Analysis: “COVID-19 and the Free Movement of Goods: Which Prevails?” by Peter Oliver
All over the world, individuals and institutions are being tested to the extreme by the scourge that is the coronavirus, which is reputedly set to be the worst pandemic for a hundred years. The EU is no exception. Not without some justification, public opinion has berated the EU institutions for being slow to act and for a lamentable lack of coordination.
The Italians, who are suffering far more than any other European nation, have had good reason to feel that they have been let down by the other Mmber States and the EU itself once again. For instance, not a single Member State responded positively to Italy’s urgent request for clinical masks; to make matters worse politically, China sent some instead. And it would be a gross u