Europe’s COVID-19 plan revives old disputes

Brussels (AFP) – An EU summit to conceive an economic plan against the coronavirus impact instead unearthed the union’s deep and historic divisions, with Spain and Italy hurt by Dutch insensitivity.The bloc’s 27 leaders met for six hours by videoconference on Thursday, with Rome and Madrid pleading their partners to do everything possible to deal with the crisis.In Europe, more than 10,000 people have died from the COVID-19 virus, with Italy and Spain each counting more deaths than China, where the outbreak began.To slow the spread, Europe’s economy has been put into something like a coma, wit…

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