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EU recovery plan: Emmanuel Macron welcomes "progress" despite "very tense moments"

2020-07-21T01:28:11.593Z

"Today not being at the rendezvous of the spirit of compromise and ambition, it is to take the risk of coming back in harder times (...) and that in the end it costs us more dear, ”said the President of the Republic.



Emmanuel Macron was confident on Monday, July 20, when he arrived at the European Council, while negotiations are in full swing about a European Union recovery plan, in response to the coronavirus crisis. " We have made a lot of progress (last night, editor's note) on the subject of the rules of operation of the recovery plan ," he said, welcoming a " spirit of compromise " and " a will to move forward " on the part of the 27.

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" There have been very tense moments , which will still be difficult ", in particular on the " total amount of the recovery plan and the share of subsidies ", which is " the most sensitive subject of these last hours ", a- he recognized. " But there are advances, " he conceded.

We need ” European ambition

Now we have to go into detail. There will inevitably be compromise solutions (...) but we must keep the ambition for our major European policies for the future, in particular climate policy, sovereignty, digital technology or with regard to youth. "For Emmanuel Macron, the European ambition" which we need "is" the condition of our solidarity and stability of the euro zone. "

" Not today being at the rendezvous of the spirit of compromise and ambition is to take the risk of coming back in more difficult times (...) and that in the end it costs us more expensive. "Regarding Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron said he" would continue to fight "at her side.

Last night, after long negotiations, we found a framework for a possible agreement. It is a step forward and it gives hope that an agreement can be reached today, at least that an agreement is possible, "said Angela Merkel.

Source: lefigaro

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