Germany: Portuguese PM Costa, Merkel pledge unity in facing coronavirus

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa underlined the importance to «reaffirm the strength of the European Union» while facing issues ranging from the novel coronavirus to the migrant crisis, during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday. «Be it for reasons of the coronavirus epidemic, be it for the situation regarding the migrant crisis, be it for... Еще the global challenges facing our economies, more than ever it is important to reaffirm the strength of the European Union,» Costa said. The Portuguese leader also urged EU member states to create conditions for the European Commission to «fulfil its mandate and listen to the aspirations of all Europeans.» Merkel touched down on the coronavirus videoconference EU leaders held on Tuesday, saying it was akin to a «historical premiere.» «We had never had a videoconference as 27 heads of state and government and have exchanged ideas on the subject of coronavirus there, that will certainly also play a role,» Merkel said. Worldwide, coronavirus has infected over 125,000 people and killed 4,594 as of Wednesday evening.

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