The European Union now has to convince people that it still makes sense to remain in the community.
This was told by the head of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger.
According to him, the gross mistake of Europe was to ignore the outbreak of coronavirus in Italy. This only led to the fact that the residents of the republic became disillusioned with the European Union. They were once again convinced that membership in the community does not give any preferences. Ishinger drew attention to the fact that the community for the exit of Italy from the EU on a social network quickly gathered 850 thousand like-minded people. But Russia and China have become saviors for Italians.
The politician recalled that Europe also provides support to Italy. The problem is, he continues, that European assistance was belated. By the time Brussels realized it, the scale of the catastrophe in Italy reached an incredible level, and EU assistance really lost its meaning.
However, Italy is not the only focus of the pandemic. Ishinger noted that other EU countries, including Spain and France, are also at risk. In this regard, he called on the European Commission to take action and still deal with the distribution of critical products. In addition, he recommended that the Brussels bureaucrats agree on financial instruments that need to be used. A pandemic will be the end of the European Union if the necessary measures are not taken, the German politician is sure.
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“The victory over the pandemic is undoubtedly the key to the survival of Europe,” Ishinger concludes. – In the era of the largest since World War II, Europe will have to convince people that it can lead them. Success is possible only if the countries of the European Union show that they are capable of solidarity. ”