We are ready to increase the contribution to Europe’s budget

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Source: Berlin – France Press

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday that her country is ready to make “much greater contributions” to the EU budget “in a spirit of solidarity” in the face of the economic recession caused by the Covid-19 epidemic.

“A European plan to move the economy could support the recovery in the next two years, and we will work on that,” Merkel told German lawmakers.

Merkel’s statement came before a summit of the 27 countries in the afternoon in search of solutions to the economic crisis in light of the spread of the new Corona virus.

But she added that this “biggest” contribution would be “for a limited time.”

The chancellor explained at the weekend that the budget of the European Union could be increased in the years immediately following the global epidemic to address its economic and social consequences.

Although, for Merkel, the European Union means “a common destiny”, but at the present time it refuses to share the national debts claimed by a number of southern countries, because this requires an amendment of the European treaties, which will take years.

“We want all the eurozone countries to boost their economies,” she said.

“But such a program must be put in the framework of the European budget, because the European joint budget is the tool that has proven effective for decades to accomplish common tasks in the European Union.”

European leaders appear divided more than ever in what they are trying, Thursday, to find ways to get the European Union out of the recession caused by the Covid-19 epidemic.

The 27 countries are currently unable to understand how to relocate the economic wheel. In an indication of the extent of their differences, they are not scheduled to issue, as usual, a joint statement at the end of their summit at 13:00 GMT via video.

The division is based mainly between the north and the south, as the countries of the south severely affected by the epidemic such as Italy and Spain demand more financial solidarity from their neighbors in the north, while the countries of the north that are least affected by the epidemic, especially Germany and the Netherlands, refrain from paying the bill of countries that take on them not to show financial discipline During the years of growth.

After the chancellor faced criticism in 2017, taking on her lack of response to French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposals to reform the European Union, this time she seemed more determined to act.

She said she intends to “urge the European Council to address the core issues: What are the areas in which we must cooperate more at the European level? And does the European Union need additional competencies? And what are the strategic competencies that we need in the future in Europe?”

She added that “European solidarity is also necessary in terms of immigration policy, the rule of law and European policy in the field of security, defense and environmental protection.”

And she saw that “Europe will not be Europe if its countries do not defend each other when needed.”







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