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Portugal PM Antonio Costa (L), European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (C) and European Parliament President David Sassoli pictured after signing the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility document, designed to help the bloc with the economic impact of COVID-19, at the European Parliament building in Brussels on February 12, 2021. Photo: Olivier Matthys / Pool / AFP
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Europe’s Covid recovery fund starts to fall into place

Negotiations were difficult and the plan got off to a slow start, but Europe's huge post-coronavirus recovery fund may make its first payments in July after two important obstacles were passed
People attend a 2020 protest against the decriminalization of euthanasia in front of the Portuguese Parliament in Lisbon on February 20, 2020. Photo: Patricia De Melo Moreira / AFP
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Euthanasia: Where it’s legal in Europe

Where is euthanasia legal in Europe? Portugal's parliament has passed a law allowing medically assisted dying, putting it on course to become the fourth country in Europe to legalise the practice
People enjoy the sun at Carcavelos beach in Cascais in the outskirts of Lisbon on May 26, 2020 as temperatures rise and the Portuguese government loosens a lockdown put in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)
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New virus curbs spark fears for tourism in Portugal

Portugal has reimposed restrictions in and around the capital Lisbon to check fresh coronavirus outbreaks, prompting fears the summer tourist season will take a major hit
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
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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
A man wearing a face mask visits the Park Guell in Barcelona, on May 20, 2020, during the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Barcelona opened its beaches and parks for walks, in a slight relaxation of lockdown measures. Josep LAGO / AFP
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In the absence of tourists, locals reclaim their cities

The coronavirus lockdowns may not have been universally popular but they have alleviated some of the ills associated with tourism such as the overcrowding of city centres and rent rises
People sunbathe at the Barceloneta beach in Barcelona on May 20, 2020 during the hours allowed by the government to exercise, amid the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. - Barcelona opened its beaches and parks for walks, in a slight relaxation of lockdown measures. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)
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How will European tourism survive the virus?

Tourism is a key component in the European economy, accounting for 10 percent of all activity but it now faces its greatest challenge -- how will it survive the coronavirus pandemic?
A person wearing a protective face mask walks by the EU Commission building bearing a banner that reads "Coronavirus Global Response" in Brussels on May 6, 2020, as the country is under lockdown to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / POOL / AFP)
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Europe’s ‘historic’ recession threatens eurozone survival

The EU has forecast that the eurozone economy will contract by a staggering 7.7 percent in 2020, warning the wreckage from the coronavirus outbreak could endanger the single currency
A woman takes a picture of the empty Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on April 4, 2020, during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Photo: Jaime Reina / AFP
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Tourism collapse threatens second virus blow to Mediterranean

Northern Europeans may not be able to decamp to Mediterranean beaches this summer because of the coronavirus, but will their governments support the devastated tourism sector?
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