EU chief ‘concerned’ about Hungary virus emergency law | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expresses concern over a coronavirus emergency law in Hungary that has given nationalist premier Viktor Orban sweeping powers.

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Coronavirus: EU chief proposes Europe-wide unemployment guarantee | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces that the EU will propose a bloc-wide guarantee that could raise 100 billion euros ($109 billion) to aid strained national unemployment schemes as millions of jobs are hit by efforts to slow the coronavirus outbreak.

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China to provide EU ‘two million surgical masks’ to help fight COVID-19: EU Commission | AFP

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces that China will provide “two million surgical masks and 50,000 testing kits” to help the European Union cope with the coronavirus pandemic. SOUNDBITE

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EU chief proposes ban on ‘non-essential’ travel into the bloc | AFP

EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen proposes that the bloc close its borders to non-essential travel, as Europe scrambles to fight the spread of the coronavirus disease. “We propose to introduce a temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the European Union,” she says. IMAGES

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EU chief warns against unilateral virus travel bans | AFP

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen warns against imposing unilateral travel restrictions to fight the coronavirus epidemic, as some member states have done. “General travel bans are not seen as being the most effective by the World Health Organization,” she says, calling instead for health screening at borders. SOUNDBITE

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The EU ‘disapproves’ of US ban on travel from Europe | AFP

The EU “disapproves” of Trump’s “unilateral” decision to impose a ban on travellers from Europe, European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer tells a news briefing, reading from a joint statement by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel. SOUNDBITE

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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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Coronavirus: Macron takes part in videoconference with European leaders | AFP

Emmanuel Macron speaks with European Union leaders by videoconference about the coronavirus crisis. The meeting, organised by the French President, was attended by European Council President Charles Michel, Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, ECB President Christine Lagarde and 27 Heads of State and Government. 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 raises coronavirus risk level to ‘medium to high’ | AFP

The European Union’s disease control agency says it has increased its risk level for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, while European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visits the EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre.

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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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EU raises coronavirus risk level to ‘high’ from ‘moderate’: Von der Leyen | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces that the EU’s disease control agency has increased the coronavirus risk level to ‘high’ from ‘moderate’. IMAGES

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EU Council chief meets with Macron for budget talks in Brussels | AFP

European Council chief Charles Michel and Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen meet with France’s Emmanuel Macron in Brussels during a special summit to decide on the bloc’s longterm budget. IMAGES

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Albania quake recovery conference raises 1.15 bn euros: EU chief | AFP

European commission president Ursula von der Leyen says international donors pledged 1.15 billion euros ($1.25 billion) to help Albania recover from a powerful earthquake last year, more than double the sum expected by Tirana. SOUNDBITE

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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’s Ursula von der Leyen welcomes Hungarian PM Viktor Orban to Brussels | AFP

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban meets with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels. IMAGES

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EU warns UK there is no strength in ‘splendid isolation’ | AFP

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen warns the United Kingdom that there is no strength in “splendid isolation”, as the European Union’s three top officials promise a new dawn for their bloc and warn Britain that it would lose the benefits of close ties after Brexit. SOUNDBITE

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EU Commission chief: Brexit day will be ‘tough and emotional’

The European Commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen, has warned Britain that it would not get the β€œhighest quality access” to the European Union’s market after Brexit unless it made major compromises. She predicted that Jan. 31, the day Britain is set to leave the European Union, would be a “tough and emotional day”.

EU chief warns of ‘tough’ post-Brexit talks with UK | AFP

EU Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen says that “There will be tough talks ahead… but that the United Kingdom will always have a trusted friend and partner in the European Union.” SOUNDBITE

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EU chief warns of extremely challenging timeframe for Brexit trade deal | AFP

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warns of an ‘extremely challenging’ timeframe for a Brexit trade deal in a press conference during the second day of an EU summit. SOUNDBITE

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New EU chief in Ethiopia for first trip outside bloc | AFP

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen arrives in Ethiopia, her first trip outside Europe since assuming her post, for meetings expected to touch on migration and support for African security operations.

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EU chief wins over MEPs with vow to build green superpower | AFP

Brussels’ next top official Ursula von der Leyen will take office on Sunday after winning a comfortable parliamentary majority for her plan to make the EU a green superpower.

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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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Europe’s multinational parliament | AFP AnimΓ©

Videographic illustrating and explaining the various key institutions of the European Union. Brussels’ next top official Ursula von der Leyen presents her top team to the European Parliament on Wednesday, hoping to finally put a difficult transition behind her.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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