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    • Austria lifts coronavirus border checks with all neighbours except Italy

      Austria lifts coronavirus border checks with all neighbours except Italy

      Austria is lifting coronavirus-related border restrictions including quarantines for all neighbouring countries except Italy as of Thursday, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said. Austria borders eight countries and had agreed with Switzerland, Germany and Liechtenstein that they would reopen their shared borders from 15 June. It is now accelerating that move on its side and lifting checks for Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary as well, Reuters reported.

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    • Opera returns to Vienna with hotel 'window concert'

      Opera returns to Vienna with hotel 'window concert'

      Deserted by tourists, a hotel in Vienna gave itself a temporary one-night-only makeover, turning itself into an outdoor concert hall. The guest bedrooms, which have stood empty during the coronavirus lockdown, were transformed into opera boxes for an evening, and the hotel courtyard into a stage to create a rare moment of joy in the city of music on Saturday.

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    • Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia to open borders in June

      Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia to open borders in June

      The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria could open their mutual borders as soon as 8 June, allowing residents of the three countries to travel between them, Czech PM Andrej Babis said cited by news wires. In his words the neighbours are thinking about how to open their borders at the start of the summer tourist season after making similar progress in controlling the coronavirus pandemic.

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    • Croatia considers tourist corridors for Czechs

      Croatia considers tourist corridors for Czechs

      Croatia may give Czech tourists special access this summer to counter the impact of the coronavirus on its vital tourism industry, news wires reported. "We have already discussed with the Czech Republic that they prepare their proposals and we will prepare ours" for such an option, Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli told the state-run HRT radio on Tuesday.

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    • Austria says goodbye to coal

      Austria says goodbye to coal

      Austrian largest power provider, Verbund, shut down on Friday the Mellach power plant in Styria, marking the end of coal-fired power generation in Austria, news wires reported. The district heating plant was the last operational coal-fired unit in the country. For 34 years, the power plant produced more than 30 billion kWh of electricity and 20 billion kWh of district heating. In the future, it will only be kept ready for back-up.

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    • Europe shyly peeks out of lockdown

      Europe shyly peeks out of lockdown

      After a month of painful lockdown and restrictions that lead life to an almost full stop, some nations in Europe started this week to lift bans, although very carefully, news wires reported. Italy opened a handful of stores including bookshops and stationery shops to see how social distancing measures can work as the lockdown still remain in force. Austria allowed many small shops to open, while in Spain some industries returned to work.

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