‘We are here,’ say artists seeking support from state

Demonstrators carry a giant puppet during a protest outside Greek Parliament in Athens on Thursday. Hundreds of musicians, actors and other art workers demanded more support for their sector. "We are here," read a message drawn in chalk on the street. In the northern city of Thessaloniki, musicians performed tied up in red-and-white cordon tape.

The Coronavirus is already Across whole Europe, Montenegro Registered First Two Cases

Two first cases of the new coronavirus were reported in Montenegro, TASS reported, citing authorities. Thus, there is no longer a country in Europe in which there is no cases of the virus, the agency notes.

Prime Minister Dusko Markovic told reporters that the patients were two women, born in 1948 and 1973 respectively. He described their condition as normal.

Eurozone ‘ready to act’ on coronavirus impact if needed, says Centeno

The coronavirus seems to be a "temporary shock" to the eurozone economy but the bloc's member states must be prepared to act in a coordinated way if the impact becomes a more long-lasting one, the chairman of eurozone finance ministers Mario Centeno said.

"It's the new risk and it's obviously a downside risk to our economies," Centeno told Reuters in an interview on Friday.

Too early to assess coronavirus economic impact in Greece, central bank official says

Greece's central bank is sticking to its economic growth projections so far as it monitors data after the country confirmed its first coronavirus infection, an official at the Bank of Greece told Reuters.
"We don't have any data that would warrant a change to our present projections for the moment," the official said, declining to be named. [Reuters]

"Mission Impossible" Movie Shoot Canceled due to the Coronavirus in Italy

Hollywood giant Paramount Pictures halts a planned three-week "Mission Impossible" shoot in Italy because of a coronavirus in Italy, AFP and Reuters reported.

The star of the series Tom Cruise has not yet traveled to Italy and does not intend to go there under the current circumstances.

Volkswagen said to have until mid-year to decide on Turkey plant

Volkswagen is again postponing its decision on whether to build a car plant in Turkey, a source told Reuters on Tuesday, after the company halted the process in the wake of international criticism of the country's military operations in Syria.

"We still have time and can certainly do that [decision] by mid-year," the person familiar with the discussions said.