The EU’s Covid-19 response is an abject failure. The WHO is just as bad
It hasn’t forged a common front against the pandemic. No wonder sovereign states are going their own way
Across Europe, governments are beginning to take their first, tentative steps towards easing the lockdown measures implemented to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. But while the EU likes to crow that it enables member states to forge a united front against common enemies, there is vanishingly little evidence of a united European strategy now.
Indeed, much of the blame for the divergent approach European governments are taking towards fighting this pandemic must lie with the EU itself. From the outset, it has been found wanting.
Having failed initially to provide an effective mechanism for distributing badly needed medical supplies to affected countries, the EU compounded its abject performance through its inability to provide economic support for coronavirus-stricken economies. Consequently, instead of heeding the EU’s advice, contained in an internal document sent to all member states this month, for European leaders to coordinate their actions when relaxing lockdown measures, governments are opting to take matters into their own hands, acting in what they believe are the interests of their citizens...