Prime Minister Edouard Phi […]

Macron tightens grip ahead of 2022 challenge

By replacing his prime minister with a bureaucrat, French President Emmanuel Macron has signalled he intends to tighten the reins on government ahead of his reelection bid in 2022, analysts say
Cranes operate at a construction site on Berlin's Friedrichstrasse on August 21, 2019. - The 25.300 square-meter site in central Berlin, which includes the old Tacheles artist colony (building 2nd from L), is being redeveloped to include retail space, offices and residential units, designed by Swiss architects firm Herzog & De Meuron. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)
Cranes operate at a construction site on […]

Eurozone economy to crash 8.7% in 2020: EU forecast

The eurozone economy will plunge 8.7% in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis, the European Commission said in more pessimistic forecasts that do not see a complete rebound next year
A gravedigger wears protective clothing at the Recanto da Paz Municipal Cemetery during the burial of a victim of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in the city of Breves, southwest of Marajo Island, an island at the mouth of the Amazon River in the Brazilian state of Para, on May 30, 2020. - The pandemic is spreading across Brazil under a cloud of confrontation, as governors and mayors implement restrictive measures while President Jair Bolsonaro, who has pinned his hopes of re-election on a booming economy, has berated them for imposing what he calls "the tyranny of total quarantine." (Photo by Tarso SARRAF / AFP)
A gravedigger wears protective clothing […]

Outside Europe, nations floundering in virus’ first wave

As Europe begins its cautious reopening after weathering the pandemic's first wave in lockdown, many developing countries continue to be battered by skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 cases
Operators store cardboxes containing face masks after a Ukrainian Antonov An-225 Mriya coming from China delivered 8,6 million face masks and 150 tons of sanitary equipment ordered by a private customer, at the Paris-Vatry airport in Bussy Lettree, on April 19, 2020, on the 34th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus. - The Antonov-225 is a cargo plane designed as part of the former Soviet Union's space programme. The only copy in use can carry up to 250 tonnes up to 4,000 km. (Photo by FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI / AFP)
Operators store cardboxes containing fac […]

Post-COVID, more in West see China as major power: study

The coronavirus pandemic has led a growing number of people in France and Germany to see China as a top power, with the lead of the United States slipping, a new study shows
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 01, 2020 A sign is seen in the window of a shop explaining to customers that it has temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak in Portobello Market in west London, following the easing of the lockdown restrictions during the novel coronavirus pandemic. - Britain's economy shrank by more than a fifth in April from March, official data showed on June 12, 2020, as the first full month of coronavirus lockdown ravaged activity. Gross domestic product nosedived by a record 20.4 percent from the previous month, after a 5.8-percent contraction in March, the Office for National Statistics said. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June […]

Global employment crisis deepening, equivalent of 400 million jobs lost: UN

The coronavirus crisis has taken a much heavier economic toll than previously feared, with the UN warnng that the equivalent of 400 million jobs have been lost during the pandemic
Tourists arrive at Son Sant Joan airport in Palma de Mallorca on June 22, 2020 as EU member state citizens and those from the passport-free Schengen zone were allowed freely into Spain, with no 14-day quarantines required following a national lockdown to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP)
Tourists arrive at Son Sant Joan airport […]

EU to open borders to ‘safe’ countries as pandemic accelerates

The European Union has agreed to reopen its borders to 15 countries excluding the virus-stricken US, as the pandemic accelerated globally with more than 505,000 deaths worldwide
People holding European flags gather on the passerelle des Deux-Rives (footbridge of the Two Banks) connecting Strasbourg, France, to Kehl, in Germany, on June 14, 2020 on the eve of the reopening of the borders between France and Germany, after the two countries' measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP)
People holding European flags gather on […]

Pandemic sparks desire for European cooperation: poll

The coronavirus pandemic has left most Europeans wanting more cooperation between EU states and many believing the bloc failed during the crisis, according to a new survey