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Trump to ease lockdown, saying virus cases have ‘passed peak’

Washington, United States | AFP |  President Donald Trump vowed to unveil plans Thursday to reopen the world’s top economy, following cautious moves in Europe, claiming the US had “passed the peak” of the coronavirus crisis despite a record daily death toll. Since emerging in China late last year, the pandemic …

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EU nations battle to bridge bitter split over ‘coronabonds’

Brussels, Belgium | AFP |  EU finance ministers were mired in marathon talks on Wednesday unable to bridge differences on how to rebuild their economies after the coronavirus, with a North versus South split on burden-sharing for hard-hit countries. The European economy has been battered by the pandemic as national governments …

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Handshake? No thanks: coronavirus changes global habits

Paris, France | AFP |  Say no to a handshake, refuse every peck on the cheek and definitely avoid hugging. Instead, try a direct gaze, or maybe a hand gesture. Around the world people are changing their habits at work, home and in worship to reduce the risk of contracting the …

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Germans hit the streets against deals with far right

Frankfurt am Main, Germany | AFP |  Ten thousand people are expected to join a demonstration Saturday in Erfurt, capital of Thuringia state in Germany’s former communist east, where far-right lawmakers last week helped install a new state premier. “Not with us! No pacts with fascists any time or anywhere!” is …

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Ursula von der Leyen: Merkel loyalist, favoured by Macron

Brussels, Belgium | AFP |  Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, who takes the reins of the European Commission on Sunday, is a loyal confidante of Chancellor Angela Merkel whom she served as defence minister for six difficult years. The political blue-blood, medical doctor and mother-of-seven was long considered a likely successor …

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Merkel’s conservatives brace for stormy party congress

Berlin, Germany | AFP | German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU braces for a tumultuous two-day party congress in Leipzig from Friday, with members smarting from recent local election drubbings and bickering over her successor. Here’s a look at what’s ailing the Christian Democratic Union in the twilight of Merkel’s reign. …

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Divisions rife as Germany marks 30 years since Berlin Wall fall

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Germany on Saturday marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall that ushered in the end of communism and national reunification, as the Western alliance that helped secure those achievements is riddled with divisions. Two days before the date that brought epochal change, France’s …

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Macron, Merkel meet to harmonise positions before EU summit

Paris, France | AFP |  France’s Emmanuel Macron will hold talks Wednesday with Germany’s Angela Merkel for the second time in a week to chart a united front on issues ranging from Brexit to Syria ahead of this week’s EU summit. Macron goes into the two-day meeting in Brussels starting Thursday …

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EU, UK seen closing in on ‘possible’ Brexit text

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Britain and the EU were seen to be closing in on a detailed draft Brexit deal on Tuesday, although officials voiced scepticism it would be ready in time for a key European summit this week. The pound jumped to its highest level in five months on …

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