PARIS: France has said that coronavirus put European Union credibility on the line.
French Minister for European Affairs, Amelie de Montchalin said this while talking to France Inter Radio, after the bloc failed to agree on measures to cushion the economic blow.
She said the EU was struggling for a coordinated response to the coronavirus which was also latest test of bloc solidarity after it was shaken by Brexit, migration wave 2015-16 and the euro zone debt crisis.
In Germany, Finance Minister of Hesse State, Thomas Schaefer, has committed suicide after becoming deeply worried over how to cope with the economic fallout from the Coronavirus.
He was 54 and found dead near a railway track. He is survived by a wife and two children.
The Wiesbaden prosecution’s office said he ostensibly committed suicide. Hesse is home to Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt.