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In Europe Face Masks Are Now Part Of Life. But For How Long?

Authorities mandate face coverings to slow the spread of coronavirus amid fears that public vigilance will wane.


As the coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, companies and academic labs are racing to develop a vaccine that would help society get back to normal. But there could also be costs to moving too quickly. WSJ’s Daniela Hernandez explains. Photo illustration: Laura Kammermann

PARIS—Countries across Europe are adjusting their policies around mask-wearing in an effort to preserve hard-fought gains against the new coronavirus and fend off a possible rebound in cases.
France this week became the latest European country to declare that covering one’s face would become mandatory in enclosed spaces after the U.K. and some regions of Spain took similar steps.


Germany and France Push for EU to Issue Debt to Help South, but Dutch and Others Want Spending Limits. 


BRUSSELS—European Union leaders are meeting in person for the first time in five months on Friday and Saturday, hoping the human touch will allow them to seal a €1.8 trillion ($2 trillion) spending plan intended to lift the region out of the coronavirus-sparked economic crisis.


Yet weeks after the continent set out unprecedented ambitions for EU institutions to issue hundreds of billions of euros worth of commonly-financed debt to bolster the bloc’s economy, governments remain far apart on significant elements of the proposals.

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