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  • Reynolds
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    • Oct 2018
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    FINALLY: Virus May Weaken Traitorous European Union


    Virus fallout reveals a deeply divided European Union



    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 EU’s ability to stand united in times of crisis.

    Much as mass migration to Europe in recent years left Italy and Greece feeling abandoned by EU countries that weren’t inundated with new arrivals, the coronavirus rift has exposed an old north-south divide. Often, it’s 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 EU’s economic might into fighting the virus and damage from the disruption it’s caused as soon as possible. But after Thursday’s summit, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa slammed remarks in news reports attributed to Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra that Spain’s government should be investigated for claiming it doesn’t have the funds to cope with the coronavirus without help.

    “This kind of talk is repugnant in the context of a European Union. That’s exactly the right word: repugnant,” Costa said. A lot has been done at the European level already to deal with the health and economic crisis. Europe’s finance ministers agreed in principle this week to let partners in distress borrow up to 2% of their gross domestic product from the European Stability Mechanism, a bailout fund set up during the debt crisis a decade ago with lending assets of 410 billion euros. “When Europe really needed to be there for each other, too many initially looked out for themselves. When Europe really needed an ‘all for one’ spirit, too many initially gave an ‘only for me’ response,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday. “The people of Europe are watching what happens next,” she told EU lawmakers. “But they will also remember who was there for them – and who was not. And they will remember those that acted – and those who did not. Read more ...

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