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We have followed with great attention the words of Secretary of State Pompeo. The United States have announced proposals on the way forward to find a way out of the crisis in Venezuela. We will study very carefully these proposals and we will assess them in the coming days.

As repeatedly underlined, the European Union will support all steps leading to a genuine political process towards a peaceful and democratic resolution of the crisis, based on credible and transparent elections. The EU is committed to actively contribute to this objective.

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EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, spoke with the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on Friday. They discussed the coronavirus pandemic, and HR/VP Borrell underlined the importance of cooperation and international solidarity. In light of the global dimension of the challenge, and building on the solidity of the transatlantic partnership, the EU and the US have the capacity to contribute significantly to international efforts to tackle the pandemic.

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Yesterday, I participated at the European Council meeting. It was a long and intense discussion among European leaders, after which we passed a very clear message: that the European Union and its Member States will do everything they can, everything necessary to overcome the coronavirus crisis.

We will do it together, in solidarity and for the benefit and protection of our citizens.

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In a rapidly changing world, shifting geopolitical landscapes, climate change, environmental degradation and the digital transition, pose unquestionable challenges to human rights and democracy. However, new technologies also offer the potential to trigger positive transformation towards more democratic and inclusive societies.

The European Union welcomes the decision of the State of Colorado to abolish the death penalty. Colorado becomes the 22nd US State to take this important step, while 12 other States have had no executions over the last 10 years. Together, there are 34 US States that, either by law or de facto, do not apply the death penalty. Throughout the United States, executions and new death sentences remain near historic lows.

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COVID-19 will reshape our world. We don’t yet know when the crisis will end. But we can be sure that by the time it does, our world will look very different. How different will depend on the choices we make today.

Watch my video message on the outbreak and the EU’s response, including our efforts to coordinate the repatriation of thousands of European stranded abroad.

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