Live: Macron and Merkel push Covid-19 restoration fund as Germany takes on EU presidency

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Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts French President Emmanuel Macron for talks on Monday, two days earlier than Germany takes on the rotating presidency of the European Union with an economic system mired within the worst disaster since World War II. Watch their press convention stay on FRANCE 24.

Click on the participant above to observe the convention stay from 6.40pm Paris time (GMT+2).

The French and German leaders have urged the European Union to succeed in an settlement on a restoration plan by the top of July to kickstart an economic system battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Macron and Merkel sketched out the spine of the €750 million ($840m) fund proposed by the European Commission to bolster the bloc’s economic system.

The fund would provide grants – with no reimbursement obligation – to international locations hardest hit by the pandemic, a serious coverage U-turn for Berlin and a bitter tablet to swallow for the bloc’s most fiscally conservative members.