Italian PM Conte leaves EU summit, delegates Germany’s Merkel


Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte needed to go away the EU leaders’ assembly on Friday to attend a funeral, delegating German Chancellor Angela Merkel to symbolize his nation on the bloc’s discussions on the Coronavirus emergency and EU-Africa relations.
The Italian Premier left the EU27 leaders’ assembly earlier than the latter got here to an finish on Friday midday.
On Thursday evening Conte tweeted in regards to the loss of life of Jole Santelli, the primary feminine president of the Calabria area, elected in January 2020 and former MP with Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia celebration.
“A painful loss! The loss of Jole Santelli is a deep wound for Calabria and for all the institutions. My heartfelt thoughts and heartfelt condolences to his family,” Conte’s submit reads.

Una perdita dolorosa! La scomparsa di Jole Santelli è una ferita profonda per la Calabria e per le Istituzioni tutte. Il mio pensiero commosso e le più sentite condoglianze ai suoi familiari.
— Giuseppe Conte (@GiuseppeConteIT) October 15, 2020

European Commission’s chief Ursula von der Leyen additionally needed to go away the EU summit on Thursday to enter precautionary quarantine, after studying {that a} member of her entrance workplace had examined constructive for COVID-19.
“I have just been informed that a member of my front office has tested positive to COVID-19 this morning. I myself have tested negative. However as a precaution I am immediately leaving the European Council to go into self-isolation,” von der Leyen wrote in a Twitter submit.
Similarly Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin left discussions on Friday to self-quarantine as a precautionary measure, after having come into contact with a Finnish lawmaker who examined constructive for the virus. Marin delegated Swedish PM, Stefan Lofven to symbolize her nation, a Twitter submit of the Finnish PM reads.