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Money The German presidency at the bedside of the European Union

18:50  30 june  2020
18:50  30 june  2020 Source:   lejdd.fr

Franco-German meeting to refine the European recovery plan

 Franco-German meeting to refine the European recovery plan © Reuters German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday 29 June. German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday at the dawn of a German EU Presidency faced with an unprecedented crisis with the Covid-19 pandemic. The joint press conference can be followed live on France 24. Capital meeting for the Franco-German couple.

Pendant six mois, l'Allemagne sera à la tête de la présidence tournante de l'Union européenne. Les chantiers sont nombreux. © Reuters

For six months, Germany will be at the head of the rotating presidency of the European Union. There are many sites.

Economic crisis linked to the coronavirus, deadlocked post-Brexit negotiations, migration question, rise in populism or relationship with China and the United States… The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, whose country takes the rotating presidency of the European Union for six months from Wednesday, sees the decisive sites piling up. The stakes are high: nothing less than the future of the EU, which will be played out in the coming weeks, according to Paris and Berlin.

A European summit on July 17 and 18

"We are facing economic challenges that we have never known in decades, and probably in all of history," she warned on Monday, receiving Emmanuel Macron before the European summit on 17 and 18 July dedicated to the EU recovery plan.

A way, for the immovable Merkel, who planned to leave the chancellery at the end of 2021, to shape a European heritage? Often accused of lacking political courage, she has just broken a German taboo on solidarity by approving the system of mutual loans. Her skillful negotiating skills will not be too much to convince the so-called "frugal" countries (Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Denmark) to get on board too.

Heavy European Championship preliminary round for German handball players .
There was no easy lot for the German handball players. © Photo: Marco Wolf / dpa Meets Norway, Romania and Poland with the German handball players at the European Championship: National coach Henk Groener. "This is a difficult group, but there is no easy group at this European Championship," said national team captain Kim Naidzinavicius after the preliminary round draw for the European Championship in Vienna.

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