# Romania

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
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
Romanian harvest workers heading to the […]

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
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
A woman takes a picture of the empty Pal […]

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?
A police car stops trucks waiting at the Giurgiu-Ruse border point between Romania and Bulgaria next to Giurgiu city March 25, 2020. Photo: Daniel Mihailescu / AFP
A police car stops trucks waiting at the […]

Danger, delays haunt truck drivers facing virus lockdown

"We're the only ones allowed to travel across Europe," says Florin Turcu, one of hundreds of truck drivers stuck at the Romania-Bulgaria border as pandemic restrictions mount
Commuters talk after being rejected by the Hungarian police at the Nickelsdorf-Hegyeshalom border crossing on the Austrian-Hungarian border on March 18, 2020. Photo: Alex Halada / AFP
Commuters talk after being rejected by t […]

Virus frontier closures hamper cross-border workers

Workers who rely on shuttling across frontiers in Central Europe face a difficult dilemma now that the coronavirus pandemic has seen several countries shut their borders
The harbour in Helsinki is to be seen alongside the cathedral. Finland replaces Romania this Monday (01.07.20199) and takes over the presidency of the EU. Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa
The harbour in Helsinki is to be seen al […]

Finland takes over EU presidency from Romania in low-key handover

Finland takes over the rotating six-month EU presidency from Romania starting from July 1, and has adopted the motto "Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future." Other topics such as Brexit, migration, human rights, among others, are on the agenda, as well.
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