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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday urged European countries, in particular the “frugal”, to reach an agreement on the revival of the EU, weakened by the coronavirus pandemic, at the July European summit .

“We are facing economic challenges that we have never known in decades, and probably in all of history,” said the Chancellor, who received lM.

Macron at Meseberg Castle, near Berlin, at the dawn of a decisive German presidency of the European Union.

“We hope that we will find a solution (from the European Council on July 17 and 18), even if there is still a long way to go,” said the manager at a joint press conference.

It will be the first physical summit since the containment measures put in place in March to deal with the coronavirus pandemic that plunged the economy of the Old Continent into a historic recession.

It will concern the adoption of the recovery plan of 750 billion euros proposed by the European Commission.

This proposal is backed by the long-term budget of the European Union (2021-2027) amounting to 1.100 billion euros.

The Franco-German couple had themselves promoted a 500 billion euro plan financed by mutualized European debts. A 180 degree turn on the part of the German leader, questioned for her intransigence towards a Greece close to bankruptcy in 2011.

The chancellor could thus “use this presidency to shape a heritage”, according to a European diplomat, referring to her “swan song”.

Ms. Merkel, in power for 15 years, has indeed planned to leave the Chancellery in late 2021. Often accused of lack of political courage, she has just broken a German taboo in terms of solidarity with this system of mutual loans.

But the EU’s recovery plan, like the Franco-German initiative, has come up against opposition from so-called “frugal” countries (Netherlands, Austria, Sweden and Denmark).

“If there are still skeptical states, everyone agrees that we can come out of this crisis stronger,” believes Ms. Merkel.

The French President has warned him of these four countries, which according to him have no “interest” in blocking European recovery.

“The famous frugal countries are countries that are net beneficiaries of the functioning of the single market, participating in a common space brings them much more than others,” said Macron.

“We have arrived at a moment of truth for Europe,” he summed up, two days before the six-month German presidency of the EU.

From the “Green Deal” of the European Commission to Brexit, via the migration issue or relations with China and the United States, the sites will not fail, from July 1, for the Chancellor.

She had not held the rotating EU presidency since 2007.

The stakes are high, the success of this rotating presidency, or even the future of the European Union, playing out in the coming weeks, according to Berlin and Paris.

Not adopting the stimulus package “would make all the problems worse” by fueling populism, the Chancellor warned on Saturday in an interview with European newspapers.

But another big piece awaits the EU, with deadlocked post-Brexit negotiations. Leaving the EU on January 31, the United Kingdom is now negotiating with Brussels in an attempt to establish an advantageous commercial relationship with the European bloc at the end of the transition period ending at the end of the year.

The discussions did not allow any real progress, raising fears of a potentially devastating “no deal” for the economy.

Merkel does not hide either that she intends to see Europe assuming “more responsibilities” on a world scale vis-a-vis the Chinese and American “blocks”.

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EU Court: No Need to Reveal IP Addresses in Uploading Cases

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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s highest court ruled Thursday that online platforms don't have to disclose the full personal data including email addresses, telephone numbers or IP addresses of users who illegally upload movies and copyright material.

The case stems from a German film distributor's request that YouTube provide details about users who had uploaded the films “Parker” and “Scary Movie 5″ onto the platform. YouTube and its parent company Google refused to provide their email addresses and telephone numbers, as well as the IP addresses they used.

The German Federal Court of Justice referred the case to the European Court of Justice, which said online platforms like YouTube just need to provide the user’s postal address under European rules on intellectual property rights.

“When a film is unlawfully uploaded onto an online platform, such as YouTube, the rightholder may, under the directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights, require the operator to provide only the postal address of the user concerned, but not his or her email, IP address or telephone number," the ECJ said in its ruling.

The German film distributor, Constantin Film Verleih, took legal action after three YouTube users uploaded the two films in full length in 2013 and 2014. They were viewed several thousands times until blocked.

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