EU chief proposes five billion euro Brexit emergency fund | AFP

EU Council president Charles Michel proposes to set up a five billion euro reserve fund for any “unforeseen consequences” of Brexit on bloc member states. SOUNDBITE

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French foreign minister criticises Hong Kong security law | AFP

“This security law is a very serious act,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says of Beijing’s policy towards Hong Kong. “Our own nationals may themselves be victims of these new provisions,” he continues at a press briefing with his Spanish counterpart, adding that the issue would be discussed within the EU next Monday.

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Merkel arrives at European Parliament in Brussels | AFP

Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the European Parliament in Brussels to present Germany’s programme to MEPs as it takes over the EU’s rotating presidency for the next six months. IMAGES

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EU calls on Moscow to investigate reported vote irregularities | AFP

The EU calls on Russia to investigate reports of irregularities during a nationwide vote to approve constitutional changes allowing President Vladimir Putin to potentially extend his two-decade rule until 2036. SOUNDBITE

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Flag-raising for the first day of Germany’s EU Council Presidency | AFP

The flag of Germany’s Presidency of the European Council is being raised in the courtyard of the German Foreign Office in Berlin as the country begins its six-month EU Presidency today. IMAGES

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Germany’s EU presidency: Brandenburg Gate lights up | AFP

The motto of the German EU Presidency, β€˜Together for Europe’s recovery’, is projected in German, French and English on the Brandenburg Gate. Germany takes over the EU presidency on 1 July. IMAGES

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Syria donors conference pledges 6.9 billion euros | AFP

Janez Lenarcic, EU Commissioner for crisis management, announces that international donors pledged 6.9 billion euros ($7.7 billion) to face the ongoing humanitarian challenges of the nine-year Syrian crisis. SOUNDBITE

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EU ‘deplores’ China’s Hong Kong security law | AFP

The European Union says it deplores China’s adoption of a security law for Hong Kong, warning it risks undermining its autonomy and undercut the judiciary. SOUNDBITE

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Lufthansa’s fate in the hands of shareholders says CEO | AFP

German airline Lufthansa’s CEO, Carsten Spohr, pleads with shareholders to save the company. Lufthansa is poised to clear a key shareholder vote on its nine billion euro state rescue comprising a cash injection of six billion euros and three billion euros in public loan guarantees, boosted by the EU’s green light and the last-minute backing of a billionaire investor who has the power to veto the plan.

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EU and China hold tense video summit amid widening differences | AFP

Senior EU officials and Chinese leaders hold a video summit with tensions rising over new tariffs targeting Chinese firms and European disquiet at Beijing’s assertiveness on the world stage. IMAGES

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Brussels: EU Summit on economic rescue plan begins via videoconference | AFP

EU heads of state meet by videoconference, under the leadership of the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, for a European summit on the economic rescue plan. IMAGES

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Macron sits in on virtual, post-Covid EU summit | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a virtual European Union summit, talking with fellow European leaders via video to help kickstart, as complex as it is uncertain, a post-coronavirus recovery plan. IMAGES

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Italy’s Conte talks COVID-19, racism, Brexit, and M5S in exclusive AFP interview | AFP

In an exclusive interview with AFP in Rome, Italian Prime minister Giuseppe Conte remembers the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, the future of the EU and addresses allegations that his Five Star Movement party received secret financing from Venezuela’s current President Nicolas Maduro.

President of the Council since June 2018, at the head of a coalition first with the far-right, and today with the centre-left, Giuseppe Conte, 55, a law professor still unknown two years ago, has emerged stronger from the coronavirus pandemic.

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EU chief says “no place for ‘me first'” in world hunt for vaccine | AFP

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen says “there is no place for ‘me first'” in the world’s hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine, explaining in a video message that a June 27 donors’ conference will look to have countries jointly reserve potential production — and set aside amounts for poorer nations unable to do the same.

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Italy’s Conte talks COVID-19, racism, Brexit, and M5S in exclusive AFP interview | AFP

In an exclusive interview with AFP in Rome, Italian Prime minister Giuseppe Conte remembers the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic and addresses the Black Lives Matter movement saying ‘internal policies’ need to be put in place to stop racism and discrimination from occurring, while also commenting on the M5S fundings allegations and the future of the EU as he sees it. President of the Council since June 2018, at the head of a coalition first with the far-right, and today with the centre-left, Giuseppe Conte, 55, a law professor still unknown two years ago, has emerged stronger from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Munich airport welcomes passengers as German borders reopen for EU travel | AFP

Passengers in masks arrive at Munich airport as Germany resumes travel to EU member states, as well Britain, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. IMAGES

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Polish-German border reopens after COVID-19 closure | AFP

Cars drive across the border between Poland and Germany as Poland reopens its borders to EU countries. IMAGES

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Reopening of the border between Poland and Slovakia | AFP

Closed for almost three months because of the coronavirus pandemic, Polish borders reopened at midnight to EU countries. IMAGES of the border between Poland and Slovakia

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EU is ‘shocked and appalled’ by George Floyd’s death | AFP

Europe is “shocked and appalled” by the police killing of black suspect George Floyd in the United States, says Josep Borrell, the EU’s diplomatic chief, condemning an “abuse of power”.

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EU chief urges Europe to ‘put aside prejudices’ and back virus recovery | AFP

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen urges EU countries to “put aside the old prejudices” as she presents a coronavirus recovery plan to the European Parliament that calls for billions of euros to be given to the hardest-hit member states.

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