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Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, provides his perspective:

How is Italy coping with the coronavirus?

Well, it's difficult, but significant measures have been taken. I think the authorities are handling it as well as you could expect. There's a lot of information. There has been quarantining of quite a number of people. So, I think under control is to exaggerate, but fairly well handled by the authorities. But no question, it is a challenge. It is in the economic powerhouse of Italy. It is spreading across Europe.


What's the prospect for the EU-UK trade negotiations that is starting in a couple days?

Well, that looks fairly complicated. I think there has been a hardening of positions on the UK side and a very firm position on the EU side. So, I think there is a lot of pessimism concerning the possibility of actually concluding a reasonable agreement within the very tight timeframe set by the UK government. So, risks of a hard Brexit crashing out has actually increased. That's not good news.

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