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  • there was an important moment for the U.

  • Today the leaders of its 27 members held a video summit, and they have agreed a Corona virus emergency fund.

  • Well, let's talk to Rose Atkins, who's being at monitoring this high rise.

  • What do you have?

  • Good to see you and wealthy.

  • You is used to having his unity questioned, isn't it?

  • This grown a virus outbreaks being absolutely no different.

  • And today some.

  • It was the latest test.

  • The focus was an emergency fund that Emmanuel Macron has said perhaps a little dramatically was essentially was essential to the survival off the U.

  • While the fund is now in place and it's not come cheap, its worth around $575 billion that's 540 billion euros.

  • It's hard to get a handle on the scale of these figures, really, isn't it?

  • But this is more than the GDP of Poland, so it is substantial, and you might remember how we could to back the you said it owed Italy an apology for letting it down at the start of this crisis.

  • Well, it seems it's saying sorry with enormous check, and it's a check that's largely being covered by northern European countries like Germany and France.

  • Let's begin with Mark alone, who is in Rome in 1957.

  • The Treaty of Rome was signed right here inside this building, establishing the European Economic Community, the forerunner of the European Union.

  • Bite six founding members, one of which was Italy.

  • This country has always been proud of being at the heart of the European idea on how many here feel let down by the projects it helped to form.

  • The crisis in relations has played into the hands of the extreme right, some of its members making a public display of hostility, feeding anti European sentiment now at its highest ever here.

  • In the book shops reopened this week.

  • Italy's historical ties with Europe are on show, but as are its current battles to with a disease that has shaken the roots of European corporation.

  • I waas a pro European and I have changed my mind.

  • I don't believe in general anymore in the union because I don't think there is solidarity.

  • We felt betrayed.

  • I feel European, so I hope everything will change.

  • We need the Europe and Europe need us and I believe that Italy will break if it will go out from Europe.

  • This country has fought many battles in its long history, but now one with its allies to help it emerge.

  • Recover rise up again.

  • Mark Lowe in BBC News.

  • Rome Well, we also wanted to understand exactly how this you emergency fund is going to be used.

  • So we got in touch with the BBC's Gavin Lee, who is in Brussels.

  • It was huge, and it split up into three areas, about 100 billion of that for workers for employees to have loan so they don't lay them off straight away and quick access to those loans for businesses to try to kick start the companies that might need it on for government, specifically 240 billion available countries qambar upto 2% of their GDP specifically to spend on health.

  • So the Italian government, for example, could spend on care homes or to help hospital infrastructure.

  • Then there's the bigger issue of how much more they'll need Social of on the lie on the commission, President Teoh said today, that's probably gonna bay around a trillion euros.

  • They're gonna need a long return fund.

  • For this, the answer of what they come up with was pretty cryptic, They said It will be a mix of loans and grants.

  • There are some countries in the north very opposed toe loaning their money to the south.

  • This will be decided after analysis, the commission said.

  • So basically roll on another few weeks.

  • We're looking at another emergency summit now.

  • The EU is also trying to coordinate the easing of locked down restrictions.

  • It's now agreed.

  • Some guidelines on this easing should only happen when deaths and infections have been reduced for a sustained period.

  • Healthcare systems are able to cope with the new surge of cases, and there must be enough testing capacity.

  • All of which, some might say is pretty close to common sense and raises the issue of why you member states are not being more ambitious in how they work together.

  • Indeed, some argue a lack of coordination has already cost lives Now.

  • I would strongly recommend a brilliant analysis on this from the BBC's Europe editor Catchy Adler.

  • It's on the BBC news website.

  • She says Yes, some scientists would argue better coordination would definitely have helped, but his capture points out.

  • This hasn't even been possible among states in the US, and it's gonna be harder still among 27 independent countries.

  • Well, today we've heard from Angela Merkel on Germany's easing of the lock down this week.

  • Here's some pictures from earlier of a secondary school.

  • New Dusseldorf.

  • Now let's be clear.

  • This isn't a full reopening.

  • It's just for students who are sitting exams on a so you can see, strict social distancing rules are in place.

  • Later in May, many more schools will reopen, and today Angela Merkel talked about the need for Germany to be clever and cautious.

  • He is more of what she said.

  • No one likes to hear it, but it is the truth.

  • We're not living in the final face off the pandemic, but we're still at its beginning.

  • Will have to live with this virus for a long time.

  • Of several other important updates in Europe for you on care homes, the World Health Organization's Dr Hans Clogger says upto half of those who died from covert 19 were resident in long term care facilities, and he's called this an unimaginable human tragedy in Sweden.

  • While officials have recorded more than 2000 deaths and are now saying 26% of people in stock home are expected to be infected by the start of May.

  • Now these are pictures from three days back in the capital, Sweden, remember has no imposed strict locked down measures.

  • Instead, it's urging people to take responsibility from Sweden to Bosnia as a governor.

  • A top court there says measures restricting freedom of movement for Children and pensioners are unconstitutional.

  • It's one of the few countries that have stopped Children going outside.

  • Another has been Spain.

  • But from Sunday, for the first time in six weeks, their Children under 14 will be allowed to go out for short walks near their homes.

  • On Castro's you know, there is much more on all of these stories I've been mentioning on the BBC website the addresses BBC dot com slash news It's excellent sell.

  • Thank you so much for updating us on.

  • The situation in Europe are thanks to Ross Atkins.

  • Now China is giving the World Health Organization an additional $30 million a week after President Trump suspended US funds for the U.

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  • Agency, Mr Trump has accused the W H O mishandling the pandemic aunt has repeatedly attacked Beijing for the outbreak.

  • Beijing has already revised its numbers of those it says have died in Wuhan.

  • Now, researchers at the University of Hong Kong estimate that China had four times more covert 19 cases than it first claimed.

  • But China's ambassador to London has denied any cover up.

  • Various does not respect borders but discriminate between races in face off the crisis, blaming and scapegoating are futile.

  • Arrogance on insulin's will only poison the cooperation between countries.

  • No reading between the lines there.

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