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Angela Merkel

With Europe caught in crises, Merkel’s final act will also have to be her biggest

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.
Online Game Shows What It's Like Inside Hong Kong's Protests

EU takes on China over Hong Kong, coronavirus, and curbs on investors

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.
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UK, EU see fresh momentum in Brexit deal after summit with Boris Johnson

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.
A European Union (EU) border sign on a road on Germany's border with Austria | Photo: Michaela Handrek-Rehle | Bloomberg

European Union to ease international travel ban from 1 July

Europe is trying to revive domestic economies as the summer tourist season gets underway while guarding against a second wave of infections.
Putin and Jinping

China and Russia are spreading misinformation about coronavirus, EU says

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’s support to probe Covid origin: Pressure to join anti-China group or strategic move?

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 Ambassador to India Ugo Astuto with President Ram Nath Kovind | Photo: @EUAmbIndia | Twitter

India, EU need to act together to overcome impact of Covid-19, says EU envoy

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.
EU Ambassador to India Ugo Astuto with President Ram Nath Kovind | Photo: @EUAmbIndia | Twitter

Critical drugs supply must not be disrupted, EU envoy says as India bans & resumes exports

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.
Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, delivers a speech during a special address on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos

Why Angela Merkel quarantining herself is a blow to Europe’s fight against coronavirus

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be regularly tested in the coming days and perform her duties from home.
A man holds up a placard in Hindi that reads 'morning of justice', outside Tihar Jail on 20 March 2020 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

‘Cruel and inhumane’ — European Union condemns hanging of 16 December gang rape convicts

International Commission of Jurists also denounces the hangings and urges India to introduce changes to legal system that would deter violence.

On Camera

People on bike passing through a deserted market in Hyderabad on 26 June

World economy that took elevator down faces steep stairs back up

President of European Chamber in China, Joerg Wuttke, said the recovery isn't V or W, it's looking like the top of a chainsaw — up and down and painful all the way.

Defence

Indian Army personnel in Srinagar (file) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Army postpones mandatory annual, periodic medical tests of soldiers as Covid cases rise

Army conducts annual & periodic medical exams to assess fitness of all soldiers. Decision to postpone tests expected to ease burden on military hospitals.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.