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Hong Kong protests take to the streets once again - 05/25/2020

The Chinese authorities decided to finally fix the "Hong Kong problem": a draft resolution "On National Security" was introduced for the consideration of the session of the All-China Assembly of People's Representatives. The document provides for unprecedented restrictions on freedom in the “free city” and risks putting an end to the principle of “one country - two systems”. Moreover, Beijing...

US, UK impose restrictions on M&A for foreign companies - 05/22/2020

The US Senate unanimously spoke out in favor of a bill, which would make it difficult for some Chinese companies to place shares on exchanges in the United States. According to the paper, foreign companies whose shares are traded in the United States will be required to inform if the governments of certain countries own shares in them. At the same time, the British authorities are preparing a...

Greece to start accept tourists from July - 05/21/2020

Greece will allow direct flights to its main tourist destinations from other countries from July 1, announced Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, reports AP. The tourist season in the country will begin on June 15: from this date seasonal hotels will open, Head of the Greek government noted. All arrivals in the country will be tested for coronavirus. They will also have to follow “basic security...

Venezuelan Central Bank files lawsuit against Bank of England - 05/20/2020

The Central Bank of Venezuela has filed a lawsuit in a London court against the Bank of England in order to secure the return of €930 million in gold bars stored in it. The authorities need the funds to fight the novel coronavirus, Reuters reports citing a document submitted to the court. In late January, the Bloomberg news agency, citing sources, reported that the Bank of England refused Caracas...

Lagarde: German Bundesbank is obliged to participate in QE to bail out economy - 05/20/2020

The European Central Bank (ECB) intends to force Germany to save the European economy by buying up government bonds of different countries of the eurozone, said ECB Head Christine Lagarde. According to her, the Bundesbank is obliged to participate in the general program of quantitative easing (QE) and cannot express objections in this regard, even despite the decisions of the German national...

France, Germany initiate creation of €500B EU economic recovery fund - 05/19/2020

On Monday, May 18, French and German leaders Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel announced creation of an interim fund for economic recovery in the EU with an initial capital of € 500 billion. It is expected that following discussions with other EU member states, this amount will be doubled. Coupled with measures already announced at the national and European levels, this will allow restarting the...

India to allow private investment in all sectors of economy - 05/18/2020

The Indian government will allow private companies to invest in all sectors of the economy, even those that were previously reserved only for state-owned companies, said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday. "The new Independent India program will rely on the new policy of public sector enterprises. In strategic sectors, at least one enterprise will remain under state control, but the...

Thailand ponders introduction of entry tourist tax - 05/14/2020

Thai authorities are pondering introduction of a new tax for tourists who come in the country after the coronavirus pandemic. The fee is planned to be included in the airfare. Once the pandemic ends, all tourists arriving in Thailand may be required to pay a fee of up to 300 baht ($ 9.28), the Bangkok Post reported. The tax for those who fly by plane will probably be included in the price of air...

Japan goes back to normal life, loosens lockdown - 05/13/2020

On Thursday, the Japanese government will announce early easing of the emergency regime, which was supposed to last to May 31 in most prefectures. A return to normal life ahead of schedule was made possible thanks to encouraging statistics on sick and recovered people. To speed up the easing of the restrictions, the local authorities intend to approve the use of a new rapid test that can detect...

France urges citizens to be ready for second lockdown - 05/12/2020

Jean Castex, a coordinator of the strategy of lifting the COVID-19-related restrictions in France's, warned that there could be a second isolation. “Emergency re-isolation must be envisaged,” Castex wrote in a report published on the first day of relaxing the restrictions on the coronavirus epidemic in France. He called for ensuring reversibility of measures introduced in the country with...
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