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ECB eases bank funding rules in 'unprecedented' step

Frankfurt Am Main - The European Central Bank on Tuesday announced an "unprecedented" easing of collateral requirements in a bid to boost bank lending during the coronavirus crisis.

Germany caught up in mask fraud scheme

Berlin - Authorities in Germany have fallen victim to a multi-million-euro fraud involving masks much needed in the coronavirus pandemic, prosecutors said Tuesday.North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state and one of the hardest hit, paid 14.

'What will I live on?': Crisis-hit Europeans seek state aid

Berlin - Thousands of self-employed people across Europe have found themselves without work from one day to the next as governments ordered shops shut, events cancelled and gatherings banned to stem contagion of the novel coronavirus.

Privacy-mad Germany turns to app to track virus spread

Berlin - Personal data protection is a thorny subject in privacy-loving Germany, but the country is nevertheless considering using a smartphone app to help manage the spread of the new coronavirus.

German plexiglass firm churns out virus shields

Wiesbaden - Touted as a simple but effective shield against coronavirus infections, transparent screens have sprung up at supermarket tills and pharmacies across Germany.

NGO restarts Mediterranean migrant rescues despite virus fears

Berlin - The Alan Kurdi migrant rescue boat is heading back out into the Mediterranean after a two-month break despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to the German organisation that operates it.

Merkel again tests negative for coronavirus

Frankfurt Am Main - Chancellor Angela Merkel's third coronavirus test has come back negative but the German leader will stay in home quarantine for the coming days, her spokesman said Monday.

Germany bets on S. Korean model in virus fightback

Berlin - In the race against the coronavirus, Germany is betting on widespread testing and quarantining to break the infection chain, a strategy borrowed from South Korea whose success in slowing the outbreak has become the envy of the world.

Op-Ed: Money and pandemic — The vultures are circling

New York City - In one of the greatest ironies in history, capitalism has been faced with itself. Decades of gouging and disasters have left people broke. That lack of money is now making the pandemic much worse. The vultures are gathering.

'Merkel is back': virus crisis boosts Germany's centre-right

Berlin - Angela Merkel's long-struggling conservatives have rebounded in the polls thanks to the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis and widespread faith in the outgoing German chancellor's ability to manage the upheaval.

Op-Ed: Johns Hopkins stats show local anomalies in COVID-19 death rates

Baltimore - If there was ever a thankless, tough, task for epidemiology, tracking a global pandemic in near real-time would be it. Johns Hopkins has been doing so continuously, but some numbers look a bit strange.

Fears of domestic violence rise as millions confined over virus

Berlin - With families across Europe confined to their homes to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, fears are rising of a surge in domestic violence.

Berlin artists' colony finds creative answer to shutdown

Berlin - In her sun-soaked Berlin living room, Ingrid Ihnen-Haas belted out Edith Piaf songs into a microphone -- part of a collective effort to help entertain a country confined to their homes by the coronavirus pandemic.

Tunisian handed ten years for ricin bomb plot in Germany

Berlin - A German court sentenced a 31-year-old Tunisian to ten years in prison Thursday for planning a foiled biological bomb attack with the deadly poison ricin.Islamic State sympathiser Sief Allah H.

As virus leaves borders shut, European farmers sound alarm

Kanin - Whether it's served with butter and ham, drowned in hollandaise sauce or topped with a fried egg, nothing says spring in Germany like asparagus.

Jail terms for neo-Nazi 'terror group' in Germany

Frankfurt Am Main - Eight members of a neo-Nazi cell were jailed Tuesday after a German court found them guilty of forming a "terrorist organisation" that was planning a campaign of violence.

German state to take in Italian virus patients

Berlin - Hospitals in the German state of Saxony will take on at least six Italian coronavirus patients who are unable to receive treatment in their own country, state premier Michael Kretschmer said Monday.

First virus test negative for quarantined Merkel

Berlin - Angela Merkel is "doing well" in self-imposed quarantine and awaiting further coronavirus testing after a first result came back negative, her spokesman said Monday.

ECB brings 750 bn euro bazooka to virus fightback

Frankfurt Am Main - The European Central Bank on Wednesday unexpectedly said it would spend 750 billion euros on "emergency" bond purchases, as it joined other central banks in stepping up efforts to contain the economic damage from the coronavirus.

Merkel calls coronavirus 'biggest challenge since WWII'

Berlin - Germany is facing its biggest challenge "since the Second World War" in the fight against the coronavirus, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday, in what observers called a "final warning" for citizens to heed sweeping confinement measures.
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