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With pandemics, there is no sustainable alternative to working across borders

By Tom Clark   July 2020

If the first duty of the state is the safety of its citizens, then something that puts in jeopardy the safety of citizens everywhere is bound to have a bearing on the standing of states around the world. 

Sure enough, just three months on from the pandemic being declared, its geopolitical ramifications are being felt. Diplomats report that the reputation of “the west” is in freefall in those many Asian states that have contained the virus better. On the continent, from public health to border control and the single currency, the…

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