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President Macron Says NATO Is “Much Stronger”

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French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that NATO was “much stronger” from its two-day summit, especially because Donald Trump “reaffirmed his commitment (…) to have a strong NATO”.

During a press conference after the summit in Brussels, he also said that Mr. Trump never said during the meetings, “that the United States could withdraw from NATO “, contrary to rumors that ran in the morning.

“President Trump knows that the United States has been able to find NATO in key moments of its history … I think that NATO is a good thing for the United States,” added the French president. , stressing that this country was “a very great partner, a great ally for us”.

“As in all summits, sometimes the corridors, comments and tweets take more importance than what is negotiated, said or endorsed by heads of state,” regretted Emmanuel Macron. “I believe only one thing: the communiqué we have approved, the strategy we defend and the seriousness we carry, because it is the security of our peoples we are talking about,” he added.

For him, “the statement is clear: it reaffirms the commitments of the 2% (defense spending in GDP) for 2024”. The European share in the budget of NATO “re-increases since 2014-2015 and the US share decreases, which is consistent with the idea of ​​a better sharing.France is on the path announced with 1.81% this year and with increases every year, “he said.

Asked about Mr Trump’s sharp criticism of Germany, Mr Macron reaffirmed that Paris and Berlin had “bound destiny” and that Germany was “an indispensable partner” of France.

The US President has repeatedly called on Europeans, and Germany in particular, to increase their military spending in order to meet their commitment to raise them to 2% of their GDP.

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Brazil Records Another 1,000-Plus Daily Coronavirus Death

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Brazil Records Another 1,000-Plus Daily Coronavirus Death

Brazil, the second most affected country by the novel coronavirus has again recorded more than 1,000 new deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours.

The country which has confirmed more than four hundred thousand cases with nearly twenty-six thousand deaths on Wednesday, reported 1,086 casualties which brought the total number of deaths to 25,598.

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The number of infected people in the country reached 411,821 after recording 20,599 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Brazil is grappling with a severe hit by coronavirus that has now made it the second highest infected country in the world behind the United States.

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According to US-based Johns Hopkins University, United States the most affected country has confirmed 1,698,581 cases and 100,276 deaths.

A new study by researchers at Washington University suggests the numbers in Brazil could increase five-fold over the next month.

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China’s Parliament Backs Controversial Hong Kong Security Law

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China’s Parliament Backs Controversial Hong Kong Security Law

China’s parliament has on Thursday approved a new security law for Hong Kong which would make it a crime to undermine Beijing’s authority in the territory.

Earlier, clashes broke as riot police were out in force in Hong Kong legislators debated another piece of legislation which would make it a crime to disrespect the Chinese national anthem.

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The decision to impose such a law upon Hong Kong has led to a major backlash both domestically and internationally.

Police in Hong Kong made 300 arrests as thousands of people took to the streets after China unveiled plans to introduce national security legislation in Hong Kong.

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On the developments in Hong Kong, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said developments in Hong Kong meant it could no longer be considered to have “a high degree of autonomy” from mainland China.

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Details of the law are expected to be drawn up in coming weeks. It is expected to be enacted before September.

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EU Proposes €750bn Virus Recovery Package

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EU Proposes €750bn Virus Recovery Package

The European Union’s executive Commission has proposed a major recovery fund worth €750bn ($825bn) to help the bloc tackle an “unprecedented crisis”.

European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde said in Frankfurt on Wednesday that the eurozone GDP is likely to fall by between 8% and 12% in 2020, adding that the matter of issuing grants to EU countries struggling from the COVID-19 outbreak is a contentious one, as it pits member states against each other.

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Commission president Ursula von der Leyen will officially present the recovery plan to the European Parliament. She will also put forward a proposal for the EU’s next budget covering 2021-2027, reportedly of around €1tn.

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Ursula von der Leyen said “this is Europe’s moment”.

The Commission has dubbed the plan Next Generation EU. Without the backing of all 27 EU member states, it cannot go ahead. But Germany and France have backed plans for the money to be raised on the capital markets.

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