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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament, during a session to answer MPs questions on July 1, 2020 in Berlin. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks a […]

Merkel’s legacy at stake as Germany takes EU reins

Germany has taken over the European Union's presidency, with Chancellor Angela Merkel staking her legacy on a massive economic recovery plan to help the bloc with the coronavirus fallout
People holding European flags gather on the passerelle des Deux-Rives (footbridge of the Two Banks) connecting Strasbourg, France, to Kehl, in Germany, on June 14, 2020 on the eve of the reopening of the borders between France and Germany, after the two countries' measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP)
People holding European flags gather on […]

Pandemic sparks desire for European cooperation: poll

The coronavirus pandemic has left most Europeans wanting more cooperation between EU states and many believing the bloc failed during the crisis, according to a new survey
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on June 10, 2020 to attend Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in the Houses of Parliament. - òThe number of suspected and confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Britain has passed the grim milestone of 50,000, the government said on Tuesday. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson l […]

Britain’s Johnson, EU chiefs seek Brexit talks relaunch

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU chiefs have tried to breathe new life into stalled post-Brexit trade talks, with both sides entrenched in long-held positions
EUforeign policy chief Josep Borrell takes part in an online press conference with European Commissioner for Values and Transparency at EU headquarters in Brussels, on June 10, 2020. Photo: Francisco Seco / Pool / AFP
EUforeign policy chief Josep Borrell tak […]

EU won’t launch ‘cold war’, chief diplomat tells China

The EU's chief diplomat says he assured China's foreign minister the bloc does not want a "cold war", as it accused Beijing of waging a coronavirus disinformation campaign
EU foreign affairs high representative Josep Borrell gestures during a video press conference on the 10th EU-China Strategic Dialogue, at the European Commission in Brussels on June 9, 2020. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / Pool / AFP
EU foreign affairs high representative J […]

EU says needs more cash to fight Chinese disinformation

The EU's diplomatic chief has called for more resources from member states to fight disinformation from China, warning that Europe needed to stop being naive in its dealings with Beijing
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks to members of staff and contractors as she tours the NHS Louisa Jordan field hospital, set up at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on April 10, 2020, to potentially help with extra patients caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - The disease has struck at the heart of the British government, infected more than 60,000 people nationwide and killed over 8,000, with a daily death toll in England of 866 reported on April 10. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / POOL / AFP)
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeo […]

Tensions mount as Scotland goes its own way on virus lockdown

First independence. Then Brexit. Now Scotland's handling of the coronavirus outbreak has stirred up fresh tensions with the UK government, despite an initial unified approach.
A health employee wearing a protective jumpsuit disinfects a local tram in Zagreb as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 caused by novel coronavirus on March 13, 2020. - Since the novel coronavirus first emerged in late December 2019, more than 135,640 cases have been recorded in 122 countries and territories, killing 5,043 people, according to an AFP tally compiled on March 13, 2020 based on official sources. (Photo by Damir SENCAR / AFP)
A health employee wearing a protective j […]

EU vows virus help for Balkans and warns against China

The EU has vowed to support its Balkan neighbours against the coronavirus but warned them to be grateful for the help, after China's "mask diplomacy" made inroads in the region