Divided EU leaders inch towards virus rescue plan

Brussels (AFP) – Divided EU leaders inched their way towards an economic recovery plan for virus-hit Europe on Thursday as the European Central Bank chief said that action was urgently needed. The EU’s 27 leaders met by video conference as fresh data showed that the European economy was in freefall, struck down by a series of national lockdowns to thwart a wave of more than 110,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths across the bloc. Bloc member states have been bickering for weeks, with hardest-hit countries such as Spain and Italy urging richer nations such as Germany and the Netherlands to demonstrat…

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