VERFASSUNGSBLOG – Due to its borderless nature, COVID-19 is a matter of common European interest since its first detection on the continent. Yet this pandemic outbreak has largely been handled as an essentially national matter. Each country adopted its own different health response, according to its own risk analysis framework, with little regard for the scientific and management risk advice provided by the EU, notably the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
THE GUARDIAN – France and Netherlands at odds on finance ministers’ €500bn compromise
THE GUARDIAN – European governments already have system for working together in a health emergency – it’s called the EU
EURONEWS – As EU authorities struggle for any coordination at all, while still needing to pass fiscal and state-aid measures in support of the European economy, Germany has shut its borders. As a record number of citizens, including the most Eurosceptic, turn to the EU in search of emergency solutions, Brussels looks helpless.
Coronavirus : « Si vous pensez que l’Union n’en fait pas assez, tournez-vous plutôt vers les capitales européennes »
LE MONDE – Le professeur de droit Alberto Alemanno s’inquiète, dans une tribune au « Monde », des solutions nationales qui pourraient se révéler plus néfastes que bénéfiques, en offrant une illusion de sécurité et de sûreté à leurs ressortissants.
OBSERVADOR – As pandemias são um argumento para uma Europa mais coordenada. E estamos a assistir exatamente ao contrário.
CNBC – The travel ban comes at a time when the number of cases is rising in both the Europe and the United States. The two countries agreed in January to improve their trade links, by negotiating a deal before the end of the year.
AL JAZEERA – Thirty years after independence from Soviet Union, some in Lithuania fight new battle to fend off Russian influence.
THE GUARDIAN – Europe needs a new mechanism for involving citizens, not another talking shop chaired by the polarising Guy Verhofstadt.
EL PAÍS – La nueva presidenta apuesta por tender puentes hacia el Este para evitar que el choque con Polonia y Hungría resquebraje la UE.