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Phil Hogan and Ursula von der Leyen



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Historic plan: Irish EC trade commissioner Phil Hogan and EC president Ursula von der Leyen

Historic plan: Irish EC trade commissioner Phil Hogan and EC president Ursula von der Leyen

Historic plan: Irish EC trade commissioner Phil Hogan and EC president Ursula von der Leyen

History does not always repeat itself but for Europe it does usually rhyme. Or at least it used to.

In the face of a virus which has taken lives and livelihoods across the world, Europe did not give in to age-old instincts or reopen barely healed wounds from the financial crisis a decade ago. Instead, we chose to pull each other through and invest in a common future.

This is why we can say last week's decision by the leaders of the 27 member states to endorse the European Commission's recovery proposal was historic.