Dutch PM Rutte: deal possible today on European aid package

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said on Thursday he believes it is possible that European finance ministers will reach agreement on a 500 billion euro support package to counter the economic damage of the coronavirus outbreak. “We’re trying to do the maximum to help to bring the negotiations to a successful […]

EU top court orders Poland to suspend disciplinary chamber

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland should immediately suspend the powers of a Supreme Court chamber created to discipline judges since it is not independent and thereby in breach of EU law, the European Union’s top court ruled on Wednesday. The decision comes as a blow to Poland and its ruling euroskeptic Law and Justice party (PiS), […]

Twitter removes accounts linked to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, other countries

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Twitter took down thousands of accounts linked to Egypt, Honduras, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Serbia on Thursday for either taking directions from the governments or promoting pro-government content. Twitter and other social media companies are under pressure to clean up misinformation and hateful content on their platforms, while abuse related to the […]

Spain to close all hotels, help nursing homes as coronavirus deaths climb

MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish government on Thursday ordered the closure of all the country’s hotels and promised to implement special measures in nursing homes after a surge in the country’s coronavirus cases and deaths. Officials reported deaths had jumped by more than a third on Thursday to 767, while the number of cases rose […]

EU assembly to meet on March 26 to approve coronavirus measures

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Parliament is set to approve special measures on March 26 to soften the sudden economic impact of coronavirus, including releasing 37 billion euros ($39.48 billion) of European Union funds to member governments. The assembly is also set to approve a European Commission proposal that airlines no longer have to fly […]

EU finance ministers to hold video call on virus on Monday

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union finance ministers will meet on Monday to discuss the impact of the coronavirus and measures to restart their economies, but by video call rather than in person. Mario Centeno, the chair of the “Eurogroup” of euro zone finance ministers, said in a tweet late on Saturday that the sense of […]

In Brexit Britain, there may no longer be too many cooks in the kitchen

PETERBOROUGH, England (Reuters) – Before dinnertime at Damian Wawrzyniak’s restaurant, he is busy preparing an elaborate array of dishes – slow cooked lamb with fermented broccoli inspired by his time cooking at the world-famous Noma restaurant and Polish sausages from his homeland. Wawrzyniak came to Britain 16 years ago before gaining renown working as the […]