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Germany plans to lift a travel ban for European Union member states plus Britain, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland from 15 June provided coronavirus infection levels in those countries allow it to do so, government sources said.
A further condition is that the countries concerned open their borders to holidaymakers, the sources said.
Greek retail sales by volume dropped 3.1 percent in March compared to the same month a year ago after a downwardly revised 2.5 percent increase in February, statistics service ELSTAT said on Friday.
Retail sales were led lower by books and stationary, fuels, lubricants and tobacco and food products, the data showed.
Excluding Sweden from moves to open borders across the Nordic region as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic would be a political decision and not justifiable on health grounds, Foreign Minister Ann Linde said on Tuesday.
Media in Sweden have raised concerns that Swedes could be excluded as curbs on travel are relaxed, both in the Nordic region and elsewhere in Europe.
Greece's current account balance showed a smaller deficit in March compared to the same month last year, on the back of improved trade and primary income account balances that offset a smaller services surplus, the Bank of Greece said on Thursday.
Central bank data showed the deficit at 1.106 billion euros from a deficit of €1.538 billion in March 2019.