E.U. strikes deal to help hardest-hit countries, as strain of coronavirus threatens to fracture the bloc

Chico Harlan, Chico Harlan, Michael Birnbaum and Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 10.04.2020

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In the countries hit hardest by the coronavirus, Europe's faltering response to the pandemic turned into a wounding indictment of the continent's unity, accelerating feelings of Euroskepticism and prompting Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to warn that the bloc faces a "real" risk of collapse. [...]

Analysts said that a deal was desperately needed for the sake of the E.U.'s future.

"There is the question of what do we need Europe for, there's this relevance question. This is not about charity," said Janis Emmanouilidis, director of studies at the European Policy Center, a Brussels-based think tank. [...]

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