Covid, economic recovery, green goals, and testing times on foreign policy:EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has now given her first ever “State of the European Union” address, putting the coronavirus-battered bloc under the microscope, with its most recent achievements, failings, and aspirations for the future.
The pound sterling has dropped to a six-month low against the dollar and euro, as the UK and EU ramp up their Brexit rhetoric. Analysts say the chances of reaching a trade deal are increasingly slim. Also in the show: the French government extends its financial support for parents whose children can't go to school because of the pandemic, and Citigroup breaks Wall Street's glass ceiling as it appoints Jane Fraser to be the first female CEO of a major US bank.
The European Central Bank is hoping for a "positive" outcome to the negotiations on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union despite "what has been observed in the last few days," ECB chief Christine Lagarde says.
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The EU's top Brexit negotiator has said the UK wants "the best of both worlds" in its future economic relationship with the bloc. The OSCE said the UK may feel the effects of the pandemic recession worse than EU members.