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25th May 2020

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Surge in measles puts lives at risks in Europe

Europe is witnessing a surge in measles, with more cases in the first half of 2019 than in all of 2018, according to the World Health Organisation. Some 90,000 cases and 37 deaths were reported in 48 countries in the region. Albania, the Czech Republic, Greece, and the UK lost their measles-free status. The worst affected was Ukraine, with more than 54,000 cases and 18 deaths in early 2019.

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Agenda

Recovery plans unveiled This WEEK

Tough negotiations start this week on both the EU's recovery fund and its revised long-term budget, which are likely to determine the entire future of the bloc.

Malta patrol boat 'intimidates' capsized migrants

Alarm Phone, a hotline service for migrants in distress, has released video footing showing an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) boat making dangerous manoeuvres next to people swimming for their lives at sea. Malta does not deny the footage.

Opinion

How coronavirus might hit EU defence spending

Among the casualties of coronavirus - worldwide and in the EU - is the defence sector. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has not made the world a less dangerous place and there is no alternative to having a functioning defence system.

Coronavirus

EU links access to recovery fund to economic advice

Most EU countries are now breach the common fiscal rules, as governments tackle the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The commission plans to link recovery funds to countries following its budgetary advice - but sanctions seem to be few.

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