Release the concession signal? Merkel intensively met with leaders of EU member states to discuss the”EU Next Generation” revival plan
After meeting with Italian Prime Minister Conte on the 13th, Merkel held a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez in Berlin on the 14th. Like the topic of the upcoming EU summit this week, the theme of the discussion between the two was the”EU Next Generation” revival plan.
Preliminary consultations with leaders of EU member states on the revival plan were so intensively interpreted that Merkel released the signal that Germany is willing to make appropriate concessions to reach a consensus.
Merkel said on the same day that the German side would go to Brussels”with a certain degree of willingness to compromise”.
From July 17th to 18th, the leaders of EU member states will hold a special summit in Brussels. This is also the first face-to-face summit since the outbreak of the new coronary pneumonia epidemic.”Renewal plan, with a 750 billion euro”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 admitted that whether the parties can achieve results on the 17th or 18th is still difficult to say.
People wear masks on the streets of Malaga, Spain.
Spanish Prime Minister 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 European Union to quickly agree on a recovery plan, saying that the later an agreement is reached, the slower the recovery will be, and letting the epidemic spread will cause serious consequence. Italy and Spain are the countries most affected by the epidemic on the European continent.
German media screenshots of reports on the meeting between Merkel (right) and Italian Prime Minister Conte (left)
However, the news after Merkel’s meeting on the 13th At the press conference, although Germany and Italy each made concessions on the”recovery fund”, there is still no guarantee that the EU summit this week will be able to agree on the EU budget and the”recovery fund”.
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 coronary pneumonia 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.
But the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and other countries oppose the EU’s direct allocation of funds to Southern European countries in desperate need of assistance. They advocate assistance by borrowing and should attach reform conditions. 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.