The EU is facing its biggest challenge since its foundation due to the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

Speaking at a news conference in Berlin, following her “crisis cabinet” meeting, Merkel called for even closer cooperation between the EU member states to battle the political and economic fallout from the coronavirus, but remained reluctant to back Spain and Italy’s proposal for shared debt.

“When we faced crises in the past, I have always underlined the following: Germany will only do well in the long run if Europe does well. This has never been more relevant

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