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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
(FILES) This file photo taken on January 15, 2019 shows pine trunks piled near Brocas, in the Landes area, southwestern France, 10 years after Klaus storm devastated the forest. - Climate change, with drier summers, endanger the young pine trees and the renewal of the forest, a highly significant economic product for the region, AFP reports on June 2, 2020. (Photo by GEORGES GOBET / AFP)
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Forest harvesting in Europe threatens climate goals: study

A dramatic shift in forest harvesting to meet increased demand for wood could threaten the European Union's climate goals, according to a study by the European Commission
People drive their cars and motorbikes on the ring road of Paris also called the peripherique, on December 20, 2019, on the 16th day of a nationwide multi-sector strike against the government's pensions overhaul. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP)
People drive their cars and motorbikes o […]

French, Greeks are Europe’s rudest drivers: poll

Drivers in most of Europe say they have adopted safer and more courteous behaviour behind the wheel, with the notable exception of the French and Greeks, polling data shows
European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders gives a press conference on EU rules on data protection (GDPR) and the new EU Strategy on victimsí rights in Brussels on June 24, 2020. (Photo by Olivier HOSLET / POOL / AFP)
European Commissioner for Justice Didier […]

EU racism pledge clouded by ‘blackface’ controversy

A pledge by the EU to make its 30,000 strong civil service more diverse has been overshadowed by the blackface-wearing past of its top justice official, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders
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
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to address a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, who attends via video link, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on May 18, 2020 on the effects of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Kay NIETFELD / POOL / AFP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives […]

French-German recovery plan faces tough Brussels test

The road to clinch an EU recovery plan remains difficult, officials have warned, despite the surprise entente between Berlin and Paris to back a 500 billion euro rescue
A man walks along a private beach in Jesolo, near Venice in northeast Italy, on May 12, 2020 during the country's coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto / AFP
A man walks along a private beach in Jes […]

Europe seeks to save the summer holidays

The EU has set out plans for a phased restart of travel this summer, hoping to save millions of tourism jobs threatened by the coronavirus across Europe, the world's top holiday destination
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)
A person wearing a protective face mask […]

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
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz gives a press conference after the negotiations of the Eurogroup. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz give […]

EU ministers call on banks to refrain from paying out dividends

The economy and finance ministers of the European Union member states, as well as the European Commission, are looking for effective measures to help Europe's economy that is hit hard amid the coronavirus pandemic crisis.
A screen used by French President Emmanuel Macron for a video conference is pictured at the Elysee Palace in Paris during a call between EU head of states on March 10, 2020. Photo: Michel Euler / Pool / AFP
A screen used by French President Emmanu […]

Brussels calling: Can the EU be run by videolink?

How will the EU cope with the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced Brussels to adopt video conference calls in place of familiar meetings?