EU Leaders Meet In Hopes Of Closing Divisions Over COVID-19 Relief Package

In their first face-to-face meeting since the pandemic began, European Union leaders hope to hammer out a 1.85 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) EU budget and COVID-19 recovery plan.
France's President Emmanuel Macron arrives Friday for a European Union meeting in Brussels, where leaders of the 27-member bloc will hold their first face-to-face summit since the pandemic to discuss a COVID-19 economic rescue plan. Source: John Thys

European Union leaders were going into their first face-to-face meeting in months on Friday, hoping to hammer out details of a 1.85 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) EU budget and coronavirus recovery plan amid a global pandemic that has touched off the worst recession in the bloc's history.

The urgency of the crisis has caused

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