World The fight against the coronavirus will shape the German presidency of the EU, says Angela Merkel
More than 500,000 people worldwide have now died from the coronavirus
A half-million people have now died from COVID-19 worldwide, and the death toll has doubled in just over seven weeks.That grim milestone – marked Sunday by Johns Hopkins University – is particularly unsettling given warnings by health experts that the pandemic is still in its infancy.
UNION-PRESIDENCE-MERKEL: The fight against the coronavirus will shape the German presidency of the EU, says Angela Merkel
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The severity of the economic crisis due to the coronavirus requires that a compromise on recovery be found this summer, said Wednesday the German Chancellor, whose country has just taken the rotating presidency of the European Union.
"It is in our interest to help the regions most affected by the epidemic," said Angela Merkel. "We want Europe to come out of it more united and stronger," she added, saying that the fight against the coronavirus would shape the six months of this presidency.
(Brussels editorial office, French version Jean-Philippe Lefief)
Merkel declines to anoint Bavaria's 'good premier' her successor .
Merkel declines to anoint Bavaria's 'good premier' her successorHERRENCHIEMSEE, Germany (Reuters) - Angela Merkel, on a visit to a leading candidate to succeed her when she steps down as German chancellor, praised Bavarian Premier Markus Soeder as a strong leader, but declined to be drawn into giving an endorsement ahead of a 2021 federal vote.