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Merkel plays a key role in passing a EU-wide stimulus package that would see the bloc issue as much as 750 billion euros in joint debt to be used by pandemic-hit nations.
The atmosphere has become gloomier since the last EU-China summit in 2019, when both sides pledged unity in the fight against Trump’s 'America First' agenda.
The EU inferred from Johnson that the British PM is willing to soften his position. European officials said they are ready to do the same.
Europe is trying to revive domestic economies as the summer tourist season gets underway while guarding against a second wave of infections.
The EU’s findings are based on a study by its foreign and diplomatic wing, which said it had proof of a coordinated push by official Chinese sources to deflect blame for coronavirus.
India and 62 other countries have backed a draft resolution led by Australia and the EU to 'identify the zoonotic source' of Covid-19 and its 'route of introduction' to humans.
EU's Ambassador to India Ugo Astuto also said that EU and India have converging interests and shared values and need to together unleash their full potential.
Ambassador Ugo Astuto says EU and India agree that health emergency comes first but economic fallout of Covid-19 also needs to be confronted in parallel.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be regularly tested in the coming days and perform her duties from home.
International Commission of Jurists also denounces the hangings and urges India to introduce changes to legal system that would deter violence.