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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
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)
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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
Funeral service workers Howard Jackson (L) and Wesley Weibrecht (C) prepare to load the coffin of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 into a hearse at their funeral home in Manchester, northern England on May 26, 2020. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP
Funeral service workers Howard Jackson ( […]

Why does the UK have Europe’s highest official coronavirus toll?

While the British government insists it has been "guided by the science" and taken "the right decisions at the right time", the toll of 42,000 coronavirus deaths has fuelled criticism
The mayor of the Slovenian town of Nova Gorica Klemen Miklavic (L) and his Italian counterpart, mayor of Gorizia Rodolfo Ziberna, cut a symbolic ribbon to inaugurate the reopening of the border between Slovenia and Italy in Nova Gorica, Slovenia on June 15, 2020. Photo: Jure Makovec / AFP
The mayor of the Slovenian town of Nova […]

EU’s haphazard route to post-lockdown border reopenings

As European countries emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and lift travel restrictions, the EU has aimed to coordinate border reopening among members - but the process has been far from harmonious
Visitors check out Italian Vespa scooters and Alfa Romeo cars in Town Hall Square in Lithuania's capital Vilnius during a tourism event to mimic the Italian holiday experience on June 6, 2020. Photo: Petras Malukas / AFP
Visitors check out Italian Vespa scooter […]

Roman Holiday: Lithuania capital turns Italian as virus stops travel

With virus travel restrictions preventing summer holidays abroad, Lithuania's capital is offering a low-cost alternative by mimicking the look and feel of different countries at weekends
People wearing face masks walk past a Euro sign in front of the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on April, 24, 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Yann Schreiber / AFP
People wearing face masks walk past a Eu […]

Europe boosts aid to virus-hit economies as UN seeks ‘people’s vaccine’

The European Central Bank has ramped up efforts to help its coronavirus-hit economies as the UN's chief called for a "people's vaccine" to battle the pandemic
People enjoy a gondola ride under the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) on May 29, 2020 in Venice, as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by ANDREA PATTARO / AFP)
People enjoy a gondola ride under the Br […]

Italy thirsts for tourists as country reopens to Europe

Italy has reopened to travellers from Europe, after a three-month lockdown, but few arrivals dimmed hopes of reviving the key tourism industry as the summer season begins
A bottle of Hydroxychloroquine pills pictured on a counter at Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah, on May 20, 2020. Photo: George Frey / AFP
A bottle of Hydroxychloroquine pills pic […]

WHO resumes trials on controversial drug as Italy reopens

The WHO says it will resume coronavirus trials on the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine, while Italy led European nations reopening borders as the pandemic carved its way through Latin America
People walk in front of the Colosseum illuminated in the colors of the Italian flag on May 31, 2020, in Rome. - The Colosseum reopens on June 1. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)
People walk in front of the Colosseum il […]

Virus-battered Italy faces worst recession since WWII

Facing its deepest recession since World War II and with business confidence collapsing, the coronavirus pandemic is hitting Italy's economy hard
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels on May 27, 2020, amid the crisis linked with the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
European Commission President Ursula von […]

EU hopes to heal rifts in debate on post-virus plan

Europe's scattergun approach to the coronavirus epidemic has called into question the EU's ability to rise to the challenge, but Brussels hopes its economic recovery plan will mark a turning point