Covid-19 and the EU: ‘When Italy cried for help there was silence’ – podcast
On 26 February, amid a growing coronavirus health emergency, Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, appealed to fellow EU member states for help. But far from a rapid response and solidarity from other member states, the distress call was met with silence.
It was a moment that stuck with the Guardian’s Daniel Boffey. He tells Anushka Asthana how by working with the with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism he found the pandemic has opened up rifts and rivalries across the continent. As those in the “frugal” north resent paying for recovery efforts in the harder hit south. And how some national leaders have used the crisis to further other agendas.
However, after a bitterly contested EU summit, there was finally some good news this week: a landmark deal was signed to agree a new budget for the emergency response. But how much damage has been done to Europe’s institutions along the way?
- Find more of our in depth reporting on the EU in our This is Europe series.
Clip from: BBC, DW, Euronews, Al Jazeera, La Republica, Sky News, CGTN, Channel 4 News, CNA, European Commission, France 24
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