July 17, 2020 / 8:34 PM / 20 days ago

Austria's Kurz says rejects current EU recovery plan, expects new proposals

VIENNA, July 17 (Reuters) - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Friday he rejected the current proposal for a mass economic stimulus to help lift EU economies from recession brought by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our most important central demand is that there should be no long-term debt union... but that what is decided here remains a one-time action,” Kurz told broadcaster ORF.

Kurz said he just had talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of a summit of all 27 national EU leaders in Brussels.

“There will be new proposals over night,” he said. “There is a dynamic in our direction,” he said. (Reporting by Kirsti Knolle, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska)

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