John Chalmers

'It's up to us': how Merkel and Macron revived EU solidarity

20 May 2020

BRUSSELS It took a courtroom of scarlet-robed judges to spur Angela Merkel to make one of her boldest moves in 15 years as German chancellor: propose huge cash handouts to the European Union's weaker economies. | Video

Congratulations, it's a fudge: EU crisis deal leaves much unresolved

10 Apr 2020

BRUSSELS EU finance ministers gave themselves a round of applause as they wrapped up talks on Thursday night with agreement on a package of measures worth half a trillion euros to cushion the blow of the coronavirus pandemic.

Shutdowns stoke debate over what's an 'essential industry'

24 Mar 2020

BRUSSELS Shortly after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the closure of non-essential retailers on Monday to curb the spread of coronavirus, the parent company of Sports Direct wrote to its staff to let them know: the next day would be business as usual.

Pandemic vs Policy: contagion outstrips global containment consensus

24 Mar 2020

NEW YORK/BRUSSELS As the contagion from the coronavirus pandemic wrecks the global economy, Western policymakers are scrambling to find a consensus on how best to contain the crisis pummelling financial markets.

Europe grapples with 'socio-economic tsunami' of coronavirus crisis

18 Mar 2020

BRUSSELS/ROME Italy's prime minister on Tuesday declared coronavirus was causing a "socio-economic tsunami" as European leaders agreed to seal off external borders, but many countries thwarted solidarity by imposing frontier curbs of their own. | Video

EU plant Coronavirus-Hilfsfonds über 25 Milliarden Euro

11 Mar 2020

- von Gabriela Baczynska und Francesco Guarascio und John Chalmers

Exclusive: EU fumes at Turk migration 'blackmail', mulls more money for Ankara

03 Mar 2020

BRUSSELS European Union ambassadors voiced outrage at a meeting this week over what they see as an attempt by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to "blackmail" the bloc by allowing migrants to mass at Greece's border, diplomatic sources said.

Sorge vor Ausbreitung von Coronavirus in NRW

26 Feb 2020

Düsseldorf/Berlin/Rom Nach den ersten Coronavirus-Fällen in Nordrhein-Westfalen ist die Sorge der Behörden vor einer Ausbreitung groß.

Summit standoff as EU leaders grapple with Brexit-sized hole in budget

21 Feb 2020

BRUSSELS EU leaders made no headway on Thursday in fractious talks on a joint 2021-27 budget that was left with a 75 billion euro (62.9 billion pounds) hole after Britain's departure at a time when they face costly new challenges from climate change to migration.

Explainer - Frugal Four vs Friends of Cohesion: The EU's baffling budget battle

20 Feb 2020

BRUSSELS Leaders of the European Union's 27 countries gather on Thursday to haggle over the bloc's next budget for 2021-27.

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