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Italians responded with resignation and stoicism to an unprecedented nationwide quarantine to fight the coronavirus, as some European countries began to tighten their own restrictions on travelers from the peninsula.

Germany has set some of the most ambitious goals of any nation for shifting from fossil fuels to greener energy. Now the centerpiece of that push—onshore wind power—is slumping as communities oppose turbines.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and top European Union officials began discussions Monday on how to shore up a migration deal from 2016 and stabilize their deteriorating relationship.

Italy is the world’s first country to place its entire territory under extraordinary restrictions. The effectiveness of the measures could influence whether other European countries follow suit if outbreaks reach similar proportions.

Coronavirus has killed 5% of known cases, even higher in the worst-affected region, versus a global average of 3.5%, as doctors warn that a shortage of beds risks exacerbating the situation.

Italy’s effort to fight the coronavirus epidemic by quarantining 17 million people began in confusion on Sunday, as transport services continued, enforcement wasn’t yet evident and Italians wondered how it was meant to work.

European countries on Sunday increased checks on travelers from Italy, the epicenter of Europe’s coronavirus epidemic, but have so far resisted closing their borders.

Milan was a tale of two cities Sunday, with some parts filled and others deserted, as if it didn’t quite know how to respond to being put under quarantine.

Doctors in European countries where the coronavirus has just begun to spread are warning that their health care systems aren’t prepared for an outbreak on the scale seen in China, South Korea or Italy.

The first coronavirus case in the Vatican was confirmed on Friday, as the epidemic continued to spread in Italy. A spokesman declined to identify the individual affected or say whether they were employed by the Vatican.

Confusion over what role children may play in spreading the disease has led officials to apply the strategy unevenly—catching parents and teachers by surprise and sparking concern about whether schools are safe.

As the home of the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside Asia, Italy is approaching a moment of truth: Can an easygoing Western society, where government has limited powers and people cherish their right to do as they want, contain the epidemic once it’s raging?

A sharp drop-off in foreign tourists and a cutback in spending by Italian households are raising concerns that a sustained fall in consumer spending would derail the EU’s third-biggest economy.

The Vatican on Tuesday sought to end speculation that Pope Francis might have contracted the coronavirus, following nearly a week of concern about the pope’s health amid the epidemic’s spread in Italy.

European governments are divided in their response to the coronavirus, which has rapidly hopped across borders on the densely populated continent, as they seek to balance protecting public health with economic disruption.

Greece rushed more soldiers and border guards to its eastern border in an attempt to hold back thousands of migrants after the Turkish government said it would no longer prevent refugees in Turkey from reaching Europe.

Just as Venice had barely recovered from November’s heavy floods, visitors are canceling trips to the city in droves on concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

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