SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG (in German):

In the third quarter, China’s economy will grow by almost five percent and will therefore be the only major economy to grow in 2020. However, the country could be hit by a post-corona effect. It’s a ritual: Already weeks before the national statistics office in Beijing announces the quarterly figures, analysts try their hand as fortune tellers. The big financial news agencies collect the forecasts and publish the mean (average)… READ MORE: https://www.sueddeutsche.de/wirtschaft/china-coronavirus-wirtschaftswachstum-quartalszahlen-1.5081333

LE FIGARO (in French):

After the “fatwa” launched against Samuel Paty last week, the Minister of the Interior announced that the dissolution of several structures would soon be proposed in the Council of Ministers. Rarely has Emmanuel Macron appeared so serious. When he presented himself to the National Defense and Security Council on Sunday at 6 p.m., the President of the Republic still seemed marked by the terrible terrorist attack in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines). Two days after the assassination of Samuel Paty, the head of state summoned key executive figures to outline a clear and almost immediate response to the threat. READ MORE: https://www.lefigaro.fr/politique/macron-veut-accelerer-et-amplifier-la-lutte-contre-le-separatisme-islamiste-20201018

EL PAIS (in English):

Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Friday that coronavirus confinements in the coming months would be “drastic but short,” as is already happening across Europe during this second wave of the health crisis. As for the Christmas season, the Socialist Party (PSOE) politician said that it “would not be normal, it will be different and with distance” compared to other years. Speaking during an interview with the RAC1 radio station, Illa also pledged that a coronavirus vaccine would be ready by the start of 2021, adding that it would still take some time until the population was vaccinated and the pandemic could be considered over. READ MORE: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-10-16/spains-health-minister-predicts-short-confinements-a-different-christmas.html

ABC ONLINE NEWS (in English):

The Czech Republic, the nation with the highest coronavirus infection rate in Europe, will wait at least two weeks before deciding whether to order a full lockdown to stem its epidemic. On Saturday, the Czech Republic reported 8,713 new cases. Since schools reopened in the country in September, the cumulative number of cases has risen almost seven times. The growth in cases — almost 100,000 this month in a country of 10.7 million and 1,352 deaths overall from COVID-19 — is forcing authorities to seek foreign help and make plans for field hospitals. READ MORE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-19/czech-republic-delays-coronavirus-lockdown-decision/12780794

NOTES FROM POLAND (in English)

The Polish government is turning the National Stadium in Warsaw – Poland’s biggest arena – into a field hospital following a rapid rise in coronavirus cases that has left the health system struggling. Similar emergency facilities are to be established in other parts of the country. READ MORE: https://notesfrompoland.com/2020/10/19/poland-turning-national-stadium-into-field-hospital-to-deal-with-surge-in-covid-cases/

PHOTO: Popular German daily Bild wonders aloud if Germany needs to close its borders again (VIDEO): https://www.bild.de/video/clip/news/nach-zeltausflug-verschwunden-wo-sind-henri-und-nico-bild-live-73476678.bild.html

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