German newspaper Handelsblatt reported health ministers from Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands wrote to the EU Commission that access to vaccines is "one of the most urgent issues that the European Union has to address at present".
The new facility could buy stakes in, or offer loans to, companies in sectors such as healthcare, space, defence, digital and green technologies.
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The Italian prime minister clashed with EU Commission Chief von der Leyen over her reluctance to accept his proposed 'coronabonds' plan, which would allow Italy to borrow more cheaply in the fight against the coronavirus.
US President Donald Trump's sweeping travel ban drew an angry response from EU chiefs Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel who rebuked his "unilateral action" and called for cooperation to fight the pandemic.
The economic bloc will take a decision on the new EU officials, following the elections that shook up traditional alliances.
The Dutch result is a first test of the appeal of the Eurosceptic parties contesting elections across the bloc through Sunday. The outcome will reassure established parties fearing a surge among far-right and Eurosceptic challengers.
European parliamentary elections will decisively influence the future of the EU. But how much power do MEPs really have - and how do their decisions affect the daily lives of EU citizens?
The European Parliament's resolution on Turkey's European Union accession talks reads more like a personal attack than a research-based text.
Whether Britain slams into a ‘no deal’ scenario or Theresa May succeeds in getting a delay from Brussels, few in the UK consider the situation to be anything other than a right dog’s breakfast. But who is really to blame?
In Egypt, nine people were executed last week despite a European Council resolution against the death penalty five months ago. Yet it didn’t stop European leaders from attending the EU-Arab summit co-chaired by the country’s President Sisi.
The move comes amid heightened international pressure on Saudi Arabia after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate on October 2.
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