EU Transport Commissioner: ‘Social distancing is recommended but not compulsory in airplanes’

Adina Valean was until November 2019 an MEP for Romania's Liberal party. Since then, she's served as European Commissioner for Transport - and since early spring 2020 she's been part of the coronavirus response team, as the deadly pandemic saw member states shut their borders, airlines ground their fleets and thousands of Europeans stranded away from their home countries. Valean spoke to FRANCE 24 about the EU Commission's guidelines for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic this summer, the risk of some airlines going bankrupt and the rights of passengers whose trips have been cancelled.

EU Home Affairs Commissioner on Covid-19 and re-opening of EU internal borders

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.

On the Covid-19 frontline: Doctor MEPs on their return to medical service

In the second part of Talking Europe, we bring you a special round-table discussion with three doctors-turned-Members of the European Parliament, who returned to the health frontline amid the Covid-19 pandemic. They share their experiences of treating patients struck by the novel coronavirus and discuss how Europe should navigate the next phase of the pandemic.

Eurozone bailout chief: ‘No government can be blamed’ for economic hit from Covid-19

As Europe stares down the barrel of a major economic contraction due to the pandemic, how can the continent get its workers and businesses back on their feet? How much money will have to be spent on the recovery and where will the funds come from? Catherine Nicholson speaks to the head of the eurozone's bailout fund, Klaus Regling, who is managing director of the European Stability Mechanism.
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