Corona vaccine telethon raises 7.4 bn euros: EU chief | AFP

Just hours after being announced, a teleconference of world leaders and philanthropists has raised 7.4 billion euros ($8.1 billion) to boost the search for a coronavirus vaccine, EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen announces. SOUNDBITE from Ursula von der Leyen

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Von der Leyen proposes 30-day EU travel ban

The president of the European Union’s executive body on Monday proposed a 30-day travel ban on people entering the EU for non-essential reasons, in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. (March 16)

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EU to use ‘all tools’ to protect economy from virus impact: von der Leyen | AFP

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen pledges to mobilise “all the tools” available to the bloc to lessen the economic impact of the coronavirus epidemic, which has roiled markets across the globe. “We will use all the tools at our disposal to make sure the European economy weathers this storm,” von der Leyen says, after the 27 EU leaders held crisis talks on the virus by videoconference. IMAGES

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Those seeking to test EU unity ‘will be disappointed’: von der Leyen | AFP

“Those who seek to test Europe’s unity will be disappointed. We will hold the line and our unity will prevail,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says after visiting the border area with the Greek prime minister and chiefs of the European Council and European Parliament. The EU dispatched its highest officials to Turkey and Greece amid concern over a fresh migrant crisis and allegations that Ankara was trying to “blackmail” the bloc by opening its borders to thousands of refugees seeking to flee to Europe. IMAGES

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EU will provide Greece ‘all the support needed’ in migrant crisis: von der Leyen | AFP

The European Union will provide Greece “all the necessary operational support” to help tackle the migration surge from neighbouring Turkey, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says. The EU dispatched its highest officials to Turkey and Greece amid concern over a fresh migrant crisis and allegations that Ankara was trying to “blackmail” the bloc by opening its borders to thousands of refugees seeking to flee to Europe. IMAGES

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EU chief to visit Greek border over migrant crisis (von der Leyen) | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces that the EU chiefs will visit the Greek border on Tuesday the 3rd of March over the migrant crisis. IMAGES

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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi meets EU’s Ursula von der Leyen | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomes Speaker of The United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi before their bilateral meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels. IMAGES of their meeting

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EU chief tells British MEPs ‘we will always keep our friendship’ | AFP

The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen says “you can always count on us as we know, we can count on you”, wishing Britain well after a vote in Brussels ratified the Brexit withdrawal deal. The United Kingdom will leave the EU at midnight Brussels time on Friday. IMAGES

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EU parliament approves von der Leyen commission | AFP

The incoming president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, wins a comfortable majority to approve her line-up of top officials. Members of the European Parliament voted by 461 to 157 to approve the new European Commission, with only 89 abstentions. The new team will take office on Sunday. IMAGES

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Von der Leyen announces Timmermans will head EU Green Deal | AFP

The European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen announces that Dutch politician Frans Timmermans will head the European Green Deal. Starting November 1, the new team will take on a range of tricky challenges, from climate change to an unpredictable US and the Brexit aftermath. SOUNDBITE

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Von der Leyen pledges ‘green deal’ for Europe in first 100 days | AFP

European Commission President nominee Ursula von der Leyen pledges to propose a “green deal” for Europe in her first 100 days in office, which would see a carbon-neutral continent by 2050. SOUNDBITE

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Von der Leyen ‘ready’ to back Brexit delay if needed | AFP

European Commission president nominee Ursula von der Leyen says she is prepared to extend Britain’s exit from the EU beyond the October 31 deadline if necessary. SOUNDBITE

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EU nominee von der Leyen faces sceptical parliament | AFP

Was an intense two-week political operation to woo European lawmakers long enough to win German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen the top job in Brussels? The 60-year-old conservative will replace Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission if she secures a majority in the Strasbourg assembly. IMAGES

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Mattis Talks Immigration, Space Force, Korea

Before meeting with German Federal Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis commented on immigration policy, President Donald Trump’s announcement of a Space Force, and US relations with the Koreas. (June 20)

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