Countries and institutions of the world promise Venezuelan refugees 3.1 billion Euros

Countries and institutions of the world promise Venezuelan refugees 3.1 billion Euros

A virtual International Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan refugees and migrants raised €3.1 billion Tuesday (26 May) from more than 60 countries and institutions to assist the displaced population of the South American country. “We have to be proud of what we achieved,” said Arancha González Laya, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs. Some €2.5 billion was pledged through the digital fundraising and €595 million in donations. This funding will make it possible in the short term to meet the EU’s objective of relieving the humanitarian emergency in Venezuela and neighbouring…

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Return to the future for cities after COVID-19

Return to the future for cities after COVID-19

Cities have been hit the hardest by the corona pandemic. Dario Nardella, the mayor of Florence, declares a state of social and economic emergency for his city and many others across Europe. And he argues that cities are key for a sustainable recovery in Europe. In my country, Italy, doctors and nurses were confronted with a grim decision at the peak of the corona crisis: with not enough ventilators for all patients, they had to decide who to save – and who to let die. We must do everything possible…

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Putin has set a new date for a military parade on Red Square due to coronavirus

Putin has set a new date for a military parade on Red Square due to coronavirus

President Vladimir Putin set a new date of 24 June for a grand Red Square military parade he was forced to postpone over a coronavirus outbreak that is still triggering thousands of new infections each day. The parade, originally scheduled for 9 May, is designed to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. It has been held annually on that date and the raw display of military strength and patriotism has become a hallmark of Putin’s rule. In power as president or…

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The ECB warns that a response to viruses may renew concerns about the collapse of the euro

The ECB warns that a response to viruses may renew concerns about the collapse of the euro

A vast fiscal fightback to the coronavirus crisis unleashed by eurozone governments could raise questions about capitals’ ability to repay debts and revive the threat of countries exiting the single currency, the European Central Bank warned Tuesday (26 May). “The increase in public debt comes on top of already higher debt levels in some sovereigns,” ECB Vice-President Luis de Guindos said. “In the medium term we have to pay attention to the fiscal sustainability situation,” de Guindos added, presenting a report that warned of possible increase in fears of “redenomination…

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Illegal football match is a concern in the French virus point

Illegal football match is a concern in the French virus point

An illegal football match played in France’s eastern city of Strasbourg sparked fears on Tuesday (26 May) the game could lead to a resurgence of the coronavirus virus in one of the worst-affected areas in the country. The match, played on Sunday between teams from the city’s districts of Neuhof and Hautepierre in a local stadium, attracted some 400 spectators in defiance of rules still in place to battle the virus. France began easing strict lockdown measures a fortnight ago, but gatherings remain limited to 10 people. The football game…

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