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EU leaders struggle with 'mission impossible' at deadlocked recovery summit

Leaders may abandon the summit and try again for an agreement next month, say diplomats

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Council President Charles Michel are seen bumping elbows ahead of the first face-to-face EU summit since the Covid-19 outbreak, in Brussels, on Friday. Finnish PM Sanna Marin and French President Emmanu
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Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Council President Charles Michel are seen bumping elbows ahead of the first face-to-face EU summit since the Covid-19 outbreak, in Brussels, on Friday. Finnish PM Sanna Marin and French President Emmanu

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EU leaders stood at an impasse on Monday after three days of haggling over a plan to revive economies throttled by the Covid-19 pandemic, but the chairman of their near-record-length summit urged them to make one last push on "mission impossible".

Charles Michel reminded the 27 leaders of the European Union that more than 600,000 people had now died as a result of the coronavirus around the world, and it was up to them to stand together in the face of an unprecedented crisis.

"My hope is that we reach an agreement and that the headline ... tomorrow is that

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First Published: Jul 20 2020 | 10:09 AM IST

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