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European Union Unveils €750 Billion Recovery Plan as Coronavirus Wanes

European Union Unveils €750 Billion Recovery Plan as Coronavirus Wanes

The European Union announced a €750 billion ($821 billion) aid package intended to help the bloc’s economic recovery from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
Calling it “Europe’s moment,” the plan is intended to “repair and prepare [countries] for the next generation,” the bloc said in a statement.
Saying that the coronavirus has shaken Europe and the world “to its core,” the Next Generation EU plan… will bring the total financial firepower of …

EU Officials Announce Guidelines for Air Travel Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

EU Officials Announce Guidelines for Air Travel Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Officials in the European Union announced new guidelines for travel as the first summer season during the coronavirus pandemic approached.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control want passengers to wear face masks, maintain social distancing, and wash their hands frequently.  Airlines and airports were told to ensure that passengers remain 5’ (1.5 m) from one another wherever feasible.  In instances where it isn’t, …

Roman Holiday? Here’s How Europe Will Attempt to Salvage the Summer Travel Season

A vacation on the Continent this summer may not be a pipe dream, after all.
The European Union announced on Wednesday a plan to salvage the summer season amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The European Commission outlined guidance for how countries could lift ID checks at borders that were closed due to the pandemic, promulgate health measures for hotels, and get its airlines back into operation, all while ensuring the health and safety …

Coronavirus Update: ‘We Are At War,’ No St. Patrick’s Day Parades, Amazon Suspends Some Deliveries

Coronavirus Update: ‘We Are At War,’ No St. Patrick’s Day Parades, Amazon Suspends Some Deliveries

IN BRIEF
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  Millions of people in the Bay Area in California have been asked to restrict their movement, Austria will impose steep fines on anyone violating its curfew regulations, and Germany is trying to repatriate its citizens from heavily affected regions.
St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations everywhere have been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
In Ireland, the country’s president, Michael Higgins, called on the Irish people to draw …

Brexit: Britain Leaves the European Union

Britain officially left the European Friday at 11 p.m. GMT.  The move was accompanied by the removal of the U.K. flag from EU buildings in Brussels and numerous celebrations in the United Kingdom.
It took three prime ministers, 43 months, and thousands of debates and newspaper editorials from both sides to get Brexit done.  The moment was marked by a pre-recorded address by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Johnson declared a “new beginning” …

Brexit is Happening on Friday: Here’s What You Need to Know

Brexit, the departure of the United Kingdom or Britain from the European Union, will take place Friday at 11 p.m. GMT.
Britain is leaving the bloc following a 2016 referendum in which 17.4 million people voted in favor of Brexit, giving the so-called Leave side 52% of the vote.
Despite the hoopla, little will change immediately.
A transition period begins immediately after Brexit and will continue through December 31, 2020. During this 11-month period, …

To Brexit, or Not to Brexit, That is the Question

The chatter around Brexit over the past few days is less about whether the European Union and the United Kingdom can reach a new withdrawal agreement, given that the two sides can’t even agree on conditions for starting new negotiations, and more about whether the United Kingdom will crash out of the bloc on October 31 or Parliament can step in to prevent this from taking place.
As London’s mayor, Sadiq …