The State of the European Union: Covid, Brexit damage limitation, foreign policy challenges
21 September 2020 | 3:49 pm
Covid, economic recovery, green goals, and testing times on foreign policy:EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has now given her first ever “State of the European Union” address, putting the coronavirus-battered bloc under the microscope, with its most recent achievements, failings, and aspirations for the future.
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