Merkel steunt Europees rherstelplan
July 1, 2020 - De Duitse kanselier Angela Merkel steunt een radikaal stimuleringspakket van de EU van €750 miljard gedeelde schuld, waaruit subsidies en leningen kunnen worden verstrekt aan landen die het hardst door het coronavirus zijn geraakt.
Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday stressed their determination to work together to try and get European economies back on track as Germany takes over the the six-month rotating EU presidency on July 1.
In May, Merkel and Macron together proposed creating a one-off 500 billion-euro ($561 billion) recovery fund that would be filled through shared EU borrowing. That is a big step for Germany, breaking with its long-standing opposition to any kind of joint borrowing.
The EU’s executive Commission expanded on the proposal, putting forward plans for a 750 billion-euro fund made up mostly of grants. It faces resistance from some countries – including Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden – that oppose grants and are reluctant to give out funds with no strings attached.
It will be up to Germany to help find a quick agreement, ideally when EU leaders meet July 17-18 for their first in-person summit in months, on both the recovery fund and the EU’s budget for seven years starting January 1.
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