Italy's PM Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday that his government wants to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency until the end of January and it would put the proposal to parliament, ANSA reported. The current state of emergency is set to expire on 15 October. The government's scientific and technical committee has recommended that it be extended until 31 January 2021.
On Thursday afternoon the EU leaders meet in Brussels at a Special Summit with a wide-ranging agenda, starting with foreign relations topics. The sitting was initially planned for 24-25 September, but has been postponed as EUCO President Charles Michel was in quarantine.
Google is going to pay a selected group of partnered news publishers $1bn over the next three years to contribute to a new product called Google News Showcase, CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Thursday. The new product, which will feature specially written and curated news content, is launching first in Germany and Brazil.
Unemployment rose for a fifth straight month in Europe in August amid concern that extensive government support programs won’t be able keep many businesses hit by coronavirus restrictions afloat forever.
The European Union took legal action against Britain on Thursday over its plans to pass legislation that would breach parts of the legally binding divorce agreement the two sides reached late last year.
Residents of infection hotspot Madrid are to be barred from leaving except on essential trips under new rules to fight the coronavirus resurgence, Reuters reported, citing Spain's government decision on Wednesday.
Due to the high number of coronavirus infections, the German government on Wednesday classified individual regions in 11 European countries including all of Belgium, Iceland, Wales and Northern Ireland as high-risk areas, dpa reported.
As the clock is ticking relentlessly and less than 100 days are left until the start of the new programming period, Parliament's negotiating team is utterly concerned about the lack of progress in the talks on the bloc's next long-term budget.