Sceptics and enemies of the European Union see their position confirmed by the Corona crisis. If the EU is to survive, the Member States must now show real solidarity. Pandemic policy in Europe is becoming a key issue, write Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and member of United Europe, and Ambassador Boris Ruge, Vice-Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, in an article which has also been published in DIE ZEIT, La Stampa and El Paìs: “Faced with the greatest crisis since World War II, the EU must focus on winning hearts and minds.”
The authors continue: “In the age of COVID-19, the enormous consequences of the pandemic are becoming increasingly evident with every passing week. The task at hand is to save lives. But the task is also to save the Union: Decision-makers must ensure that the EU emerges from the crisis strong enough to deal with the challenges within and to hold its own in a world of great power competition.
The German government has been praised for its crisis management with regard to economic and social issues. But it has been slow in articulating a European vision and has faced harsh criticism from Brussels and EU partners.”
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