Italian Conte calls for ‘full firepower “of the EU against the virus

Italian Conte calls for ‘full firepower “of the EU against the virus

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called Friday (20 March) for the European Union to tap the “full firepower” of its rescue fund to combat the coronavirus outbreak. In an interview with the Financial Times, Conte urged the EU to adapt its European Stability Mechanism (ESM) — the war chest for eurozone countries with serious debt problems — to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the bloc. “The ESM was crafted with a different type of crisis in mind, so it must be adapted to the new circumstances so that we can…

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Closing borders from viruses complicates the work of cross-border workers

Closing borders from viruses complicates the work of cross-border workers

Return home or stay to earn a living far from your loved ones? That’s the dilemma being thrown up for workers who rely on shuttling across frontiers in Central Europe now that the coronavirus pandemic has seen several countries shut their borders. In Austria, care for the elderly relies on a workforce of around 65,000, 80% of them women from Romania or Slovakia who typically shuttle between Austria and their home countries for weeks at a time. But with several countries now closing their borders, this way of working has…

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