Skip to comments.EU tempers fray as virus hits lives, livelihoods, economies
Posted on 03/27/2020 10:01:37 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
As the coronavirus claims lives, ruins livelihoods and wreaks economic havoc, tensions are rising between European Union countries over how best to respond as the pandemic overwhelms some member nations, once more raising troubling questions about the EUs ability to stand united in times of crisis.
Almost 16,000 people infected with the virus have died in Europe. Over a quarter of a million had tested positive, as of Friday. Countries hit especially hard, like Italy and Spain, are imploring their partners to do more, particularly on the economic front, and to do it now.
The consequences of COVID-19 should be faced not in the coming months but tomorrow morning, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said after a summit of EU leaders late Thursday, according to Italian media.
We are facing the worst crisis of our generation. The future of the European project is at stake. We have to choose between a coordinated and supportive EU and individualism, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted Friday. We call for a common response to this emergency. Lets ensure a fair recovery.
Much as mass migration to Europe in recent years left Italy and Greece feeling abandoned by EU countries that werent inundated with new arrivals, the coronavirus rift has exposed an old north-south divide. Often, its about comparative wealth and the way European money is used.
In this case, an alliance of nine countries - among them Italy, Spain and France - want to throw all the EUs economic might into fighting the virus and damage from the disruption its caused as soon as possible. But nations like Germany and the Netherlands want to keep a little powder dry, to have something in reserve should things get even worse.
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Not a lot of truth in this article.
Except that this was the planned response.
Nice graphic. I can’t resist the thought that a centrally applied hammer might open all the tentacles with a cha ching sound as the captives run for the hills and each seek to work for the good of their Nation.
Lives are hit by the virus (a few are) but livelyhoods and the economy are hit by our response to it.
I love the graphic, stealin’ it!
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When this stabilizes in the U.S., the EU, Africa, Arabs, Southeast Asian, and probably others will stand there with their hands out wanting goodies from Uncle Sam.
And I’ll probably look back and think: sometimes I hate it when I’m right all the time.
You have to ask similar questions about the US federal government. Here the focus of the analogy should be California and New York demanding more money and more medical supplies from strategic stockpile, while the FDA and the CDC fight each other as to who controls what.
Heard some were closing their...uh...borders. Schengen agreement could possibly be used for TP?
this virus will bring down more than one government.
You are getting the malicious warning because the site Leans Right and that is dangerous to leftist group think.
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