The State of the European Union: Covid, Brexit damage limitation, foreign policy challenges
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.
EU rejects Belarus election result, vows quick sanctions
European Union leaders say the bloc will soon impose sanctions over Belarus elections that were "not free and fair." They also rejected the outcome of the poll that saw President Alexander Lukashenko claim victory.
US pulls out of talks on big tech tax at last minute
France has accused the US of deliberately provoking the European Union by withdrawing from major talks on digital tax. Tech giants are able to pay minuscule tax rates by shifting profits overseas.
EU new car sales collapse 76% in April
New car registrations in the European Union fell by 76 percent in April, the largest fall on record, as lockdown measures hit production and sales. Figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association show the slump was particularly pronounced in Spain and Italy, where registrations fell by over 97 percent. Also today, the UK saw a jump in unemployment claims in April, despite 7.5 million workers being covered by the British government's pandemic income support scheme.
Who pays for it? Europe’s response to Covid-19 crisis
Is it already too late for the European Union to seize the initiative and prevent a repeat of the debt spiral triggered by the financial crisis in 2008? Former ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet and ex-Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis sharply disagree on whether there’s still time for the EU to reach a consensus and fill the global leadership vacuum in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Ann Pettifor, co-founder of Jubilee 2000, argues that the best way out of the crisis is to put citizens to work at decent wages.
Coronavirus: Debt relief key to helping Africa, says EU Commissioner
The European Union is spending vast sums of money fighting the COVID-19 crisis. But Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, has told DW it's not true that Africa is being left empty-handed.
Covid-19: EU leaders to discuss options for trillion-euro pandemic fund
European Union leaders will meet by videoconference this Thursday to discuss a new fund of over €1 trillion to help finance an economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Several countries have tabled options for how this fund could work, with division over whether the money would be issued as loans or grants. Leaders will also be discussing if this new pot should be in or outside the EU's new seven-year budget, which is also under negotiation. Our Business Editor Stephen Carroll tells us more.
Meeting young Macedonians, divided over EU membership
For the past 15 years, North Macedonia has been a candidate to join the European Union. Its application has recently made sudden progress in Brussels. In this small Balkan state, which went so far as to change its name to meet European criteria, what does the young generation think of the country's EU membership bid? Our reporters went to the capital Skopje to meet young Macedonians, who are torn between hope and disillusion over the European dream.
Greece-Turkey migrant border crisis to deteriorate, says Frontex
The European Union's border agency is expecting the situation at the Greece-Turkey to deteriorate even further, according to documents seen by Die Welt. Greece has declared its highest alert level.
Greece blocks 10,000 migrants at Turkish border
Greek officials say they have blocked 10,000 people from entering the European Union from Turkey, while Ankara reports 76,000 people have crossed the border. The EU's border control agency says it is on "high alert."