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Messages of support for Spain precede the summit of the European Union

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen./AFP
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. 

The meeting coincides in time with that of the G-20, which will also be held by videoconference

In times of coronavirus, social distancing, confinement… and videoconferencing prevail. The summit of heads of state and government of the EU that was scheduled for today and tomorrow in Brussels will be compressed this Thursday and will be held under the telematic format that the current situation demands.

It is, in fact, the third ‘videocumbre’ so far this month and, like the previous ones, this one is going to try to build a coordinated response message that has so far failed. Also, the rulers of the G-20, the leading economic powers in the world, will hold another videoconference today under the presidency of Saudi King Saiman. It will be the occasion when President Donald Trump meets, on-screen, with the leaders of the WHO and the UN, invited to this emergency meeting.

Regarding the European leaders, they will connect around five in the afternoon. And on the table will have a series of measures to limit the spread of the pandemic, the supply of medical equipment (especially masks and respirators), the commitment to promote research, especially about the development of the vaccine, and the one that it happens to be the issue of most enormous disagreement: coordinated measures to face economic and labour consequences.

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, yesterday used their social networks to spread messages of support for Spain. The Belgian stressed that the attitude of Spanish society is for the rest of Europeans “a model of how to maintain high morale in the face of adversity” and guaranteed that the EU “will spare no effort” in helping to overcome the crisis. Von der Leyen also sent a message of encouragement: “You are not alone.”

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