Chinese President Xi Jinping and French president Emmanuel Macron outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in November 2019 in Beijing. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

The preoccupation of Japanese and EU leaders at their video summit yesterday was inevitably co-operation on the pandemic and its aftermath. But both s(...)

The European Commission will set out its proposal on Wednesday for an economic recovery package to rescue the bloc from a pandemic downturn expected to be the worst in a century. Photograph:  Daniel Roland / AFP via Getty Images

The European Commission will set out its proposal on Wednesday for an economic recovery package to rescue the bloc from a pandemic downturn expected t(...)

Brussels faces an entrenched split over ways to finance Europe’s economic recovery after a group of four northern member states rejected a Franco-German plan to issue EU debt to provide grants for Covid-19-stricken countries.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Brussels faces an entrenched split over ways to finance Europe’s economic recovery after a group of four northern member states rejected a Franco-Germ(...)

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel announce their historic €500bn EU recovery plan at a videoconference on May 18th.  Photograph: Kay Nietfeld via Getty Images

When German chancellor Angela Merkel announced one of the biggest U-turns of her career this week, the declaration was both emphatic and unexpected. (...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron: Germany and France have proposed a €500 billion fund for European economies hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Francois Mori

A joint Franco-German plan for a recovery fund to dig Europe out of the economic crash caused by the coronavirus pandemic may constitute a breakthroug(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, who attends via video link, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/AFP via Getty Images

France and Germany have proposed creating a €500 billion recovery fund in a bid to break deadlock over how to dig the European Union out of the econom(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint video press conference on Monday. Photograph: Andreas Gora/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday announced a joint initiative for a €500 billion EU recovery plan to hel(...)

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen takes part in a video conference with other EU leaders.

Ursula von der Leyen delivered a stark message to the EU’s commissioners on Thursday evening at their first in-person meeting for many weeks. She told(...)

European commissioner for health Stella Kyriakides as she prepared to address a media conference on tourism in Brussels. Photograph: AP

Rigorous testing and tracing regimes and real-time reporting of Covid-19 cases are essential to avoid a second wave of the virus as countries ease res(...)

A researcher works on the development of a vaccine against  Covid-19. File photograph: by Douglas Magno/AFP via Getty Images

Ireland has pledged €18 million to Gavi, the vaccine alliance, as part of an international effort that raised €7.3 billion to fund the search for a va(...)

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