The crisis caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, will be the Central topic of the future of the German presidency of the Council of the European Union. Europe can emerge from the crisis stronger than it was at the time of its occurrence, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Angela Merkel) on Wednesday, may 27. According to her, pandemic diseases COVID-19 “put everything down” and showed that key changes require short-term solutions dolgosrochnyi consequences.
Among other key topics during the presidency of Germany in EU Council relations with the UK after its exit from the EU, climate protection and asylum policy in Europe, reports DW.
The head of the German government was not spared international relations. The German Chancellor highlighted the importance of contacts with the United States, calling them the most important partner of Europe. “The transatlantic relationship are the bearing pillar of our foreign and security policy”, – said Merkel. Now, however, “cooperation with America is more complicated than we would like,” she added.
Merkel recalled the hybrid attack of Russia on Western democracy
Merkel also mentioned the relations with Russia. That is a direct neighbour of the EU, “has created a strip of unresolved conflicts,” said the Chancellor of Germany. She recalled the Russian annexation of the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea and Moscow’s support “puppet regimes” in breakaway republics in the East of Ukraine. Russia “attacking Western democracies, including Germany, hybrid funds,” said Merkel.
The head of the German government sees in the presidency of Germany in EU Council the opportunity to give new impetus to relations with Russia. The Chancellor related to possible themes for discussion the situation in Libya and Syria, climate protection and global health.
The state Chairman of the European Council is elected for six months. Germany, the last time he had held the post in 2007, 1 July rotation will replace it Croatia. And from 1 January 2021 the Chairman of the Council of the EU will be Portugal.