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March 17, 2020 1:34 PM UTC

Germany’s Coronavirus Hoarding Proves European ‘Unity’ Is a Sham

Despite long claiming that European unity is a building block of the EU, the coronavirus pandemic seems to have revealed Germany's true character.

  • Italy faces serious coronavirus repercussions, with thousands dead. Things won’t be improving any time soon.
  • By comparison, Germany has lost 13 citizens to the virus and boasts around 28,000 intensive care beds and 25,000 ventilators.
  • As Germany put a halt to the export of protective medical equipment, China has been sending thousands of masks and dozens of ventilators to Italy.

It’s incredible the difference a few days can make, especially in today’s coronavirus-ravaged world.

As the coronavirus spreads, Europe is changing

On March 12, the European Union reacted with anger after President Trump announced a travel ban. European officials such as Ursula von Leyen and Charles Michel cried that the Covid-19 pandemic is a “global crisis,” and as such, it “requires cooperation rather than unilateral action.”

Only five days later, the European Union proposed the closure of its external borders for a minimum of 30 days.

As the world readily condemned President Trump for his approach to combating the coronavirus, with harsh criticism from all sides of his “rhetoric” and “brazen attitude,” it seems that those rules no longer apply. Well, unless you’re President Trump.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced that “we are at war” in a television address. Could you imagine the furor if Trump had made a comment like that?

A global crisis requiring international cooperation is slowly becoming a situation where it truly is every nation for themselves.

While the majority of EU nations avoided going down the road that Trump did initially of prioritizing the damage to the stock market over the threat to human life, we’ve still seen a disturbing trend emerge.

And it’s most noticeable in Germany.

Germany likes to lead from the front – but not this time

Germany’s response to the coronavirus crisis tells you everything you need to know about European “unity.” | Source: Alexandros Michailidis/Shutterstock.com

Long one of Europe’s powerhouse nations, Germany tends to be at the forefront of EU matters. And rightfully so.

As things stand, it is best-equipped to deal with the coronavirus threat. Germany boasts an estimated 28,000 intensive care beds and 25,000 ventilators. Reports indicate that 10,000 more are on the way.

Germany is as well prepared for this outbreak as any nation could hope to be.

Compared with neighbor Italy, whose plight has been well-documented, you’d imagine that Germany would be in a position to offer a helping hand.

European unity and all that, right?

Well, no.

Source: Twitter

Smaller EU nations aren’t getting the help they need

Germany halted the export of medical-grade protective equipment. And who stepped in to fill the void but the coronavirus pandemic villain itself?

That’s right. China despatched a plane containing thousands of medical masks and several ventilators to Italy.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vicic was forced to make this passionate plea to China for assistance in the face of EU refusal (video below from Twitter):

Help from halfway across the world while a nation rich in resources stands by and watches.

Even more ironically, China sent equipment to Germany too.

Source: Twitter

There is another online EU summit on the agenda for this week, demanded by Council President Charles Michel.

The overriding message remains one of EU coordination and collective action. Yet one of the EU’s most powerful champions has not lived up to those platitudes.

Shame on you, Germany.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com.

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

Aubrey Hansen @Words_By_Aubrey

Entertainment & culture contributor at CCN, graduated from Aarhus University in Denmark with a Bachelors in Communications and Media Studies, former research intern at the Danish National Research Foundation. Reach me at aubreyhansenwriting@gmail.com

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