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Why the European Union is not doomed to fail

The coronavirus crisis has exposed frailties but the EU’s regulatory superpower status will endure

By Anu Bradford  

German and Italian leaders Angela Merkel and Giuseppe Conte earlier this year. Photo: Kay Nietfeld/DPA/PA Images

The European Union’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been marked by insufficient acts of coordination and solidarity. Member states have turned inwards, closing their borders and curtailing medical exports. Italy has felt abandoned by its fellow Europeans while the attempts to craft a common fiscal response to the crisis has revived the well-rehearsed north-south battles over solidarity and sovereignty.

This feeble and fragmented response, coming on the heels of multiple other crises…

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