Dispute over Corona-Bonds: Italy indignant over von-der-Leyen-statement

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EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has expressed cautious over the so-called Corona-Bonds and thus in Trouble in Italy triggered. The Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, the calls for a common Debt of the European Union, reacted angrily. He will fight until the end of his forces for a strong common answer to the Corona-crisis, he said at the weekend. The EU Commission made it clear that all options remained on the table, if the EU did not allow contracts.

In an Interview with the German press Agency had made it clear from the Leyen that the EU Commission does not plan to own bonds for borrowing in the Corona-crisis. "Since there is no clear legal boundaries, this is the Plan. Because we do not work." On the other hand, the Commission boss had expressed understanding for the Federal government, the institutions also rejects common bonds of other EU. Reuters/Zheng Huansong/XinHua/dpabild Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.

"The word Corona Bond is actually just a Schlagwort", von der Leyen said the dpa. "Behind that is the larger question of liability is more likely. And since the reservations in Germany, but also in other countries are entitled."

With a view to Italy, she added: "On the other hand, I’m of course Worried that after the crisis, the economic gap is deeper than before. The goal of Europe, it was always that we are economically together." Italy stuck through no fault of their Corona-crisis and had economically hit hard, especially the middle class in the North. "These healthy company have to save."

In the question of the common Blame is not laid down by the Leyen, ultimately, but stressed: "The Euro group has the mandate to develop, within 14 days, with a view to the ESM, a number of proposals, which must submit to the heads of state and government again. You should wait and see."  

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