EU countries vote on border reopening ‘safe list’ Jun 30, 2020 0 558 12345 AFPBrusselsEU member states are still struggling to approve a list of “safe countries” from where travellers could visit Europe in July, with the issue now being put to a vote, diplomats said on Monday.EU envoys on Friday agreed on a list of 14 countries to be confirmed by their national governments, with the United States, Brazil and Russia, where the coronavirus is still spreading, to remain excluded.But the list has yet to achieve final approval, as capitals hesitate on whether to unify the EU’s management of its external border.To break the deadlock, Croatia, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, on Monday initiated a written approval procedure, which will end at noon on Tuesday, according to EU sources.In this procedure, the EU’s 27 member states must decide by qualified majority. For acceptance, 55 percent of the countries are required, representing 65 percent of the population.The proposed “safe” list contains just 14 countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.Crucially, travellers from China would be approved to enter, but under the condition that Beijing would do the same for Europeans. Non-essential travel to the EU has been banned since mid-March, but only after member states closed their national borders in confusion and without coordination as the pandemic grew. RELATED ARTICLES End of the line for France’s oldest nuclear plant Jun 30, 2020 0 558 WHO says pandemic ‘not even close’ to over as death toll tops 500,000 Jun 30, 2020 0 135 Top Democrats asks US spy chiefs for briefing on Russia bounty reports Jun 30, 2020 0 1804 France’s ex-PM Fillon gets two-year term in fake job scandal PARIS: A Paris court on Monday sentenced French former prime minister Francois Fillon to five years in prison, three suspended, for orchestrating a fake job for his wife in a scandal that cost him his shot at the presidency .. Duda wins Polish presidential vote, but now faces tough run-off WARSAW: Incumbent President Andrzej Duda won the first round of Poland’s presidential election at the weekend, but will face a tough run-off against Warsaw’s liberal mayor in a deeply polarised country. According to .. Greece launches online virus questionnaire for tourists ATHENS: Tourists travelling to Greece will be required from Wednesday to complete an online questionnaire 48 hours in advance to determine whether they need to be tested for coronavirus. Over the weekend the Greek .. Merkel stresses German-French unity in post-corona EU recovery MESEBERG: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed German-French unity in reconstructing the EU economy following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron near Berlin. “When Germany and France are .. Shooting at Seattle protest site kills one DPA SEATTLE One person was killed and another was wounded early on Monday morning when they were shot in the protest area known as CHOP, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighbourhood. Seattle police tweeted that the shooting ..