Mark Leonard, director of the European Commission on Foreign Relations, said: “This is disastrous for the reputation of the European Union.”
He said that at the beginning of the crisis, as countries erected borders and hoarded protective equipment, masks and gowns, people strongly hoped that Europe would cooperate. This is not because people like the EU or its institutions, but because they are so absent. “
But he said that the problem now is the buyer’s mor regret. He said: “The European Union has set foot in a region without expertise and capabilities, and put itself in a focal point.” “In the hearts of many people who have seen the United Kingdom, the United States and Israel, they think that because of European cooperation, we do No, it will have a corrosive effect in other areas.”
Timothy Garton Ash, a professor of European studies at Oxford University, said that the EU’s “fundamental legitimacy” comes from its weak democratic institutions, not from its performance. This is how to judge. He said that its true legitimacy is “the benefits it brings to Europeans.”
However, another major initiative of the European Union is a breakthrough pandemic recovery fund, which has not yet been established and is in contrast to the US stimulus plan.
Although leaders usually praise every success and blame every failure on the committee, this epidemic shows the fragility of a weak leadership and a divided bureaucracy. The chairman of the committee, Ursula von der Leyen, MD, tried to enhance its capabilities and image by purchasing vaccines from member states, which was disastrous.