The president of the European Commission on behalf of Europe asked for an apology from Italy for not sufficiently helping the country at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In her speech at the European Parliament’s plenary session, Ursula von der Leyen admitted that “no one was really ready” for the crisis in Europe.

“It is also true that too many were not there on time when Italy needed a helping hand at the very beginning,” she added, offering a “heartfelt apology” in the name of whole Europe to the country most heavily affected by the pandemic in the

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