Half a trillion euros to help Europe weather the worst crisis in decades: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have outlined a joint plan to speed Europe's recovery from the pandemic.
Germany's chancellor spoke on a wide range of topics in her first trip to Brussels since the pandemic caused lockdowns across the continent. But top of her agenda was the economic recovery from the coronavirus outbreak.
After a summit with Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron, the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo agreed to resume talks. But their remarks afterwards made it clear that negotiators will face an uphill battle.
The German chancellor met with a member of the "frugal four" to discuss the financial aspects of the EU recovery package. They talked about loans versus grants and how to better get the EU out of the economic downturn.
German Chancellor Merkel said Berlin would ensure an effective recovery when it takes up the EU presidency on July 1. Her remarks came after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Berlin.
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