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Hungary's Roma Face Hunger During Pandemic

In northern Hungary, one of the European Union’s poorest regions, many Roma who live with hardship in the best of times are facing hunger as the coronavirus brings the economy to a halt. Justin Spike reports for VOA from the town of Ózd, northeast of Budapest.
Camera: Gabor Ancsin, Agency  Producer: Rod James

Pandemic Pushes Turkey Further to Autocracy

For years, international observers, western governments, and opposition politicians in Turkey have warned of the country’s slide to what one commentator called "an elected autocracy" under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Now,as coronavirus infections and deaths drop,the government has tightened already stringent controls on social media. Critics say the pandemic is accelerating Turkey’s descent from democratic freedoms. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.Camera: Berke Bas Produced by: Jonathan Spier

Wary Spain Prepares to Welcome Summer Tourists

Airline industry analysts say the coronavirus pandemic has left 16,000 passenger airplanes parked around the world.  Some are preparing to rev their engines up again as countries begin to relax their travel restrictions and prepare for summer vacationers – albeit in much lower numbers.  In Spain, where 14 percent of the economy depends on tourism, the anticipation is especially high.  In a report narrated by Jon Spier, Alfonso Beato has details from the Spanish Mediterranean town of Lloret de Mar.
Camera: Alfonso Beato, Moncola Palace

As Deaths Soar, Doubts Grow Over Sweden's Exceptional COVID-19 Response

As much of Europe remains under a strict lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, one country has stood out in taking a very different approach. Sweden has refused to impose such strict new laws, and its people have been allowed to work and travel. In the early days it seemed as though Sweden may have got things right, as the outbreak tore through Italy, Spain and Britain, but infection rates are rapidly increasing in Sweden. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.Produced by: Henry Ridgwell 

As Lockdowns Ease, Europe Looks to Boost Summer Tourism

The coronavirus crisis has slammed one of the world's top tourist destinations — Europe — upending the region's cherished summer holidays and leaving its multibillion-dollar tourism industry struggling to survive. The European Union hopes to at least boost tourism within the bloc, as another mark of EU unity. But as Lisa Bryant reports for VOA from Paris, translating that goal into reality won't be so easy.Camera: Lisa Bryant 

Venice Reopens Gradually as It Recovers From COVID Impact

Italy’s most popular tourist destination, Venice, is beginning its slow process to a return to normality. The city’s beautiful canals and palazzos have seen no visitors now for over two months so it faces enormous challenges when it comes to recovering economically. But the coronavirus lockdown appears to have had a positive effect on the environment, as Sabina Castelfranco reports from Venice.
Camera: Mark Brewer

Controversy Surrounds New Moscow Military Cathedral

In Russia, a colossal new Orthodox Church cathedral has gone up on the outskirts of Moscow. It is called the Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed forces - a place of worship not only dedicated to the Christian faith, but a museum and also, for many, a symbol of the former Red Army’s conversion to conservatism. Jonathan Spier narrates this report by Ricardo Marquina in Moscow.
Camera: Ricardo Marquina et al
Video editor: Jason Godman

For Spain’s Battered Businesses, Survival Depends on Innovation

With Europe’s economies ravaged by the coronavirus, the European Union is considering a 545-billion-dollar plan to help them recover.  Among the worst hit is Spain, where leaders are torn between extending the lockdown or reopening quickly as demonstrations mount demanding an end to what some see as unnecessary damage to the economy, especially for those at the bottom of the rung. The situation is forcing some Spanish small businesses to adapt, as Alfonso Beato in Barcelona tells us in this report narrated by Jonathan Spier.

80-Year-Old Russian Woman Defies COVID Fears to Help Others

In a world full of bad news on coronavirus, the good deeds of quiet people often go unnoticed. In a report narrated by Jonathan Spier, Ricardo Marquina and Sergey Smolyakov bring us the story of an octogenarian in St. Petersburg, Russia, who – despite being in the highest-risk group - goes out every day to help those who need it most. 

As Spain’s Death Rate Drops, its Economic Problems Rise

Spain – one of the nations hardest hit by the pandemic – is seeing its daily coronavirus death rate drop this week.  That is allowing a limited number of businesses to reopen after weeks of paralysis. Although business owners are happy to be open again, they continue to see their losses mount – and normality seems distant. In a report narrated by Jonathan Spier, Alfonso Beato has the story from Barcelona

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