Germany plans to resolve the coronavirus crisis during the EU presidency

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Germany will focus on resolving the coronavirus crisis during its next presidency of the Council of the European Union, which begins on July 1, a government spokesman said.

"This was not our plan, but the pandemic forced Berlin to rewrite the program for the six-month term," said Steffen Seibert, following a video conference between Chancellor Angela Merkel and senior European Parliament officials.

Twice a year, a different member state takes over the EU presidency, organizing high-level meetings and mediation between member states to reach agreement on sensitive issues and boost the bloc's agenda.

In addition to the ongoing health crisis and economic turmoil, Germany hopes to address issues of the UK's future relationship with the bloc, climate action and the European asylum system.

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