Merkel meets Spanish Prime Minister, calls on EU to reach consensus as soon as possible
After negotiations with Italian Prime Minister Conte on the 13th, Merkel was held in Berlin on the 14th with Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez in Berlin meeting. As with the upcoming EU summit this week, the theme of the discussion between the two was the”EU Next Generation” revival plan. Such intensive consultations with leaders of EU member states on the revival plan were interpreted as Merkel’s signal that Germany was willing to make appropriate concessions to reach a consensus.
Merkel stated on the same day that the German side would go to Brussels”with a certain degree of willingness to compromise”. From July 17 to 18, the leaders of EU member states will hold a special summit in Brussels. This is the first face-to-face summit since the outbreak of the new crown epidemic. The core topic is the”EU Next Generation” recovery plan and 750 billion euros The recovery fund and the EU’s new long-term budget from 2021 to 2027. Merkel emphasized that in the face of an unprecedented epidemic crisis and time is extremely urgent, the EU must learn lessons and reach consensus as soon as possible. She said frankly, whether all parties can achieve results on the 17th or the 18th is not clear yet.
Sanchez also believes that the EU must make a decision in July and promises that Spain is willing to make every effort to this end. He warned that postponing an agreement means postponing reconstruction, which would only worsen the already grim situation. Sanchez called on other EU member states to work together to cope with possible difficult negotiations. He said that history has proven many times that the basis of the EU’s existence is the willingness of dialogue rather than veto.
After meeting with Merkel the day before, Italian Prime Minister Conte also urged the EU to quickly agree on a recovery plan, saying that the later an agreement is reached, the slower the recovery will be. However, letting the impact of the epidemic occur will have serious consequences. Italy and Spain are the countries most affected by the epidemic on the European continent.
At the end of May, the European Commission proposed to raise a total of 750 billion euros of recovery funds through debt issuance to help EU member states rebuild their economies after the new crown epidemic. Among them, about 500 billion euros are unpaid grants, and 250 billion euros will be provided to the applicant countries in the form of loans. The Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and Sweden opposed the EU’s direct allocation of funds to southern European countries in desperate need of assistance, and advocated for aid by borrowing, and the conditions for reform should be attached. Germany is currently the rotating presidency of the European Union and is committed to pushing member countries to reach an agreement on the recovery fund and taking swift and vigorous actions to respond to the crisis. (Journalist Ruan Jiawen Yu Peng)