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Merkel’s First Trip Abroad Since the Outbreak Went to Brussels

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first trip abroad since the corona outbreak was on Wednesday in Brussels. That choice is no accident.

 

Germany has been EU President from 1 July to 1 January, manages the European agenda for the rest of the year and chairs the Council of Ministers. Merkel, like any new temporary president, will present her government’s priorities at the European Parliament plenary session.

Because of the corona measures, it does not take place in Strasbourg, but in Brussels. The main objective of Berlin has been to strengthen Europe from the corona crisis in the coming six months, under the motto ‘Together for Europe’s recovery’.

At 6 pm Merkel visits the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. They hold a preliminary meeting with Sassoli and EU President Charles Michel on the summit of EU leaders next week in Brussels.

The 27 will negotiate the Commission proposals for the multi-annual budget from 2021 to 2027 (EUR 1100 billion) and a recovery fund of EUR 750 billion for the countries most affected by Corona.

Michel has been working on moving the heads of government to an agreement on this for some time and is expected to come up with a compromise proposal on Thursday.

Merkel closes the day with a private conversation with Charles Michel, from 7.30 p.m. End time is not included in the agenda.

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