European Union Leaders Attend Summit in Portugal in Person for First Time in 2021

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, right, and European Council President Charles Michel, left, wait for the start of the opening ceremony at an EU summit at the Alfandega do Porto Congress Center in Porto, Portugal, Friday, May 7, 2021. European Union leaders meet for a summit in Portugal on Friday, sending a signal they see the threat from COVID-19 on their continent as waning amid a quickening vaccine rollout. Their talks hope to repair some of the damage the coronavirus has caused in the bloc, in such areas as welfare and employment. (Tiago Petinga, Pool via AP)

Large gatherings is on the list of things not to do during the coronavirus pandemic. But the European Union leaders and others affliliated with the organization will be meeting in Portugal for two days of talk. This sends a message that the coronavirus surge is decreasing in that part of the world.

Tentative topics for discussion include damage the pandemic has caused in welfare, employment; development of COVID-19 vaccines among other things.
A special meeting via video-conference with India’s prime minister Narendra Modi is planned.

Leaders appear keen to “try and convey a sense of normalcy, of slowly returning to normal,” says Antonio Barroso, a political analyst at Teneo, a global advisory firm.6 m stories

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