# Europe’s Workforce

The aerial view shows parked airplanes at the airport Duesseldorf, western Germany, on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)
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Airlines hit wall of debt after COVID-19 grounding

The coronavirus has forced many airlines to ground their fleets and appeal for state assistance but experts fear these carriers are now weighed down by debt ahead of a return to normal service
(FILES) In this file handout photo and released by Airbus on May 29, 2019 shows Airbus commercial aircrafts on the tarmac in Toulouse as the company is celebrating its 50th anniversary. - French entrepreneur Didier Cauquil walks, concerned, through the aisles of his factory where only six machines out of 32 operate: the crisis in the aeronautical sector has brought the company to its knees, which manufactures parts near Toulouse, the headquarter for Airbus. (Photo by Jean-Vincent Reymondon / Airbus / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / AIRBUS/ MASTER FILMS/ JEAN-VINCENT REYMONDON" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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France pledges 15 bn euros of aid for aviation sector

France has pledged 15 billion euros ($16.9 billion) for the country's aviation industry, where thousands of jobs are on the line as the coronavirus crisis hammers the travel industry
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)
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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
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARIETTE LE ROUX (FILES) This file photo taken on December 6, 2008 shows a prostitute, waiting for clients behind her window in the red light district of Amsterdam. Dutch prostitute Terry van der Zijden proudly points to a photo she took of the bedroom in which she plies her trade; a sexless still-life neatly mounted on the wall of an Amsterdam art gallery. "There is my bed, that is my bureau" she states matter-of-factly in front of a picture of a room with tranquil green linen, scatter cushions and potted flowers -- part of an exhibition entitled "This is my workplace" by sex workers who completed a photography course in June. AFP PHOTO/ANOEK DE GROOT (Photo by ANOEK DE GROOT / AFP)
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Sex workers’ hands tied under virus lockdowns

Across Europe, the coronavirus pandemic has forced many sex workers to rely on hardship funds and online platforms to make ends meet with many worried about the future after lockdowns are lifted
A closed beach remains empty in Arona, one of the most touristic municipalities in Tenerife on the Canary Islands, on April 13, 2020 amid a national lockdown to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. - The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has slowed in some of the worst-hit countries, with Spain readying to reopen parts of its economy as governments grapple with a once-in-a-century recession. (Photo by DESIREE MARTIN / AFP)
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Sun, sand and social distancing: Spain seeks tourism revival

The coronavirus crisis has dealt a devastating blow to Spain's tourism industry and forced it to look for creative ways to lure back tourists in the post-pandemic era
Romanian harvest workers heading to the UK queue to enter the "Henry Coanda" airport in Bucharest April 30, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Daniel Mihailescu / AFP
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Romania’s seasonal workers sidestep lockdown out of necessity

Romanian workers are in high demand as farms and home care firms in western Europe clamour for help from the east, even with borders closed because of the coronavirus pandemic
Staff prepare beds ready for use inside the NHS Louisa Jordan field hospital, set up in the main hall at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on April 20, 2020, during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - "From Monday 20 April 2020, the hospital will be equipped and clinically ready to treat patients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, if required", a scottish government press release announced. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)
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Coronavirus highlights role of foreign staff in British hospitals

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the important contribution foreign workers make to Britain's National Health Service, prompting a possible rethink on their immigration status post-Brexit
Workers furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic in Sweden are retrained to work in hospitals and care homes, in Stockholm on April 8, 2020. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP
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Furloughed staff in Sweden retrain to help hospitals

Furloughed because of the pandemic, airline and hotel employees in Sweden are retraining to work as hospital and nursing home assistants as the country's death toll exceeds 1,200
A policeman stands in a passage of the Vienna Hofburg in Vienna, Austria on March 15, 2020. - Austria on March 15, 2020 banned gatherings of more than five people and told residents to go out only if necessary, in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus. Police would enforce new restrictions on public life, the government said, threatening fines for non-compliance. The tougher measures were decided at an extraordinary session of parliament, during which Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called on the population to self-isolate and limit contacts to "the people they live with". (Photo by ALEX HALADA / AFP)
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Easing European COVID-19 measures a test for officials

As some European countries plan to start easing coronavirus lockdowns, resuming economic and social life is likely to be a delicate operation