EU must play global role in corona crisis, says Merkel

29 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

EU must play global role in corona crisis, says Merkel

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said the European Union should take more global responsibility in the coronavirus crisis, especially as ties with the United States were currently ‘difficult’, reports AFP.

In a speech outlining Germany's priorities when it takes over the EU's rotating presidency in July, Merkel said the economic and social upheaval from the pandemic has turned the world upside down.

She welcomed the European Commission's proposed 750 billion euro coronavirus recovery fund for the bloc but said more should be done to help other countries.

"Especially in times of crisis I want the European Union to show solidarity on a global level too and take on more responsibility," she told the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung think tank by video link.

"In many places, the pandemic will intensify existing conflicts and problems and will therefore also become a stress test for the European Union."


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