A closely watches survey indicates that Europe’s economies are heading for unprecedented recessions as a result of the lockdown measures put in place by governments to contain the coronavirus pandemicBy PAN PYLAS Associated PressApril 23, 2020, 11:27 AM3 min readLONDON — Europe’s economies are heading for unprecedented recessions as a result of the lockdown measures put in place by governments to get a grip on the coronavirus pandemic, closely watched surveys indicated Thursday. The scale of the decline in business activity recorded in monthly surveys was staggering, worse even than the most pessimistic forecasts, and is likely to lend urgency to discussions of European Union leaders about a rescue support package. “The harsh lockdown measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 have crippled economic activity across the continent,” said Florian Hense, a European economist at Berenberg Bank. EU leaders will hold a virtual summit Thursday at which they are expected to endorse a financial aid package worth 540 billion euros ($587 billion) that would help support wages, keep companies afloat and fund health care systems. EU institutions and nations have already mobilized around 3.3 trillion euros ($3.6 trillion). If Thursday’s surveys are anything to go by, Europe is going to


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