July 15, 2020 / 4:00 PM / a month ago

Germany's Roth says optimistic EU deal can be clinched at summit

FILE PHOTO: Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth gives a statement for the media, prior to a video conference of the European Union's General Affairs Council, at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Germany June 16, 2020. Markus Schreiber/Pool via REUTERS

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany’s Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth said on Wednesday he was optimistic that agreement on a recovery fund will be clinched at a crunch EU summit at the end of this week, saying a deal was crucial for the bloc’s credibility.

“A great deal is at stake, the credibility of the European Union is at stake, and whether it will be able to show resolve and solidarity and come out of the current crisis,” Roth said after a meeting with his counterparts from other EU member states.

Reporting by John Chalmers

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