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How Europe is preparing for life after lockdown as some countries start to lift coronavirus restrictions

Austria and Italy reopen some shops as lockdowns in France and UK expected to last into next month

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St Peter’s Square at the Vatican would normally be packed with crowds of faithful (Andrew Medichini/PA)

St Peter’s Square at the Vatican would normally be packed with crowds of faithful (Andrew Medichini/PA)

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St Peter’s Square at the Vatican would normally be packed with crowds of faithful (Andrew Medichini/PA)

As some European countries take their first provisional steps out of lockdown, member states have come into conflict with the European Commission.

Following a video conference with EU leaders on March 26, Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said the bloc needed to operate in a coordinated exit from lockdown.

She said failing to do so would "undermine the effectiveness of the tough measures we took".