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21 Jun 2020
Faced with the Covid-19 pandemic, Greek authorities opted for an early lockdown. This strategy was a success: the virus claimed less than 200 lives, a much lower figure than in other European countries. Now Greece is welcoming visitors back with open arms while maintaining strict sanitary measures. After ten years of recession, the country is waiting anxiously to see if the summer tourist season can be salvaged. Tourism is a central pillar of the Greek economy, accounting for nearly a third of its GDP. Our correspondents report.
20 Jun 2020
Germany's shopping streets are starting to fill up once again — but many retailers are afraid they won't survive the crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a huge upheaval in city centers.
19 Jun 2020
In an exclusive interview with AFP in Rome, Italian Prime minister Giuseppe Conte remembers the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic and addresses the Black Lives Matter movement saying 'internal policies' need to be put in place to stop racism and discrimination from occurring, while also commenting on the M5S fundings allegations and the future of the EU as he sees it. President of the Council since June 2018, at the head of a coalition first with the far-right, and today with the centre-left, Giuseppe Conte, 55, a law professor still unknown two years ago, has emerged stronger from the coronavirus pandemic.
16 Jun 2020
In this week's show we look at how calls for an end to racial discrimination have been growing louder across Australia, with aboriginal rights at the heart of many protests. Next, we see how India and Pakistan are working hand in hand to stamp out the worst swarms of locusts in decades. Finally, we meet Chinese inventors who have created smart glasses that monitor body temperatures as a way to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
14 Jun 2020
This week on Tech 24, we take a look at how the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the workplace. From video conferences to remote platforms, the crisis has forced many people to rapidly adopt new technologies to work from home during lockdown.
12 Jun 2020
The Democratic Republic of Congo, which cultivates only 10 percent of its arable land, imports almost all of its food. At local markets, the rice comes from Asia, the fish from Latin America and the onions from Cameroon. The result of this reliance on imports is food insecurity. In March, the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of borders made the situation worse. Commodity prices skyrocketed and some commodities, such as cornflour, are out of stock. And yet, the country has vast agricultural potential. Our correspondents report.
7 Jun 2020
While the Peruvian economy has been semi-paralyzed for 80 days by the COVID-19 pandemic, Genaro Cabrera, a coffin manufacturer from Lima, has quadrupled his sales.
6 Jun 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has stalled business decisions in many parts of the world, including major investments. Some start-ups, however, continue to raise funding. In this programme, we speak to Pascal Cagni, founder of C4 Ventures, about his fund's investments and the landscape in general during the crisis. Also in the show, our correspondents report from Australia on how international students there are struggling because of the impact of the virus. Plus, as lockdown restrictions are lifted in France, nightclub owners still have no idea when they will be able to re-open.
4 Jun 2020
Ylva Johansson is the woman in charge of the EU's Home Affairs portfolio. She's a Social Democrat who served as minister several times in her home country of Sweden. The Commissioner is now in charge of weighty EU dossiers which have come to the fore amid the Covid-19 pandemic. These include ensuring freedom of movement around Europe's Schengen area, overseeing new migration and asylum policy, plus internal security and law enforcement. Johansson spoke to FRANCE 24 about the re-opening of EU internal borders, Sweden's handling of the pandemic and the risk of an increase in crime.
1 Jun 2020
Ghana’s Monetary Policy Committee decided to keep the country’s policy rate unchanged at 14.5 percent citing elevated risks to the inflation outlook, sharp downturn in GDP growth which are fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Emmanuel Tsigbey, Chartered Economic Policy Analyst joins CNBC Africa for more.
30 May 2020
In the United States, the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic is deepening the divide between Republicans and Democrats. Faced with scientists’ decisions and the restrictions that they imply, supporters of President Donald Trump are invoking their rights set out in the First and Second Amendments of the US Constitution. Our team reports from Florida and Louisiana, two states in the south of the country, where the political battle is raging.
25 May 2020
The much-anticipated deal is being reported by German news agency DPA. The rescue package is meant to help the airline cope with losses incurred by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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