For those who think President Donald Trump’s administration has bungled its response to the coronavirus pandemic: you should look at the European Union (EU) to see what chaos really looks like.
Amid the continent’s crisis, European Research Council President Professor Mauro Ferrari submitted his resignation on Tuesday, according to Breitbart, stating, “I have been extremely disappointed by the European response to COVID-19.”
Confusion at the start
When you consider the population of the United States compared to countries in the EU, it is very clear how badly the EU has bungled its response to this pandemic.
Spain has a population of under 47 million, yet it has already had almost 16,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Italy is getting ready to break through a landmark of 19,000 casualties, but only has a population of about 60 million.
France, with only 65 million people, has had more than 12,000 deaths from COVID-19. Collectively, these countries do not even account for 50% of the population of the United States, but their death tolls are 2.6 times more than our total. This does not even account for the more than 11,000 deaths combined in the United Kingdom and Germany.
While the United States was locking down travel and working on a test that actually worked and could be processed quickly, the higher-ups in the UK and the EU were arguing over who would lead the response effort.
Professor Ferrari, who was formerly a top cancer researcher in the U.S., said that he once believed in the ideals of the EU, but this failed crisis management has changed his views considerably.
“I arrived at the ERC a fervent supporter of the EU [but] the COVID-19 crisis completely changed my views, though the ideals of international collaboration I continue to support with enthusiasm,” Ferrari opined, according to Breitbart.
The biggest problem the country faced was that other nations were looking to protect their own rather than working as one unit for the greater good.
Ferrari only began his four-year term as president of the program in January, but cited “the complete absence of coordination of health care policies among member states, the recurrent opposition to cohesive financial support initiatives, [and] the pervasive one-sided border closures” as his major frustrations with the EU’s response.
This failed response has also hurt the overall cause of the EU, with recent polling showing fewer and fewer people feeling “pro-European” during this crisis. The most recent poll showed a 19% decline, down to only 49% of the EU feeling “pro-European.”
Some economists believe the situation has become so dire that it could lead to the demise of the Euro, which would be an economic disaster for the continent. Only time will tell.