August 05, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland, Europe - Finland considers reintroducing a recommendation to work remotely whenever possible due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, the minister in charge said on Wednesday.
August 05, 2020 - Netherlands, Europe - Amsterdam begins an "experiment" with mandatory face masks in Red Light prostitution district and other crowded areas to see whether they can help stop increasing spread of coronavirus cases. Following a decision by the Dutch government not to advise the public to wear face masks because it says there is no proof they work, Amsterdam is testing whether they do.
August 05, 2020 - London, United Kingdom, Europe - Scotland imposed new restrictions on the oil city of Aberdeen on Wednesday to tackle an outbreak of COVID-19 cases, closing pubs and restaurants and ordering visitors to stay away.
August 05, 2020 - London, United Kingdom, Europe - Britain's banks took a gloomier view than almost all their European peers in their second quarter earnings, as coronavirus fears, Brexit and low interest rates caused them to bake tougher "worst-case" scenarios into their risk models.
August 05, 2020 - London, United Kingdom, Europe - Britain's Metro Bank swung to a 240 million pound ($313.92 million) loss for the first half of the year on Wednesday, as provisions to cover loan losses due to the coronavirus crisis wiped out its profits.
August 04, 2020 – London, United Kingdom, Europe - Will Britain's government lure nervous consumers back into restaurants with its 10-pounds discount offer which launches this week? The Eat Out to Help Out scheme is a potential lifeline for the country's Covid-hit hospitality industry which employs 2.4 million people.
August 04, 2020 – London, United Kingdom, Europe - British roadside recovery group AA has received three cash takeover offers from private equity groups, it said on Tuesday, but is also considering selling fresh equity as it tries to slash its debt pile.
August 04, 2020 – Brussels, Belgium, Europe - Alphabet unit Google's bid to take on Apple and Samsung in fitness tracking devices faces a major hurdle with EU antitrust regulators poised to open a four-month long investigation into its $2.1 billion bid for Fitbit following the end of their preliminary review of the deal and despite a pledge not to use Fitbit data for advertising purposes.
August 04, 2020 – Madrid, Spain, Europe - Newspaper headlines and reaction from Spanish citizens after former king Juan Carlos informed his son, King Felipe, on Monday that he has decided to leave Spain. Corruption allegations about him had surfaced in recent weeks making his presence in the royal palace controversial.
August 04, 2020 – Minsk, Belarus, Europe - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday accused Russia of lying about the presence of Russian security contractors in Belarus and said unnamed forces were trying to carry out a revolution but would fail.