More complicated than expected: Frustrated Italy's Prime Minister, reports from the EU summit

The EU special summit to billion plan against the Corona-crisis goes into extra time. The Meeting of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the other heads of stat

More complicated than expected: Frustrated Italy's Prime Minister, reports from the EU summit

The EU special summit to billion plan against the Corona-crisis goes into extra time. The Meeting of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the other heads of state and government in Brussels, was interrupted late on Saturday evening first of all and to be continued on Sunday afternoon, as a spokesman of the EU Council President, Charles Michel, announced on Twitter.

"We are in a stalemate situation, it is very complicated, more complicated than expected," said Italy's Prime Minister Conte before in a Video published on his Facebook account on Saturday. Particularly with the Netherlands, the negotiations were "hard," but also with other countries in the group of the "Thrifty Four", which criticise the share of non-repayable grants in the aid package.

The EU heads of state and government are looking for since Friday in Brussels to reach a compromise for a 750 billion Euro Fund to Overcome the economic consequences of the Corona-crisis, as well as for the next multiannual community budget. Especially in the case of the Corona-AIDS, there are still many unresolved points of dispute. An EU Diplomat is expected that EU Council President, Charles Michel, to present to dinner, a new compromise proposal.

The "Thrifty Four" are hard

Particularly hard on the "Thrifty Four" from Austria, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, together with Finland. The countries are to a significant reduction in the proportion of grants in the package that should originally be 500 billion euros. Francisco Seco/AP Pool/Reuters

EU Council President Charles Michels had reduced the amount in a first proposal for a compromise on Saturday to 450 billion euros, and in turn, the share of loans increased, so that it remained in the total volume of 750 billion euros. The "economical" countries call for reductions in more. Highly controversial, the disbursement modalities and the funds, the conditions attached.

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the First of the new proposal brought the negotiations back on track

Michels proposal had made it possible to bring the negotiations going again, said an EU Diplomat. The talks with various countries and groups in the afternoon had been "intense". And it is the sensitive issue of whether the EU budget funds can be reduced for violations of the rule of law, not even want to negotiate. Hungary threatens to in the question with a Veto of the overall financial package.

Since Friday, the heads of state to negotiate and government of the EU countries, a billion-dollar aid package against the Corona-crisis. Italy and Spain are hit by the pandemic, particularly hard and require rapid European assistance. The economical Four-set, however, conditions and have more objections to the principle of grants to States in crisis.

confusion about Merkel's appearance

A Failure would be a Disaster, and in the last year of the Era of Angela Merkel, the non-commencement of 2021 as German Chancellor. On Friday, Merkel had 66. Birthday on the special summit to be celebrated - many in the round, the Chancellor, and make small gifts. Only a breakthrough in the night no one gives it to you. This is also why Merkel prior to the Saturday one and a half hours, before the big round of the 27, and at the negotiating building.

a bit of confusion there, as she gets out of her Limousine. On the paragraph makes returns - will Merkel get right back up and shut-down? Or did she forget something? After a brief Back and Forth with their Delegation, the Chancellor is waving, shaking a little displeased at the head and controls in Europe a blue Blazer with a white Corona mask over the mouth and nose to the preliminary round ends round.

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Updated Date: 19 July 2020, 13:26

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