Tuesday June 2, 2020

Virus provides latest evidence of limits of European unity

The EU’s Covid-19 crisis response has involved shocking failures of solidarity and coordination – not for the first time

29th March, 2020
The EU has struggled badly to respond to the coronavirus

Last Tuesday, two Italians who were critically ill with Covid-19 in Bergamo were airlifted to a German hospital in Leipzig. If this was EU solidarity in action, it was a long time coming.

A month ago, on February 28, Italy sent a request for face masks to the EU's Emergency Response Coordination Centre. This is known as "activating the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism"; it is something that countries can do when in crisis, to avail...

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