On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. Ill-prepared and reluctant to halt economic activities, EU member states were slow to react to contain the spread of the virus. Only as numbers began to rise worldwide and Italy sounded the alarm and instituted a mandatory quarantine, did European leaders begin to follow suit, albeit without any coordination with their neighbours. Although necessary, the lockdown measures came at a heavy price.
In this Forum, László Andor, Andreas Backhaus, Alessandro Bramucci, Armanda Cetrulo, Paul De Grauwe, Sebastian Dullien, Dario Guarascio, Bodo Herzog, Sébastien Jean, Franz Prante, Christian Proaño, Thomas Theobald, Silke Tober, Achim Truger, Maria Enrica Virgillito and Andrew Watt consider various aspects of the necessary response. Member state governments and the European Commission must coordinate broad discussions and implement of assistance measures while also considering innovative ways to move forward post-pandemic. The future of the EU may depend on their response.
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