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What To Watch Out For This Week

Last week of lockdown for Italy, what’s going to change next Monday? Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that, starting from the 4th of May, it will be possible to travel within the same region. Restaurants will be allowed to carry out delivery service, public parks will open again and it will be possible to celebrate funerals.  Retailers and museums will reopen on the 18th of May, while bars, restaurants, hairdressers and beauty parlours will be back on the 1st of June. However, social distancing and masks will still be compulsory. Schools will remain closed until September.

Tuesday 28th is the deadline to inform students about exam modalities. The student representatives wrote on Sunday that the Deans have set the deadline for informing students about exam modalities to Tuesday 28th. Moreover, the ICT office is planning to hold support activities, to help students become familiar with the platform

University News

Our first event: a live interview with the economist Alessandro Cascavilla. Tra i Leoni held its first event in distance! We had an informal live streaming talk on our IG profile with Alessandro Cascavilla, alias @ale.conomista. He is Junior Economist at the Osservatorio CPI, working with big personalities such as Carlo Cottarelli, but mostly known as the founder and manager of the Economics student community @economiadelsuicidio (112k followers on Instagram!). Our Paolo Barone talked with him about various topics: from the European Council of the 23rd of April to the current economic and political situation, and there was also time for questions from our readers. If you missed it, don’t worry: it is available on our IGTV and Facebook!

You@Home last videos and upcoming live event. The last set of videos in collaboration with our colleagues of Bocconi TV, covering the students’ questions to the university representatives, has been published. They answered many students’ doubts on various topics: the Exam calendar and structure, Second language exams, Assignments, Tuition, Housing and Fees and the Exchange program. This initiative was to anticipate the live event – coming soon – in which the reps will also answer our questions (they will be challenging)

Upcoming teaching evaluations forms. The teaching evaluation survey about courses taught in the second semester will be distributed during the period 27 April – 8 May. We’ll finally have the possibility to grade this new online-teaching method. Despite having proved to be an excellence at national level, it still has some important shortcomings and ample room for improvement.

World News

European Council approves Recovery Fund. Last Thursday the 27 European leaders, reunited in the European Council, agreed on four economic measures to tackle the economic crisis: the light ESM line of credit linked to direct and indirect healthcare expenditures, the European layoff scheme (SURE) and a huge intervention of the European Investment Bank to support SMEs. This threefold package is worth 540 billion Euros and it should be available from June on. In addition, the EU Council approved a common Recovery Fund. However, it is still unclear how the Fund will be financed and how it’ll work concretely.

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ECB announces that ‘junk bonds’ will also be accepted as collateral. The Executive Board announced that the ECB won’t stop purchasing government bonds which are currently rated BBB (i.e. investment grade bonds), even in case they’re downgraded to BB class (i.e. junk bonds). In fact, S&P’s new ratings were published on Friday, while Moody’s evaluation will be out on the 8th of May.

Speculation over Kim Jong-Un’s health is fuelled by North Korea’s own secrecy. The disappearance of one of the most influential world leaders has sparked rumors and caused much international skepticism. His absence from yet another national event on Saturday further fuelled speculation about his health, amid reports that a team of medical experts from China were sent to check up on his health. Possible scenarios include severe complications after a cardiovascular operation and even death. His lengthy absence from the international arena is bound to have destabilizing effects in the region, in case it is prolonged.

Doctors and health experts urged people not to drink or inject disinfectant. On Thursday, Donald Trump suggested scientists could probe the idea of inserting ultraviolet light or disinfectant into the bodies of infected patients, so as to cure Covid-19. Although the President claimed later that he was sarcastic, medical authorities reiterated that nobody should under any circumstances put cleaning agents into their body.

Missouri sues China for ‘not doing enough’ to stop Coronavirus spread. The State of Missouri was the first public authority to sue the Chinese government over the pandemic. The lawsuit was filed by Missouri’s Republican top attorney Eric Schmitt, who claimed “the Chinese government lied to the world about the danger and contagious nature of Covid-19, silenced whistleblowers, and did little to stop the spread of the disease”. Missouri Democratic party executive director, Lauren Gepford, labelled the lawsuit simply as an electoral strategy, since the Republican attorney general is up for re-election this year.

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In the US, 16 states and counting are reopening their economies in the coming week. Although COVID-19 cases haven’t reached a peak yet, according to health experts, Mississippi and Iowa were two of the 16 states, including Missouri and Florida, that jointly decided to reopen businesses in the coming week. Americans seem more worried by fears of the looming recession than the massive and exponentially increasing health crisis that has expanded beyond national borders. Despite this seemingly dramatic decision, governors have declared that many restrictions aimed at reducing social interaction will remain in place.

Protests in the heart of Germany against extended lockdown measures. About 200 protesters gathered in the German capital to express their dissatisfaction towards the pandemic measures. The protesters were flouting lockdown rules and staged demonstrations without keeping social distancing rules or respecting the guidelines of the government in order to show how the extensive lockdown measures were an infringement of their constitutional rights of free movement and social gathering.

News italiane

I cinque punti del piano sanitario del Governo. In queste ultime settimane il Governo ha elaborato una strategia di risposta all’emergenza sanitaria che è possibile sintetizzare in 5 punti: mantenere e far rispettare le norme di distanziamento sociale, rafforzare le reti sanitarie del territorio, intensificare in tutta Italia la presenza dei “Covid Hospital”, utilizzare i test molecolari (i tamponi) e sierologici (le analisi del sangue) e infine l’individuare i contatti stretti dei casi positivi e, successivamente, isolarli.

Di Maio “Migliorano relazioni con Cina ma non cambiano le alleanze”. Il ministro degli Esteri Di Maio si mostra riconoscente per i numerosi aiuti internazionali ricevuti in questo periodo di crisi profonda, attribuendone il merito al fatto che l’Italia si è sempre dimostrata “amica dei popoli”. Tuttavia, egli sottolinea che non sono gli aiuti ricevuti dall’estero a poter cambiare le alleanze geostrategiche. Il rafforzamento delle relazioni commerciali con un partner strategico come la Cina è stato fatto per aiutare le imprese ad esportare il “Made in Italy” e non cambia i rapporti strategici e politici del Paese.

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Standard & Poor’s conferma rating Italia. S&P conferma il rating BBB per l’Italia con outlook negativo, nonostante gli effetti del Coronavirus. Grazie alla BCE, infatti, il nostro Paese potrà “rifinanziare il suo debito a tassi di interesse reali intorno allo 0%”. L’agenzia di rating ha sottolineato che, nell’ambito della valutazione dell’affidabilità creditizia del Paese, il fatto che l’Italia abbia un’economia diversificata e un basso livello di indebitamento privato bilanci parzialmente l’elevato debito pubblico.

I nuovi direttori di Repubblica, Stampa e HuffPost. Il consiglio di amministrazione di GEDI ha annunciato la nomina dei nuovi direttori di due tra i principali quotidiani pubblicati dal gruppo, la Stampa e Repubblica, e della testata online HuffPost. Maurizio Molinari, ex direttore della Stampa, prenderà il posto di Verdelli in Repubblica e diventerà anche il direttore dell’intero gruppo editoriale. Alla direzione della Stampa andrà invece Massimo Giannini, mentre a quella di HuffPost è stato nominato Mattia Feltri, il quale sostituirà Lucia Annunziata.

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