# Budget

(L-R) Dutch PM Mark Rutte, European Council President Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen participate in a last roundtable discussion following a four-day European summit at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, early July 21, 2020. Photo: Stephanie Lecocq / Pool / AFP
(L-R) Dutch PM Mark Rutte, European Coun […]

EU leaders agree to link funds to rule of law

EU leaders have for the first time agreed to link payment of funds to a member state with respect for the bloc's legal norms -- though Poland and Hungary say they blocked tougher planned measures
European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen (L) and European Council President Charles Michel bump elbows after a news conference following a four-day European summit at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, early July 21, 2020. Photo: Stephanie Lecocq / Pool / AFP
European Commission President Ursula Von […]

EU’s virus recovery plan: historic but imperfect

The 750-billion-euro coronavirus recovery deal struck by EU leaders may be a historic landmark, but analysts are already warning it comes with substantial flaws
Spain's PM Pedro Sanchez (L), French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) read documents during an EU summit in Brussels on July 20, 2020, as EU leaders held their first face-to-face summit over a post-virus economic rescue plan. Photo: John Thys / Pool / AFP
Spain's PM Pedro Sanchez (L), French Pre […]

Five things to know about the EU virus recovery plan

The European Union's 27 member states emerged from an intense four-day and four-night summit brandishing a huge coronavirus recovery plan and a trillion-euro long-term budget
Belgium, Brussels: Ursula von der Leyen (r), President of the European Commission, takes part in a special session on the second day of the EU special summit. Photo: -/EU/XinHua/dpa
Belgium, Brussels: Ursula von der Leyen […]

EU leaders cautiously optimistic deal on virus recovery fund in sight

European Union leaders are currently having major talks for a shared economic stimulus package to recoup the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic for the fourth day in a row. An agreement seems difficult to reach.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels on May 27, 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
European Commission President Ursula von […]

Battle ahead for EU’s 750-bn-euro recovery plan

European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen has proposed a 750-billion-euro post-virus recovery fund for Europe and urged sceptical member states to back it.
A person wearing a protective face mask walks by the EU Commission building bearing a banner that reads "Coronavirus Global Response" in Brussels on May 6, 2020, as the country is under lockdown to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / POOL / AFP)
A person wearing a protective face mask […]

Europe’s ‘historic’ recession threatens eurozone survival

The EU has forecast that the eurozone economy will contract by a staggering 7.7 percent in 2020, warning the wreckage from the coronavirus outbreak could endanger the single currency
A Euro currency sculpture, part of a lifesize Game of the Goose set up in the courtyard of the Economy and Finance Ministry in Paris, on September 18, 2016. Photo: Jacques Demarthon / AFP
A Euro currency sculpture, part of a lif […]

Brexit punches 12-bln-euro hole in EU finances

When Britain leaves the EU at midnight on Friday the bloc will lose the second-biggest net contributor to its budget, leaving a 12-billion-euro ($13-billion) hole in its finances