The British Prime Minister said today that the UK could “live very well” if the post-‘Brexit ‘negotiations, underway with the European Union fail to yield an agreement before the end of the transition period. Appearing in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Johnson said: “I think it’s there to be done. Alas, there are some difficult issues that need to be fixed.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented an exceptional aid plan on Wednesday, valued at €750 billion, to support the European economy affected by the COVID-19 epidemic. The Commission suggested the figure to finance the recovery plan, according to European Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Paolo Gentolini.
Germany plans to allocate €525 million for international cooperation in developing vaccines and medicines for the emerging coronavirus. German Chancellor Angela Merkel made the announcement today during a “marathon” online donor conference, which was called by European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen.
The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus has climbed past one million worldwide on Friday, and the implementation of quarantine measures in various countries has caused the economy to shrink as a result of the pandemic. In the United States alone, 10 million people have lost their jobs within half a month.
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You’d think Germans would be excited, maybe even a little patriotic, with the announcement that one of their own would become President of the European Commission, for the first time in fifty years. The first woman ever to head the Commission might also be an event worth celebrating. Instead, after marathon talks, following less-than-conclusive parliamentary elections, many Germans have been left wondering, “what was the point of all that?” Ursula von der Leyen’s face was nowhere to be seen in the posters plastered throughout Germany amidst the campaign for Europe’s top job. “Who needs a Spitzenkandidat,” (top candidate) one wonders, “when you can have a Homecoming Queen?