# EU 27

(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
The mayor of the Slovenian town of Nova Gorica Klemen Miklavic (L) and his Italian counterpart, mayor of Gorizia Rodolfo Ziberna, cut a symbolic ribbon to inaugurate the reopening of the border between Slovenia and Italy in Nova Gorica, Slovenia on June 15, 2020. Photo: Jure Makovec / AFP
The mayor of the Slovenian town of Nova […]

EU’s haphazard route to post-lockdown border reopenings

As European countries emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and lift travel restrictions, the EU has aimed to coordinate border reopening among members - but the process has been far from harmonious
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
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels on May 27, 2020, amid the crisis linked with the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
European Commission President Ursula von […]

EU hopes to heal rifts in debate on post-virus plan

Europe's scattergun approach to the coronavirus epidemic has called into question the EU's ability to rise to the challenge, but Brussels hopes its economic recovery plan will mark a turning point
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.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) and EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier speak during a debate on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU at the European Parliament in Brussels on April 3, 2019. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP
European Commission President Jean-Claud […]

Brussels increasingly wary of long Brexit delay

EU leaders still want to avoid the chaos of a "no deal" Brexit, but concern is rising that giving Britain a long delay poses risks of its own and would solve little.