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Covid-19 response shows up Europe's disunity

Each country is going its own way as the European Union proves unable to step up.

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LONDON • The spreading coronavirus pandemic is already guaranteeing that 2020 will go down as Europe's most disruptive year this century.

There is no doubt that the continent's political map will be different by the time the current crisis is over. The real question is whether the pandemic would end up binding Europe together, or whether it would undermine and perhaps even partially unravel existing continental structures.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2020, with the headline Covid-19 response shows up Europe's disunity. Subscribe