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23rd April 2020
Covid-19 Institutional law

Op-Ed: “‘Whatever is necessary… will be done’ – Time for a Less One-Sighted View on Solidarity in Europe in the Shades of Covid-19” by Ulla Neergaard & Sybe de Vries

In contrast to the general picture the media provide, we believe that the EU has demonstrated solidarity during the current COVID-19 crisis. However, in order to understand this view, one needs to take into consideration many more complexities than normally included. In the following, we explain why the presence of solidarity within the EU is so crucial and why we believe that there is some truth in the claim by EU Commission President, Ms Ursula von der Leyen, that “...Europe has now become the world's beating heart of solidarity”.

Solidarity – and the claimed lack thereof - has become one of the most profound themes presently discussed at all levels in Europe in the shades of the Covid-19 crisis, among other things exposing deep


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