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Will the Coronavirus be the Demise of the European Union?

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31.03.2020

More and more people have recently begun talking about the end of the European Union.

Moreover, while many observers used to cite Brexit as a sign that the European Union is on the brink of collapse, it is now clear that Brexit was just one of many blows the EU has been dealt, which has been suffering with underlying problems since it was established: Foreign Policy lists political fragmentation, a lack of “hard power”, dependence on the United States and unfavorable demographics.

According to the Financial Times, “Fortress Europe is an illusion”.

French daily Le Figaro writes about the economic, migration and health crises that are bringing European countries to their knees, highlighting that the European Union and the entire system of globalized countries are teetering on the edge of disaster.

Not only American media outlets, but the Turkish press and many European media outlets have noted that there was even a visible lack of political unity at the recent Munich Security Conference, the largest meeting of politicians and officials responsible for joint security policy, and they have also noted that many Europeans are now feeling a sense of disorientation.

“Frustration is growing in the EU,” concludes the French daily Libération, adding: “In fact, apart from France, there is not one political force in the EU that would like to form a European power, or even preserve the European Union in its current form. Eastern and Southern Europe are only interested in European money, while the North is interested in the advantages of a large market and the Euro. But once everyone thinks that the disadvantages outweigh the advantages, they will jump ship without a second thought. To put it concisely, we must answer this question: was Europe just a project of the late twentieth century?”

The explosion of the coronavirus pandemic has not only exacerbated intra-European problems and contradictions, but it has also strengthened the centrifugal force of processes within the EU. Despite talk of “solidarity” in the ranks, the EU failed miserably in helping Italy fight the coronavirus pandemic, a clear demonstration of how the European........

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