French-German Recovery Plan Faces Tough Brussels Test

Alex Pigman, AFP, 19.05.2020

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The road to clinch an EU recovery plan remains difficult, officials warned on Tuesday, despite the surprise entente between Berlin and Paris to back a 500 billion euro rescue. [...]

But an optimistic Janis Emmanouilidis of the European Policy Centre, believes the "story is different" now, given the incredibly high stakes of the coronavirus pandemic.

"The support for those reforms was not as strong in Germany," he said.

The opposition from the Netherlands and others "played into the hands of those in Berlin who actually didn't want to go too far."

"I think what happened yesterday, the chances of getting a deal have increased immensely."

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