July 21, 2020 / 4:56 AM / 20 days ago

EU deal on recovery fund shows bloc's determination to act, Merkel says

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel interact while wearing face masks during the last roundtable discussion following a four-day European summit at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, July 21, 2020. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union’s deal on a massive post-pandemic recovery fund shows that the bloc is capable of acting jointly, even during its biggest crisis, and is willing to go down new paths in unusual circumstances, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday.

“This is an important signal beyond Europe’s borders that the EU, even with all the (EU member states’) varying backgrounds, is able to take action,” Merkel told reporters during a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Maria Sheahan

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