Merkel: Coronavirus Shows Limits of ‘Fact-Denying Populism’

The coronavirus pandemic is showing the limits of “fact-denying populism,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the European Parliament on Wednesday. In her speech, Merkel set out her country’s plans for its six-month presidency of the European Union. Germany took over the task of chairing EU meetings on July 1. It faces the challenge of seeking … Read more Merkel: Coronavirus Shows Limits of ‘Fact-Denying Populism’

Dutch Are Hardest to Convince on EU Recovery Fund, EP Vice President Says

Jul.08 — German Social Democrat lawmaker and Vice President of the European Parliament Katarina Barley says it will be hard to convince the Netherlands to agree to the proposed EU coronavirus recovery package, and that further negotiations may be needed after next week’s leaders summit. Barley speaks to Maria Tadeo in Brussels on “Bloomberg Markets: … Read more Dutch Are Hardest to Convince on EU Recovery Fund, EP Vice President Says

Paris Election: Anne Hidalgo Reelected As Mayor

#Municipales2020 #Municipales #municipale2020 Paris’ Socialist incumbent Mayor Anne Hidalgo has been reelected, with Macron’s party losing several municipal elections to Greens party Europe Ecology (EELV) candidates. Emmanuel Macron’s party was defeated in the Paris mayor’s race and Green Party candidates won in several other major cities, turning French local elections into a warning for the … Read more Paris Election: Anne Hidalgo Reelected As Mayor

WHO chief answers questions in European parliament committee – watch live

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation, debates the Covid-19 pandemic with a European parliament committee. Subscribe to Guardian News on YouTube ► http://bit.ly/guardianwiressub Support the Guardian ► https://support.theguardian.com/contribute Today in Focus podcast ► https://www.theguardian.com/news/series/todayinfocus The Guardian YouTube network: The Guardian ► http://www.youtube.com/theguardian Owen Jones talks ► http://bit.ly/subsowenjones Guardian Football ► http://is.gd/guardianfootball Guardian … Read more WHO chief answers questions in European parliament committee – watch live

EU discusses plan of action in light of Black Lives Matter protests

The European Commission debated racism at its weekly meeting on Wednesday after being urged to take concrete action. Last week, members of the European Parliament voted on a resolution on the Black Lives Matter protests raging across North America and Europe. Anti-racism organizations have accused European leaders of failing to address decades-long structural racism. Subscribe … Read more EU discusses plan of action in light of Black Lives Matter protests

China’s ambassador to the EU: HK affairs are China’s internal affairs

“When we talk about Hong Kong, we must keep in mind, Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, so Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs,” said Zhang Ming, China’s ambassador to the European Union (UN), as Beijing and Brussels are preparing for the 22nd China-EU Summit. So The G7 statement and European … Read more China’s ambassador to the EU: HK affairs are China’s internal affairs

Boris Johnson says Brexit negotiations need ‘a bit of oomph’ if UK and EU are to strike a deal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the UK has a “very good” chance of securing a trade deal with the EU by the end of the year, “provided we really focus now and get on and do it”. He added that negotiations need “a bit of oomph” if they are to strike a deal before the … Read more Boris Johnson says Brexit negotiations need ‘a bit of oomph’ if UK and EU are to strike a deal

EU lawmaker caught short on video call

A Member of the European Parliament was reminded of the perils of video conferencing when he accidentally revealed his trouser-less bottom half. EU lawmaker caught short Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Reuters brings you the latest business, finance and breaking news video from around the globe. Our reputation for accuracy and impartiality is unparalleled. Get the latest news … Read more EU lawmaker caught short on video call

MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan has trouserless video meeting at European parliament

The independent Irish MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan appeared sitting on his bed wearing a shirt and only a pair of pants on his bottom half. Flanagan was taking part in a European parliament committee meeting on agriculture. The Midlands-North West representative laughed off the incident afterwards on social media, claiming he had just come back … Read more MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan has trouserless video meeting at European parliament

EU’s Ursula von der Leyen Unveils $2.6 Trillion Recovery Plan

The European Union has stepped back from the brink. Again. Unprecedented in nature and ambitious in scope, the 2.4 trillion euros ($2.6 trillion) in total recovery spending unveiled by the EU — anchored by 750 billion euros of joint debt issuance — has already started to calm jittery markets and it might just restore a … Read more EU’s Ursula von der Leyen Unveils $2.6 Trillion Recovery Plan

On the Covid-19 frontline: Doctor MEPs on their return to medical service

In the second part of Talking Europe, we bring you a special round-table discussion with three doctors-turned-Members of the European Parliament, who returned to the health frontline amid the Covid-19 pandemic. They share their experiences of treating patients struck by the novel coronavirus and discuss how Europe should navigate the next phase of the pandemic. … Read more On the Covid-19 frontline: Doctor MEPs on their return to medical service

Italy, a super-spreader of Chinese propaganda?

#coronavirus #italy “#Chinese #propaganda has been helped by the #Italian government itself.” says Sandro GOZI, member of the European Parliament (“Liste Renaissance”) & Italy’s former Europe minister, denouncing misleading messaging surrounding #Covid19 crisis response. More in the special edition of #F24Debate in partnership w/ @dwnews : http://f24.my/6GOp.T … Subscribe to France 24 now: https://f24.my/YouTubeEN FRANCE … Read more Italy, a super-spreader of Chinese propaganda?

Four more weeks? Macron’s plan for deconfinement

It’s half-time for lockdown in France. That’s if president Emmanuel Macron can stick to his May 11th date for the start of deconfinement. But can the nation reopen schools and start up non-essential sectors of the economy without mass testing for all? So far, Macron only promising Covid-19 screening for those who develop symptoms. In … Read more Four more weeks? Macron’s plan for deconfinement

Covid-19 lockdown in France: Keeping schools shut punishes the poor – Fabienne Keller

It’s damned if you, damned if you don’t when it comes to reopening schools, says former Strasbourg mayor Fabienne Keller. A member of the European Parliament from Emmanuel Macron’s Renew Europe bloc, she stands by the French president’s decision to aim for May 11th back-to-school date. More in #F24Debate… Subscribe to France 24 now: https://f24.my/YouTubeEN … Read more Covid-19 lockdown in France: Keeping schools shut punishes the poor – Fabienne Keller

EP president: ‘We need a common response’

The president of the European Parliament has called on EU members to ‘act together strongly’ to fight against coronavirus. In a sit down with Sky News, David Sassoli also admitted the EU was too slow to deal with the outbreak, adding that Europe could have done more to stop the spread of COVID-19. Sky News … Read more EP president: ‘We need a common response’