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
Virus provides latest evidence of limits of European unity
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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