By Damon Mitchell •
Published: 22 Apr 2020 • 9:12
THE European summit will be held by videoconference tomorrow and aims to clear the way to a pact on a massive and unprecedented injection of economic resources against an inevitable crisis. The agreement points to a historic expansion of the EU budget, from which would come the recovery fund proposed by Spain. The positive signs from Berlin towards this initiative encourage optimism in Brussels. However, no one rules out that the clash between the most extreme positions, represented by the Netherlands and Italy, could disrupt the summit or force new rounds of negotiations.
The positions of the European partners on the ambition of the necessary measures remain distant. But the latest movements of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and Spain’s President, Pedro Sánchez, have opened a possible area of understanding on which a definitive agreement could be built.
Those sources hope that at least the political green light will come out of the European Council on Thursday so that the European Commission can launch the construction of a recovery fund that, if the most optimistic timetable is met, would be in operation at the beginning of 2021.
Merkel confirmed on Monday her willingness to seek a “solidarity” formula beyond the recent Eurogroup agreement. Berlin recognises that this emergency network is not enough to counteract the devastating economic impact of the pandemic.
The Spanish government also presented on Monday a proposal for a fund of €1.5 trillion that aims to reconcile the requests of France, in favour of issuing the so-called Coronabonos to share among all the debt linked to the crisis.
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