Despite Venezuela's chronic shortages, entrepreneurs are still doing their part to boost the economy. For example, chocolatiers are producing gourmet bars that allow them to make a living.
The EU's foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has announced millions in financial aid to help Colombia deal with an influx of Venezuelan migrants. More than 4 million Venezuelans have fled in recent years.
The UN has warned that hostility towards Venezuelan refugees in neighboring countries will grow if aid is not increased. Of the more than $700 million that had been sought, less than $180 million has been received.
The US president's move is his latest gambit to oust counterpart Nicolas Maduro from power. Meanwhile, Colombia says it will grant citizenship to babies born there to Venezuelan parents and thus at risk of statelessness.
Political talks are ongoing in Italy which could avert a snap election and see Matteo Salvini's League party ousted from government . But an economic shadow hangs over the chaos and that's a worry for the eurozone.
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