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Borders were closed, traveling was impossible, trade relations were hindered. This has been the life of the entire world in recent times. Also in Europe, countries faced the same challenges: to deal with the coronavirus. Yet, governments seem to be focusing only on national or even regional solutions. Restrictions on mobility and the (dis)focus of politicians are also influencing journalism. It’s time to start building a new form of European reporting: with an international team of journalists, who report from their places.
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The city of Lisbon, as a large part of the Portuguese territory, was blossoming with the tourism activity, the biggest export sector in the country. Now, there’s a serious problem to solve – how to recover from the big fall of the unexpected lockdown, that closed the borders and emptied the country of foreigners?
Czechs have long been leaders in Europe in the consumption of beer per person, but also in its production. According to statistics from the Brewers of Europe, 192 liters of beer per person are brewed here every year, with an average annual production in the European Union of 78 liters. How did the beer champions cope with the corona-crisis? Owners of small pubs from Pilsen, the cradle of the world-famous Pils lager, tell, how they survived.
290 infected, seven of these still “active”, eight cases of death in general and one new infection during the last week: In mid-May, the numbers in the Lake Constance region sound almost too safe. A visit to Friedrichshafen’s rescue station with hygiene coordinator Reinhard Breh and his deputy Stefan Martin.
In international comparison, Germany has come through the coronavirus pandemic well. However, the easing of restrictions became a race between the federal states.
The signs are all over the city of Florence: “Andrà tutto bene” – everything will be fine. Italy finds itself of slow transation towards a new normality.